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 simplest of races. After predetermined amount of laps, the rider who comes across the finish line first on the final lap wins. Typically ran two ways: very raw and short to seed riders for “Match Sprint” heats or very long and tactical (similar to NASCAR or INDY style car races). In the longer version, riders try to break away from the group while teammates try to slow the field or make other teams work.
The Point-A-Lap is a tactical nightmare because it’s usually a medium distance event meaning it doesn’t favor sprinters or endurance riders. The leader of each lap, and only the leader, scores one point per lap with the exception of the final lap. On the final lap, the leader earns 3 points, second place earns 2 points, and third place earns 1 point. The rider with the most accumulated points wins.
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.