Tuesday Night Racing!!
Every Tuesday night, May through September, racers from all over Wisconsin and Illinois converge on the track to compete in various sprint and endurance races.
Registration for Tuesday Night Races opens at 6:00pm, with racing starting at
7:00pm. Racing is held under USA Cycling Permit and a valid USA Cycling license is
required. Categories may be combined or canceled at promoter’s discretion. All
dates subject to change/ cancellation due to weather or rescheduling
The devil’s scratch is another variation of the elimination where half of the field is eliminated as in the elimination race (every lap, the last rider across the finish line is called ‘out’ and must retire from the race as determined by rear wheel). The surviving racers will then race a scratch race over a predetermined number of laps as indicated on the lap counter (usually 3-5).
Usually the last and the longest race of the night, this is the endurance race on the track. The race is run a predetermined amount of laps with sprint laps every 5 or 10 laps. Riders sprint for points during a sprint lap. The bell is rung and riders sprint for 5, 3, 2, 1 points respectively. With it be the longest race, this is the best opportunity for riders with the most endurance to break away. And riders also race for laps in this event, because any lap(s) gained over the main field give any rider who gains a lap 20 extra points and takes away 20 points to any rider who is lapped. The rider with the most points at the end wins. This can be a confusing race to understand at first, but with a good announcer keeping track of things it allows you to get up to speed quickly. Veterans of track racing love watching points races.
The scratch race is the simplest of all the endurance events; a bunch race over a set distance and the first across the line wins. Despite its simplicity, the scratch race can be an enthralling contest, with breakaways, lap gains, and bunch sprints.