Southern California Flat Track Association
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Saturday night I visited Perris Raceway to race some dirt track with Southern California Flat Track Association. Every few weeks it hosts races on Perris’ nearly quarter-mile dirt oval track adjacent to the motocross track.
There are a number of things I really like about its program: First off, practice doesn’t start until 5:00 pm so you have all-day to hang out and enjoy your Saturday. Second, the schedule is efficient, fair and very well executed. There’s a class for all bikes and riders, both young and old and racing fees are reasonable ($50 for first class, $35 for the second and members get $5 off the first class.)
Everyone gets two quick practice sessions followed by a heat race to determine your grid position then onto the mains. The mains take place after the sunsets so you get to bang bars under the flood lights which work as good as the sun. Racing wraps up around 9:30 pm and is followed by an awards ceremony in which the top-three finishers in each class get trophies and some free product from Lucas Oils.
The atmosphere is much more relaxed than a motocross or road race with folks hanging out, barbecuing and tilting back cold cans of brew. Everyone I met, including the guys I raced against were friendly and quick to share advice or help out if you need some work done to your bike. The next race takes place Friday, October 14, the night before the AMA national taking place in Ponoma and is definitely worth a visit.
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