Fast Fridays to showcase thrilling finale for 2013 AMA Speedway Championship Series
September 27, 2013
2013 AMA Speedway national champion will be crowned tonight, Sept. 27, at Fast
Fridays Speedway in Auburn, Calif.
"The 2013 AMA Speedway title is up for grabs," said AMA Track Racing
Manager Ken Saillant. "It will be a real battle for points every time
these riders take the track this Friday night. Fans can expect the most
exciting racing action of the year."
The national series features permanent riders, with two wildcard spots up for
grabs at each round. The riders, selected based on their 2012 final standings,
include Billy Hamill, Charlie Venagas, Bryan Yarrow, Gino Manzares, Bart Bast,
Billy Janniro, Tommy Hedden and Aaron Fox.
"Our entire staff is focusing on the upcoming finale and is looking
forward to crowning the 2013 AMA National Speedway Champion," said event
promoter Dave Joiner. "Whoever wins this title will need all of the skills
that a veteran speedway skidder has, a first-class team effort and of course a
bit of luck on the track. One thing is sure -- it will be thrilling!"
The series' race format follows the one used in FIM World Championship Speedway
Grand Prix Series competition, with 16 riders, 20 heats, two semifinals and a
grand finale at each round, with the points from every race counting toward the
AMA Speedway competition has a long and storied history dating back to the
mid-1920s. One of the sport's early stars was America's first world champion:
AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Jack Milne, who won the 1937 Individual Speedway
Championship in London. Today, speedway is known for its fast action and
incredibly tight racing. A meet features numerous heats of four riders each,
power-sliding single-speed bikes with no brakes counter-clockwise around a dirt