The following is from AMA Pro Racing...

The AMA Flat Track Championship will visit two new venues in 2005 including the half-mile track at Metrolina Speedway in Concord, N.C. and Darke County Fairgrounds half-mile in Greenville, Ohio. Returning to the 2005 calendar is the mile track at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, and Ionia Raceway Park (formerly known as I-96 Speedway) in Lake Odessa, Mich. Additionally, there are 11 returning events scheduled in the 2005 Championship including the season opener in Daytona Beach, Fla., during Bike Week, the historical TT and mile events at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield and the Peoria TT event in Peoria Ill., among others.

According to AMA Pro Racing Flat Track Series Manager Bruce Bober the 2005 schedule provides a good mix of the various disciplines comprising the AMA Flat Track Championship. “So far we have 15 confirmed events on the schedule with the possibility that more will be added later,” said Bober. “Of that 15 four are mile events, two are short tracks, seven are half-miles and two are TT races. This will provide a great mix of racing to our fans and competitors.”

Chris Carr is seeking his fifth consecutive (seventh overall) title in the historic 51st year of AMA Grand National racing. Carr, who won the AMA Pro Racing SPEED Channel Athlete of the Year Award in 2003, is one of the most successful Flat Track racers in the history of the sport. Carr’s Grand National win total is at 68 and he has the most wins in the short track and TT categories. Joe Kopp, Ken Coolbeth and Johnny Murphree, who finished last year’s championship in second through fourth, respectively, are also expected to return in 2005.

The 2005 AMA Flat Track Championship schedule is as follows:

Date - Location - Type - Series

March 10 - Municipal Stadium, Daytona Beach, FL - S.T. - GNC

May 21 - Route 66 Raceway, Joliet, IL - Half-mile - GNC/HDSP

May 28 - Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL - T.T. - GNC

May 29 - Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL - Mile - GNC/HDSP

June 18 - New York State Fairgrounds, Syracuse, NY - Mile - GNC/HDSP

June 24 - Atomic Speedway, Oak Ridge, TN - S.T. - GNC *

June 25 - Allen County Fairgrounds, Lima, OH - Half-mile - GNC/HDSP

July 2 - Ionia Raceway Park, Lake Odessa, MI - Half-mile - GNC/HDSP

July 16 - Metrolina Speedway, Concord, NC - Half-mile - GNC/HDSP

July 23 - Darke County Fairgrounds, Greenville, OH - Half-mile - GNC

July 30 - Hagerstown Speedway, Hagerstown, MD - Half-mile - GNC/HDSP

Aug. 6 - Farley Speedway, Farley, IA - Half-mile - GNC/HDSP

Aug. 9 - Black Hills Speedway, Rapid City, SD - Half-mile - GNC/HDSP *

Aug. 21 - Peoria Race Park, Peoria, IL - T.T. - GNC

Aug. 27 - State Fair Speedway, Sedalia, MO - Half-mile - GNC/HDSP *

Sept. 3 - Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL - S.T. - GNC

Sept. 4 - Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL - Mile - GNC/HDSP

Sept. 10 - Vernon Downs, Vernon, NY - Mile - GNC *

Oct. 1 - Du Quoin State Fairgrounds, Du Quoin, IL - Mile - GNC/505

Date and locations subject to change

* Tentative. To be confirmed

Flat Track News

Paul Carruthers | Editor

Paul Carruthers took over as the editor of Cycle News in 1993 after serving as associate editor since starting his career at the publication in 1985. Carruthers has covered every facet of the sport in his near-28-year tenure at America's Daily Motorcycle News Source.

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