||Last Updated: Jan 18th, 2016 - 10:30:51
2016 will mark the 9th season of racing at Mid America Speedway. We have 15 events scheduled for 2016. Obviously Mother Nature controls the actual number of events run as we had 14 races on the schedule in 2015, and we were only able to run nine.
We are often asked why we run so many races. The truth is that 15 races is a lot of races for the staff, but due to the structure of our lease agreement with the Marion County Fairgrounds we are charged for the facility whether we use it or not and it takes a minimum of twelve events to break even. The other concern is that if we only paid for the facility for a handful of events we know that kart and TQ midget promoters would come in and not take care of the facility in the same manner that we do. We have seen it happen in the past, and the track that was left behind was not suitable for motorcycles.
The season is scheduled to kick off on April 30th with our annual spring opener. We then take a little over a month off before our next event which we consider our true season opener on June 4th. Just like in years past, there will be a $100 bonus to the winning bike owner of the 80-200 class. June 18th is our 10th Annual Fair Race. Had we not promoted this event in 2007, flat track would not exist at the Marion County Fairgrounds. After the fair, we take almost a month off and return on July 16th where the winner of the 50+/Super Senior class will take home a $100 bonus. July 30th is a regular points night, and then we have a double header on on Friday, August 12th and Saturday the 13th which is rounds 11 and 12 of the AMA Vintage Dirt Track National Series. Saturday, August 13th is also round 2 of the FIM sanctioned USA vs. Canada Speedway Series. (Round one will be in Welland, ON on July 9th.) Next on the schedule is our August 20th event, followed by our Vet 30+ Night on August 27th. September 10th is the next date on the schedule followed by Vintage Heavy Night on September 17th, and a regular points nights on September 24th. October 8th will pay $500 to win the 250 money class. October 22nd is a regular points night, and our 7th annual Halloween race will be on October 29th with $500 going to the winner of the Open Class. Our awards banquet will be on 11/12 at the Sunshine Bowling Center in Clermont, IN. There will also be a free practice starting at 11:00am on the 12th so riders can ride one more time before the weather turns cold.
What is new for 2016?
Putting on races takes a lot of behind the scenes work that when done properly provide a positive experience for the fans, riders, and sponsors. The staff at Mid-America's motto is "to make the next event better than the last event". Right after the end of the 2015 season, we went to work on a new web based program that will allow riders to get lineups and results on their mobile phones and tablets. We feel that this will allow everyone to be kept better informed as to which race is on the track, who the riders are, and which events are coming up next in the race order. Basically, anyone using the link will have access to the same information that the scoring tower has. Note that results will still be manually entered, so there could be a short delay between the end of a race and the results being posted, but we expected this delay to be a few minutes at most.
We will also continue to post the printed lineups just like we have always done.
Mid-America works closely with the promoters at Extreme International Ice Racing to grow the sport of flat track. They have three more events left on their schedule and asked us to spread the word.
January 23rd, Xfinity Arena, Everett, WA
February 13th, The Aud, Kitchener, ON
February 19th, David S. Palmer Arena, Danville, IL
The 450 flat track class pays $500 to win, $250 for second, and $100 for third. Pit bikes (air cooled machines up to 150cc) pay $100 to win, $50 for second, and $25 for third. There will also be a combined 65/85 class offered at each round. Their website is www.xiir.org. Call 317.871.4392 for more information.
Gates Open: 12:00
Signup Opens: 2:30
Riders Briefing: June, July & August:4:00
Riders Briefing: Sept & October: 4:30
Practice: June, July & August:4:30
Practice: Sept & October: 5:00
Directions to Mid-America
Mid-America Speedway is located at the southeast corner of Indianapolis at the Marion County Fairgrounds. From 465, take exit 49 and go to the first light and turn left, continue approximately 3/4 of a mile, and go over the overpass. Bear to the left of the base of the overpass, and the entrance to Mid-America is 1/4 mile on the left.
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