2015 Marks the 50th Running of the Sacramento Mile AMA Pro Grand National

New Race Date of May 30, 2015 for Historic Event

The Sacramento Mile AMA Pro Grand National will reach a historic landmark on May 30th, as the race runs for the 50th time.

The Sacramento Mile AMA Pro Grand National will reach a historic landmark on May 30th, as the race runs for the 50th time.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (March 6, 2015) – The Sacramento Mile AMA Pro Grand National will reach a historic landmark on May 30th, as the race runs for the 50th time. The race boasts one of the richest traditions in Grand National Championship racing. Leading riders and teams from across the country will converge on Cal Expo, all in hopes of coming away winner of the 2015 Sacramento Mile.

Michigan’s Bryan Smith returns to Cal Expo this May to try to add to his record fourth consecutive Sacramento Mile victory. Last year’s race was one of the most exciting in the event’s long history. Smith battled with as many as five other riders in the lead pack throughout last year’s 25-lap main. In the end the race came down to a drafting war with Smith just holding off a surging Jake Johnson by 3-100ths of a second. Jared Mees and Brandon Robinson were in the hunt as well, the top four separated by just 4-10ths of a second.

Smith said he felt the pressure of trying to make history at Sacramento.

“I was loose and the groove wasn’t as well defined as it has been in past years,” Smith said. “Definitely for whatever reason, maybe it was the added pressure of being four in a row I’m not sure, but Jake and Jared didn’t let me have it easy that’s for sure.”

Smith was thrilled with putting his name in the history books with last year’s victory.

“It’s awesome,” Smith said of being the first to win four in a row. “Especially considering the guys I beat out. Scotty Parker is one of my best friends and an all-time hero of flat track. So to beat anything he’s accomplished is pretty awesome. It’s a proud day for me for sure.”

The past Sacramento Mile winners list reads like a Who’s Who of American motorcycle racing. The legendary Carroll Resweber was the first to taste victory at Sacramento, when he rode his factory Harley-Davidson to victory in the AMA Grand National held in California’s capital city on July 19, 1959. Since then Motorcycle Hall of Famers such as Joe Leonard, Gary Nixon, Hank Scott, Jay Springsteen, Ricky Graham, Bubba Shobert, Scott Parker and Chris Carr have all stood atop the Sacramento Mile podium.

The Sacramento Mile has roots even farther back in motorcycling history. The old fairground track first hosted a national motorcycle race in 1914, when Bob Perry rode an Excelsior to victory in the Federation of American Motorcyclists (FAM) 5-Mile National Championship.

For a list of past winners click on this link: http://sactomile.com/history/sacramento-mile-winners/

You can be a part of this year’s historic race by attending in person. Tickets will be available on a first come, first served basis. Seats have not been reserved from prior years’ attendance. Advance Adult Tickets start at $29. Space is limited, so buy early and secure your ideal seat to cheer on your favorite rider!

The race, now being held on Saturday, May 30th, has moved up two months on the AMA Pro Flat Track schedule. We continue to offer FREE Motorcycle Parking to our fans who ride to the Miller Lite Grandstands at Cal Expo in Sacramento. All Children and Youth Standing Room Only admission will be FREE again this year with a properly ticketed Adult.

Our hugely favored Turf Club, Legends Club, and Box Seats continue to be the premiere sought-after seat. These sections will fill up early. Don’t delay as these seats may not be available closer to the event date.

Click http://sactomile.com/tickets/ for the Sacramento Mile Ticket Page.

Call our knowledgeable Sacramento Mile staff to personalize your event experience. The phone line remains a Toll Free call at 1-844-SAC MILE (722-6453). Phone lines will be busy early in the sale. Leave a message and you will receive a return call within 24 hours.

The AMA Pro Grand National Championship series is one of the longest running motorcycle racing championships in the world. Known by its fans as flat track racing, many consider this form of motorcycle racing the most exciting on the planet. On the long straights of the Sacramento Mile top speeds can reach 130 miles per hour and, running just inches apart, riders then broadslide their machines into the turns at triple-digit speed, controlling their arc through by throttling up and spinning their bike’s rear wheel, all of this on a racing surface made of dirt! Flat track racing has produced many of America’s Motorcycle Grand Prix Champions such as Kenny Roberts, Eddie Lawson, Wayne Rainey, Kenny Roberts, Jr. and Nicky Hayden.

Practice for the 50th Sacramento Mile begins at on Saturday, May 30 at 2:00 p.m. and opening ceremonies for the evening program kick off at 6:00 p.m.

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*** 2015 Ticket Information: Ticket information is available for the May 30, 2015 Sacramento Mile at www.sactomile.com.

Fans can order tickets online  at https://secure.interactiveticketing.com/b/ae283e, by calling 1-844 SAC MILE (1-844- 722-6453).

Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are available. Contact the Cal Expo Group Sales Department at boxoffice@calexpo.com for more information.

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In 2014, AMA Pro Grand National Championship rider Bryan Smith secured his fourth consecutive victory on the thrilling mile long track. Piloting his #42 Villa Esparza/Crosley Radio Kawasaki, Smith had to battle the rest of the determined field that included Jared Mees and Jake Johnson. Capturing the win by a mind-blowing 3-100ths of a second, Smith was able to extend his Sacramento Mile win streak to 4. He will return to Sacramento Mile contention on May 30, 2015 being the man to beat in the premiere class.

The Pro Singles class was just as exciting as the Expert Twins GNC race. Not to be outdone, Kyle Johnson (eventual 2014 Pro Singles title Champion) clocked in his victory on his Parkinson Brothers Racing Honda at a mere 0.025 seconds over Davis Fisher. Taking the win at Sacramento Mile in 2014 propelled Kyle to the points lead in the chase towards the championship. It would be his last of four wins but Johnson maintained enough points to snag the crown. Look for #77j of Kyle Johnson to mix it up at this years 50th Anniversary running of the Sacramento Mile.

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2015 Sacramento Mile Tickets On Sale

We are proud to announce event tickets for the 2015 Sacramento Mile will officially go on sale today, Thursday, January 15th at 10am (PST). Tickets will be available on a first come, first served basis. No seats have been reserved from prior years’ attendance. Advance Adult Tickets start at $29. Space is limited, so buy early and secure your ideal seat to cheer on your favorite rider!
The race, now being held on Saturday, May 30th, has moved up two months on the AMA Pro Flat Track schedule. We continue to offer FREE Motorcycle Parking to our fans who ride to the Miller Lite Grandstands at Cal Expo in Sacramento. All Children and Youth Standing Room Only admission will be FREE again this year with a properly ticketed Adult.
Our hugely favored Turf Club, Legends Club, and Box Seats continue to be the premiere sought-after seat. These sections will fill up early. Don’t delay as these seats may not be available closer to the event date.
Click here for the Sacramento Mile Ticket Page.
Call our knowledgeable Sacramento Mile staff to personalize your event experience. The phone line remains a Toll Free call at 1-844-SAC MILE (722-6453). Phone lines will be busy early in the sale. Leave a message and you will receive a return call within 24 hours.
*Fans that attended in 2014 and did NOT receive the Fan Appreciation Newsletter should call to order tickets by using 1-844-722-6453 ext 1.

Bryan Smith Earns Record Fourth Consecutive Sacramento Mile Victory

Top four separated by just 4-10ths of a second at the flag

Bryan Smith said this was the toughest one yet, but in spite of enduring relentless pressure all the way to the finish, Smith, 31, of Flint, Michigan, managed to win a record fourth consecutive Sacramento Mile on his Villa-Esparza/Crosley Radio Kawasaki. (Larry Lawrence photo)

Bryan Smith said this was the toughest one yet, but in spite of enduring relentless pressure all the way to the finish, Smith, 31, of Flint, Michigan, managed to win a record fourth consecutive Sacramento Mile on his Villa-Esparza/Crosley Radio Kawasaki. (Larry Lawrence photo)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (July 26, 2014) — Bryan Smith said this was the toughest one yet, but in spite of enduring relentless pressure all the way to the finish, Smith, 31, of Flint, Michigan, managed to win a record fourth consecutive Sacramento Mile on his Villa-Esparza/Crosley Radio Kawasaki. Smith battled with as many as five other riders in the lead pack throughout the 25-lap main, in the end the race came down to a drafting war with Smith just holding off a surging Jake Johnson by 3-100ths of a second. Jared Mees and Brandon Robinson were in the hunt as well, the top four separated by just 4-10ths of a second.The win not only gave Smith a record of consecutive wins at Sacramento, it also moved him to the series lead at the halfway mark in the season. He now holds a two-point advantage over Mees (150-148), who led coming into this race. Jake Johnson remains a very close third with 142 points.

Smith said he felt the pressure of trying to make history at Sacramento.

“I was loose and the groove wasn’t as well defined as it has been in past years,” Smith said. “Definitely for whatever reason, maybe it was the added pressure of being four in a row I’m not sure, but Jake and Jared didn’t let me have it easy that’s for sure.”

Johnson ran a Ramspur Winery/Lloyd Bros Motorsports Kawasaki tonight. It marked the third brand of motorcycle he’s ridden in the Twins races this season. He did everything right on the final lap, but his slingshot move came up just short.

“My strongest point of the track was going into three,” Johnson explained. “I tried to give Bryan a little bit of a lead so I could get a run on him. I got a good drive through three and came off of four and just… if the straightway was maybe 30 feet longer. We were close. It was good.”

This was the 49th running of the Sacramento Mile and Smith was thrilled with putting his name in the history books.

