AMA Pro Racing has announced a tentative 25-race schedule for the 2001 AMA/Progressive Insurance U.S. Flat Track Championships.

The season kicks-off once again at Municipal Stadium in Daytona Beach on March 10 and will include double rounds at the Springfield Mile, Hagerstown Speedway and the "Magic Mile" in Du Quoin, Illinois. The recent improvements to the "Magic Mile" have the riders and fans alike excited about the first race "under the lights" on July 7 and again at the season finale Sept. 29.

Returning to the schedule are two tracks which hosted inaugural rounds last season: Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina, on July 28, and Vernon Downs, New York, on September 8. Lowe's has the distinction of being in the heart of NASCAR country, Vernon Downs features a hotel off of turn four, which, if you get a room on the track side of the hotel, allows you to catch the racing action. The hotel also features a closed-circuit television system.

Seven rounds have yet to be announced on the schedule, which, for now, is as follows:

March
10 Municipal Stadium, Daytona Beach, FL Short Track

April
21 TBA

28 TBA

May
5 Hagerstown Speedway, Hagerstown, MD Half Mile

12 TBA

26 Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL TT

27 Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL Mile

June
2 Kansas State Fairgrounds, Hutchinson, KS Half Mile

16 TBA

23 Delaware State Fairgrounds, Harrington, DE Half Mile

30 Allen County Fairgrounds, Lima, OH Half Mile

July
7 Du Quoin State Fairgrounds, Du Quoin, IL Mile

21 TBA

28 Lowe's Motor Speedway, Charlotte, NC Half Mile

August
4 TBA

11 Hagerstown Speedway, Hagerstown, MD Half Mile

19 Peoria Motorcycle Clubgrounds, Peoria, IL TT

25 State Fair Speedway, Sedalia, MO Half Mile

31 Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL Short Track

September
1 Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL Mile

2 Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL Mile

8 Vernon Downs, Vernon, NY Mile

15 TBA

29 Du Quoin State Fairgrounds, Du Quoin, IL Mile

Flat Track News

By Scott Rousseau

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