More than 30 riders from 6 different states came to compete at the Dodge City Flat Track Motorcycle National over the past weekend. Competitors from Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Oklahoma, Missouri, many from Kansas and as far away as Wisconsin rumbled at the raceway park. The 2-day event was shortened to a single night due to heavy rain that rolled into the area on Friday night at the conclusion of hot laps. Fans returned in force on Saturday night to enjoy the show, as all tickets from the previous night were honored. Riders acclimated to the dirt oval quickly turning some fast laps in the Modern Open, Classic Single, Vintage Brakeless and Big Twin classes.
In the Modern Open class, pro rider Dylan Bell riding Honda, was edged out by Reece Pottoff out of Highland, Kansas who took the top spot. Rounding out the top 3 in the 15 lap main event was a rider out of Bel Aire, Kansas, Dalton Hunn on a KTM bike.
A fierce battle between the top two riders made for great spectating in the Classic Single class. Hunter Even on a Yamaha looked to the inside and out, trying everything possible to get past the Rotax machine of Erik Blands. He eventually ran out of laps and Blands held on for the victory as the top two finished nose to tail at the checkered flag. Bringing home the 3rd spot was the #46 Rotax rider of Tim Davis.
Next, was the Vintage Brakeless class, where fearless finesse was on display. These Harley-Davidson riders hand-shifted in a high-speed demo race where Dan Lauters from Kewaskum, Wisconsin on the #25 machine lead the way to victory. Second place went to Springfield, Missouri rider Gerald Chism and King Kirk Anderson out of Wichita, Kansas rounded out the top three.
The final Flat Track event of the night was the 15 lap Big Twin feature. Fourteen riders, 12 Harleys and 2 Yamahas lined up across the Dodge City dirt. The field of bikes roared into turn one as the green flag flew for the start of the largest class of riders. In the non-stop main, Dylan Bell wasn’t going to settle for another second place finish as he took the lead and showed the way for the win. Bell was followed by Salina, Kansas rider # 46L Aaron Lindfors who picked up a position in the race, and Iowa rider Jordan Baber rounded out the top 3 after starting in the 5th position.
It was a great night of racing for the Flat Trackers at DCRP as they complimented the promoter for getting the track into racing condition after the previous night’s rain out. Fans applauded as no riders went down all evening on the 3/8ths mile oval.
This event was brought to Dodge City Raceway Park in part through a grant from the Dodge City Festivals, LLC organization, and was sponsored by Most Wanted Harley-Davidson of Dodge City, Kansas.
The history of motorcycle racing is rich in Dodge City, as the city hosted the first 300-mile World Championship motorcycle race in 1914, the event continued for many years into the fifties. CDR Promotions was proud to host the Dodge City Flat Track National, and look forward to building another successful event in 2022.