Wednesday, June 27, 2012

AMA Pro Flat Track Announces NBC Sports to Air Springfield Mile I on July 1

Round 4 of the 2012 AMA Pro Flat Track Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship presented by season had a new player in town in the form of Bryan Smith's #42 Howerton Motorsports/Eaken Racing Kawasaki/Midwest Performance Hardware/Guts Wear-sponsored Ninja 650R-based twin, and right off the truck the Rick Howerton/Howerton Products-built and Skip Eaken-tuned machine was ready to show the way in one of the biggest events of the season at the Illinois State Fairgrounds mile oval.

Showing it's form in winning the first heat of the day, Flyin' Bryan also led the rest of the fast six riders home in the Dash for Cash event after four furious laps around the legendary racing facility.  Leading Jake Johnson across the stripe while getting the checkers, Jersey Jake had the #1 Zanotti Racing/Schaeffer's H-D/Boughner Racing/Arai-backed XR750 in close tow, just .023 seconds behind.  Smith took the first 'official' checkered flag of the 2012 Twins Series season by winning the barn burning event and claiming the valuable 5 points towards the championship that go with it.

Following Johnson home is Jared Mees on the #9 Rogers Racing/Blue Springs H-D/Saddlemen/National Cycle-sponsored XR750, just .109 seconds behind, with eventual National main winner Willie McCoy on his #59 Harley-Davidson of Wausau/Independence H-D/Tucker Rocky/Arai-backed XR750 another .060 seconds in arrears.

AMA Pro Flat Track has just announced that the event, filmed over the course of the day's racing, by Kenny Sargent and the MavTV crew, will be broadcast this weekend on Sunday, July 1 at 5:00 PM EDT on the NBC Sports Network (remember, this is the old Versus network, NOT the NBC prime network!) 

You can read the full press release below, and when you get back from Lima on Saturday you'll have a great show to cap off a great weekend of racing in The Rolling Thunder Show!

AMA Pro Racing Announces Broadcast Date for Springfield Mile on NBC Sports
Fans encouraged to watch AMA Pro Flat Track riders take to legendary Springfield Mile

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 26, 2012) - AMA Pro Racing and Lucas Oil are proud to release the viewing date for the 2012 Springfield Mile. On July 1st at 5:00 p.m. ET/2:00 p.m. PT, fans can tune into NBC Sports to watch the stars of AMA Pro Flat Track slide sideways.
"We are very excited to have fans see the thrilling action that our riders take part in each and every event weekend," said Dan Johnsen, Director of AMA Pro Flat Track. "NBC Sports is the perfect platform for showcasing the extremely competitive and exciting racing found at every AMA Pro Flat Track event and we look forward to thrilling audiences across America."

Bryan Smith #42 leads Jared Mees #9, Kenny Coolbeth, Jr. #2, eventual-winner Willie McCoy #59 and the rest of the field during the running of the Springfield Mile I on May 27.  AMA Pro Flat Track photo by Dave Hoenig.

Viewers will witness the world-class racing put on by the stars of the AMA Pro Harley-Davidson Insurance Expert Twins Class presented by Harley-Davidson Motorcycles, along with the up-and-coming, yet very talented AMA Pro Pro Singles support class, as they battle the legendary Springfield Mile. The Memorial Day weekend event featured some of the tightest racing and closest finishes to date in AMA Pro Flat Track.

Please check your local listings for a channel line-up to find NBC Sports. Search Lucas Oil Motorsports Hour or Motorsports Hour if you don't see the program listed.
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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