“It’s awesome,” Smith said of being the first to win four in a row. “Especially considering the guys I beat out. Scotty Parker is one of my best friends and an all-time hero of flat track. So to beat anything he’s accomplished is pretty awesome. It’s a proud day for me for sure.”

The top finishing Californian rider was Stevie Bonsey of Salinas, who was eighth. Briar Bauman , also of Salinas, was ninth in the 18-rider field.

Kyle Johnson took a come-from-behind win in the Pro Singles final on his Parkinson Brothers Racing Honda. He chased down and nipped Davis Fisher on the final lap, the TJ Burnett Farms Honda, by a scant 0.025 seconds. Nick Armstrong was third. The victory moved Johnson into the lead of the Pro Singles Series by three points over Fisher.

Jay Springsteen and Chris Carr brought the fans to their feet with their exhibition race. “Springer” drafted Carr at the line to win the exo and the two were running times within a half second of the leaders in tonight’s races.

Next up for the series is the Castle Rock TT on August 2.

Results of the Sacramento Mile – July 26, 2014 1 42 Bryan Smith Flint, MI Kawasaki EX650 25 Laps 38.425 2 5 Jake Johnson Coatesville, PA Kawasaki EX650 +00.030 38.448 3 9 Jared Mees Clio, MI Harley-Davidson +00.056 38.336 4 44 Brandon Robinson Oxford, PA Kawasaki EX650 +00.505 38. 5 2 Kenny Coolbeth, Jr. Morris, CT Harley-Davidson +01.923 38.689 6 1 Brad Baker Eatonville, Wa Harley-Davidson +06.361 38.419 7 7 Sammy Halbert Graham, WA Harley-Davidson +06.381 38.824 8 80 Stevie Bonsey Salinas, CA Harley-Davidson +06.393 38.846 9 14 Briar Bauman Salinas, CA Harley-Davidson +09.474 38.852 10 65 Cory Texter Willow Street, PA Kawasaki EX650 +13.899 39.025

Mees Looking for Sacramento Mile Breakthrough

Showdown between series leader Jared Mees and three-time Sacramento winner Bryan Smith expected

Jared Mees has finished fourth, then third and finally second in the previous three Sacramento Miles. He hopes to continue that progression and earn his first win at the track this Saturday at Cal Expo. Mees is leading the series and is considered the leading prospect to knock off three-time winner Bryan Smith. (Courtesy SactoMile.com)

Jared Mees has finished fourth, then third and finally second in the previous three Sacramento Miles. He hopes to continue that progression and earn his first win at the track this Saturday at Cal Expo. Mees is leading the series and is considered the leading prospect to knock off three-time winner Bryan Smith. (Courtesy SactoMile.com)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (July 24, 2014) – Jared Mees comes into this Saturday’s Sacramento Mile on a hot streak. Mees won two out of the three AMA Pro Grand National Series races leading up to this weekend’s event at Cal Expo. Mees holds a five-point series lead over three-time Sacramento Mile winner Bryan Smith. That not only sets up what could be one of the best showdowns of the season between the two favorites in the 49th running of the Sacramento Mile, it also positions the race as a bout between Kawasaki vs. Harley-Davidson.

Mees, 28, of Clio, Mich., is eager to carry his momentum into Sacramento Saturday and hopes to win for the first time at the historic race. If you look at the past results of Mees at the Sacto Mile you’ll see he’s heading in the right direction. In 2011 he finished fourth, then third in 2012 and finally Mees was runner up to Smith in last year’s race.

“I’ve had a lot of success there, seconds and thirds, but I’ve never won it,” Mees said. “I always have a lot of fun there. I love the atmosphere, I love the track. It’s one of my favorite miles.”

This year the Harley-Davidson XR750 that Mees rides, no longer has to run intake restrictor plates, so his motorcycle will have more power this season to deal with the speedy  Villa-Esparza/Crosley Radio Kawasaki that Smith races. That should help Mees on the lengthy straights of Sacramento.

While her husband Jared is expected to contend for the Sacramento Mile win, Nichole Mees has some good history at the race herself. She’s qualified three times for the Sacramento Mile and hopes to add a fourth to her resume this weekend. (Courtesy AMA Pro Racing)

While her husband Jared is expected to contend for the Sacramento Mile win, Nichole Mees has some good history at the race herself. She’s qualified three times for the Sacramento Mile and hopes to add a fourth to her resume this weekend. (Courtesy AMA Pro Racing)

“It’s pretty fast, with tight corners and long straightaways,” Mees explained. “It makes it a little different. It’s kind of one-lined in the corners. It’s definitely going to help the Harley-Davidsons having no restrictors, but it’s all about the same fundamentals as any race – (a good) start, stay consistent, stay smooth.”

