Over the 14th and 15th, I went out to Salem Speedway in Salem, Oregon, for some flat track racing action! The track is at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in an indoor agriculture building. I've been racing in this building for almost 17 years! When I was really young, my Dad took me out there to race Arenacross.
I've raced flat track at Salem a lot, so I knew what to expect, which was a heap of fast local pro's. The Pacific Northwest is a hot bed for flat track racing talent, which has surely rubbed off on me.
There are two classes a pro can race: 450 Expert and Open Expert. Obviously in 450 Expert, a 450cc motorcycle is the maximum displacement. Open Expert is open, but everyone just runs a 450 and its a second class to race!
I did well in the heat races, and made the Dash for Cash (4 riders, 4 laps, winner takes all) in both classes. I got two 2nd place finishes and had the speed to win, but unfortunately the winner jumped the start and race direction didn't enforce it. One of the races was clean, and of course that one I butchered the start, and slid into second on the last lap. They did enforce jump starts in the main after multiple people complained.