PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The Du Quoin State Fairground Mile will play host to the final round of the 2001 AMA Progressive Insurance U.S. Flat Track Championships on Saturday, Sept. 29. This marks the second race of the season on the famous Du Quoin...
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The Du Quoin State Fairground Mile will play host to the final round of the 2001 AMA Progressive Insurance U.S. Flat Track Championships on Saturday, Sept. 29. This marks the second race of the season on the famous Du Quoin Mile– Harley-Davidson factory Rich King won the National there in July. In addition to the featured Grand National class, championships in the SuperTrapp SuperTrackers and Harley-Davidson 883 Sportster Performance Series will be on the line Saturday. Chris Carr, of Fleetwood, Pa., has already wrapped up the 2001 AMA Grand National title, but he will be vying for his first win at Du Quoin.
The Du Quoin Mile has a rich tradition in AMA Grand National history. The first national was held on the circuit shortly after it was built in 1948. The Illinois Motorcycle Dealers Association promotes the race, and also also puts on the Springfield Mile, Short Track and TT Nationals. Three former winners of Du Quoin will be in the field: King, who won his first National here in July; Kevin Atherton, who won the race in 1996; and admired racing veteran Jay Springsteen, who last won Du Quoin in 1977 -- years before some of his current competitors were born.
For newly-crowned champion Carr, Du Quoin is one of the jewels on the circuit that he would love to have on his championship crown. "I've been racing here for probably 15 years and have come close a bunch of times," said Carr, who has four podium finishes to his credit at Du Quoin. "It would be nice to finally get a win at Du Quoin. Even though I've already won the championship, I'm going to give it 110 percent."
Championships are up for grabs in the two support classes. The final race of the SuperTrapp SuperTrackers Series at Du Quoin will be the final race ever for the class. Formed in 1999, the SuperTrackers are street-based racing bikes and will be integrated into the Grand National circuit next year. Bryan Bigelow, of Au Gres, Mich., leads the series by 14 points over Wisconsin's J.R. Schnabel. Bigelow will be trying to earn his fourth SuperTrackers win of the season at Du Quoin and become the only other rider besides Joe Kopp to win that championship.
The Harley-Davidson 883 Sportster Performance Series has proven annually to be the closest championship series. Bryan Smith, of Flint, Mich., sits just six points ahead of Illinois' Paul Morgan III. Either Smith or Morgan looked poised to break Willie McCoy's two-year string of 883 Sportster championships. This series should be a favorite of Du Quoin fans since the top-10 in the series is filled with Illinois riders. Besides Morgan, who hails from Centralia, there's fourth-ranked Brian Thomas of Collinsville; sixth ranked and former Du Quoin 883 winner James Hart, also from Centralia; and John Faulkner III, of Marion, who is ninth in the series standings.
Tickets can be purchased at any of the participating IMDA dealers or by calling (217) 753-8866. The IMDA is offering a free Progressive Insurance U.S. Flat Track Championship t-shirt to advance ticket purchasers while supplies last. T-shirts courtesty of Progressive Insurance.
Tune into Speedvision to catch the action from Du Quoin: Progressive Insurance Grand National Final: Oct. 23, 8-9 p.m. & 12-1 a.m.; Harley-Davidson Sportster Performance and SuperTrapp SuperTracker Finals: October 23 9-10 p.m. & 1-2 a.m.; Progressive Insurance Grand National Final: Oct. 30, 12-1 p.m.; Harley-Davidson Sportster Performance and SuperTrapp SuperTracker Final: Oct. 30, 1-2 p.m. (All times Eastern. Check local listings to confirm date and time. As always, this schedule is subject to change.)
<pre> SCHEDULE OF EVENTS DU QUOIN STATE FAIRGROUNDS, DU QUOIN, IL - SEPTEMBER 29, 2001
TRACK DIRECTIONS: Track is located 1.0 mile south of DuQuoin on US 51 SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2001 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Registration at the track 9:30 a.m. - 11:40 a.m. - Tech Inspection at the track 11:45 a.m. - Mandatory Riders Meeting 12:00 Noon - Practice 1:15 p.m. - Qualifying heats (Progressive Insurance Grand National, Harley-Davidson Sportster Performance, SuperTrapp SuperTracker) 2:30 p.m. - 2:40 p.m. - 1st Harley-Davidson Sportster Performance Heat Race 2:40 p.m. - 2:50 p.m. - 2nd Harley-Davidson Sportster Performance Heat Race 2:50 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - 3rd Harley-Davidson Sportster Performance Heat Race 3:00 p.m. - 3:10 p.m. - 1st SuperTrapp SuperTracker Heat Race 3:10 p.m. - 3:20 p.m. - 2nd SuperTrapp SuperTracker Heat Race 4:30 p.m. - Opening Ceremonies 5:00 p.m. - 5:10 p.m. - 1st Progressive Insurance Grand National Heat Race 5:10 p.m. - 5:20 p.m. - 2nd Progressive Insurance Grand National Heat Race 5:20 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. - 3rd Progressive Insurance Grand National Heat Race 5:30 p.m. - 5:40 p.m. - 4th Progressive Insurance Grand National Heat Race 5:40 p.m. - 5:55 p.m. - HARLEY-DAVIDSON SPORTSTER PERFORMANCE FINAL 5:55 p.m. - 6:05 p.m. - Victory Circle for Harley-Davidson Sportster Performance Final 6:05 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. - 1st Progressive Insurance Grand National Semi 6:15 p.m. - 6:25 p.m. - 2nd Progressive Insurance Grand National Semi 6:25 p.m. - 6:35 p.m. - 3rd Progressive Insurance Grand National Semi 6:35 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. - SUPERTRAPP SUPERTRACKER FINAL 6:45 p.m. - 6:55 p.m. - Victory Circle for SuperTrapp SuperTracker Final 6:55 p.m. - 7:10 p.m. - AMA PROGRESSIVE INSURANCE GRAND NATIONAL FINAL 7:15 p.m. - Victory Circle for Grand National Final
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