In the month of May I have ran five different tracks. Three of the races were the Steve Nace all-star races which I am currently the points leader in the 250-am and the open-am.
My first race was in Henry, Illinois on May 4. The track was a cushion half mile with really tight corners and narrow straight aways. In my 201 to 250 heat the track was smooth but a little slick and I wasn't hooking up so I ended up 2nd. In the 250 open class I ended up 5th my first time on a 450 so it as a little sketchy. In the 201 to 250 main I wasn't getting any traction and the track was really rough so it was almost throwing me off but I managed to stay on and finish with a good solid 2nd place. In the 250 open main it was just horrible, the 450 was getting head shakes and jumping everywhere but I pushed through and stayed on for a 6th place finish but not bad for a first time 450 ride.
Your first Pro race is something you'll never forget especially if it is at the historic Springfield Mile - AND YOU WIN! That is exactly what happened to Motorcycle-Superstore Bell Helmet support rider Jarod VanDerKooi when he entered his first Pro race in the Pro Twins class in Springfield, IL.
The Springfield Mile track is hallowed ground steeped in Flat Track history and it is an honor just to race there let alone win. It takes raw talent and tons of skill to lead all twenty laps of your main event and run away with the win by a 6.656 margin...
IN YOUR FIRST RACE!