Virginia Mega Mile
Richmond Fisher House

Virginia Mega Mile

Saturday, August 23rd 2014

Purchase Tickets


The following stores are selling Virginia Mega Mile General Admission tickets:
Richmond Harley Davidson, Steel Horse Harley Davidson, Street Rockets, Departure Bike Works, and Oceana Cycles in VA Beach

Gates open at Noon
Timed practice is at 1:30pm
Opening ceremonies at 3:30pm
Racing from 4pm - 7pm

The pit area will be open both before and after the races

  • General Admission – $25 advance; $35 day of
  • General Admission Children (12 & under) – $5
  • Reserved Grandstand Seats – $35 advance; $45 day of
  • Reserved Box Seats – $40 advance; $50 day of –all seats must be purchased in a box
  • Jockey Club Bar & Lounge – $40 advance; top level of air conditioned 3rd floor Jockey Club
  • Turf Club Tables & Bar – $85 advance; $95 day of (must buy whole table)
    • Buffet served in Ballroom 3pm-6pm
    • Double suite for viewing
  • Sky Suites – $2500 for a 25 person outing ($100 per person)
    • Buffet served in Ballroom 3pm-6pm
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Virginia Mega Mile Update – April 2014

On August 23rd, we look forward to welcoming motorcycle racing enthusiasts from around the country to New Kent, VA for the 2nd annual Virginia Mega Mile! Colonial Downs, which will host Round 13 of the series, is one of only 3 east coast stops on the 2014 AMA Pro flat track circuit. Our track features the largest flat track oval in the world, where the country's top riders compete at speeds of over 130 miles per hour!

Both the Grand National Twins and Pro single classes will compete in a series of nine afternoon heat races and two championship events at the "Mega Mile". AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines.

Whether you make the Mega Mile event a day trip, weekend getaway, or week-long stay, keep in mind that Colonial Downs is conveniently located halfway between Richmond and Williamsburg, VA.
For Suggested Hotels with "Colonial Downs" rates and other attractions in the area visit our Plan Your Itinerary page.

Rain Policy

The Virginia Mega Mile on August 23, 2014 consists of 11 races. If due to weather, local ordinances or other factors beyond our control less than 6 races are completed before racing has to be halted, the remaining races will be run on Sunday August 24 starting at 1pm. All ticket holders from August 23 will be readmitted without charge upon presentation of their ticket stub. Lost or stolen tickets cannot be replaced. If 6 or more races are completed on Saturday August 23, the remaining races will be cancelled and no refunds will be given. If it is not possible to resume racing on Sunday August 24, all tickets will be refunded. Tickets purchased with a credit card will be automatically refunded. Refunds for tickets purchased with cash will be available upon presentation of a ticket stub at Colonial Downs Guest Services starting on Monday August 25 or by mail.

Recent AMA News

July 20, 2014: Jared Mees steals late lead to capture Grays Harbor Half-Mile victory
July 16, 2014: AMA Pro Racing Flat Track Motorcycles Return to Calistoga Speedway
June 28, 2014: Jared Mees wins third career Lima Half-Mile, Kyle Johnson cruises in second-consecutive victory
June 15, 2014: Kenny Coolbeth keeps it cool in Knoxville, earns 31st Flat Track National Championship win
June 12, 2014: Riders gearing up for Knoxville Half-Mile this weekend
May 30, 2014: Grand National Championship Recap: Springfield Mile
May 28, 2014: VanDerKooi Vanquishes the Competition at Springfield Mile
May 21, 2014: Grand National Championship Riders Gearing Up For Springfield Mile This Weekend
April 29, 2014: AMA Pro Flat Track 30 sec Commercial
March 21, 2014: Pro Singles Rounds 1 & 2 Recap: DAYTONA Flat Track
March 12, 2014: Brings Race Track To The Fans
March 12, 2014: AMA Pro Flat Track Kicks off 2014 Season with DAYTONA Flat Track Doubleheader
March 11, 2014: Harley-Davidson Renews Presenting Sponsorship of AMA Pro Flat Track Expert Class
December 3, 2013: 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track Schedule Released
October 24, 2013: Top Performers of 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles Season
August 28, 2013: Round 9 Recap - Virginia Mega Mile
August 27, 2013: Multi-time Champions, Henry Wiles and Jake Johnson finish strong at Colonial Downs Mile
August 20, 2013: VA Mega Mile Preparations Continue For Saturday's Race at Colonial Downs
August 3, 2013: AMA Pro Flat Track Racing Comes to Colonial Downs on August 24th
July 26, 2013: Colonial Downs to host American Motorcyclist Association event in August

Official Mega Mile Parties

Friday, August 22nd

Mega Mile Weekend Kickoff Party at Quaker Steak & Lube – all evening!
8000 West Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23294

Mega Mile Weekend Kickoff Party at The Sportsman Bar & Lounge - (behind Family Dollar) from 8pm – 2am
Featuring live music by Heathen. Huge parking lot, outdoor patio, shuffleboard, cornhole & dart boards!
3306 Williamsburg Rd
Richmond, VA 23231

