Coolbeth Leads AMA Pro Grand National Standings Coming Into the Sacramento Mile

Kenny Coolbeth, Jr. leads the AMA Pro Grand National Championship coming into this Saturday’s Sacramento Mile. (Photo courtesy SactoMile.com/Larry Lawrence)

Kenny Coolbeth, Jr. leads the AMA Pro Grand National Championship coming into this Saturday’s Sacramento Mile. (Photo courtesy SactoMile.com/Larry Lawrence)

SACRAMENTO (May 26, 2015) – Kenny Coolbeth, Jr., of Center Hill, Fla., leads the Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines Championship coming into this Saturday’s (May 30) Sacramento Mile at Cal Expo. Coolbeth, who rides for Zanotti Racing Harley-Davidson, is seven points up on defending AMA Pro Grand National Champion Jared Mees (53-46) and Coolbeth is hoping to nail down his first win at Sacramento.

The Sacramento Mile has not been especially kind to Coolbeth. He’s raced the track dating back to 1994 and has only twice finished inside the top five – not the greatest record for a three-time AMA Grand National Champion. His best result at Cal Expo came in 1998 when he finished fourth. He was fifth in last year’s race. Yet in spite of what might be considered a sub-par record for Coolbeth at Sacramento, he approaches this race no differently than any other on the schedule.

“We need to step it up for sure out there,” Coolbeth said immediately after finishing seventh at the Springfield (Ill.) Mile this past Sunday. “After today we were kind of scrambling, but we’ll keep our heads down and go in there to get some points. We want to win obviously, but we’re looking at the big picture and want to win the championship. Consistency all year is what’s going to do it.”

Since he’s never had particularly good luck at Sacramento, he was asked if there was anything about the race that he dreaded.

“I don’t dread going to any racetrack really,” he said. “It’s one of those things, I’m a racer. Sacramento is unique; it’s feels kind of like a big Half Mile really. It’s tough. That green bike down there (pointing at rival Bryan Smith’s Kawasaki) is going to be tough all year. I’m glad he had a bad Daytona. He’s making up for that now. We’ll get it figured out, so don’t count us out.”

Coolbeth, the all-time wins leader among active riders, leads the GNC1 championship after scoring two podiums, including a victory, at the season-opening Daytona Short Track doubleheader in March. He’s coming off a disappointing seventh this past weekend in Springfield. The rider Coolbeth is most immediately worried about is defending series champ Jared Mees. Mees had an up and down Daytona (2nd and 11th) before narrowing the gap in the standings with runner-up finish in Springfield.

“Sacramento is one of my favorite miles,” Mees said. “I always enjoy it. Last year I felt like I had a really good shot. I’m looking forward to it, but obviously Bryan’s always strong there. He’s probably looking to go two in a row, but I want to break it – I want to stop him.”

Mees said two in a row, but Smith is actually looking to win five in a row at Sacramento on Saturday. Smith’s built a record four-race winning streak at the Sacramento Mile coming into this year’s race. He’ll be looking to add to that impressive record, especially after putting himself in a deep hole in the standings after a terrible Daytona where he finished 16th on the first night and failed to qualify the second night. Yet Smith is on the upswing after winning last week in Springfield. He’s up to seventh in the standings, 25 points behind Coolbeth. Smith now turns to a track in Sacramento that he calls his home away from home. Never known as being overconfident, even Smith acknowledges that he’ll be the rider everyone will be aiming to top at Sacramento.

“I’ve got a great combination behind me,” Smith admitted. “I’ve got a great team, our Kawasaki is obviously the strongest motorcycle on the miles and I just seem to click at Sacramento. I think we’ll be tough to beat there.”

Of the home state riders Briar Bauman and Stevie Bonsey, both of Salinas, Calif., are ranked inside the top 10 of the series standings and will be looking to have good performances at Sacramento.

The AMA Pro Grand National Championship series is one of the longest running motorcycle racing championships in the world. On the long straights of the Sacramento Mile top speeds can reach 130 miles per hour. 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. Visit www.sactomile.com to keep up with all the latest on the event.

