Thursday, June 30, 2011

Steve Nace Racing/AMA Pro Flat Track All-Star National Flat Track Series Heads East for Independence Day & Night Before Hagerstown

Jared Mees on his #9 Montgomeryville Cycle Center/Lucas Oil/Rogers Lake Racing/Saddlemen-sponsored Honda CRF450R leads Sammy Halbert on the #7 Woody Kyle Racing/Fredericktown Yamaha/AGV/Kings Kustoms-backed Yamaha YZF450F during their battle for the 2nd spot on the box in the Dash for Cash event at the Springfield TT in May.  Round 6 of the 2011 AMA Pro Flat Track Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship Series was postponed from 48 hours earlier when torrential rains and hail decimated the Rodeo Arena's facilities approximately 45 minutes before practice was due to start. 

However, the 'slight' delay in the program didn't make for any less interesting or exciting racing as The Jammer and Slammin Sammy took their battle on the track right to the wire, with Mees getting the second spot on the podium behind Dash winner JR Schnabel on the #33 Werner-Springsteen Monster Energy Kawasaki.  Mees would go on to prevail over Schnabel and Halbert in the main event, taking 2nd place behind event winner Jake Johnson on the #1 Zanotti Racing Honda.  Schnabel would round out the podium in the main while Halbert would fight back from a red-flagged, last row restart to net 5th on the day.

Mees and Halbert will lead a contingent of AMA Pro Flat Track regulars to the east coast over the weekend as the Steve Nace Racing/AMA Pro Flat Track All-Star National Flat Track Series heads to Frederick, MD. on Independence Day for the Barbara Fritchie Classic, one of, if not THE oldest flat track races in the country.  With Mees leading the point standings in the Steve Nace Series, in both the Twins and Singles classes, look for his 'man on fire' routine of late to shine through once The Rolling Thunder Show touches down on the 4th of July!

Frederick is the home of Slammin Sammy's main sponsor in the Singles Series, so that in itself should provide that much more motivation for the man in charge in the 2011 AMA Pro Flat Track Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship Series.  And other then Mees, there probably isn't any one other racer that races more during the off-season or between Grand National events, and with the roll that Sammy has been on this year should make for some extra exciting competition amongst the ranks of the best from The Rolling Thunder Show.  The Barbara Fritchie Classic takes place at the Great Frederick Fairgrounds with the first practice session scheduled to roll off at 0930 EDT on July 4.

After wrapping up the 1st of a 2-race east coast swing, the AMA Pro Flat Track regulars then will head to Winchester, VA. for the July 8 running of the Winchester Speedway Half-Mile event as part of the Steve Nace/AMA All-Star Series.  This race should be a major stopping point for even a few more of the AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship Series regulars, especially so since it is the night before round 10 on the calendar at the Hagerstown Half-Mile event on Saturday, July 9.  For anyone in the area for Saturday night's Grand National event, this round is a must-see event since it is only approximately 45 miles from Saturday night's race.  First practice hits the track at 1700 EDT on Friday, July 8.

Steve Nace Racing Promotions, based out of Paducah, KY., has been running the All-Star Series the last couple of years for the AMA folks.  The series replaced what used to be known as the Hot Shoe Series of non-National series of regional races across the country, and Steve and Kelly do a super job in putting on these races.  They also put on the DuQuoin Indoor Short Track back on April 16, round 3 of the Grand National Series, and excelled at putting on a first-rate show.  When not running the show in the All-Star Series you can also find Steve and Kelly helping out Steve Morehead and the AMA Pro Flat Track Series crews at the National events.

This is the event poster for the Barbara Fritchie Classic at Frederick, MD. on July 4, which includes the Al Wilcox Memorial Race.  Wilcox was an AMA flag man legend who passed away earlier this year, and had flagged races for literally decades in the sport.  Event poster courtesy of Steve Nace Racing/Barbara Fritchie Classic.

Barbara Fritchie Classic and Winchester Speedway event info courtesy of Steve Nace Racing/AMA Pro Flat Track All-Star National Flat Track Series.

Winchester Speedway event poster courtesy of Winchester Speedway and Steve Nace Racing/AMA Pro Flat Track All-Star National Flat Track Series.

You can check out Steve Nace's official site here to get an idea of where the point standings are after six of 11 scheduled events on the 2011 season.  Question-can ANYONE stop either Jared Mees OR Sammy Halbert in these upcoming events?

The official website of the Barbara Fritchie Classic Motorcycle Race, July 4:

I found a little video of some action in Frederick from the 2008 races:

Wincester Speedway official website:


  1. Hey you got the city name and dates wrong.
    It's Frederick, MD and it's on the 4th of July.
    Winchester, VA is on Friday night the 6th of July and the National is at Hagerstown, MD on the 7th.
    Not trying to a wise acre, just wnat all to be advised........

  2. Actually, I got the dates correct--this was for last year's event. But thanks for trying to keep me honest!


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