AMA Rookie of the Year

20 05 2011

Saddlemen Sponsors Rookie of the Year – Grand National Championship Series

RANCHO DOMINGUEZ, CA – May 20, 2011 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Since 1987 Saddlemen has been a leading producer of motorcycle accessories. During that time they have been major supporters of the motorcycle industry, especially flat track racing. For the second year in a row, Saddlemen has stepped up to sponsor the Grand National Championship Series Rookie of the Year program. The top two rookies in points will receive a cash bonus of $5,000 for 1st place and $2,500 for 2nd place.

Saddlemen believes in supporting the industry in which they compete for business every day. Tom Seymour, President of Saddlemen says: “The sport of flat track is exciting, a truly unique form of American racing. There is no better racing competition available anywhere in the world. It is my goal to make sure the next generation of racers is supported, that’s why we sponsor the Rookie of the Year program.” For more on the series visit

Over the years Saddlemen products have helped many of racing’s elite riders – names like Hayden, Bostrom, Carr, Kopp, Coolbeth, Wiles, Johnson and Mees. Their saddles have been on nearly every twin’s main event winner for the past fifteen years!

Saddlemen offers the industry’s most diverse line of seats, saddles, and luggage. Saddlemen products are available through Parts Unlimited and Drag Specialties dealers worldwide. Visit Saddlemen on the web at or


Harley-Davidson re-signs Hines, Krawiec, and Coolbeth to Factory Race Teams

19 12 2010

MILWAUKEE, WI – December 17, 2010 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Harley-Davidson Motor Company is proud to announce that all three of its factory sponsored riders will be returning to their respective race teams to compete under the Harley-Davidson Bar and Shield banner in 2011.

In the National Hot Rod Association’s Pro Stock Motorcycle (PSM) class, three-time PSM champion Andrew Hines (2004-6) and 2008 PSM champion Eddie Krawiec will return to the Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson squad.

Hines, the 2010 PSM runner-up by a slim four-point margin, hopes to avenge his narrow championship loss at the season-ending race in Pomona. Despite coming up just short in pursuit of his fourth NHRA Full Throttle series championship, Hines produced what he believes was his career-best performance in 2010 with five race wins and nine final-round appearances.

“My career with the Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson team has been memorable. It’s been great to be part of such an elite team,” Hines said. “2010 was a great year with the achievements we earned from beginning to end, and I’m looking forward to continuing our pursuit of another NHRA Full Throttle series Championship in 2011.”

The Screamin’ Eagle drag racing team’s most recent champion, Krawiec bookended 2010 with wins at the season’s opening and closing rounds, and hopes to carry that momentum forward to the PSM season opener in March at Gainesville, Florida.

“This marks my fifth consecutive season as a factory rider for the Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson team. By winning at Pomona and resetting the national E.T Record, the final race of the 2010 race season couldn’t have ended much better for me, and I’m looking forward to starting the 2011 NHRA Full Throttle race season right where I left off last year,” Krawiec said.

In the AMA Pro Racing Flat Track series, three-time Grand National Twins champion Kenny Coolbeth returns for his fifth season with the Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track racing team. Fifth in the final points standings, Coolbeth notched a win at the Canterbury Mile and six podium finishes in 2010.

“We didn’t have a lot of wins in 2010, but we had consistent performances, came from the back of the pack in a lot of the races, and got a few podiums. I’m pleased to remain a factory rider for Harley-Davidson for the fifth straight year, and I’m anxious to get the 2011 season rolling,” said Coolbeth. “I want to win at least five races in 2011 and I’m focused on winning the championship.”

“Although we didn’t win any championships this year, Andrew, Eddie and Kenny all displayed the hearts of the champions they are, and we are confident they will continue to perform at the highest level in 2011,” said Steve Piehl, Harley-Davidson Director of Customer Experience.

Company Background
Harley-Davidson Motor Company produces heavyweight custom, cruiser and touring motorcycles and offers a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, riding gear and apparel, and general merchandise. For more information, visit

SOURCE: Harley-Davidson Motor Company


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