FORMER FARLEY SPEEDWAY WINNERS CARR AND COOLBETH RUNNING ONE-TWO IN AMA FORD QUALITY CHECKED FLAT TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP PICKERINGTON, Ohio (August 2, 2006) -- Pennsylvania's Chris Carr and Kenny Coolbeth, of Connecticut, are the two former winners...
FORMER FARLEY SPEEDWAY WINNERS CARR AND COOLBETH RUNNING ONE-TWO IN AMA FORD QUALITY CHECKED FLAT TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP
PICKERINGTON, Ohio (August 2, 2006) -- Pennsylvania's Chris Carr and Kenny Coolbeth, of Connecticut, are the two former winners at the Farley Speedway Half-mile in Farley, Iowa. This Saturday, Aug. 5, Carr, Coolbeth and the rest of the AMA Ford Quality Checked Flat Track Championship riders will meet for round nine of the AMA Ford Quality Checked Grand National Twins Championship.
Carr is coming off a victory this past Saturday, in Hagerstown, Md. The victory for the defending champ made him the first two-time winner in this year's AMA Grand National competition. The series has enjoyed remarkable parity with nine winners in the 10 rounds held leading up to Farley.
With his most recent victory Carr, who rides and owns the Quality Checked Certified Pre-Owned Ford Racing team, extended his points lead over Coolbeth to 12 points. Michigan rider Jared Mees is a close third in the standings, just four points behind Coolbeth.
Carr is looking forward to the showdown with Coolbeth at Farley.
"It's the rubber match," said Carr, who will be going for his 75th-career victory this weekend. "I pretty much dominated the first race at Farley and Coolbeth was second. Last year it was Kenny who ran away with it and I took second. We'll find out this weekend who really is the King of Farley."
Carr is gathering momentum, but he sees Coolbeth as his primary threat for the rest of the season.
"It depends on who does their job better," he said. "If you look at history we both do well at the tracks remaining on the Twins schedule. He's the guy to beat in my opinion if history repeats itself. Other riders are capable of winning too, but with just four races left they're going to have to step up and win some races to have a real shot at the championship."
Iowa fans will have home state hero Rich King to cheer for. King, from Dysart, Iowa, comes into the race in Farley ranked seventh with his best race in the Twins series a second at West Virginia Motor Speedway near Parkersburg early in July.
Farley Speedway is a fast Half-mile high banked clay oval. This is the third year the track in Northeastern Iowa has hosted an AMA Grand National.
WHAT: Farley Speedway Half-mile, round 12 of the AMA Ford Quality Checked Flat Track Championship -- round nine of the GNC Twins Championship.
WHERE: Farley Speedway is located on Olde Farley Road off of US Route 20.
WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 5, 2006
COURSE: The Farley Speedway Half-mile high banked clay oval.
SCHEDULE: Gates open at 3:00 p.m.; Qualifying Practice begins at 6:00 p.m.; Opening Ceremonies at 7:30 p.m.