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VOLUNTEER SPEEDWAY HOSTING ITS FIRST AMA GRAND NATIONAL PICKERINGTON, Ohio (May 30, 2007) -- Volunteer Speedway is set to host its first AMA Grand National Championship race this Saturday, June 2. Round two of the AMA GNC Twins Championship and...

VOLUNTEER SPEEDWAY HOSTING ITS FIRST AMA GRAND NATIONAL

PICKERINGTON, Ohio (May 30, 2007) -- Volunteer Speedway is set to host its first AMA Grand National Championship race this Saturday, June 2. Round two of the AMA GNC Twins Championship and round five of the AMA Ford Quality Checked Flat Track Championship comes to Eastern Tennessee and the fast half-mile track in Bulls Gap, Tenn.

"We're excited about bringing the series to Tennessee," said Ken Saillant, Director of Flat Track for the American Motorcyclist Association. "The fans there really enjoy racing and I think they'll be impressed with the show our Grand National riders will bring to them."

The race at Volunteer Speedway marks the first appearance of the AMA Grand National Series in Tennessee in three years. The event is being presented by the East Tennessee Harley-Davidson Dealers (Smith Brothers Harley-Davidson of Johnson City, Colboch Harley-Davidson of Morristown and Knoxville Harley-Davidson), with "The HOG" 95.9 WRZK and the Kingsport Times-News as associate sponsors.

The half-mile track promises to be fast. The turns are banked at 32 degrees making for amazing entry speeds for the big Grand National Twin machines.

"Racing on banked tracks is all about carrying momentum through the turns," said defending series champ Ken Coolbeth, the Morris, Connecticut racer who rides for the factory Harley-Davidson team. "All I've seen is an aerial photo of the track so I don't know anything about it. You will have to come right out of the gate with a good set up. The riders and mechanics who can work together to come up with a quick set up for this type of unique track will definitely have an advantage. I know I won't have any problems with that. Our team works great together and I have a really good frame of mind coming into this race."

Coolbeth comes to Tennessee with a narrow four-point lead over seven-time AMA Grand National Champion Chris Carr. Along with Coolbeth, Carr, of Fleetwood, Pa., will be one of the favorites to win this Saturday. He rides for and owns the Quality Checked Certified Pre-Owned Ford team.

Jared Mees rolls into Volunteer Speedway third in the standings on his Blue Springs Screamin' Eagle Harley-Davidson. The 2004 AMA Flat Track Rookie of the Year is one of the top up-and-coming riders in the series.

Others to watch for this weekend include Bryan Smith, the Michigan rider on the Moroney's Harley-Davidson squad, and veteran and former Grand National Champion Joe Kopp, who hails from Mica, Wash., and rides for Screamin' Eagle and Latus Harley-Davidson. Both are ranked in the top-five.

The race will be telecast on the MavTV television network. Visit www.mavtv.com for details.

Adult grandstand admission for the race is $25, children 6-12 $10, with 5-and-under admitted free. Pit passes and backside tier-parking is $35.

The pits and backside tier-parking will open on Saturday, June 2 at 1 pm and the grandstands open at 3 pm.

To inquire about reserved seating call the track office at (423) 378-5942 or visit www.volunteerspeedway.com.

-credit: ama

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