Archive for May, 2014

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As all of us celebrated our veterans this Memorial Day weekend, the NHRA Lucas Oil Series made its next stop at the ultra fast Maple Grove Raceway in Reading PA. The fasted racers from the north east started filling the pits on Thursday for the long weekend NHRA racing.

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We left early Saturday morning for the Showdown at Sundown on Saturday and stayed for the races on Sunday as well.

Saturday started eliminations for most of the classes including the alcohol funny cars and dragsters. These two classes ran at 5:00-7:00, and the finals at 9:00. Fans could get into the races for a great price of $25 a car load. It looked like a lot if people took advantage of this price because the stands where full until after the fireworks had finished at around 9:30pm.

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Over 520 entries filled the beautiful pits at the Grove. Every where you looked had a big trailer and a beautiful car or truck sitting next to it.

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The Super Stock class has something like 100 entries alone. Jim Harris a racer from my area in Central NY had a good weekend making it to the last 12 before breaking out in his NHRA National Record holding 1966 Nova pictured below.

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I just can not believe the amount of money that is spent in this sport as a whole. From the haulers to the race cars it is crazy how much equipment these guys have. Heck the golf carts are all decked out as well.

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It was great to see how the big three Chevy, Ford, And Mopar have got back into the sportsman classes with their COPO camaros, Cobra Jet Mustangs, and the Drag Pak Challengers. Those car are awesome, but expensive. There again it takes a ton of $$$$$ to go out and buy one of the those cars to go bracket racing. As a fan I love them I hope it helps the sport in the future.

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Sunday was a great day for racing with nice weather and great racing in all classes. We stayed for most of the show before we made our 4 hour tip back home.

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We had a wonderful time and watched a ton of great racing. I plan on returning to Sky View Raceway again next weekend for some local 1/8 mile racing.

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Check out all of my images from Maple Grove at John Zachary photography

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Name: Shayna Texter
Age:23
Hometown: Willow Street, PA
Occupation: College Student

When did you start your racing career and where?

I have been riding since I was 3 years old. However because my Dad, Randy Texter raced in both AMA Flat Track and AMA Road Race I had to wait until he retired. I have been racing indoors on concrete since I was 4 and racing outdoors full time since 2003. My first outdoors race was at Trail-Ways Speedway in Hanover, PA.

What is your favorite surface to race on and track?

It really varies. I really enjoyed racing the cushion tracks this past season because of how much harder I could race the other riders on. However I also grew up on grooved car tracks, so any day that we attend a good car track with a wide groove and tons of grip I enjoy those as well.

Who do you look up to in your sport and why?

I look up to a few riders within the sport, one of those individuals being Chris Carr. He has been around and apart of our sport for a long time and is an honest person. If I am looking for some honest feedback or guidance he is definitely the guy to go to and I respect him a lot for that. The other two riders I really have looked up to are Jake Johnson and Kenny Coolbeth. Two past champions in our sport that both have more love and passion for riding motorcycles than anyone else I have met. I look up to these guys because of how grounded they are. You would never know the difference in their attitude whether they win or lose or have a factory ride or are wrenching for themselves come race day.

Who has helped you the most with riding advice or just good advice on how to be a Pro Rider in the AMA?

Before my Dad died he really set Cory and I up for success. He was a part of the sport not only has a rider, but also a team sponsor of the series. He is a lot of the reason I am the type of individual I am today. Since he has passed away, I really have turned to the entire Flat Track family for help, support, and guidance. I really won’t ever be able to thank my family, friends, sponsors, fans, or fellow riders enough for pushing me through and helping me get to where I am today.

What was the biggest difference that you have noticed so far riding in the a GNC Series?

The biggest difference in riding in the GNC Series is the speed and the little room for error. When racing at local races the speed and fast paced environment that you experience at Grand National each and every weekend isn’t always there at local race. One thing I learned as a rider is that I ride to my full potential and want it a lot more at a Grand National versus an outlaw race.

During your racing career what has been your biggest disappointment. Is there a race that got away from you or a championship that you have always wanted to get but just haven’t been able to reach?

