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AMA: Mud, Sweat and Gears = Big Money at Steel City

3 September 1998

WESTERVILLE, Ohio -- There's nothing like payday, and for riders in the 1998 AMA Mazda Truck Motocross Nationals, payday comes at the Sun., Sept. 6, season finale races at Steel City Raceway in Delmont, Pa., Riders in the season-ender will be jockeying for every last point -- points which translate directly into dollar signs.

Riders who finish the race at Steel City ranked in the top 20 will split just over $273,000 in bonus and purse money. That payout consists of $40,000 from the last installment of this year's $100,000 Mazda Truck point fund, $30,000 from the Steel City purse, and $203,000 from a select group of sponsors who mean it when they say "we support the sport."

The National Promoter Group -- a coalition of motocross track owners who banded together this year to increase exposure for the sport -- organized the industry sponsors, who together put up $200,000 in season-end bonuses. Series presenting sponsor Copenhagen Racing will also pay out over $3,000 in privateer awards following the Steel City races, the last payment of the season-long, $40,000 Copenhagen Privateer Challenge fund.

Sponsors contributing to the $200,000 bonus fund include: Thor/Parts Unlimited; Dunlop Motorcycle Tires; FMF Racing; Pro-X Pistons/L.A. Sleeve; Moto Tees; Copenhagen Racing; 1-800-COLLECT; Scott USA; Klotz Performance Lubricants; Renthal Handlebars; Mechanix Wear; Pro Action Suspension; Ballzee Aggressive Wear; NGK Spark Plugs and SBS Brake Systems.

The $200,000 sponsor bonus fund will be paid to the top 20 ranked riders in the 125cc and 250cc classes following the Steel City race. The title winner in each class will receive $15,000; the 20th-ranked rider will receive $2,000.

For information about the AMA Mazda Truck Motocross Nationals at Steel City Raceway, call (304) 284-0084. Fans who can't make the Steel City race can tune in for the ESPN2 broadcast on Sept. 24, 10:00 p.m.