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FT: Sedalia showdown preview

FIVE FORMER WINNERS SET FOR SEDALIA SHOWDOWN PICKERINGTON, Ohio (Aug. 23, 2005) -- Sedalia, Missouri's State Fair Speedway will play host to round 12 of the 16-race AMA Ford Quality Checked Flat Track Championship this Saturday, Aug. 27. This...

FIVE FORMER WINNERS SET FOR SEDALIA SHOWDOWN

PICKERINGTON, Ohio (Aug. 23, 2005) -- Sedalia, Missouri's State Fair Speedway will play host to round 12 of the 16-race AMA Ford Quality Checked Flat Track Championship this Saturday, Aug. 27. This year's Sedalia half-mile will be a showdown between five past winners of the race. Chris Carr, Ken Coolbeth, Jr., Rich King, Joe Kopp and defending race winner Johnny Murphree are all expected on the grid for the start of Saturday night's race. A round of the Harley-Davidson Sportster Performance Series will serve as the opening act for the AMA Grand National main feature.

As the series rolls into central Missouri, the title chase shows defending series champ Chris Carr leading and on the right path to earning his seventh AMA Grand National Championship. Carr holds a 12-point lead over Connecticut's Ken Coolbeth, Jr. Joe Kopp and Jared Mees are still very much in the championship picture as well, the two running third and fourth in the standings respectively coming into the State Fair Speedway.

Carr was losing ground to Coolbeth for five rounds and his points lead was down to just five before Carr turned things around last weekend at the Peoria TT by finishing a solid fourth on his Quality Checked Certified Pre-Owned Ford KTM, while Coolbeth had to settle for 11th. With the ship righted, Carr will look to continue to build on his lead at Sedalia. He won this race in 2001.

It won't be easy for the No. 1 Carr at Sedalia however, since four other riders in the field have won there including Coolbeth. Coolbeth made a late race charge and pulled away to a commanding win at the Speedway in 2003. Coolbeth is hoping to find that set-up again this weekend on his KTM/ Mid-America Harley Davidson-backed machine.

Henry Wiles' victory in Peoria last week made eight winners in 11 races. One rider hoping to make it nine winners in 12 races is defending Sedalia champ Johnny Murphree. Murphree was runner up last weekend and he's looking to make it to the top of the podium this Saturday. Murphree has the opportunity to become only the second back-to-back winner at the State Fair Speedway.

Iowan Rich King is a two-time winner at Sedalia. He could match the race record of three wins at Sedalia set by the late great Will Davis this Saturday. King is sixth in the standings.

Round seven of the Harley-Davidson Sportster Performance Series will run prior to the Grand National. Scott Stump leads the series and is hoping to win back the championship he last won in 1994. Stump is getting a serious challenge from defending Sportster champ Chris Hart. Hart closed to within five points of Stump with a victory earlier this month in Farley, Iowa.

For additional information on the Sedalia half-mile contact Yeager's Cycle Sales Inc., at (660) 826-2925.

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