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    Have never raced Speedway, but have several District Flat Track Championships.

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  1. http://www.americanflattrack.com/events All events are broadcast (in an extremely edited version) on NBCSN For any of you who are interested, they do offer a FREE 'live stream' coverage via https://www.fanschoice.tv/, which is comprised of the track announcers, usually a pit reporter & several quality cameras; this live coverage has improved over the years. It's not polished "Prime Time" quality (like "Speedway GP" or US "SuperCross") . . . but, it is good streaming coverage and it's a good way to watch the events live. Dan Logo image credit: AmericanFlatTrack.com via officialbikeweek.com
  2. Wow, I surely don't mean to be rude, but a do disagree with a couple points: it is less expensive - Go take a look at the asking price for a good Flattrack bike. $50,000 for an out of the box Indian is not cheap. (and that's before they start throwing time at it) (it's) much less regulated - Extremely regulated. Pre-race, post-race inspections. engine regulations, gear regulations, tire regulations . . . Tracks don't have to be so well prepared - Go to the Springfield Mile and you'll see an immaculate track - with a crew that is amazing. I sometimes wonder if dirt track racing could be organized a bit more like speedway, not only as individual race meetings, but perhaps with Teams racign as well, maybe even formign a league competition - The lure of Dirttrack is to the individual. It's not a team sport. Again, not a personal attack on you - just wanted to respond to a couple of your points. Dan
  3. I think there are a couple reasons why Flattrack is riding a bit of a 'come back wave' Regardless of reality, the ideology exists that Flattrack is closer to 'regular folks' cycling. Similar to the antiquated difference between 'stock car racing' and, say, Formula1. From the '50s to the mid-90s a casual observer could "think" that a 'stock car' is visually similar to the "old Buick" sitting in their driveway. Not so for Formula1 or Indy racing. Despite the FACT that, aside from appearances, there was nothing stock about a 'stock car' - it was easier for a person to make the mental connection. Therefore, it was easier for them to create the fantasy that, "Hey, I have a car just like them! I COULD GO DO THAT". Very similar to soccer, I would think. Any one can flip on the TV and say to themselves, "Hey, I have a soccer ball in my basement . . . I'm just like these super stars." To that extent, a Flattrack bike (either DTX or a 'Framer' or a 'Hooligan') still 'visually' resembles most motorcycles that non-racers understand, visualize and maybe even have sitting in their own garage. This makes it more relatable to a casual viewer than, say, a speedway bike. The thought process can again lead a casual viewer to the idea of, "Hey, I can relate . . . I gotta go check this out." At the true "grass-roots" level, it is easier for a non-racer to become a racer in the world of Flattrack. Many amateur events even have 'non-flattrack' divisions. Motocrsoss cycles, knobby tires, high suspension and all can give it a try. Hooligan divisions allow actual street cycles to compete. This makes the sport much easier to get into, as opposed to having to invest in a purpose built cycle for speedway racing. Please understand, I'm not saying Flattrack is better than Speedway . . . I'm just trying to postulate a couple reasons as to why the recent 'come back' for Flattrack racing. Dan
  4. You'll have to forgive me, folks; but, as a speedway fan from the US, I have absolutely no idea about the economics of being a speedway racer in UK, Poland, Europe . . . I watch Speedway GP and it looks like these guys are SUPERSTARS, I watch a few YouTube videos of league racing, and the tracks look like our country-side weekend dirt tracks. I'm confused. Can anyone put it into comparison with something 'American'? Are speedway racers (in Europe) living like: American movie stars, American professional football/baseball/basketball/NASCAR athletes, American Factory SuperCross racers, American 'Privateer' SuperCross racers, American 'weekend' stockcar racers (basically making NO money off the sport - 98% have regular mon-fri full-time jobs) Just curious, Thanks. Dan
  5. American Flat Track 2018 Twins Hightlights: Dan
  6. American Flat Track 2018 Singles Hightlights: Dan
  7. BFMDan

    Celebrity fans

    As a boy from 'The States', I'm a HUGE Scott Gorham fan. I'll reach out and see if I can find any further information. Dan
  8. BFMDan

