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California Pro Flat Track Racing 2014

| 8 July 2014 6:58 pm

AMA Pro Flat Track Series
Eddie Mulder’s West Coast Dirt Track Series

By Karen Gould
CA, JULY 7, 2014

The AMA Grand National Pros will be back in California and Washington throughout the summer of 2014. After being on and then off the GNC schedule, the famous Sacramento Mile is on again, for the 49th time. The Sacramento Mile will return to the Sacramento Exposition and State Fairgrounds on July 26, 2014, for the fourth time this decade, beginning in 2011, and it will be running in conjunction with the California State Fair.

The Sacramento Mile podium, 2013 edition. Photo courtesy of the AMA

The Sacramento Mile podium, 2013 edition. Photo courtesy of the AMA

Promoted by SMI, a company owned and operated by former road racer Steve McLaughlin, the Sacramento Mile is the only mile-long race in California this year, and this venue has a long history of hosting motorcycle racing on and off throughout the years. Carroll Resweber, riding for Harley-Davidson, was the first in a long string of riders to take the victory in Sacramento, back in 1959.

The history of the Sacramento Mile has earned it a reputation of being fast, with speeds reaching 140 mph, with tight corners and yet a hometown feel.

As an added attraction to this year’s Sacramento Mile, honored legends and AMA Hall of Fame riders Jay “Springer” Springsteen and Chris Carr will face off in a friendly exhibition, a one-to-one shoot-out at the Mile.

Unfortunately, the West Coast Dirt Track Series’ Vintage Mile will not be held this year. Try as they might, Eddie Mulder and the new promoters were unable to come to an agreement.

Walt James Stadium at Willow Springs. Photo by Karen Gould/ Checkered Flag Photography

Walt James Stadium at Willow Springs. Photo by Karen Gould/ Checkered Flag Photography

From Sacramento, the GNC schedule will take the competitors to Castle Rock, Washington, on August 6 for a TT (Tourist Trophy) competition promoted by the Mount St. Helens Motorcycle Club at Castle Rock Race Park. This venue was constructed in 1980 after the original Castle Rock Raceway was destroyed by the Mount St Helens eruption. Grand National racing has taken place at Castle Rock since 1965, and in 1966 the Castle Rock TT winner was Eddie Mulder, who also won Ascot that year.

The August 2 Grand National TT will be preceded by a Pro Twins TT event on Friday night, August 1, that will also include some Amateur classes and U.S. National Championship rounds one and two – short-track and TT events on Wednesday and Thursday nights, respectively.

Before returning to California, the Grand National riders will make a circle in the Midwest, attending events at the Sturgis Half Mile, the Indy Mile, the Peoria TT and the Springfield Mile. Information for each of these events can be found at www.amaproracing.com/ft/events/.

The Calistoga Half Mile will welcome the AMA Grand National riders back to California and the lovely Napa Valley on September 27. A group of people dedicated to racing – including Chris Morgan, who is also the promoter for the Pomona Half Mile; Terry Otton of Ramspur Winery; Steve De Lorenzi of SDI Insulation; and Eddie Mulder of the West Coast Dirt Track Series – have joined forces to bring back the Calistoga Half Mile in place of the recently canceled Santa Rosa Mile. Mulder will also be honored as the Grand Marshal of the Calistoga Half Mile. Plans are currently under way to include other events during this weekend in the beautiful Napa Valley, including a bike show and ride from the Calistoga Fairgrounds to the Ramspur Winery.

Riders ready to launch off the line at Calistoga in 2011. Photo courtesy of the AMA

Riders ready to launch off the line at Calistoga in 2011. Photo courtesy of the AMA

Also, one week after the Calistoga Half Mile, the GNC riders will have the opportunity to earn some extra cash at Eddie Mulder’s West Coast Dirt Track Series’ Willow Springs three-eighths-mile weekend, a two-day event held at the Willow Springs Raceway on October 4 and 5 in Rosamond, California.

Eddie Mulder’s events offer Pro purses larger than those earned in any of the other California Pro Racing events. The purse at round one at Willow Springs was $10,000; purses for the October Willow Springs events will be even bigger, thanks to the sponsorship of Specialty Fabrications’ Zimmerman brothers, who have raised the payout for the Dash on Saturday from $7,500 to $10,000 and on Sunday to $15,000.

Jared Mees (9) leads Sammy Halbert (7) in Pro action. Photo by Karen Gould/ Checkered Flag Photography

Jared Mees (9) leads Sammy Halbert (7) in Pro action. Photo by Karen Gould/ Checkered Flag Photography

In addition to the winnings of the Dash, the Digger Pro main-event payout will also be raised, thanks to longtime supporter Digger Helm and an additional $5,000 from Terry Otton of Ramspur Winery. The Otton Ramspur Winery Pro points winner’s purse of $7,500 will be also be determined on Sunday, October 5, the final West Coast Dirt Track Series event, which will pay double points, giving any Pro-class rider riding both days at chance at winning.

With all the money available to winners over this exciting weekend of racing, this is an event you won’t want to miss! Pro riders have a chance to earn a good amount of money for their 2015 race season. The gates will open at moon on Saturday. Willow Springs offers flat-track fans a chance to see some of the top AMA Grand National riders up close and personal as they compete for the money. You won’t want to miss the excitement of this weekend.

Sammy Halbert (7) at speed at Willow Springs. Photo by Karen Gould/ Checkered Flag Photography

Sammy Halbert (7) at speed at Willow Springs. Photo by Karen Gould/ Checkered Flag Photography

Brad Baker (12) leading the pack in Pomona. Photo courtesy of the AMA

Brad Baker (12) leading the pack in Pomona. Photo courtesy of the AMA

To end the 2014 AMA Grand National race season, the Pomona Flat Track finals will take place at the Pomona Fairplex on October 11, 2014. A fast and fun half-mile track, Pomona provides a superb racing surface for the final AMA GNC event of the year. The Tony Duma Daytona Rolex watch winner for the 2014 season could be determined at Pomona.

Tickets to any of the AMA Pro Racing events can be purchased at www.amaproracing.com/ft/events/.

Information for Eddie Mulder’s Willow Springs event, as well as information for race entry, can be found at tcs-racetrax.com/EMWCVDTS/.

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