Flat track races to entertain New Ulm this weekend – NUjournal

May 16, 2024
File photo by Ari Selvey Lowell Bronstad (783) and Robert Anderson (46) compete in heat two of the Hooligan at the Flying Dutchmen Motorcycle Club Flat Track on Sept. 16, 2023.
NEW ULM — The Flying Dutchmen Flat Track Races begin the year this weekend with two days of motorcycle racing action.
The flat track races will take place Saturday and Sunday, starting with 11 a.m. practices and races beginning at noon both days at the club grounds, located at 20513 110th avenue in New Ulm.
General admission tickets cost $13, while kids 10 and under get in free. Adults 65 and older also get in free.
Flying Dutchmen race chairman Adam Schmidt said he expects to see another strong turnout of racers this weekend.
“We would hope to see over 200 entries,” he said. “Maybe up to 250. We’ve had more than 250.”
In the past, the races have drawn several hundred fans depending upon the weather.
“Sometimes we get a couple hundred people to show up to watch for the afternoon on Saturday, sometimes we’ve had up to 400 spectators,” Schmidt said.
There will be 23 different classes racing Saturday and Sunday, with the youngest racers being 4-year-olds and the oldest being in their 60s. Races are grouped by age and machine engine size.
The biggest race this weekend will be the Smiley’s Cycle Works Hooligan Shootout.
“There’s a $1,500 purse for that and new LightShoe steel shoes for the winner,” Schmidt said. “Those bikes have to be 750cc or bigger. They have to be a production street bike, multi-cylinder, and they have to be in the stock frame.”
Saturday’s racing events are expected to conclude around 6 p.m., while Sunday’s festivities wrap up around 4 p.m.
There will be concessions at the event, including hot dogs, hamburgers, pulled pork and Schell’s beer.
Schmidt said the races are a fun time for all ages and he invites those who have been and haven’t been at the track before to check them out.
“Come on out and spend the afternoon watching the old and the young turning right to go left on a third-mile clay oval,” Schmidt said.
The next flat track race will take place in New Ulm on Sept. 14-15 and will feature a live band, an outlaw country band named The 241s.
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