At the Track

There’s much more to going to the track than just watching the races.  At amateur races you can walk around the paddock, talk to the riders and their “crew” – mostly friends and family, and get the feeling that you are a participant, not just a spectator.  These guys don’t race for cheers from stadiums full of fans.  They do it because they love it.  There is very little prize money to be won.  Maybe they will take home a plaque or trophy if they take a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place. There are travel expenses, track tires, and the cost of keeping your bike running at its best.  You have to really want to do this.

I have been a motorcycle rider most of my life, as described in my most recent post.  I have not been a photographer for nearly as long, but my passion for both is about equal.  What follows is my photo essay from the Championship Cup Series racing that was held at Summit Point Motorsports Park in West Virginia over Memorial Day Weekend, 2018.

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Race fuel
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Early morning tech inspection
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Stuff you’ll need
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More stuff you’ll need
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Trying to relax
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Calm before the storm
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Ready for quick swap
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And they’re off!
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Tight turns
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S-curves
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Coming onto a straight
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Knee dragging
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Don’t run off
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Fast corners
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Not everything goes according to plan
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Fast corner entry
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Number 1
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Long sweeping turn
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Hi Mom!
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Checkered flag
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