With lightning cracking in the distance and throttles cracking wide inside the Wolfman Jack amphitheater, the SuperHooligan sideshow swept into the Sturgis Buffalo Chip like a South Dakota storm. It was a theater of the racing absurd, from Indian Motorcycle’s Robert Pandya on the behemoth Chief known as Elnora to the brave rider in the red, white and blue short shorts ripping it up on a Dyna. Vintage board track racer Brittney Olsen entered the fray, tank-shiftin’ her way around track on an old Scout, then jumping on a second bike to battle in back-to-back races. Joining the regulars of the RSD SuperHooligan circuit were a few talented wild cards including Carey Hart and stunt rider Buddy Suttle along with a couple of AMA Pro Road Racing ringers, Jake Zemke and Eric Bostrom.
While there were plenty of shenanigans going on, it was all business when it came to the Pro Main race. A handful of AMA Pro Flat Track riders who had competed the night before in the Black Hills Half-Mile came over to The Chip hoping to put a little extra cash in their pockets. Chad Cose did his damnedest to ward off Brad “The Bullet” Baker in the 10 lap Pro Main, Cose turning fast laps to hold Baker at bay the first few times around. But with a $5000 purse on the line, Baker was not to be denied, using a deft outside-inside move to take the lead. Once out front there was no catching Baker who also won the Dash for Cash and another cool $1000 put up by race sponsor Indian Motorcycle Company. Maybe pocketing $6000 will help take the sting out of Baker’s disappointment from the night before when a busted engine took him out of the GNC1 Main.
In the Superhooligan main event, former road racer Jake Zemke used his skills to jump out to the early lead. Cameron Brewer of Roland Sands Design did his best to keep Zemke honest, but Jake Z’s talent was too much to overcome. Roland Sands and Hart diced it out not far behind the leaders, the race culminating with an impromptu wheelie contest down the back straight.
In the oh-so-entertaining “Run What Ya Brung” bracket, country recording artist Beau Braswell proved he hasn’t forgotten his motorcycle racing roots, the six-time AMA National Champion riding to the victory. Meanwhile, Pandya endeared himself to the crowd for muscling his modified Indian Chief around the dirt track, especially from the group of veterans cheering from above in the Buffalo Chip’s Top Shelf. The special guests were members of the Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis, whom Pandya had just ridden across the country with to the 2016 Sturgis Rally.
The Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s Moto Stampede, which included drag races earlier in the day, brought a new level of excitement to the “Best Party Anywhere.”
(Be sure to check out our video of the SuperHooligan Main Event on American Iron’s Facebook page!)