2013 West Coast Speedway News
2013 American Team News
2013 Sidecar Schedule
Tomorrow Night Event at Fast Fridays!
Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway wanted to be sure to let everyone know that YES we are racing tomorrow night May 17th.
The weather has not and will not affect our event. Do to our AWESOME track prep team we have a great track already prepared for our races.
For all of you So Cal riders that were on our way or were already here in Nor Cal and need any help with anything (accommodations, bike storage) please call us. We are all lined up with places for people to stay and garages to store your bikes.
We look forward to seeing everyone here at Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway!
Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway
+01 530 878-7223 (RACE) firstname.lastname@example.org (May 16, 2013 9:55 AM)
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2013 AMA National Championship Series
AMA Letter of Intent
The Commotion Returns To Ventura This Summer
(March 20, 2013, Noel Dawson, Ventura Raceway) OXNARD, CA - This summer Speedway Bikes make their historic return to the Ventura Raceway. On June 29th, the fifth-mile high banked oval will feature a round of the AMA National Speedway Championship. Speedway Bikes have a tremendous history at Ventura dating back to the early 70s where Tuesday night Speedway was a staple for Southern California motorcycle racers and fans. Some of the most famous names in Speedway have graced "The Commotion by the Ocean" including 8-time AMA Speedway national champion and 2 time world champion Greg Hancock, who won the 1994 American Final at Ventura; 5-time national champion Billy Hamill, and local favorite Eddie Castro. Speedway Bikes have been featured in exhibitions recently at Ventura but this will be the first complete Speedway show since 2008.
Speedway Bike racing is one of the most unique forms of racing on the planet. Powered by a 500cc, single cylinder engine, Speedway Bikes have no gears and no brakes. Each race is started from a standing start and when the starting line tapes go up, the rider drops the clutch and the race begins.
The 16 rider field is yet to be determined but will likely include Hamill, who is also the defending champion, three-time national champion Billy Janniro, and last year's runner-up Charlie Venegas. 14 riders will receive automatic seeds into the round with the final 2 spots to be determined in a run-off to be held the night of the event. The 2013 AMA Series is presented by noted Speedway promoter and US World Cup team manager, Steve Evans. The series will run using an identical race format to the Speedway Grand Prix Series.
In addition to the AMA national championship round, this night will feature a support division, a vintage speedway class, a 250cc junior speedway class, and a 150cc junior speedway class. Ticket information for this event will be available at a later date. Speedway Bikes return to Ventura Raceway for the first time in 4 years and the best of the best will battle for a national championship.
For more information visit www.venturaraceway.com or www.americanmotorcyclist.com
Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ventura-Raceway/104668839570641
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Noel Dawson | Director of Operations
Fast Fridays Practice Saturday April 20, 2013
This Saturday Fast Fridays will host our 2nd practice for 2013.
Gate will open at 3pm with riders meeting and practice at 4pm
Please use Pleasant street entry gate and proceed to the sign in office in back of the speedway.
All riders will need to have a Fast Fridays entry form turned in and also have a current AMA & USA Speedway card. Entry forms, AMA, USA Speedway cards. Are available at our office anytime and we will open our office at about 10am until 3pm on Saturday.
We welcome all divisions, Youth Speedway, Pee Wee's and 'Run what u Brung'
ALSO! the 2nd round of the FIM Grand Prix from Poland will be live in our office at the track at 10am. Come early to support and enjoy seeing Greg Hancock on the road to become (we hope) 2013 World Champion
if you need more information call us at 530 878 RACE(7223)
Hope to see you Saturday!
Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway
+01 530 878-7223 (RACE)
2013 Race-a -mania - The Grand Arena - City of Industry
April 7, 2013
2013 National Championship Qualifiers Riders and General Information
March 27, 2013
Victorville Speedway Only Race
Chris Ackerman and myself will be promoting a "One Night Only, Speedway Only" race at Victorville later this season. The date of the race is September 21st, 7pm start time.
Victorville for now, due to a variety of factors, has lost it's place on the regular events schedule. That said, having surveyed the riders, there was quite a lot of support for doing a one off event like this with a very good purse and bikes only.
