2018 AMA Speedway National Championship Series Kicks Off In April

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AMA National Speedway action is coming at you slideways starting next month.

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The AMA Speedway National Championship Series is set to return for another exciting season in 2018, with five rounds scheduled between April and September.

The series will determine who takes home an AMA National No. 1 plate. The season opens with a qualifying event at Perris Raceway in Perris, Calif., on April 21.

The series will return to several popular venues and has added a new venue — Big Time Speedway in Rancho Cordova, Calif.

“The AMA Speedway National Championship Series is back for another year of exciting on-track action,” said AMA Track Racing Manager Ken Saillant. “Speedway is one of the most exciting forms of motorcycle racing we sanction, and this year’s national championship series is sure to deliver the full-throttle excitement speedway racing is known for around the world.”

The AMA also has added two individuals to the series support staff. Steve Lucerno will serve as the AMA Speedway National Championship Series’ referee. And Aaron Fox has been appointed as the AMA rider representative for the 2018 series.

“I’m honored by the opportunity to work in support of the AMA Speedway National Championship Series,” Fox said. “Speedway racing is an exciting, demanding sport, and I see a lot of talent coming up through our support classes. I am looking forward to working with the United States’ top professional riders who compete in the AMA National Speedway Championship Series, and I am sure they will put on a great show this year, like they always do.”

In the United States most speedway activity is in California, where the sport has a large following and draws thousands of fans. Internationally, speedway is one of the most popular forms of motorsport racing. Using lightweight, single-gear bikes built solely for this type of competition, racers battle handlebar-to-handlebar on ultra-short oval dirt tracks typically a quarter-mile in length or less, putting a premium on good starts, and the ability to slide the rear of the bike all around the oval.

2018 AMA Speedway National Championship Series schedule:

  • April 21: Perris, Calif., Qualifier, Perris Raceway
  • April 28: Rancho Cordova, Calif., Round 1, Big Time Speedway
  • June 23: Ventura, Calif., Round 2, Ventura Raceway
  • July 28: Santa Maria, Calif., Round 3, Santa Maria Speedway
  • Aug. 11: City of Industry, Calif., Round 4, Speedway at The Grand
  • Sept. 15: Auburn, Calif., Grand Finale, Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway

For more information on the AMA Speedway National Championship Series, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com/Racing/Story/speedway-national-championships.

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