Mar 08 | AMA Flat Track Doubleheader Set For Year Two On The Grounds Of Daytona International Speedway

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The stars of Flat Track racing such as Henry Wiles, Sammy Halbert, Jake Johnson and Kenny Coolbeth will battle for a coveted Daytona victory on the quarter-mile dirt track located outside Turns 1 and 2.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—After being held for the first time in event history on the grounds of Daytona International Speedway in 2010, the AMA Pro Racing Flat Track doubleheader returns to the “World Center of Racing” on Thursday and Friday, March 10-11.

The stars of Flat Track racing such as Henry Wiles, Sammy Halbert, Jake Johnson and Kenny Coolbeth will battle for a coveted Daytona victory on the quarter-mile dirt track located outside Turns 1 and 2.

In 2010, Halbert and Johnson made Daytona history by becoming the first riders to win Flat Track main events on the grounds of Daytona International Speedway. Halbert won the 25-lap Expert Main event on the first night of competition while Johnson took the checkered flag on the final night.

“Winning the first race at the new Daytona Flat Track was really special and one of the biggest moments in my career,” Halbert said, “It’s something you will never be able to do again, so I’m glad to get it done when I did. Now I’m looking forward to going back and trying to do it again this year, get on top of the box.”

The 2011 Daytona Flat Track will be an emotional one for seven-time AMA Grand National Champion and Motorcycle Hall of Famer Chris Carr, who will retire following the 2011 season.

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.

“2011 will be my final season as a competitive flat tracker in Grand National racing,” Carr said. “I’ve raced at every short track they’ve had to offer at Daytona.

“We all know the importance of being down here during Daytona 200 Week because a lot of our industry is down here along with a good majority of the motorcycle media, so it’s always important to do well at Daytona.

“Everybody loves coming down here, where we usually enjoy chamber of commerce weather, simply because we’re a Midwest-populated sport. It’s always good to get out of winter and come down here for an early spring.”

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.

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Mar 07 | NASCAR Fans Can Relive Historic Daytona 500

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The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) and FOX Sports announced that the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ open weekend in mid-March will now deliver a never-before-seen look at the 2011 Daytona 500.

2011 Daytona 500

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) and FOX Sports announced that the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ open weekend in mid-March will now deliver a never-before-seen look at the 2011 Daytona 500.

Co-produced by Emmy Award winning NASCAR Media Group and FOX Sports, “The Daytona 500: The American Dream” will be a one-hour documentary special delivering fresh and never-before-seen footage from Trevor Bayne’s historic run to Victory Lane.

“The Daytona 500: The American Dream” will air on Sunday, March 13 at 1 p.m. ET.

Bayne, who won the Great American Race on his first try, in just his second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start, has been credited by some experts as securing the most improbable victory in the 53-year history of the Daytona 500. One day after his 20th birthday, Bayne piloted his No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford to Victory Lane a few short hours after NASCAR and its huge family of fans looked to the heavens to pay a solemn tribute to one of its most revered icons, Dale Earnhardt.

“The show sounds really awesome,” Bayne said. “It was obviously a special day for me, but to be able to relive what that race meant for the Wood Brothers is something that I think we’ll all cherish for a long time. Believe it or not, I haven’t had time to sit and watch the entire race, so I look forward to watching the show and seeing how it all went down.”

Narrated by the people who witnessed the evolution of Bayne and the rebirth of the No. 21 team, “The American Dream” will combine race footage from 22 different cameras along with archival footage from Bayne’s career and the earlier glory years of the Wood Brothers. In addition, the documentary will feature extensive crew chief and driver audio as well as wired audio sound from the race.

A few highlights of the documentary:

·NASCAR on FOX announcers Mike Joy and Darrell Waltrip describing how Bayne caught their eye with his third fastest qualifying speed.

·Three-time Daytona 500 Champion, Jeff Gordon, speaking in great detail about how he trusted a rookie to safely push him to the front of the field.

·Audio of Bayne’s pre-race prayer in which we hear him ask his crew to “keep the faith.”

·Donnie Wingo, Bayne’s crew chief, telling the story of his crew repairing the No. 21 Ford just two days before the Daytona 500  after a last-lap accident in the Gatorade Duel at Daytona.

“Trevor Bayne’s victory in Daytona was one of the biggest upsets in NASCAR history,” said Paul Brooks, senior vice president of NASCAR and president of NASCAR Media Group. “It was a historic moment in which youth was served by a win for the ages. We are excited that FOX Sports will be offering fans around the country the opportunity to see this race in a way it has never been seen before.”

