Mar 11 | Yamaha’s Sammy Halbert wins on the first night of the Daytona Flat Track

SHARE

Sammy Halbert outlasted Johnny Lewis and Jake Johnson to win the 25-lap Expert Main Event on the first night of the AMA Pro Grand National Singles Championship.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Sammy Halbert outlasted Johnny Lewis and Jake Johnson to win the 25-lap Expert Main Event on the first night of the AMA Pro Grand National Singles Championship at the quarter-mile Daytona Flat Track at Daytona International Speedway.

Halbert, aboard a Yamaha, was locked in a three-way battle for the lead with Honda riders Johnny Lewis and Jake Johnson, and came out on top by a margin of victory of .234 seconds.

“It was not an easy task,” Halbert said. “I somehow managed to pull it off. I had to hang on for dear life. It’s a great way to start the season.”

Lewis, the Expert fastest qualifier earlier in the day with a lap of 18.957 seconds, settled for runner-up honors followed by Johnson in third.

Johnson, the defending series champion, led the first 16 laps but then began to exchange the lead with Halbert.

“I was running a pretty good pace but I could feel those guys the whole time,” said Johnson, the defending series champion.

Seven-time AMA Grand National Champion Chris Carr, who will retire following the 2011 season, qualified for the Expert Main by finishing fourth in his Expert Heat. He finished 15th in the main event.

The legendary Carr has the distinction of having raced the Daytona Flat Track at all three venues -- old Memorial Stadium, Daytona Beach Municipal Stadium and the current Daytona Flat Track at Daytona International Speedway.

Honda swept the top seven spots in the 16-lap Pro Singles Main event with Californian Mike Avila taking home the victory by a margin of 0.951 seconds.

“I knew my bike was going to be fast all day,” Avila said. “It was just a matter of putting it together.”

Rounding out the podium was Gerit Callies in second and Austin Greenland in third.

Winning Expert Heats were Johnny Lewis (Honda), Halbert (Yamaha), and Henry Wiles (Kawasaki). In the four-lap Cometic Gasket Expert Dash For Cash, which showcases the top two finishers in the Expert Heats, Sammy Halbert held off Jake Johnson by 0.149 seconds with Henry Wiles rounding out the top three.

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). 

Mar 10 | Yamaha’s Josh Hayes Takes Provisional Pole for SuperBike

SHARE

On Thursday, Hayes captured the provisional pole for the SuperBike rounds on Friday and Saturday. The rider of the No. 1 Yamaha R1 toured the 2.9-mile road course at one minute, 38.804 seconds, 127.890 mph.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Graves Yamaha’s Josh Hayes, the 2010 AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike champion, is beginning the 2011 season on the right note.

On Thursday, Hayes captured the provisional pole for the SuperBike rounds on Friday and Saturday. The rider of the No. 1 Yamaha R1 toured the 2.9-mile road course at one minute, 38.804 seconds, 127.890 mph.

“The boys worked hard and gave me what I needed to get up to speed pretty quick today,” Hayes said.

Hayes hopes the provisional pole-winning effort from his team translates into the start of another championship season.

“I won the championship last year and I came out of here horribly,” Hayes said. “I think I had 13th and a 6th or seventh or something. If I come out of here strong, I think it definitely would send a pretty good message across to everybody that I ‘m not going to start slow.”

SuperBike practice was rained out on Thursday morning so the series moved directly to qualifying in the afternoon.

“I thought this might play into my favor,” Hayes said. “I get up to speed pretty quick.”

Tommy Hayden and Blake Young, both aboard Suzukis, and Larry Pegram on a BMW rounded out the front row. SuperBike qualifying continues on Friday morning. The first 15-lap SuperBike race is set for 4:30 p.m. on Friday followed by the second 15-lap race on Saturday at 11:15 a.m.

This weekend’s motorcycle events, highlighted by the 70th Daytona 200 on Saturday afternoon, are the first two-wheel racing action on the new surface of Daytona International Speedway.

The track was repaved for only the second time in history following last July’s Coke Zero 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

“The new pavement is great,” Hayes said. “The track is beautiful. As far as racing goes, I don’t think it’s going to change the racing a whole lot. It’s just nice. It’s a little bit easier on you physically. You don’t have the bruised chest riding around the race track. My neck feels a whole lot better. That part is kind of nice.

“Otherwise it offers the same great racing that it always did.”

