RAPID CITY, S.D. – The American Flat Track Series returns to Rapid City this weekend for the primary time since 2019.
The Black Hills Half-Mile is happening on Saturday, Aug. 6 at Black Hills Speedway.
This weekend’s race additionally represents the second spherical of the Progressive Triple Crown, which suggests riders can earn further factors and stay within the operating for a $25,000 prize.
Gates open at 3 p.m. on Saturday with qualifying races and the opening ceremonies are scheduled for 7 p.m.
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“It’s actually a fantastic spectacle,” mentioned Promotional Director Terry Rymer. “Something it is best to come out and see. We’re going to have 6-time nationwide motor cross champion Jeff Stanton, as our Grand Marshall. Come and meet him. They open up the pits for all of the followers to come out and get autographs. It’s actually actually a fantastic present.”
Fans may have an opportunity to watch a number of the nation’s prime skilled bike racers together with Jared Mees and Briar Bauman.
Mees has received at Black Hills Speedway on three prior events and Bauman is the sequence most up-to-date winner, having taken prime honors in 2019.
Riders say that Black Hills Speedway is one in every of their favourite tracks.
“For starters, the dust is phenomenal to go along with the form,” mentioned AFT bike racer Justin Jones. “It’s a extremely quick technical observe. You’ll see because the evening goes on, the riders will begin transferring up and up the race observe chasing the moisture. It simply will get quicker and quicker because the evening goes on.”
“That’s sort of the factor with flat observe racing, the American Flat Track Series, there may be up to 16 of us on the observe at one time,” mentioned AFT bike racer Johnny Lewis. “The racing is shut. It’s nearer than automobiles. We do bang into one another. It’s not generally on goal. But we’re stepping into the corners at 90 plus miles per hour and making an attempt to get the bike to change route and go. When you might have 16 of us on the market, the massive observe turns into a really small observe.”