McCoy Pulls Off Second Springfield Mile Win in Thrilling Last Lap Fashion
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (May 27, 2012) - The Illinois Motorcycle Dealers Association (IMDA) welcomed AMA Pro Flat Track as the AMA Pro Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship presented by and Lucas Oil rolled into the Illinois State Fairground for round four of the 19 race season.

The 90+ degree Memorial Day Weekend continued with racing just as hot as the bullet-fast Springfield Mile. When the final checkered flag fell on the 25-lap National, it was flat track veteran Willie McCoy slipping his Harley-Davidson of Wausau / Independence Harley-Davidson backed XR750 across the line first.

After waiting “forever” to win his first National, this win makes it two Springfield Mile wins in a row, as McCoy used the same strategy last year: Lead the only lap that counts, the last one.

“This is our ‘Indy 500,’ it’s the race to win,” said McCoy. “After I won it last year, I thought about retiring, but then I thought maybe I could just win it again. I just rode as hard I could around the outside and was able to pull it off again.”

McCoy’s margin of victory was a scant 17 hundredths of a second over Zanotti Racing / Schaeffer’s Harley-Davidson’s Jake Johnson. The defending AMA Pro Harley-Davidson Insur…………… continues on AMA Pro Racing

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By Debbie Cenziper / The Washington Post

HAMERSVILLE, Ohio — The first dollar Rick Doyle ever earned as a $ 3 million-a-year dealer of aftermarket motorcycle parts is tacked to the wall of a dusty barn in rural Ohio, where two custom-built bikes have been pushed to the corner, forgotten. There is nothing now except a 10-year-old tractor. The biker calender above the desk still reads February 2006.

That’s about when Mr. Doyle made an unsettling discovery about an industry that for decades catered to motorcyclists who pride themselves on customizing bikes with unique features and high-powered parts.

Some of the products that Mr. Doyle had sold by the thousands — from undersized mirrors and lights to high-performance carburetors — appeared to violate federal standards meant to keep the roads safe and the air clear of excessive emissions. Other parts that showed signs of being dangerous weren’t covered by any standard at all. Mr. Doyle started researching the fine print of federal law after a seri…………… continues on Pittsburgh Post Gazette

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