Bayne, the fresh-faced, 300-1 long shot, set himself up for a bright future while driving one of the most iconic cars of NASCAR’s past into Daytona 500 Victory Lane for the first time since the legendary David Pearson did so in 1976.

“The 2011 Daytona 500 will go down as one of the most memorable NASCAR races of all time,” said FOX Sports executive producer, co-president and COO Eric Shanks. “It began with a tribute to a legend and ended with a 20-year old in victory lane, and this documentary chronicles those moments and many more.”

Mar 07 | XDL Championship Series returns to Daytona International Speedway

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After a successful inaugural event during the 2010 Daytona 200 Week, the XDL Championship Series is returning to Daytona International Speedway on March 9-12.

2011 XDL Championship Series

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.— After a successful inaugural event during the 2010 Daytona 200 Week, the XDL Championship Series is returning to Daytona International Speedway on March 9-12.

Located in the Turn 1 Plaza behind the Lockhart and Keech Grandstands on the West end of the Speedway, the XDL Championship Series pits competitors on 600cc sport bikes against each other as they battle in freestyle riding, stunts and skill competitions for bragging rights and a chance to compete for the XDL Championship Series title. 

Top XDL riders include Red Bull rider Aaron Colton, factory Yamaha rider and 2010 champion Bill Dixon, factory BMW rider and star of Inside XDL, Chris McNeil, as well as factory Aprilia ace Joe Dryden and Kawasaki’s Kane Friesen.  Riders are scored based on difficulty of the trick, execution, overall performance and crash as they show off their skills in head to head challenges, freestyle rides and the crowd favorite-Sickest Trick – in which riders attempt risky tricks to impress the audience.

XDL Championship Series, the fastest growing action sport in America, showcases five events in their 2011 season and kick-off their championship battle at Daytona, the only stop for XDL in the state of Florida.

Tickets for the XDL Championship are available for $5 on Wednesday and Thursday, March 9-10, $10 on Friday March 11 and $20 for Saturday’s finale event.  There is also a four-day ticket package available for $30.  Kids 12 and under are free.  More information on the series can be found at www.xdlshow.com.

Daytona 200 Week By Honda is highlighted by the historic Daytona 200 By Honda AMA Pro Racing event on Saturday, March 12, the Daytona Supercross By Honda on Saturday night, March 5 and the AMA Pro Flat Track events on the new Daytona dirt track March 10-11.

Tickets for all Daytona 200 Week by Honda events, including the XDL Championship Series, can be purchased at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com and 1-800-PITSHOP.

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Mar 05 | Ryan Villopoto earns second straight Daytona Supercross By Honda victory

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Ryan Villopoto took advantage of a James Stewart miscue and captured his second straight Daytona Supercross By Honda on Saturday at Daytona International Speedway.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Ryan Villopoto took advantage of a James Stewart miscue and captured his second straight Daytona Supercross By Honda on Saturday at Daytona International Speedway.

Stewart led the first three laps but took a spill on his Yamaha on Lap 4 of the 20-lap event. Villopoto inherited the lead and led the remaining 17 laps for a 6.506 second victory.

“I got a good start right behind James and just followed him,” Villopoto said. “He was on it those first couple of laps. I was just riding my pace, my race. I figured I was either going to stay where I was and he was just going to do what he was going to do or he was going to go down.”

After taking the lead, the rider of the No. 2 Kawasaki put his head down and maintained a solid pace.

“Once I got in the lead, I kept putting in some hard laps,” Villopoto said. “With the track being as long as it was ... it was a pretty brutal track and it wasn’t that easy. I was just trying to be smooth and keep an eye on where second and third was.”

Three-time Daytona Supercross By Honda champion Chad Reed finished second on a Honda and defending AMA Supercross champion Ryan Dungey rounded out the podium. Stewart rallied from the spill to finish ninth.

Villopoto’s win was the first time a rider has repeated as a Daytona Supercross champion since Ricky Carmichael in 2003. It was the fourth AMA Supercross win of the year for Villopoto and the Seattle, Wash., native expanded his championship lead to 23 points over Stewart and 24 points over Reed.

Blake Baggett captured the 15-lap Lites East Supercross event on a Kawasaki by a margin of 15.073 seconds.

For the fourth straight year, the Daytona Supercross By Honda course was designed by five-time Daytona Supercross champion Ricky Carmichael and built by three-time National Champion Mark Barnett.

New to the course this year was the placement of the starting gate, which was located on pit road and provided fans with a great view of the first turn.

Next up at Daytona will be the Ricky Carmichael Daytona Amateur Supercross Championship on Sunday and the Ricky Carmichael University on Monday. Tickets are available at the gate or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

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Mar 05 | 2011 Daytona Supercross By Honda results

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Race results from the 2011 Daytona Supercross By Honda.