In other provisional qualifying, Miles Thornton on a Yamaha took the provisional pole in SuperSport with a time of one minute, 54.888 seconds, 109.986 mph. In the XR1200 provisional qualifying, Steve Rapp was fastest with a lap of two minutes, 8.317 seconds, 98.475 mph.

In Daytona SportBike practice for Saturday’s Daytona 200, Jason DiSalvo aboard a Ducati was fastest with a lap 93.678 mph, one minute, 51.445 seconds.

Tickets for Daytona International Speedway events are available 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). 

Mar 10 | Cometic Gasket Provides $5,000 in Special Awards for Daytona Flat Track Grand Nationals

SHARE

In addition to battling for a coveted Daytona Flat Track victory, Daytona International Speedway, Cometic Gasket and AMA Pro Racing have sweetened the pot for this week’s AMA Pro Racing Flat Track doubleheader at the Daytona Flat Track.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – In addition to battling for a coveted Daytona Flat Track victory, Daytona International Speedway, Cometic Gasket and AMA Pro Racing have sweetened the pot for this week’s AMA Pro Racing Flat Track doubleheader at the Daytona Flat Track. 

Rounds 1 and 2 of the AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Series will get underway tonight and Friday, March 11 at the quarter-mile lime rock Daytona Flat Track with $5,000 added money in the Cometic Gasket Expert Dash, Cometic Gasket Expert Fastest Qualifier and Cometic Gasket Expert Shootout.

Pro Singles and Expert riders will have an opportunity at an extra paycheck in the Cometic Gasket Expert Fastest Qualifier.  The fastest rider from either the Pro Singles or Expert’s two timed-qualifying sessions each night will receive an additional $250.

The Cometic Gasket Expert Dash has been added to each night with the top two riders from the Pro Singles heat transferring to the Dash. Often called the roller-derby of flat track, the Dash is a four-lap pure-adrenaline-rush awarding the winner $250, second place $150 and third place $100. An extra bonus of $3,500 will be divided between the top 3 expert riders with the highest combined points in the expert dash and main events on Thursday and Friday nights. The top rider will receive $1,500, second place $1,250 and third place $750.

For the second year, the grounds of Daytona International Speedway is serving as the home of the AMA Pro Racing Flat Track doubleheader with riders such as Henry Wiles, Sammy Halbert, Jake Johnson, Kenny Coolbeth and the legendary Chris Carr among those scheduled to compete.

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). 

Mar 10 | Daytona 200 preview: Herrin looks to repeat as champion

SHARE

In keeping with tradition, the 70-year-old contest will again kick off the current AMA Pro Road Racing season, and with 2010 class champion Martin Cardenas having moved to AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike this year, the field is wide open.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Fifty entries have been filed for the 70th running of the legendary Daytona 200 AMA Pro Daytona SportBike race. The 57-lap contest will go green this Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. on the 3.51-mile Long Course that combines Daytona International Speedway's high banks with its twisting infield course.

Dating back to 1937, when Ed Kretz won the fist Daytona 200 on an Indian, this world-class race has served as the opening event of the American road race season. In keeping with tradition, the 70-year-old contest will again kick off the current AMA Pro Road Racing season, and with 2010 class champion Martin Cardenas having moved to AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike this year, the field is wide open.

Headlining up the 2011 competitors is 2010 Daytona 200 winner Josh Herrin, who finished third in last season's final points standings with five wins to his credit. Back with his long-time Graves Motorsports crew and fielding a newly liveried Monster Energy Graves Motorsports Yamaha, Josh's 2011 bid for title redemption begins now.

Last year's Daytona 200 Pole Position winner, Danny Eslick, finished second in the 2010 class championship and also returns with his 2010 squad, GEICO Powersports RMR Suzuki. The eternally hard-charging Eslick claimed three Daytona SportBike victories last year and can be expected to be high up in the mix come Saturday.

Taking over the 200 reins for Team M4 Suzuki in Cardenas' absence will be Dane Westby, who stunned many by claiming second in last year's Daytona 200 contest after leading twelve laps. Jake Zemke, who won both Daytona AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike races last year, will return to middleweight competition with the Project 1 Atlanta team, the talented Californian representing a big unknown for other riders in the class.

One of the bigger storylines in this year's Daytona 200 is the return of Kawasaki to the storied event, the green machines piloted by Team Cycle World Attack Performance's Eric Bostrom and 2010 AMA Pro SuperSport East Division Champion J. D. Beach.  Eric will be doing double-duty this weekend, representing in the SuperBike class as well, while J.D. will be making his Daytona SportBike debut after a tremendous 2010 season that saw him earn eight victories.

