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Sons of Speed

12More than a dozen vintage-powered race bikes re-created the board track races of the early 20th Century at the second Sons of Speed race on October 21. The event took place at New Smyrna Speedway during the Daytona Beach, Florida’s Biketoberfest.

This fresh yet nostalgic race event, instigated by Billy Lane of Choppers Inc., first ran in March of this year during Daytona Bike Week on New Smyrna’s banked half-mile asphalt track. That time, Brittney Olson took first, followed by Matt Harris in second and Shelly Rossmeyer-Pepe in third. Olsen sat out this round while her bike was being repaired but acted as Grand Marshal for this day.

Many of the same racers came out to compete, some on the same machines they campaigned in March and others on “new” bikes that recently rolled out of Lane’s shop—one, in fact, just hours before race day! The powerplants vary in make but they’re all original equipment from the early days of motorcycling that sat languishing for decades. Lane’s purpose built frames, front ends and sheetmetal created homes for these motors to finally fire up once and get back on the track. The concept harkens back to one of motorcycling’s heydays and it’s exhilarating to watch.

Even the practice runs were exciting. Moonshiner Josh Owens and Matt Walksler ran neck in neck early on, with Owens fearlessly on the throttle. But that rivalry resolved when Owens’s bike wouldn’t start for the final. Walksler and Ebay Jake duked it out, too, crossing the finish line head to head in one heat. Buzz Kanter, Shelly Rossmeyer-Pepe and Billy rocked steady to make their qualifiers; Toce and Roxy ran consistently, too. Though mechanical gremlins bit Xavier Muriel, Rick Petko, Freddy and Brook they all exhibited moxie and looked incredible. These stripped down, pre-1925 machines with no clutches or brakes had to be bump-started and appeared to hang on the banking by magic.

Even with camaraderie high and competitive angst low, someone’s going to win, right? Ultimately Ebay Jake, who’d run strong all day, placed first on a 1919 Harley J Model racer owned by Curtis Wear. In second place—again—was the Matt Harris of 40 Cal Customs, still nursing his broken leg but not holding back a bit on the track. Matt Walksler of Period Modified came in third and was all smiles about it.
Ebay Jake also gave the crowd a stunt show before the main event, mixing it up with Bubba Blackwell who popped some wheelies, too, while taking a break from his emcee duties. Bubba stepped in to fill-in for the recently deceased Barry Boone who was originally set to announce the races. Bubba respectfully led the crowd in a moment of silence to remember Barry.

There were dozens of side stories, the racers took time to meet with spectators, and pit crews exhibited a ton of dedicated effort. But instead of us relating more here, just take this advice: next time Sons of Speed racing happens, go. You won’t regret it.

Rhett Rotten exhibits proper Wall of Death style for Doug Wothk.
Rhett Rotten exhibits proper Wall of Death style for Doug Wothk.

 

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A few serious moments at the racer’s meeting.
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Josh Owens was nervous as the crew worked on his bike. Nice leathers, though!
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Billy runs a heat in period gear.
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Lining up for the Main.
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In the winner’s circle with Billy Lane, Matt Harris (2nd), Matt Walksler (3rd) and Ebay Jake 1st).

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American Flat Track Names Sturgis Buffalo Chip Best Event of 2017

The prestigious new award was presented to Buffalo Chip owner Rod Woodruff at the Temecula, CA banquet Sunday evening.

STURGIS, S.D. (Oct. 11, 2017) – American Flat Track presented the Sturgis Buffalo Chip with a major new “Best Event of the Year” Award Sunday evening at the organization’s annual award banquet held in Temecula, CA. A monumental partnership between American Flat Track and the Sturgis Buffalo Chip® resulted in the epic, award-winning Buffalo Chip TT presented by Indian Motorcycle.

The event electrified motorcycle enthusiasts from around the globe in the world-famous Buffalo Chip amphitheater on Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017. Designed by seven-time Grand National Champion Chris Carr, the track includes some of the most thrilling elements on the circuit, such as right hand turns and jumps, all calculated to create intense racing excitement. Racers and spectators alike enjoyed the wholly extraordinary and exhilarating race.

