Flat Track Opener At SDR

Posted: May 24, 2016 in Photography, Racing
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For the past two Saturday’s, Square Deal Riders have tried to get their Flat track race season underway, but the weather had other plans for the 79 year old club. 

Last night 5-21-16 we made our way to Harpersville to cover the first Race at SDR. This week was the annual NYS Quad Championships. Over a 150 riders in both Quads and Bikes filled the pits for the opener. 


Mike Williams and the entire SDR crew did fantastic job preparing the place for another year of racing on the 1/4 mile pee gravel track. The club members installed a new front stretch wall this spring, and also installed a new scoring system that uses transponders to keep track of the action on the track. 

Soon after the riders meeting the sky’s started to open up eith a light rain. Luckily for us the track will take a lot of rain before it becomes to wet to race. All riders were able to get one practice session in before the heat races started.


This year the club decided to start the nights races one hour earlier then past years. Doing this will allow the club to get the entire show completed before their curfew. In recent years with over 200 riders in the pits, caused the show to go longer then they were used too. I guess this is a good problem to have lol. Local first tracks in NY wish they had to many participants in the pit area every week. 


By the way it looks this year will prove to be the same as far as entries at SDR. With the light rain keeping the track moist, the racing was very fast and exciting for the fans that choose to stick it out. SDR officials ran the show along at a good pace trying to beat the heavy rains that were in the forecast.

This weekend the Quads played top bill with their 15 lap Champuonship main event. After the quad heat races we all new that the main was going to be a good one. After the riders were introduced to the fans, they lined up on the front stretch in three rows. 

Still racing the green lights came on and the quads dashed into turn one side by side. Eric Jennings grabbed the hole shot on past race winner Donahue, giving him a slight advantage down the back shoot.


Jennings kept his #401 ride out front until a nasty crash brought. Out the redf flag. The rider involved in the crash walked off the track to the ambulance to be looked at by the medical staff. In flat track racing after a red flag the riders line up one behind each other at the start finish line. Jennings new he needed to get a good gate again, Ahead of the always fast Donahue. Once again the green lights came on and the field headed out for four more laps. This time Donahue stayed real close to the rear bumper of Jennings quad. In between turn one and two Jennings rolled up on two wheels giving Donahue his one shot at the lead. #717 looked low on the leader but #401 gathered his quad up and pulled Donahue down the backstretch. Jennings was able to hang on for the win, with Donahue close behind.


              Dennis Goyer Aboard His #611 Yamaha

After that thrilling race the Bike classes would have to step their game to match that race. A full field of expert riders made their way onto the well watered track for the 450 Expert feature. After the riders placed their machines exactly where they wanted them for the start of the main. As soon as the green lights the riders aimed their 450cc bullets towards the first turn.


This might be  the best part of the night. Watching 15 bikes head off into a left hand turn inches apart.These guys are great at what they do, and it shows week after week. 


Michael Poe #83 from Parkton, Md,rode his Honda to the victory in the Open Experts class. #88 John Wood was in the runner up spot along with Jeremy Higgins, Craig Estelle, and Lowell Carson rounding out the top five. The entire race had good battles through out the field. Sometimes it seems like these main events are to short, just when it gets good it seems like the checkered flag is flying. I guess that is part of the excitement, short and sweet. 

450 am top three Mike Buman Jr, Chris Leviness Jr, Jeremiah Duffy.

450 Expert was one by always fun to watch Lowell Carson, followed by Jeremy Higgins, and open winner Michael Poe. 

The weather tried to stop the racing most of the night, but the SDR crew ran a tight program all night. It was well worth getting a little wet, because the racing was top notch as always. 

Make sure to mark your calanders for June,4 for the annual Scooters for Hooters benefit race. Along with a regular race on tap. 

All pictures can be seen at John Zachary Photography 

Thank you for stopping by,

I will see you at the track 

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