Scioto Downs: Event preview

AMA Progressive Insurance U.S. Flat Track Motorcycle racing series comes to Scioto Downs. Event marks the return of Flat Track racing to Columbus after 22-year absence. COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 1, 2002 -- The Buckeye state's capital and home of the...

AMA Progressive Insurance U.S. Flat Track Motorcycle racing series comes to Scioto Downs.
Event marks the return of Flat Track racing to Columbus after 22-year absence.

COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 1, 2002 -- The Buckeye state's capital and home of the American Motorcyclist Association will once again feel the rumble of 750cc motorcycles when the AMA Progressive Insurance U.S. Flat Track Championship comes to Scioto Downs on Sunday, April 21. Not since 1980, when flat track last appeared at the Ohio State Fairgrounds, has Columbus experienced the fast-paced thrills of motorcycle racing. The event also marks the first time anything other than harness horses will race on the track at Scioto Downs in its 43 years of existence.

The race, which is the third of 21 races in the national 2002 AMA Progressive Insurance Series, is billed locally as The A.D. Farrow First Annual Buckeye National, presented by Ford Quality Checked Certified Pre-owned.

"We're excited to bring flat track racing back to Columbus, especially to a state-of-the-art facility like Scioto Downs," said AMA U.S. Flat Track operations manager Steve Morehead. A native of Findlay, Ohio, Morehead is a former motorcycle racing great. "It's a fast track with a 14-degree banking in the corners. The riders should be able to get a heck of a run down the straights coming off the banked turns. It should make for great racing."

The enclosed clubhouse, covered grandstands and general admission seating accommodate more than 16,000 fans and provide a variety of views to see the races. Or, fans can take advantage of the outdoor patio or grandstand apron to get close to the racing action.

"We're thrilled to be hosting the Buckeye National at Scioto Downs," said Ed Ryan, the racetrack's general manager. "This event will attract not only existing flat track fans, but should generate plenty of interest from our harness racing fans. The entire family will have fun spending a day at the motorcycle races, and afterwards, they can go to the pits and meet the racers."

Admission gates open and practice rounds start at 10:30 a.m. Opening ceremonies will take place at 1:30 p.m., with the first race starting at 2:00 p.m. All riders will be competing for the $40,000 purse and Chris Carr, sponsored by Ford Quality Checked Certified Pre-Owned and the defending series champ, will be aiming for his fourth AMA Grand National title during the 2002 season.

Progressive, the nation's largest motorcycle insurer, continues its unique program that adds money to the $100,000 series point fund. Each time a flat-track fan gets an insurance quote on his or her motorcycle, auto, RV, or watercraft by calling 1-800-FLAT-TRACK or visiting, Progressive will donate an additional $1 to the point fund. The fund is awarded to riders at the end of the season.

"We're thrilled to continue to be a part of this exciting series, and to give the series' fans a chance to help build the point fund," said Miriam Deitcher, motorcycle marketing manager for Progressive.

Ford's Quality Checked Certified Pre-Owned Program is the title sponsor for the 2002 Chris Carr Racing Team. As its first venture into a primary motorcycle sponsorship, Ford is using the opportunity to cultivate a new customer base.

"Ford is proud to be part of national flat track racing," said Mike Dennis, Ford's Quality Checked Certified Pre-Owned Program manager. "The sponsorship enables us to build customer awareness of our certified pre-owned program, provide exposure for new products and benefit the U.S. Flat Track program."

The event coincides with the 90th anniversary of the event title sponsor Columbus, Ohio-based A.D. Farrow Harley-Davidson.

Established in the early 1900's, flat track racing is one of the oldest forms of motorcycle racing and the AMA Progressive Insurance U.S. Flat Track Championship is the premier flat track motorcycle racing series in the U.S. The nation's best flat track motorcycle racers participate in the series, racing on outdoor oval dirt tracks that range from one-quarter mile to one mile in length. The highlight of the races is the 25-lap main event, with riders racing within inches of one another at speeds in excess of 100 mph., often ending in a photo finish.

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

Scioto Downs is a central Ohio landmark and one of the premier harness racetracks in the Midwest. The track hosted its first season in 1959, and this year's harness meet runs from May 4 through September 28. Scioto is also open year-round for thoroughbred and harness simulcasting, whereby race fans can watch and wager on horse races from all over the country.

Progressive Insurance (NYSE:PGR), headquartered in Mayfield Village, Ohio, is the nation's largest motorcycle insurer and one of the nation's largest personal auto insurers. In business since 1937, the company provides all drivers with competitive rates and 24-hour, in-person services. Progressive has a long history of involvement with the AMA including being the AMA's exclusive insurance provider and providing discounted rates for AMA members. More information can be found at or by calling 1-800-FLAT-TRACK.

Ford's Quality Checked Certified Pre-Owned Program promises used car buyers the same quality and customer satisfaction that new car buyers have come to expect from Ford. Eligible vehicles must be less than five model years old, have less than 50,000 miles and pass a rigorous 115-point inspection to ensure every mechanical and safety feature is in working order.

Sunday, April 21, 2002

Admission Gates Open - 10:30 a.m.
Practice Rounds - 10:30 a.m.
Opening Ceremonies - 1:30 p.m.
Racing Begins - 2:00 p.m.

Location: Scioto Downs - located on Columbus' south side, two miles south of Route 270 on Route 23 South (High Street). Route 270 is easily accessible from Interstate 70 and 71.

Ticket Prices & Seats: Ticket prices are $20 for general admission; $25 for Grandstand seating; and $30 for Clubhouse/Patio or reserved Box Seats. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased in person at Scioto Downs from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday in the administration building. Tickets are also available for sale via credit card by calling Scioto Downs toll free at 877-274-1184.

Further information is also available on-line at; or


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