For additional series info visit: www.amaproracing.com/ft

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

Visit us at: http://sactomile.com/ Via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SactoMile Twitter: https://twitter.com/sactomile YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/sactomile

*** 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.

Motorcycle Hall of Famer Jim Rice Named Sacramento Mile Grand Marshal

– Jim Rice, the Motorcycle Hall of Famer from Northern California, has been named Grand Marshal for the 50th running of the Sacramento Mile, which takes place May 30, 2015 at Cal Expo.

Jim Rice, the Motorcycle Hall of Famer from Northern California, has been named Grand Marshal for the 50th running of the Sacramento Mile, which takes place May 30, 2015 at Cal Expo. (Dan Mahony Collection)

SACRAMENTO (May 20, 2015) – Jim Rice, the Motorcycle Hall of Famer from Northern California, has been named Grand Marshal for the 50th running of the Sacramento Mile, which takes place May 30, 2015 at Cal Expo. Rice, who perhaps is best known for a hard crash he suffered into the outside fence at the Sacramento Mile that was captured on film and featured in the iconic movie On Any Sunday, was one of the top motorcycle racers in America in the late 1960s and early ‘70s.

Rice was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2001.

“Jim is true legend here in Northern California and across the country for his racing accomplishments,” said SMI’s Steve McLaughlin. “We’re happy he’s letting us honor him as Grand Marshal and allowing our fans to show him their appreciation for all he did during his career.”

Rice was a leading AMA Grand National racer during an especially memorable period of the series. During his six-year professional racing career, Rice scored 12 AMA national wins. He won on mile, half-mile and TT circuits. All but one of his victories came on BSA motorcycles.

Rice was a championship contender for most of his career. He scored a series-leading six national wins in 1970, but came up just short in the final standings, finishing second to Gene Romero in that year’s championship. That season was famously chronicled by the movie On Any Sunday and showed a brutal crash Rice suffered at the Sacramento Mile that may have cost him that year’s title.

Chuck Palmgren immediately shut off the throttle on his bike upon taking the checkered flag in his heat race. Rice, who was inches behind Palmgren, wasn’t expecting the abrupt slow down and had to veer to the right to avoid hitting Palmgren. Rice clipped the gearshift and put it into a false neutral. He tried desperately to put it back into gear and slow it down with the rear brake at the same time. At the last second, Rice found he was approaching the turn way too fast and he slid down and crashed into the outside barrier with the motorcycle flying up into a photographer who was taking photos of the crash. Rice, battered and bleeding from a broken nose, was taped up and bravely raced in the Sacramento final, but was only able to finish 15th, while Romero won the race. It was a major turning point in the season and Romero went on to win the championship over Rice.

“As a racer you do what you’ve got to do,” Rice said of riding in spite of his dire condition back in the 1970 Sacto Mile. “I was doing everything I could to reach my dream of being number one. To this day people love to talk to me about that part of On Any Sunday.

“I’m looking forward to coming to the Sacramento Mile. It’s an honor to be asked to be Grand Marshal of such an historic event and I look forward to talking with the fans and sitting right there with them to watch some great racing.”

The AMA Pro Grand National Championship series is one of the longest running motorcycle racing championships in the world. On the long straights of the Sacramento Mile top speeds can reach 130 miles per hour. 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. Visit www.sactomile.com to keep up with all the latest on the event.

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

Visit us at: http://sactomile.com/ Via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SactoMile Twitter: https://twitter.com/sactomile YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/sactomile

*** 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.

Sacramento Streak Buster

Reviewing the Riders Who May Have the Best Chance to Break Bryan Smith’s Sacto Mile Win Streak

Brandon Robinson (44), Jared Mees (9) and Kenny Coolbeth (2) are three of the top riders who hope to break Bryan Smith’s four-race winning streak at the Sacramento Mile on Saturday, May 30 at Cal Expo. (Photo by Dave Hoenig/AMA Pro Racing)