Race Results for the 2011 Daytona Supercross By Honda

1.       Ryan Villopoto, Kawasaki, 20 laps

2.       Chad Reed, Honda, 20 laps

3.       Ryan Dungey, Suzuki, 20 laps

4.       Andrew Short, KTM, 20 laps

5.       David Millsaps, Yamaha, 20 laps

6.       Justin Brayton, Yamaha, 20 laps

7.       Kevin Windham, Honda, 20 laps

8.       Ken Roczen, KTM, 20 laps

9.       James Stewart, Yamaha, 20 laps

10.   Mike Alessi, KTM, 19 laps

11.   Ivan Tedesco, Kawasaki, 19 laps

12.   Matt Boni, Kawasaki, 19 laps

13.   Trey Canard, Honda, 19 laps

14.   Michael Byrne, Suzuki, 19 laps

15.   Nicholas Wey, Yamaha, 19 laps

16.   Fabien Izoird, Kawasaki, 19 laps

17.   Tye Simmonds, KTM, 19 laps

18.   Brett Metcalfe, Suzuki, 18 laps

19.   Chris Blose, Kawasaki, 13 laps

20.   Matthew Goerke, Kawasaki, 8 laps

Mar 04 | Riders get their first look of the Ricky Carmichael Signature Design course for the Daytona Supercross By Honda

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AMA Supercross stars Chad Reed, Ryan Dungey and Trey Canard as well as course designer and five-time Daytona Supercross By Honda champion Ricky Carmichael participated in media day at Daytona International Speedway and got their first taste of the course for Saturday’s Daytona Supercross By Honda.

2011 Daytona Supercross By Honda

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — On Friday afternoon, AMA Supercross stars Chad Reed, Ryan Dungey and Trey Canard as well as course designer and five-time Daytona Supercross By Honda champion Ricky Carmichael participated in media day at Daytona International Speedway and got their first taste of the course for Saturday’s Daytona Supercross By Honda.

The Daytona Supercross By Honda, which traditionally features one of the toughest and most challenging layouts of the season, was designed for the fourth straight year by Carmichael, who owns 150 AMA wins and 15 championships.

New to the Ricky Carmichael Signature Design this year is the placement of the starting gate, which is now located on pit road and will provide fans with a great view of the first turn.

“It’s exciting,” said American Honda’s Trey Canard of the starting gate. “I think it’s going to be really cool for the fans – to be coming right at them and looking right at them before we take off.”

“It opens up the first turn to a 90 degree instead of a 180 and gives everybody a chance at the shot no matter where they are at the gate,” said Dungey, who rides for Rockstar Makita Suzuki.

Carmichael, who now competes in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, can’t wait to see the action in Saturday’s Daytona Supercross By Honda.

“The racing has been epic this year,” said Carmichael, whose nickname is the G.O.A.T – the Greatest of All-Time. “I’m excited for these guys to get on this track tomorrow. It’s going to be a great race. That’s what we’re here to do and what we’re looking forward to happening tomorrow.”

The Daytona Supercross By Honda is unique on the schedule, and with the course being an outside venue, it’s known for being the most physically demanding race on the circuit.

Chad Reed, a three-time winner of the Daytona Supercross By Honda, is looking forward to the challenge.

“It’s just a special race,” Reed said. “I think what’s unique about it is we’ve done eight races and we’ve been concentrating on that style of (indoor) racing since September. So this is like a blessing. It’s like, ‘Wow, we’re outdoors.’

“It’s kind of nasty and pretty gnarly. It’s brutal for us. It’s very physically demanding but it breaks up that rhythm at least for me and I like that. It’s a different challenge. It’s a blessing and comes at the right time of the season for me.”

Said Dungey: “It’s always fun coming here. It’s one of the one-off races of the supercross season. It’s kind of got a more outdoor feel. The rhythm is really busy, the track is going to get pretty physically demanding. But it’s exciting to be here, you know there’s a lot of history in this place -- Daytona International Speedway. To have the opportunity as a rider to come here and race dirt bikes is a great position to be in. It’s always fun coming back. It’s something new, it’s something exciting, it’s something different.”

The race is also going to highlight a tight championship chase. Entering Saturday’s race, defending race winner Ryan Villopoto owns a 10-point lead over James Stewart with Reed sitting in third 21 points behind. Rounding out the top five are American Honda’s Trey Canard (25 points back) and Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey (26 points back).

For more information and tickets for the Daytona Supercross By Honda, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.

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