Several other very fast SuperSport graduates will join J.D. in their first Daytona 200 on Saturday, including LTD Racing's three-time 2010 winner Huntley Nash, whose team now enjoys support from Yamaha Extended Service; Cameron Beaubier, who won last year's Daytona SuperSport Race 1 by .001 of a second; 2010 West Division Champion Joey Pascarella; and 2010 AMA Pro Top Gun Champion Tyler O'Hara.

As if the field wasn't yet deep enough, Jason DiSalvo returns to AMA Pro competition this year after running several 2010 World Supersport events, having joined the very capable Team Latus Motors Racing (which took third in last year's Daytona 200 event). P.J. Jacobsen remains with Celtic Racing for 2011 but will roll out on new machinery, the team having re-formed as a Fast By Ferracci-supported Ducati effort. And in addition to his SuperBike duties, Geoff May will be representing Erik Buell Racing in the 200.

The Vesrah Suzuki team returns with Cory West---- a consistent Daytona SportBike frontrunner last year---- and new team member Taylor Knapp, who finished seventh in last year's SuperBike championship as a privateer. Joining Herrin and others in the Yamaha attack will be Tommy Aquino, now with support from Yamaha Extended Service and Pat Clark Motorsports, and the HT Moto- and Yamalube-sponsored Melissa Paris.

Other riders returning to the 2011 Daytona SportBike class included Roadracingworld.com Suzuki's Santiago Villa, Barnett Performance Suzuki's Russ Wikle, the Kawasaki-mounted Fernando Amantini, and 1989 Daytona 200 winner John Ashmead (aboard a Peter Brady Racing Kawasaki).

Between the races, stay connected with Daytona International Speedway via Twitter (www.twitter.com/DISupdates) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/DaytonaInternationalSpeedway); keep up with AMA Pro Road Racing at www.twitter.com/AMAProSBK and www.facebook.com/AMAProRoadRacing

For tickets and additional event information, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP. For information related to AMA Pro Road Racing, please visit www.amaproracing.com.

Mar 10 | 2011 AMA Pro Racing season kicks off this weekend at Daytona

SHARE

The 2011 AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike season kicks off this weekend at the famous Daytona International Speedway during Daytona 200 Week.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The 2011 AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike season kicks off this weekend at the famous Daytona International Speedway during Daytona 200 Week. Practice and qualifying for the doubleheader National Guard SuperBike event will begin Thursday, March 10, with Race 1 leaving the line at 4:30 p.m. Friday and Race 2 launching at 11:15 a.m. Saturday, March 12.

Reigning 2010 SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes returns in 2011, sporting the coveted #1 plate on his Monster Energy Graves Motorsports Yamaha after last year's back-and-forth battle with Rockstar Makita Suzuki's Tommy Hayden. With a SuperBike title finally under his belt, Hayes---- who posted the fastest times at the pre-season Dunlop Daytona Tire Test---- is more focused than ever on winning each and every race possible.

If anyone can rival Hayes in the determination department, it's championship runner-up Hayden, who took his maiden SuperBike win last year and went on to add four additional victories (plus 10 additional podium finishes) to his 2010 tally. Equally as determined is the powerhouse Rockstar Makita Suzuki team itself---- which is working to return to the SuperBike title-dominance it exhibited pre-2010---- and Hayden's teammate, 23-year-old Blake Young, who had his '10 season abbreviated by injury.

Joining the established SuperBike frontrunners will be 2010 AMA Pro Daytona SportBike Champion Martin Cardenas, who's made the move to AMA Pro SuperBike with his title-winning M4 Suzuki team and teammate Chris Ulrich. Martin rolls into his new class with a spectacular season behind him---- one that included a staggering nine wins and a total of thirteen podium finishes. Though sidelined by injury late in the season, Ulrich had a strong year in 2010 SuperBike, finishing consistently within the top ten. 

The Michael Jordan Motorsports/National Guard Suzuki effort, which led the SuperBike points chase for the first part of 2010 after winning both 2010 Daytona SuperBike races, returns this year with an all-new lineup. Former national superbike champion Ben Bostrom (who also scored a win at last year's Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca round) will pilot the #23 Jordan Suzuki bike, while Roger Hayden, having returned from a season in the World Superbike paddock, will field the #54 National Guard Jordan Suzuki.

