Interviews with Indiana motorcycle racing pioneers during the Indiana Motorcycle Expo at the Indiana State Fairgrounds on Feb. 18, 2017
DECATUR, Ill. (March 7, 2017) – Kevin Stollings Jr., one of the top young riders in American Flat Track, has announced a new association with DCT/Precision, LLC of Decatur, Ill. Stollings will ride his brand new 2017 Honda CR450F in the AFT Singles class, while helping promote a new patent pending, industrial machine tool accessory called Wedge Bore.
Stollings, the 2015 AMA Horizon Award winner, has plans to improve on his first year pro effort, which netted him fifth (Only four points out of third) in the 2016 GNC2 class. His overall goal is to win the 2017 AFT Singles Championship. To achieve this goal, Stollings feels he will have to ride aggressively and take advantage of every opportunity on the track to be in position to prosper with the new AFT race day rules which demand race craft all day long in order to reach the points paying finals. While his season-long goals are lofty, Stollings knows his best days will come on the oval tracks.
DCT/Precision is an industrial tool manufacturing company. They have developed a new, high-precision, boring device known as Wedge Bore. General Manager, John Lambrick, a long-time race enthusiast, sees the promotional possibilities of Stollings and AFT.
“With the new format and television package, this is an unbelievable opportunity for us to receive national and international exposure for our company,” Lambrick said. “I would think more companies would want to take advantage of a similar opportunity.”
To learn more about DCT/Precision and Wedge Bore, find them on the web at www.dctprecision.com
Kevin Stollings, Jr. is a 17-year-old from Indianapolis. He is supported by the following dedicated group of sponsors: Mom & Dad, Ben Evans, Dave’s Cycle Shop, Motion Pro, WKR, Evans Coolant, Vortex Racing, Hinson Clutches, Dreyer Honda, Moto Gear, Suspension Systems, Spectro Oils, Works Connection, Joe Stahl, Paint by Smokey, Fushion Racewear and Flawless Hair.
The Vintage Flat Trackers Reunion will be held in conjunction with the Grand National AMA Short Track which will be held at the 3/8 mile Dixie Speedway located northwest of Atlanta, in Woodstock, GA on March 25th 2017. The reunion will be an integral part of the race as the AMA has provided us with the location to hold the reunion event which is overlooking the 1st turn of the track. They will select some former national numbered riders to participate in the opening ceremonies to serve as Grand Marshal’s. There will be ample parking for motor homes, pickup’s and all other types of vehicles.
There will also be a vintage dirt track bike display as well. The AMA has discounted the price of tickets to ALL reunion attendees which mean’s a regular 30.00 ticket will cost a reunion attendee and his guest 20.00 each.
David Aldana, Ray Little and myself will be hosting this old-time riders reunion and look forward to seeing many of the guy’s we raced against back in the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. We will also be spreading the word on flat track Facebook by the end of this week. We have already received a BIG response from people who are planning to attend the reunion and race.
Looks like a really great event shaping up here and we look forward to seeing many of you at this old timer get together.
For RSVP and info regarding the race and reunion, please contact ……
“TC” Chambers, Reunion Coordinator
John Blackstock attended the 8th annual Racers Reunion at Donelson’s Cycle in St. Louis, Saturday (January 28) and sent us in these great photos of the national number riders in attendance and the following brief report:
What began as a birthday party for Neil Keen has continued as a huge gathering of past motorcycle racers from all across the country.
There were 24 previous or current AMA national number riders at the event. Also in the group were 8 AMA Hall of Fame members.
Don Larue Jr. of www.amanationalnumber.com made custom shirts for the riders and donated 25% of all other shirts sold to the Class of 79 and Friends charity group.
93 Jim Rawls
62 Charlie Roberts
16 Ronnie Jones
12 Jay Maloney
51 Dick Woods
56 Charlie Southgate
76 Greg Thompson
72 Alex Domyan
53 Tim Mertens
36 Charlie Chapple
1 Randy Goss
19 Keith Mashburn
44 Ron Widman
99 Billy O’Brien
Team of Coolbeth, Johnson and Robinson revealed live during ESPN X Games
It’s a flat track triple threat. The Harley-Davidson® Factory Flat Track Racing Team will unleash a three-rider squad in 2017. Former AMA Pro Grand National champions Kenny Coolbeth Jr. and Jake Johnson and young flat track star Brandon Robinson will race in the legendary Factory Team leathers.
The team was announced today during a live interview with Coolbeth, Johnson and Robinson during ABC network coverage of ESPN’s X Games Aspen.
