Factory Harley-Davidson Rider Coolbeth Wins Grand National Championship

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“It is a dream come true,” said Grand National Champion Kenny Coolbeth. “It’s the greatest thing to get the Factory ride from Harley Davidson Motor Company, and also win the AMA Ford Quality Checked Flat Track Championship combined points Championship.”

Kenny Coolbeth's Harley-Davidson, photo by Jim Grant
Kenny Coolbeth's Harley-Davidson, photo by Jim Grant

Kenny Coolbeth is 2006 AMA Grand National Twins Champion, photo by Jim Grant
Kenny Coolbeth is 2006 AMA Grand National Twins Champion, photo by Jim Grant
On 14th the pressure was on Coolbeth at the season finale in Columbus, Ohio. The 29-year-old from Warren, Connecticut had to finish 4th to secure the title. Coolbeth also had to deal with seven-time championship Chris Carr. He was runner up to Carr in the 2005 season. Carr experienced problems with his motorcycle which brought an end to 5 consecutive AMA Grand National Championship wins.

“I felt a lot of pressure going into Scioto Downs,” said Coolbeth. It’s a lot of work, it’s all mentalOctober. I stayed focused and with the team effort, it happened for us this year.” Coolbeth managed to stay focused enough to win the series finale and his first AMA Grand National Twins Championship.

Coolbeth won at Lake Odessa, Michigan; Farley, Iowa and Columbus, Ohio in the 2006 series. Coolbeth’s three wins were the most of any competitor this year. The level of competition he faced was intense.

Kenny Coolbeth also won AMA Ford Quality Flat Track Championship, photo by Jim GrantKenny Coolbeth also won AMA Ford Quality Flat Track Championship, photo by Jim Grant
The Harley-Davidson Motor Company Team selected Coolbeth as an official racer for 2006. “I’ve been around racing my whole life. It was awesome when Harley contacted me,” said Coolbeth. “Harley-Davidson has the knowledge and equipment to help me win a championship.”

Coolbeth also uses K&N Products RU-1240 and RU-1830. “K&N is a great product,” he said. “K&N gives me more power, its durability stands alone and it lasts. I’ve used K&N for a long time.”

The season is momentarily over for Coolbeth. “My goal for 2007 is to win the Championship again.”

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