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Winning Is A Familiar Feeling For Davis At Hagerstown PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- Will Davis seems to feel very comfortable on the half-mile of dirt of Hagerstown Speedway. With three wins at Hagerstown, Davis has won more races there than any other...

Winning Is A Familiar Feeling For Davis At Hagerstown

PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- Will Davis seems to feel very comfortable on the half-mile of dirt of Hagerstown Speedway. With three wins at Hagerstown, Davis has won more races there than any other active rider. This Saturday, June 16, Davis, 36, of Goldsboro, N.C., hopes to add a fourth Hagerstown Half-mile trophy to his mantle when the AMA Progressive Insurance U.S. Flat Track Championships stop at the northwestern Maryland speedway. The 2001 AMA Progressive Insurance U.S. Flat Track Championship season is proving to be one of the most competitive in years. There have been five different winners in five races, including two first-timers. Hagerstown could produce a sixth winner or the first multiple-race winner of the season. Defending series champion Joe Kopp, of Mica, Wash., leads the series coming into Hagerstown by 9 points over former champ Chris Carr, a California native now living in Fleetwood, Pa. Davis is tied with factory Harley-Davidson rider Rich King for third in the standings. But if history is any indication, Davis could make a serious jump in the points this weekend. Surprisingly, neither Kopp, Carr nor King have won on the semi-banked Hagerstown oval. Davis has not only won on the track three times, but he is the winningest half-miler in the series. A Hagerstown victory could give Davis the momentum he needs to catch up to Kopp and Carr in the series standings as the championships move into the meat of the early summer schedule.

Jay Springsteen, Kevin Atherton and Kevin Varnes join Davis as former Hagerstown winners. Springsteen, 44, of Lapeer, Mich., is the senior rider on the circuit and is always a fan favorite. "Springer" seems to have found the fountain of youth. He's just about as fast as he was in his championship-winning days of mid-to-late-1970s. He won at Hagerstown in 1999 and already has a podium finish this season & 8211; a third at the Springfield Mile. Look for Springsteen to be the sentimental favorite for Hagerstown fans. Fans will also be behind home state hero Paul Lynch, of Bel Air, Md. Lynch was the 17th-ranked rider on the circuit last year and would dearly love to have a strong finish at Hagerstown. Hagerstown will also see the second round of the SuperTrapp SuperTracker Series, a class that utilizes 1,000cc motors from street bikes. Ken Coolbeth, Jr., of Warren, Conn., leads the SuperTrackers after winning round one in Houston on a Suzuki-based machine. 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.

<pre> HAGERSTOWN SPEEDWAY, HAGERSTOWN, MD SCHEDULE SATURDAY JUNE 16, 2001 TRACK DIRECTIONS: 5 miles west of I-81 on US 40 (north side of road) Track Phone: (301) 582-0643 </pre> TICKET INFORMATION: For tickets or additional information call (301) 582-0640 or checkout Hagerstown Speedway on the Internet at www.hagerstownspeedway.com. <pre> 4:00 p.m. - Gates open 6:00 p.m. - Qualifying Heats 7:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. - Opening Ceremonies 8:00 p.m. - 8:10 p.m. - 1st ST heat 8:10 p.m. - 8:20 p.m. - 2nd ST heat 8:20 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - 1st 750 heat 12 riders, 10 laps, top 3 transfer to final 8:30 p.m. - 8:40 p.m. - 2nd 750 heat 12 riders, 10 laps, top 3 transfer to final 8:40 p.m. - 8:50 p.m. - 3rd 750 heat 12 riders, 10 laps, top 3 transfer to final 8:50 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - 4th 750 heat 12 riders, 10 laps, top 3 transfer to final 9:00 p.m. - 9:15 p.m. - SUPERTRAPP SUPERTRACKER FINAL 9:15 p.m. - 9:25 p.m. - Victory Circle for SuperTrapp SuperTracker Final 9:25 p.m. - 9:35 p.m. - 1st 750 Semi 12 riders, 8 laps, top 2 transfer to final 9:35 p.m. - 9:45 p.m. - 2nd 750 Semi 12 riders, 8 laps, top 2 transfer to final 9:45 p.m. - 9:55 p.m. - 3rd 750 Semi 12 riders, 8 laps, top 2 transfer to final 10:10 p.m. -10:25 p.m. - AMA PROGRESSIVE INSURANCE GRAND NATIONAL FINAL (Staging for Grand National will begin immediately following the posting of the Final). 10:30 p.m. - Victory Circle for Grand National

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