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BIKEWEEK EVENTS AT THE DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY

1200px-Daytona_International_Speedway_logo.svg2018 Bike Week At DAYTONA: Entertainment On and Off the Track

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 6, 2018) – Starting with DAYTONA Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship and running through the historic 77th DAYTONA 200, there is non-stop excitement and entertainment on and off the track during Bike Week at Daytona International Speedway.

Bike Week At DAYTONA, which begins Friday, March 9 and runs through Sunday, March 18, is packed with fan activities.

  •   On the track: Daytona International Speedway boasts a diverse racing schedule including:
    •   DAYTONA Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship,Saturday March 10
    •   Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross, Sunday, March 11-Monday, March 12
    •   The fourth annual FLY Racing ATV Supercross, Tuesday, March 13
    •   American Flat Track’s DAYTONA TT, Thursday night, March 15: The popular eventGives guests another opportunity to enjoy the motorsports stadium during Bike Week with a staged course in the tri-oval of the Speedway. Harley-Davidson and Indian will battle on a one-of-a-kind race circuit re-engineered to feature a bigger, better and faster track design.160711-victory-motorcycles-grizzly-daytona-international-speedway-departure
    •   The DAYTONA 200 American SportBike Racing Association (ASRA) race, Saturday, March 17: America’s most historic motorcycle race, with three-time race champion Danny Eslick returning to defend his title and claim the $175,000 purse and the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona watch.
    •   ASRA and the Championship Cup Series (CCS), Friday, March 16-Sunday, March 18: The two series will host a full schedule of road races.Daytona-International-Speed
  •   Free demo rides: Located in the Midway between the stadium and International Speedway Blvd., motorcycle enthusiasts can take the hottest motorcycles for a test ride with free manufacturer demo rides from March 9-17. Riders must have a DOT-approved helmet and motorcycle endorsement on their driver’s license to participate. Motorcycle manufacturers participating in demo rides include Harley-Davidson, Honda, Indian, Kawasaki, Slingshot and Yamaha.
  •   Midway: Inside the free Midway, motorcycle enthusiasts will find the area’s largest motorcycle marketplace with one-stop shopping with the nation’s top motorcycle parts and apparel vendors all while enjoying live music on the Harley-Davidson Thunder Alley Stage.
  •   Harley-Davidson Thunder Alley at Daytona: Bikers can spend the day inside Harley-Davidson Thunder Alley enjoying a cold Budweiser and great food next to the area’s largest vendor, display and demo ride marketplace. Harley-Davidson Thunder Alley will also showcase live music and contests.
  •   Full Throttle Magazine Speedway Bike Show presented by GEICO: The Full Throttle Magazine Speedway Bike Show presented by GEICO will take place on Saturday, March 17 next to Harley- Davidson Thunder Alley. Registration is from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. with a $20 entry fee per bike. The awards presentation will be held at 5 p.m. on the Harley-Davidson Thunder Alley Stage. Trophies

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Indian Motorcycle: Making Legends on the Track!

Story by Leah Misch
Photos compliments of Indian Motorcycles

Indian Motorcycle released the Scout FTR750 at Sturgis, made its victorious race debut at AFT’s Daytona TT, and owned the podium on Saturday’s Atlanta Short Track race.

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The Wrecking Crew
The new Indian Wrecking Crew—Jared Mees, Bryan Smith, and Brad Baker—are legends in the making after conquering the podium in a 1-2-3 placement at the Atlanta Short Track races on the Indian Scout FTR750. They revived the original “Wrecking Crew” name claimed by legendary racers Bobby Hill, Bill Tuman, and Ernie Beckman. The original “Wrecking Crew” is known for beating all its competition from coast to coast on their Indian Scouts in the post WWII era.
The Track
Fittingly, the racetrack is where George Hendee and Oscar Hedstrom met and founded the Indian Motorcycle brand in 1901. “We have a lot to live up to in our founders,” said Gary Gray, Director of Motorcycle Product for Indian Motorcycle. “They raced, they won, and they created the largest motorcycle company in the world.”
Flat track racing is gaining ground and new popularity. Michael Lock, CEO of American Flat Track, is working hard to bring flat track back to the people, an effort that appears to be effective by the nearly sold out seating at Saturday’s race.
The Races
At the Daytona season debut the podium was dominated by Jared Mees and Bryan Smith who took first and second. The third Wrecking Crew member, Brad Baker, had crashed sustaining a mild concussion. He underwent testing to ensure his safety upon returning to the racetrack in Atlanta. “Brad had a baseline concussion test prior to the season start and performed better on the retest. The season is too long to rush him back so he wouldn’t have raced if there was a concern,” said Gray.
Baker not only came back to the track, but joined the podium alongside Mees and Smith for a 1-2-3 place finish after a nail biting break in the action toward the end of the final. After Sammy Halbert went down on his Harley-Davidson XR750 in a neck-in-neck race with Mees, the last 5 laps were delayed while the track was re-groomed, followed shortly by Indian’s sweep.
The Power of the Scout FTR 750
The Scout FTR 750, a purpose-built race bike that required tedious hours of development, is revolutionizing Flat Track racing. Gray states, “It was forged to win. We have a very narrow V angle and super compact motor designed to give us great flexibility in packaging. It is lighter and smaller than our competitors but still makes power to win races.”
Catch the Wrecking Crew in action this race season here: http://www.indianmotorcycle.com/en-us/flat-track-race
Find the 2017 AFT schedule here: http://www.americanflattrack.com/news/view/ama-pro-racing-announces-2017-american-flat-track-schedule
Next race is in Charlotte, NC on April 1st.

