More than $1 million in purse, bonus and contingency money will be up for grabs in the 19-round 2001 AMA Progressive Insurance U.S. Flat Track Championships.

Minimum purses have increased 11 percent to $50,000 at mile tracks and 7.6 percent to $40,000 at half-miles, TTs and short-tracks in the premier Progressive Insurance Grand National class. Grand National mile winners can expect to pocket $10,000. In addition, the $100,000 Progressive Insurance Championship point fund and available contingency bonuses up the ante to $1.3 million, a number that will increase with three additional events yet to be announced.

The two support class purses, SuperTrapp SuperTrackers and Harley-Davidson Sportster Performance, have increased 40 percent to $7000 per event.

Here is the latest revised schedule for the 2001 AMA/Progressive Insurance U.S. Flat Track Championships, which now boasts 23 rounds.

March 10
Municipal Stadium, Daytona Beach, FL, ST; GNC

April 21
Houston Raceway Park, Houston, TX, HM; GNC/ST

May 5
Texas Motor Speedway, Ft. Worth, TX, HM; GNC/HDSP

12
TBA

26
Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL, TT; GNC

27
Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL, Mile; GNC/600

June 2
Joplin 66 Speedway, Joplin, MO, HM; GNC/HDSP

16
Hagerstown Speedway, Hagerstown, MD, HM GNC/ST

23
Superior Speedway, Superior, WI, HM; GNC/ST

30
Allen County Fairgrounds, Lima, OH, HM; GNC/ST

July 7
Du Quoin State Fairgrounds, Du Quoin, IL, Mile; GNC/HDSP/ST

21
TBA

28
Lowe's Motor Speedway, Charlotte, NC, HM; GNC/HDSP

August 4
TBA

11
Hagerstown Speedway, Hagerstown, MD, HM; NC/HDSP

19
Peoria Motorcycle Clubgrounds, Peoria, IL, TT; GNC

25
State Fair Speedway, Sedalia, MO, HM; GNC/HDSP

31
Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL, ST; GNC

September 1
Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL, Mile; GNC

2
Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL, Mile; GNC/600

8
Vernon Downs, Vernon, NY, Mile; GNC/ST

15
TBA

29
Du Quoin State Fairgrounds, Du Quoin, IL, Mile; GNC/HDSP/ST

Flat Track News

By Scott Rousseau

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