Saturday, August 23rd

Pre-Race Cookout Party at Kens Cycle Center from 11am – 1pm
501 East Nine Mile Rd
Highland Springs, VA 23075

Post-Race “Meet The Riders” Pit Party at Colonial Downs - immediately after the races (7pm)
Featuring live music with Lanes Chains and DNA
Get rider autographs & pictures
Food/beverages on sale in the pit

Post-Race Bash at The Sportsman Bar & Lounge - (behind Family Dollar) from 8pm – 2am
Featuring live music by Hillbilly Twister. Huge parking lot, outdoor patio, shuffleboard, cornhole & dart boards!
3306 Williamsburg Rd
Richmond, VA 23231

Purple Heart Firetruck

The Purple Heart Firetruck

The Purple Heart Firetruck will be coming to the Virginia Mega Mile! Army & Marine veteran and Purple Heart recipient Herbert Delbridge converted this 1983 Ford firetruck into rolling recognition for Vietnam veterans. The truck was painted by Mechanicsville artist Ken Hayden.
For more information you can visit the official Purple Heart Firetruck website

Visiting Virginia

Whether you make the Mega Mile event a day trip, weekend getaway or week-long stay, keep in mind that Colonial Downs is conveniently located halfway between Richmond and Williamsburg, VA. Coming from parts west? We'd suggest staying at any of the nice Shamin Hotels that are at the Richmond airport area (I-64, Exit 197). Colonial Downs is a bit father east at Exit 214, so it is only a short 25 minute ride out to the track. We have special rates at all six of their airport properties. If you wanted to book a group of rooms, call Elaine Odom at 804-532-1003. There is a $92 rate at Homewood Suites (804-737-1600) and $79 at Holiday Inn Express (804-222-1499). Other hotels and rates are available, check our Plan Your Itinerary page. Please ask for the Colonial Downs rate at whichever hotel you book at. If you are coming from parts east? Williamsburg will be the closest area with nice hotels.

Visit New Kent

New Kent is very historic as is Richmond & Williamsburg. There are no shortage of outstanding attractions. Colonial Williamsburg is centered between Yorktown & Jamestown by the Colonial Parkway. The Parkway goes along the York River and makes for a wonderful motorcycle ride — 20 miles total from Jamestown to Yorktown. Yorktown has plenty of waterside restaurants including the Yorktown Pub, which is popular with bikers. In Richmond, a motorcycle ride along Route 5 will bring you past many historic plantations and the James River. Two popular biker establishments are Poe's Pub (Route 5 in Richmond — the Church Hill section) and Quaker Steak & Lube, a popular bike establishment in Richmond's west end.

In New Kent itself, there are two outstanding wineries — New Kent Winery & Saude Creek Vineyards, both minutes from the track. New Kent County also offers a nice selection of restaurants to enjoy lunch, dinner or drinks at including The Rose & Crown, Antonio's, Third Base Grill, Maria's Pizza & Italian Eatery and more. Look for official pre and after party locations to be announced soon!

In the coming days, we'll be adding proposed itineraries on the Mega Mile page on our website to give you even more options. Of course, Virginia Beach is only 90 minutes east of Colonial Downs as another option, and Williamsburg features Busch Gardens and Water Country.'

Here are images from inaugural running of the Virginia Mega Mile flat track motorcycle race at Colonial Downs on August 24th, 2013

Photos courtesy of Hog Wild Photography

2013 AMA Pro Flat Track Round 9 Recap - Virginia Mega Mile

(August 28, 2013) - Round 9 of AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles at Colonial Downs in New Kent, Va. last weekend marked the first time ever that the series raced on the 1.25-mile pea gravel surface. Jared Mees (Rogers Racing/Harley-Davidson) took advantage of a Bryan Smith (Crosley Radio/Kawasaki) mechanical issue on lap nine and cruised to his first victory of the 2013 season.

"I've had a very up-and-down season with injuries and what not," said Mees. "More than anything I just wanted to win the race."

For the first eight laps, it looked as if Smith would run away with his third victory of the season as he at one point controlled a very comfortable lead. Unfortunately for the Flint, Mich. product, his Kawasaki EX650 came up lame out of turn two on the ninth lap and forced him off the lead. After critical seconds had passed, Smith was indeed able to get his bike working again but it was too late. Smith was unable to make up the ground he'd lost and would go on to finish 12th, 25.362 seconds behind Mees.

"Virginia was a heartbreaker," said Smith. "Mainly because I thought I had a really good chance to win. It was a rollercoaster of emotions, too. When I went down, one of the first people I saw pass me was Brad (Baker) and I thought to myself 'there goes the championship'. Then when I finally got my bike running again, he went down less than 30 seconds later and it was just a crazy chain of events. I'm really looking forward to Springfield and I have a tremendous amount of confidence in my team to give me the best chance to win moving forward."

Another notable rider to go down because of motorcycle issues was current Grand National Championship points leader Brad Baker (Dodge Bros Racing/Harley-Davidson). Baker was in serious contention with Mees for second place before Smith sputtered out and wasn't far off the lead when he too had his motorcycle let him down. The severity of Baker's mishap, however, proved to be much worse than Smith's as the Eatonville, Wash. product was unable to continue racing, resulting in a catastrophic 19th place finish and putting his championship title hopes in jeopardy.

