The following is a release from the AMA:
AMA Sports, the amateur and pro-am racing department of the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), has announced additional payouts for the AMA Sports Magic Mile Shootout on Saturday, Aug. 23, promoted and organized by the Du Quoin State Fair.
In addition, the registration deadline has been extended. Riders can now sign up through tomorrow at the AMA website at www.AmericanMotorcyclist.com.
The larger purse is possible thanks to additional backing from Black Cat Gold, Lucas Oil Indy Mile and Bud's Harley-Davidson, who join The Service Pavilion, Lancaster Harley-Davidson, and Gatewood Engineering and Race Support as program sponsors.
"With this extra support, we are proud to announce extra payouts for the 450cc premier class at the Magic Mile Shootout," said Ken Saillant, AMA Sports flat track director. "The 450cc heat winners will each pocket $500. In addition to the $10,000 going to the winner of the main event, $1,000 will be paid to the runner-up, and third will win $500."
This is in addition to the already announced $500 Last Man Out Race, featuring bikes from the 450cc premier class, and the $2,500 winner-take-all Vintage Pre-1982 Twins race. Both the 450cc class and the Vintage Pre-1982 Twins class are open to non-GNC and non-Expert licensed riders with eligible equipment.
"Flat-tracking is a stepping stone to the whole sport of motorcycle racing, and this particular event will really spotlight some of the up-and-coming racers," said Dawn Morand, general manager of Bud's Harley-Davidson. "They are out there doing a great job, and it's wonderful for them to get the recognition they deserve. Also, we are in Evansville, Indiana. The event is right in our backyard, so it makes sense for us to get on board."
In addition to the heats and main events for both classes, the night will feature a 450cc Last Man Out Race, sponsored by Gatewood Engineering and Race Support. The five-lap event will pay $500 to the winner and feature five riders selected from the 450cc class. In a last-man-out race, the last rider on each lap pulls off and the remaining riders line up for a subsequent lap. The process continues until there's one rider remaining.
For more information about the AMA Sports Magic Mile Shootout, or to register to compete in the event, please see the Racing section of www.AmericanMotorcyclist.com.