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AMA: Storied Tradition takes to the track in Springfield, Illinois

24 May 2000


     PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- As the AMA Progressive Insurance U.S. Flat Track

Championships crank into full swing, all eyes turn to the famed Springfield

Mile in Illinois for the May 28 round of the series. The Springfield Mile's

fast surface and wide turns make for 130-mph racing on the straights, while

the track's legendary draft makes for numerous lead changes every lap.

Picking a winner at Springfield is always tough, but the favorites have to

include a number of the series' top stars.

     Springfield will offer a chance to shine for Harley Davidson rider

Rich King. King of Dysart, Iowa, is no stranger to the Springfield Mile

podium, logging his first win there during the Sept., 5 round of the 1999

season.

     King will have plenty of competition as defending champion Chris Carr

continues his quest for a repeat championship. Carr has captured the No. 1

spot at Springfield twice, and he still holds the race record for the

25-lap event, finishing in 14 minutes 26.77 seconds in May of 1995.  Fans

will also get to see road-racer/flat-tracker Larry Pegram trade his Ducati

996 Superbike to race a Harley- Davidson XR750 backed by his Competition

Accessories team.

     Springfield also marks the inaugural Harley-Davidson Sportster

Performance event of the 2000 season. On hand will be Richardson, Texas

native and current series champion Willie McCoy, aboard his DPC Racing 883.

McCoy is comfortable at Springfield, having finished 3rd during the May

1999 round, and he'll be looking for his first win on the Mile track.

     But McCoy will have to negotiate a field of talented riders, including

up-and-coming star Roger Lee Hayden of Owensboro, Ky. The youngest of the

Hayden boys showed great improvement on the Mile track, placing 16th during

the May 1999 round and then moving up 10 places for 6th overall during the

Fall 1999 round. Oshkosh, Wis,. native and two-time Springfield Mile

Sportster Performance winner Bret Beyer will add to the excitement.

     While at the Springfield Mile be sure to stop by the Progressive

Insurance tent, near the Grand Stand entrance, for rider autograph

sessions, video games, free magnetized schedules, posters and other

giveaway items. Once there you can Support the Sport by calling

1-800-FLAT-TRACK on the hotline or by receiving an on-line quote on the

Progressive computer.  Don't forget, for ever quote made through

1-800-FLAT-TRACK, Progressive pays $1.00 into the rider point fund.

     Qualifying heats begin at 11:15 a.m. with Opening Ceremonies at 1 p.m.

For ticket information call (217) 753-8866. The race will be broadcast

Monday, June 19, at 6 p.m. EST on ESPN2. The Harley Davidson Sportster

Performance event will air Thursday, June 29, at 6:30 p.m. EST on ESPN2.

Check local listings as broadcast times may vary.

      For immediate post-race results, rider information, AMA Pro Racing

notes and news, check www.amaproracing.com

2000 AMA PROGRESSIVE INSURANCE U.S. FLAT TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP POINT STANDINGS

     POS   PTS    NUM    RIDER, HOMETOWN                     MACH
     1     23     18     TERRY POOVEY, EULESS, TX            ROT
     2     19     43     JOE J KOPP, MICA, WA                ROT
     3     16     41     BRETT LANDES, LOS GATOS, CA         ATK
     4     15     9      JAY SPRINGSTEEN, LAPEER, MI         ROT
     5     14     1      CHRIS CARR, FLEETWOOD, PA           ROT
     6     13     33     GLEN JR SCHNABEL, WEST BEND, WI     WR
     7     12     21     WILLIAM DAVIS, GOLDSBORO, NC        ATK
     8     11     31     KEN COOLBETH JR, WARREN, CT         WR
     9     10     11     BRYAN BIGELOW, AU GRES, MI          ROT
     10    9      59     WILLIE MCCOY, RICHARDSON, TX        ATK
     11    8      24     MICHAEL VARNES, READING, PA         HD
     12    7      81A    ROY MILLER, NEW HOLLAND, PA         ROT
     13    6      10     DAN STANLEY, BELLINGHAM, WA         ATK
     14    5      19     PAUL LYNCH, BEL AIR, MD             HD
     15    4      26     STEPHEN J BEATTIE, CANADA, ON       ATK
     16    3      47C    GREG G TYSOR, CUMMING, GA           ROT
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