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American Motorcycle Association: Hagerstown AMA GNC preview

17 August 2000

     PICKERINGTON, Ohio --  19-year old phenom Nicky Hayden and his 16-year old

brother Roger Lee are preparing to toss a wrench into the points battle of the

AMA Progressive Insurance U.S. Flat Track Championships, when the series roars

into Hagerstown, Maryland, on Aug. 19.

     Nicky, whose road-racing prowess has earned him international fame, will

return to the scene of his first Grand National win. During a break in last

year's road-racing schedule, the stars of Earl's Racing Team descended on

Hagerstown Speedway. Nicky--then 18-years old--ran away to take the checkers.

     However, plenty of riders will be gunning for the top-spot on the

Hagerstown podium. Sacramento Harley-Davidson rider and defending Champion Chris

Carr will be looking to increase his current series points lead. Carr, of

Fleetwood, Penn., has 133-points and enjoys a 31-point lead over series

second-place rider Will Davis.

     Davis, of Goldsboro, North Carolina, took a spill during last weekend's

Peoria TT race and chose to sit out the rest of the event, due to the head

injury he sustained during a softball game weeks before. Hopefully, Davis will

be healthy enough to keep the pressure on Carr.

     Tied with Davis at 102 points, but ranked in third-place due to finish

positions, is Corbin's Joe Kopp. Kopp fought a nagging clutch problem at Peoria

last week, fixing it just before the main event to finish in second. With that

performance Kopp jumped two spots up in the point standings.

     Also on tap for the August, 19 event will be round four of the

Harley-Davidson Sportster Performance series.  Belleville, Illinois, native

Brian Thomas has 50-points, a scant 4-point lead over series second place rider

Scott Stump. Another 4-points behind Stump is defending champion Wille McCoy.

Hagerstown will also mark rider Shaun Russell's return to Sportster Performance


     While at the Hagerstown Half-Mile, be sure to stop by the Progressive

Insurance tent 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 begins at 7 p.m. with opening ceremonies at 8:15 p.m.. For

ticket information call (301) 582-0640.

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

and news, check the AMA Pro Racing pages of AMADirectlink, at


     POS  PTS  NUM  RIDER, HOMETOWN                MACH         WINS
     1    133  1    CHRIS CARR, FLEETWOOD, PA      ROT/HD       3
     2    102  21   WILLIAM DAVIS, GOLDSBORO, NC   ATK/HD       2
     3    102  43   JOE J KOPP, MICA, WA           ROT/HD
     4    98   67   MIKE HACKER, PRINCE GEORGE, VA HD           1
     5    94   11   BRYAN BIGELOW, AU GRES, MI     ROT/HD
     6    86   80   RICH KING, DYSART, IA          HD
     7    84   9    JAY SPRINGSTEEN, LAPEER, MI    ROT/HD       1
     8    81   31   KEN COOLBETH JR, WARREN, CT    WR\HD
     9    75   18   TERRY POOVEY, EULESS, TX       ROT/HON      1
     10   70   10   DAN STANLEY, BELLINGHAM, WA    ATK/HD
     11   60   33   GLEN JR SCHNABEL, WEST BEND, WI             WR/HD
     12   51   66   GEORGE A ROEDER II, MONROEVILLE, OH         ROT
     13   43   20   JOHNNY MURPHREE, FORSYTH, IL   HD
     14   42   59   WILLIE MCCOY, RICHARDSON, TX   ATK/HD
     15   41   19   PAUL LYNCH, BEL AIR, MD        HD
     16   40   89   KEVIN VARNES, NEW HOLLAND, PA  ATK
     17   27   69   NICKY HAYDEN, OWENSBORO, KY    HD
     18   23   15   CHRIS EVANS, CANADA, ON        HD
     19   21   41   BRETT LANDES, LOS GATOS, CA    ATK
     20   19   24   MICHAEL VARNES, READING, PA    HD
     21   16   2    SCOTT PARKER, SWARTZ CREEK, MI HD
     22   14   12N  JASON M TYER, IRVING, TX       HD
     23   13   83   PAUL R MORGAN III, CENTRALIA, IL            HD
     24   12   53   GARY ROGERS, SAN JOSE, CA      HD
     25   10   29   DALE JENNEMAN, GRAND ISLAND, NE             ATK
     26   9    61   SHAWN C CLARK, GROTON, NY      HD
     27   7    81A  ROY MILLER, NEW HOLLAND, PA    ROT
     29   6    26   STEPHEN J BEATTIE, CANADA, ON  ATK/HD
     30   6    79   JASON E SENTELL, MILLINGTON, MI             HD
     31   6    89C  CHRIS B BOONE, GOODLETTSVILLE, TN           HD
     32   6    11S  JOHN S NICKENS III, RICHMOND, VA            HD
     33   3    32P  BRIAN J SHIRLEY JR, CHATHAM, IL             HD
     34   3    19K  TRENTON W BAILEY, OTTUMWA, IA  ATK
     35   3    47C  GREG G TYSOR, CUMMING, GA      ROT
     36   2    90   TIM P EADES, PETERSBURG, VA    HD
     37   2    70   JOHN HLEBO III, LOS GATOS, CA  CCM
     38   1    42F  CORY L ROTH, MANSFIELD, OH     HD
     39   1    72F  LARRY PEGRAM, BALTIMORE, OH    HD