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Speedway Motorcycle National Championship round two preview

The San Bernardino County Fairgrounds in Victorville, California will be the site for round number two, of the three event, American Motorcyclist Association Speedway Motorcycle National Championship presented by Progressive Insurance on Saturday...

The San Bernardino County Fairgrounds in Victorville, California will be the site for round number two, of the three event, American Motorcyclist Association Speedway Motorcycle National Championship presented by Progressive Insurance on Saturday evening August 7th, 2004. The event is sponsored in part by Harley Davidson of Victorville. The field of racers will consist of the finest speedway racers in the United States and the most experienced announcer in the sport will call the action for the fans.

Bruce Flanders, a San Bernardino resident, was tabbed by Harald Zechnar and David Joiner, the event producers, to be the main announcer at the most prestigious speedway motorcycle racing event to be held this year in Southern California. Zechnar said, "There is no more respected racing motorsport announcer on the planet." Joiner added, "We are proud to have him onboard, Bruce Flanders brings a magic to the drama of speedway racing, and he has a tremendous rapport with the audience."

Flanders, 59, began announcing the brakeless speedway motorcycles at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa in June of 1969. He later competed on the high horsepower two wheel machines at a professional level for four years. As a racer in 1970, he finished 19th in season long points accumulation, then and now, 19th wouldn't merit an invitation to participate in the Nationals.

Among the full field of invitees to the elite 2004 national championship be certain to include Greg Hancock, defending United States titleholder and World Champion in 1997. Says Flanders, "Hancock left Southern California while he was still a teenager. Greg's probably worn out five passports just getting through customs at every border crossing. He is a true citizen of the world. Approximately 160 countries watch him on TV chasing the world championship, he's got more fans in Sweden or England than he does in Southern California. He is unbelievably fast!" Hancock also currently ranks third in the Grand Prix series for this years World Championship.

Bruce Flanders is probably best known to Southern California racing fans as the announcer of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. A position he has held since 1978. He is also one of the main announcers at Irwindale Speedway, having participated at that NASCAR sanctioned facility since the track opened in March of 1999. Irwindale Speedway's General Manager Bob Difazio said, "We know how much Bruce loves Speedway Motorcycles, we're giving him the night off, but he'll be back at Irwindale several times this year including the USAC Turkey Night and The Toyota All Star Showdown."

"I'm a lifetime member of the American Motorcyclist Association, and proud of it." states Flanders. It runs in his family, his father Earl was the 1948 AMA National Enduro Champion. "My brothers (John and Paul) and I grew up around racing, Dad rode Class A Speedway four nights a week in California during the 1930's, before we were born." There is a family business, Flanders Company, specialty handlebars and other motorcycle related items are among the products they distribute from their Pasadena location.

Advance purchase tickets to the AMA National are available exclusively at Victorville Harley-Davidson priced from $12.00 to $16.00. The San Bernardino County Fairgrounds gates will open at 6:30 PM on August 7th. Tickets will be available at the gate. Opening ceremonies are scheduled at 7:30 PM. Fairgrounds parking is free.

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