Horseshoe Park Summer Short Track Series

Round 3: June 1st, 2013

 Horseshoe Park Equestrian Center, Queen Creek, AZ

Short Track Saturday Night

By Tim Thomas

Elton John famously sang “Saturday night’s all right for fightin” but he was wrong! Saturday night is short track night! Especially in Arizona in the spring in the beautiful covered Queen Creek Equestrian Center. Huge fans above the spectators keep the air moving and keep them cool while the staff with Joe Cude’s supervision create a fantastic cushion racing surface for the riders. This was the final “warm up” night prior to the points paying races for the season rewards, which start on June 15.
The youth mini bikes started out the night with Carson Millikan taking the heat and main on his Honda 50 followed by Wyatt Smith and Julian Brant. It’s nice to see the interest in this class to get some young blood into this great sport.
Race two was the Mad Dog 150 class with the big guys on the little bikes, always a fun race to watch. The promoter, Pat Neilson took the holeshot and lead early but could not hold off the hard charging young Harry Canan on Frank Baker’s quick Honda. Pat held onto second despite strong challenges from Crank Works’ Phil Schaefor and Jerry Gates.
In the Vintage classes, Josh Adams was the man tonight on the 250s with his Honday XL winning the heat and main over Bill Cook on a beautiful Trackmaster Yamaha. In the 600 class, the always fast Joe Cude held off the hard charging Jerry Gates to take the victory.
Phil Schaefor was not to be denied in the action packed Open Am DTX class on his Yamaha 450 holding off Jeff Shambre and Kevin Neilson. Phil added a second victory on the night riding his Suzuki 450 to the win in the Open MX Knobby class over Nathan Smith and Ryan Morrison. This class is great for getting some new blood to hone their skills at short track racing without having to have a flat track specific bike. A number of the riders who rode this class initially have since become hooked and built their own flat trackers.
There were enough Quads to have two heats and an A Main and B Main. Rob Golden took the honors in the A Main while Chris Cole took the trophy in the B Main. Courtney Lahr made the ladies in the stands proud by taking second in the B Main. The quads put on a great show with lots of power slides on the great cushion surface.
In the Run Whatcha Brung Open Pro class, it was Joe Cude taking the winner’s share of the cash. Brandon Inderbitzin kept Joe honest in the heat but ended up getting a little too antsy in the main and was sent to the penalty line. He worked his way back to second by the end of the main but you can’t give Joe a head start and expect to catch him. Dan Mullins rode Byron Boaz beautiful TriBSA to third.

 Promoter Pat Neilson leads the pack in the Mad Dog 150 class. Photo by Cam Davis