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CARR HOPING TO JOIN THREE-TIME HAGERSTOWN GRAND NATIONAL WINNER'S CLUB PICKERINGTON, Ohio (July 25, 2006) -- AMA Ford Quality Checked Flat Track Championship leader Chris Carr comes to the half-mile red clay oval of the Hagerstown Speedway on ...

CARR HOPING TO JOIN THREE-TIME HAGERSTOWN GRAND NATIONAL WINNER'S CLUB

PICKERINGTON, Ohio (July 25, 2006) -- AMA Ford Quality Checked Flat Track Championship leader Chris Carr comes to the half-mile red clay oval of the Hagerstown Speedway on Saturday, July 29, with the opportunity to join racing legends Will Davis and Steve Morehead as a three-time Hagerstown winner.

This year's AMA Grand National Series is the most competitive in years with different winners at each round so far this year.

"The chance to tie a record of three wins at Hagerstown doesn't mean that much to me right now," Carr said Tuesday while driving a rental car at triple digit speed on the Bonneville Salt Flats in preparation for an attempt on the world motorcycle land speed record. "My job is to go out and get as many points as I can and keep focused on the championship. I've got a lot of records and everything else I accomplish is gravy."

Carr, the seven-time AMA Grand National Champion from Fleetwood, Pa., is happy to be leading in a season of unprecedented parity.

"Show me any racing series where you have nine winners in nine races," said Carr, who is racer/owner of the Quality Checked Certified Pre-Owned Ford race team. "It's not easy to get wins with so many competitive riders and teams. If I get a shot at a win I'll go for it. If not I'll do the best I can and earn as many points as possible. That's the name of the game in the series this year."

Carr's biggest challenger at Hagerstown is likely to be Joe Kopp, of Mica, Wash. Kopp, who rides with the Latus Harley-Davidson team, is coming off a victory this past Saturday, July 22, in Greenville, Ohio. He is also the defending winner at Hagerstown.

Johnny Murphree and Rich King are also former winners of the Hagerstown National.

An illustration of how competitive the series is can be seen in the form of rider Bryan Smith. Smith was co-leader of the championship with Carr coming into the race in Ohio, but his Screamin' Eagle / Moroney's Harley-Davidson experienced engine problems on the warm-up lap. He did not start and fell from the lead to a tie with Kopp for fourth in the standings.

Jared Mees is second in the AMA Grand National Twins Championship standings coming into Hagerstown, just seven points behind Carr. Kenny Coolbeth is third, a single point behind Mees. Coolbeth was runner-up at Hagerstown last year.

Hagerstown has been a part of the AMA Grand National Championship dating back to the mid-1960s. It's a true half-mile track with straightaways over 900 ft. long and 70 ft. wide with 90 ft. wide turns. The racing surface is made of some of the finest red clay in the nation with a smooth and wide racing line. Motorcycle Hall of Famer Bart Markel won the first national on the track in 1964. Motorcycle racing luminaries such as Randy Goss, Scott Parker, Ricky Graham and Jay Springsteen have all won at Hagerstown in addition to the aforementioned riders.

Longtime veteran and former champ Springsteen will miss this year's race at Hagerstown. He was injured in a crash Saturday at the national in Greenville, Ohio.

For ticket information call 301-582-0640 or visit the website www.hagerstownspeedway.com

WHAT: 25th Silver Annual Hub-City Classic at the Hagerstown Speedway Half-mile, round 11 of the AMA Ford Quality Checked Grand National Championship -- round eight of the Grand National Twins Championship.

WHERE: The Hagerstown Speedway is located 6 miles West of Hagerstown on US Route 40 (Old National Pike).

WHEN: Saturday July 29, 2006

COURSE: The Hagerstown Speedway Half-mile red clay oval.

SCHEDULE: Gates open at 4:00 p.m.; Qualifying Practice begins at 6:00 p.m.; Opening Ceremonies at 8:15 p.m.

TICKETS: General Admission $26.00, Reserved Seat $30.00. Order your advanced Reserved Seat tickets online at www.speedwayshopping.com.

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