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Jan 23, 2001

Gray And Smith Victory Margins Less Than 250 Votes Each In AMA Trustee Election

Rick Gray and Jeff Smith, recently certified as winning re-election and election to three-year terms on the AMA Board of Trustees, each won by less than 250 votes in their respective regions.

Gray, re-elected from the Northeast Region, won with 830 votes compared to 599 for Jerry Wood and 184 for Bob Coy. There were some concerns that Coy, who runs the USCRA Vintage road racing organization, would be a spoiler in the election by drawing votes cast by road racers who would have otherwise voted for Wood, an active racer and official with LRRS who ran on a reform platform. But even if Wood had received all the votes cast for Coy, Gray would have still won by 47 votes.

Smith beat challenger Dale Greenwald by 245 votes, 581 to 336, to take over the seat vacated by a retired Trustee. Smith served as Executive Director of AHRMA, a Vintage racing organization, for nine years until retiring from the position recently, and is a two-time 500cc Motocross World Champion.

The election was certified by the accounting firm Ernst & Young of Columbus, Ohio.

Election of three more Trustees will take place later this year, representing the three southern regions of the country. Several active road racers have explored running for the board as reform candidates, including Roadracing World Editor John Ulrich. Final decisions by those racers is expected within a few months.