Kevin Atherton Named Grand Marshal for May 26 Springfield Mile Flat Track Race

Photo by Dan Mahony

The racing legend will sign autographs, present trophies, and lead the opening ceremonies.

Legend of American Flat Track and five-year member of the Harley-Davidson Factory team Kevin Atherton (whose custom Harley XR750 we featured in issue #367 and published here), who also notched an impressive 14 wins in the Camel Pro series, has been named Grand Marshal of the 101st running of the Springfield Mile on May 26. Atherton won at the Springfield Mile in 1997 and ’99.

“It was always an honor and thrill to race at the Springfield Mile,” said Atherton. “The fans at Springfield are the best race fans in the country. I got my first win at the age of 17 at Springfield in 1988. I couldn’t be more excited to be going back to such an iconic track at such a beautiful facility.”

 

Atherton will sign autographs during the Open Paddock/Rider Autograph Session on Sunday at 12:00 pm CT (1:00 pm ET) and participate in the Opening Ceremonies activities. Atherton will also present trophies to the winners of the Springfield Mile in Victory Lane.

“We are thrilled and honored to have Kevin as our Grand Marshal,” said Dave and Tommra Kiesow, promoters of the Springfield Mile. “He is such a talented rider and one of our favorites to watch. His personality makes it clear why he remains such a fan favorite to this day.”

Tickets for the Springfield Mile I start at just $35 and tickets to the Springfield TT begin at $15. Premier Pass tickets are $130. Get tickets by calling (217)-632-0277 or by visiting Springfield Mile Tickets.