Mar 14 | Kenny Coolbeth Jr., Justin Jones Dominating In Victories On Second Night Of AMA Competition At Daytona Flat Track

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In the GNC1 semifinals, also 10 laps each, winners were Wyatt McGuire (Honda) and Johnny Lewis (KTM).

Coolbeth

Kenny Coolbeth Jr. led 23 of 25 laps en route to winning the AMA Pro Racing GNC1 class main event on Friday night at the quarter-mile Daytona Flat Track located adjacent to Daytona International Speedway. 

In the consummate dominating ride, the 38-year-old Coolbeth, aboard a Honda, crossed the finish line 6.474 seconds ahead of second-place Brandon Robinson (Honda). Sammy Halbert (Honda) finished third. His fastest lap was the race’s next-to-last, impressive punctuation to Coolbeth’s 34th national series victory.

Coolbeth, of Center Hill, Florida, was asked to describe the best thing about racing at Daytona. 

“Winning,” he said. “This is amazing.” 

In the 18-rider, 16-lap main event for GNC2, an action-packed class featuring up-and-coming Flat Track racers, 18-year-old Justin Jones of Holley, N.Y. rode a Honda to victory – his first main event victory in GNC2 racing. Jones also dominated, leading every lap and beating runner-up Davis Fisher (Honda) by 2.695 seconds. Dalton Gaulthier (Yamaha) finished third. 

“I just focused on getting a good start and got a real good one,” Jones said. “I got the hole shot … and didn’t look back.” 

The three 10-lap GNC1 heats offered a preview of things to come for the headlining class: the winners were Halbert, Robinson and Coolbeth. Robinson also won the class’ four-lap “Dash For Cash” paying $1,000 and featuring the top-two finishers from each heat. The class’ eight-lap “Last-Chance Qualifier” was claimed by Nick Armstrong (Honda). 

In the GNC1 semifinals, also 10 laps each, winners were Wyatt McGuire (Honda) and Johnny Lewis (KTM). 

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Mar 14 | Yamaha Rider Geoff May Takes Daytona 200 Pole By .005 Seconds

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Defending Race Champion Danny Eslick Qualifies Fourth

Geoff May

Geoff May is 34 years old, amid a professional motorcycle racing career that, he says, has “gone up and down.”

Friday was up. 

Way up. 

May, riding the No. 99 Yamaha, captured the pole position for Saturday’s 74th annual Daytona 200 American SportBike Racing Association (ASRA) race at Daytona International Speedway by a scant .005 seconds over No. 2 Meen Motorsports Yamaha rider Josh Herrin on the 3.51-mile road course. When Friday’s two qualifying sessions were complete, May’s best lap was 1 minute, 50.636 seconds compared to Herrin’s 1:50.641. Rounding out the top four are Stefano Mesa (No. 11 Yamaha) and defending Daytona 200 champion Danny Eslick (No. 69 Suzuki). 

May posted his fast lap late in the second session. “I knew it was a good lap,” he said. “When I saw my number go to the top of the boards, I was happy. I knew I had [the pole]; with the amount of time left [in the session] nobody was going to best that. I’m over the moon.” 

May, from Gainesville, Georgia, is out to prove a point this week. And he’s doing it the hard way, as in bare-bones, budget-wise. Much of May’s effort has been funded by fans, via an on-line campaign he initiated. 

“We don’t even have a trailer,” he said. “We stuffed as much in a van as we could and rolled down to Daytona to give it our best shot. This reminds me of my privateer days. But I’ve done it before. That’s how I earned my way into the AMA paddock. 

“This is my 16th year coming to Daytona. Overnight I’ve become a veteran. I’m out of a job racing right now; I wanted to come down to Daytona to remind people I’m still a top rider and I do deserve a job … I feel like I do have a place, I feel like I’m at the peak of my ability, fitness and knowledge. I’m not ready to quit. I came down here to put a stamp on things.”

Eslick, from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, started on the pole last year en route to winning the Daytona 200. His strategy is simple and based on last year, a recipe for success. 

“Be there at the end,” Eslick said. “It’s a long race. You have to stay out of a first-turn pileup [early] when everybody’s antsy and trying to be a hero. Hopefully just hang tight and be there at the end.” 

