Shayna Texter attended the Flat Track Futures event at Travelers Rest Speedway on Saturday May 23rd. The event for Shayna started with a test on Thursday night. Justin received permission from our hotel to wash her race bikes in the parking lot before heading to the race track for what would be a very long day. (he cleaned up his mess after getting the bikes sparkling clean)
We arrived at the race track at about noon and created a safe environment for Shayna and crew. The Coronavirus has made us much more aware of the surroundings and we did our best under the direction of the race team to protect Shayna and Justin. While we typically welcome friends and family into the pit area at this event it was limited to team personnel and sponsors only.
The race track on Saturday was in great shape to start the day. The conditions were quite a bit different from the test on Thursday so any intel gained at that test would not help much but we were grateful to be back racing.
The Flat Track Futures event was a HUGE amateur event with full schedule of classes for the future stars as well as vet classes. The schedule was not conducive to very much testing or track time. We did our best to stay positive and to keep Shayna motivated as the hours clicked by without any track time.
Shayna did get on track at about dinner time. She was signed up to race the Open Pro event but ended up riding practice sessions with riders from other classes. (it was packed). Shayna was conservative but fast. This would be the first time in a long time that she was on track with people that she didn’t really know. Her lap times were consistently in the 19.8 or 19.9 area and would prove to be within .3 of the fastest 450 class riders.
Shayna’s races took place after midnight. As an “Open Pro” racer she would be racing against riders on the twins class bikes too. Shayna’s heat race also featured the Factory Indian “Wrecking crew”. Briar and Bronson Bauman were the fastest riders at this event so earning one of the two transfer spots wasn’t likely. Shayna got a great jump but was quickly passed by the twins riders, she ran similar laps as earlier in the day but did not advance from the heat race.
The Last chance qualifier took place at about 1:30AM. Shayna once again got a good jump off of the line but was not able to earn a spot into the main event. Shayna is never happy or satisfied when she doesn’t finish well but in this unique setting our goals were met…she was safe, she got some good testing in on Thursday and got to feel the excitement of racing and looks forward to the American Flat Track series starting in July.
This combined event with amateurs made for a very long day…it was also a reminder of how great that they have it in the AFT series. Shayna’s fiance’ and current AFT National Champion Briar Bauman won the Open Pro main event at about 2:30AM so at least the win stays in the family and in the same van for the long drive home.