2017 American Flat Track Thread (Formerly known as AMA Pro Flat Track)

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  1. randomride

    randomride Motorcycle Junkie

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    So here is the 2017 AFT Schedule. Peoria is confirmed. *** Edited 11/11/16 ***

    2017 American Flat Track Schedule

    March 16: DAYTONA TT – Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fla.
    March 25: Georgia Short Track – Dixie Speedway, Woodstock, Ga.
    April 1: Charlotte Half-Mile – Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, N.C.
    May 13: Arizona Mile – Turf Paradise, Phoenix, Ariz.
    May 20: Sacramento Mile – Cal Expo Fairgrounds, Sacramento, Calif.
    May 27-28: Springfield Mile I* – Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, Ill.
    June 3: Red Mile – The Red Mile, Lexington, Ky.
    June 17: OKC Mile – Remington Park, Oklahoma City
    June 24: Lima Half-Mile – Allen County Fairgrounds, Lima, Ohio
    July 8: Rolling Wheels Half-Mile – Rolling Wheels Raceway Park, Elbridge, N.Y.
    July 29: Calistoga Half-Mile – Calistoga Speedway, Calistoga, Calif.
    Aug. 6: Buffalo Chip TT presented by Indian Motorcycle – Buffalo Chip Campground, Sturgis, S.D.
    Aug. 8: Black Hills Half-Mile – Black Hills Speedway, Rapid City, S.D.
    Aug. 13: Peoria TT – Peoria Motorcycle Club, Peoria, Ill.
    Sept. 2-3: Springfield Mile II** – Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, Ill.
    Sept. 9: Williams Grove Half-Mile – Williams Gove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, Pa.
    Sept. 23: Lone Star Half-Mile – Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas
    Oct. 7: Perris Short Track – Perris Auto Speedway, Perris, Calif.

    * AFT Singles will race a TT on May 27
    ** AFT Singles will race a Short Track on Sept. 2
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  2. 2strokehaze

    2strokehaze 2 stroke afficionado

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    Great, still no Hagerstown, Delaware or Virginia races. The Clusterfuck continues.
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  3. randomride

    randomride Motorcycle Junkie

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    I think Octane Sports Management is going to hold a couple of races in that area.
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  4. HarveyMushman

    HarveyMushman Tire Squarerer

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    TT at Daytona?

    Where in Atlanta?
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  5. Morgan Steele

    Morgan Steele Been here awhile

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    Thanks for posting. See you in Phoenix.
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  6. randomride

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    Yeah, it's going to be inside the Tri-Oval and utilize part of the supercross track. Of course, they are going to do some reconfiguring beforehand.

    I think Dixie Speedway. It's a 3/8 mile venue.
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  7. dsilver1007

    dsilver1007 Been here awhile

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    Are they still running 450 on short tracks?
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  8. randomride

    randomride Motorcycle Junkie

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    Only in the singles class. Twins class only runs twins.
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  9. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    WooHoo ! I know where I'll be June 3rd . I hope someone actually promotes the race this time , unlike the one back in the 90's. I used to go to Louisville every year for the half mile , until that was killed by Churchill Downs and the horsey set.
    I'd love to see Lexington become a regular feature at the Red Mile , known as the " Fastest Harness Track " in the world.
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  10. randomride

    randomride Motorcycle Junkie

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    Pretty sure it is a 3 yr hitch
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  11. OldTriumphRider

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    Still trying to get a grip all this , will the singles run the short track at Daytona or is that track done? wondering if there were other singles races besides that schedule or if that's it and all these races are twins and singles.
    Lots of good sounding stuff from last night , just in my opinion , hope none of the new tracks are banked stock car tracks , they ran a National here in E.TN. a few yrs
    back at a banked track , kept watering the thing , sticky track , riders were slippin and jerkin every corner ...
    How about that TV deal , showing every race on Thursday night , how neat is that ! FanschoiceTV is great , when it works for ya..
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  12. randomride

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    There is no Daytona short track, it's a TT and one night only. All the races, except Springfield 1&2, will have both singles and twins running on them. Springfield will be 2 seperate races at each event. The TT/ST will be run on Saturday night before the mile on Sunday. These events will be Singles only races. Only riders in the Singles class will be allowed to compete in them. On Sunday, the mile will be contested on Twins only. Singles riders will be allowed to try and qualify for these races on a Twin without having to be reclassified. This way they can get some seat time on a twin at a Pro race.

