The Grays Harbor Fairgrounds in Elma, WA. will host round 7 of the 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship this Saturday, July 19 as The Rolling Thunder Show return on the Twins Series bikes to the Pacific Northwest for the first time in over 30 years.
In what will be the fourth half-mile event of the season, the stars of the greatest racing show on two wheels in the world will do battle at the new facility for what should be an exciting evening of action, the home track to some of the biggest stars in the show including Brad Baker and Sammy Halbert.
In the shot above, round 10 of the 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship at the Illinois State Fairgrounds saw the action hot and heavy over the course of the Labor Day weekend in the first of two days of racing.
(L-R) Mick Kirkness on the #87 KTM North America/GE Capital/Waters Autobody-sponsored KTM LC8 950 leads this pack of riders during heat race #2. Doug Lawrence on his #73 R&J Racing/CVC Communication Agency/American Harley-Davidson-sponsored XR750 and Dan Ingram on the #31 Brush/Eaken Racing/Dick Ford/Zanna Racing-backed Kawasaki EX650 mount keep things tight coming out of turn 4 at the Springfield Mile I on August 31.
For those fans living in the Washington State area, this Saturday's event will be the only race on the schedule to see the big bikes going at it in this part of the country, and will be sure to see some of the best racing possible by the stars of The Rolling Thunder Show. Don't miss your chance to witness in person some of the best racing ever!
You can check out the full press release below courtesy of AMA Pro Flat Track and D&W Racing to see what you need to do to get your tickets to this action packed day of racing.
AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship coming back to the Northwest
Sent on behalf of the Grays Harbor Half-Mile promoter:
ELMA, Wash. (July 14, 2014) - D and W Racing is excited to bring back Grand National Racing to the Northwest with the AMA Pro Flat Track Twins and Pro-Singles Series. July 19th, 2014, Round 7 of the AMA Pro Flat Track series is set to hit the half-mile track of the Grays Harbor Speedway in Elma, Wash. The action will include side-by-side racing from the top racers in the world on the banked, fast, clay car track at the Grays Harbor Fairgrounds.
2013 AMA Pro Flat Track National Champion, Brad Baker hails from Dryad, Wash. and looks to take the win in his home state. Baker says, "It would be amazing to win this race! I grew up not very far from Elma and won my first ever West Coast National Championship on a 50 there. So the track has a special place in my heart. It's just going to be super cool to race there, whether I win or lose." You can bet that Sammy Halbert is looking for that win in his home state just as much as Baker. Halbert, from Graham, explains, "I'm excited to race my Harley at a National in my home state for the first time ever. It'd be amazing to pull off the win in front of my family and friends. That's exactly what I need right now to get my season rolling."
Jeffrey Carver, Jr. #23 and Rob Pearson #27 battle early in the 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship season. Pearson will be on-hand at Grays Harbor representing the #27 Weirbach Racing Kawasaki team this Saturday. AMA Pro Flat Track photo by Dave Hoenig.
The 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track Pro Singles Champion is also from Washington. Wyatt Maguire, from Spokane, is on a quest for the Rookie of the Year title. He says, "It's really cool to have the Twins back and it gives everyone a chance to watch us without having to drive a thousand miles. It's my first year on a Twin, and I am not in the Championship hunt, but have my own hunt for Rookie of the Year happening. I am feeling more comfortable every time I get on the bike, and am looking to make the main at Elma and be a part of a great show." Davis Fisher from Warren, Oregon is currently sitting in 3rd place overall in the Pro Singles Class is excited to be racing close to home for the first time in his Pro Career. "If I were to win in front of my family and friends it would mean a lot because these people have been watching me from their computers this season and for them to witness my first win, while actually there at the track, would be exciting. I want to share the moment with them," Fisher says about the thought of taking his first Pro Singles win on the 19th in Elma.
For the first time in over 30 years AMA Pro Grand National Twins make their return to the Great Northwest! You can expect to see multiple brands on the track including Kawasaki, Suzuki, KTM, Triumph, Aprillia, Ducati, and of course Harley-Davidson! In the 450cc Pro Singles Class you will add Yamaha and Honda to that list. "I am excited to be bringing the big bikes back to the area and am looking forward to watching these guys and gals put on a show for all the die-hard fans out there," Promoter, Danny Cooley, had to say about the event. "People have been waiting way to long for this to happen, and my Dad and I are just happy to be able to give the fans what they deserve and be a part of this special event."
Gates will open at 3:00 PM on Saturday, July 19th at the Grays Harbor County Raceway. Opening Ceremonies are at 7:00 PM. Racing will follow at 7:30 PM and is expected to be action packed! Along with the local Pro's who are ready to hit the track, you can also expect to find points leader Jared Mees ready for action. Jake Johnson, Kenny Coolbeth, Bryan Smith, and Brandon Robinson will also be there ready to take the win at the first ever Grays Harbor AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National!
Tickets are on sale now, and will be available at the door. Visit: www.dandwracing.com to buy your tickets.
Make sure to check out the action live, in high definition and completely free on www.FansChoice.tv.
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