Brandon Robinson (44), Jared Mees (9) and Kenny Coolbeth (2) are three of the top riders who hope to break Bryan Smith’s four-race winning streak at the Sacramento Mile on Saturday, May 30 at Cal Expo. (Photo by Dave Hoenig/AMA Pro Racing)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (May 15, 2015) – When riders line up for the start of the 50th running of the Sacramento Mile on Saturday, May 30, there will be only one among the field who has won the Sacramento Mile Grand National and that’s Villa-Esparza/Crosley Radio Kawasaki’s Bryan Smith. Last summer Smith continued his dominance on the historic Cal Expo track by earning his fourth-consecutive victory. This year Smith, now with factory backing from Kawasaki, could be considered even more of an odds-on favorite than he was before, if that’s possible. Yet a slew of other top GNC1 riders will be looking to dethrone Smith from atop the Sacto Mile podium when they take the green flag for this year’s event.

Perhaps chief among those challengers will be defending AMA Pro Grand National Champion Jared Mees, of Clio, Michigan. Mees will be sporting the No. 1 on his Rogers Racing Harley-Davidson and he’s known to be a leading contender week in and week out, no matter the track. He comes into Sacramento this year with a solid record at Cal Expo, having scored podium finishes three-straight times, including runner up to Smith in 2013.

When asked what it might take to beat Smith at Sacramento, Mees joked, “I think taking him out in the first corner.” And then he continued, “Bryan’s always strong there, but I think he can be beat. I had a shot last year, but we had a small issue with the adjustment on my clutch. I’m not saying that would have made the difference, but we were close.

“I think it’s going to take hanging in there with him and then trying to lead him going into turn three and just cutting a good corner. His bike is fast, but if you can have a big enough of a lead coming out of the last turn you might be able to hold him off. I’m sure Kenny Tolbert (Mees’ mechanic) is thinking of some ways to give me an even stronger bike this year, so I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do.”

Veteran Kenny Coolbeth Jr., has the know-how to get a victory at Sacramento. He’s the winningest active rider in the series, leads the current point standings and although the Mile at Cal Expo has not been his strongest track, he’s riding a proven winner in the always powerful Zanotti Racing Harley-Davidson. There’s also factory Harley-Davidson rider Brad Baker, who is looking to rebound after winning the national title in 2013 and then suffering through an injury-plagued 2014.

The wildcard is new Lloyd Brothers Motorsports Ducati rider Troy Bayliss. Bayliss is a three-time World Superbike Champion and former MotoGP winner who is attempting to make a run in select AMA Pro Grand National races, including Sacramento. A well respected flat track racer in his native Australia, going up against the top flat trackers in America, the birthplace of this form of motorcycle racing, is a tall task for anyone, even for a rider with the amazing racing credentials of Bayliss. If Bayliss could somehow break through and win at Sacramento it would be one of the biggest stories in the 61-year history of AMA Grand National racing.

Then there are riders like Brandson Robinson, who was third at Sacto in 2013, the always speedy Sammy Halbert, along with local favorites Stevie Bonsey and Briar Bauman (both of Salinas, Calif.), who could break through with a Cal Expo victory in 2015.

Whatever the case, any rider who is going to beat Bryan Smith at one of his favorite tracks is going to have to have a strong machine and be at their very best as well.

The AMA Pro Grand National Championship series is one of the longest running motorcycle racing championships in the world. On the long straights of the Sacramento Mile top speeds can reach 130 miles per hour. 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. Visit www.sactomile.com to keep up with all the latest on the event.

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

Visit us at: http://sactomile.com/ Via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SactoMile Twitter: https://twitter.com/sactomile YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/sactomile

*** 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.

Special 10 Percent Discount for Sacramento Mile Tickets Offered to AMA Pro Flat Track Fans

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (May 9, 2015) – For a limited time, AMA Pro Flat Track fans can receive 10 percent off tickets to the Sacramento Mile, which is scheduled for May 30.

Fans interested in the ticket discount offer can use the promo code “AMAPro” at SactoMile.com/tickets, or by phone at 1-844-SAC-MILE. The offer expires May 15 and can be used on all reserved seats. The discount cannot be applied to Turf Club, Standing Room Only or General Admission Bleacher seating.

