Coolbeth up for AMA Athlete of the Year

Three-time champion continues to improve

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Oct. 29, 2008

Flat track racer Kenny Coolbeth has been nominated for the 2008 AMA SPEED Athlete of the Year award.

Coolbeth won his third consecutive AMA Grand National Twins Championship by earning 10 podium finishes in 13 races, including six wins.

This is the second AMA SPEED Athlete of the Year nomination for Coolbeth. The Connecticut native was also nominated in 2007 for winning both the AMA GNC Twins and Singles titles. The AMA SPEED Athlete of the Year award is the highest honor given to professional AMA racers. Past winners include Bob Hannah, Scott Parker, Kenny Roberts and Ricky Carmichael.

Kenny Coolbeth has received his second nomination for the AMA SPEED Athlete fo the Year award.Its an honor to have your name put out there, says Coolbeth. There are a lot of great athletes who race motorcycles, and I feel honored to stand up there with them. It would be really cool to win the award, and, if not, its still a big accomplishment for me just to get nominated.

Though he has proven himself to be the top of his class for three straight years, Coolbeth says he still continues to improve.

I think its me maturing. Its me being smarter, thinking more before I do something on the track, says Coolbeth. Thats what has helped me make the difference the last three years. If you ride well and use your head, youll still be in it. You cant expect to be in it if youre missing one of those two things.

The AMA SPEED Athlete of the Year award will be presented at the AMA Pro Racing Awards Banquet at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Ala., Nov. 23.