BARROWS — The cold weather this week may have been a sign that summer is coming to an end, but the warm feelings will hang around one more weekend at North Central Speedway as The AMA Pro Racing series, and motorcycle racing comes to the speedway for the first time.
“I can't even explain how thrilled I am to be able to host this event,” said track promoter KT Torbert. “These guys are a class act and with our bowl shaped track and being less in distance, they are going to fly.”
The Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship Series has three races left in its season, so the Saturday race at Brainerd is a key one. The Pro Grand National Championship Twins, and the Pro Singles will be competing with titles to be decided in each series.
Mike Martin leads in Pro Singles by 21 points over Gerit Callies and Mikey Avila. In the last race at Knoxville, Tennessee, Shayna Texter became the first female to win a Pro Singles event.
Jared Mees has a slim four-point lead over Sammy Halbert in the Grand National Champion Series, with defending national champion Jake Johnson just five points behind Halbert. Three time champion Kenny Coolbeth is still in the running, but needs a minor miracle to keep his chances of a fourth title alive.
“The two classes will run heats and a B Main and a Feature. They start off the day with timed laps and then we open up the pits for an autograph session,” Torbert said. “The ceremonies start at 7 p.m. This is Chris Carr's farewell tour and the battle is so close in points between the top contenders. And when you go to their profiles on the AMA site, they are much younger then one would think being that they travel and are known nationwide.”
Fans attending the race will also get a chance to meet Bill Davidson, the great grandson of the co-founder of Harley Davidson, and the Vice President of the company.
Tickets have been selling quickly, and there should be a capacity crowd on hand for the first time event.
“The AMA Pro series is nothing short of amazing and that is proven by the following and the advanced tickets we have been selling to people from Virginia to Colorado and everywhere in between,” Torbert said.