    There are two classes for next year, Twins and Singles. They are not interchangeable and each is running for their own championship. Racers must declare which series they want to compete in prior to the season start and only allowed one reclassification during the race season. All current GNC1 riders can choose which series they want to compete in. Only GNC2 riders that have scored enough points, or accumulated enough experience, can petition to be a Twins rider if they choose to do so.
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  13. Pantah

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    It reads like things have definitely turned up! 7 miles and 7 Half Miles is great! Not enough ST and TT, but maybe they adopt the Springfield model over a two-day weekend. I really like that approach and makes it better for fans to travel.
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  14. Motorcyclist

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    Yabba dabba doo - finally a schedule that comes out before the new year, and two races within an easy days ride of my house. Nice mix of miles and half miles, and I hope a few more still get added.

    Not knowing the specifics behind the scenes, I must give a tip of the helmet to Michael Lock. He seems to be moving things in the right direction and his track record at Triumph, Ducati, etc. gives me an optimistic outlook on the series. But I've had that feeling before only to have it dashed by DMG shenanigans.

    I was at Williams Grove in the mid-1990's when they canceled the Saturday night race after a thunderstorm (last time they ran there, IIRC). I've been there since to watch the World of Outlaws sprint cars, and it is a wonderfully maintained facility. I hope they can get the race off next year; I was mightily pissed when they didn't have Sunday as an alternate date on that rain out. In those days that was the norm for some reason, happened at Hagerstown and Syracuse too. Never understood why they wouldn't run it the next day with all the teams and spectators in the area.

    I also like that they have dates quickly following Daytona in March. I always thought they had too big a break between March and Springfield, and they've tightened that up nicely. I'd like to see Hagerstown make a return, those folks were always supportive of the series, even in some dicey times. Not sure why they aren't planning to use the new track that's supposed to be built in upstate NY. I couldn't attend the Rolling Wheels race but it sounded like the track was fairly marginal. Maybe someone with more info can fill us in. I'd still like to see them run a mile at one of those upstate tracks like Vernon Downs.

    Glad to see good things happening: better organization, more manufacturers, and hopefully that transfers to better sponsorship opportunities, larger purses and more safety enhancements for the riders. Be nice to see the riders earn a living commensurate with the risks they incur.
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    On the promoter side, I'm surprised many locations aren't repeats. There are the usual suspects like Springfield, Lima, Sacramento, Peoria, but many events seem to be on the schedule a year or two and then disappear. I'm guessing they lose money, or at least don't make enough to justify the risk of capital?
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  16. villageidiot

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    I know where I'll be October 7th!

    Unless it's like this October 7th when I'll be in auburn for the USA vs the world speedway event.

    If there's a GNC race at Perris auto speedway, the night before ought to be a barn burner at the local Perris raceway short track.
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  17. randomride

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    Bryan's new ride for 2017. Number plate might look a little different next year

    BS Indian.jpg
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    Seems a little chincy to have all 3 riders pose with Joe's bike. Coulda fixed up a proper plate for each. At least. Branding fail!
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  19. vee2win

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    Still gotta hand it to Indian. They played it well. New bike, new team and with that elusive #1 on one of them. Also, Kopp did better than anyone could have imagined, and only ONE bike there, and a few laps Saturday at Chris Beck Arena. We were parked next to him in the RV park...sweetheart of a guy.
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  20. randomride

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    The single biggest advantage Indian is going to have over the field next year, is the tunable flywheel weight. That is a game changer. If the track gets slick, add some weight. If the track stays tacky, keep the flywheel light. You have the best of Kawasaki and the Harley in one bike.

    Brad will find the weaknesses in the engine. He rides a twin like it is a 450. Brian and Jared will be competitive right out of the gate. They are so well seasoned, they'll have the bike figured out in no time.
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