Brittney Olsen has etched her name in the record books as the first winner of the Sons of Speed boardtrack races. Riding her 1923 Harley “J” Model boardtracker, Olsen was fast all day on the banks of New Smyrna Speedway, the 20th Century Racing rider using her experience and finely tuned machine to rocket to the win.
“I just feel so proud and honored to be out here. It’s really awesome to be invited. I thought well, I race on dirt and that’s kind of a tricky surface but I’m really, really happy with my team and my mechanics back home. My team in the pits here, Doc Batzler, Doug, Mike Weasner, everybody who helped me get to this spot, thank you so much,” said Olsen from the podium.
Matt Harris of .40CalCustoms finished second, Harris also riding a Harley “J” Model. His boardtracker sang a wonderful song, a bold almost century-old note at full throttle. Harris showed fine form while winning his heat and carried that momentum into the Main to secure second place.
“Not too shabby for finishing the bike on Tuesday riding it for the first time Thursday and racing on Saturday!” wrote Harris on .40CalCustoms Instagram account.
Shelly Rossmeyer-Pepe captured the final podium position, piloting her 1915 Harley boardtracker to a third place finish. Rossmeyer-Pepe earned a spot in the Main after winning the Last Chance Qualifier and took advantage of the opportunity to fight for her spot on the podium.
During the first Heat race of the day, Team American iron’s Buzz Kanter rode the inside line and passed Billy Lane on the last lap, the pass bringing the crowd to their feet as Kanter earned his own spot in Sons of Speed history as the winner of the first-ever race. In the Main, the engine of his 1915 Harley didn’t run as smoothly as his heat race, Kanter still elated with his fourth place finish. Kanter said the Sons of Speed experience was “one of the highlights of his motorcycle life.”
Josh Owens of Moonshiners fame quickly became a fan favorite in his Heat race against Olsen. The two fought a spirited battle, Owens fearlessly attacking corners as he gave it his all trying to steal the victory from Olsen. In addition to winning over the crowd, Owens proved he’s got some serious racing skills as he directed Matt Walksler’s 1921 Harley around the track.
The stands were jam-packed at New Smyrna Speedway, the crowd treated to a racing spectacle the likes of hasn’t been seen in almost 100 years. Billy Lane and all those who made this event possible deserve a huge ovation for putting together possibly the best event of Daytona Beach Bike Week 2017.