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Steve Morehead named Honoree of 24th Annual AMA Dirt Track Grand Championships

19 May 2000

PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- AMA Progressive Insurance U.S. Flat Track 
Championship star Steve Morehead has been named the 2000 Honoree of the 
24th Annual AMA Dirt Track Grand Championships, to be held June 29-July 5 
in Indianapolis and Lawrenceburg, Ind.

During his 26 years on the Grand National circuit, Morehead was a 
perennial championship contender and crowd favorite. His career was among 
the longest and most productive in AMA history.

The Findlay, Ohio, native, who is known to his many fans as the "Findlay 
Flyer," follows 1970 AMA Grand National Champion Gene Romero and 
three-time champ Bubba Shobert as the AMA Dirt Track Grand Championships' 
third Honoree since the tradition was begun in 1998.

As this year's Honoree, Morehead will preside over the June 29 Sign-Up 
Party in Lawenceburg, Ind., for the several hundred amateur and Pro Sport 
riders entered for the 2000 AMA Dirt Track Grand Championships. In 
addition to autograph sessions, Morehead will offer tips to the riders on 
the event's tracks: Lawrenceburg Motorcycle Speedway and the Indiana State 

"I'm looking forward to meeting the future stars of dirt-track racing from 
all over the country," Morehead said. "It's exciting to see the interest 
in dirt-track racing on the grass-roots level coming back. I've made 
hundreds of friends through racing over the years, and that's one of the 
things these up-and-coming riders will really appreciate as they get 
older. The people that are involved in the sport of dirt-track racing are 
some of the finest people you'll ever meet." 

After enjoying considerable success as an amateur racer, Morehead turned 
pro in 1974 on the AMA Grand National circuit. In 1978, on a half-mile 
track in Meadow Lands, Pa., he earned the first of what would become 23 
career AMA National wins. In an impressive display of consistency, 
Morehead went on to rank in the top 10 of the AMA Grand National Series 
standings a remarkable 17 times. 

Morehead's best season in terms of victories came in 1988, when he took 
four wins and finished the season ranked fourth. His highest finish in the 
series came in 1994, when at age 39, he was a title contender right up to 
the year's final race and ended up a close third in the points race. 

Best known for his prowess on half-mile dirt tracks, Morehead's last 
victory came on such a track in Las Vegas in 1998, at age 43. When he 
retired after the 1999 season, he ranked 10th on the all-time AMA Grand 
National wins list, and fourth in wins on half-mile tracks.

"We're honored that Steve accepted our invitation to serve as the 2000 
Honoree of the AMA Dirt Track Grand Championships," said Bill Amick, AMA 
Vice President of Events and Entertainment. "He was one of the best in the 
business as a young pro, and was still a force to be reckoned with long 
past the normal retirement age for dirt-trackers. Today's young riders can 
learn a lot from veterans like Steve, and we're happy to have this 
opportunity to bring them all together." 

In addition to his impressive credentials as a rider, Morehead has also 
been a successful co-promoter of AMA Grand National Series events at famed 
Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. Earlier this year he was named 
Operations Manager for AMA Pro Racing's Progressive Insurance U.S. Flat 
Track Championships. 

Having spent most of his life in the spotlight as a professional athlete, 
he now works behind the scenes, lending his expertise to dirt-track's most 
prestigious pro events. And at the 24th Annual AMA Dirt Track Grand 
Championships, he'll have an opportunity to survey the sport's future as 
the nation's best amateur riders come together in Indiana to test their 
skills in 21 classes of competition.