The riders and teams of the 2015 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship will return to the Charlotte Half-Mile on Saturday, August 29 for the first race held at the facility since the 2002 season. Round 11 of the season will see The Rolling Thunder Show make a stop at the North Carolina track located at the Charlotte Motor Speedway complex 13 days after the Peoria TT and the weekend before the Labor Day weekend running of the Springfield Mile II.
The track last hosted an AMA Grand National event in 2002 in what was the third year of a three year stop on the tour's schedule just after the turn of the century. 3-Time AMA Grand National Twins Champion Kenny Coolbeth, Jr. is the only top-10 ranked rider still active that was racing the last time the series hit the venue, noted for it's hosting of many World of Outlaws sprint car races over the years.
In the shot above, Coolbeth and the #2 Zanotti Racing/Harley-Davidson Motor Co/Gator H-D-sponsored XR750 team, including championship-winning tuner Dave Atherton and his famous and retired son, Kevin Atherton, head towards the grid during the red flag at the Springfield Mile I over the Memorial Day weekend on May 24, 2015. Coolbeth currently sits atop the series standings with a 5-point lead over defending AMA Grand National Champion Jared Mees (67-62 points) after the running of the Sacto Mile on May 30. Last weekend's Hagerstown Half-Mile was rained out with no rain date available.
Check out the full press release below thanks to SMI Promotions, the promoters of the Sacto Mile, the Las Vegas Finals and the upcoming Charlotte Half-Mile on August 29. If you are in the Charlotte area during the last weekend of August, you definitely need to head to the Charlotte Motor Speedway to see the bar banging action in the greatest racing series on two wheels in the world. I guarantee it will be an event that you don't want to miss!
Press release courtesy of SMI Promotions, the promoters of the Sacto Mile and Charlotte Half-Mile.
AMA Pro Grand National Motorcycle Racing Returns to the Carolinas
Charlotte Motor Speedway to host Don Tilley Memorial Charlotte Half-Mile on Aug. 29
Kenny Coolbeth (No. 2), of Center Hill, Florida, is one of the few riders still in the series today who raced at Charlotte back in the early 2000s. (Larry Lawrence photo/SMI)
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