Another Mees could be part of history at Sacramento as well. Jared’s racing wife Nichole Mees (formerly Cheza) has qualified in all three Sacramento Miles she’s appeared. This year Nichole is joined in the series by talented rookie Shayna Texter. Should Mees and Texter both qualify for the main at Sacramento, it would mark the first time two female riders raced in an AMA Grand National flat track race at the same time.

Earlier this season Texter became only the third female rider ever to qualify for an AMA Grand National flat track event. Texter has a good history at Cal Expo. She won the Pro Singles support race there twice. This will be her first appearance at the track on a Grand National bike.

Practice for the Sacramento Mile begins at on Saturday, July 26 at 2:15 p.m. and opening ceremonies for the evening program kicks off at 6:15 p.m.

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Shayna Texter twice won the Pro Singles support race at Sacramento. She hopes to continue her success this year in the premier Grand National class. Should Texter and Nichole Mees both qualify at Sacramento that would mark the first time two female riders qualified for an AMA Pro Grand National flat track event. (Courtesy AMA Pro Racing)

Shayna Texter twice won the Pro Singles support race at Sacramento. She hopes to continue her success this year in the premier Grand National class. Should Texter and Nichole Mees both qualify at Sacramento that would mark the first time two female riders qualified for an AMA Pro Grand National flat track event. (Courtesy AMA Pro Racing)

Fans can order tickets online  at https://secure.interactiveticketing.com/a/c84136, by calling 1-844 SAC MILE (1-844- 722-6453) or by visiting the Cal Expo Ticket Box Office in the Administration Building at 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95815 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (PT) Monday through Friday. Tickets can also be purchased at any ticket window during the 2014 California State Fair.

Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are available. Contact the Cal Expo Group Sales Department at boxoffice@calexpo.com for more information.

Bryan Smith Seeking Sacramento Mile Record

A fourth-straight would mark the most consecutive wins at historic venue

Smith, Bryan-smSACRAMENTO, Calif. (July 22, 2014) – Bryan Smith has the opportunity to accomplish what no other rider in the long history of the Sacramento Mile has managed to do. Smith could become the first rider ever to win four-straight AMA Pro Grand Nationals on the famous mile at Cal Expo this coming Saturday, July 26, 2014.

Smith, 31, of Flushing, Michigan, is riding a three-year winning streak coming into this year’s Sacramento Mile, having won all three races since the return of the event to the AMA Pro Grand National Championship calendar in 2011.

As it stands now Smith is tied with Sacramento Mile legends Scott Parker and Chris Carr, who each won the race three times consecutively. Carr was the first to accomplish the feat with his three straight wins in the early 1990s. Parker matched his Harley-Davidson rival in the late 1990s. Smith tied Carr and Parker last season and now stands on the precipice of claiming one of the most impressive records in the storied history of the race.

“It’s pretty cool to even have a shot at breaking that kind of record at Sacramento,” Smith said. “Anytime you talk about breaking a record where riders like (Scott) Parker, (Chris) Carr and (Bubba) Shobert raced for so long would be a real honor. I looked up to those guys as my heroes, so it would be really special to win four straight and own at least one record at that track.”

Last year Smith won his third straight in a spectacular finish that saw four riders come out of the final turn, just inches apart with Smith somehow managing to hold off Jared Mees, Brandon Robinson and Brad Baker at the checkered flag. The four riders were separated by a scant 0.145 seconds.

“It was going good all day, we were really dominant,” said Smith, after last year’s riveting Sacramento Mile victory. “I really wanted to try to get away from those guys and win this thing by a long ways. I had it going my way for a minute. I think I got my tire a little hot, started to fade back. Then Brad came running up the inside of me and ran me off the groove. I had my work cut out for me getting around the Harleys. They were hauling in the corners. Luckily my trusty Crosley Kawasaki was real fast on the straightaways so I got back by them.”

This year Smith will again be on a Kawasaki at Sacramento, this time around with the Villa Esparza/Crosley Radio Team. The new team will utilize Jeff Gordon-tuned, Kawasaki 750cc engines and many other components from the 2012 and 2013 Howerton Motorsports machine, in a highly modified C&J chassis by Robert Terando. The Villa Esparza/Crosley Radio Team is eager to build on the two consecutive GNC Twins Championships, with four wins, 13 podium finishes, and second place overall in the 2013 Grand National Championship earned with Smith riding the Howerton machines.

Villa Esparza is a food distribution company, owned by Joe Esparza, based in Austin, Texas. Joe is a long-time friend, and supporter, of Bryan Smith and American Flat Track racing. Esparza proudly steps into the team owner position after Rick Howerton announced he would reduce his time commitment to the AMA Pro Flat Track series at the end of the 2013 season. Howerton, Gordon and Ron “Dink” Glidden will continue to provide technical support for the team, with Bryan and his father, Barry Smith, maintaining the race bikes out of their shop in Michigan.

