AMA Racing Vintage Dirt Track National Championship Series adds Empire State Shootout, Du Quoin, Ill., round

PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) continues to expand the AMA Racing Vintage Dirt Track National Championship Series. In addition to highlighting six races at three New York tracks as a series within a series -- the Empire State Shootout -- the AMA has added a round on Friday, July 29, on the half-mile track in Du Quoin, Ill.

"Dirt track is one of the most historic forms of motorcycle racing in the world, and this series continues to spotlight the sport's roots, from AMA Class C competition to the pre-modern era," said AMA Track Racing Manager Ken Saillant.

Metro Racing's Don Miller, the AMA's technical advisor for vintage dirt track, says the addition of the Empire State Shootout highlights some of the country's best dirt tracks.

"We're looking forward to welcoming racers on their period-correct machinery from all over the country to battle at these New York State tracks throughout the summer of 2011," he says. "The rider with the highest points from the six races in each class will take the honors of being the best racer in the Shootout."

The Empire State Shootout starts at Oakland Valley Raceway Park on June 11 in Cuddebackville, N.Y. The series then takes aim at a doubleheader at Square Deal Raceway on June 24-25 in Port Crane, N.Y., where Motorcycle Hall of Famer and former AMA Grand National Champion Bubba Shobert will be on hand at the doubleheader.

The Black Rock Speedway in Dundee, N.Y. will host the next round, another doubleheader, on August 6-7, with special guest Hall of Famer David Aldana.

The Empire State Shootout will come to a close at the final race of the national series, a short-track back at the Oakland Valley Speedway on Sept. 17. At the podium ceremony at the last round, the Shootout winners and top three overall in each class will be recognized with series trophies and celebratory champagne.

The series also features rounds on July 22 at the Ashland Co. Fairgrounds in Ashland, Ohio, and July 29-30 at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds in Du Quoin, Ill. The first event of the Du Quoin doubleheader, a half-mile, is in addition to the originally planned July 30 race on Du Quoin's Magic Mile.

For more information, see AMARacing.com, MetroRacing.com and the Oakland Valley Speedway website, OVRP.com.

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