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WOODSTOCK, GA - MARCH 25: American Flat Track at Dixie Speedway on March 25, 2017 in Woodstock, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Hunter / NASCAR Productions)
WOODSTOCK, GA – MARCH 25: American Flat Track at Dixie Speedway on March 25, 2017 in Woodstock, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Hunter / NASCAR Productions)

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American Flat Track, NBCSN join forces for 2017 season

All 18 rounds to air weekly on NBCSN starting in July

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 10, 2017) – American Flat Track proudly announces an exclusive television partnership with NBCSN for the 2017 season. All 18 rounds, from the season-opening DAYTONA TT to the American Flat Track Finals in Southern California, will air in one-hour, tape-delayed telecasts on Thursday nights throughout the summer and fall.

Entering its 64th consecutive season, American Flat Track is the most historic form of American motorcycle racing and 2017 marks the dawning of a new golden era for the sport. The series boasts two diverse and highly-competitive classes and is headlined by powerful, twin-cylinder motorcycles in the AFT Twins class, with spirited single-cylinder machines battling it out in AFT Singles.

“American Flat Track is America’s original extreme sport and NBCSN is the perfect platform to bring it back into the limelight,” said Michael Lock, CEO of American Flat Track. “We’re delighted to be partnering with NBC Sports Group, one of the most respected sports media organizations in the world. This partnership represents a huge milestone for the sport and a goal that we have been working toward for a long time.”

With nearly 85 million subscribers, NBCSN is the Home of Motorsports in America, providing coverage of NASCAR, IndyCar, Formula One, Mecum Auctions, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross and now, American Flat Track.

“We’re thrilled to add American Flat Track to the best motorsports portfolio in American media,” said Jeff Macaluso, Senior Director, Programming, NBC Sports Group. “We’re excited and proud to be a part of the resurgence of this historic series.”

NBCSN’s coverage of the 2017 American Flat Track season begins in July, kicking off 18 straight weeks of high-intensity American Flat Track telecasts, expertly produced by NASCAR Productions, LLC and highlighted by flag-to-flag race coverage of both classes. The shows will include exclusive features and editorial content telling the story of the world’s elite dirt track motorcycle racers as they battle for glory, while cutting-edge technology, including the latest in onboard cameras, will allow viewers to experience the pinnacle of dirt track motorcycle racing like never before.

American Flat Track will debut inside Daytona International Speedway on a one-of-a-kind race course built on the famous tri-oval at the “World Center of Racing.” The DAYTONA TT will serve as the first battleground for the great American war brewing between Harley-Davidson and Indian Motorcycles, marking the first time the big American factories have competed head-to-head on the race track since the 1950s.

In addition to the 18 primetime premieres, NBCSN will re-air each of the shows the following week, which will also be available on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. FansChoice.tv, a cornerstone of American Flat Track’s digital strategy, will provide live streaming coverage for every round of the 2017 season.

Additional information, including the details about the on-air commentary team and complete television schedule on NBCSN, will be released as it becomes available.

About American Flat Track:
American Flat Track is the world’s premier dirt track motorcycle racing series and one of the longest-running championships in the history of motorsports. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing in Daytona Beach, Fla., the series is highly regarded as the most competitive form of dirt track motorcycle racing on the globe. For more information on American Flat Track, please visit http://www.americanflattrack.com, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, live stream the events at FansChoice.tv and catch all the American Flat Track racing action on NBCSN.

About NBCSN:
NBCSN is NBC Sports Group’s dedicated 24/7 linear sports network. Now in nearly 85 million homes, the Emmy Award-winning network is the cable television home of the Summer and Winter Olympics, National Hockey League (NHL) – including two Stanley Cup Final games — NASCAR, Formula One, IndyCar, Premier League, Tour de France, and America’s Cup. In addition, NBCSN features college football, college basketball, college hockey, cycling, outdoor programming, horse racing surrounding the Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup, Ironman, the AVP Tour and USA Sevens Rugby. The network is also home to original programs such as NFL Turning Point, Pro Football Talk, The Dan Patrick Show, and NASCAR America. NBCSN is distributed via cable systems and satellite operators throughout the United States.

