Wednesday, November 23, 2011

AMA Flat Track: Mack Daddy Racing's George Mack Talks With Larry Lawrence in Cycle News This Week

Mack Daddy Racing's George Mack rolls out the #10J Mack Daddy Racing/Sammy Sweet/TCR/PCD-sponsored Honda CRF450R of AMA Pro Pro Singles rider Steven Vanderkuur prior to the Pro Singles main event at round 16 of the 2011 AMA Pro Flat Track Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship presented by Series on September 4.  Mack has been building and prepping machines for riders in the AMA Pro Flat Track Series for over a decade now and has been known to put together some fine machines and great results over the years after having been involved in the sport since the 80s as a rider and top wrench.

When the MDR owner isn't at the track, he is running his business, Performance Cycle & Dyno out of his Illinois-based shop.  His services include everything from bike set-up to race engine prep.

Vanderkuur rode the MDR Honda to a 2nd-place finish in his heat race earlier in the day, just .131 seconds behind heat winner Briar Bauman, to qualify for the Pro Singles main event at Springfield II, where he ended up finishing in the 11th-place spot after the last lap melee that caught riders Mikey Avila and Robbie Treinen out on the final lap.  He still finished just 1.044 seconds behind main event winner Jake Shoemaker.  Vanderkuur finished the season ranked 16th in the Pro Singles standings with best finishes of 3rd at the Peoria TT and 4th at the Lima Half-Mile.

'09 AMA Pro Flat Track Saddlemen Rookie of the Year Stevie Bonsey on the #80 Mack Daddy Racing/Alpinestars/Arai/Rod Lake-sponsored Honda CRF450R leads former 3-Time AMA Grand National Twins Champion and '07 AMA Singles Champion Kenny Coolbeth, Jr. on the #2 Chaplin Kawasaki/Spectro Oils/Wiseco/Fox-backed KX450F in the late stages of the rescheduled Springfield TT round of the 2011 AMA Pro Flat Track Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship Series on May 30.  The two had a great duel going on during the National main for several laps, with Bonsey able to best the former champ in the closing laps of the red-flag delayed event.

Bonsey rode to a career and season-best finish of 4th place at the Illinois State Fairgrounds Multipurpose Rodeo Arena riding a George Mack-prepped machine after finishing 8th on a like-prepped ride in late April at the Salinas Short Track round, while riding a partial schedule for the season.  Bonsey, Ion Stear and Matt Weidman are but a short list of riders that Mack has helped out over the course of the last decade or so in AMA Pro Flat Track racing.

Larry Lawrence covers the AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship Series for Cycle News, and he got a chance to talk with Mack Daddy Racing's George Mack a few weeks back for this week's CN Digital Edition.  You can read it here:

You can check out George Mack's Performance Cycle & Dyno here:

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