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Screamin' Eagle Riders Will Race at Tucson and Las Vegas to Finish Season MILWAUKEE (Sept. 25, 2007) -- Screamin' Eagle Harley-Davidson rider Kenny Coolbeth has earned six victories this AMA Flat Track Twins Ford Quality Checked Championship ...

Screamin' Eagle Riders Will Race at Tucson and Las Vegas to Finish Season

MILWAUKEE (Sept. 25, 2007) -- Screamin' Eagle Harley-Davidson rider Kenny Coolbeth has earned six victories this AMA Flat Track Twins Ford Quality Checked Championship season. His Wrecking Crew teammate Jared Mees has earned three wins this season.

With two races remaining this season, the two Wrecking Crew riders are the championship contenders. Coolbeth -- the defending AMA Twins series champion -- has a 19-point lead going into this Saturday's AMA Twins event at USA Race Park in Tucson, Ariz.

It might scare the rest of the competition, but Coolbeth said he's more excited about the last two events of this season than he has ever been.

"If I had to pick the schedule, I would pick Tucson and Las Vegas to race at to close out the season," Coolbeth said. "I'm really anxious and excited about the last two races. I just want our team to keep doing what we've been doing. We've worked hard all year long to be in the position to defend our championship.

"I've been training so hard and I think I've developed a good routine and I think that has really helped me be even more mentally strong going into the end of the season. It's been such a fun season and the battle with Jared has just made it a more exciting season."

USA Race Park is a new addition to the AMA Flat Track schedule. The clay surface fits right into Coolbeth's style of riding.

"It's a three-eighth's mile clay facility and I love that," Coolbeth said. "I am going there with a goal of winning, but anyone can win on a new track. It's all about who can figure out the best setup first and that creates great competition for the race."

Only one other rider, Chris Carr, has earned a win besides Coolbeth and Mees this season. Mees wants to keep it that way and put his Blue Springs Harley-Davidson team in the win column two more times this season.

"I want to win the last two races and finish the season strong," Mees said. "No one has setup sheets for this race but my team has proven to be able to come up with a great setup quickly all season.

"It's going to be nice to be on the Western side of the country. Hopefully we'll have some warmer weather and we can have some great racing."

Coolbeth and Mees' idea of great racing is nearly the same. They know they have to battle the entire field of qualifying riders but they must really battle each other.

"Anyone can win any race out here because the talent of the riders is so great," Coolbeth said. "I'm surprised that Jared and I have won as many races as we have this season but I guess we are just the most hungry riders out there and it shows. The championship is on the line and I have to make sure I finish ahead of Jared."

Mees is comforted that the worst situation puts him in second place -- matching his 2006 season results.

"It's been a heck of a battle between Kenny and I this year," Mees said. "He won the first race, then I won the next three and then Kenny just set sail from there. He has done a great job and I'm thrilled that at least we wrapped up second place and we so far have matched last season's finish. I always aim to do better than the season before and we've done that on many levels."

With just two races left Coolbeth is focused on maintaining his consistently successful season.

"I think I'm in a good position going into the final two events," Coolbeth said. "The only pressure I have right now is the pressure I place upon myself. Jared is right there in the standings and I know it's not over by a long shot so I have to just be confident and consistent. It's nice knowing we have a weekend off so I can train some more before the final two races.

"My team has the equipment to a near-flawless condition so it's up to me to do my job and hold up my end of the bargain."

-credit: se

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