AMA: Grand National Secrets to be Revealed in Harrington, Delaware
6 May 1998WESTERVILLE, Ohio -- What motorsport rumbles as loud as a NASCAR race and has more lead changes at a single event than a whole season of Formula One? Where can you see a pack of five racers rocket down a straightaway in such tight formation that you could fit all of them, and their vehicles, in the bed of a delivery truck?
Look no further than the American Motorcyclist Association's (AMA) Grand National Dirt Track Series. The oldest form of professional motorcycle racing in the U.S., the Grand National Dirt Track Series returns to the Harrington, Del., Half-mile, on Saturday May 16. The Harrington round will also feature the season kick-off of the 1998 Harley-Davidson Sportster Performance Series.
The 1998 Grand National Dirt Track season kicked off on March 7 during Bike Week festivities in Daytona Beach, Fla. Much like NASCAR icon Dale Earnhardt, eight-time Grand National Dirt Track Champion Scott Parker won the 1998 Daytona Beach round after being denied a Daytona win over his 19-year pro career. Harley-Davidson rider Parker leads the series to the Harrington round, where he took second-place at last year's race.
Round one of the 1998 Harley-Davidson Sportster Performance Series will also be held in Harrington. Known until 1998 as the Harley-Davidson 883 National Series, the series still features racing motorcycles equipped with the Harley-Davidson 883 Sportster motor.
Rock Island, Ill., resident Davey Camlin enters the season as the reigning
champion of the Harley-Davidson Sportster Performance Series. Camlin took
seven wins last year on his way to the title. Camlin also contends the
Grand National Series, and took sixth place at last year's Harrington
A list of Harrington, Del., Half-mile winners follows:
PAST GRAND NATIONAL WINNERS YEAR WINNER, HOMETOWN MACHINE 1997 Kevin Atherton, White Pigeon, MI Harley-Davidson 1996 Main event rained out 1995 Scott Parker, Swartz Creek, MI Harley-Davidson 1984 Terry Poovey, Euless, TX Harley-Davidson 1983 Jay Springsteen, Lapeer, MI Harley-Davidson 1982 Jay Springsteen, Lapeer, MI Harley-Davidson 1981 Steve Morehead, Findlay, OH Harley-Davidson 1980 Steve Morehead, Findlay, OH Harley-Davidson 1978 Jay Springsteen, Lapeer, MI Harley-Davidson 1977 Ted Boody, Royal Oak, MI Harley-Davidson 1976 Corky Keener, Burton, MI Harley-Davidson 1975 Jay Springsteen, Flint, MI Harley-DavidsonTrack Records: 4 laps: Chris Evans, St. Catharines, ON, CAN, May 17, 1997, 1:45.765 25 laps: Scott Parker, Swartz Creek, MI, May 6, 1995, 11:07.34
PAST HARLEY-DAVIDSON SPORTSTER PERFORMANCE WINNERS
YEAR WINNER, HOMETOWN MACHINE
1996 Mike Hacker, Prince George, VA Harley-Davidson
1995 Matt Wait, Lodi, CA Harley-Davidson
Track Records: 12 laps: Mike Hacker, Prince George, VA, May 4, 1996, 5:42.33
For tickets and information about the May 16 Grand National Dirt Track and Harley-Davidson Sportster Performance races at the Harrington, Del., Half-mile, call (302) 697-3275.