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Nominees for 2003 awards announced

PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- AMA Sports, which manages amateur and pro-am competition for the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), is pleased to announce the nominees for several of the special awards that will be presented at the inaugural AMA...

PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- AMA Sports, which manages amateur and pro-am competition for the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), is pleased to announce the nominees for several of the special awards that will be presented at the inaugural AMA Sports Awards Banquet on Friday, November 21 at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel and Conference Center.

Champions in the AMA Sports programs from across the country, as well as some of the key media who cover them, will be honored at this year's ceremony. Naughton Insurance will be the presenting sponsor for the banquet, while reception sponsors include MX Sports and Racer X Illustrated with additional sponsors for the banquet such as Trackside Software, KTM, Kenda Tire, and Troy Lee Designs. "Support for this event and the champions who will be honored at it has been tremendous," said Douglas Neubauer, director of AMA Sports.

The nominees include:

2003 AMA Sports Athlete of the Year
Geoff Aaron, Ramona, CA, Observed Trials Champion
Greg Hancock, Costa Mesa, CA, National Speedway Champion
Barry Hawk, Smithfield, PA, GNCC Champion
Mike Lafferty, Millfield, NJ, Enduro Champion
Brian Stokes, Kingston, GA, Road Race Champion and Horizon Award Winner
Blake Young, Madison, WI, Dirt Track Champion and road racer

2003 AMA Sports Print Media Journalist of the Year
Clete Campbell, Dubuque, IA, Telegraph Herald
Dewanna Comer, Hazel Green, AL, Flat Track Illustrated
Kit Palmer, Costa Mesa, CA, Cycle News
Jason Weigandt, Morgantown, WV, Racer X Illustrated

2003 AMA Sports Broadcast Journalist of the Year
Brian Jackson, Evansville, IN, Corbin's Ride On
Kevin Kelly, Autell, GA, DMXS Radio
Larry Maiers, Hogansville, GA, Speed Channel

2003 AMA Sports Track Racing Organizer of the Year
Lodi Motorcycle Club, Lodi, California
Pine Lake, Ashtabula, Ohio
Polka Dots Motorcycle Club, Midland, MI

2003 AMA Sports Off-Road Organizer of the Year
Cycle Conservation Club of Michigan
P&D Promotions
Racer Productions

2003 AMA Sports Vet/Senior Rider of the Year
Kevin Foley, Cypress, CA, Motocross Vet/Senior of the Year
Kevin Snyder, Taylorville, IL, Dirt Track Vet/Senior of the Year
Craig Pickett, Linden, MI, Ice Racer of the Year

2003 AMA Sports Female Rider of the Year
Amanda Mastin, Whitehouse, OH, Enduro, Hare Scrambles, GNCC, Motocross
Sarah Whitmore, Cheboygan, MI, Motocross
Nichole Cheza, Clio, MI, Dirt Track, Ice Race

2003 ATVA Amateur Rider of the Year
Dustin Wimmer, Center Valley, PA, Motocross
Jeffrey Hillian, Beebe, AR, Dirt Track
Bryan Cook, Casar, NC, GNCC

2003 ATVA Youth Rider of the Year
Cody Miller, Greenville, TX, Motocross, Dirt Track
Mitch Reynolds, Greenbrier, AR, Motocross, Dirt Track
Joel Hetrick, Seneca, PA, Motocross, Dirt Track

Several other categories and nominees will be announced shortly, including Motocross Organizer of the Year, AMA Sports Youth Rider of the Year, ATVA Pro Rider of the Year, ATVA Vet/Senior Rider of the Year and ATVA Female Rider of the Year, as well as two other media awards, Photojournalist of the Year and Website of the Year.

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