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Join Date: May 2006
Location: West Chicago
Location: West Chicago
Sportbike: '06 GSX-R
Years Riding: Moment I got off the street
How you found us: twinky in the donut?
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The Kansas Speedway was, until last year, strictly a NASCAR venue with two races a season for the drivers and their fans who ached and pined for that ďchase of the cup.Ē
Authorís opinion: (Iím not saying that iím strictly a two-wheeled only racing fan (I love me some F1 and JGTC) but damn, I have never stayed awake long enough to watch a NASCAR race in its entirety. The argument I mostly hear is that I donít understand ďdrafting.Ē And by ďdonít understandĒ what they really mean is that I havenít seen it, thus I donít get the excitement and allure. I want to say that the same thing about World Superbike and MotoGP and Supercross, EnduroCross, the FIM Speedway Championship, Indoor Trials Championship and all of the other televised moto racing sports. However, I have seen NASCAR and itís drafting and bumping and Iím still not impressed.)
Because the Kansas Speedway is a NASCAR venue, Iíve never really paid much attention to the facility. Well, late last year, they broke ground and paved a road course inside of their infield which, of course, spread hot rumors about he potential of running motorcycle track days Ė if not racing Ė at the tri-oval! Shortly thereafter, our local track hero Hector St John stopped by the MotorcycleCloseouts.com offices to see if weíd be interested in sponsoring a day or two at the Speedway.
Months later and I find myself standing on track next to a Rosso red Ducati Panigale S, a Ducati 696 dripping with carbon fiber and a blue and yellow track-prepared GSXR, all of which are humming, thumping and making the most beautiful of noises. On a side note, itís been a long winter and for those of you who have experienced track days, you know what I mean when I write that Iíve long missed that sound of a high-strung engine echoing over winding strokes of asphalt.
I was at the Speedway with St John, Steve-O (owner of Renoís Yamaha & Ducati), Jim of G-Baby Racing and Dean of D2 Cycles; all accomplished track riders and with the exception of myself, all racers. The idea was to walk the track, throw some machinery around and see if we could develop a cool event out at the Speedway that would not only attract lots of riders, but more importantly, be safe.
As with any track, there are safety concerns, and St John had a lot of them, but the group overall spotted them and decided that, with a few changes, the track could be a great attraction to mid and high level riders. The big issue is the Speedway itself and itís high-speed banked corners, but that is another story for another post. In regards to developing a great event for all of mankind, I was lucky enough to be asked of my input but that only led to arguments so Iíll save that for a soon-to-follow second post.
All in all, it looks like the Kansas Speedway might actually turn out to be a very bike-friendly location and we at ĎCloseouts get to be involved as it plans develop, so stay tuned for more info!