Larry Pegram, who also scored a SuperBike race victory in 2010, made an equipment change over the off-season and returns as a BMW effort, again with support from Foremost Insurance. Larry's strong win at Auto Club Speedway in 2010 was supplemented by five additional podiums, adding up to a fifth overall in the series. Get a behind-the-scenes look at Pegram's effort via Superbike Family, which began airing on Discovery's HD Theater in February and will air again on March 12.

Another significant equipment change, though it could be labeled a return of sorts, is represented by Cycle World Attack Performance Kawasaki rider Eric Bostrom, who's spearheading the return of Kawasaki to the high banks of Daytona. In additional to contending both SuperBike races, Eric will compete in the Daytona 200 alongside teammate and AMA Pro SuperSport East Division Champion J.D. Beach.

Geoff May returns for a full AMA Pro SuperBike season this year aboard the Erik Buell Racing machine. May rejoined 2010's calendar at Infineon Raceway, turning in several top-ten finishes throughout the second half of the year. Canadian Chris Peris will also be back in the AMA Pro SuperBike paddock, fielding a BMW for Team Iron Horse.

The two 15-lap SuperBike races will take place on Daytona's 2.9-mile Short Course, and will be accompanied by the 70th running of the Daytona 200, featuring the Daytona SportBike class, as well as the Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport and Vance & Hines XR1200 divisions.

Also joining the AMA Pro road race lineup at the famed Daytona International Speedway will be a host of fan-specific activities and events including demo rides, offerings in the Daytona Motorcycle Marketplace (located in the Midway, D5X, and Lot 1 display areas), live entertainment, games, contests, and more. AMA Pro Fan Walk sessions will also take place on two occasions over the race weekend, during which fans will be able to circulate on pit lane to visit with AMA Pro riders and teams from every class.

Another activity not to be missed is the March 12 "Spring Dash at Daytona"---- the chance to do two laps around Daytona International Speedway after the checkers have been thrown on the Daytona 200. For tickets and additional information, visit the Spring Dash Ticket Booth located in Thunder Alley.

Between the races, stay connected with Daytona International Speedway via Twitter (www.twitter.com/DISupdates) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/DaytonaInternationalSpeedway); keep up with AMA Pro Road Racing at www.twitter.com/AMAProSBK and www.facebook.com/AMAProRoadRacing.

For tickets and additional event information, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.

Mar 08 | Daytona Launches GigaPixel FANCAM Image for 2011 Daytona 500

SHARE

Fans can tag themselves in the stands at “The Great American Race”

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Trevor Bayne’s historic win in the 53rd Daytona 500 is still captivating the sports world.  Starting today, the tens of thousands of fans who were at Daytona International Speedway to witness this record breaking race can go online to http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/fancam and tag their image in the GigaPixel FANCAM photo.

“The FANCAM is a great way for our guests to share that incredible day with their friends and family,” said Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood.  “The 53rd Daytona 500 was one for the record books including most lead changes and leaders ever, and Trevor Bayne’s momentous victory adds another incredible chapter to the legacy of ‘The Great American Race.’”

The GigaPixel FANCAM image is comprised of 450 individual pictures taken during the 53rd Daytona 500 on February 20, 2011.  These pictures were then ‘stitched’ together to produce an 11,000 MegaPixel 360-degree image, allowing fans to zoom in and explore the Speedway in face-level detail.

Fans will be able to purchase a souvenir print of their image from this year’s Daytona 500 in a variety of formats to remember how they witnessed history at the “World Center of Racing.” 

Also, for fans who want to relive the thrill of the 53rd Daytona 500, Emmy Award winning NASCAR Media Group and FOX Sports partnered to co-produce “The Daytona 500: The American Dream” – a one-hour documentary special delivering fresh and never-before-seen footage from Trevor Bayne’s historic run to Gatorade Victory Lane.  “The Daytona 500: The American Dream” will air on Sunday, March 13 at 1 p.m. ET.

Tickets for all Daytona International Speedway events can be purchased at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com and 1-800-PITSHOP.

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

INVITE FRIENDS

Ticket Stub BUY TICKETS NOW

BUY TICKETS ONLINE
CALL 1-800-PITSHOP
CLICK TO CHAT NOW
Tickets? Questions? Call 1-800-PIT-SHOP

© 2014 Daytona International Speedway

Fanatics Chair

OWN A PIECE OF HISTORY

Fanatics Authentic offers timeless collectibles from Daytona as part of the historic DAYTONA Rising redevelopment

Read More >
Follow Us
Mobile App
 
News
FacebookTwitterLinkedInDiggDeliciousNewsvineRedditStumbleTechnorati

ISC Track Sites