More information will be posted about this race shortly. It is on a spare Saturday in the SoCal schedule.
Steve Evans email@example.com (April 12, 2013)
3 and 4 Wheels only at Victorville Saturday April 13!
Due to low sign ups there will be no bikes at Victorville Saturday.
There will be a full Sidecar Program and Speedway Sprint Cars. Races start 6pm, just $10 admission.
Its not all bad news re bikes at Victorville - announcement coming tomorrow!
Steve Evans firstname.lastname@example.org (April 11, 2013)
Fast Fridays - Saturday April 13th Spring Fling!
Don't forget to join us this Saturday April 13th for our annual spring sign up day.
Swap meet starts at 10:00am
Sign ups start at 12 noon
Potluck BBQ starts at 2:00pm
Practice starts at 3:00pm cost $25.00
... You have to be pre-signed up at Fast Fridays to practice.
Hope to see you all there!!
Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway
+01 530 878-7223 (RACE)
USA SPEEDWAY MOTORCYCLE LONG TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP AT PERRIS AUTO SPEEDWAY JULY 27th!
(Perris, CA, April 8, 2013) For the first time in three years, Speedway Motorcycle racing will return to Perris Auto Speedway on Saturday, July 27th, when the famous Riverside County clay oval hosts the American Motorcycle Association sanctioned "2013 United States Speedway Motorcycle Long Track Championship." It will be the first United States Long Track contested in California since legendary Ascot Park closed in 1990.
"Speedway is a great sport and we are looking forward to welcoming it back to The PAS," promoter Don Kazarian said. "We have hosted a few Speedway events in years gone by, but this one is shaping up to be the best. We are teaming with Steve Evans and Chris Ackerman to help put on what promises to be a great event. They are very impressive to work with and they are already working hard to make this a yearly tradition."
The race will be run on The PAS inner quarter-mile Track, which is larger than any purpose built Speedway track in the USA.
"This race is very important as we need to be get the U.S. riders on some bigger tracks," Evans, who came from his native England in 1998, said. "Long Track is its own form of speedway and guys want to go fast. These young guys in particular want to prep themselves to go ride in Europe. What a better way for them than to have a National Championship at a National Championship caliber facility with experienced promoters and speedway people at the helm to make it a big event."
One of the key ingredients to the success of the race is the field of riders who are competing. Kazarian is leaving that to Evans. Evans has been one of the leaders of the charge for the USA to return to its glory days of 1980s when riders such as superstars Bruce Penhall, the Moran brothers, Bobby Schwartz, Scott Autrey, Sam Ermolenko, Lance King, John Cook and Dennis Sigalos carried the stars and stripes to the top of the Speedway world.
"Steve has done a great job in helping to get the USA back on the international scene and he has done a lot of promoting here in California," Kazarian said. "We know Steve and Chris will apply their magic to this race and make it a huge success. We are going to have the best field of Speedway riders to ever race at Perris Auto Speedway and that is going to make it our best Speedway event to date."
In addition to the field of riders competing for the Long Track championship, there will be a support class comprised of lower first division and top second division riders. Also on the card will be the extreme sidecars.
"When we first started talking about putting this event on, we sought out some extra input," Kazarian stated. "We got positive feedback from everyone on the National Long Track Championship and many of them also indicated that we should have sidecars racing, too. Steve agreed with that and the sidecars are going to be a big part of the show."
"The sidecars are crowd favorites wherever they go, "Evans stated. "They put on a good show. Just having the sidecars at full speed for five races on a track that is over a quarter mile is going to be edge of your seat stuff."
As soon as the word got out about this National Championship event, interest has been running high with competitors wanting their shot at the prestigious title. As well as the top riders in California, there has been interest from other parts of the country and Canada.
"From the first time this event appeared on The PAS schedule I was getting phone calls and text from riders saying, 'sign me up and put me on the program,' Evans laughed. "This may not be every rider's cup of tea, but there are riders who want to go fast and race this form of speedway and I am thrilled that The PAS has enabled us to do this. Canadian star Kyle Legault, who has raced in both the Elite and Premiere Leagues in England, has expressed an interest and there are riders in the Midwest who race on bigger tracks who have some interest as well. Chris Thomas, who was an AMA #2 road racer, has expressed interest in coming out from Ohio for this race. Long Track is his forte. He came along as an unknown on one of our race tours to England. He was brought there as a reserve and we were amazed. He was on the pace from the first laps. I don't know that Chris will win the event, but he will definitely be in the mix and scoring some points."
