Feb 28 | From Bermuda to Daytona, Celtic Racing’s Antonie Richards Ready To Face The Daunting 31-Degree High Banks

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Antonie Richards turned what is a popular form of transportation in his home country of Bermuda into a dream job of being a motorcycle racer and will make his AMA Pro Racing debut during Daytona 200 Week.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Antonie Richards turned what is a popular form of transportation in his home country of Bermuda into a dream job of being a motorcycle racer.

During Daytona 200 Week, the 22-year-old Richards will make his AMA Pro Racing debut at the “World Center of Racing” in the AMA Pro SuperSport doubleheader next Thursday and Friday.

This weekend, the native of Devonshire, Bermuda is using the Championship Cup Series and American SportBike Racing Association events to get more track time on Daytona’s storied road course.

“It just takes laps really,” said Richards, who is riding a Suzuki for Celtic Racing. “It’s so unique and so fast. You really have to get out there and just get used to the speed and the draft because drafting here is bigger than it is anywhere else that I’ve been to.

“Just the prestige of the track makes it very exciting to be here and get out there on the legendary Daytona International Speedway.  People point that out back home in Bermuda.  They’re like ‘Wow you’re going to be on the NASCAR track.’  They don’t believe that we actually ride motorcycles here. They didn’t know that until I tell people I’m going to be here.”

After catching the itch to race motorcycles in 2007, Richards first started turning laps on a small quarter-mile track in Bermuda. For the past two years, he has been racing the CCS and WERA circuits in Florida as he continued to learn the ins and outs of motorcycle racing with the ultimate goal of reaching the AMA level.

“When we turn 16, we don’t get cars, we get a scooter or motorcycle,” Richards said. “That’s where I started -- riding in the street. I decided I loved racing as a sport.  I always watched it on TV.  I used to watch all the AMA races, Moto GP, World Superbike and all that stuff. I was a huge fan.

“I decided that I’m pretty good at riding on the street, I’m going to buy myself a 600. I bought myself a Yamaha.”

When Richards climbs aboard his motorcycle for next week’s SuperSport events, he’ll have plenty of family and friends watching from afar back in Bermuda.

“I’m going to have a lot of people support this and watch me back home, family and friends of course,” Richards said. “I’ll be the first Bermudian to race in the AMA class at Daytona so there will be people back home tuned in to SPEED to watch the race.”

Next up on the road racing schedule will be AHRMA, which will start on Monday with vintage motorcycle racing.

Sunday’s CCS/ASRA results

Expert Middleweight Grand Prix: 1. Fernando Amantini, Kawasaki 600; Amateur Middleweight Grand Prix: 1. Justin Drake, Kawasaki 600; Extra Ultra Light Superbike: 1. Joe Cotterino, Suzuki 600; Amateur Ultra Light Superbike: 1. Steve Grujic, Suzuki 650; 125 Grand Prix: 1. Scott Coccoli, Honda 125; Expert Heavyweight SuperSport: 1. Geoff May, Suzuki 600; Amateur Heavyweight SuperSport: 1. Eric Stump, Honda 600; Expert Lightweight SuperSport: Eric Helmbach, Suzuki 650; Pirelli Diablo Challenge: 1. Nate Kern, BMW 1200; Michelin Pro SuperStock: Shane Marbonne, Suzuki 1000; Michelin Pro SuperBike: 1. Martin Cardenas, Suzuki 600; Michelin Pro ThunderBike: Joel Spalding, Ducati 749; Michelin Pro Sportbike: 1. Russell Wikle, Suzuki 600; Expert Unlimited GP: 1. Chris Ulrich, Suzuki 1000; Amateur Unlimited GP: 1. Eric Stump, Honda 600; Expert Lightweight Grand Prix: 1. Robert Buroker Jr., Ducati 1000; Amateur Lightweight Grand Prix: 1. Katharin Zimpel, BIM 1000; Expert Heavyweight Superbike: Danny Eslick, Suzuki 600; Amateur Heavyweight Superbike: Eric Stump; Expert Lightweight Superbike: 1. Robert Buroker Jr., Ducati 1000; Amateur Lightweight Superbike: 1. Chris Dodd, Ducati 1000; Expert Middleweight Superbike: 1. JD Reach, Yamaha 600; Amateur Middleweight Superbike: 1. Sean Cassell, Honda 600; Expert Unlimited Superbike: 1. Christopher Clark, Yamaha 1000; Amateur Unlimited Superbike: 1. Matt Brown, Kawasaki 1000; Expert SuperTwins: 1. Eric Wood, Ducati 1000; Amateur SuperTwins: 1. Waldis Veras, Ducati 749; Expert Lightweight F40: 1. Jon Glaefke, PIE 1100; Amateur Lightweight F40: 1. Steve Johnston, Ducati 1000; Expert Formula 40: 1. Anthony Fania, Suzuki 750; Amateur Formula 40: 1. Chuck Morris, Suzuki 750