Rod Woodruff
Rod Woodruff

“The AFT races at the Buffalo Chip took motorcycle racing to a whole new level and right into the heart of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally,” said Michael Lock, CEO of American Flat Track. “The Buffalo Chip TT, the first ever to be held at the world’s biggest motorcycle festival, was an incredible racing event deserving of this award. We are looking forward to even more heart-stopping racing action at the Chip in 2018.”

Immediately following the races, crews transformed the track area back into the Wolfman Jack Main Stage infield in anticipation of a world-class performance by Shinedown. Race and music festival fans were center stage for an evening full of high-energy entertainment unlike one the world had ever seen.

“We are incredibly honored to receive this prestigious new award,” said Rod Woodruff, Buffalo Chip President. “The partnership with American Flat Track opened a whole new world of professional racing for the Buffalo Chip and our guests. The TT course carved out of the middle of the Chip’s amphitheater not only made for the most unique motorcycle racing on earth but also the wildest concert warm-up the world has ever seen.”

The Buffalo Chip TT will take place on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018. Passes for the 2018 Buffalo Chip events are now on sale and may be purchased at www.BuffaloChip.com.

About American Flat Track

American Flat Track is the world’s premier dirt track motorcycle racing series and one of the longest-running championships in the history of motorsports. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing in Daytona Beach, Fla., the series is highly regarded as the most competitive form of dirt track motorcycle racing on the globe. For more information on American Flat Track, please visit http://www.amaproracing.com/flat-track, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook or live stream the on-track action on FansChoice.tv.

About Indian Motorcycle®

Indian Motorcycle, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII), is America’s first motorcycle company. Founded in 1901, Indian Motorcycle has won the hearts of motorcyclists around the world and earned distinction as one of America’s most legendary and iconic brands through unrivaled racing dominance, engineering prowess and countless innovations and industry firsts. Today that heritage and passion is reignited under new brand stewardship. To learn more, please visit www.indianmotorcycle.com.

About The Sturgis Buffalo Chip

The Sturgis Buffalo Chip is the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling®. Established in 1981, the venue’s nine-day festival, known as The Best Party Anywhere®, remains one of the world’s most televised and longest running independent music festivals. Buffalo Chip guests have the freedom to party and play while experiencing world-class concerts, outrageous events, moving freedom celebrations, thrilling power sports and more. Located three miles east of Sturgis, SD on 600 creek-fed acres, it offers cabins, RVs, camping, a swimming hole, bars, mouth-watering food, showers, paved roads, and more to visitors traveling from all corners of the world. The Chip’s concerts are free with camping. More details are available at www.BuffaloChip.com.

 

 

Jared Mees ends season on top at the Cycle Gear American Flat Track Finals presented by Indian Motorcycle

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PERRIS, Calif. (October 7, 2017) – Grand National Champion Jared Mees put an exclamation point on his epic 2017 American Flat Track season with one last flawless performance at the Cycle Gear American Flat Track Finals presented by Indian Motorcycle.

In an AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines Main Event that perfectly encapsulated the season as a whole, Mees once again made it apparent that he was simply in a class of his own. With a packed house at the SoCal State Fair cheering him on, Mees put the No. 9 Indian Motorcycle Rogers Racing Scout FTR750 at the front from the start and relentlessly built up an unassailable advantage from there.

Before easing up late as he sailed toward victory around the Perris Auto Speedway’s clay Half-Mile, Mees had assembled more than three seconds of padding while the remainder of his would-be rivals waged battle over second in a freight train that stretched 10 riders deep.

The final numbers confirm that Mees’ 2017 campaign was of historic excellence. His season finale win saw Mees establish the new single-season podium record, surpassing the previous mark held jointly by American Flat Track icons Scott Parker and Ricky Graham. Mees ended the year with 17 top threes in 18 attempts, but perhaps even more impressive than the sheer number was the manner in which those podiums were tallied; 10 came as victories, six were runner-ups, and just one was a third.

