Orosz “three-peats” the
AMA/USA Speedway Long
Track National Championship
By Scotty Brown
Canton, OH May 23, 2009
Jeff Orosz came out on top at the AMA/USA Speedway Long Track National Championship, Saturday May
23, 2009 at the Stark County Fairgrounds in Canton, Ohio for the third year in a row.
The Long Track National
was organized by Scotty Brown and the Bike Days Motorcycle Club www.bikedays.com and is sponsored by Freedom Harley Davidson, Miller Lite
Racing, Applied Innovations, Barnett Clutch, Dixie International, K-K Motorcycle Supply, Moose Racing, NJK Leathers, Oury
Grip, PJ’s Fabricating and Wiseco Piston. The championship ran in conjunction with the AMA Flat Track Motorcycle
Races and Swap Meet at the BIKE DAYS 7th annual meet.
It was a warm and sunny 83 degree Memorial
Weekend, with perfect conditions on the half mile limestone cushion track. Eighteen of North Americas’ finest Long Track Riders assembled in Canton traveling from Indiana,
Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Canada competed for the National Championship. Brian Fowler of the Brian and Joe morning
radio show and Bob Sigler were the announcers on hand to call the action.
This was not an easy victory for Orosz due
to the motor trouble he experienced in the second round of heats which sent him to the Last Chance Qualifiers (LCQ). Pennsylvania
rider Warren Diem and Chad Rall (son of Hall of Fame Rider Ronnie Rall) were tied with 28 points after the three rounds of
heats. The heat race points were tabulated, transferring the top six riders into two
Semi Finals, leaving six positions open for the top three finishers from each the Last Chance Qualifiers.
National Long Track format consisted of three rounds of point gathering Heats, two Last Chance Qualifiers, two Semi Finals
and an “A, B and C” Main.
Top three finishers of the heats were…
Heat 1 – 1st) #52x Chad Rall
2nd) #5 Rob Dixon 3rd) #53 Doug Horner
Heat 2 – 1st) #31 Jeff Orosz
2nd) #11 Glen Brown 3rd) #30 Dan Weicht
Heat 3 – 1st) #4 Warren Diem 2nd)
#18 Chris Thomas 3rd) #52 Ronny Rall
Heat 4 – 1st) #77 Jon Massie 2nd)
#9 Marc Monroe 3rd) #110 Mike Hammond
Heat 5 – 1st) #30 Dan Weicht 2nd) #26 Dave Weicht
3rd) #45 Tim Murray
Heat 6 – 1st) #52x Chad Rall 2nd) #4 Warren Diem 3rd)
#11 Glen Brown
Heat 7 – 1st) #31 Jeff Orosz 2nd)
#53 Doug Horner 3rd) #52 Ronny Rall
Heat 8 – 1st) #18 Chris Thomas 2nd) #5 Rob Dixon 3rd)
#82 Chris Hathaway
9 – 1st) #4 Warren Diem 2nd) #52x Chad Rall
3rd) #11 Glen Brown
Jeff Orosz won the first LCQ with Jon Massie winning the second LCQ.
“AMA Hall of Fame rider” Ronny Rall also made the cut by finishing
third in the second LCQ.
1st) #31 Jeff Orosz 2nd)
#53 Doug Horner 3rd) #45 Tim Murray
1st) #77 Jon Massie
2nd) #26 Dave Weicht 3rd) #52 Ronny
In the first Semi Final, Jeff Orosz won followed by Chad Rall and Chris Thomas, transferring them
directly to the A Main.
In the second Semi Final, Warren Diem won with Rob Dixon second and Glenn Brown
third, also transferring them directly to the A Main.
The remaining six riders from the Semi Finals
(4th through 6th), transferred to the B Main.
Semi Final 1
1st) #31 Jeff Orosz 2nd)
#52x Chad Rall 3rd) #18 Chris Thomas
#4 Warren Diem 2nd) #5 Rob Dixon 3rd)
#11 Glen Brown
In the A final – Jeff Orosz took the early advantage with a great start. Warren Diem trailed
in second and Chad Rall third. Diem made a great charge midway but it was too late, Orosz was the first to cross the
finish line and win the Championship for the third time.
Mark your calendar for the California Speedway
Long Track Championship held in Perris, California on July 11, 2009.
The Ohio Speedway Long Track Championship
will be held in Wauseon, Ohio on Friday, July 17, 2009 combined with a great night of Antique Motorcycle racing at the 27th
annual AMCA National meet at the Fulton County Fairgrounds in Wauseon, Ohio.
Speedway Long Track National Championship
Final Standings of May 23, 2009
A MAIN FINAL
1st Jeff Orosz #31
Caistorville, ON Canada
Warren Diem #4
Chad Rall #52x
Rob Dixon #5
Bowmanville, ON Canada
Chris Thomas #18 Mansfield, OH
Glen Brown #11 Utterson, ON
B MAIN FINAL
Dan Weicht #30 North Webster,
Tim Murray #45 Niagara Falls,
Doug Horner #53
Gates Mills, OH
Ronny Rall #52
Dave Weicht #26 Pierceton, IN
Jon Massie #77
C MAIN FINAL
Mike Hammond #110 Cambridge, ON Canada
14th Chris Hathaway #82
Mike Callen #33e Galesburg, MI
Rod Massie #69 Wooster,
Kevin Sexton #60F Elyria, OH
18th Heath Heston
#4x Lexington, OH