The Warm Up®
Flat Track Motorcycle and Quad Races
The Warm Up® - 2014 – AMA Pro Flat Trackers Back In Billings!
They were back! AMA Pro Expert and Pro Single racers were in Billings for an AMA All Star National Flat Track Series race to be held at BMP Speedway on Monday, August 4, 2014! Top riders like Mees, Halbert and 2014 National Pro Singles Champion Wyatt Maguire came to Billings. And what a show they put on. Amazing. Even after racing flat track for over 40 years it still amazes me how fast this newest generation can go, the delicate but strong control they have over the motorcycle at 80 mph and how positive and supportive the flat track community is with and for one another.
The AMA Pro Grand National tour was on the West Coast with race events in Washington, then to Sacramento and returning to Castle Rock, Washington concluding on Saturday August 2. Both the Expert and Singles athletes traveled to Billings for the All Star race on Monday, August 4, with events the next two days in Rapid City, SD (Grand National 1/2 mi) and Sturgis, SD (AMA All Star 1/2 mi) Tuesday and Wednesday. We had 68 entries of national competitors in Billings. Classes included Expert and Pro classes for singles and twins…yep, we had a bunch of Harleys, Kawasakis, Triumphs and other big twin machines on track!
And then Mother Nature visited us once again. For the second year in a row, Mom showed up with smallish clouds and put down just enough water on the track prepared by Steve Nace to make it unrideable and unrecoverable. We might have been able to stay late, but with the National the next evening in Rapid City South Dakota and a low spectator turnout (it rained in Billings two hours before race time), we decided to make payoffs after the heat races. Excellent racing. Seeing Charlotte Kainz and Molly Terry, two of the sport’s leading rising stars was a treat…Charlotte is sponsored partially by Mike Marsh of RASE…hope to have Molly on the team in 2015.
Schedule for The Warm Up® – 2014
Saturday night, August 2, 2014
Club 1/8 mi Short Track at Billings Motorcycle Club (Outlaw race – unsanctioned)
60% Payback in Pro classes
Gate fee $5 per person
Entry fee $25 (Trophy Classes) and $30 (Pro Classes) plus $5 transponder rental (mounts available for $5 each)
Classes for pros and amateurs, flat track, knobby and quads
Gate opens at 3 pm, Sign Up 3 – 5:30 pm, Practice 6 pm, Races 7:30 pm
Sunday August 3, 2014
Free Ride The Big Sky® Day to explore Pompey’s Pillar, the Beartooth Highway, the Custer Battlefield and Red Lodge, MT. Plan to use Billings as your trailhead, with shopping, gaming and a variety of breweries and other western businesses that show genuine, friendly hospitality.
Monday August 4, 2014
AMA All Star National Flat Track series at Billings Motorsports Park (AMA sanctioned)
$10,000 Payback in Pro classes plus two Dashes (Expert and Pro)
Spectator Gate fee $15 per person
Back Gate fee $25 per person
Entry fee $75 per class
Classes for pros and amateurs, flat track, knobby and quads
Gate opens at 3 pm, Sign Up 3 – 5 pm, Practice 5 pm, Opening Ceremonies 7:30 pm
Directions to the two tracks are detailed below.
Directions to find the short track at Billings Motorcycle Club…The Billings Motorcycle Club is actually pretty easy to find. For those of you that have GPS in your vehicle and depend on it for finding your racing spots.. SIMPLY TYPE IN: Casey’s Corner, 2007 Blue Creek Road, Billings, MT 59101.
BMC PROPERTY ADDRESS (*may not show on some GPS systems):
3630 Old Blue Creek Rd
Billings, MT 59101
Detailed Directions: Take Interstate – 90 to Billings, take the South Billings Boulevard Exit, turn south on S. Billings Boulevard. Proceed approx 2 miles, across the Yellowstone River. Look for a sign on the right side of the road for Billings Motorcycle Club, then turn left immediately before Casey’s Corner convenience store onto gravel road. Continue on the road going east following the Yellowstone River (which will be on your left) approximately 1 – ½ miles to the white entry gate
Directions to Billings Motorsports Park…North on Main Street through Billings Heights, turn left on Highway 87 (north towards Roundup, MT)…proceed approximately 10 miles..Billings Motorsports Park is on the west side of the road.
The Warm Up® - 2013
Some of the very best in the world were in Billings Monday night August 5, 2013. Over 50 entries were taken in the Expert and Pro classes. Steve Nace and Mike Quigley did an amazing job of making BMP Speedway motorcycle friendly…the track with high banks looked to be one that would host some competitive racing in both the Singles and Twins classes. But unfortunately it was not to be. Right at practice time, shortly after the track had been given its final watering, Mom Nature stepped in. For 3 hours we watched as a storm in the West stalled about 50 miles from the race track…and then at 6 pm it moved at a glacier pace directly above the track and misted for more than 30 minutes. The moisture was not enough to get the pits or spectator areas muddy, but just enough that all efforts (including running a road grader to scrape the top inch off the track) failed. One of the best grader operators was called upon, and even he couldn’t get the grader around the track…it slid from the top of the track into the base in turn 3…when we knew that we were not racing. Full refunds were given to riders, crew and spectators. The riders proceeded on to Sturgis and raced Tuesday night.
Ride The Big Sky® !
AMA Grand National Singles in Montana in 2008
The AMA Grand National Flat Track series made a stop in Billings, Montana in 2008. Since 2003, The Warm Up, held the weekend before the Sturgis Rally each year, has included hundreds of profesisonal and up-and-coming motorcycle and quad flat track racers. In 2008, the best athletes in the sport of professional flat track came to Billings to compete on the MetraPark 1/2 mi dirt track. AMA pro racers from the US, Canada, Australia and Japan were on hand to battle it out under the beautiful Montana Big Sky. The two day event was the first of its kind for Montana, and the only AMA GNC race west of the Mississippi in 2008.
Congratulations to Kenny Coolbeth for winning the first ever GNC Singles race in Montana, and moving on to win his 3rd consecutive GNC Twins Number One plate in 2008. Great Job Kenny!
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