Harley Withdraws Its Appeal

| March 21, 2002
According to AMA Pro Racing, the Harley-Davidson factory dirt track team today withdrew its appeal of the four-race suspension that was served after team rider Rich King was found to have an over-sized engine at the Barberville, Florida, Hot Shoe National event on March 6.

King will keep the points that he earned at both Municipal Stadium events in Daytona while the issue was under appeal, but the four-race suspension will now include both AMA/Progressive Insurance U.S. Flat Track rounds scheduled at the Illinois State Fairgrounds on Memorial Day Weekend. Thus the penalty ultimately becomes more severe in the sense that – since it was to include both Hot Shoe and U.S. Flat Track events – King’s suspension is spread over four Grand Nationals instead of just three (the traditional Friday night Municipal Stadium Short Track is a Hot Shoe event).

King will be eligible for competition again at the Hagerstown Half Mile on June 1.

By Scott Rousseau