05/07 2016

Motorcycle Veteran Buddy Stubs Named Grand Marshall for Arizona Mile Former AMA Champion, 50-year Harley Davidson Dealer in Phoenix


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PHOENIX—-Promoters of the Law Tigers Arizona Mile have named Buddy Stubbs, a Phoenix businessman whose name has been synonymous with Harley Davidson for a half-century in the Valley of the Sun, as Grand Marshal for the AMA Pro Flat Track race, set for May 14 at Turf Paradise.

“I’m really excited to be part of the Arizona Mile,” said Stubbs. “The race is the return of professional flat track motorcycle racing to Phoenix after 30 years and it’s a grand way for me to celebrate my 50th year as a Harley Davidson dealer.”

“There just couldn’t be anybody else more suited to be Grand Marshall for this weekend than Buddy Stubbs,” said event co-promoter Charlie Frank. “He has a passion for motorcycles and for racing that just can’t be equaled.”

Stubbs may be best known to Phoenix residents for his three dealerships, his massive “Bike Week” event that draws thousands of visitors, and his vast collection of historic motorcycles, considered one of the largest collections of its type in the country.   But before Stubbs became a businessman, he was a racer, a career that culminated with a national AMA class championship in 1963.

For the Arizona Mile, Stubbs will bring a historic 1972 Harley Davidson XR-750 from his collection for some honorary laps around the Turf Paradise mile oval to commemorate the motorcycle that Harley Davison campaigned to win its first AMA manufacturers’ championship. He also will be available prior to the race in an autograph session in which fans can meet all of the AMA Pro Flat Track professional riders.

The race will feature 40 of the nation’s top professional flat track riders in two classes. That includes the GNC2 category with riders on production models and the premiere GNC1 class riding specially-built racing machines with 750cc engines that are expected to hit speeds over 100 miles an hour on the big Turf Paradise mile oval.

The Arizona Mile marks a big change for the AMA Pro riders.   After racing on shorter ovals and smaller bikes in Daytona and Austin, the Phoenix race is the first of six races set for mile ovals, which require the bigger bikes that have at least 40 more horsepower to produce the higher speeds. “Racing on a mile is a high-speed gamble and it requires more finesse and precision than the shorter tracks,” said Sammy Halbert. “It also requires more strategy” said the Washington state rider who leads the early season championship standings. “We draft each other just like stock cars and sometimes it’s hard to get to the spot you want in the field because everybody else is trying to do the same thing.”

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