The event will feature the top flat track riders in the world, including reigning Grand National Champion Jared Mees, Bryan Smith, Jake Johnson, Kenny Coolbeth and many more.

Australian road racing legend, Troy Bayliss, is also scheduled to race in the event. The three-time World Superbike champion is running five AMA Pro Flat Track events in 2015 and the Sacramento Mile is his only west coast race.

The 2015 Sacramento Mile will also see a return of the “Clash of the Titans” exhibition race between legendary riders Jay Springsteen and Chris Carr. The duo thrilled fans last year in a back-and-forth battle in which Springsteen emerged victorious.

Bryan Smith Hoping to Extend Sacramento Mile Winning Streak to Five

Already the holder of the longest winning streak Smith looks for more on May 30

Bryan Smith, of Flint, Michigan, will attempt to win a fifth consecutive Sacramento Mile on Saturday, May 30 at Cal Expo. (Photo courtesy AMA Pro Racing)

Bryan Smith, of Flint, Michigan, will attempt to win a fifth consecutive Sacramento Mile on Saturday, May 30 at Cal Expo. (Photo courtesy AMA Pro Racing)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (April 29, 2015) – The Sacramento Mile has been the domain of one rider for nearly half a decade, and that rider is Bryan Smith. Last year the racer from Flint, Michigan, became the first ever to win four-straight AMA Pro Grand Nationals on the famous mile at Cal Expo. Next month, on Saturday, May 30, 2015, Smith will attempt to push his record-setting winning streak to five during the milestone 50th running of the Sacramento Mile.

Since the return of the historic event to the AMA Pro Grand National Championship calendar in 2011, the race has been dominated by Smith.  But while he’s won four-consecutive Sacramento Miles that doesn’t mean it came easily.

Smith said last year’s victory was his toughest one yet.  In the 2014 edition any one of six riders looked to have a good shot at taking the win, but in spite of enduring relentless pressure all the way to the finish, Smith managed to win yet again 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 in one of the closest finishes in the long history of the race.

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. Unfortunately Smith could not quite hold on to that lead. In a heartbreaker a two dollar part failed (an oil sight glass) on Smith’s Kawasaki in the penultimate round of the series costing him the championship. Jared Mees went on to clinch the title.

So Smith will have more than enough incentive this year to try to earn the title he and many others felt he deserved to have last season and a record fifth win at Sacramento would help him move towards that goal.

“What we’ve been doing the past couple of seasons seems to have worked pretty well at Sacramento,” Smith said, stating the obvious. “Last year we got some serious competition at Sacramento and I think it’s even going to be tougher to win this year. There are several teams who have stepped up their programs for 2015, but our team has improved as well, so hopefully we’ll present a moving target to our competition.”

Smith said the sting he and his team felt after losing last year’s title over a something as inconsequential as a broken oil sight glass didn’t last long.

“Obviously it was disappointing,” he said. “But we knew that the championship should have been ours and I think all the fans saw that as well. But things like that happen in racing and we know we left nothing on the table. We went to the final round at Pomona (Calif.) last year and won that race and I think that left us with a positive outlook as we looked ahead to this season.”

Smith has some ground to make up after a difficult opening to 2015 at the Daytona Short Track in March.

“Obviously after the bad week I had down at Daytona I need all the wins I can get to put myself back in the championship picture,” he admitted. “Sacramento will be a big race for us and to be able to win a fifth straight there would be amazing.”

In addition to watching Smith attempt a “five-peat” in the premier GNC1 event at the Sacramento Mile this year, fans will also get the opportunity to see three-time World Superbike Champion Troy Bayliss racing a Lloyd Brothers Motorsports Ducati in his run at AMA Pro Grand National racing. They’ll also see the stars of tomorrow in the GNC2 class and watch legendary AMA Grand National Champions Jay Springsteen and Chris Carr renew their friendly rivalry in the “Clash of the Titans II”. Springsteen took victory in last year’s inaugural Clash by the slightest of margins. He’ll be looking to repeat at this year’s event, but look for Carr to go all out to try to even the score.