Founding sponsor, Crosley Radio, looks forward to adding a third successful race season, elevating the professionalism and competitiveness of the Grand National Championship on and off the track, and in the paddock. Visit www.Crosley-Radio.com or stop by the Villa Esparza/Crosley Radio Team pits to see Crosley Radio’s vintage inspired electronics.

Practice for the Sacramento Mile begins at on Saturday, July 26 at 2:15 p.m. and opening ceremonies for the evening program kicks off at 6:15 p.m.

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Fans can order tickets online  at https://secure.interactiveticketing.com/a/c84136, by calling 1-844 SAC MILE (1-844- 722-6453) or by visiting the Cal Expo Ticket Box Office in the Administration Building at 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95815 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (PT) Monday through Friday. Tickets can also be purchased at any ticket window during the 2014 California State Fair.

Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are available. Contact the Cal Expo Group Sales Department at boxoffice@calexpo.com for more information.

Area Riders Looking for Breakthrough at Sacramento Mile

Top-10 Ranked Stevie Bonsey and Briar Bauman among leading contenders

Stevie Bonsey races the powerful Zanotti Racing Harley-Davidson. He’s hoping his Harley can challenge the Kawasaki of Bryan Smith, which has been dominant the last two seasons at the Sacramento Mile. (Larry Lawrence photo)

Stevie Bonsey races the powerful Zanotti Racing Harley-Davidson. He’s hoping his Harley can challenge the Kawasaki of Bryan Smith, which has been dominant the last two seasons at the Sacramento Mile. (Larry Lawrence photo)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (July 18, 2014) – For years riders like Mert Lawwill, Alex Jorgensen, Ricky Graham and Chris Carr gave Sacramento Mile fans homegrown riders to cheer on to victory. Carr, who was raised in Stockton, Calif., was the last of the area contenders to take victory at the prestigious event. Since then there’s been a drought of local talent capable of winning the race, but that’s changing. Riders like Briar Bauman, Stevie Bonsey, Chad Cose, Mike Rush and Mikey Martin are giving renewed hope that a rider from Northern California will once again stand atop the podium at Cal Expo, when the AMA Pro Grand National Championship makes its annual stop at the California State Fair next Saturday, July 26.

You’d have to excuse Northern California racing fans for maybe getting a little spoiled over the years, especially with Carr being the second all-time wins leader at the Sacramento Mile, earning nine-career AMA Grand National victories at Cal Expo. Carr, along with his former fellow Harley-Davidson factory rider and Motorcycle Hall Famer Jay Springsteen, will be honored at this year’s 49th running of the Sacramento Mile for their lifetime of accomplishments.  And while the memories of Carr’s wins at Sacramento are certainly sweet, a big majority of the thousands of fans who will attend this year’s race are from Northern California, and they’d like to once again see a home rider be a contender.

Bill Werner was the man who got the whole Kawasaki flat track bike craze started. Now former Rookie of the Year Briar Bauman is showing good promise on the machine and is hoping to do well at his home race, the Sacramento Mile. (Larry Lawrence photo)

Bill Werner was the man who got the whole Kawasaki flat track bike craze started. Now former Rookie of the Year Briar Bauman is showing good promise on the machine and is hoping to do well at his home race, the Sacramento Mile. (Larry Lawrence photo)

Those fans need look no further than Salinas, California’s Stevie Bonsey to find a local leading contender capable of scoring a podium finish at Sacramento. Bonsey is already a two-time winner in the series, having taken national wins on the Half-Miles at Calistoga, California, in 2010 and Tucson, Arizona in 2012. Bonsey races for the powerful Zanotti Racing Harley-Davidson squad and feels he has the chance to earn a solid result at Sacramento this year. Bonsey said of all the mile ovals the series visits Sacramento just might be the most challenging.

“That track is tough,” Bonsey said. “It’s a real narrow, notch groove. You’ve obviously got to get a good start and be towards the front at the end of it and hopefully keep those Kawasakis behind me. Bryan’s (Smith) bike was pretty much unbeatable there last year. I saw Brad (Baker) trying to get him and there was nothing Brad could do. He kept trying to go under him and Bryan just had a little bit more motor.”

With a Zanotti Harley under him Bonsey said he finally has the bike capable of winning at Sacramento. It won’t hurt that the Harley-Davidson XR750s no longer have to run intake restrictor plates, so they’ll have even more power this year.

“I’ve got a beautiful bike to ride this year and hopefully I can put it up front,” Bonsey concluded.

