Monday, January 9, 2012

AMA Flat Track: 2012 AMA Grand National Championship Schedule Adds USA Raceway in Tucson for October 6

Riders get ready to roll out for the 2nd practice session at round 11 of the 2011 AMA Pro Flat Track Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship Series at the I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, MI. in preparation for the day's upcoming 25 lap National main event.  The unofficial start to the second half of the season would see 51 riders take a qualifying time, with 48 of those qualifying within less than 1.5 seconds of fast man-on the day, Brad Baker on the #12 Lloyd Brothers Motorsports Ducati.  At the end of the day, Jared Mees, Bryan Smith and Jake Johnson would celebrate on the podium before the series would make it's 2nd of 3 west coast swings for the year.

Pictured (L-R) are:  Jared Mees on the #9 Rogers Lake Racing/Blue Springs H-D/Lucas Oil/Saddlemen-sponsored H-D XR750, Kenny Coolbeth on the #2 Harley-Davidson Motor Co/Screamin' Eagle/Spectro Oils/Fox-backed factory XR750, Sammy Halbert on his #7 Kings Kustoms/White's H-D/LZ Racing/KK Supply-sponsored XR, Bryan Smith on his #42 Moroney's H-D/Boughner Racing/RHC-sponsored XR, Jake Johnson on the #1 Zanotti Racing/Schaeffer's H-D/Boughner Racing/Motion Pro-backed XR, Johnny Lewis on the #10 Scott Powersports/Dubach Racing Developments/Saddlemen/Triple J Racing-sponsored and Kawasaki 650R-based mount, and Matt Weidman on the #20 White's Harley-Davidson/SNIP/Shoei/Silkolene-backed XR750.  On the back row can also be spotted Jeffrey Carver, Jr. on the #23 Eddie Adkins/Van's Yamaha/Woody Kyle Racing/Yamaha Motor Corp-sponsored XR750. 

The half-mile event scheduled for June 30, 2012 will see the stars of The Rolling Thunder Show return to the track that has hosted the AMA Pro Flat Track Series for several years now.  The mid-summer event signaled the start of the second half of the season in 2011 that would see Jared Mees continue his winning streak in the Twins Series, propelling him into the championship series lead before falling behind to eventual repeat champion Jake Johnson's charge at the end of the year.

With AMA Pro Flat Track's 2012 schedule announcement just less than three weeks ago, one of the three open 'TBA' dates has now been made official today with the signing of USA Raceway in Tucson, AZ. to host a round of the series on October 6, 2012 making it the penultimate round for the upcoming season.  As of today that leaves the two open date of June 9 and September 15 to complete the full line-up for the coming year.

You can read the full press release from AMA Pro Flat Track and view the updated schedule below.

AMA Pro Racing Adds USA Raceway to 2012 AMA Pro Flat Track Schedule

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 9, 2012) - AMA Pro Racing is excited to add USA Raceway in Tucson, Ariz. to the 2012 AMA Pro Racing Flat Track Schedule. The event will fill the October 6, 2012 TBA date on the previously-announced 2012 AMA Pro Flat Track Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship presented by schedule.

Arizona's premier 3/8-mile dirt track, USA Raceway is a relatively new track. The modern facility, which opened in 2005, normally hosts Late Model Stock Cars and Sprints Cars, but the AMA Pro Grand National Championship has visited Tucson before. In 2007, there were actually two Nationals in one weekend there.

The Raceway hosted both GNC Singles and GNC Twins rounds in what would be the last races of the year. Jake Johnson, aboard a factory-backed Suzuki, won the first night over teammate JR Schnabel and Bryan Smith on a Honda. The next night, Kenny Coolbeth locked up the number one plate with a second-place finish behind Joe Kopp, with Rich King taking third to make it an all Harley-Davidson podium.

The AMA Pro Flat Track Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship presented by and the AMA Pro Flat Track Pro Singles will conclude the 2012 season on the west coast, the October 6 date placing the Tucson, Ariz. event on the weekend between California races in Santa Rosa and the finale at Pomona.

Complete 2012 AMA Pro Flat Track Schedule:

March 15, 2012

Daytona Flat Track I
Daytona Flat Track, Daytona Beach, Fla.
Short Track

March 16, 2012

Daytona Flat Track II
Daytona Flat Track, Daytona Beach, Fla.
Short Track

May 26, 2012

Springfield TT
Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, Ill.

May 27, 2012

Springfield Mile
Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, Ill.

June 9, 2012

June 30, 2012

Lima Half-Mile
Allen County Fairgrounds, Lima, Ohio
Half Mile

July 7, 2012

Hagerstown, Half-Mile
Hagerstown Speedway, Md.
Half Mile

July 14, 2012

I-96 Half-Mile
I-96 Speedway, Lake Odessa, Mich.
Half Mile

July 28, 2012

Sacramento Mile
Cal Expo, Sacramento, Cailf.

August 4, 2012

Castle Rock TT
Castle Rock Race Park, Castle Rock, Wash.

August 12, 2012

Peoria TT
PMC Race Park, Peoria, Ill.

August 18, 2012

Indy Mile
Indiana State Fairground, Indianapolis, Ind.

September 1, 2012

Springfield Short Track
Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, Ill.
Short Track

September 2, 2012

Springfield Mile II
Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, Ill.

September 8, 2012

Knoxville Half-Mile
Knoxville Raceway,Knoxville, Iowa
Half Mile

September 15, 2012

September 30, 2012

Santa Rosa Mile
Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa, Calif.

October 6, 2012

USA Raceway
USA Raceway, Tucson, Ariz.
Half Mile

October 13, 2012

Flat Track Finale
LA County Fairplex, Pomona, Calif.
Half Mile

AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines. Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at

For additional information contact:

AMA Pro Racing Communications, (386) 492-1014,

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