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Any flat track fans out there?

Dan Bromley currently leads the AFT Singles points standings on a KTM 450. Shayna Texter on a Husqvarna is always a threat and the top female flat-tracker. If you’ve never been to a good flat track race, take one in if you get the chance.
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Dan Bromley currently leads the AFT Singles points standings on a KTM 450. Shayna Texter on a Husqvarna is always a threat and the top female flat-tracker. If you’ve never been to a good flat track race, take one in if you get the chance.
Old school dirt track fan here buddy. Bromley and Texter families have a long tradition of fast riders for many decades here in this district. We also had a few other fast fellows from the old district 6 stomping grounds here in Pa. did ya ever hear of Revvin Kevin Varnes? or maybe
Jake Johnson(NJ) or Jared Mees? All those riders rode district 6. Love the dirt track then and now
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Have watched all of the above since the 70’s and travel to various tracks around the country to see the (former GNC now AFT) hotshoes compete. Two of the elder Bromleys still compete in AMA Vintage Flat Track and I had the pleasure of watching them ride at AMA Vintage Days recently. Living within 10 miles of halfway between Springfield and DuQuoin means I’ve attended many races there, at Peoria and Santa Fe in the old days. Attended both Daytona TTs, OKC Mile and other regional Pro-Ams in the area.
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Local dirt track hero

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Have watched all of the above since the 70’s and travel to various tracks around the country to see the (former GNC now AFT) hotshoes compete. Two of the elder Bromleys still compete in AMA Vintage Flat Track and I had the pleasure of watching them ride at AMA Vintage Days recently. Living within 10 miles of halfway between Springfield and DuQuoin means I’ve attended many races there, at Peoria and Santa Fe in the old days. Attended both Daytona TTs, OKC Mile and other regional Pro-Ams in the area.
So I suppose you would remember the “Findlay Flyer” and the “Michigan Mafia” as those guys were from your part of the country. I loved to watch those old masters at work. Riding the piss out of those antique Harley’s. Springer was awesome to see. Ricky Graham was incredible and friggin Steve Morehead was something to see on a slick track. My favorite was Parker. Cocky little bastard. Heart of a friggin lion. I guess you could say they don’t make em like that anymore... but have you seen these new kids ride??..
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Morehead is still involved as on-track Marshall at all AFT events and Chris Carr is operations director.
I have pics of my youngest (now 24) when she was a pre-teen alongside Springer and Parker.

Back in the day, my current wife and I stayed at the “Harleyday” Inn in Springfield where the factory team always holed up. Sitting in the hotel hot tub on the night before The Mile, I asked her if she knew who it was sitting on her opposite side. When she said “No” I told her that’s #1, #1A and the guy who makes them go fast. We were soaking with Parker, Springer and Bill Werner. Later I got Springer to autograph a poster, “Hey Linda! Remember the hot tub?” Always made her blush.
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Gotta say Ricky Graham was the best I’ve ever seen, making the impossible look easy because he was so smooth and in control. Also Hank Scott, who never won a #1 plate because he was always up agsinst Graham, Parker and Springsteen. The guys now have such better equipment and tires, there’s no good way to compare’em.

My local homeboy Jeffrey Carver is the top privateer, the only guy to challenge and beat Mees this year. He has become known as “The People’s Champion” but I know he wants to lose the qualifier “People’s”
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Dirt track memories and outright lies

Ah. Yes sir I will never forget Ricky G when he was on he was simply unbeatable. Incredible to watch him at his best. It was magical. Yes it has also been my experience to observe the local hero’s here and elsewhere with gobs of talent and skill but yet unable to get the timing and machinery and everything else aligned correctly to propel the rider to stardom. Every home town has their hero’s I suppose. There is only so many high end factory rides and more riders than seats. Simple mathematics. And only room for 1 winner on the podium. If it was easy everyone could do it.
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A funny story from ancient dirt track history was a story from jay Springsteen from his factory Harley days in the 70s. I was not present and I don’t remember details perfectly but the story went that springer was riding practice laps at test track on a brutal hot summer afternoon and after practice took a cold beer from cooler and opened it. Team manager(DickObrian?) barked at springer and told him this was against team rules and he would be fined $100 for that beer! Springer looked at him with a grin after gulping down his beer and told him “well you better make it $200 cause I’m having another one after this.
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Sadly, there will likely be an open seat on the Indian Factory Team. Former #1 plate holder Brad Baker was seriously injured recently and faces a long recovery and rehab.

The Rookie Class of ‘79, Scotty Parker among them, is an organization that donates to injured riders for their medical and living expenses while on the mend. They collect donated memorabilia such as sutographed gesr, posters and photographs to be auctioned and sold to help fund the effort. They also take direct cash donations for specific riders like Baker. These racers for the most part have no medical insurance due to the dangerous nature of their profession and are mostly on their own to pay the huge doctor and hospital bills. Charlie Roberts (when he’s not out on the track himself) and his helpers run Class of ‘79 operations and are at every event with a display of the items available. Past champions, even from other racing disciplines donate their gear and signatures to fund the rider donations. If you are lucky enough to attend an AFT race, stop by and see all the great man-cave stuff they have on display.
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