Speed Channel will broadcast the opening round of the 2002 AMA Progressive Insurance U.S. Flat Track Championship from Daytona Beach, Florida, according to AMA Pro Racing.

The race, held on Daytona Beach's Municipal Stadium's short track, will be shown on Tuesday, March 19 at 8 p.m. Eastern.

"Prime-time television coverage of AMA Flat Track is a great kick-off to this year's championship battle" John C. Farris, Jr., vice president commercial development, AMA Pro Racing, said in a release.

The broadcast of the AMA Grand National opener is part of an unprecedented seven hours of Speed Channel coverage from Daytona Bike Week 2002.

Two-time Daytona short track winners Terry Poovey and Chris Carr will attempt to tie the late Will Davis' record of three wins this March. Carr won the race in 1992 and 1994, while Poovey took the honors in 1997 and 2000. Carr is the defending series champ and will be opening his title defense at Daytona.

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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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