AMA: A Will Davis Homecoming
21 July 2000
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The racers of the AMA (American Motorcyclist Association) Progressive Insurance U.S. Flat Track Championships prepare to roar into Lowe's Motor Speedway, July 22, for the inaugural Charlotte National Half-Mile. Moroney's 1-800-FAST-HOG rider Will Davis hopes it will be his homecoming victory. Davis, of Goldsboro, N.C., has the opportunity to give the hometown crowd a double-shot of victory. A win at Lowe's would catapult the half-mile technician into the championship points lead. With 102 points, Davis sits 1 point behind current points leader and defending champion Chris Carr. Davis put on a groove clinic with his wire-to-wire win, July 8, in Hutchinson, Kan., and pulled within a point of Carr. Carr fought off a bad start in Hutchinson and worked his way through the pack, but could not reel in the leading three riders and had to settle for fourth. Series third-place rider Joe Kopp is just 20-points behind Davis. Kopp, of Mica, Wash., managed a fifth-place finish at Hutchinson, but showed everyone how to pass on a tight groove during the heat races. Kopp slipped off the groove in lap one and was passed by the entire field. Showcasing his high caliber talent, Kopp then began a relentless attack of the field reeling in seven riders in 10-laps and pressuring leader Bryan Bigelow to the checkers. Also back in action at Lowe's will be the Harley-Davidson Sportster Performance Series where just 15 points separate the top-ten riders. Brian Thomas, of Belleville, Ill., leads the series with 34-points. Hot on Thomas' heels is Scott Stump with 31 points. Rounding out the top-three is Sandoval, Ill., James Hart with 25 points. While at the Charlotte National Half-mile be sure to stop by the Progressive Insurance tent, near the grand stand entrance, for rider autograph sessions, video games, free magnetic 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 every quote made through 1-800-FLAT-TRACK, Progressive pays $1 into the rider point fund. Qualifying heats begin at 6 p.m., with opening ceremonies at 7:30 p.m. For ticket information call ( 704)455-3200. The Grand National race will be broadcast Wednesday, August 9, at 6 p.m. EST on ESPN2 and again on Sunday, August 13, at 4:30 a.m. EST. The Harley-Davidson Sportster Performance race will be broadcast Friday, August 18, at 6 p.m. EST on ESPN2 and again on Friday, September 1, at 2 a.m. EST. Check local listings as broadcast times may vary.