One thing you learn after watching and going to races for over five decades is, you can't fight Mother Nature, and unfortunately she won out this Memorial Day Weekend.
Just over an hour ago, the Springfield Mile I, what would have been round 4 of the 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles Grand National Championship season, was officially postponed due to heavy rain in the area for the last 24+ hours that soaked the track and forced the IMDA to postpone the event until the Labor Day Weekend on August 31.
Fans, teams and sponsors had waited patiently at the Illinois State Fairgrounds as weather had been a factor since early yesterday, leaving the mile oval soaked and causing this unfortunate delay in what surely would have been a stellar event at the long running event.
So now the Labor Day Weekend will feature a doubleheader weekend, with two mile National main events on Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1, 2013.
Here is the official release from the Illinois Motorcycle Dealers Association that was posted on their Facebook page just over an hour ago:
"The mile has been re-scheduled for August 31st. There will be an amateur short track during the day on August 30th, an All Star short track at night on August 30th, mile on August 31st, and mile on September 1st. Big full weekend of racing!"
Here's the official press release from AMA Pro Flat Track:
AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines. Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at www.amaproracing.com.
For additional information contact:
AMA Pro Racing Communications, (386) 492-1014, email@example.com
So, in the interests of keeping the proverbial juices flowing for the day, you can at least watch last year's Springfield Mile I courtesy of AMA Pro Flat Track and their video page from YouTube:
In the shot above from round 4 of the 2012 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship season at the Springfield Mile I, Willie McCoy on his #59 Harley-Davidson of Wausau/Independence H-D-sponsored XR750 runs alongside Jake Johnson on the #1 Zanotti Racing/Schaeffer's H-D-backed XR in the run to the checkers on the 25th and final lap of the National main.
Bryan Smith on the #42 Crosley Radio/Howerton Motorsports Kawasaki, Jared Mees on the #9 Rogers Racing/Blue Springs H-D XR and Johnny Lewis on the #10 Scott Powersports/Saddlemen Seats Kawasaki all try to get the advantage in the run to the checkers in front of what was a packed house at the Illinois State Fairgrounds on May 27, 2012.
Next up is the Lima Half-Mile at the Allen County Fairgrounds on Saturday, June 29.