The Fall running of the Springfield Mile and Short-Track races.
The short track races are at the rodeo arena on the Springfield, Illinois state fair grounds.
This is the last season for long-time racer Chris Carr. He's one of the best ever (below)
The Short Track dash-for-cash has a handful of the top qualifiers in a short race.
The Short-Track main event.
Our winner gives his grandmother a big hug.
It takes a lot of work by many people to bring these events together.
The next day at the mile track.
The announcer and the flagman.
Track maintenance is a constant thing.
There are wheel-sensors under the dirt that need to be calibrated.
Nearly a full house.
The Singles Final event. The bikes are very closely matched, which can make you cringe as they all enter the turn together. The twins tend to spread out a bit more and are clearly more careful (and trusting) of their competitors.
During the intermission; a walk outside the grandstands.
Perhaps not the best food in town, but most is surprisingly good.
When you're at the top of the grandstands, you pay attention to the details.
After a red-flag, the bikes start in the order they last crossed the line.
The Twins final race.
A very popular winner.
After the races, and crossing under the track through the tunnel.
The Lloyd Brothers Motorsports Ducati.
Not really replicas, these bikes have something of the flavor of the old board trackers from the 1920s.
The crowd is gone.
The crew behind the scenes.