No AFT in Sturgis? No RSD SuperHooligans? No worries, Xtreem Flat Track is stepping up with an action-packed seven races in eight days on three different tracks. The Ronnie Stratton Memorial Official Sturgis Rally Championship cranks up with a triple bill of races at the historic Jackpine Gypsies' shorttrack, followed by two Super TT races on a brand spankin’ new track they just carved out at the Buffalo Chip’s Powersports Complex. The series will wrap up at Black Hills Speedway with two nights of Rapid City Half-Mile races. Riders will earn points at each race with champions named at the end of the week and big prizes awarded.

Getting your hands on that prize will be no easy feat. With three vastly different types of tracks, a rider’s skills are going to be pushed to extremes. One day the action is going to be tight and tough and everybody’s going to be scratching and clawing for every pass they make in the intimate arena of the Jackpine Gypsies' shorttrack. Next they're going to be launching into the air not once, but twice at the Xtreem Flat Track Buffalo Chip Super TT. Then it’s going to be time to pin it to win it at the always fast Black Hills Speedway Half-Mile, a regular stop of the American Flat Track (AFT) circuit. AFT just kicked off its season a couple weeks back at Volusia Speedway Park and the next AFT race at a yet-to-be announced location in the Northeast isn’t until August 28-29, so the Sturgis races pose a prime opportunity for riders to keep their skills sharp while potentially pocketing some cash.

“We’ve heard from several of the pro racers that are coming out. “Bugs” is going to be there. Dallas Daniels, who just won in Florida, has already said he’s coming out and I think Colby Carlisle is going to be here, so probably a good portion of the Estenson team and several others as well,” said Extreem Flat Track’s Jason Baffrey.

The “Bugs” he speaks of happens to be AFT SuperTwins competitor Robert “Bugs” Pearson who actually helped design the Buffalo Chip Super TT track. “Bugs” and Baffrey got together with Xtreme Flat Track President Jake Latimer and his father Frank, former racers themselves, to map out the track at The Chip.

“That specific event I think is going to be unlike anything anybody’s ever seen before in flat track racing because it truly is a Super TT. It’s going to be vastly different from what riders have been on before,” said Baffrey. “We looked at what was there, what we could utilize, and “Bugs” put his stamp on it.”

While a TT race generally has to have at least one right turn and one elevation change or jump, just wait ‘till you see The Chip’s spin on it.

“It’s gonna be a really exciting course. It’s going to have a couple jumps, a couple places for bikes to catch air. The real big thing is the uphill. We’re actually taking them up the hill. We had a local guy come out when the track was first cut in, it wasn’t even prepped yet, and make a few laps,” said Baffrey.

It wasn’t just any random local guy. Hometown boy Dawson Schieffer has competed in AFT’s Pro Singles class the last three years.

“On that uphill section he’s 60 mph and catching air off the lip of the crest of the hill before going into a left-hander to come back down the hill. He loved it! Said it was fun to ride,” added Baffrey.

(Ken Kerr photo courtesy of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip

Besides the pot of gold class champions will win at the end of competition, racers have a crack at cash at each race. Pros have a chance at $1,000 nightly in the Jackpine Gypsies shorttrack races, with $300 going to first place. Win on a Twin and there's a $500 bonus! There’ll be a minimum of $150 for first place in both the Open Vintage and Hooligan classes. For the Sturgis Buffalo Chip TT the ante raises with $2,500 total up for grabs in the Pro class and $500 in both the Hooligan and Open Vintage classes. Pros will have another opportunity to bank some bills in the nightly Ronnie Stratton Memorial Pro Dash for Cash. In the Rapid City Half-Mile, there’s a guaranteed purse of $2,500 for Pros  as well, $675 to the winner. Both the Open Vintage and Hooligan purses start at $150 for first but could potentially go higher come race day. The overall champion in the Pro class will win a $2,500 bonus while the Amateur champion wins a sweet package consisting of new Moto Gear leathers, an LS2 helmet, a new Lightshoe made by Sturgis legend Gary Kinzler, and a $500 Visa gas card.

Classes run the gamut, from kids on 50cc motorcycles all the way up to Pros on Twins. The Jackpine Gypsies Shorttrack takes place Friday, August 7, Saturday, August 8, and Monday, August 10. The Xtreem Flat Track Buffalo Chip Super TT goes down Tuesday, August 11, and Thursday, August 13. The two Rapid City Half-Miles are set for Friday, August 14, and Saturday, August 15. At the end of those seven races in eight days, champions will be crowned.

If Pappy Hoel didn’t wrangle together nine adventurous souls who were willing to spin some laps on a dusty half-mile oval in the Black Hills back in 1938, there might not be a Sturgis Rally. Kudos to Xtreem Flat Track Racing and all the entities involved who are working hard to keep tradition alive.