The format for this history making championship race will be based on the World Long Track Championships staged in Europe.
"It is going to be based on the format that has been used for the last several years," according to Evans. "It is going to be adapted to suit a one night event. World Long Track is a series. The National Long Track championship is going to be a one night event with the champion decided in the final race. There will be a field of 16 riders and each race will have six riders. Each rider will get four qualifying heats. The top four on points go straight to the final. Riders five through ten in points will go to a last chance race with the top two going straight through to the final. The winner of the final will be National Champion."
Advance tickets for the historic July 27th 2013 United States Long Track Speedway Championship are available now at the following link: http://pas.tix.com/Event.aspx?EventCode=544027 or by calling (800) 595-4849.
Perris Auto Speedway
18700 Lake Perris Drive
Perris, CA 92571
Race-a-mania - The Grand Arena – City of Industry
(April 7, 2013)
(Facebook Photos from Howie)
8am - Property gate open. Enter through back gate pit entrance. EVERYONE must sign a release waiver and get a wristband.
8am to 8:45am - Coffee and donuts, light bench racing, practice preparation.
IMPORTANT - NO BIKES MAY BE STARTED BEFORE 8:45am
9am to 1pm – On track Practice. Riders remember It's Sunday morning. We have neighbors. Respect them. Show up with a real noisy muffler or open pipe and your practice will be cut real short.
Mufflers that were used here last year are acceptable for this practice... BUT ... please be aware Industry Racing has a LA County noise ordinance it MUST comply with for this season. What's that mean in plain English? ALL Speedway classes including juniors and sidecars will have to lower their sound levels from last season.
9am to 11am – Sound tests with different mufflers and inserts. Any of you that have a Dominator / Flow Muffler bring them. Representatives from Yoshimura, Power Pros, Scotts Headers, Coast Fab and Phase 9 are all working on the issue and will be in attendance. Hopefully a inexpensive solution will prevail that can be the new standard for all the Speedway tracks in 2013.
Industry Racing licenses will be available all day. There will be an express line for those that downloaded their Rider and Mechanic apps from the IndustryRacing.com and have the paperwork all filled out and ready to process. Here is the direct link http://www.industryracing.com/downloads.html. Yes the $20. Rider license discount will be honored all day Sunday (last day).
Lunch will be provided free for each Riders and one guest if they are signed up for practice and RSVP. For all others Hot dogs and a taco bar will be open. The beer/mixed drinks bar will open after the last motor stops turning.
The 2012 season points awards will take place in the front courtyard area.
Promoters Brad Oxley, Shawn McConnell, Roger Hyden, Steve Stasiefski, Carol Perez and Kelly Inman have all confirmed their attendance. A question and answer session with them is scheduled to take place after lunch. The National Championship Qualifier series and possible new muffler standards are two of the topics that will get serious attention.
This Sunday April 7th at the Grand Arena. You should plan to be there.
RSVP: Kelly Inman (626) 393-3876
Fast Fridays Speedway - Signup April 13
Pirate Speedway ~ 2013 Licenses
Riders/Sidecars/Minors on 500s, Juniors, Peewees and Mechanic licenses will be available on www.piratespeedway.com in the near future!
However, until then, you can request that one be emailed to you. Please contact me at email@example.com or Shawn/Robynn @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Riders/Sidecars/Minors on 500's: $60.00, before or on 3/30: $40.00
Juniors: $50.00, before or on 3/30: $40.00
Peewees $30.00 before or on 3/30: $25.00
Mechanics $25.00 before or on 3/30 $20.00
There will be a practice THIS Saturday, March 23rd from 10am-3pm. This is also the day for turning in your licenses. :)
Opening night of Pirate Speedway is April 19th! Sign-ups are being taken now!
Please feel free to contact any of us should you have any questions!