Winn, Mich.'s Henry Wiles (Lloyd Brothers Racing/Ducati) charged the field after starting all the way back on the fourth row to finish second in the main event. Wiles got a tremendous start and made his way up to the front group of riders within the race's first few laps.

"The Ducati was running good," said Wiles. "I got off to a great start which was a huge factor in me coming in second. I have to thank my team and the slew of guys that are behind me, I can't thank them enough."

Starting from ninth on the grid, Brandon Robinson (TJ Burnett Farms/Kawasaki) followed up his impressive second-place finish at the Indy Mile with a third-place effort at Colonial Downs. A combination of a little luck with Baker and Smith falling out has put Robinson back in Grand National Championship discussions as the Oxford, Pa. native now sits third in the points.

"It feels pretty good, especially after my heat crash while I was leading," said Robinson. "It was a long race for sure. I didn't get the best start after missing a shift but I just battled and kept pushing. Jared (Mees) and Henry (Wiles) were riding great, when I got in third position I just wanted to take it easy and land on the podium again."

Starting from the fifth slot, Briar Bauman (Monster Energy Kawasaki/Kawasaki) edged out Kenny Coolbeth, Jr. (Harley-Davidson Motor Co./Harley-Davidson) by .009 seconds to finish fourth for his best performance this season. The Salinas, Calif. product has landed in the top five in two out of the last three main events and looks to be heating up down the homestretch. Coolbeth Jr.'s fifth-place effort was equally impressive as he did so after starting from 15th on the grid.

AMA Pro Grand National results - Colonial Downs, Aug. 24, 2013
1. Jared Mees - Clio, Mich. - Harley-Davidson
2. Henry Wiles - Winn, Mich. - Ducati
3. Brandon Robinson - Oxford, Pa. - Kawasaki EX650
4. Briar Bauman - Salinas, Calif. - Kawasaki EX650
5. Kenny Coolbeth, Jr. - Morris, Conn. - Harley-Davidson
6. JD Beach - Philpot, Ky. - Kawasaki EX650
7. Jake Johnson - Coatesville, Pa. - Ducati
8. Johnny Lewis - Coatesville, Pa. - Triumph Bonneville
9. Jake Shoemaker - Glenmoore, Pa. - Kawasaki EX650
10. Matt Weidman - Westerlo, N.Y. - Kawasaki EX650

AMA Pro J&P Cycles Pro Singles

Luckily for Cody Johncox (Sunnyside Cycle/Yamaha), the AMA Pro J&P Cycles Pro Singles main event was 10 laps and not an inch further as the New Yorker came out on top in a three-way photo finish between himself, Shayna Texter (Crosley Radio/DFW Honda) and Stephen Vanderkuur (Parkinson Brothers Racing/Honda).

"It was great to win the first AMA Pro Flat Track main event held at Colonial Downs," said Johncox. "I got as small as I could on the final backstretch and just prayed they didn't draft by me."

Despite starting the main event from 10th on the grid, Texter fought her way to the stripe to finish second and it could have just as easily been her atop the podium if the race consisted of any more laps. Texter's runner-up performance marks her third straight finish inside the top two in mile-long races.

"I unfortunately put myself on the second row to start the main event but I was able to put my head down and go to work," said Texter. "I came up a little bit short but it still is good for the points and I can't thank my team enough for working their butts off all day. I was also nice to have my family in attendance for the first time in a while."

Vanderkuur's third-place finish lifted him to third in the point standings and the defending J&P Cycles Pro Singles champion has given himself a chance to repeat with four rounds remaining.

Jeffrey Lowery (Englehart Racing/Honda) and current J&P Cycles Pro Singles points leader Wyatt Maguire (Kirkland Racing/Yamaha) finished fourth and fifth, respectively, after the two were tangled up on the final lap. Lowery edged out Maguire by a mere .013 seconds for fourth place.

There wasn't a lot of movement at the top of the J&P Cycles Pro Singles point standings with Maguire finishing fifth and Ryan Wells (Waters Auto Body/Honda), who currently sits in second place in the points, finished sixth on his Honda CRF450R.

AMA Pro J&P Cycles Pro Singles results - Colonial Downs, Aug. 24, 2013
1. Cody Johncox - Attica, N.Y. Yamaha - YZ 450F
2. Shayna Texter - Willow Street, Pa. - Honda CRF450R
3. Stephen Vanderkuur - Davison, Mich. - Honda CRF450R
4. Jeffery Lowery - St Louisville, Ohio - Honda CRF450R
5. Wyatt Maguire - Mead, Wash. - Yamaha YZ 450F
6. Ryan Wells - Albion, N.Y. - Honda CRF450R
7. Justin Jones - Holley, N.Y. - Honda CRF450R
8. J.R. Addison - Bucyrus, Ohio - Honda CRF450R
9. Bronson Bauman - Salinas, Calif. - Honda CRF450R
10. Kyle Johnson - Twin Lake, Mich. - Kawasaki KX450F