The fastest amateur dirt-track racers on the planet will converge on the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ill., May 29-June 1 for the premier annual amateur championship event: the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) Dirt Track Grand Championships.
"The AMA Dirt Track Grand Championships are one of the oldest and most prestigious amateur motorsports racing events in the country," said AMA Director of Racing Joe Bromley. "We're excited to bring the event back to Springfield, Ill., home to the world-famous Springfield Mile and the location of many storied dirt-track races. This will be an incredible week of racing that will showcase the fastest amateur racers in the country."
Longtime dirt-track promoter Steve Nace of Steve Nace Racing will promote the event.
"I'm very excited to work with the AMA on the 2012 AMA Dirt Track Grand Championships," Nace said. "The history and status of this event are second to none in the world of amateur dirt track, and we will work hard to surpass racers' and fans' expectations for another great year."
The AMA Dirt Track Grand Championships crown amateur and youth champions in individual dirt-track disciplines, including half-mile, TT and short-track events. Amateur racers also compete in mile events. In addition, AMA Grand Championships are awarded to the riders in each class who have the highest point totals across all disciplines.
The fastest riders in premier classes also compete for the AMA Dirt Track Horizon Award, which honors the amateur racer poised for success on the pro level.
Racers field both traditional dirt-trackers and the latest DTX motorcycles, which begin as stock motocross
bikes that are then fitted with dirt-track tires, suspension and other modifications.
For more information about dirt-track competition, see the Racing section of AmericanMotorcyclist.com