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Just as fans started coming out in larger quantities to watch the races and on the heels of Jared Mees securing his first AMA Grand National Twin championship on the 5/8-mile dirt oval H-D throws dirt in the face of the “Wrecking Crew.”

I’m talking dirt-track racing.  Dirt-tracking is a uniquely American sport, which matured on our nation’s multitude of county fairgrounds horse tracks, but the decision yesterday by H-D was to slash its AMA Pro dirt-track support programs for 2010.

H-D pulled the kill switch tether for “Wrecking Crew” riders Joe Kopp, Bryan Smith and even National Twins Class Champion Jared Mees. H-D will continue to support Ken Coolbeth, why I’m not exactly sure, as the official team rider whose equipment is prepared in the factory race shop.

It’s interesting to me that a typical H-D dealer has no one who cares or knows about flat-track.  This seems like a missed opportunity to evangelize the XR1200s and waterfall information/agenda’s to the various franchises.  Retaining Mr. Coolbeth may be damage control as media outlets would rain negative press on the company for bailing entirely on flat-track given the heritage.

Photo courtesy of H-D.

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