Steel City Raceway Hosts “American Motocross Festival” on Aug. 29-30

DELMONT, Pa. (July 17, 2008) Pittsburgh area fans will witness an action-packed Labor Day weekend of racing when Steel City Raceway hosts the inaugural American Motocross Festival, a two-day event on Aug. 29-30 that combines three world-class motocross disciplines: AMA Toyota Motocross, Women’s National Motocross and ATV MX.
Local promoter Bellco, Inc. of Morgantown, W.Va., has hosted separate national-level races for each racing discipline at Steel City Raceway. But never before in the 25 years of organizing races at the famed Delmont race facility have race fans been given the opportunity to watch the world’s top two-wheel and four-wheel dirt bike racers, men and women, on the same day.
Friday’s schedule includes pro practice and qualifying from noon to 5:45 p.m. Saturday’s activities will feature racing action starting at 1 pm, followed by a freestyle show at 6 pm, a live concert at 7 pm headlining The Billy Morris Band, and a fireworks display at dusk.
“We have held world-class motocross events at Steel City,” said Bellco president Rita Coombs. “We have held both men’s and women’s motocross races, and men’s motocross and ATV races at our facility, but never all three at the same time. Our fans have dirt racing in their blood and we feel that by bringing all three disciplines together at once, including the freestyle show, concerts and fireworks, we’re adding more action for their dollar. This is a true Motocross Festival and we hope fans come and spend the entire day with us.”
Headlining the weekend will be the Monster Energy/Kawasaki Pro Motocross National, final round of the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship Presented by FMF, which will hold its main events on Saturday for the first time in the 21-year history at Steel City Raceway. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s James Stewart will look to close out a perfect season in Delmont with his 12th-consecutive win of the season, a feat accomplished only once before in 36 years of AMA Motocross.
Steel City Raceway plays host to the season finale for the AMA/WMA Women’s National Motocross Championship, where American Honda/Red Bull/Alpinestars rider Ashley Fiolek looks to become the first deaf rider to ever win an AMA national motocross championship.
Culminating the action as the final race on Saturday will be the Second Annual AMA Pro ATV Open, which features an invitational list of the sport’s top riders, including current ITP Tires/Moose Racing AMA National Motocross points leader Dustin Wimmer, Josh Creamer, Doug Gust, defending champion Pat Brown, Pennsylvania’s own John Natalie, and many others.
EVENT SCHEDULE
American Motocross Festival
Steel City Raceway, Delmont, Pa.
August 29-30, 2008
FRIDAY SCHEDULE
11:00am 12:00pm The Racer X Motocross Show LIVE!
12:00pm – 12:45pm Motocross Lites Timed Qualifying
12:50pm – 1:35pm Motocross Timed Qualifying
1:50pm 2:35pm Motocross Lites Timed Qualifying
2:40pm – 3:25pm Motocross Timed Qualifying
3:40pm 3:55pm WMA Practice
4:00pm 4:20pm Motocross Lites Consolation Race (Top 5 advance to Saturday)
4:25pm 4:40pm Motocross Consolation Race (Top 5 advance to Saturday)
4:45pm 5:10pm WMA Moto 1 (15 min.)
5:30pm 5:45pm ATV Pro Practice
7:00pm Parts Unlimited Pit Bike Races
SATURDAY SCHEDULE
9:00am – 9:20am Motocross Lites Timed Qualifying for Gate Pick
9:25am – 9:45am Motocross Timed Qualifying for Gate Pick
10:00am – 10:15am Motocross Lites Timed Qualifying for Gate Pick
10:20am – 10:35am Motocross Timed Qualifying for Gate Pick
11:30am The Billy Morris Band Mini Show
12:30pm OPENING CEREMONIES Motocross Legends Tour
1:00pm Moto 1 – Motocross Lites (30 min. + 2 laps)
2:00pm Moto 1 – Motocross (30 min. + 2 laps)
2:40pm 3:00pm WMA Moto #2
3:30pm Moto 2 – Motocross Lites (30 min. + 2 laps)
4:10pm Motocross Lites Victory Circle
4:30pm Moto 2 – Motocross (30 min. + 2 laps)
5:10pm Motocross Victory Circle
5:20pm ATV Open Moto
5:45pm ATV Open Victory Circle
6:00pm Freestyle Motorcycle Show
7:00 pm The Billy Morris Band in Concert
Dark Fireworks
Interview opportunities are available to the media by contacting AMA Toyota Motocross Championship media coordinator Brandon Short via email at Media@MXNationals.com or by phone at 951-203-2605.
For more information on the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship, presented by FMF, log on to www.mxnationals.com. For live timing and scoring visit www.amamotocross.com for @theWireLIVE! Racer X Illustrated will host a new and improved webcast on www.motocross.com, with live racing action hosted by Jason Weigandt. The Racer X Motocross Show on Motocross.com has also been added on Saturday night of each race weekend, featuring practice footage and interviews taken earlier in the day.
Credential requests for each round of the 2008 AMA Toyota Motocross Championship Presented by FMF must be submitted via email to Media@MXNationals.com three weeks prior to the race. Media members interested in interviews with the riders of the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship Presented by FMF should contact Brandon Short at 951-203-2605 or email Media@MXNationals.com.
About the National Promoters Group (NPG)
The National Promoters Group (NPG) comprises 12 individual promoters of the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship Presented by FMF which sanctions outdoor motocross events throughout the United States, and remains the Nation’s premier outdoor motocross championship series. NPG’s mission is to raise awareness of motocross racing through the production of professional championship racing events nationwide.
About AMA Racing
AMA Racing is the competition arm of the American Motorcyclist Association and is the leading sanctioning body for motorcycle sport in the United States. Its professional properties include the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series, an FIM World Championship, the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship presented by FMF, the AMA Superbike Championship presented by Parts Unlimited, the AMA Flat Track Championship, the AMA Supermoto Championship and the AMA Pro ATV Championship. In amateur and pro-am competition, AMA Racing sanctions over 4000 events in 24 different disciplines and supports over 110 thousand active members. For more information about professional racing, visit www.amaproracing.com. Accredited media outlets can also access an on line Press Room at www.amaproracing.com/pressroom. For amateur racing information visit www.amadirectlink.com/amrace/amasports.asp.