Courtesy of AMA Pro Racing
HAGERSTOWN, Md. (June 20, 2015) – The Hagerstown Half-Mile, which was scheduled to run Saturday, June 20, was canceled due to inclement weather that moved through the area along with the forecast for additional rain later in the evening.
A band of thunderstorms moved over the track just before the start of opening ceremonies at Hagerstown Speedway. A dry period came later, but the combination of time needed to safely prepare the track surface and additional storms on the way forced the decision to cancel by AMA Pro Flat Track officials. The event will not be rescheduled for a later date in 2015.
“The AMA Pro Flat Track staff and our partners at Hagerstown Speedway made every effort to put on an amazing show for the fans who came out,” said Steve Morehead, Flat Track Senior Race Manager. “However, the amount of rain that fell in the area, and the fact that more was on its way, made it impossible for us to put together a complete and safe race program for the spectators and our riders. We’re looking forward to coming back to Hagerstown next year and putting on a fantastic show.”
Both the Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines and GNC2 classes got full practice and qualifying sessions in before the heavy rainfall. Fans were also able to participate in the open pit time and meet their favorite AMA Pro Flat Track stars.
Kenny Coolbeth Jr., on his No. 2 Zanotti Racing Harley-Davidson, was the fast qualifier in the GNC1 class. He was followed by No. 6 Factory Harley-Davidson rider Brad Baker and pilot of the No. 42 Crosley Radio Kawasaki, Bryan Smith. In the GNC2 class, Davis Fisher paced the field in qualifying on his No. 67M Honda.
“It’s really disappointing, and not just because I was one of the fast guys today,” said Baker. “Nobody makes any points and nobody benefits from a rainout. It was about to be a really great race, the track was in great shape. If the rain wasn’t coming, they could have gotten the track dialed in tonight and I think we would have seen one of the best Hagerstown tracks that we’ve ever had. It’s definitely disappointing but you can’t stop Mother Nature. Let’s move onto Lima.”
Fans who purchased tickets to the Hagerstown Half-Mile can contact Hagerstown Speedway for information regarding refunds or exchanges. You can call the speedway at (301) 582-0640 ext. 202 or contact them by email at .
Next up for the stars of AMA Pro Flat Track is Round 6 of the 2015 season, the Lima Half-Mile, scheduled for June 27 at the Allen County Fairgrounds in Lima, Ohio. For tickets and more information regarding the event, please visit www.ohionationalchampionship.net.
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