One of the big highlights of last year's AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship round at the Sacramento Mile--besides the stellar racing held at the Cal-Expo Fairgrounds facilities, of course--was the 'match race' between two of the premier legends of the sport, former 7-Time AMA Grand National Champion Chris Carr and former 3-Time AMA Grand National Champion Jay Springsteen.
Well fans on the Left Coast won't have to wait much longer to see a rematch between the duo, as SMI, the promoters of the Sacto Mile, has invited both The Prince of Peoria and Springerman back to duke it out again during round 4 of the 2015 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship season on Saturday, May 30.
Last year's 'exhibition' race between the two saw Carr, aboard a Zanotti Racing Harley-Davidson XR750 and Springer, aboard a Rogers Racing XR750, battle throughout their match race around the track in what was described as a no-holds-barred tuck and draft right down to the finish. The Sacto Mile knows how to entertain fans and run a superb program, and bringing two of the most heralded heroes of the sport back again to entertain and thrill the crowd is but one way these folks show the fans a great time and a great night of racing.
In the shot above, heat race #3 during the Springfield Mile I on May 25 saw Henry Wiles on the #17 Don's Kawasaki/DPC Racing/EA Racing-sponsored Kawasaki EX650 hound early leader Willie McCoy for the first seven laps of the 8-lap qualifying heat, only to get around him on the last go around and take the win in his inaugural ride on his new Green Machine. Jared Mees on the #9 Rogers Racing/Las Vegas H-D/Blue Springs H-D-backed XR750 and McCoy on his #59 H-D of Wausau/Tucker Rocky/Independence H-D try to do their best to get back in front of The Hammer as they come out of turn four, with Wiles going on to take the win ahead of the duo by .037 and .079 seconds respectively. Mikey Martin on the #91 Bonneville Performance/Factory Triumph Racing/Castrol Racing-sponsored Triumph Bonneville brings up the rear in what would see Martin heading to the semi in order to qualify for the National main at round 3 of the 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship at the Illinois State Fairgrounds over the Memorial Day weekend.
Bravo and a tip of the helmet goes out to SMI and the great team of folks helming the ship at the running of the Sacramento Mile for going over the top to bring Carr and Springer back for another match race, as it shows their unparalleled support of the sport and how to go about bringing the fans in and showing them a good time for their buck$ to go along with hosting The Rolling Thunder Show, the best two wheeled racing in the world.
You can check out the full press release below, and if you are on the West Coast, you don't want to miss this one as it is guaranteed to be a barn burner at Cal-Expo on May 30!
Press release courtesy of the Sacramento Mile
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