Feb 27 | XDL Championship Series Delivers Extreme Thrills During Daytona 200 Week

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For motorcycle fans in the grandstands, the adrenaline rushes as riders in the XDL Championship Series push the limit with acrobatics, wheelies, stoppies and burnouts in their season kick-off event at historic Daytona International Speedway during Daytona 200 Week.

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – For motorcycle fans in the grandstands, the adrenaline rushes as riders in the XDL Championship Series push the limit with acrobatics, wheelies, stoppies and burnouts in their season kick-off event at historic Daytona International Speedway during Daytona 200 Week.

The XDL Championship, a new event to Daytona 200 Week, concludes on Sunday and pits competitors against each other on 600cc sport bikes in an attempt to impress audiences with the most extreme and risky tricks.

“Everybody loves a wheelie,” said rider Brian Bubash, who is in his second full season with the series.  “You see a wheelie on the street, you’re going to look.  If you want to see people take that to a new level, this is it.  It’s fast and exciting.”

The addition of the freestyle stunt show to Daytona 200 Week marks the series’ first visit to the state of Florida and riders are excited to experience the atmosphere of the legendary “World Center of Racing.”

“The Speedway just has that – I don’t even know the right word –just that feeling, that spark of being great,” Bubash said.

“It’s definitely the proper way to kick off the season,” said 2006 XDL National Champion Aaron Colton.  “You have events here throughout the year that have a lot of prestige, so being here to kick off our season is a really cool thing.”

Veteran rider Dan Jackson, who has been involved with the sport since the beginning, agrees that having the XDL Championship Series event at Daytona is huge for the series that is one of America’s fastest growing action sports.

“Being at Daytona makes this a really big event,” Jackson said. “I mean this is the largest NASCAR event, the Daytona 500.  I feel honored to come down here and start bike week off with the XDL Freestyle Stunt Show.  Right here is probably the best venue we’ve had.”

All the action can be seen on a custom course behind the Keech and Lockhart Grandstands with tickets available for $20 at the gate.

Amateur Flat Track: Due to inclement weather, today’s AMA Racing Winter National Short TrackChampionship event has been rescheduled for Monday.

Sunday’s Vintage and Amateur races will run as scheduled with Vintage practice starting at 9 a.m. Registration will open at 7 a.m. on Monday, with practice beginning at 9 a.m. for the rescheduled Saturday program. Monday’s regular program will follow.

Tickets, which are $15 for each day, are available at the gate.

For tickets to all the Daytona 200 Week events, call 1-800-PITSHOP or visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com. Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter (www.twitter.com/disupdates) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/DaytonaInternationalSpeedway). 

Saturday’s CCS results
Overall Team Challenge: Overall: 1. Aussie Dave Racing, Suzuki 1000; GTL: 1. Grease Monkey Racing, Suzuki 650; GTU: 1. Cycle Specialties, Suzuki 600. GTO: 1. Aussie Dave Racing, Suzuki 1000. Expert GT Lights: 1. Mark Evry, Ducati 1000; Amateur GT Lights: 1. Zimpel Kathrin, BIM 1000; Amateur Middleweight SuperSport: 1. Sean Cassell, Honda 600; Amateur GTO: 1. Matt Brown, Kawasaki 100; Expert GTO: 1. Marco Martinez, Ducati 848; Amatuer GTU: 1. Mark Murphy, Suzuki 600; Expert GTU: 1. Santiago Villa, Suzuki 600. Amateur ThunderBike: 1. Jose Contreras, Ducati 749; Expert ThunderBike: 1. Robert Cole, BIM 1000; Expert Middleweight SuperSport: 1. Santiago Villa, Suzuki 600.

Feb 27 | Spring Dash Around Daytona Offers Ride Of A Lifetime

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It’s an opportunity that any motorcycle enthusiast dreams about – riding around the legendary Daytona International Speedway.

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – It’s an opportunity that any motorcycle enthusiast dreams about – riding around the legendary Daytona International Speedway.

That dream can come true on Thursday night, March 4 in the fifth annual Spring Dash At Daytona, part of Daytona 200 Week.

