One of the hidden jewels in flat tracks in the Midwest is Mid-America Speedway on Indianapolis' south east side, located at the Marion County Fairgrounds. Having hosted flat track and speedway racing since the 2007 season, the track has started to grow a big following amongst fans and riders alike over the course of the last few seasons.
Run by fellow flat track fanatic Jim Terchila, the track hosts 8-10 events a year ranging from the youngsters all the way to the Pros in a variety of classes and displacements on the immaculately prepared short track. During regional and local races on the track's schedules, rider turn-outs of 140-150 with 27-30 races is commonplace.
The racing lines around Mid-America are abundant, too, as evidenced in the shot above taken during the June 23, 2012 event. Ben Knight #85P leads Jake Tolbert #90J, Brett Terchila #9 (the track president's younger brother), and Ricky Leak #96J. All are area and/or local riders that regularly contest the events held at the Marion County Fairgrounds track. Track president Jim Terchila himself regularly runs the speedway class himself and is quite the hot shoe on his brakeless 500cc methanol-burning machine.
Last year on the Friday night of the Red Bull Indianapolis MotoGP Weekend the track held it's first 'Night Before the Indy Mile' event that was one of the facility's best-attended rounds of the season, and hosted AMA Pro Flat Track riders such as Jared Mees (who won last year's Pro 450 main and is expected back again this year), Henry Wiles, Ion Stear and Rob Pearson, among a big list of other notable Pros.
Next Friday, August 17 will be the track's official 'Night Before the Indy Mile' after last season's Lucas Oil Indy Mile was canceled due to the tragic events surrounding the rigging collapse on stage during the Sugarland concert held just two weeks before the event had originally been scheduled. Mid-America will again be running a limited program for the evening, and the list of regulars/locals and Pro riders is growing fast. And the track again will also host the 1949 Indian Arrow 250cc Challenge that drew a nostalgic following for the vintage event's first run.
This will be an event that is a must see for any flat track fan and/or any racing fan in Indy over the big weekend of racing in the Hoosier Capital. Check out the full press release below and get ready to head east after the first day of practice wraps at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to check out some of the best of the best on the great little short track at Mid-America Speedway. You won't be disappointed!