InSLIDE Line 44...It's Scary good this week!Nov 1, 2013
Hello, and welcome to the InSlide Line Presented by Bell Helmets. Well, welcome to November everybody! It's been a few weeks since we crowned our champions. The champagne has been washed off the leathers, the number plates have been switched and the interviews have been posted. One would think that with the Grand National season winding to a close that things would grind to a halt in the racing world. Nonsense! There is as much going on in the "off season" as there is during the season a lot of times. That being said, we have the news to cover!
Sure last week we posted pictures of JD Beach's new Yamaha dirt track ride. Well, he put it to good use last week at round one of the Midwest Indoor Series. True to last year's indoor dirt track form, JD swept all three Pro classes, 450 pro, Open Pro-Am and Open Pro on his new bike. JD told me that they still have some suspension tuning to do, but he was very happy with the bike so far. Kolby Carlile was on the scene also and scored a 2nd place finish in Open Pro and a 3rd in 450 Pro. Will Cato, JR Addison and Ben Lowe also came to town to do business on the short track. In the 250 DTX and 250 Mod classes it wasKevin Stollings sweeping the classes. He's going to be one tough kid to beat all year long! Congrats go out to Luke Baird for his win in the 450 Open Amateur class and taking a 2nd to JD Beach in the Open Pro-Am class. It also was good to see Frankie Lee Gillim in the results! The eldest Gillim brother was back in action and took a 2nd in 450 Open Amateur and 3rd in Open Pro-Am. On the TT side of things,JD Beach also took the win in the Open Pro-Am class and Frankie Lee Gillim took the win in the 450 Mod Amateur class. One class that is going to be fun to watch is the 85cc Mod class. While last weekend it was Dallas Daniels taking care of business on the TT and the Short track, Aiden Roosevans and Drew Hart are going to be some VERY tough competition as the season goes on. The next round is in Springfield Illinois on November 16th. Check out www.stevenaceracing.com for all of the details!
Last weekend I was up in the Indianapolis area visiting a few dealers on behalf of Memphis Shades so why not take in a little short track action for yourself? I found myself at Mid America Speedway where they had their costume race. The track was in great shape and Barry Benkert Jr. set the fastest time ever there for a 6 lap heat race. Yeah, things were moving fast. In the mains it was Barry taking the win...IN COSTUME...in the Open Class while it was Brandon Wilhelm who was also in costume taking the 450 class win. They had over 120 entries at the race and the 450 and Open classes ran 3 heats to shuffle down to a 12 rider main. I will say this, I think more adults dressed up than the kids! Come on kids, you are NEVER too cool for halloween!! Check out some of the costumes from the race...
Steve Murray-Farm hand (84), Barry Benkert-Pimp (74F) Jordan Knight Photo
Ben Knight-Pirate Jordan Knight Photo
George Mack-Cow Jordan Knight Photo
Tyler Porter-Jackie Moon Jordan Knight Photo
Andy Miller-Geico Money Man
Wow things are sure winding down! This weekend I'm only seeing Ventura California on the schedule! Get out there and race!
Next weekend there is a race at Oglethorpe Speedway which is known to EVERYBODY in dirt track as simply, "Savannah". This is the bad fast half mile that everybody goes to at the beginning of the season to shake down their new bikes. Well, they are racing next weekend and I have heard a lot of people are heading South to enjoy some still warm weather and get to ride a great track.
Last week we talked about year end prize money that was kicked in from AMA Pro Racing's series sponsors. However, until last Friday, there was a contingency program that I didn't know about. Motion Pro, maker of the worlds finest specialties tools and cables pays a top 10 bonus in the Expert Class which totals $15,750! Since nearly every top Expert is a sponsored Motion Pro rider, they paid all 10 spots, and paid well. Brad Baker took home an extra $2,500 for his efforts and back in 10th, Rob Pearson took $900 back to Morton Illinois for his great season. Thanks a lot for the support Motion Pro!
