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Monday, June 13, 2011

AMA Flat Track finale in SoCal

From AMA Pro Racing

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - AMA Pro Racing and the Bellino-Morgan partnership have announced that an agreement has been reached to bring professional flat track back to Los Angeles. On Oct. 15, the AMA Pro Harley-Davidson Insurance Flat Track Championship will culminate in the AMA Pro Flat Track World Finals at the Fairplex in Pomona, where the best of the best in the flat track world will meet to decide which riders leave with crowns.  

Long the traditional setting of the year-end event, the challenging half-mile is a welcome addition to the AMA Pro Harley-Davidson Insurance Flat Track calendar and the perfect place for AMA Pro Racing to crown its series champions. 

"AMA Pro Racing couldn't ask for a more fitting finale to what's already been a fantastic Flat Track season," said AMA Pro Racing COO and Managing Member David Atlas. "We're proud to add another quality venue to our season calendar, and we're immensely enthusiastic about both the Bellino-Morgan partnership and a return to the glory of Southern Californian tradition."

Bob Bellino, of Circle Bell Motorsports is well known as the promoter of both the returning Sacramento Mile and the second-annual Calistoga Half-Mile; Chris Morgan, of Motorsports Ventures, is the West Coast Director of DirtCar, the sanctioning body for the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series.

"Chris has an extensive background in motorsport promotion," said Bellino. "We met when he came to Northern California to promote the series of World of Outlaw races held this spring, and we hit it off right away. Our ideas about promoting races and giving the race fan the best value for their dollar are very similar."

"We're excited about the creation of the world finals concept and the opportunity to play host to the final round of the AMA Pro Flat Track calendar," said Morgan. "We look forward to combining the history of Pomona, the excitement of AMA Pro Flat Track, and the star power and glamour of Los Angeles into a grand finale for the 2011 AMA Pro tour."

The 2011 season marks the first since 1999 that more than one National has been held in the Golden State. The AMA Pro Flat Track World Finals will crown not one but two AMA Pro Flat Track Champions, as both the Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship and the Motorcycle-Superstore.com Pro Singles Championship will be decided at the Fairplex.

The event will also mark the end of Chris Carr's Farwell Tour, as the seven-time Grand National Champion will be stepping away from a full-time assault on the points race at the end of this year. If early season race results are any indication, however, Carr could very well be in the hunt for his stunning eighth title when the "Rolling Thunder Show" descends on the Fairplex in Pomona this fall.

The deep cushion of the Fairplex half-mile was a staple on the Grand National Series for years, running spring and fall races in 1992 through 1995 and returning briefly to the schedule in 2009. Among the current crop of riders, only Chris Carr (1993) and Henry Wiles (2009) have posted wins at Pomona. Historically, the track has favoured the hard-charging "cushion masters," and AMA Hall of Fame inductee Scott Parker - who posted a legendary six wins at the circuit - is the only rider who's ever repeated there.

The addition of the AMA Pro Racing Flat Track World Finals expands the 2011 calendar to 22 races, culminating in a Western three-race swing that comprises the Calistoga Half-Mile National on Oct. 1, the Yavapai Downs Mile II on Oct. 9, and the AMA Pro Racing Flat Track World Finals at the Fairplex in Pomona, Oct. 15.

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