Although it’s billed as an exhibition race against his friend and flat-track legend Jay Springsteen, Chris Carr said each will try to win the prelude to Saturday’s annual Sacramento Mile.
Both will be honored at the Cal Expo one-mile track for their contributions to flat-track speedway motorcycle racing and then grab the handlebars of their Harley-Davidsons to try to grab the checkered flag.
“It’s been three years since I raced and even longer for Springer,” said Carr, who was born in Stockton and grew up racing at the Lodi Cycle Bowl. “But we’ll have fun and put on a show. Finishing second to Springer is never a bad thing, but then again, we both want to cross the stripe first.”
Both riders are in the American Motorcyclist Association Motorcycle Hall of Fame. Springsteen, 57, won three consecutive AMA Grand National titles from 1976 to 78 and won the Sacramento Mile in 1982.
Carr, 47, won AMA Grand National title seven times and won the Sacramento Mile nine times. His last victory in Sacramento was in 1999, and he retired after the 2011 season.
“The Sacramento Mile is a technical track, and this is a tight, narrow groove that we don’t really see in the races in the Midwest,” Carr said. “But I’m a technical rider, and I always had great success at Cal Expo. Two of my wins were runaways, and the other seven were technical battles between me and Scotty Parker.”
Though retired from racing, Carr still is involved in the sport. The Fleetwood, Pa., resident coaches up-and-coming rider Stevie Bonsey of Salinas and consults for his team – Zanotti Racing, which also employs top rider Kenny Coolbeth, who’s fourth in AMA Pro Grand National Championship points.
Carr also helps run the American Supercamp Riding School and consults with the U.S. Marine Corps on rider training.
Carr broke the land speed record for motorcycles in 2006 with an average speed of 350.884 mph over two passes on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. Since then, Auburn resident Rocky Robinson and Carr have traded the top spot in the record book. Robinson holds the record, set in 2010 with a two-pass average of 376.363 mph.
For more information on the Sacramento Mile, go to www.sactomile.com.
Girl group to sing – Auburn Road, a singing group from the Sacramento area, will perform the national anthem at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals on Sunday before the first round of eliminations. Auburn Road is Kristen Brown, Nikaela Dawn, Paxton Martin, Alicia Paulson and Tifani Phillips.
Mark Billingsley covers local motor sports for The Bee. Reach him at email@example.com.