Gunning for the checkered flag aboard the fierce Harley-Davidson XG750R competition motorcycle, the formidable trio of ace racers will chase a championship on the American Flat Track (AFT) series and fight to medal in the Harley-Davidson Flat Track Racing event at ESPN’s X Games Minneapolis. The American Flat Track racing season opens during Daytona Bike Week at the March 16 DAYTONA TT on a new circuit featuring a jump to be constructed inside Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.
“This edition of the Harley Factory Team will bring unmatched savvy and experience to the track,” said Harley-Davidson Vice President and Managing Director U.S. Mike Kennedy. “With a combined 59 Grand National wins and five AMA Pro Grand National championships, this line-up of riders knows what it takes to do battle with the lead pack and will be a force aboard our new Harley-Davidson XG750R Factory Racing bikes. If you are in Daytona for Bike Week, ride to the race and see the Factory Team in action on this exciting new TT track.”
The Harley Factory Team will field a fleet of Harley XG750R bikes for Coolbeth, Johnson and Robinson. With a custom chassis purpose-built for flat track racing, the XG750R flat tracker is powered by a race-modified, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected 750cc Revolution X™ V-Twin engine originally engineered for the Harley-Davidson Street® 750, a motorcycle designed for maximum urban maneuverability with rebellious Dark Custom™ attitude. The Revolution X engine is assembled at Harley-Davidson Vehicle and Powertrain Operations in Kansas City, Missouri.
“I’m excited to be one of the riders helping to push the XG750R to the front of the field,” said Robinson. “I’m sure I’ll be battling with Kenny and Jake to see who can make history and score the first win aboard the new bike. I’ve learned a lot racing against them. Now we’re working together to bring home a championship for Harley-Davidson.”
The race-modified Revolution X engine and a racing frame for the XG750R were developed in collaboration with Vance & Hines Motorsports. The XG750R flat tracker motorcycle is not a production model. The 750cc XG Revolution X V-Twin engine is for sale through Harley-Davidson dealers today and can be modified for racing use by aspiring dealers and privateers.
Kenny Coolbeth Jr.
A three-time AMA Pro Grand National champion (2006-2008), the veteran Coolbeth has won 36 times in the Grand National Championship, more than any active racer in the series. Coolbeth claimed three consecutive titles while racing for the Harley-Davidson Factory Team from 2006 to 2013. Aboard the Zanotti Racing Harley-Davidson XR750 in 2016, Coolbeth won at the Springfield Mile and finished seventh in points. He was named the Rookie of the Year in 1994 and won his first Grand National race in 2002. Coolbeth is 39 years old and lives in Center Hill, Fla.
Jake Johnson won consecutive AMA Pro Grand National Championships (2010-2011) on Zanotti Racing Harley-Davidson XR750 motorcycles and has won 20 times in the Grand National Championship since moving up to the top pro class in 2002. In 2016 Johnson won on the Daytona short track and was fourth in the season standings. Johnson won the AMA Pro Singles class championship in 2006 and 2008 and was Rookie of the Year in 2002. Johnson is 32 years old and lives in Coatesville, Pa.
Brandon Robinson enjoyed a break-out season in 2013 with seven top-five finishes and three victories, including a sweep of both races on the Springfield Mile. In 2016, Robinson piloted the Kennedy Racing Harley-Davidson XR750 to his fourth career victory with a win on the Lima half-mile, notched two additional podium results and finished third in the point standings. As an amateur, Robinson won the AMA Twins Expert class championship in 2008. Robinson is 26 years old and lives in Oxford, Pa.
Entering its 64th consecutive season, American Flat Track is the most historic form of American motorcycle racing. The re-vamped 2017 American Flat Track series features 18 rounds of racing headlined by powerful, twin-cylinder motorcycles in the AFT Twins class.
The Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Racing Team is proudly partnered with Vance & Hines Motorsports.
We all know that Valentino Rossi began the trendy road racing braking body English known as the “Doctor Dangle”, whereby a rider dangles his leg low and off to the side off the bike as he brakes for a turn.
Lesser known was Scotty Parker’s attempt in the mid-‘90s to create a cornering style in flat track he liked to call the ‘Parker Pick-Up’. Inspired by his cross-training doing cheerleading moves, his training coach taught Scotty the toe-touch move and Parker thought it was perfect to use in flat track.
Parker attempted to popularize this unique cornering maneuver, but it never caught on, as you can see in this shot fellow racer Mike Hale wanted no part of attempting the champ’s new tricky move.
Davey Durelle (No. 58) gets into a turn second behind Danny Ingram (No. 31) and just ahead of Terry Poovey (No. 18), Billy Herndon (No. 19), Steve Aseltine (No. 36) and other riders in qualifying Heat race for the 1991 San Jose TT AMA 600cc National. Ingram won the heat over Durelle and Poovey. Aseltine and Herndon rounded out the top five. Chris Carr won the final over Ingram and Rodney Farris.