Thank you and looking forward to a very successful season! :-)
*~! Jessi Lee !~* email@example.com (March 20, 2013)
2013 Speedway National Championship Qualifiers
National Championship Qualifiers return to Speedway this season with a four events series. International Speedway, Industry Racing, Pirate and Big Time all have confirmed dates on their 2013 calendar for these important races. When concluded the top fourteen Qualifier point leaders will transfer to compete in the 45th Annual United States National Championships at the Costa Mesa Fairgrounds on October 5th.
Round 1 - Big Time Speedway - Thursday May 16th
Round 2 - Costa Mesa Speedway - Saturday June 8th
Round 3 - Industry Racing - Saturday August 3rd
Round 4 - Pirate Speedway - Friday August 9th
Costa Mesa promoter Brad Oxley was ecstatic. "A race series featuring Americas top tracks and riders is how they did it when I rode Speedway" the former 2-time National Champion relayed. International Speedway is really excited about these Qualifiers and working with it's fellow promoters.
Pirate Speedway was just as thrilled "I've competed in many of these National Championship Qualifiers over the years and fully support them as a path to the US National" said Pirate promoter Shawn McConnell. It's the best riders slugging it out. Count on the Pirate to support this series and all it's promoters.
"Big Time Speedway is delighted with it's Qualifier round" promoter Steve Stasiefski relayed. "The best riders in the US and I get to race them the week of the Hangtown Motocross Classic. It's going to be outstanding as will working with the other Qualifier series tracks."
Industry Racing committed by added a Saturday to their "Luck 13" race schedule. "It's an important race and series" explained Industry Hills Expo Center Operational Manger Carol Perez. "Running it on Saturday rather then our normal Wednesday here at the Grand Arena will allow Northern and out of state riders along with spectators a better race experience." Industry Racing enthusiastically embraces these National Qualifiers and it's Speedway promoter counterparts.
The National Championship Qualifiers "When" and "Where" are now set in stone. The "How, Who and How Much" press releases will be coming soon.
Howie Zechner firstname.lastname@example.org (March 19, 2013)
Race-a-Mania Day - April 7 - Industry Racing
A Speedway Practice, 2013 Industry Racing Rider/Mechanic License Sign-up, with a BBQ & Awards ceremony will be held Sunday April 7th at the Grand Arena.
9am - On track practice - $20. - Includes lunch for two
1pm - 2012 Points Payout & Awards Presentations
Rider Track License $60. Renew/apply by April 7th for a $20. discount
Mechanics License $30 - Remit at practice day or pre-pay by phone at (626) 330-0324
Muffler testing will be conducted - RSVP Kelly Inman (626) 393-3876
Howie email@example.com (March 13, 2013)
Ventura Race / PAS Long Track info
I have had more than one eager rider contact me to sign up already for the Ventura race (June 29) and Perris Long Track National (July 27th).
At this point rider sign ups are not open. What I can tell you is;
- For Ventura there will likely be qualifying heats at 5:30pm for 2 wild card spots on the main program, as well as a Support Class. Main show is at 7.
- For the PAS the main show will be 18 riders (using an adaptation of the World Long Track race format), as well as a Support Class (D2) and Sidecars. Races start 7pm.
Also note we are planning much promotion of these events at the tracks themselves in the months leading up to the races. As well as promoting these races we also want to take flyers for all of the other tracks so that speedway as a whole and the weekly tracks also can get some exposure. Ventura especially has a lot of fans who have not seen speedway for years and though the race itself will be a great night out I would hope that some will get their speedway bug reignited so they come more than once a year.
If anyone would like to help on promotions at either Ventura or the PAS, please get in touch. At each track we can get 4 passes per night so if all are used two people can man the booth, two can enjoy the races and you can rotate. Riders who could take a bike there would also be very welcome.
Schedules for both tracks are posted here;
Also if there is anyone in the Ventura area who is willing to help us with promoting the race in the local community, please get in touch. Crazy Chris has designed awesome flyers for both events!
It's very exciting to get two races on big tracks this summer and we want to use this opportunity to do more than just create good one night events.
Ventura will also have A vintage Speedway class.
