Get out and ride! Bike Week in Daytona officially denotes the arrival of spring regardless of what the calender says. It's not just the Harley gathering that it's known for, but is the opening rounds of much of the national level racing that we love so much. The AMA Superbike Series is best known with the Daytona 200, but aside from the road racing, there's dirt track racing, the GNCC off road series and others. Evans Powersports Coolant is in many of the machines competing (more than we know!), but we also have some teams carrying our stickers.
In the ATV GNCC Series, Team UXC Racing, with Michael Swift in the 4x4 Open Class and Cliff Beasley in the Utility 2 Class with numerous championships between them, will be starting their season on March 11 in River Ranch Florida. Their Can-Am/BRP machines are always a force to be reckoned with for the competition.
Two days later, the Baylor brothers will be contesting the GNCC motorcycle races. Steward and Grant Baylor have been making waves in the AMA Nationa Enduro Series by grabbing the points lead in each of their classes.
Steward has won the first two pro races and taken a second place in the first three rounds of the series to lead in the points over regulars Mike Lafferty and Cory Buttrick. Grant Baylor has won his 250 A class every time and regularly finishes ahead of half the pro field. At 17 and 14, these two riders have a bright future ahead indeed. The Enduro and GNCC Series' have separate race dates until the final rounds of each and, as a KTM satellite team contracted for the full GNCC Series, it will be a tough decision whether to drop out of the Enduros. Stay tuned on that one!
There's plenty of Flat Track action in Florida as well. The Evans sponsored team of Cory and Shayna Texter will be racing on a half mile track in the American Allstars Flat Track Series race in Volusia before the start of their AMA season at the Daytona short track races. The Daytona short track races are on March 15 and 16. Cory and Shayna are third generation dirt track racers whose family is known for its competitiveness as well as its association with other top names in the sport. Shayna made headlines outside of the racing community last year when she became the first woman to win an AMA Grand National race at Knoxville, Iowa.
This is really just scratching the surface of the racing action that is to come and the riders and teams that no longer put water in their engines.
Water is for drinking, Evans is for cooling!