Sammy Halbert opened the AMA Pro Flat Track season on Thursday night by winning the 25-lap Harley-Davidson GNC1 Expert Singles Main Event at Daytona International Speedway.
Staged on the quarter-mile Daytona Flat Track located just outside the “World Center of Racing,” Halbert, riding a Yamaha, took the early lead and held off Brandon Robinson’s Honda for a 1.382-second victory. The victory was Halbert’s fourth on the Daytona Flat Track.
“The boys did a great job getting it hooked up,” Halbert said. “It’s been way too long. I hope we can keep this rolling.”
Halbert will have the opportunity for a sweep during the final night of the Daytona Flat Track on Friday.
Said Robinson: “This is what we need to start the season. It shows how good we are this year and I hope we can keep it going.”
Finishing third was Brad Baker on a Honda.
In the main GNC2 Pro Singles event, Dalton Gauthier, aboard a Yamaha, survived two red flags to win the 16-lap race by .714 seconds. Rounding out the podium were Justin Jones and Hayden Gillim.
Winning the GNC1 Expert Singles Heats were Halbert, Johnny Lewis (Yamaha) and Baker. In the semifinals, Stevie Bonsey (Suzuki) and Bryan Smith (Kawasaki) brought home victories. In the GNC2 Pro Heats, Gauthier, Jamison Minor (Honda) and Jones (Honda) were victorious. In the semifinal heats, Tyler Seguin (Honda) and Tristan Avery (Honda) came out on top.
In the eight-lap Super Hooligans main event, an exhibition series featuring big, custom twin-cylinder motorcycles that look like they rolled off of Main Street, Roland Sands led a 1-2-3 Indian sweep. Rounding out the podium was James Robinson and Cameron Brewer.
On Friday, road racing riders will qualify for the 75th DAYTONA 200 American Sportbike Racing Association race. The first session begins at 10:40 a.m.
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NASCAR will return to Daytona International Speedway on June 30-July 2 with another XFINITY Series/Sprint Cup Series weekend doubleheader. On Friday night, July 1, the 15th annual Subway Firecracker 250 Powered By Coca-Cola will be held, followed on Saturday night, July 2 by the 58th annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola.
Tickets for Daytona International Speedway events – including the 75th annual Bike Week At DAYTONA motorcycle races on March 4-13 – can be purchased online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP. Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube, and by downloading the new version of Daytona International Speedway’s mobile app, for the latest speedway news throughout the season.
About Daytona International Speedway
Daytona International Speedway recently completed a $400 million frontstretch renovation project that transformed the “World Center of Racing” into the world’s first motorsports stadium. Improvements included wider, more comfortable seats, five expanded and redesigned entrances, 40 escalators and upgraded amenities throughout the 11 football-field size neighborhoods. Daytona International Speedway is the home of "The Great American Race" - the DAYTONA 500. Though the season-opening NASCAR Sprint Cup event garners most of the attention - as well as the largest audience in motorsports - the approximately 500-acre motorsports complex boasts the most diverse schedule of racing on the globe. New to the calendar for 2016 is the Country 500 music festival on Memorial Day Weekend and the Ferrari World Finals on Dec. 1-4. In addition to at least eight major weekends of racing activity, rarely a week goes by that the Speedway grounds are not used for events that include civic and social gatherings, car shows, photo shoots, production vehicle testing and police motorcycle training.