Kenny Coolbeth Interview

Beginning this year three time AMA Pro Twins Flat Track National Champion will be replacing the #1 with the famous #2. Many great riders have raced with National Number 2 including such names as; Dick Mann, Kenny Robert and most recently 9-time AMA Pro Grand National Champion Scott Parker. Kenny will carry the #2 on the Benttencourt Honda CR450F in the Singles class and the Harley-Davidson XR750 in the Twins class.

Here is what King of Cool, Kenny Coolbeth has to say as he prepares for another assault on the AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Series.

Q. Well Kenny it's about time to kick off the 2010 Flat Track Grand National Series. Have you been doing much riding or training since the end of last year?

A.Yes I have been riding on the ice and riding at at a indoor moto track near me and going to the gym.

Q. What's the most difficult part of preparing for a new season?

A. Trying to get sponsors and get everything lined up to go racing.It is a lot of phone work

Q. Tell us about your Twins program, anything different from last year?

A. Know everything is the same Harley Davidson will be backing me.

Q. What about your singles program?

A.That is the same as well with Bettencourts Honda being my main sponsor.

Q. AMA Pro Racing brought back the combined singles and twin's points to determine the AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Champion. Although you were the combined champion in 2006, 2007 and 2008, you were only recognized as the Twins National Champion. What are your thoughts on bringing back the Grand National Champion to carry the #1 plate in both the singles and twins?

A. I like the the old school way so I am happy they brought it back .I don't think they should of changed it in the first place.

Q. For the first time in three years you will not carry the #1 plate in the Twins class. What number did you pick and why?

A. I picked #2 because I didn't really like any other ones available.

Q. You will now carry that number on both your singles and twins bikes. That's kind of cool, so no matter what race when someone see that number on the track they know it's Kenny Coolbeth.

A. Its cool but I will miss running #31

Q. Is there any added pressure as the lone factory Harley-Davidson rider?

A. Harley-Davidson is an awesome company to deal with and they are happy as long as I do the best I can. The only pressure that I have the pressure I put on my self.

Q. I guess you noticed this year Bryan Smith is riding for the Werner Springsteen Racing Kawasaki, big jump going from the Harley-Davidson. How do you think he will do?

A. I think he will do fine and I think he is going to surprise a lot of people.

Q. With Bryan on the Screaming Eagle Harley-Davidson for the past several years you guys were sort of like teammates. Have you talked with Bryan about his new ride?

A. Know but I have talked to him a couple of times and went and rode on the ice will him over the holidays.

Q. With eight single and thirteen twin races on the schedule, who do you feel is your most competition for the Grand National Championship title?

A. The usual Jared, Sammy It is going to be a interesting year I think

Q. The first two races are at the new Daytona Flat Track located at the Speedway, do you have any strategies going into Daytona?

A. I cant wait to get on the new track it is going to be similar to the old one so you are going to have to be on your toes all day from the first time you get on the track to the last.

Q. The first twin's race this year will be at a new mile track in Prescott Valley, AZ. How do you typically do at new race venue on the schedule?

A. I do ok

Q. What do you prefer the most, cushion or groove?

A. I like all the race tracks.I did struggle on cushion race tracks a few years ago but I think I got it figured out.

Q. What is your favorite track?

A. HAGERSTOWN

Q. What is your least favorite track?

A. Probably Columbus

Q. What motivates you the most?

A. The people that support me and all the fans

Q. What are your activities outside of racing?

A. Prepare for racing.

Q. At the races you appear to be the quite guy over in the corner just doing his thing. Are you any different away from the race track?

A. Know I am the same just keep to my self really

Q. The new Pro Singles class is bringing new riders to the Grand National level. What advice would you give to young rider with aspirations of becoming a Grand National Champion?

A. Always have fun and stay focused. Pay attention

Q. Thank you for your time and good luck this year.

A.THANKS

2010 GNC Schedule
March 3
DAYTONA® Flat Track (Daytona Beach, Florida) ST

March 4
DAYTONA® Flat Track (Daytona Beach, Florida) ST

May 1
Yavapai Downs (Prescott Valley, Arizona) M

May 29
Illinois State Fairgrounds (Springfield, Illinois) TT

May 30
Illinois State Fairgrounds (Springfield, Illinois) M

June 5
Gas City I-69 Speedway
(Gas City, Indiana) ST

June 19
The Red Mile
(Lexington, Kentucky) M

June 26
Allen County Fairgrounds (Lima, Ohio) HM

July 10
I-96 Speedway
(Lake Odessa, Michigan) HM

July 17
Castle Rock Fairgrounds
(Castle Rock, WA) TT

July 31
Calistoga Fairgrounds (Calistoga, California) HM

August 7
Hagerstown Speedway (Hagerstown, Maryland) HM

August 14
Beulah Park
(Grove City, Ohio) M

August 22
Peoria Race Park
(Peoria, Illinois) TT

August 28
Indiana State Fairgrounds (Indianapolis, Indiana) M

September 4
Illinois State Fairgrounds (Springfield, Illinois) ST

September 5
Illinois State Fairgrounds (Springfield, Illinois) M

September 11
Canterbury Park (Minneapolis, Minnesota) M

September 18
Knoxville Speedway
(Knoxville, IA) HM

October 9
Yavapai Downs
(Prescott Valley, Arizona) ST

October 10
Yavapai Downs
(Prescott Valley, Arizona) M

ST -SHORT TRACK
TT - TT
HM - HALF MILE
M - MILE