Flat Track

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

OrganizerEvent TitleTrackLocationDatesContact Information
Steve Nace Racing PromotionsRound 1 - Short TrackNorth Florida SpeedwayLake City, Fla.March 2(270) 217-6202
snace@apex.net
northfloridaspeedway.com
Steve Nace Racing PromotionsRound 2 - Half-MileNorth Florida SpeedwayLake City, Fla.March 4(270) 217-6202
snace@apex.net
northfloridaspeedway.com
Steve Nace Racing PromotionsRound 3 - Half-MileBubba Raceway ParkOcala, Fla.March 6(270) 217-6202
snace@apex.net
bubbaracewaypark.com
Shippensburg Motorcycle ClubRound 4 - Half-MileGratz FairgroundsGratz, Pa.April 15(717) 503-8030
candybaer@comcast.net
baermotorsports.com
Shippensburg Motorcycle ClubRound 5 - Short TrackBAPS SpeedwayYork Haven, Pa.May 6(717) 503-8030
candybaer@comcast.net
baermotorsports.com
Echo Valley Riders ClubRound 6 - Short TrackAlbany-Saratoga SpeedwayBallston Spa, N.Y.May 13(518) 727-0311
sflach@camppinnacle.org
albany-saratogaspeedway.com
Echo Valley Riders ClubRound 7 - Short TrackAlbany-Saratoga SpeedwayBallston Spa, N.Y.May 14(518) 727-0311
sflach@camppinnacle.org
albany-saratogaspeedway.com
Tri State Motorcycle ClubRound 8 - Short TrackOakland Valley Race ParkCuddebackville, N.Y.June 3(845) 219-1193
tristatefacts@gmail.com
tristateclub.net
Tri State Motorcycle ClubRound 9 - Short TrackOakland Valley Race ParkCuddebackville, N.Y.June 4(845) 219-1193
tristatefacts@gmail.com
tristateclub.net
Shippensburg Motorcycle ClubRound 10 - Short TrackBloomsburg FairgroundsBloomsburg, Pa.June 10(717) 503-8030
candybaer@comcast.net
baermotorsports.com
Square Deal RidersRound 11 - Short TrackSDR RacewayHarpursville, N.Y.June 16(607) 725-3069
williamsracing12@yahoo.com
squaredealriders.com
Square Deal RidersRound 12 - Short TrackSDR RacewayHarpursville, N.Y.June 17(607) 725-3069
williamsracing12@yahoo.com
squaredealriders.com
RBRDRound 13 - Half-MileDarke County FairgroundsGreenville, OhioJune 23(850) 637-5838
mrboostfade@gmail.com
darkecountyfair.com
RBRDRound 14 - Half-MileDarke County FairgroundsGreenville, OhioJune 25(850) 637-5838
mrboostfade@gmail.com
darkecountyfair.com
American Motorcyclist AssociationRound 15 - Half MileAshland County FairgroundsAshland, OhioJuly 22(614) 856-1900
ksaillant@ama-cycle.org
americanmotorcyclist.com/flat-track-racing/
Western Reserve Motorcycle ClubRound 16 - Short TrackWestern Reserve Motorcycle ClubSalem, OhioAug. 12(330) 760-5960
wrmcinfo@yahoo.com
westernreservemc.com
Steve Nace Racing PromotionsRound 17 - Short TrackIllinois State FairgroundsSpringfield, Ill.Aug. 31(270) 217-6202
snace@apex.net
stevenaceracing.com

Grassroots Racing

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.

Amateur Competition Rules