Mikey Martin (No. 91) is hoping to be the first rider in over 40 years to win the Sacramento Mile aboard a Triumph. (Larry Lawrence photo)

Mikey Martin (No. 91) is hoping to be the first rider in over 40 years to win the Sacramento Mile aboard a Triumph. (Larry Lawrence photo)

Another Salinas rider who could be a factor at Sacramento is 2012 AMA Rookie of the Year Briar Bauman. Bauman is racing the groundbreaking Bill Werner-built Monster Energy Kawasaki. Werner was the man who first brought Kawasaki’s EX650 to Grand National racing. In the years since the Kawasaki is arguably the bike to beat on the big mile ovals. Bauman, like Bonsey, comes into Sacramento ranked in the top 10 and is poised to score a solid result at Sacramento. Bauman won his first Grand National race earlier this season at Daytona.

“It’s a huge,” Bauman says of Sacramento. “You show up there and because it’s the closest mile we have all your friends and family show up because they want to see it and support you. To be able to do well at that track would be the best, to do it in front of home fans would be huge. I did well on the 450s (Pro Singles) and then in my rookie (expert) year there I broke so I didn’t get to race. Last year I think I finished around tenth (it was actually 13th). I think I’m learning as I go and hopefully this year we’ll be a little bit further up.”

Bauman also feels Sacramento is especially tough because of the narrow groove and that brings unique strategies into play in terms of setting up passes.

Chad Cose, of Fremont, Calif., is ranked 15th in the AMA Pro Grand National standings coming into Sacramento. (Larry Lawrence photo)

Chad Cose, of Fremont, Calif., is ranked 15th in the AMA Pro Grand National standings coming into Sacramento. (Larry Lawrence photo)

“It starts out a little like a cushion track, but as the night wears on it becomes a small notched, blue groove we race on all night,” Bauman explains. “It’s a little tough to pass. You have to really draft well and kind of make the passes aggressive because the notch it so small. Other than that it’s a good track to ride on and it’s awesome because it’s home.”

Mikey Martin of Acampo, California, won a Pro Singles race at Sacramento in 2011. He’ll not only be trying to win for his friends and family who will be there to watch him race, he’s also trying to bring Triumph motorcycles back to prominence at Sacramento. AMA legends like Everett Brashear, Gary Nixon and Chuck Palmgren won the Sacramento Mile, but it was way back in 1970 when Gene Romero took victory that a Triumph motorcycle last won at Sacramento.

“I know I can do well there,” Martin said. “Last year I was the fast qualifier so I’m looking forward to it. It’s only 20 minutes away from my house, so I can sleep in my own bed and hopefully wake up and put the Triumph on the podium. I think it’s been 40-something years since Triumph’s been on the podium at Sacramento. Hopefully I can be the next one to do it.”

Other area riders who could be a factor at Sacramento include Chad Cose (Fremont) and Mikey Rush (San Jose). Both are ranked inside the top-20 in the national standings.

Practice for the Sacramento Mile begins at on Saturday, July 26 at 2:15 p.m. and opening ceremonies for the evening program kicks off at 6:15 p.m.

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*** 2014 Ticket Information: Ticket information is available for the July 26, 2014 Sacramento Mile at www.sactomile.com.

Fans can order tickets online  at https://secure.interactiveticketing.com/a/c84136, by calling 1-844 SAC MILE (1-844- 722-6453) or by visiting the Cal Expo Ticket Box Office in the Administration Building at 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95815 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (PT) Monday through Friday. Tickets can also be purchased at any ticket window during the 2014 California State Fair.

Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are available. Contact the Cal Expo Group Sales Department at boxoffice@calexpo.com for more information.

Shayna Texter Readies for Sacramento Mile

Shayna Texter twice won the Pro Singles support race at the Sacramento Mile, so it’s easy to understand why she has this race circled on her calendar. The rookie expert will be racing a Grand National bike – a Latus Racing/Castrol Triumph – at Sacramento on Saturday, July 26th. If everything falls in place she’s hoping to score her best Grand National finish to date. It should also be noted that if Nichole Mees makes the main also, it would mark the first time two females qualified for an AMA Pro Grand National Flat Track event.

SMI’s Steve McLaughlin to Undergo Open Heart Surgery

Chris Agajanian to serve as acting director for the Sacramento Mile

Steve McLaughlin

Steve McLaughlin

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (July 16, 2014) – Steve McLaughlin, on the verge of promoting his first AMA Pro Grand National at the Sacramento Mile through his company SMI, suffered a heart attack at his home in Germany and is scheduled for open-heart surgery on Thursday, July 17. As a result McLaughlin will not be able to attend this year’s Sacramento Mile, on July 26. McLaughlin has asked well-known former race promoter Chris Agajanian to fill in as acting director of the event.

“It’s something you never expect to happen,” McLaughlin said from his hospital room in Germany. “I was looking forward to coming to California this week and overseeing the race, but my doctors tell me I won’t be up to traveling for a month or so after this surgery. I’m going to miss getting to see all the SMI staff, the Cal Expo staff I’ve worked so closely with and of course the fans and riders who are going to make this year’s Sacramento Mile a huge success.

