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PICKERINGTON, Ohio & 8211; The Progressive Insurance U.S. Flat Track Championships roll into Superior (Wis.) Speedway half-mile this Saturday, June 23, for round eight of the 20-race series. One of the favorites is sure to be Glen "JR" Schnabel, a...

PICKERINGTON, Ohio & 8211; The Progressive Insurance U.S. Flat Track Championships roll into Superior (Wis.) Speedway half-mile this Saturday, June 23, for round eight of the 20-race series. One of the favorites is sure to be Glen "JR" Schnabel, a former AMA Rookie of the Year, and the top-ranked flat track racer from Wisconsin.

Schnabel, a sixth-year pro who rides a Harley-Davidson XR750 for Team Powell, is having an outstanding season in both the premier Progressive Insurance Grand National Championships and the SuperTrapp SuperTracker Series. The 21-year-old from West Bend, Wis., won his first AMA Grand National race at Houston Raceway Park in April and is ranked sixth in the standings coming into this Saturday's race in Superior. Schnabel also leads the SuperTracker Series after two rounds.

Defending U.S. Flat Track champ Joe Kopp, of Mica, Wash., and former champ Chris Carr from Fleetwood, Pa., are locked in a tight battle for the series lead. Carr is coming off a victory last weekend in Hagerstown, Md. The win brought him within five points of Kopp (110-105). Carolinian Will Davis stands third in the championship with 75 points. Schnabel is tied in the points standings with Connecticut rider Ken Coolbeth, but remains in front of Coolbeth due to his win at Houston Raceway Park. Jr.

Schnabel won his first Grand National on the half-mile in Houston and followed that up with a pair of sixth-place finishes at Springfield, Ill., and Hagerstown, Md., last week. In the SuperTrackers Series Schnabel has earned a second and third in the two events leading up to this weekend's race, which is good enough to give him the series lead.

Saturday's race is the first AMA championship event at Superior Speedway. The half-mile oval is unique in that it is a red clay oval & 8211; unusual for a Midwestern track. Surprisingly the AMA Grand Nationals last visited Wisconsin back in 1955 when the legendary Joe Leonard won on the Milwaukee Half-mile.

"We're happy to be able to bring national flat track motorcycle racing back to Wisconsin," said the AMA's Bruce Bober. "Fans from there are some of the most enthusiastic in the country and our riders are looking forward to putting on a good race for them.

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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS SUPERIOR SPEEDWAY, SUPERIOR, WI JUNE 23, 2001

TRACK DIRECTIONS: 3 miles south of town on SR 35 (Tower Ave.) at the fairgrounds Track phone: (715) 394-4913 TICKET INFORMATION: Call (218) 728-5600 and have your credit card ready.

SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 2001 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 SuperTracker heat 8:10 p.m. - 8:20 p.m. - 2nd SuperTracker heat 8:20 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. -1st 750 Grand National heat 12 riders, 10 laps, top 3 transfer to final 8:30 p.m. - 8:40 p.m. - 2nd 750 Grand National heat 12 riders, 10 laps, top 3 transfer to final 8:40 p.m. - 8:50 p.m. - 3rd 750 Grand National heat 12 riders, 10 laps, top 3 transfer to final 8:50 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - 4th 750 Grand National 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 Grand National semi 12 riders, 8 laps, top 2 transfer to final 9:35 p.m. - 9:45 p.m. - 2nd 750 Grand National semi 12 riders, 8 laps, top 2 transfer to final 9:45 p.m. - 9:55 p.m. - 3rd 750 Grand National semi 12 riders, 8 laps, top 2 transfer to final 10:10 p.m. - 10:25 p.m. - AMA PROGRESSIVE INSURANCE GRAND NATIONAL FINAL 10:30 p.m. - - Victory Circle for Grand National Championship

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Drivers Joe Leonard , Chris Carr