Red Lion Woodlake Hotel Sacramento will once again be the Official Hotel for the 2015 Sacramento Mile. Make your reservations today by calling 1-916-922-2020 and mention AMA Pro to secure your fan rate. Limited space is available.

The AMA Pro Grand National Championship series is one of the longest running motorcycle racing championships in the world. On the long straights of the Sacramento Mile top speeds can reach 130 miles per hour. 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. Visit www.sactomile.com to keep up with all the latest on the event.

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

Visit us at: http://sactomile.com/ Via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SactoMile Twitter: https://twitter.com/sactomile YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/sactomile

*** 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.

 

3-Time World Superbike Champion Troy Bayliss to Race at Sacramento Mile

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 21, 2015) – Troy Bayliss, the Australian road racing superstar and winner of three World Superbike titles, is coming to the USA to compete in the most iconic and historic form of American motorcycle racing.

Bayliss will run five events on the AMA Pro Flat Track schedule, putting him in the field against the best dirt track racers in the world. He is set to make his debut on a Lloyd Brothers Motorsports Ducati May 24 at the legendary Springfield Mile in Springfield, Ill., and will run the four remaining Mile events on the 2015 schedule.

“Having Troy Bayliss race with AMA Pro Flat Track, at some of our most storied venues, really multiplies the excitement and positive momentum we have as a sport right now,” said Michael Gentry, Chief Operating Officer of AMA Pro Racing. “With his own exhibition race, as well as the Superprestigio and with his impressive resume with World Superbike, British Superbike and MotoGP, Troy is one of the motorcycle racing greats. Seeing him on American dirt is a mouth-watering prospect for USA race fans. We are looking forward to the excitement created by his presence in our paddock. A lot of work went into making this a reality and we are thankful to David and Michael Lloyd of Lloyd Brothers Motorsports, Jim Dillard, Vicki Smith and Ducati North America for their vision, support and participation.”

Top road racers have long used dirt track as a training regimen, but Bayliss has taken it to a new level since his retirement from full-time competition in 2008. For the last three years, he’s successfully promoted the Troy Bayliss Classic flat track exhibition in Australia, an event that has attracted top AMA Pro Flat Track riders such as current Grand National Champion Jared Mees, Sammy Halbert and Henry Wiles.

Following the Springfield Mile, Bayliss is scheduled to race the Sacramento Mile on May 30. July 4 and 11, he’ll run the Du Quoin Mile and Indy Mile, respectively, before finishing with the second running of the Springfield Mile Sept. 6.

“Dirt and flat track racing are where I cut my teeth as a junior. Everything I have learned on the dirt helped me through my career in road racing and to find myself back where it all started makes me feel young again,” said Bayliss. “To race the Grand Nationals will be a challenge, but to compete with Lloyd Brothers Motorsports on the Ducati had to be done. Flat track is on the up here in Australia. We have run the Troy Bayliss Classic for the past three years and mixing it up with Henry Wiles, Jared Mees and Sammy Halbert has been great. I really look forward to my time in the US of A.”

Bayliss, 46, recorded 94 podium finishes in 152 World Superbike starts, including 52 victories. He recorded his only MotoGP victory as a wildcard entrant in 2006, filling in for the injured Factory Ducati rider, Sete Gibernau, in Valencia, Spain. His decorated resume also includes a British Superbike Championship, which he won in 1999.

Next up, the stars of AMA Pro Flat Track will visit Springfield, Ill., for the first Springfield Mile on May 24, 2015. Fans can get their tickets by calling (217) 753-8866. The entire event can also be viewed live and in high definition at www.FansChoice.tv.

Red Lion Woodlake Hotel Sacramento will once again be the Official Host Hotel for the 2016 Sacramento Mile AMA Pro Grand National event

Red Lion Woodlake Sacramento Official Host Hotel of the 2015 Sacramento Mile

Special Rates Available for Riders and Teams

Red Lion Woodlake Hotel Sacramento has been named Official Hotel for the 2015 Sacramento Mile AMA Grand National event on Saturday, May 30, 2015. The hotel will offer special rates to racing teams, riders, their families and friends.