Motorcycle riders will be able to take to the “World Center of Racing” on their bikes for two parade laps.

The one-of-a-kind package also includes a Spring Dash t-shirt, admission to the After Party in the Sprint FANZONE with live entertainment and two beverage tickets.

Tickets for the event are $40.  Tickets can be purchased at the Budweiser Cool Your Pipes Zone outside of Turn 4 on Friday Feb. 26 – March 4, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and are also available at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com .

For tickets to Daytona 200 Week races, including the Daytona 200 and the Daytona Supercross By Honda, call 1-800-PITSHOP or visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com 

Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter (www.twitter.com/disupdates) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/DaytonaInternationalSpeedway).

Feb 26 | Two-Wheel Engines Officially Roaring At Daytona International Speedway

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A motorcycle-enthusiasts paradise, Daytona 200 Week has officially started its engines at the “World Center of Racing” – Daytona International Speedway.

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – A motorcycle-enthusiasts paradise, Daytona 200 Week has officially started its engines at the “World Center of Racing” – Daytona International Speedway.

The opening weekend of activities is highlighted by a new event to the schedule – the XDL Championship Series – on a custom course behind the Keech and Lockhart Grandstands with tickets $5 on Friday and $20 for Saturday and Sunday.

One of America’s fastest growing action sports, the series pits competitors from all over North America, Asia and Europe on 600cc sport bikes against each other as they battle for bragging rights and a chance to compete for the XDL Championship Series title.

The two-wheel action continues Saturday and Sunday with American Sportbike Racing Association and Championship Cup Series events on Daytona International Speedway’s 3.51-mile course.

The new Daytona Flat Track will see its first motorcycle action beginning Saturday as amateur dirt-track racers will battle in the Winter National Short-Track championships. On the new quarter-mile lime rock track, fans will witness the excitement of competition in youth, senior and other amateur classes as they put everything on the line to earn the coveted national No. 1 plates.

Plenty of fan-friendly activities are planned around the facility as Thunder Alley revs up with displays and live entertainment and free demo rides are available from top motorcycle manufacturers such as Boss Hoss, Harley-Davidson, Kawasaki, Spyder, Triumph, Victory and Yamaha.

For tickets to all the Daytona 200 Week events, call 1-800-PITSHOP or visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com

Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter (www.twitter.com/disupdates) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/DaytonaInternationalSpeedway).

Feb 26 | Entertainment Schedule For Daytona 200 Week

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Check out all the activities planned for Daytona 200 Week at Daytona International Speedway.

Friday February  26, 2010: DAYTONA 200 Week Begins
8:00am                     Sprint FANZONE Opens to Public      Sprint FANZONE
9:00am-6:00pm         Cool Your Pipes Zone                      Outside Turn 4 Tunnel
11:00am-4:00pm       Live Band: Those Guys                    Thunder Alley Main Stage

Saturday February 27
8:00am                     Sprint FANZONE Opens to Public      Sprint FANZONE
9:00am-6:00pm         Cool Your Pipes Zone                      Outside Turn 4 Tunnel
11:00am-4:00pm       Live Band: The Imposters                 Thunder Alley Main Stage
12:00pm-8:00pm       XDL Championship Series                 Outside Turn 1

Sunday February 28
8:00am                     Sprint FANZONE Opens to Public      Sprint FANZONE
9:00am-6:00pm         Cool Your Pipes Zone                      Outside Turn 4 Tunnel
9:00am-6:00pm         DJ Rerun                                        Thunder Alley
12:00pm-8:00pm       XDL Championship Series                 Outside Turn 1

Monday March 1, 2010 
8:00am                     Sprint FANZONE Opens to Public      Sprint FANZONE
9:00am-6:00pm         Cool Your Pipes Zone                      Outside Turn 4 Tunnel
9:00am-6:00pm         DJ Rerun                                        Thunder Alley

Tuesday March 2, 2010
8:00am                     Sprint FANZONE Opens to Public      Sprint FANZONE
9:00am-6:00pm         Cool Your Pipes Zone                      Outside Turn 4 Tunnel
9:00am-6:00pm         DJ Rerun                                        Thunder Alley

Wednesday March 3, 2010
8:00am                     Sprint FANZONE Opens to Public      Sprint FANZONE
9:00am-6:00pm         Cool Your Pipes Zone                      Outside Turn 4 Tunnel
9:00am-6:00pm         DJ Rerun                                        Thunder Alley