“I just had a phenomenal night,” Mees said. “The Indian Motorcycle Scout was really good, like it’s been all year long. It was a solid day to end a solid, solid year. I don’t know what else to say — it’s fantastic… It was a record-breaking, career year for me. I’m happy to have the Indian Motorcycle guys on my side.

“I’ve got to thank my whole team. We opened the season with a win at Daytona and closed the year with a win here. I’ve got to give it all to the whole Indian Motorcycle team.”

As Mees said, he was in fact joined in his celebration of domination by Indian Motorcycle. The Indian Wrecking Crew combined to earn 14 of 18 wins and locked down six podium sweeps.

The four victories beyond Mees’ 10 were obtained by 2017 championship-runner up Bryan Smith (No. 1 Indian Motorcycle Racing backed by Allstate Scout FTR750). Additionally, Brad Baker (No. 6 Indian Motorcycle Racing backed by Allstate Scout FTR750) held on to third place in the title fight to sweep the championship top three for Indian despite Baker missing the final two rounds due to injury.

Jeffrey Carver Jr. (No. 23 Ben Evan’s Racing/Carver’s BBQ Harley-Davidson XR750) completed his storming late-season charge with an impressive second-place finish on Saturday night. Carver took full advantage when Briar Bauman (No. 14 Zanotti Racing Kawasaki Ninja 650) attempted to overtake Johnny Lewis (No. 10 Team Nila/John Wise Indian Scout FTR750) for the second deep into the race. Both Bauman and Lewis lost momentum as a result of their clash, and Carver was perfectly positioned to pick up the pieces.

Once through, Carver quickly separated from the pack and actually made up significant ground on the cruising Mees. That result ultimately allowed him to also edge Bauman for the final spot in the championship top five.

After the race, Carver said, “My XR750 was working great. It’s great to be up here again and chase down the champ like that. We had a really good battle out there. It was really intense for me and Briar because we were only one point apart. We both knew we had to beat each other to get up into the top five. It feels amazing to get my first top five in the championship. We’ll roll on with a lot of good momentum for next year.”

The final spot on the box wasn’t decided until the final corner of the final lap of the final race of the year. On an evening in which fellow superstar road racers Toni Elias and Hayden Gillim made their presence felt on the undercard, JD Beach (No. 95 G&G Racing/Rickdiculous Racing/Team95 Yamaha FZ-07) shone the brightest of the trio.

Beach executed a last-gasp strike on Stevie Bonsey (No. 80 CR Motorsports Harley-Davidson XR750) to steal away third as the two took the checkered flag.

Beach said, “I screwed up my start. I started in second. I took off and got nervous and shifted down to first and then back up to third. I was all over the place. Still, I was running in sixth and thought that wasn’t too bad for my first national in a while. Then the guys got to battling, and I was fifth and then I was fourth, and Bonsey was right there in the last turn for third. I felt bad, but the door was open and I just had to go for it.”

Although Bonsey came just shy of the podium, it was a good result for the Californian who made his big return to American Flat Track after being sidelined for nearly a year and a half with injury.

Sammy Halbert (No. 69 Estenson Racing Yamaha FZ-07) finished fifth to score his 12th top five of the year and secure his fourth-ranked standing in the championship.

AFT Singles
Similar to Mees in AFT Twins action, Kolby Carlile (No. 36 Estenson Racing Yamaha YZ450F) came through with a performance that neatly summed up his season as a whole.

Reliably fast, supremely consistent, and clutch to the end, Carlile notched up an eighth podium finish of 2017 in the season finale to put the finishing touches on his successful 2017 AFT Singles championship bid.

Despite coming into the finale with a healthy points lead, Carlile took a bit of a chance by wheeling out an all-new 2018 Yamaha YZ450F for the event. He promptly guided it to a maiden third-place result and then dressed it with a new number one plate.

While Carlile came up a bit short in his efforts to take the checkered flag in any of the AFT Singles Main Events this season, he won the ultimate prize that he and all of his rivals chased after all year long.

