One of the most traditional forms of motorcycle competition in the United States, flat track racing grew from the age when riders would compete on county fair horse tracks groomed to deliver a hard-packed surface.
Riders compete in four different types of events: oval short-track, half-mile, and mile tracks, and TT courses, which feature at least one right turn and a jump. Flat track bikes include both traditional flat trackers (sometimes called “framers” because of their custom-built frames) and DTX bikes, which are converted motocross or off-road motorcycles. Due to the few modifications required of the showroom—generally, wheels, tires and suspension—DTX bikes are the most popular models in the discipline today.
Nicky Hayden AMA Flat Track Horizon Award
Each summer, the AMA sanctions the Mission Foods AMA Flat Track Grand Championship and presents the Nicky Hayden AMA Flat Track Horizon Award to the most promising rider on the verge of a professional racing career. Competitors who wish to be considered for the Nicky Hayden AMA Flat Track Horizon Award should complete the Letter of Intent (coming soon).
AMA Flat Track Fast Brain Award
The AMA Fast Brain Award is bestowed upon a racer, based upon the racer’s performance at the event, as well as official school transcripts supplied at the time of application. Competitors who wish to be considered for the AMA Flat Track Fast Brain Award should complete the AMA Flat Track Fast Brain Award application (coming soon).
Mission Foods AMA Flat Track Grand Championship
Since 1975, the AMA Flat Track Grand Championship has pitted top amateur flat trackers against each other in friendly competition. As the premier amateur flat track event in the United States, the Mission Foods AMA Flat Track Grand Championship is unmatched in terms of history and prestige.
Riders at the Mission Foods AMA Flat Track Grand Championship traditionally compete in all types of flat track races, with the overall class winners crowned national champions.
As with most AMA amateur national championships, and in recognition of the range of participants in amateur competition, the event includes multiple classes to provide ample opportunity for amateur racers to compete. Age, displacement and bike-configuration classes are featured.
2023 Mission Foods AMA Flat Track Grand Championship: June 14-20, 2023. Du Quoin, Ill. Du Quoin State Fairgrounds.
American Flat Track is also set to join the AMA at Du Quoin on Saturday, June 17, for a Grand National Mile. For more information, see the AMA Press Release.
AMA Vintage Flat Track National Championship Series
The AMA Vintage Flat Track National Championship Series recognizes national champions in period-correct classes that reflect the storied history of AMA flat-track competition. Class winners are honored at the annual AMA Championship Banquet, which recognizes national champions in all amateur racing disciplines.
2023 AMA Vintage Flat Track National Championship Series Schedule
|Organizer||Event Title||Track||Location||Dates||Contact Information|
|Steve Nace Racing Promotions||Round 1 - Short Track||North Florida Speedway||Lake City, Fla.||March 2||(270) 217-6202 |
|Steve Nace Racing Promotions||Round 2 - Half-Mile||North Florida Speedway||Lake City, Fla.||March 4||(270) 217-6202 |
|Steve Nace Racing Promotions||Round 3 - Half-Mile||Bubba Raceway Park||Ocala, Fla.||March 6||(270) 217-6202 |
|Shippensburg Motorcycle Club||Round 4 - Half-Mile||Gratz Fairgrounds||Gratz, Pa.||April 15||(717) 503-8030 |
|Shippensburg Motorcycle Club||Round 5 - Short Track||BAPS Speedway||York Haven, Pa.||May 6||(717) 503-8030 |
|Echo Valley Riders Club||Round 6 - Short Track||Albany-Saratoga Speedway||Ballston Spa, N.Y.||May 13||(518) 727-0311 |
|Echo Valley Riders Club||Round 7 - Short Track||Albany-Saratoga Speedway||Ballston Spa, N.Y.||May 14||(518) 727-0311 |
|Tri State Motorcycle Club||Round 8 - Short Track||Oakland Valley Race Park||Cuddebackville, N.Y.||June 3||(845) 219-1193 |
|Tri State Motorcycle Club||Round 9 - Short Track||Oakland Valley Race Park||Cuddebackville, N.Y.||June 4||(845) 219-1193 |
|Shippensburg Motorcycle Club||Round 10 - Short Track||Bloomsburg Fairgrounds||Bloomsburg, Pa.||June 10||(717) 503-8030 |
|Square Deal Riders||Round 11 - Short Track||SDR Raceway||Harpursville, N.Y.||June 16||(607) 725-3069 |
|Square Deal Riders||Round 12 - Short Track||SDR Raceway||Harpursville, N.Y.||June 17||(607) 725-3069 |
|RBRD||Round 13 - Half-Mile||Darke County Fairgrounds||Greenville, Ohio||June 23||(850) 637-5838 |
|RBRD||Round 14 - Half-Mile||Darke County Fairgrounds||Greenville, Ohio||June 25||(850) 637-5838 |
|American Motorcyclist Association||Round 15 - Half Mile||Ashland County Fairgrounds||Ashland, Ohio||July 22||(614) 856-1900 |
|Western Reserve Motorcycle Club||Round 16 - Short Track||Western Reserve Motorcycle Club||Salem, Ohio||Aug. 12||(330) 760-5960 |
|Steve Nace Racing Promotions||Round 17 - Short Track||Illinois State Fairgrounds||Springfield, Ill.||Aug. 31||(270) 217-6202 |
- 2023 AMA Vintage Flat Track National Championship Series Points (TBD)
- Vintage Bore and Stroke Information (PDF)
In addition to the AMA Flat Track Grand Championship, the AMA sanctions numerous local flat track events all over the country. Riders converge on these tracks, many of which have been operating for decades, to battle for bragging rights, trophies and pro-am purses.
Flat Track Rules
AMA-sanctioned events run according to the rules developed and written by AMA Congress, the rules-making body of the AMA composed of AMA organizers.
The AMA Amateur Competition Rulebook is for the exclusive use of AMA-chartered clubs and promoters running AMA-sanctioned events. The rulebook applies to all AMA-sanctioned competition. Supplemental regulations are additions to the rulebook based on the needs of a specific series. All supplemental regulations are approved by the AMA.