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Mid-morning as track "ironing" continued I went
looking for a corn dog and a Coke.
The folks milling around outside the grandstand were dressed
in jeans or leathers and boots. The men wore hats and beards.
Lots of smokers and chewers. Big silver buckles under lavish
bellies. This was not a young crowd, looking mostly like old
hippies or retired professionals. Their clothes and motorcycles
represented major money. The bikes ranged from big Hondas with
trailers to Harleys and H-D copies to water-cooled superbike
café racers. Has to be a hard-core bunch because the race
was postponed and it looks like they all stayed over the extra
One of the more colorfull motorcycles was this one covered
with a buffalo hide complete with a head. I have no idea what
kind of machine is under all that. Some people will do anything
I found an open seat up in the grandstand and people watched
until just before noon when the riders first took to the dirt.
The track is a fat, flat oval with long turns and short straights.
Several layers of haybales lined the turns. At the end of each
straight riders drafted past each other sometimes gaining several
places. The lap times were mid 34 seconds, almost 105 mph average.
Here's a view of the grandstands from the paddock.
In between sessions I went back to the paddock. Jay Springsteen,
a long-time fan favorite was talking to Chris about track conditions.
"It's good," Chris told me. "It's soft in a couple
of places, but I did a 34.1 and that's under the track record."
Heat races started at 2 pm. Springsteen won his heat in an
exciting race. On the last lap he drafted past two guys into
Turn 3 and held the lead to Start/Finish.
Chris at the start of a heat race. He's on bike # 1. He won
Back in the paddock I told Chris, "That had to be more
difficult than it looked."
He grinned and said, "You have to be thinking out there.
It's all about positioning and out-thinking the other guy. It's
a lot of fun."
"I see guys doing wheelies off the start line,"
I said. "Is the dirt always that grippy?"
"This is the best dirt in the country," Chris came
back. "The winged sprint cars do 24 second laps here. The
track is weird right now. It's changing a lot. We're making a
lot of changes to the bike."
Alan Eadie rides an H-D Sportster bike. He's driven his van by
himself from Bedford, Texas. I chatted with him as he got his
gear together. "I love this track," he told me. "I
really look forward to coming up here."