The 57-lap/200-mile Daytona 200 is set for 1 p.m. (ET) Saturday. For more information and tickets, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.

Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for the latest news all season long.  Fans can also follow the latest on DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch renovation at the “World Center of Racing” by using #DAYTONARising on Twitter or visiting www.daytonarising.com.

Mar 12 | Suzuki’s Stevie Bonsey and Honda’s Andrew Luker Win On Opening Night At Daytona Flat Track

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Stevie Bonsey, riding the No. 80 Suzuki, led all 25 laps on his way to victory in the AMA Pro Racing GNC1 class main event |on Thursday night at the Daytona Flat Track located just outside Turns 1 and 2 at Daytona International Speedway. The triumph was his third national win in the elite GNC1 class, which features the best dirt track racers in the world, but his first at the Daytona Flat Track.

“I’m on top of the world,” said the 25-year-old Bonsey, who is a native of Salinas, CA.

While Bonsey led flag-to-flag in the race, it was hardly a runaway. Honda riders Jared Mees and Kenny Coolbeth Jr. were right on Bonsey’s rear tire the whole race but couldn’t find an opening to pull off a pass.

“I was glued to his rear wheel,” said Mees, who took runner-up honors with Coolbeth finishing third. “I was hoping for a mistake out of Stevie. He’s a phenomenal rider and he didn’t make one. I played it very safe. I rode like a gentleman. I don’t know if that was a good thing or a bad thing. I had maybe one shot to get in there.”

Bonsey’s margin of victory in the event was .123 seconds.

In the 18-rider, 16-lap GNC2 main event, a class that features the up-and-coming Flat Track racers, Andrew Luker riding the No. 11Z Honda captured his first career victory by a margin of 1.218 seconds.

In the six-lap GNC1 $1,000 Dash For Cash, featuring the top-two finishing riders in each of the heat races, was won by Coolbeth Jr.

Riders winning the 10-lap GNC1 expert heats were Mees, Jarod Vanderkooi (Honda) and Bonsey. In the GNC1 expert semifinals, Jay Maloney (Honda) and JD Beach (Yamaha) were victorious the victories.

Action will conclude at the Daytona Flat Track on Friday night. For more information and tickets for the remaining Daytona 200 Week events, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.

Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for the latest news all season long.  Fans can also follow the latest on DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch renovation at the “World Center of Racing” by using #DAYTONARising on Twitter or visiting www.daytonarising.com.

Mar 12 | FansChoice.tv to Live Stream the 74th Daytona 200 on Saturday

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Motorcycle fans can go online at www.FansChoice.tv and watch the historic motorcycle race free of charge.

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FansChoice.tv will provide live streaming coverage of the 74th Daytona 200 on Saturday at Daytona International Speedway, sanctioned for the first time by the American SportBike Racing Association (ASRA). Motorcycle fans can go online at www.FansChoice.tv and watch the historic motorcycle race free of charge.

The Daytona 200 will be a 57-lap race on the 3.51-mile road course showcasing riders aboard 600cc sportbikes battling for a purse of $175,000 with the race winner also being awarded a Rolex Cosmograph Daytona.

Qualifying for the starting lineup for the DAYTONA 200 will take place on Friday, March 13 with the race going green the following day at 1 p.m.

The DAYTONA 200 is America’s most historic motorcycle race with the inaugural event being held on the sands of Daytona Beach before the race moved to Daytona International Speedway in 1961.

More than 50 riders have entered the race including five former DAYTONA 200 champions Danny Eslick (2014), Josh Herrin (2010), Steve Rapp (2007), John Ashmead (1989) and Dave Sadowski Sr. (1990).  

Reserved grandstand tickets for the DAYTONA 200 are $45, unreserved grandstand/infield tickets are $45 and unreserved grandstand tickets are $35. Kids 12 and under are free in general admission areas.

Tickets for all motorcycle racing events are available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or online at http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com

Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for the latest news all season long.  Fans can follow the latest on DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch renovation at the “World Center of Racing” by using #DAYTONARising on Twitter or visiting www.daytonarising.com.

Mar 09 | FLY Racing ATV Supercross Series Ready for its Debut at "The World Center of Racing"

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With approximately 400 entries, ATV riders will battle for a coveted Daytona trophy on the Ricky Carmichael Signature Design course located in the tri-oval, the same track that has been used in the recent Daytona Supercross By Honda and the Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross.

