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October 28th Fall Meeting report

BEVRA held it’s annual fall meeting at the stylish and exotic Pitcher Perfect Excavating man cave Friday night October 28th.     Topics discussed were new track layout, rising costs, the upcoming BEVRA SuperMod National race in late Feb. and the upcoming 20th Anniversary Season and the upcoming BEVRA online store to buy special 20th Anniversary swag.       We kicked off the meeting with discussion of the new track layout. As many know, the track location needed to be moved as the Pitchers pit has grown in size over the last two years. Originally the plans were to move the track into the pit, but after some measuring, it was found to be bit smaller and with rising fuel costs, it would be better to move the track location in the field for this season. Track will be a bit bigger than last year and just as wide. Bill Kerkstra explained that we would be going to safety lights in the corners to replace flagmen. That will allow for instant cautions or red flag situations to instantly be noted on the track, and improve our already good safety program and record. Mark Pitcher and his crew have invested a lot of time and cost in building this new track for BEVRA to race on. It’s going to be a great racing surface and we surely do appreciate the effort!     Max Fahling discussed awards and that we are planning something special for the 20th Anniversary Season. Stay tuned for more on the awards!     President Jon Butler gave the club a quick rundown on the costs of last season as everything increased, but the club has a good start for the upcoming season.     Alex Manga discussed that the purse for the Great Lakes Super Mod Nationals is growing with top notch sponsors like Wahl Bros. Woody’s, Monster Energy and newest sponsor, Dr. Tess Gordon’s Womens Health Express web based practice. This will be huge event for BEVRA and details will be posted soon.     Finally, the BEVRA online store will be going live in a few days. Rocci Kerkstra explained that BEVRA will have hoodies, hats, beanies, and other stylish goodies, going to a web store allows for smaller buy quantities so we can offer more products!! You can order online and you will be able to pick up your order at the track. The store will be open a limited time, so don’t miss out.     The BEVRA Board of Directors is excited for the upcoming season! Stay tuned for exciting updates as we get closer to the season!

2023 race schedule

January 21

January 28 – Stud Boy Cup

February 4 – make up date

February 11

February 18 – BEVRA Cup

February 25 – Super Mod Nationals

March 4 – make up date

 

Cup race dates are tentative based on predicted ice conditions.  We will have a JPEG formatted flyer with the 2023 schedule up soon so you can easily pass it around.

2023 SM event!

The 2023 season is closing in!  We have a lot on the BEVRA agenda for this race season but perhaps the biggest news is the running of the 2023 Super Mods!  Feb 25 will host the best of the best In 440 Super Mod racing.  What a great way to wrap up a big season of ice racing.  More details will follow!!!

 

2023 race track

Here is a sneak preview of the 2023 season race track. The Pitcher Pit has gobbled up a chunk of the field on the east side. The blue line shows where the top soil has been pulled back and represents the current boundary of the gravel pit. We had a choice to make. Either move the track down into the pit or find more room in the field. We measured both options and for this year we stayed up top. The pit track laid out a little smaller than last year. This new field lay out actually added about 75ft to the straights. We will stage and start in the same location as before and enter the track from the infield. Spectating will be from the infield as well and the finish line will be on the north straight. We will have to man a crossing at turn three but some good communication along with a snow fence and a gate will ensure safety. The only inconvenience is pit parking will be a little farther away from the action but we hope to have everything iced as always so racers will be able to ride their sleds to and from the track. We are excited for the 2023 season. There is a lot on the agenda. Praying for cold temps and HOT chocolate!!! It’s time to wash the dust off the ice sleds and get em ready. The ice season is heating up!!!

 

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