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Americana: Flat Track at the Fairgrounds

Last summer, we visited Mid-America Speedway, a short track at the Marion County Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. That particular weekend of flat track and speedway racing was held during the annual county fair, which added an extra dose of an already abundant amount of Americana. Here are glimpses of that day and the great atmosphere that surrounds flat track racing.


Mid-America Speedway is the home of Sideways Saturday Nights and located in the southeast corner of Indianapolis. They commit themselves to promoting flat track and speedway racing in the Midwest. Though the pits are full of competitors, the feeling of community is clearly evident. People working at the track are all smiles, American flags are in full force, snow-cones are being sold for fundraising efforts, a fittingly overzealous track announcer can be heard and the quiet arrival of the water truck helps spectators reset for the next round of close finishes.

Take your kids to see flat track racing before they get too old. Show them an American pastime where motorcycle racers have respect for each other and the pits are full of helping hands. Then join us in rooting for the success and growth of flat track racing in the USA.

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