    Polish Transfers 2019

    Wow, that was really well done! Dan
  9. Just thought I'd ask - any of you who compete. From where do you get your Speedway Leathers? Dan
  10. 1. Doyle 2. Hancock 3. Lindgren 4. Dudek 5. Woffinden 6. Zmarzlik 7. Pedersen 8. Vaculik 9. Sayfutdinov 10. Janowski 11. Zagar 12. Holder 13. Pawlicki 14. Laguta 15. Cook All this, based on absolutely nothing more than a whim and a guess. LOL HB
  11. I know this is an MX bike . . . but, the technology to compete is here already.
  12. 2018 American Flat Track Schedule (from http://www.americanflattrack.com/ ) March 15 Harley-Davidson TT presented by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys at DAYTONA Daytona International Speedway – Daytona Beach, FL ------------------------ April 07 Harley-Davidson Atlanta Short Track presented by Hellbender Harley-Davidson Dixie Speedway – Woodstock, GA ------------------------ April 28 Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys at Texas HM presented by Al Lamb's Honda Texas Motor Speedway – Fort Worth, TX ------------------------ May 05 Calistoga Half-Mile presented by Cycle Gear Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA ------------------------ May 12 Law Tigers Arizona Mile presented by Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson Turf Paradise – Phoenix, AZ ------------------------ May 19 Harley-Davidson Sacramento Mile presented by Cycle Gear Cal Expo Fair – Sacramento, CA ------------------------ May 26 Springfield TT Illinois State Fairgrounds – Springfield, IL ------------------------ May 27 Harley-Davidson Springfield Mile I Illinois State Fairgrounds – Springfield, IL ------------------------ June 02 Indian Motorcycle Red Mile The Red Mile – Lexington, KY ------------------------ June 16 OKC Mile Remington Park – Oklahoma City, OK ------------------------ June 30 Indian Motorcycle Lima Half-Mile Allen County Fairgrounds – Lima, OH ------------------------ July 07 Harley-Davidson New York Short Track Weedsport Speedway – Weedsport, NY ------------------------ August 05 Buffalo Chip TT Buffalo Chip – Sturgis, SD ------------------------ August 07 Black Hills Half-Mile Black Hills Speedway – Rapid City, SD ------------------------ August 18 Peoria TT Peoria Race Park – Peoria, IL ------------------------ September 01 Springfield ST Illinois State Fairgrounds – Springfield, IL ------------------------ September 02 Harley-Davidson Springfield Mile II Illinois State Fairgrounds – Springfield, IL ------------------------ September 08 Harley-Davidson Williams Grove Half-Mile Williams Grove Speedway – Mechanicsburg, PA ------------------------ September 29 Indian Motorcycle Minnesota Mile Canterbury Park – Minneapolis, MN ------------------------ October 06 Meadowlands Mile Meadowlands – East Rutherford, NJ ------------------------
  13. BFMDan

    Speedway Music

    "Kick Start My Heart" by Motley Crue, "Hell Yeah" by Rev Theory "Killer Instinct" by Black Star Riders many songs from the Scorpions "World Wide Live" album/CD "Coming Home", "Bad Boys Running Wild", "Big City Nights", "Rock You Like A Hurricane", "Can't Live Without You", "Dynamite" "Bad Boys" by Whitesnake "Are You Ready" by Thin Lizzy "Whiskey and Pills" by Billy Idol HB
  14. BFMDan

    Honours List

    Year -/- USA National Champion -/- AMA Speedway Champion 2017 -/- Broc Nicol -/- Billy Janniro (8) 2016 -/- Aaron Fox (2) -/- Billy Janniro (7) 2015 -/- Aaron Fox -/- Billy Janniro (6) 2014 -/- Bryan Yarrow -/- Billy Janniro (5) 2013 -/- Billy Hamill (4) -/- Billy Janniro (4) 2012 -/- Billy Hamill (3) -/- Billy Hamill (5) 2011 -/- Billy Janniro (4) -/- Billy Janniro (3) 2010 -/- Billy Janniro (3) -/- Billy Janniro (2) 2009 -/- Ricky Wells (1) -/- Greg Hancock (8) 2008 -/- Billy Janniro (2) -/- Billy Janniro 2007 -/- Billy Hamill (2) -/- Billy Hamill (4) 2006 -/- Charlie Venegas (2) -/- Greg Hancock (6) 2005 -/- Chris Manchester (3) -/- Greg Hancock (5) 2004 -/- Billy Janniro -/- Greg Hancock (4) 2003 -/- Scott Brant (1) -/- Greg Hancock (3) 2002 -/- Billy Hamill -/- Billy Hamill (3) 2001 -/- Chris Manchester -/- Billy Hamill (2) 2000 -/- Charlie Venegas -/- Greg Hancock (2) 1999 -/- Brad Oxley (2) -/- Billy Hamill 1998 -/- Bart Bast (1) -/- Greg Hancock
  15. BFMDan

    Us Speedway Revolution

    I realize that I'm reviving an long-dead thread (jumping in over a year and a half later - LOL); but, I think 'AlanF' hit the nail on the head with his first and second points. The sheer size of the US means that a vast majority of people are never exposed to the sport. And with zero (I mean - literally ZERO) media coverage, they never will be exposed. Here's a slightly related thought. Up until recently, the sport of 'Flattrack motorcycle racing' was loosing it's footing and it's fan base. Several years ago the professional series started offering free live streaming coverage of their events. Even though the stream suffered MANY technical hiccups and drawbacks - the word quickly began spreading. This year (2017) the professional series booked a weekly program of event coverage with NBCS (the sports cable offering of NBC). Even though the event coverage was a few MONTHS behind the actual event, and severely edited for content - the following has exploded! In my own regional amateur events, turnout is up (both riders and spectators) with many commenting on the NBCS coverage! Attendance at the major professional events is also WAY UP. That's the sort of thing needed for Speedway to make a comeback in America - coverage. Of course, that's just my opinion. HB

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