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Mid-America Speedway: Indy's 2013 Night Before the Indy Mile

July 30, 2013

The following is an industry press release...

Mid-America Speedway – Indianapolis, IN. – July 29, 2013 – In what has become a big weekend of stellar racing, Mid-America Speedway on Indianapolis' southeast side will again be featuring our 'Night Before the Indy Mile' short track event that this year will feature the stars of AMA Pro Flat Track, but will also be hosting round 10 of the 2013 AMA Vintage Dirt Track National Championship Series on Friday, August 16 during the Red Bull Indianapolis MotoGP Weekend.

This year's event, sponsored by Harley-Davidson of Bloomington, IN. will feature the Bultaco Astro Cup, an event that will see the past stars of AMA Pro Flat Track competing on like-assembled Bultaco Astro 2-stroke racing machines made famous in the heyday of racing of the '60s and '70s of AMA Pro Flat Track.

Jeff Stevens and Harley-Davidson of Bloomington, IN. are the presenting sponsors for Mid-America Speedway's 'Night Before the Indy Mile' event for 2013.

Over 30 riders are expected to return to the track for round 10 of the 2013 AMA Vintage Dirt Track National Championship Series season in the Bultaco Astro Cup, including 3-Time AMA Grand National Champion Jay Springsteen, Garth Brow, David 'Bones' Aldana, Steve Morehead, '00 AMA Grand National Champion Joe Kopp as well as many others who made their name in AMA Pro Flat Track and VDTRA racing throughout the years.  The class will feature a 100% payback to the riders who make the 10-12 rider main event.

'Wild Will' Kelley is shown on one of St. Louis resident Art 'The Dart' Randall's Bultaco Astro mounts at Gas City Speedway in June 2010.  Kelley, a 6-Time VDTRA #1 plate holder, will be making the trip from his Texas home to contest the Bultaco Astro Cup at Mid-America Speedway, as will be Randall and his fleet of pristine vintage Bultacos. Photo by Mike 'Stu' Stuhler/Stu's Shots.

Other riders that are currently making a name for themselves in AMA Pro Flat Track's Grand National Championship Series will be on-hand to test the wide-open circuit at the Marion County Fairgrounds facility for the Open Class event. 

Current overall point standings leader Brad 'The Bullet' Baker, Slammin' Sammy Halbert, 2012 AMA Grand National Champion Jared Mees (who has never lost a race at Mid-America in several years of competing at the track), Rob 'Bugs' Pearson and a host of others are expected to race in this event on the evening preceding round 8 of the 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles Grand National Championship season at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

2012 AMA Grand National Champion Jared Mees will return to Mid-America Speedway on Friday, August 16 to defend his flawless record of competing at the track.  Mees won last year's event (shown) on his Montgomeryville Cycle Center Honda 450cc framer, leading Henry Wiles and JD Beach to the top-3. Photo by Mike 'Stu' Stuhler/Stu's Shots.
These riders will not only be competing on 450cc-class DTX-spec machinery, but alongside with some who will be rolling out their framer mounts, just like Mees did to win the 2012 Open Class event.  The winner of the Open Class event will take home $1500 of the share of the purse.

The evening's racing will also see a special auction to benefit the Aid to Injured Riders Foundation (AIR), that will see autographed pro number plates available for bidding from each of the riders entered in the Bultaco Astro Cup.  All proceeds from this auction will go to the AIR Fund to help offset injury costs incurred during professional competition and the number plates will be provided by Mr. Sign out of Yonkers, NY. 

Mr. Sign of Yonkers, NY., will be supplying the riders in the Bultaco Astro Cup event with pro number plates, one of each which will be auctioned off during the evening to benefit the Aid to Injured Riders (AIR) Fund.

Tickets are only $10/each for adults, with children aged 5-9 only $5/each, and children 4 and under admitted free with a paying adult.  Pit passes will be available for $10/each up until 4:00 PM EDT on the day of the show, and $25/each after that time.  

The other classes being contested during the evening of 'The Night Before the Indy Mile' event will be a 500cc Speedway class, an 80-200cc youth 2-or 4-stroke class, a 250cc Money class, and an Open Quad class which is already filled with six riders.  Mid-America normally offers a bevy of classes throughout it's normal season schedule but is cutting back at this event to make the racing flow better and more fluidly throughout the evening for the racers and the fans alike.

Practice starts at 4:30 PM EDT and the first heat race will roll off the line at 7:00 PM EDT, and we hope to see you there for what will surely be another great evening of racing at Mid-America Speedway at the Marion County Fairgrounds on Indy's southeast side!

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