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Just a thought; in a hooligan race, I think almost anything goes; as far as engine mods. That 883 could be bored & stroked, have high compression, ported heads, or whatever the owner wants to do to it.

Don't get me wrong; I love Sportsters and like seeing them win. I'm just wondering how stock the engine is.
It could be, but my whole point is that any of that would be totally unnecessary in just about any Hooligan race. Even on a 1/2 mile, the straights are around 1/8 mi. The "art" in flat track is turning. Turning fast and in semi control. Do that better than the competition and you'll win races as long as you are pushing similar power & traction elsewhere.

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Yes, I will! I'm looking forward to it!
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The excitement is back in the twins!!!!!

Good to see Robinson win. Super stoked for Vanderkooi snagging another 4th on his 21st birthday! Halbert was 7th so the XG is definitely coming on.

Kinda disappointed the other various brands didn't show better. Thinking that'll change when we get on a long track.
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I have to agree with you. I started a long rant about Indian, but it wouldn't serve any purpose other than to show that I don't like what they're doing to Flat Track. Vanderkooi really was impressive and I enjoyed watching Robinson show his mettle. I was a bit disappointed that both Shayna Texter and Henry Wiles went backwards in their respective races.

I hope things get more competitive once the series hits the 1/2 Miles and Miles. Smith should be deadly on a Mile; as well as a number of others.
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I'm no Indian fan by a long shot, but I'm kinda, sorta glad for what they did. They are as responsible as anyone for reinvigorating Flat Track. Not more responsible, but as responsible. Especially with so many riders on Indians, they've become the brand for haters to hate. That was Harley-Davidson for the last forty years and part of why the sport stagnated at the professional level. Time will tell but I personally think Indian's entry has been good for the sport overall. I'm still not an Indian fan, but I will give the devil his dues. I hope the multi-brand competition has convinced the doubters that AFT's double standard for race only vs production based engines was the right move.

Dixie is a tough track. Roughly 3/8 mile with only one short (true) straight on the back side.


Size is deceiving because it is a physical track. There's no relative break for long straight a ways. You're fighting all the way around. Like her weakness, the TT's, I think it just whipped Shayna. She looked good the first half but after the second restart she was done. Just wore out I think. She can work out all she's able, but at the end of the day she is still a TINY person! Man, woman, it doesn't matter. When it comes to stamina, energy reserves is key. Small reserves, muscles, etc. in a smaller body are simply going to wear out faster. Who knows what happened to Henry.

It's great having Brad Baker's current insight in the announcing booth!!! His speculation on tire choices being key to the race played out just as he predicted and was further confirmed by Mees after the race. It could be what held Wiles back. Who knows?

I was really expecting Beech and Carlysle to do better. I'm thinking maybe all the work on Smith's Kawasaki has been directed at the longer tracks and he's kinda struggling on these first two shorter ones. Could be the sam for the Yamaha's and they've had a lot less development time.

Not to be overlooked is this little trend; Briar, Wiles and VANDERKOOI are the most consistent points earners after two races. And I'm leaning toward Jarod being the most consistent of them! I'm not making any predictions, but more than one championship has been won by guys who consistently finish in the top five without winning many or even ANY races.
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This weekend is the Texas Half Mile. Now it's time to get to the "Meat and Potatoes" of the racing season; Half Miles and Miles. The production Twins class is having its first race of the season, and from the hype from AFT there are a lot of singles riders who'll be out there on twins. There will be at least one XG 750 out there. It's being ridden by multi time road race winner Danny Eslick and is part of the Black Hills H-D team. I was a fan of Eslick when he was racing Buells in Superbike events, and I'm hoping he does well on Saturday. Danny will be riding a Yamaha in the Singles class as well as the Production Class XG.

I'm also hoping that there are more bikes that can run with and beat the Indians. Brian Smith's Kawasaki should hopefully be in the mix and I have high hopes for JD Beach on the Yamaha, as well as the Factory XGs of Vanderkooi and Halbert.

I'll be glued to my laptop starting at 5:00 Saturday afternoon. I hope it's a good race!
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