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Aug 13, 2014

AMA Pro Racing: Sunoco "Go The Distance Awards" Still Up For Grabs

Josh Hayes (4), a former winner of the AMA Pro Sunoco Go The Distance Award. Photo by Brian J. Nelson/AMA Pro Racing.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 13, 2014) - The 2014 Sunoco "Go the Distance Award" will go to the eligible AMA Pro Road Racing and AMA Pro Flat Track riders who complete the furthest distance throughout the season in their respective classes. Sunoco has graciously granted AMA Pro Racing with a $15,000 purse for each series to disperse to the deserving riders who win each award.

With just one round of AMA Pro Road Racing action remaining in 2014, Monster Energy Graves rider Josh Hayes, aboard his Yamaha R1, is paving the way in SuperBike with 412 laps and 1,156 miles ridden in total. Over the years, Hayes has dedicated his time to the track, as he's won this award five times running. If he were to add another Sunoco "Go the Distance Award" to his collection, he will be the recipient of the $5,000 prize that comes along with it.

Another Graves rider, JD Beach, aboard his Yamaha R6, leads the way in GoPro Daytona SportBike with 432 laps and 1,272 miles ridden. If Beach were to hold on and earn the 2014 Sunoco "Go the Distance Award" with one round remaining, he would also be the benefiter of Sunoco's gracious payout of $5,000 for achieving the most miles ridden in his class.

Patricia Fernandez, aboard her ADR Motorsports Yamaha R6, has ridden the furthest distance in SuperSport competition with a total of 253 laps and 798 miles over the last five rounds. Fernandez would be awarded $2,500 if she can do it again at NJMP next month.

In Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series competition, Hayden Shultz, aboard his Chili Pepper Racing machine, leads the way with 709 miles ridden. If Shultz can hang on, he would receive a check for $2,500.

After 11 rounds of AMA Pro Flat Track action, Jake Johnson leads the way in GNC competition with 314 miles ridden. Though the season has barely breached its midway point, Johnson will be granted $4,000 if he were to hold on to his lead and claim the coveted 2014 Sunoco "Go the Distance Award." Johnson has raced on four different branded motorcycles so far in 2014, (Harley-Davidson, Ducati, Kawasaki, and Honda) and he's excelled on every single one of them.

In Pro Singles competition, Bronson Bauman and Kyle Johnson are paving the way with 181.98 miles completed after 11 rounds of action. However, like in the Grand National Championship, no lead is safe with as many races as there are left. Bauman and Johnson are neck and neck heading into the latter half of the season. The winner of the 2014 Sunoco "Go the Distance Award" would receive a check from Sunoco for $2,000.

Headquartered in Philadelphia, Pa., Sunoco's retail business markets its brand of gasoline through more than 5,000 retail outlets from Maine to Florida and west to Michigan and Louisiana, including more than 600 APlus convenience stores. Sunoco is the official fuel of NASCAR and more than 50 other racing sanctions. For more information on Sunoco Retail, or to find a local Sunoco location, visit

Sunoco provides AMA Pro Racing with the Sunoco 260 GTX, a premium unleaded racing fuel designed to meet the racing needs of AMA Pro Racing as well as many other high performance racing applications.

Where are they next?

Fans can watch the Sunoco "Go the Distance Award" battle heat up in AMA Pro Flat Track competition this weekend when the series heads to Peoria, Ill. for the Peoria TT on August 17. For tickets and more information on the event, please visit All of the action will be streamed LIVE on

The next time AMA Pro Road Racing takes to the track will be September 13-14, when all four disciplines take to NJMP for the Kawasaki Devil's Showdown in Millville, N.J.

How to Watch: will be the official home for live streaming coverage of AMA Pro Flat Track and AMA Pro Road Racing events in 2014. The site will also provide coverage of IMSA's development and single-make series, and NASCAR's touring and weekly series.

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