I believe every rider has some sort of disappointment that we have put on ourselves. Some things like not qualifying for the short track at a Hotshoe National or crashing on the TT at Amateur Nationals my Horizon award year or even drafting too late at a National are things that come to mind. However these are all races that I could have raced differently that could have possibly had a different outcome, but I can’t change that now. I continue on the next day and continue to live my dream of racing motorcycles.

Shayna you must be so pumped to be riding the Triumph for Latus Motors Racing, and having a great champion like Joe Kopp as your Team Manager?

Yes, I am truly blessed to have been given this opportunity to work with the Latus Motors Racing Triumph team and Joe Kopp this season.

I know it’s early in the season, but how do you like the Castrol Triumph?

I love it! The changes we made this off-season were spot on and I have never truthfully been more comfortable on a twin cylinder chassis before.

What is one thing that you think is an advantage to you and your team aboard the Triumph?

I think one thing that is an advantage for myself and the team is how well the chemistry is. We are all on the same page each and every day at the track and we are all having fun! It has been a long time since I haven’t had to work on my bikes and could just focus on riding them, so that is really nice.

Who have you enjoyed racing against? and what rider do you wish you could have raced with that isn’t racing any more?

There is a bunch of riders that I enjoy racing with and that is what is so awesome about our sport. When I get to ride handlebar to bar with them and smile when the race is over it is considered by me to be another good day of racing.

What are your goals for the 2014 season?

My main goal is to learn. There is so much yet for me to learn in this sport as a rookie from the veterans, that I just want to soak up as much as I can this year. My second goal is to qualify for my first Grand National so that I can drop my letter “A” and my final goal is to be a tough contender for the Rookie of the Year award.

What is one piece of advice you would give a young or new rider as they enter this great sport?

This sport is tough and the one thing that I have learned along the way is to never give up. I could have easily quit when my Dad died. However I pushed myself to continue because I wanted it. Sometimes I think some of these younger kids get pushed to ride and at the end of the day these younger kids need to remember to only ride if it is what they truly want.

Fresh from the opening season of the GNC series, what did you learn at Daytona that you will continue to build on as the season continues?

Confidence. I learned that if I have complete confidence in myself as a rider, the team, and the bike at the end of the day no matter what it will be a rewarding day. The expert riders are the best in the country and right now I just need to continue being me and find myself in the class.

Through out the year what kind of training program to you have to keep in race shape? also Shayna how many hours of seat time do you get in during the week?

As a Pro Singles rider I truthfully never trained. All of my time went into building my bikes and getting them ready each week. I didn’t have a mechanic at home to work on the bikes, clean them, load them, or even drive them to the track. It was all on me. However now that I relived of working on bikes I really have been training. I have been going to the gym during the week and riding bicycles at least twice a week. Seat time on a motorcycle has really been tough since I lost my practice track when my Dad died, however the team and I do have a testing schedule in place to get some additional seat time before my first Expert twins race in Springfield, IL.

I am sure you have been asked this question a lot in your career, but how tough is it to compete at this level as a women in AMA Flat Track Racing? Or do you feel that it’s the same for any young rider that is breaking into GNC?

Like every sport, the men and women have advantages and disadvantages that come on race day. I obviously do not know what it is like to be a male rider, however I do know that some work just as hard and/or harder as I do to be there each and every race. We all love the sport and are grateful because we all know how tough it is to compete in each and every weekend.

Please mention your sponsors or people that have helped you throughout your racing season.

Latus Motors Racing, DFW Honda, Castrol Oil, Triumph North America, McElroy Packagaing, Crosley Radio, RLT Racing, Wright Way Racing, Arai, Brain Leathers, Alpinestars, Kicker, Motion Pro, K&N Filters, Saddlemen, G2 Ergonomics, Evans, 100%, RASE, Weiss Racing, Design Star 3, Go Pro, West Coast Hotshoes, PMP Sprockets, Spider Grips, Fly Racing, Racing Optics, Falicon, and last but not least my Family, Friends, and Fans…THANK YOU!

The images in this Blog were taken by Tom Stein you can check out all of his great work at Northwest Track Shots Thank you again Tom.

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