“I’m grateful to Chris for stepping up to come in at the last minute and serving as director of the event. He is the first one I thought of when I realized I wouldn’t be able to fulfill my duties in person, but I wasn’t sure he’d agree to it or not. I was relieved when he told me he’d be happy to help.”

Agajanian is a veteran racing promoter who grew up learning race promotions under his legendary father, Motorcycle Hall of Famer J.C. Agajanian. After college Chris began a successful career in the music industry working for Warner Bros. Records, but it wasn’t long before his family’s business came calling. In the early 1970s his father asked Chris to come to work for him full time and he became General Manager and Vice President of Agajanian Enterprises while taking on the duties of owner/operator at the legendary Ascot Raceway in Gardena, CA.

Agajanian worked his way up through the family business and went on to head the company for years, successfully promoting AMA Grand National races such as the Sacramento Mile, the Dallas Mile, the Seattle Mile and the Del Mar Mile as well as other venues such as Knoxville, Iowa,  Denver and Las Vegas. For his outstanding work Agajanian received the prestigious Promoter of the Year Award from the American Motorcycle Association. His company was bought out by Clear Channel in 2000. He served as the President of that company’s Dirt Track Division for five years.

“I thought I’d escaped this madness,” Agajanian joked when he was asked by McLaughlin to direct the event. “But in all seriousness, I’m happy to come in and help Steve. He’s been a friend for years and that’s what we do in the motorcycle racing fraternity – we come together and make things work when a colleague has a time of need. Steve has assembled a great team to promote this event. I’ve worked with many of the staff before and it looks like things are going to be pretty seamless. I think Steve just wanted someone there who’d been through it all before and could answer questions should they come up and I’m happy to do whatever I can to help this be a successful event. We all wish Steve a speedy recovery.”

Practice for the Sacramento Mile begins at on Saturday, July 26 at 2:15 p.m. and opening ceremonies for the evening program kicks off at 6:15 p.m.

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Fans can order tickets online  at https://secure.interactiveticketing.com/a/c84136, by calling 1-844 SAC MILE (1-844- 722-6453) or by visiting the Cal Expo Ticket Box Office in the Administration Building at 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95815 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (PT) Monday through Friday. Tickets can also be purchased at any ticket window during the 2014 California State Fair.

Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are available. Contact the Cal Expo Group Sales Department at boxoffice@calexpo.com for more information.

Springsteen Looks Back at Historic ’82 Sacramento Mile Victory

When “Springer” became all-time AMA Grand National Wins Leader

Jay Springsteen was all smiles after breaking the 29-race win record set by Kenny Roberts. Springsteen was the first rider in AMA Grand National history to reach the 30-win mark.  Even today Springsteen is ranked third on the all-time wins list behind only Scott Parker and Chris Carr.

Jay Springsteen was all smiles after breaking the 29-race win record set by Kenny Roberts. Springsteen was the first rider in AMA Grand National history to reach the 30-win mark. Even today Springsteen is ranked third on the all-time wins list behind only Scott Parker and Chris Carr.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (July 9, 2014) – The memories of the night at Cal Expo 32 years ago aren’t crystal  clear, but Jay Springsteen does recall one thing in particular. “Ricky Graham, Bubba Shobert, Scotty Parker, I mean there were some fast guys back then,” Springsteen said.  “It was so competitive back then. If you made the main event in those days, you were good enough that you had an opportunity to win.”

On an April night in 1982 Springsteen made history. His victory at that year’s Sacramento Mile was his 30th-career AMA Grand National win and it was a milestone victory. That evening in Sacramento Springsteen moved past the legendary Kenny Roberts to become the all-time wins leader in AMA Grand National history.

But let’s back up a moment and consider the scope of Springsteen’s achievement.

During his record-setting career in the 1950s and early ‘60s the legendary Joe Leonard established the mark that all other racers aspired to when he won 27-career AMA Nationals.

Leonard’s record held for a decade until Bart Markel finally broke it in Columbus, Ohio, in 1971, by taking his 28th AMA National victory. Markel scored that win just in the nick of time because it proved to be his final career victory.

Modesto, California’s, Kenny Roberts then roared through the 1970s and at Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, California, in August of 1980, when he was in the middle of winning his first FIM 500cc Grand Prix Championship overseas, Roberts found the time to come back home and score his 29th-career AMA National victory to establish a new record.

Roberts’ all-time record would prove to be fairly short-lived. Already on the scene was one of the most talented flat trackers the sport ever produced, Jay Springsteen, who emerged, ironically from the same hometown of Markel’s, Flint, Michigan, and starting in 1975 began building his own long list of AMA National wins. In February of 1982, Springsteen tied Roberts’ all-time record by taking his 29th-career victory in the season-opening AMA Grand National Short Track in the Houston Astrodome.

