The last of ABC Wide World of Sports all-star race called The Superbikers. I guess the rider contracts just started getting to big to risk them racing on this one-off event. Read more.
Nick Cummings is one of the most naturally gifted flat trackers I ever had the privilege to watch race. My most vivid memory of Cummings was watching him in 2008 on the cushion of Darke County Fairgrounds riding his Honda Pro Oils/TCR/Sunoco Harley-Davidson XR750 in the AMA Grand National up at the very top of the track in the turns, often brushing the haybales with his rear tire at triple-digit speed, as he blasted wide open around Greenville’s Half-Mile. It was one of the most spectacular displays of riding I’d ever witnessed. This photo is Cummings racing the national at I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Michigan in 2006.
Craig Vetter would like your help. Vetter is trying to track down Lynn Griffis. Lynn was the Miss Camel Pro Series for nearly a decade, starting in 1976 and going into the early ‘80s.
Lynn was more than a pretty face handing out trophies, the riders adored her and with good reason. She took genuine interest in the sport and got to know the riders and their family and friends. When something bad happened Lynn was the first one there offering to help any way she could.
She also promoted the sport with great enthusiasm, showing up with the riders to do pre-race media tours and trust me; R.J. Reynolds knew what they were doing. Sports writing was a male
dominated world and when Lynn showed up to these media functions and turned on the charm, you’d better believe the next year when the series came to town these guys were going to show up for the press luncheons and write preview stories.
No other Miss Camel seemed to click with the riders, the fans and the media like Lynn.
So influential was Lynn that a lot of people, including Vetter, think she deserves to be in the Motorcycle Hall of Fame.
The problem is no one seems to know how to find her. Craig says that Hank Scott has a friend who ran into Lynn at a Mall in Nashville last year. She was over visiting some friends. He said she lives in Switzerland now. Neil Keen has a similar story: “I have a friend, who saw her last year in Nashville –recognized her, and talked to her a few minutes — said she live in the islands, Maui, I think.”
So I’m putting out an APB on Lynn Griffis. If you know how she can be reach send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Let’s find Lynn and give her the recognition she deserves.
Oxford, PA. – October 15, 2013 – Brandon Robinson closed out the 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles Grand National Championship season with a tough 9th-place finish at the Pomona Half-Mile season finale, to cap off his excellent first season with the TJ Burnett Farms Kawasaki team. “We struggled with set-up at Pomona and fought the track but just couldn’t get it any better for the season finale,” stated Brandon after the rough weekend, “but to end up in the 3rd-place spot in the overall championship standings was great for our first year together. We’re also looking forward to the 2014 season as we have things already set in stone to all stay together, so hopefully we can improve on that, and we’re real proud of our three wins and six top-3s for the year.”
The TJ Burnett Farms team and Brandon were as disappointed as the fans were about the cancellation of the main events at the Santa Rosa Mile on September 29. “We were solid at Santa Rosa, but Mother Nature wasn’t working with us that afternoon, and it was a shame for the fans as well as for us racers. But the Circle Bell Motorsports promoters and the officials with AMA Pro Flat Track made the right call in lieu of the safety factor involved with the heavy mist that had rolled in,” commented Robinson, “there was just no way to continue safely.”
The team did end the season on several big and bold notes. AMA Pro Flat Track awarded the 2013 Team Excellence Award to the TJ Burnett Farms team after the Pomona finale for their professional representation of the sport in the paddock and their great results on the track in just their first full season together, and Brandon also captured the championships (by a landslide) in both the Expert Twins and Expert Singles classes in the Steve Nace Racing All-Star AMA National Flat Track Series presented by GoldenTyre. “It was an honor to get the Team Excellence Award for TJ and the team, and winning the #1 plates in the Steve Nace All-Star Series was huge, as Jared Mees has pretty much had those covered for the last couple of seasons,” Robinson noted.
The team will be working hard during the off-season to come back and improve on their standings for the 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship season. “We’re headed to Oglethorpe Speedway outside of Savannah, GA. on November 9 for an outlaw race,” commented the double All-Star Champion. “We’re going down to have some fun and do some testing since that is my favorite track.”
The team would again like to thank all of it’s fans for taking the time to visit with us this season during the fan walks and after each of the races, and hope you are all as ready as we are for the new season to begin in several months at Daytona in mid-March, and are looking forward to another year together to show all of you fans what we can do again and in stepping it up for the new year ahead.
Brandon Robinson #44 & the TJ Burnett Farms Kawasaki AMA Grand National Championship team would again like to thank all of our sponsors for the 2013 season:
TJ Burnett Farms, USC Racing Kawasaki, James Hart Racing, Arai, Next Moto Champion, ATI Physical Therapy, Penske Racing Shocks, AXO, Saddlemen, Protect All, Pro Plates, ISC Racers Tape, Motion Pro, Southland, Matrix Race Products, Race Tech, Lemonds Kawasaki, WKR, Mr. Sign, Bill Built, Royal Publishing, VC Graphix, DAOapparel.com, PMP Sprockets, Spectro Oils, CP Pistons, G2 Ergonomics, Works Connection, K&N, Hartman Photography, Mitchell Mechanical, J&H Repair, Big Dawg Racing, Ricko, Jim Chapman, Tom Scibek, Joe Reynolds, Stu’s Shots, John Y, Mom & Dad