Feb 19, 2002
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From an AMA press release:<BR><BR>AMA PROGRESSIVE INSURANCE U.S. FLAT TRACK OPENER <BR>TO BE TELEVISED IN PRIME TIME<BR><BR>PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- Speed Channel will broadcast the opening round of the 2002 AMA Progressive Insurance U.S. Flat Track Championship from Daytona Beach, Fla. The race, held on Daytona Beach's Municipal Stadium's short track, will be shown on Tuesday, March 19 at 8 p.m. Eastern.<BR><BR>"Prime-time television coverage of AMA Flat Track is a great kick-off to this year's championship battle" John C. Farris, Jr., vice president commercial development, AMA Pro Racing. <BR><BR>The broadcast of the AMA Grand National opener is part of an unprecedented seven hours of Speed Channel coverage from Daytona Bike Week 2002. It shows a great commitment by the network to make motorcycle racing an integral part of its programming. <BR><BR>The Daytona short track has traditionally been one of the hardest races to predict. Over the years a number of surprise winners emerged from tight races on the crushed limestone oval that play before packed grandstands each year. <BR><BR>Two-time Daytona short track winners Terry Poovey and Chris Carr will attempt to tie the late Will Davis' record of three wins this March. Carr won the race in 1992 and 1994, while Poovey took the honors in 1997 and 2000. Carr is the defending series champ and will be opening his title defense at Daytona. <BR><BR>Check your local listings for exact times of the broadcast and visit SpeedTV.com to keep up with all that is going on with Speed Channel. <BR><BR>For immediate post-race results, points, in-depth series and rider information, regular columnists and much more, log onto , the official website of the AMA Progressive Insurance U.S. Flat Track Championships.