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Article By: Brad Gregory
Photos By: Savanah Rose @themouseandthemoto
Originally Published In The July 2018 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine
After the practice sessions, we had the heat races. I felt like with every lap I was getting more and more comfortable with the bike and the track and how to ride. After the heat races came there were the Super Hooligan Semi-Finals, which were televised. By this point in the day, the crowd had started to show up, and the BMO Center was packed. I believe the entire lower bowl was sold out. It was so amazing to see 5,000 race fans going crazy. As we got lined up for the Semi-Finals, I glanced to my right and saw my buddy Ed Subias lined up in the next spot over. I gave him a good-luck fist bump and then looked forward to watch for the start light to turn green. My semi-finals race went by quickly, and I can’t claim to be the fastest (or anywhere close to) racer on the track, but I didn’t care because I was having an absolute blast, racing with some of my buddies in front of a huge crowd. It was an experience I will not soon forget.
Once the Semi-finals were over, we headed upstairs to watch some of the other races. There were many different classes ranging from vintage, 450 singles, mini-bikes, inappropriate, and youth. One of the highlights for me was meeting Patrick Garvin’s son Race who was in the youth class, racing in his very first flat track race. It was super cool to see his excitement. I was pretty jealous and wished that I had been doing something this cool at his age. The Super Hooligan Finals was the last race of the evening. There were some incredibly talented racers who qualified for the finals, and I knew it would be a very tight race.
In the end, #42 Rich Heverly came away with the win. When I made it back down to the pits to my bike, he had just gotten off his bike and he and the rest of the crew from his camp were pretty stoked with his success. After all the bikes were loaded back up, we headed across the street to the historic Turner Hall to meet up with the Led Sled Crew to watch the Atomic Punks, a Van Halen cover band who absolutely melted our ear drums. In closing, I want to thank Jeremy Prach for putting on such an epic event and also thanks to Patrick Garvin for getting my race bike all set up and also for hauling it to Milwaukee.