DP Brakes and Clutches are the official brake pads and clutch plates of Fight For Dirt Track. Not only are the guys at DP Brakes awesome to deal with, but at the core, they are dirt track fans. Jeffrey Carvertrusts his brakes to DP and in the motocross world, teams like Team Pro Circuit Kawasaki have always used DP Brakes on all of their race bikes. The folks at DP want to remind you of something we all know, winter is setting in. While some of us are still abusing brakes on the indoor circuits around the country, the winter months are a great time to perform the maintenance on your bike that you put off all season while you were busy riding. Check out your brakes. Whether it's your race bike, dirt bike or street bike, chances are DP Brakes has sintered brake pads for your bike. DP Brakes use sintered technology to not only increase braking power but to also give you fade free performance with little to no brake dust at all. Check them out at www.dp-brakes.com
Johnny Lewis, national number 10 and Ride Academy Instructor sent along some great news concerning the most comprehensive dirt track school in the business. Sure, I could talk it up, but I'll let Johnny do it for you: RIDE Academy wraps up another season this November with a date on the 16th & 17th at our "Home Base" location in Charles City, Va. We are finishing the season with a 2 day "Training" bike class on our RIDE Academy prepared CRF Honda 70-230cc training bikes at the location RIDE Academy all started a few years ago. For 2014, we have already set a date for RIDE Academy's first time to the west coast. Working closely with Circle Bell Motorsports ( http://www.circlebellmotorsports.com/ the promoter of the Santa Rosa & Sacramento Miles in the AMA Pro Flat Track Championship), RIDE Academy has a set date injunction with the 2014 Santa Rosa Mile event.
Rules. Oh the rules. My favorite joke is that the rule book is printed as a paper back so that it will bend. Since Springfield rumors have been swirling like crazy about what is going to be in the rule package for the 2014 season. Well, according to the teams that I talked to, the 2014 rules package is SUPPOSED to be released today. If it is, that would be pretty much the earliest that I have ever seen the rules released and would also signal a HUGE upgrade to teams who are busy building bikes for next season. Many teams are in limbo right now just waiting on the word. The biggest hold up is seeing what AMA Pro Racing does with the twins in the Expert class. Will the Kawasaki's be restricted through stroke and bore size? Will the Harley's be opened up even more? Everybody is trying to figure out what's next. Trust me, as soon as I get some rules, we will discuss that right here in the column.
On the other end of the rumor mill the biggest talk is what will become of that empty seat at Factory Harley Davidson, and what Kenny Coolbeth will be doing. The great news is that I hear that not only is the Factory coming back for yet another season, but that Kenny Coolbeth also isn't throwing in the towel. That is awesome! We need the Harley factory involved and as a fan, we also need Kenny Coolbeth at the track. I'm glad both parties are still seeming like at this moment that they will be at the track, even if they won't be racing together any longer.
Will the Factory just fill the seat left by Kenny? Will they bring back the "wrecking crew" and support several riders like they did a few years ago? I am hearing Brad Baker, Bryan Smith and both Jared and Nichole Mees being VERY closely linked with deals to the factory. Brad has ridden the bike for the factory before, and both Bryan and Jared were Screaming Eagle riders a few years ago. With Jared and Nichole being married now, what kind of marketing could Harley get out of that? For their market, that is a slam dunk! I haven't heard anything too concrete at all, but I have a feeling that after the Factory Harley Davidson seat is filled, all of the other pieces of the puzzle will fall into place. We're in for an interesting winter!
Well that's all I have this week. While a lot of you are reading this, I will be on my way to Milan Italy for the EICMA motorcycle show. The largest motorcycle trade show in the world, I'm sure I'm going to run into a lot of things I've never seen before. That also means that next week's column will be coming to you from EUROPE! Maybe I can spread some dirt track love over there and get those Euro's excited about the best sport on Earth. Regardless, thanks for reading and have a great weekend!
Most Professional Race Gear: Steve Murray
Best Use Of Auto Lights: Kris Bunch
Best Halloween Costume: Kelly Bell
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