Steve Evans firstname.lastname@example.org (March 6, 2013)
Pirate Speedway lighting upgrade completed
Pirate Speedway promoters Shawn & Robyn McConnell, Jerry Armstrong & Roger Hyden are making major facility improvements on the 1/8 mile Speedway Motorcycle facility located at the Orange Show in San Bernardino CA. Fans and riders alike will love the new lighting that is over twice as bright and the announcer speakers that are being repositioned on the lighting poles. "This is just the start" Roger Hyden told me. We plan to make Pirate Speedway the only place to be on a Friday Night. Right on, history shows the track is world class and deserves being one of "The Big Three" in Southern California Speedway Racing. Look for major cross promotion announcements between Costa Mesa Speedway, Industry Racing and Pirate Speedway in the next couple of few weeks.
Howie email@example.com (March 1, 2013)
Victorville will be running Speedway races in 2013 with a few changes in management and class structure.
I stepped down as actual promoter at the end of 2012 but am still staying involved a little as John Aden and I don't want the door closed on Speedway at such a good race track. John will take on the promoter role, I will assist by doing rider sign ups and the race program for speedway and Chris Ackerman will remain as announcer. John will provide the race night staff - I will likely be at some events but due to my other projects my main function will be rider sign ups.
Out of the 15 race schedule there are 7 dates that do not clash with other race tracks and will be the prime speedway dates.
March 23 - Opening Night
July 20 - Nick Varner Night
November 9 (day race - possible Track Championship)
The track will also run races on 3/2, 4/27, 5/11, 6/8, 6/22, 7/4, 9/7 and 9/28 as part of its Speedway Sprint schedule.
For Division 1, Division 2 and Division 3, John has decided that he will pay a purse based on 100% of rider entry payback. On the Division 2 / 3 side this can make some nice purses if enough riders sign up. For Division 1 we are seeking some local sponsorship to bump up the purse beyond entry payback and hope to get between $200-$400 per night to add to the entry payback.
The track is being repositioned with its original intention of providing races where the young and up and coming racers can cut their teeth and get some laps and race wins under their belts. It isn't going to pay big Division 1 purses but will pay reasonably well for the mid to lower Division 1 rider it is aimed at.
All divisions are welcome but each class needs a minimum 4 entries to run. We welcome Juniors for sure both 250cc and 150cc Mini.
All classes are welcome. John wants to keep speedway going there but only if it is supported.
Steve Evans firstname.lastname@example.org (February 19, 2013)
Remember What the Gumball is About!
This weekend is truly the festival weekend of Speedway! It's the most fun we have at any single race with a great purpose we are supporting!
It is also for some who work it, quite relentless, especially Christina and the crew on the back gate. At a usual event the sign up booth, for two hours, is often the most stressful. I always am glad at a race that I run when the sign ups are over and we can get on with the show.
Now, for Gumball weekend sign ups start on Saturday morning before many of us wake up and they literally run none stop till about 7pm on the Saturday night. Then, afterwards it starts again very early on Sunday ending well after the races begin.
Whilst most people over the past two years I have co-promoted this race are a pleasure to deal with, there has been a very small minority who, to put it honestly, drive the back gate crew half crazy! Such examples are feeling entitled to free admission to the event, complaining about prices, etc.
Please remember that the weekend is a fund raiser for junior speedway and much of the progress that has occurred in recent times is fuelled by what happens on Gumball weekend. The riders, including two former World Champions, Four National Champions, all the way down to the devoted D2 and D3 riders are all riding for free and would not dream of asking for purse money. The race day crew spend endless hours working compared to a normal race and just do it for the love of the sport.
No matter whether you are riding, mechanicing, working or a fan, enjoy the weekend and feel proud that your entry fee or spectator fee is helping to assist perhaps the most positive thing happening in American Speedway right now - all of the hard work on World Cup and the big Monster races we have seen recently is for nothing if we don't have the next generation of riders to lead USA to a bright future!
So enjoy yourself, be proud to be there and be nice to the back gate staff! See ya there!
