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Springfield TT (and Mile)

If you're planning to go to Springfield for the Mile this weekend I HIGHLY recommend you go down on Saturday and take in the TT race as well. As of now this may very well be the last Springfield TT ever. Seems some of the costs to promote the event have gotten too high and the IMDA has opted to forego both the TT and the Labor Day Short Track in 2013.
This is the only race in history where 3 brothers finished on the podium when the Hayden brothers did it...This was the race that put Nicky in position to win a Grand Slam...(All he needs is a mile and he would have a TRUE American Grand Slame!)
So.....Anyone going down? Post up.

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I'll be there (weather pending) Saturday morning.

We're staying at the Riverside Campground in Sherman, 5 mins up the road from the fairgrounds.

As I've always said, for anyone who hasn't been to the Mile in Springfield head on down...you won't miss another one. The best two-wheeled racing on the planet, period.

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Guys you really need to go see this. It is so bad ass...


Can you stroll through the pits like at Peoria?

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Yes...well they've got little gates/fences set up to keep you the hell out of everyone's way, but yes...and the tunnel accesses are frickin' awesome!!

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The bikes are soooo tits, all you can muster is a drool.

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Next time you go, make it a point to get over and stand inside of T1...at least for a few laps of a heat race. The track is very deceptive from the stands, big time banking going in to the corners. Watching those guys dive down into the corner with the back end kicked out at 90 mph is unreal.

...and yes, the bikes are as cool as it gets. Especially with the resurgence of bikes like Triumph, KTM, Suzuki, Ducati, Aprilia, Kawasaki, etc in the field.

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Well hell, I hope it's not the last one

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Oh no, it's just the last Saturday night TT! (maybe) The Mile is safe and sound!!!

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^^^ The mile is still going to be promoted but the Memorial Day TT and Labor Day Short track are not being promoted next year.

"Dirt is for racing on...Asphalt is for getting there" OR "Flat trackers go in deeper and come out harder... OR (With apologies to General MaCarthur) "Old motorcycle racers never die, they just slip off the groove and fade into the dust!

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A shot from the TT from a few years back...JR Schnabel:



Nicky Hayden at the Mile:


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See you Saturday

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We'll see... I'm either coaching Novice or Intermediate all day Saturday. To drive down there and back from Joliet is 300+ miles.

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Heading out this afternoon...

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DAMN!...What a weekend. The TT was a very good race in spite of an overabundance of crashes, especially in the Pro Sport ranks...I'm hoping we can go through AMA Ohio to influence AMA Pro that 18 rider heat races and LCQ's exceed track density for the Pro Sport riders...3 heats of 12 @ 6 laps would cut down on the desparartion these riders are feeling to transfer!
The expert main was a Henry Wiles runaway clinic...when it comes tio the 450's Hammerin' Hank is about the best there is!................I guess JR Schnabble's crash left him injured worse than he apperared...he's a great guy and class act as a racer...I hope he'll be OK soon!
The Mile was, for the exception of one incident at the start of the expert main, a classic. Thankfully in that incident the air fence prooved to be invaluable once again and even tough there were some injuries they all returned to the pits on their own power.
The main itself was another clinic and drafting and tactics. and was masterfully won by n42 year old Willie McCoy who no one even figured to come close until there were only about 5 laps to go. Mees and Coolbeth in my opinion squandered their tires and for the life of me I can't figure why Bryan Smith swung wide to the inside going for the stripe...he might have been able to block Willie (but I doubt it) if he hadn't but, Willie just held it open all the way when it counted most and won! Sometimes the OLD guys show the kids how it's done!

Cerk...I was disappointed we missed each other...I hope all is OK and you and your companions didn't run into any trouble...maybe you can come to the half mile @ Elkhorn this Sunday!

PS...Watch the listings on NBC Sports network (the old Versus) because the mile is going to be shown on tape delay sometime.

"Dirt is for racing on...Asphalt is for getting there" OR "Flat trackers go in deeper and come out harder... OR (With apologies to General MaCarthur) "Old motorcycle racers never die, they just slip off the groove and fade into the dust!

If you want to anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal all one must do is tell the truth!

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