Thursday March 4, 2010
8:00am                     Sprint FANZONE Opens to Public      Sprint FANZONE
9:00am-6:00pm         Cool Your Pipes Zone                      Outside Turn 4 Tunnel
12:45pm-1:30pm       AMA Rider Autograph Session          Sprint FANZONE
1:15pm-1:50pm         AMA Pro SuperSport Fan Walk         Pit Road
2:45pm-3:20pm         AMA Pro National Guard American   Pit Road
                                 SuperBike Fan Walk
3:00pm-5:30pm          DJ Rerun                                       Superstretch
5:00pm                      Spring Dash at Daytona                   Superstretch-Staging
5:00pm-8:00pm          Spring Dash After Party                   Sprint FANZONE
                                   Live Band: 2 a.m.       

Friday March 5, 2010
9:00am                     Sprint FANZONE Opens to Public      Sprint FANZONE
9:00am-6:00pm         Cool Your Pipes Zone                      Outside Turn 4 Tunnel
11:00am-4:00pm       Live Band:  Rockit Fly                              Thunder Alley Main Stage
11:00am-5:00pm       DJ Rerun                                        Sprint FANZONE
5:00pm-7:00pm         Live Band: Azmyth                          Sprint FANZONE
7pm-7:45pm              Daytona SportBike Fan Walk             Pit Road

Saturday March 6, 2010
9:00am-6:00pm         Cool Your Pipes Zone                      Outside Turn 4 Tunnel
Noon                         Sprint FANZONE Opens to Public      Sprint FANZONE
10:00am-1:00pm       Live Band: The Poker Dogs               Thunder Alley Main Stage
2:00pm-4:00pm         Hooters Bikini Contest                      Thunder Alley Main Stage
4:00pm-6:30pm         Live Band: Skatter Box                               Sprint FANZONE

Feb 24 | AMA Flat Track Doubleheader Set Historic Debut On The Grounds Of Daytona International Speedway

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History will be made at Daytona International Speedway as the new Daytona Flat Track makes its AMA Pro Racing debut on Wednesday, March 3 and Thursday, March 4 during Daytona 200 Week.

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – History will be made at Daytona International Speedway as the new Daytona Flat Track makes its AMA Pro Racing debut on Wednesday, March 3 and Thursday, March 4 during Daytona 200 Week.

Top AMA Pro Racing Flat Track riders from across the country including Henry Wiles, Joe Kopp, Jake Johnson, Kenny Coolbeth and the legendary Chris Carr will battle for the first time on the historic grounds of the “World Center of Racing.”

“Daytona, it’s the ‘World Center Of Racing,’ ” said Carr, a seven-time AMA Pro Grand National Champion. “We all know that and to be able to be a part (of that) and race the Flat Track at Daytona International Speedway is one step in our evolution to bring our sport to a more prominent area.”

The Flat Track events have been staged in Daytona Beach for more than 30 years. It was first held at Memorial Stadium, which was located near Daytona State College. In the late 1980s, the event moved to the newly constructed Daytona Beach Municipal Stadium.

Last fall, field turf was installed at Daytona Beach Municipal Stadium and Daytona International Speedway constructed a new quarter-mile dirt track that is located just outside Turns 1 and 2 that now serves as the new home to the Flat Track events.

The quarter-mile track, which saw its first action in late December with karts from the World Karting Association, is layered with the same lime rock that was utilized at Daytona Beach Municipal Stadium and  lighting will be provided by Musco Lighting.

The Daytona Flat Track has a history of producing two of the most difficult nationals of the year.

Carr, who has competed at both the old Memorial Stadium and Daytona Beach Municipal Stadium, is looking forward to the atmosphere that the event will provide for the fans.

“I think it’s going to be a bit more of an open environment,” said Carr.  “It won’t be as noisy as before because you don’t have concrete walls all the way around it.  The ambiance is going to be totally different and radical than being at the stadium.  Having Flat Track at Daytona International Speedway is probably one of the biggest things we’ve had in a longtime for Flat Track.”

Three-time AMA Grand National Champion Kenny Coolbeth agreed that riders on the new Daytona Flat Track will create a competitive atmosphere that fans won’t want to miss.

“It should be pretty cool for spectators,” said Coolbeth.  “It’s a fresh track and an even playing field.  I think it’s going to be better for what we (as a sport) need.” 

Tickets for each night of Daytona Flat Track racing are $25 for reserved seats, $20 for general admission standing room only and can be purchased online at http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter (www.twitter.com/disupdates) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/DaytonaInternationalSpeedway).

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