Red Lion Woodlake Hotel Sacramento has been named Official Host Hotel for the 2015 Sacramento Mile AMA Grand National event on Saturday, May 30, 2015. The hotel will offer special rates to racing teams, riders, their families and friends.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (April 15, 2015) – Red Lion Woodlake Hotel Sacramento will once again be the Official Host Hotel for the 2015 Sacramento Mile AMA Pro Grand National event on Saturday, May 30, 2015.

The 50th running of the Sacramento Mile attracts the nation’s top flat track riders and teams from across the country and the Woodlake Hotel Sacramento provides excellent accommodations for those attending the race.

This is the fifth consecutive year Woodlake Hotel Sacramento has served as Official Hotel for the Sacramento Mile. Conveniently located at 500 Leisure Lane, just a few blocks from Cal Expo.

Featuring 306 top-notch guest rooms and plenty of free parking, the Red Lion Woodlake Hotel amenities include free high-speed Internet access, a fully equipped gym, 37″ HD flat screen televisions, in-room coffee makers, a lakeside pool and spa, and the Zen Zone massage. They are a pet friendly hotel.

The AMA Pro Grand National Championship series is one of the longest running motorcycle racing championships in the world. On the long straights of the Sacramento Mile top speeds can reach 130 miles per hour. 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. Visit www.sactomile.com to keep up with all the latest on the event.

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

Visit us at: http://sactomile.com/ Via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SactoMile Twitter: https://twitter.com/sactomile YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/sactomile

*** 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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Sacramento Mile and the California Flat Track Association Join to Make a Two Day Event

cftaSMI Inc. is thrilled to announce that CFTA (California Flat Track Association) has agreed to come on board to make the Sacramento Mile a weekend affair. Following the AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship Sacramento Mile on Saturday May 30, 2015, the track will be groomed for an AMA Amateur Dirt Track Event race the following day. This two day happening will combine the best of the pros with the brightest stars of tomorrow.

Under the tutelage of Randy Kremlacek, CFTA Founder, the relatively new program has increased their presence in California and across the West Coast faster than any other organization. Their program has a focus on youth involvement and skills training. Kremlacek has experience with District 36 prior to creating his own program four years ago. He concentrates on building a solid foundation for new and long-time riders to grow flat track field for decades to come. CFTA and each of its staff are closely invested with the riders. Most recently, Kremlacek and CFTA joined forces with the Rookie Class of ‘79 charity to raise an impressive five figures for injured rider Jethro Halbert.

“It is a unique experience to race a track the size of the Sacramento Mile,” promoter Steve McLaughlin states. “Kids and veteran riders rarely get to open up the throttle as much as this will allow. It will give them a chance to work on honing the speed skills needed to move up into the professional ranks of AMA Pro GNC competition. We are excited to watch them race.”

amasactionedThis is round three of the CFTA California Flat Track Championship Series. In addition to CFTA’s regular classes, they have added a Pro Twins class. Riders on bikes under 250cc will be included also, racing on a smaller track on the front straight. Those interested in racing the event on the mile long track that the GNC 1 and 2 riders will have competed on the night before should contact www.californiaflattrack.com for rules and class structure.

SMI is looking forward to growing the sport along with CFTA. We know this event will go a long way in achieving that goal. Make your weekend plans and have a great time in the process at Cal Expo in late May 2015!!

AMA Pro Flat Track Rookie Class of ’79 and Friends Host “Ride The Sacramento Mile” Charity Event

We are very proud to announce that fans attending this year’s 50th running of the Sacramento Mile (May 30th) will have an opportunity to participate in a parade lap on their street bikes as part of the opening ceremonies. For a tax-deductible donation of $25, fans will line up behind current and retired stars of Grand National Championship flat track racing for one lap around the track. Monies raised will go to our injured rider’s fund – which helps riders and their family when an injury occurs while racing in a flat track event. Last year we assisted 25 riders at both the amateur and professional levels, dispersing over $40,000.00.

