American Flat Track Series returns to Rapid City on Saturday
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The American Flat Track Series returns to Rapid City this weekend for the first time since 2019.
The Black Hills Half-Mile is taking place on Saturday, Aug. 6 at Black Hills Speedway.
This weekend’s race also represents the second round of the Progressive Triple Crown, which means riders can earn extra points and remain in the running for a $25,000 prize.
Gates open at 3 p.m. on Saturday with qualifying races and the opening ceremonies are scheduled for 7 p.m.
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“It’s really a great spectacle,” said Promotional Director Terry Rymer. “Something you should come out and see. We’re going to have 6-time national motor cross champion Jeff Stanton, as our Grand Marshall. Come and meet him. They open up the pits for all the fans to come out and get autographs. It’s really really a great show.”
Fans will have a chance to watch some of the nation’s top professional motorcycle racers including Jared Mees and Briar Bauman.
Mees has won at Black Hills Speedway on three prior occasions and Bauman is the series most recent winner, having taken top honors in 2019.
Riders say that Black Hills Speedway is one of their favorite tracks.
“For starters, the dirt is phenomenal to go with the shape,” said AFT motorcycle racer Justin Jones. “It’s a really fast technical track. You’ll see as the night goes on, the riders will start moving up and up the race track chasing the moisture. It just gets faster and faster as the night goes on.”
“That’s kind of the thing with flat track racing, the American Flat Track Series, there is up to 16 of us on the track at one time,” said AFT motorcycle racer Johnny Lewis. “The racing is close. It’s closer than cars. We do bang into each other. It’s not sometimes on purpose. But we’re getting into the corners at 90 plus miles per hour and trying to get the motorcycle to change direction and go. When you have 16 of us out there, the big track becomes a very small track.”