On this episode of Naptown Buzz, your source for all things Indy, Brian runs down the Naptown Buzz Top 5 Picks of the Weekend and announces the Food Truck Throwdown winner.
1) Indianapolis Colts Draft Party
2) Stutz Artists Association 19th Annual Open House 2012
3) Indiana Pacers 2012 NBA Playoffs, Round One
4) Mid America Speedway 2012 Opener
5) Earth Day Indiana at White River State Park
Mid America Speedway opens their 2012 season this Saturday night at the Marion County Fairgrounds in Indianapolis.
The 2012 season schedule is as follows:
April 14 (rain out, rescheduled for April 28th)
April 28 (rain out, rescheduled for May 5th)
- May 5
- June 9
- June 23
- July 14
- July 28
- August 4
- August 17 (Friday) – Night before the MotoGP
- September 8 – Heavy Vintage Night
- September 15
- September 29
- October 6
- October 20
- October 27 – Halloween Race
All races begin at 7:00pm and end around 10:00pm.
- Grandstand age 10+: $8
- Grandstand age 5-9: $4
- Pits age 10+: $10
- Pits age 5-9: $5
- Age 5 and under free
A speedway motorcycle is unlike any other motorcycle that you have ever seen. The motors are 500cc methanol burning four strokes. The bikes weigh in at about 170 pounds and put out somewhere in the neighborhood of 75 horsepower. With the light weight, and high horsepower, a speedway bike is capable of going from 0-60 mph in less than 3 seconds. The bikes are remarkably simple in that they have no transmission, very little front suspension, no rear suspension, no starting mechanism, and no brakes. That’s right, no brakes! The rider enters the turn full throttle, throws the machine sideways to get the motorcycle turned, and aims for the next turn.
A speedway “meeting” consists of four heats, and a main event. Each rider will ride in four heats, starting each one from a different spot or “gate” on the starting line. The four riders with the most points after four heats go on to the main event. All heats, and mains are four laps, and the fast guys can run their four laps in less than 50 seconds.
A rider cannot touch the tapes before the start. If he does, he goes back to the penalty line. If he breaks the tapes, he gets to watch from the sidelines. If two or more riders go down on the first lap, the race is re-started with the rider causing the re-start going to the penalty line. Should a downed rider be unable to start his machine after two-minutes, he is excluded from the re-start, and headed for the pits.
For more information, visit midamspeedway.com and follow Mid America Speedway on Twitter at @MidAmSpeedway.