What was once an annual stop on The Rolling Thunder Show's schedule, the Black Hills Half-Mile round of the AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship will again be returning to the schedule this coming August 5 in round 10 of the 2014 season as part of the Sturgis Rally in Rapid City, SD, one of, if not the largest-attended motorcycle-related festivals on the North American continent. The event will be promoted by Black Hills Harley-Davidson and it's owner, Terry Rymer, who harkens back to the day when Ricky Graham, Kevin Atherton, Rich King and others took their frustrations out on the track in route to winning during the weeklong festivities in the Badlands-area located track.
In the shot above, round 3 of the AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship saw the first Twins Series event of the 16-race season get underway at the Springfield Mile I on May 25, and in heat race #2 the action as always was hot and heavy for the four direct transfers available to the 25-lap National main.
Leading this pack behind eventual heat winner Jake Johnson are Stevie Bonsey on the #80 Zanotti Racing/Classic H-D/Top 1 Oil-sponsored H-D XR750, with Brandon Robinson on the #44 USC Kawasaki/Hart Racing/Hot Shot-backed EX650 working his way forward after a slow start to the 8-lap event.
Sorting out the final qualifying spot in the heat behind BRob44 are Briar Bauman on the #14 Werner-Springsteen Racing/Monster Energy/Cometic-backed Kawasaki and Shawn Baer in his first appearance for the 2014 season aboard a new-for him #32 Baer Racing Products/KB 5/Kam's Performance-sponsored KTM LC8 950. Baer's first ride on his new KTM, after campaigning Kawasakis the previous two seasons saw him take the last direct transfer to the main.
And working things out behind the front runners are Nichole Cheza-Mees on the #15 Harley-Davidson/Black Hills H-D/Mr. Sign-backed XR750 and Wyatt Maguire on his #16 Kirkland Racing/Urban Custom Bikes/Motorcycle-Superstore-sponsored Suzuki SV650.
If you are headed to Sturgis for the big rally in early August, you won't want to miss the Black Hills Half-Mile round of the 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship, to take in the greatest racing on two wheels in the world for what will probably be the least expensive thing you purchase in the land of chrome and iron.
Tickets are only $25 in advance and $30 at the gate, and the full details on how to save some $$ by getting them before you get there are below thanks to AMA Pro Flat Track's press release.
Sent on behalf of Terry Rymer:
RAPID CITY, South Dakota, (July 3, 2014) - Tickets for the Black Hills Half-Mile by Dunlop, during the legendary Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, in Sturgis, S.D., are now on sale. The race will be held at the Black Hills Speedway's half-mile dirt oval on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, as part of the largest motorcycle event in America.
Black Hills Speedway and Black Hills Harley-Davidson are proud to bring the exciting sport of AMA Pro Flat Track racing back to Rapid City. This will be round number 10 of the 16 round schedule which began in March at Daytona International Speedway. The series then travels coast to coast ending with the final round in Pomona, Calif. Riders chase points and prize money to see who will be crowned the 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Champion.
"All through the 90's the Black Hills of South Dakota held this annual event at Black Hills Speedway, and I remember how popular it was for Sturgis Rally attendees as well as local race fans," said Terry Rymer, Sturgis Half-Mile promoter and General Manager and Co-Owner of Black Hills Harley-Davidson.
Heat #2 roars off the line at the Lima Half-Mile on Saturday, June 28 in round 5 of the 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship season. AMA Pro Flat Track and the promoters of the Black Hills Half-Mile announced on Thursday that tickets are now on sale for round 10 of the season for the Tuesday, August 5 event. AMA Pro Flat Track photo by Dave Hoenig.
"I have always been a huge fan of AMA Pro Flat Track and looked forward to having a race in my home town each year and I believe this will be an awesome event again this year. I was approached by the track owner and asked if I would be interested in helping bring the race back to Black Hills Speedway. Suddenly, years of memories, watching great racers like Ronnie Jones (the inaugural race winner in 1991), Ricky Graham, Scott Parker, Chris Carr, Kevin Atherton, Joe Kopp and Rich King came back to me and of course I said 'heck yeah, let's do it!' I started making a few phone calls to my motorcycle industry partners for support and it was pretty amazing how easy it was. I found out people in the industry want a national level motorcycle event tied in with the Sturgis event.
"I really am excited about this, not only for this year but many years to come. Of course I have to thank our title sponsor Dunlop Motorcycle Tires as well as our sponsors Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Vance and Hines Exhaust, Drag Specialties, Budweiser, Law Tigers and of course Black Hills Harley-Davidson. Their support has been overwhelming and this event couldn't happen without them."
General admission tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the gate. They can be purchased online at, Blackhillshd.com or by calling (800) 727-2482 Gates open at 4 p.m., open pit fan walk from 6:15-7:15 p.m. opening ceremonies begin at 7:30 p.m. with heat races starting at 8 p.m
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