MATT SMITH EARNS FIRST NHRA WIN FOR VICTORY MOTORCYCLES

victorySmith takes Victory Gunner to 18th career win at Auto Club Raceway

MINNEAPOLIS — November 14, 2016 — Victory Racing’s® Matt Smith this past weekend rode his Pro Stock Victory Motorcycles Gunner to his first win of the season and the first for Victory Motorcycles during the NHRA Auto Club Finals at the Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, Calif.

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The celebration began before Smith and his Victory Gunner crossed the finish line. Smith knew he would stand on the top step of the podium when opponent Angelle Sampey went red at the start, so he pulled in the clutch and pumped his first in the air, celebrating as he went down the track.

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“You don’t realize how much you miss being in victory lane until you get back to victory lane,” a smiling Smith said. “To get a victory for Victory – I like that saying. Hopefully we can do it more next year. I know we are going to have some teammates with Victory next year, and I’m just glad we got to do it first.”

 

Sunday, Smith had an eventful day to earn his 18th career win. He beat Hector Arana Sr. in the first round when Arana Sr. went red, and won with a slower 6.916-second pass at 193.35 mph (Arana completed his pass and went 6.871 seconds at 196.62 mph).

Smith then accelerated past Eddie Krawiec in Round 2. Smith’s .029-second reaction time and run of 6.904 seconds at 192.99 mph was enough top Krawiec’s 6.871-second pass at 195.31 mph – after a .063 light.

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Smith then faced Hector Arana Jr. in the semifinals, where a stellar .018 light gave him an advantage on the starting line. Arana Jr. pulled the clutch in and coasted to a 7.569-second pass at 134.10 mph while Smith sped to the final with a run of 6.946 seconds at 192.44 mph. The final was over early, when Sampey left .020 seconds too soon. Smith’s run of 8.044 seconds at 117.34 mph included a celebration down the track.

“What a deal!” Smith said. “It’s a good finish to what’s been a bad year. We’ve had gremlins this year and to cap it off here in Pomona for Victory, Lucas Oil, Mark Stockseth – I mean that guy’s been helping me since I started my own deal – is amazing. Thank you Mark and Marshall (Stockseth) for everything you have done for me. And thanks to Nitro Fish, Kenny Koretsky and Elite Performance, too.”

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“It has been a while in coming for Victory Gunner in NHRA,” says Rod Krois, General Manager for Victory Motorcycles. “But Matt’s historic win and the teams relentless tenacity is exactly what Victory Motorcycles is all about.”

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Showcasing Victory Motorcycles’ commitment to deliver Modern American Muscle, Victory Racing’s NHRA team is comprised of NHRA power-couple Matt and Angie Smith and their Pro Stock, custom Victory Gunner drag bikes. Matt boasts two World Champion titles and seventeen career wins. He brought his Matt Smith Racing Victory Gunner into the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series in 2015, and subsequently went to two final rounds last year and two semifinal appearances this season before finally breaking through with the win for Victory.

Visit NHRA.com for up-to-date news about the NHRA Mello Yello Pro Stock Motorcycle Drag Racing Series. Learn more about Victory Motorcycles at VictoryMotorcycles.com or follow on Twitter, Facebook, Youtube and Instagram. An interview with Matt Smith can be found here.

ABOUT VICTORY MOTORCYCLES®

Victory Motorcycles designs, engineers, manufactures and markets a full line of cruisers, baggers and touring motorcycles. Every Victory model delivers industry-leading performance, comfort, style, storage and reliability. The first Victory was produced on the Fourth of July, 1998, in Spirit Lake, Iowa, where every Victory motorcycle continues to be produced today. Information about Victory motorcycles, apparel and accessories is available at www.victorymotorcycles.com and on Facebook at facebook.com/VictoryMotorcycles

ABOUT POLARIS® INDUSTRIES

Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) is a global powersports leader with annual 2015 sales of $4.7 billion. Polaris fuels the passion of riders, workers and outdoor enthusiasts with our RANGER®, RZR® and POLARIS GENERAL™ side-by-side off-road vehicles; our SPORTSMAN® and POLARIS ACE® all-terrain off-road vehicles; VICTORY® and INDIAN MOTORCYCLE® midsize and heavyweight motorcycles; SLINGSHOT® moto-roadsters; and Polaris RMK®, INDY®, SWITCHBACK® and RUSH® snowmobiles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with parts, garments and accessories sold under multiple recognizable brands, and has a growing presence in adjacent markets globally with products including military and commercial off-road vehicles, quadricycles, and electric vehicles. www.polaris.com