The American Flat Track (AFT) racing season is back on, with a doubleheader at Volusia Speedway Park this weekend.
Like most racing, the AMA’s pro flat track series was hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. The coronavirus shutdown meant the season-opening race weekend during Daytona Bike Week had to shut down, when everyone was ready to go rip. Since that March 14 disappointment AFT has been trying to plan a way forward. Running a series across multiple states means figuring out how to comply with a list of different rules every time the racers go to a new city (why do you think Supercross finished the season out by only racing in Utah?). But, despite the struggle to keep atop the regulation changes, AFT figured it out. There’s going to be health screening, there will be fewer tickets sold, and there will be enhanced sanitation and cleaning measures—but there will be racing.
Every race weekend in the 2020 AFT schedule features a doubleheader. The season starts with a pair of half-mile races at Volusia, in AFT’s first-ever visit to that track. The next races are at a yet-to-be-announced location in the northeast US, on August 28-29. On September 5-6, there’s another set of races at the Springfield Mile (in Springfield, Illinois). The racers shuffler over to Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania for September 11-12 weekend. Then they’re off to Mesquite, Texas, on September 25-26. The series moves to Woodstock, Georgia for a pair of races at the Dixie Speedway on October 2-3. There’s a doublehader at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concorde, North Carolina on October 9-10. The season closes October 15-16 with a double showdown at Daytona.
You can find more info, or buy tickets, or check out the enhanced health regs at the AFT website. You can sign up for NBC streaming service there as well, if you can’t or won’t attend the races in person (cost is less than $1 per event!). Canadian/overseas viewers can watch it for free here.