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SCREAMIN' EAGLE TEAM OF KING AND COOLBETH LOOK FOR FIRST VICTORY OF THE AMA SEASON IN LAKE ODESSA Veteran Rich King Ready for Clay Track Lake Odessa, Mich., (June 27, 2006) -- Rich King has 26 years of experience when it comes to motorcycle ...

SCREAMIN' EAGLE TEAM OF KING AND COOLBETH LOOK FOR FIRST VICTORY OF THE AMA SEASON IN LAKE ODESSA
Veteran Rich King Ready for Clay Track

Lake Odessa, Mich., (June 27, 2006) -- Rich King has 26 years of experience when it comes to motorcycle racing. Throughout his three decades of racing, King has developed a fondness for certain tracks on the AMA Ford Quality Checked Flat Track Twins championship circuit.

One of those is I-96 Speedway, the site of the next AMA Flat Track event. Riders will be in Michigan on July 1 for the AMA event at I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa. The half-mile event will start with four heat races at 8 p.m. followed by semifinal races at 9 p.m. The main event will start at 9:45 p.m. and King is anxious to get back on the clay surface.

"We've been to this track a handful of times and it's always a little bit different," King said. "So it's difficult to have a definite game plan, but it's one of the places I like to race at because it's an old stock car style track and the guys that operate the facility always try to give us the best surface possible. It should be a great race for us."

The Screamin' Eagle team of King and Kenny Coolbeth are coming off an event at Lima, Ohio -- a pea gravel surface that King doesn't enjoy racing on nearly as much as the clay. King finished seventh at that event, but moved into second place of the point standings, 11 points behind leader Chris Carr. Coolbeth failed to qualify for the main event after suffering mechanical problems on the last lap of his heat race.

"Lima and I-96 are two totally different race tracks with two completely different surfaces," King said. "What you learned in Ohio won't transfer over to I-96. The pea gravel in Lima is slippery, loose and rough. It feels like you are riding on a gravel road.

"This is basically our first clay half-mile of the year and we can expect a hard clay that will take rubber to get a groove. These are typically the kinds of tracks I have excelled at, so I'm looking forward to racing there."

While King is in second place of the point standings, Wrecking Crew teammates Bryan Smith and Jared Mees are fifth and seventh in points. Coolbeth is in ninth place.

The one thing that the Screamin' Eagle team can use in Lake Odessa is the ability to make successful changes on the bike quickly.

"I think we can win at any given time," King said. "We are a force to run up front and this is something we saw last season."

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