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A similar event was held in 2014 during the Labor Day Springfield Mile in conjunction with ABATE of Illinois. This event on Saturday, May 30th, will have all proceeds going to the Class of ’79. It will also be our first major fundraiser on the West Coast.

Pre-Registration is available where fans can pay via PayPal, credit card, check or money order. Those who sign up prior to May 15, 2015 will receive a discount code entitling them to 15% off tickets to the race. This offer is for new ticket sales only and does not apply to refund tickets or the Turf Club. Offer expires on May 15, 2015 so sign up today!

All of us at Class of ’79 and Friends cannot thank the folks at the Sacramento Mile enough for this unique opportunity for the fans to help injured flat track riders – and have a great time in the process!!

Clash of the Titans II: Springsteen vs. Carr at the 2015 Sacramento Mile

Flat Track Legends to Meet in Friendly Rematch

Clash of the Titans II, featuring Chris Carr (4) and Jay Springsteen (9) is coming to the May 30, 2015 Sacramento Mile. (Photo courtesy Dave Hoenig/AMA Pro Racing)

Clash of the Titans II, featuring Chris Carr (4) and Jay Springsteen (9) is coming to the May 30, 2015 Sacramento Mile. (Photo courtesy Dave Hoenig/AMA Pro Racing)

SACRAMENTO, CA (April 1, 2015) – One of the highlights of the 2014 AMA Pro Grand National Championship season was the Shootout Exhibition ride between Jay Springsteen and Chris Carr at last year’s Sacramento Mile. The friendly contest between the two AMA Grand National living legends was so popular with the fans that they demanded a rematch and what the fans want they get. So at this year’s 50th running of the Sacramento Mile, at Cal Expo on May 30, 2015, fans will not only get a chance to meet two of racing’s superstars during the evening’s festivities, but the night will be highlighted by a the return of the friendly one-on-one Shootout Exhibition ride on the Mile between the Hall of Famers dubbed “Clash of the Titans II”.

Springsteen took victory in last year’s inaugural Clash by the slightest of margins. He’ll be looking to repeat at this year’s event, but look for Carr to go all out to try to even the score.

Jay Springsteen is considered one of the best AMA Grand National flat-track racers of all time. Bursting onto the scene and earning the AMA Rookie of the Year Award in 1975, Springsteen won three consecutive AMA Grand National Championships starting in 1976. In 1982 he became the first rider to reach 30 wins in AMA Grand National competition – a feat he accomplished at the Sacramento Mile.

California’s own Chris Carr was the dominant rider in the AMA Grand National Championship during the early 2000s. The native of Stockton won seven national championships and retired second on the AMA Grand National all-time wins list with 78. He rode for Harley-Davidson as a factory rider for much of his early career, but gained the majority of his success as a private team owner. He was also one of the few riders in his era of Grand National racing to attract major corporate sponsorship, being backed by Ford Motor Company. Carr considered the Sacramento Mile his home race and he is one of the most successful riders ever in the classic event. He won a total of nine Grand Nationals in Sacramento, his first coming in 1987 and his final win there coming in 1999.

“We heard the fans loud and clear and we’re happy to bring Jay and Chris back for Sacramento’s Clash of the Titans II,” said Steve McLaughlin, of SMI, the group promoting the event. “Even though both of these legendary riders are retired they proved last year that they had enough speed in reserve to have qualified for the National last year. We never expected the guys to go that fast, but it shows that they still have their competitive spirits completely intact. It’s going to be hard to top last year’s Clash, but we’re looking forward to the rematch.”

The AMA Pro Grand National Championship series is one of the longest running motorcycle racing championships in the world. On the long straights of the Sacramento Mile top speeds can reach 130 miles per hour and this year’s race at Cal Expo is the only Grand National Mile in the West. Flat track racing has produced many of America’s Motorcycle World Champions such as Kenny Roberts, Eddie Lawson, Wayne Rainey, Kenny Roberts, Jr. and Nicky Hayden. Visit www.sactomile.com to keep up with all the latest on the event.

Practice for the 50th Sacramento Mile begins 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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