“This isn’t going to sink in for a while,” an emotional Carlile said. “This is really special. Other riders have won the championship without winning a race in the past too, and the cards didn’t come up right for me to get a win this year. But I’m going to win next year, that’s for sure.”

The race itself went to Brandon Price (No. 92 Brandon Price Racing backed by Parkinson Brother’s Racing/DPC Racing/Don’s Kawasaki Honda CRF450R). Price suffered off the stripe but kept his head and systematically worked his way up through the field. With just a few laps remaining, Price finally overtook a motivated Ben Lowe (No. 20 Bruce Lowe Excavating Honda CRF450R) for the lead.

Price proved untouchable once in first and locked down his third victory of the season. That moved him ahead of Saturday fifth-place finisher Shayna Texter (No. 52 Richie Morris Racing Honda CRF450R) to end the season as the AFT Singles championship runner-up.

Price said, “It was a crazy race. I came off the line like sixth and really had to work for it. Every couple laps I’d pick up somebody and make a pass. I rode a smart, clean race.”

As part of American Flat Track’s television broadcast package with NBCSN, the cable network will air the Cycle Gear American Flat Track Finals presented by Indian Motorcycle on Thursday, October 12, at 10:00 p.m. ET. The one-hour show will feature flag-to-flag coverage of both Main Events along with exclusive features giving fans a behind-the-scenes window into the sport. To check out the complete NBCSN schedule, please visit http://americanflattrack.com/events-nbcsn.

Next Up:
American Flat Track kicks off at the DAYTONA International Speedway during Bike Week for the second annual DAYTONA TT on Thursday, March 15, 2018. Following the sport’s hugely successful debut event inside the world’s only motorsports stadium this past March, American Flat Track will be back under the lights in 2018. To purchase tickets go to the Daytona International Speedway’s website http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP

Fans can keep up-to-date with American Flat Track on Facebook (@American Flat Track), Twitter (@AmericanFlatTrk) and Instagram (@AmericanFlatTrack). AFT mobile apps are available for iPhone on the App Store and for Android at Google Play. For more information, please visit http://www.americanflattrack.com.

Awards Update:
AFT Singles
McElroy Packaging Lucky 7 – #20 Ben Lowe
Motul Move of the Race – #92 Brandon Price
AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines
Öhlins Fastest Lap  — #23 Jeffrey Carver, Jr.
McElroy Packaging Lucky 7 – #9 Jared Mees

How to Watch:
NBCSN and FansChoice.tv are the official homes for coverage of American Flat Track events. All 18 rounds, from the season-opening Harley-Davidson DAYTONA TT to the American Flat Track Finals in Southern California, will air in one-hour primetime telecasts throughout the summer and fall on NBCSN. FansChoice.tv remains a cornerstone of AFT’s digital strategy and provides live streaming coverage of every event.

About American Flat Track:
American Flat Track is the world’s premier dirt track motorcycle racing series and one of the longest-running championships in the history of motorsports. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing in Daytona Beach, Fla., the series is highly regarded as the most competitive form of dirt track motorcycle racing on the globe. For more information on American Flat Track, please visit http://www.americanflattrack.com, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, check us out on Instagramlive stream the events at FansChoice.tv and catch all the American Flat Track racing action on NBCSN.

American Flat Track will return to the northeastern U.S. with two great events in 2018

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 3, 2017) – American Flat Track is pleased to confirm two events in the northeastern U.S. as part of the 2018 schedule. New for the series, the New York Short Track will be held in upstate New York on July 14 and the wildly-successful Williams Grove Half-Mile returns to the schedule on September 8.

After putting on two thrilling events in the Syracuse market, America’s original extreme sport will return to the area for the third year in a row but at an all-new venue for the series, Weedsport Speedway.

“We are excited to bring the high-intensity racing action that only American Flat Track can deliver to our fans in New York,” said Cameron Gray, COO of AFT Events, promoter of the New York Short Track and Williams Grove Half-Mile. “Short track racing has been described as ‘a fistfight in a phonebooth’ and there is no doubt that the racing action will be intense next year.”

