|Mid America News (posted by Mid-America Speedway 4/14/2015)The 8th Season at Mid-America kicks off in eleven days. We have been busy prepping the track in preparation of our first event, and plan on doing even more in the coming days to get the riders and fans excited about 2015.
While the schedule looks similar to previous years, there are some significant changes. The schedule is posted at the bottom of the blog, but please note that May 2nd will only be run if April 25th is a rain off. After the Spring kick off, we will take a little over a month off as the weather in Indiana is very unpredictable in May. Many people call June 6th the real start of the season. This event pays $100 to the winning bike owner in the 80-200 class. Next on the schedule is our the 9th annual fair race on June 20th. This is a special event for us because if the very first Marion Co. Fair race on an overcast Wednesday in 2006 would not have happened, it is highly unlikely that Mid-America would exist today.
With the Indy Mile, moving to Saturday, July 11th, the decision was made to move our fourth event of the season to Friday, July 10th. Once again, this event will host many of the top GNC1 and GNC2 riders, and will pay $1500 to win the Open Class. Last year Brad Baker ended Jared Mees’ total domination of this event after a three year win streak. It will certainly be interesting to see who comes out on top this year. There will be limited classes this night as we need to finish no later than 10:00pm so that the GNC riders can rest up for the Indy Mile.
The racing continues on the following Saturday, July 18th with $100 going to the winner of Super Sr/50+, $50 to second place, and $25 to the oldest finisher in the Main Event! We then take a week off and go green once again on August 1st for Vet 30+ Night, with $100 going to the winner. One week later on August 8th is Round 10 of the AMA Vintage Dirt Track Nationals and coincides with the MotoGP weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Along with the Vintage bikes, we will also be running the Astro’s and all of our regular classes with the exception of Vintage Light and Heavy. Some pretty big names have already committed to attend. One common theme among all of the “big name” riders is that the “owner/turner is building me one fast machine just for this race”. More information on this event will be published as the event gets closer.
We then take a two week break and continue on August 29th for a “Regular” points night. Two weeks later on September 12th, we are going to move about an hour north of Indianapolis and go to the ever popular Clinton County Fairgrounds 1/2 mile in Frankfort, IN. This event will run in conjunction with the Hoosier Bike Rally. The will be a day event as this is going to be a huge motorcycle festival, and the bands start at 7:00pm. Apparently, there is concern that multiple twin cylinder motorcycles on a half mile will drown out the bands. If you are still reading at this point, there is little doubt which one you would rather hear. The fair board is also in the process of making Frankfort a limestone track, and they are excited about motorcycles returning to Clinton County. If this event is successful, it could be the first of many events at Frankfort.
Next on the schedule is September 26th which is a points night, followed by October 3rd which will pay $100 per cylinder to the winner of Vintage Heavy. October 17th and 24th are points nights, followed up with our season finale Halloween race on October 31st. Years ago we decided to get into the Halloween spirit and encourage riders and fans to bring their Halloween costumes and it took off like wild fire as this is one of the most popular events of the year. The Open class will also run 25 laps with a minimum of $400 to win.
The awards banquet will be on November 14th at the Sunrise Bowl in Clermont, IN. We have always kept the banquet a free event to attend, and this is the plan again this year. We will be doing 50/50 raffles at many of the events to help offset the costs, and plan on doing the same this year.
Once again, thank you for supporting Mid-America for the previous seven seasons. Without the great group of riders, fans, and volunteers we would never have made it this long.
Gates Open: 12:00
Riders Briefing 4:30 (April, May, Sept. & October)
Riders Briefing 4:00 (June, July & August)
Practice 5:00 (April, May, Sept. & October)
Practice 5:30 (June, July & August)
Ride Academy at Mid-America
Mike Hacker will be bringing his Ride Academy to Mid-America twice in 2015. The first date is July 12th which is the Sunday after the Indy Mile. They then return on August 10th on the Monday after the Indianapolis MotoGP. July 12th will be on the Mid-America Oval, and August 10th will be on a soon to be constructed TT course. Anybody who signs up for July 12th, will get a complimentary pit pass on July 10th. Signing up for RA on August 10th, will get you a free pit pass for August 8th.
Family Events who is promoting the Duquoin and Indy Miles has tickets on sale for the Indy Mile at www.indymile.com
Flat Track at the 2015 X-Games
Last May, Harley-Davidson filmed a commercial at Mid-America featuring the new 750 Street. Near the end of the commercial viewers were asked to use the hashtag #XGamesFlatTrack in their social media posts. In what may have been one of the worst kept flat track secrets, earlier today it was announced that flat track would be a part of the 2015 X-Games. This is huge news for the sport. Please support the sport by encouraging friends and family to watch and comment on the various Facebook and Twitter posts using the hashtag #XGamesFlatTrack. The folks at Harley-Davidson and the X-Games monitor social media and this is definitely a move closer toward the mainstream for the sport.
Open practice dates will be announced soon, most likely starting in July. Please watch the Mid-America website, Facebook, or follow us on Twitter: @MidAmSpeedway
April 25 Spring Opener (2015 Points Apply)
May 2 Rain Date for April 25
June 6 Opening Night! Extra Money in 80-200
June 20 9th Annual Marion Co. Fair Race
July 10 Friday Night Before the Indy Mile. $1500 to win the Open Pro Class, Limited Classes
July 12 Ride Academy School at Mid-America
July 18 Super Sr./50+ Night
August 1 Vet 30+ Night
August 8 Round 10 of the AMA Vintage Dirt Track Nationals, plus Bultaco Astros & all regular classes
August 10 Ride Academy TT School at Mid-America
August 29 Mid-America Points Night
September 12 1/2 Mile at the Clinton Co. Fairgrounds, Frankfort, IN
September 26 Mid-America Points Night
October 3 Vintage Heavy Night $100 bonus per cylinder to the winning rider
October 17 Mid-America Points Night
October 24 Mid-America Points Night
October 31 6th Annual Halloween Race. $400 to win the Open Class
November 14 Awards Banquet at Sunrise Bowl, Clermont, IN. RSVP’s required