Steve Evans email@example.com (February 13, 2013)
2013 World Famous Gumball Rally Prices
Adult Academy - (all inclusive) $200.00
Open Practice – (includes entry to Big Kids' for kids) $30.00
Big Kids' Gumball Spectators/Mechanics $15.00/ adults who rode in practice and under 15 - $10.00
Big Kids' Riders $30.00 - ($15.00 If practiced)
Junior Academy $40.00, includes entry to watch the Gumball Rally
$60.00 Academy/Gumball (Pee Wees only)
Gumball Rally Riders $30.00 for one class - $15.00 for second class
Gumball Rally Spectators $15.00 - Under 15 $10.00 - Weekend Pass $25.00 all inclusive
For further information contact Hagon Shocks firstname.lastname@example.org (760) 798-8015
RAINED OUT - Practice at Pirate Speedway
Thanks to mother nature and the lovely rain she is providing us, Pirate Speedway will not be able to run a practice this Saturday, January 26th. Sorry :-(
*~! Jessi Lee !~* Jessi DuBois email@example.com (January 2, 2013)
Practice at Pirate Speedway this Saturday Jan 26th from 10-3 pm. Beautiful track- just rebladed. Open practice $40.00, 2012 IMS license holder $30.00. No charge for mechanic or spectator. Fuel available for $7.00 a gallon. Please let us know if you are interested. Hope to see you there!!
Shawn McConnell (714) 255-0088 or E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org (January 22, 2013)
World Famous Gumball Rally 2013
Probably the funnest race weekend in the world is taking place February 16th and 17th at Pirate Speedway in San Bernardino.
The race weekend will offer a Speedway Training School for Adults, Open Practice for all, Hagon Shocks/Joker Machine Speedway Academy for first time kids 7 through 15, Big Kids Gumball for 1st 2nd and 3rd divisions and, of course, the prestigious Gumball Rally PeeWee / Mini / Junior Speedway Championship.
Saturday the 16th:
8am- 12noon - Billy Hamill Adult Academy
Noon - 4 - Open Practice
6pm - Big Kids Gumball (divisions 1, 2, and 3, Handicap and Scratch program)
Sunday the 17th:
9am - noon - Mini Speedway Academy
1pm - 2013 Gumball Rally Championship (PW, Mini 150, Junior 250 and Powder Puff)
Heat sponsors - $50 each
Peewee / Powder Puff / Division II and Division III Main - $100 each
Division 1 Mains (2) Saturday night - $150 each
Peewee – Mini $ 150, Junior 250 -$200 each
Co-Promoter, Steve Evans, is now taking rider sign-ups at email@example.com or call 310 309 9418.
Race sponsors can call Steve or Billy or email us.
Camping will be available for $10.00 per night from Friday until Sunday night. Bonfires are allowed in the pit area. Contact Pirate Speedway for further information. (714) 255-0088 or E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Come on out and enjoy the show and support America's future Speedway Stars!
Ventura Raceway have published their 2013 schedule (See Link Here)
June 29th is listed as an ALL SPEEDWAY event - first since 2000 - and as a round of the 2013 AMA National Series.
Ventura Raceway will issue a press release on this event shortly. Meantime we are looking for sponsors to help us stage the best possible event. Heats will be sold and there are also spots for main and presenting sponsors. Backing is vital to pull off an event like this!
Please contact myself if you would like to assist - A race of this level at a Euro sized track will be something quite special - Let's cause a commotion this June!
Steve Evans (January 17, 2013)
Grass Track Meeting
Just wanted to confirm that BIGTIME Speedway will be promoting our inaugural Grass Track meeting Sunday April 28th at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, located at 100 Placerville Dr., Placerville CA 95667. The track is on the baseball fields. The track will be about 300 yards in length.
Gates open at 9am, races at noon. All classes are welcome. Speedway bikes, mx, flat track, minis, quads, karts, etc.
Parking is $5.00 collected by the fairgrounds - No exceptions. That is their deal.
Spectators $5.00, if you want to race it's $25.00 per class.
There are 25 camping sites available for motor homes. $30.00 per night. Very nice facility. Should be a lot of fun tearing up the grass. Please RSVP and direct questions to email@example.com or call Steve Stasiefski at (925) 786-3263.
Steve Elstins (January 16, 2013)