The 2017 Williams Grove Half-Mile was the first American Flat Track event held in Pa. in nearly a decade, and the event proved to be a favorite for both fans and riders alike. The 2018 rendition of the Williams Grove Half-Mile will be held on September 8, the same weekend as in 2017. The revised event schedule for ’18 means the event will conclude one hour earlier than this season, giving motorsports fans ample time to make it to nearby Port Royal Speedway that evening and catch double the racing action.

“The Williams Grove Half-Mile was one of the most exciting events of the season and we’re proud to announce next year’s date,” Gray said.  “We can’t wait to put on another night of fantastic racing in front of a sell-out crowd when we return to Williams Grove Speedway.”

Additional information about the New York Short Track and Williams Grove Half-Mile, including the availability of tickets and additional entertainment elements, will be announced in the near future on American Flat Track’s website at http://www.americanflattrack.com.

How to Watch:
NBCSN and FansChoice.tv are the official homes for coverage of American Flat Track events. All 18 rounds, from the season-opening Harley-Davidson DAYTONA TT to the American Flat Track Finals in Southern California, will air in one-hour primetime telecasts throughout the summer and fall on NBCSN. FansChoice.tv remains a cornerstone of AFT’s digital strategy and provides live streaming coverage of every event.

About American Flat Track:
American Flat Track is the world’s premier dirt track motorcycle racing series and one of the longest-running championships in the history of motorsports. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing in Daytona Beach, Fla., the series is highly regarded as the most competitive form of dirt track motorcycle racing on the globe. For more information on American Flat Track, please visit http://www.americanflattrack.com, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, check us out on Instagramlive stream the events at FansChoice.tv and catch all the American Flat Track racing action on NBCSN.

KRAWIEC WINS ALL-HARLEY STREET ROD NHRA FINAL AT CHARLOTTE

Krawiec Takes Points Lead after Finals Face-Off with Teammate Hines

CONCORD, N.C. (September 17, 2017) – Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle®/Vance & Hines rider Ed Krawiec leads the NHRA Countdown to the Championship playoffs after winning the Pro Stock Motorcycle final at the NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway.

In an all-Harley final round, Krawiec defeated his Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle®/Vance & Hines teammate Andrew Hines in the first head-to-head face-off of the new Harley-Davidson Street Rod competition drag bikes. Krawiec scored the 40th win of his career on Sunday while setting the low ET (6.826 seconds) and fastest top speed (197.74 mph) of the event for Pro Stock Motorcycle eliminations.

“We are racing a couple of great Street Rod drag bikes right now,” said Krawiec, who won for the fourth time in five final-round appearances this season. “They are handling well, they are fast and most importantly they are smooth and consistent. We can race round after round and know exactly how these bikes will react. If we maintain this performance we will be a force through the playoffs.”

The Street Rod competition drag bikes are based on the Harley-Davidson® Street Rod production motorcycle, an agile middle-weight powered by the liquid-cooled High Output Revolution X 750 engine tuned for maneuvering through urban traffic and congestion.

In a weekend dominated by the two Harley racers, Hines secured the top qualifying position with a best elapsed time (ET) of 6.825 seconds at 196.50 mph. Krawiec qualified his Street Rod drag bike second at 6.836 seconds and 195.00 mph. On Sunday, Krawiec and Hines battered the Pro Stock Motorcycle field, and for the 20th time the two former champions lined up to face each other in a final round battle. On this afternoon, Krawiec prevailed with a 6.850-second blast to better the 6.911-second pass posted by Hines.

After the first of six rounds in the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship playoffs, Krawiec leads the Pro Stock Motorcycle class with 2,202 points. Hines is in fourth place with 2,144 points.

The Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle®/Vance & Hines Pro Stock Motorcycle drag racing team returns to action September 22-24 at the Dodge NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, Pa.

About Harley-Davidson Motor Company
Since 1903, Harley-Davidson Motor Company has fulfilled dreams of personal freedom with cruiser, touring and custom motorcycles, riding experiences and events, and a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, general merchandise, riding gear and apparel. For more information, visit www.h-d.com.