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Tickets For AMA Flat Track Event At Virginia Motor Speedway Go On Sale This Monday June 5Th
May 30, 2006 - updated May 30th, 2006 4:56pm
Web posted by Dave Seay

Saluda, VA. --

Tickets for perhaps the most anticipated event in the 37-year history of Virginia Motor Speedway will soon be going on sale. The 1st Annual Joe Weatherly Memorial to be held at the ½ mile dirt track in Saluda, VA and sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing is scheduled to take place on July 15, 2006. It will mark the first time in 36 years that the AMA Ford Quality Checked Grand National Motorcycle tour has visited the State of Virginia.

Reserved seat and general admission tickets will go on sale this coming Monday June 5th starting at 10am. Reserved seat tickets will be $30 with general admission going for $26. Mastercard and Visa will be accepted. The top ten rows on the front stretch are reserved seating; all others will be general admission. Fans can purchase tickets by calling (804) 758-1867 or by coming by the speedway’s office.

The race is being named after Joe Weatherly, most will remember Weatherly as a two time NASCAR Grand National Champion (now Nextel cup) but before racing on four wheels Joe was an accomplished motorcycle racer with over 200 wins and earned three American Motorcycle Association (AMA) Championships before he started racing stock cars. Joe Weatherly was a leading AMA racer of the late 1940s and early 1950s. During his brief, five-year professional motorcycle racing career Weatherly won three AMA nationals, including the prestigious Laconia Classic 100-Mile road race in 1948 and 1949. Weatherly was from Norfolk, VA were his window still resides.

AMA sanctions many racing series, but the oldest and most traditional is flat track, sometimes referred to as “dirt track” racing. Dating back to post World War II, flat track is the uniquely American type of motorcycle racing. Riders finesse their machines sideways through the turns, just inches apart from each other, at speeds over 100 mph. In short, motorcycle flat track racing provides one of the most thrilling spectacles in motosports.

Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway, an ASA Member Track affiliate, is a 1/2-mile, dirt oval. The track is located on U.S. Route 17, eight miles north of Saluda, VA and 25 miles south of Tappahannock, VA. The speedway is just a short drive from Richmond, Fredericksburg, Southern Maryland and the Hampton Roads area.

To learn more about Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway and its 2006 schedule of events, fans and competitors may call the Speedway office at (804) 758-1VMS or visit the track online at www.vamotorspeedway.com.

MEDIA CONTACT: DAVE SEAY (804) 758-1867 OR (804) 357-7223


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