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AMA US Flat Track races to be aired

PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- Following on the heels of the broadcast of the opening round of the 2002 AMA Progressive Insurance U.S. Flat Track Championship from Daytona Beach, Fla., Speed Channel will also televise four more rounds of the championship...

PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- Following on the heels of the broadcast of the opening round of the 2002 AMA Progressive Insurance U.S. Flat Track Championship from Daytona Beach, Fla., Speed Channel will also televise four more rounds of the championship including the mile at Claremore, Okla., the half-mile at Columbus, Ohio, the mile and TT races from Springfield, Ill., and the half-mile races from Charlotte, N.C., will all be shown on Speed Channel.

Televising select AMA Flat Track races is part of AMA Pro Racing's ongoing plan of maintaining vitality in the oldest and most traditional form of motorcycle racing in America.

"We're pleased to be able to bring the exciting action of AMA flat-track racing to 50 million households Speed Channel broadcasts to," said Scott Hollingsworth, CEO of AMA Pro Racing. "These races are typically among the closest and most thrilling form of racing in all of motorsports. We hope to bring in a broader audience for the series and these broadcasts should go a long way in making that happen."

The Claremore race will be the first race shown of this quartet of events. The race, which was held on the mile of Will Rogers Downs, will be part of the Two-Wheeled Tuesday line-up on May 7 and again on May 21. Joining Claremore as a new event on the AMA Grand National calendar is the return of AMA Flat Track to Columbus, the home race of the AMA. The race on the half-mile at Scioto Downs will be shown on May 14 and rebroadcast on May 28.

When it comes to AMA Flat Track racing, no race is more storied than the Springfield Mile. Springfield's mile and newer TT event will be shown in June. The Springfield Mile is one of the favorites of both riders and fans. The final usually comes down to a last-lap draft-fest to the checkered flag. The TT race is new to the schedule. Last year Tommy Hayden surprised everyone by riding to his first AMA Grand National victory. The mile will be shown on June 4, 11 and 18 and the TT on June 18.

In addition, the Harley-Davidson Sportster Performance Series will have four half-hour programs of dedicated coverage also airing on Speed Channel's Two-Wheeled Tuesday programming.

Here's a schedule of Speed Channel's coverage through June of the AMA Progressive Insurance U.S. Flat Track Championship:

<pre> Speed Channel's 2002 AMA Progressive Insurance U.S. Flat Track Championship Broadcast Schedule (All Times Eastern)

Date                    Time            Class                           Venue
Tuesday, May 7          10-11 p.m.      Grand National                  Will Rogers Downs
Tuesday, May 7          3-4 a.m.        Grand National                  Will Rogers Downs
Tuesday, May 21         3-4 p.m.        Grand National                  Will Rogers Downs
Tuesday, May 7          11-11:30 p.m.   Sportster Performance           Will Rogers Downs
Tuesday, May 21         4-4:30 p.m.     Sportster Performance           Will Rogers Downs
Tuesday, May 21         11-11:30 p.m.   Sportster Performance           Will Rogers Downs
Tuesday, May 14         10-11 p.m.      Grand National                  Scioto Downs
Tuesday, May 14         3-4 a.m.        Grand National                  Scioto Downs
Tuesday, May 28         3-4 p.m.        Grand National                  Scioto Downs
Tuesday, May 14         11-11:30 p.m.   Sportster Performance           Scioto Downs
Tuesday, May 28         4-4:30pm.       Sportster Performance           Scioto Downs
Tuesday, May 28         11:30-12 p.m.   Sportster Performance           Scioto Downs
Tuesday, June 4         10-11 p.m.      Grand National                  Illinois State Fairgrounds (Mile)
Tuesday, June 4         3-4 a.m.        Grand National                  Illinois State Fairgrounds (Mile)
Tuesday, June 11        3-4 p.m.        Grand National                  Illinois State Fairgrounds (Mile)
Tuesday, June 4         11-11:30 p.m.   Sportster Performance           Illinois State Fairgrounds (Mile)
Tuesday, June 11        4-4:30 p.m.     Sportster Performance           Illinois State Fairgrounds (Mile)
Tuesday, June 18        11-11:30 p.m.   Sportster Performance           Illinois State Fairgrounds (Mile)
Tuesday, June 18        10-11 p.m.      Grand National                  Illinois State Fairgrounds (TT)
Tuesday, June 18        3-4 a.m.        Grand National                  Illinois State Fairgrounds (TT)
TBA                                     Grand National                  Lowe's Motor Speedway
TBA                                     Sportster Performance           Lowe's Motor Speedway

For immediate post-race results, points, in-depth series and rider information, regular columnists and much more, log onto www.1800FlatTrack.com, the official website of the AMA Progressive Insurance U.S. Flat Track Championships.

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