Springfield This Weekend

Paul Carruthers | May 21, 2008
The following is from the IMDA…

The Illinois Motorcycle Dealers Association has announced details surrounding the AMA Flat Track Championship Memorial Day Weekend. Highlights include AMA Amateur Racing on the National TT track on Friday, the AMA Flat Track Championship TT featuring round 3 of the ’08 AMA singles championship on Saturday and the legendary and historic Springfield Mile on Sunday. Sunday’s Springfield Mile will be the season opener for the AMA Flat Track Championship twins.

The Illinois Motorcycle Dealers Association has announced that Toyota Trucks has signed on as the newest event sponsor for the historic Springfield Mile weekend. Toyota will be providing the event with the awesome Toyota Racing Development interactive display. As a part of this package, Green Toyota will be displaying many of the newest products in the exciting 2008 Toyota model line up. IMDA President, Dave Kiesow, stated, “Having Toyota Trucks on board is exciting for IMDA. Their support of flat track racing will surely be noticed and appreciated by our fans. We look forward to working with them for some time to come.”

In addition to the excitement Toyota will be adding to the event, there will also be many fan friendly activities, door prizes and displays from the other long standing sponsors of the Springfield Mile. The IMDA is very proud to have such distinguished companies like Budweiser, Memphis Shades, K & N, and Supertrapp involved with their races. It is these companies that make all of this possible.

FRIDAY May 23, 2008

AMA sanctioned amateur TT racing on the national track will get underway with gates opening at noon, practice starting at 3 pm and racing gets underway at 5 pm.

SATURDAY May 24, 2008

The fan friendly Autograph Party takes place outside the spectator gate at the TT track from noon until 2pm. Many stars of the AMA Flat Track Championship will be available for autograph seekers along with Miss Springfield Mile. The Toyota Grill will be fired up and serving free food. A live remote broadcast will take place featuring WYMG, the official radio station of the Springfield Mile.

Timed qualifying practice will begin at 3 pm on the TT track. Open paddock for spectators will be from 5 pm until 6:30 pm. Opening Ceremonies will get underway at 7:00 pm. Jake Johnson will be looking to repeat his victory from 2007.

SUNDAY May 25, 2008

Timed qualifying practice will begin at 10;30am. Open paddock for spectators will be at noon with Opening Ceremonies scheduled for 1 pm. Heat races will begin at 1:30 pm. The exciting “Dash for Cash” will feature 12 riders going at it for 5 laps with $1,000 going to the winner. At 3:10 the always popular AMA Riders Parade will take place on the historic Springfield Mile. The season opener for the AMA Grand National Championship twins season will take place at 3:20 in the afternoon. Can Kenny Coolbeth do it again?

Complete event schedule and details are available at:



Advanced reserve and general admission tickets for the TT and the Springfield Mile are available by calling the IMDA at 888.468.1622 or at participating IMDA member dealers.

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.