Carr Wins Springfield, Johnson Takes Title

Paul Carruthers | September 4, 2006
The inaugural AMA Ford Quality Checked Flat Track Championship/AMA Grand National Singles Championship came to an end with the Springfield Short Track on Saturday night, the race win going to Quality Checked-Certified Pre-Owned Ford’s Chris Carr and the championship going to Suzuki’s Jake Johnson.

Carr became the seventh different winner in the seven-race series, the Pennsylvania resident getting the holeshot and never looking back as he led all 25 laps for his 75th Grand National victory.

Behind him, Johnson had everyone’s attention as he crashed but managed to get up and still finish ninth – a spot that earned him the title first-ever AMA Grand National Singles Champion.

Johnson came into the night with an 11-point lead over Joe Kopp with Henry Wiles, Johnny Murphree and JR Schnabel all having mathematical chances of earning the title. Kopp, Murphree and Schnabel, however, all failed to make the main event, giving Johnson the breathing room he needed.

Kenny Coobeth finished second in the National with Henry Wiles ending up third.

Johnson ended the night with a 13-point cushion over Wiles. Kopp ended the series in third, just one point ahead of Carr.

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.