Anticipation was high for “Springer” finally hitting the 30-win mark, but it would have to wait. Springsteen was going through one of his bouts with a mysterious stomach ailment and missed some following races. Meanwhile Ricky Graham won the TT National in the Astrodome. Then New Zealand’s Graeme Crosby won the Daytona 200 and Stockton, California’s Alex Jorgensen took the TT victory at Ascot Park in Gardena, California.

Ricky Graham was the rider Jay Springsteen beat at the line to take his historic victory at the ’82 Sacramento Mile. Springsteen said of Graham, “He was one of the toughest racers I ever raced. He was a natural at it, just like me.” This photo of Graham is from 1983.

Ricky Graham was the rider Jay Springsteen beat at the line to take his historic victory at the ’82 Sacramento Mile. Springsteen said of Graham, “He was one of the toughest racers I ever raced. He was a natural at it, just like me.” This photo of Graham is from 1983.

The Sacramento Mile was round five of what was then known as the Winston Pro Series. It was the first Mile of the ’82 season and it was a tossup as to who would win. In the five AMA Grand National Miles the preceding season there were five different winners. So there was no clear-cut favorite that April evening at Cal Expo.

Springsteen came back to race, healthy and ready to go for Sacramento.

Ricky Graham opened the program at the ’82 Sacramento Mile by breaking a lap record in qualifying, clocking a 38.51-second lap on his Tex Peel-tuned Harley-Davidson XR750. Springsteen, Lance Jones and Terry Poovey rounded out the fast qualifiers and would start from pole in their respective Heat races.

Springsteen won his Heat race on his Bill Werner-tuned factory Harley-Davidson, but he would start second in the main event to Graham, who won the fastest of the qualifying races.

At the start of the 25-lap National it was Graham leading the first lap, but Springer drafted past him to take over the lead on lap two. Werner had gotten the set-up on Springsteen’s bike perfect and he was able to actually put some breathing room between himself and the rest of the field. But then Graham rallied. He caught and passed Springer on lap 14 and the two would engage in a bar-to-bar battle the rest of the way.

It came down to the final lap. Springsteen led as the two took the white flag. Then it was Graham taking over coming off the back straight into turn three. Out the final corner Springsteen made the classic last-lap move on the Mile. He got a great drive coming off turn four and slipstreamed past Graham just before the line to finally reach that 30-win mark – and he did it by mere inches.

Graham could only shake his head and smile at being outfoxed by his more experienced rival.

“I thought I was doing the right thing,” Graham said on the podium. “Every time I passed Jay going down the back straight he wouldn’t catch my draft until turn one. So I figured if I could do that (on the final lap) he wouldn’t have time to catch the draft until after the start-finish line. I guess I judged it wrong.”

All these years later Springsteen remembers making that last-second pass on Graham.

“Sacramento has long straights and the finish line was a long ways down,” he said. “I got sucked into Ricky’s draft and the only thing I was worried about was getting off the blue groove. If I’d gotten off that line when I passed him I would have been in the marbles and probably wouldn’t have held on.”

Jay Springsteen had a potent machine in the Bill Werner-tuned factory Harley-Davidson XR750 at the 1982 Sacramento Mile. He needed all the power the bike could provide to draft past Ricky Graham to win a record 30th AMA Grand National.

Jay Springsteen had a potent machine in the Bill Werner-tuned factory Harley-Davidson XR750 at the 1982 Sacramento Mile. He needed all the power the bike could provide to draft past Ricky Graham to win a record 30th AMA Grand National.

Looking back on the record-breaking win now Springsteen said he was proud he did it at Sacramento and against a rider of Ricky Graham’s caliber.

“Whenever people ask me who the toughest racer I ever went up against Ricky is right there at the top,” Springsteen said. “He was a natural racer, just like me. Ricky was a good rider, he was smart and that’s why he won a lot of races. “

Fast forward 32 years and Springsteen will be back in Sacramento to be honored, along with fellow former factory Harley-Davidson rider Chris Carr, on race day July 26, as two living legends of the sport. Springer and Carr will be on the track together again in a friendly showdown exhibition ride around the historic Cal Expo Mile.

“I’m looking forward to coming back to the Sacramento Mile. My leathers have been hanging up all these years and they’ve shrunk a little bit. I don’t know what the deal is,” Springsteen joked. “Chris and are going to have some fun and I just hope he respects his elders, you know what I mean?”

Practice for the Sacramento Mile begins at on Saturday, July 26 at 2:15 p.m. and opening ceremonies for the evening program kicks off at 6:15 p.m.

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Fans can order tickets online  at https://secure.interactiveticketing.com/a/c84136, by calling 1-844 SAC MILE (1-844- 722-6453) or by visiting the Cal Expo Ticket Box Office in the Administration Building at 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95815 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (PT) Monday through Friday. Tickets can also be purchased at any ticket window during the 2014 California State Fair.

Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are available. Contact the Cal Expo Group Sales Department at boxoffice@calexpo.com for more information.