DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – American Flat Track’s upcoming Atlanta Short Track presented by Cycle Gear event will host an added element – the Astro Invitational – during its race program on March 23 at Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, Ga.

Designed to benefit AFT’s official charity – the Rookies of 79 Charity for Injured Racers – the event will bring former professionals and avid vintage flat track competitors together to compete on purpose-built two-stroke Bultaco Astros.

Wildly popular in the early 1970s, the Bultaco Astro is a factory-built flat track machine that was designed to be ready to race right out of the crate.

Fans will recognize names such as five-time National winner and former Factory Suzuki competitor Kevin Varnes, 17-time Pikes Peak Champion Davey Durelle and Ohio Dirt Track Hall-of-Famer Jackie Mitchell among the list of entries for the Atlanta Short Track event.

“The Astro Invitational was a hit with our Atlanta Short Track fans in 2018,” said Cameron Gray, COO of AFT Events. “Fans love seeing some familiar stars of professional flat track rip around Dixie Speedway on these classic flat track machines. We are excited to have them back again this year.”

The invitational will host a maximum of 30 riders who will compete in two heats, culminating in a 14-rider Main Event.

The Astros will also compete at the Laconia Short Track on June 15 and the New York Short Track on July 13.