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FT: Springfield doubleheader preview

SPRINGFIELD HOSTS LABOR DAY WEEKEND AMA GRAND NATIONAL DOUBLEHEADER PICKERINGTON, Ohio (Aug. 30, 2005) -- The AMA Ford Quality Checked Flat Track Championship heads to the Land of Lincoln over Labor Day weekend for an important doubleheader race...

SPRINGFIELD HOSTS LABOR DAY WEEKEND AMA GRAND NATIONAL DOUBLEHEADER

PICKERINGTON, Ohio (Aug. 30, 2005) -- The AMA Ford Quality Checked Flat Track Championship heads to the Land of Lincoln over Labor Day weekend for an important doubleheader race weekend at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. The big weekend will start out with the Short Track race on Saturday before moving over to the classic Springfield Mile on Sunday.

JR Schnabel is looking to become the first to win three in a row at the Springfield Short Track National. Schnabel, who rides for the Memphis Shades squad, already tasted victory on the track in the TT configuration over the Memorial Day holiday races. A victory would tie the Wisconsin rider with Nicky Hayden for the most wins at the Springfield Short Track.

Michigan's Bryan Bigelow is another former Springfield Short Track winner expected to contend for the win on Saturday. Bigelow comes into the race ranked 12th in the standings, but could easily leapfrog into the top 10 with a victory on the short track.

The riders will move from the single-cylinder bikes to the thundering twins for Sunday's Springfield Mile. Harley-Davidson factory rider Rich King has owned the Mile in recent years. The Iowan won the Memorial Day weekend version of the Mile this spring. It would mark his third victory in the classic Labor Day event.

Defending champ and series leader Carr also went through a long winning streak on the Springfield Mile, scoring five straight wins combining the spring and fall races in 2001 and 2002. Carr holds a 15-point lead over Ken Coolbeth, Jr. coming into this weekend's doubleheader. Carr's goal at Springfield is simply to clinch his seventh AMA Grand National Championship.

"If I can get a good finish in both races and keep Coolbeth behind me then the championship is going to be pretty much over," said Carr, who rides for his own Quality Checked Certified Pre-Owned Ford team. "I've got all the championship scenarios mapped out in my mind. Going from the short track to mile is not an issue. Our team knows how to prepare for this doubleheader weekend and as long as I have a strong bike under me I know I have a good chance to win. I'm going to do the best I can at Springfield and hopefully that will be good enough to net us the title."

Saddlemen/Lancaster Harley-Davidson rider Jared Mees moved into third in the series standings with a victory last weekend in Sedalia, Mo. Winning on the Springfield Mile is a dream of nearly every AMA Grand National rider and Mees is no different. Mees would love to earn a win on the Mile and perhaps carve into Carr and Coolbeth's championship lead.

Look for semi-retired Jay Springsteen to make an appearance at Springfield. The three-time AMA Grand National Champion is a former winner on the Springfield Mile, but has yet to win the traditional Labor Day weekend event. "Springer" was recently inducted in The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.

For additional information on the Springfield Doubleheader contact (217) 753-8866 or visit the website www.illinoismda.com

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