ATVSX

For the first time in history, Daytona International Speedway will host the Fly Racing ATV Supercross National Championship Series on Tuesday, March 10. 

With approximately 400 entries, ATV riders will battle for a coveted Daytona trophy on the Ricky Carmichael Signature Design course located in the tri-oval, the same track that has been used in the recent Daytona Supercross By Honda and the Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross. 

The track layout is similar to Saturday’s Daytona Supercross By Honda with some of obstacles and turns altered to accommodate the unique riding style of a 400-pound ATV. 

All eyes will be on ATVMX Champion and Wienen Motorsports Yamaha rider Chad Wienen, who has competed in the series since 2012. He is the second ATVMX rider to ever win three consecutive titles. 

“This is an amazing opportunity. This place is the holy grail of racing,” Wienen said. “I can only describe this as prestigious. It’s never been done before in the ATV world.” 

The Ricky Carmichael Signature Design is legendary for its demanding nature and is considered to be a hybrid of a motocross and Supercross track. ATVMX has never competed in a Supercross stadium-like setting.  

“This place is huge and it’s almost intimidating coming on the track as you enter through the tunnel,” Wienen said. “I train on obstacles like this all the time because it’s fun to me and challenging. I’m really excited about it.” 

The ATV Supercross event at Daytona will have heat races, last chance qualifying races and a main event in each class. 

Following the ATV Supercross, Daytona International Speedway will feature the AMA Pro Flat Track doubleheader on Thursday and Friday and the 74th Daytona 200 on Saturday.  

Tickets for all motorcycle racing events are available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or online at http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com 

Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for the latest news all season long.  Fans can follow the latest on DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch renovation at the “World Center of Racing” by using #DAYTONARising on Twitter or visiting www.daytonarising.com.

Mar 09 | Aspiring Amateurs To Showcase Their Talent At During Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross

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“Just driving through the tunnel into this stadium is cool,” said champion rider Austin Forkner. “There are always a lot of people here and racing the same track as the pros is just great. I’ve been riding tighter and tamed super tracks to prepare for this race. You really have to get used to the Daytona dirt, it’s on a different level.”

RCSX

Amateur riders took their turn on the challenging Ricky Carmichael Signature Design as the two-day Ricky Carmichael Daytona Amateur Supercross kicked off on Sunday at Daytona International Speedway. With approximately 1,400 entries, the sixth annual event at the “World Center of Racing” is showcasing riders from throughout the United States and as far as Brazil and Australia. 

“Just driving through the tunnel into this stadium is cool,” said champion rider Austin Forkner. “There are always a lot of people here and racing the same track as the pros is just great. I’ve been riding tighter and tamed super tracks to prepare for this race. You really have to get used to the Daytona dirt, it’s on a different level.” 

Forkner is the only youth rider to win two national titles at Loretta Lynn Motocross. Since his first AMA National title, he has been on the Kawasaki Team Green bikes as a factory supported rider. 

Riders will go head-to-head for the next two days on the Ricky Carmichael Signature Design, the same course used in Saturday’s Daytona Supercross By Honda, which was won by Ryan Dungey. The race will follow a supercross format using heat races and last chance qualifiers to set the field of riders into a main event in each class. 

“This is my second year on the track in Daytona,” said Australian Mackenzie Tricker, the 2013 and 2014 Loretta Lynn’s Women’s Motocross Champion. “It’s a tighter track and the soil is much different. It’s all around really exciting being here, it’s an awesome venue. This track has opened my eyes to another world.” 

“To be able to race in a stadium where top athletes in the world have raced is incredible,” said Marissa Markelon, the 2014 overall Women’s Motocross champion and a consistent top-three finisher during the 2014 season. “This is a one of a kind track with a great atmosphere. It’s more like a community.” 

Following the Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross, the Speedway will host the inaugural FLY Racing ATV Supercross on Tuesday. 

For more information and tickets for the remaining Daytona 200 Week events, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP. 

Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for the latest news all season long.  Fans can also follow the latest on DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch renovation at the “World Center of Racing” by using #DAYTONARising on Twitter or visiting www.daytonarising.com.

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