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Pre-Ride Reconnaissance  

Pittsburg 

TCCRA Race #

Pre-Race Recon of Prairie Creek Motor Sports in Pittsburg, TX.

3211

Date:  05 SEP 04

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 TCCRA Race Schedule here.

 

You can view a Mapquest Map by clicking the Map below, once there, zoom and print as you need to.
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Click the radar map below to go the The Weather Channel for this track's weather forecast.
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Click Here for Long range weather from AccuWeather.com 

OK here's the track map, thanks to Jeff Cox for the help with it.  You can print it and take it with you if ya want.

Pitts04Map.jpg (90243 bytes)

And if ya click here, I'll show ya a couple more pix.

 

 

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  Course length  -  almost nine miles

   Pee Wee -  one point seven

 

Directions

 OK This ones not too bad to get too. I found it easier, and closer, to go I-30 from the North Dallas area, but you may want to go I-20 if you live in the south. Or just look at the map.

  First head east on I-30 toward Mt.Pleasant, there take Hwy 271 south toward Pittsburg, but watch the signs, and make sure you stay on 271 heading south, it takes a few turns here & there. I measured 14.3 miles from the I-30 / 271 intersection, to the turnoff in Pittsburg at FM 933. Now at the FM 933 turn there's a Texaco on one corner a Shell on the other, and you'll turn east ( left if your coming from Mt Pleasant ). Stay on FM933, for 5.25 miles. You'll see it.

 

 Of course if you're coming up from I-20, you'll still exit Hwy 271, but you'll go north toward Gilmer, where we were for the first race. Continue on through Gilmer, up to Pittsburg, and take the FM933 turn to the right ( east ), and then 5.25 miles to the track.

 

 

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Description

 

This is one we've been to before. It incorporates a sweeping left one-eighty start, into a half mile straight section then some zig-zags, a few creek crossings, another straight section or two for us speed freaks, but at least three or four are missing from last time. There's also  just a little tight stuff down in the middle to keep it interesting, but in this case, tight isn't really tight. There's a bridge to cross the creek out on the main course, Oh yeah, and a crossover bridge / tunnel where the track crosses itself toward the end.

  There's no doubt that you'll recognize a lot of it ( well...most ) from the last time we were there, ( two years ago ) but there's also some that has been added, and some that has been rerouted, so be careful! This promoter's land has the cool ability to be put together like a modular track, allowing the different sections to be run backwards and in a different order depending on how they're linked together. So while the track is recognizable, it's certainly different from last time.

 The trail is wide enough to ride a four-wheeler around the whole thing. The creek, on the day I went, was passable, and there is a hard bottom in it now ( it looks like concrete bags or blocks or something ).

 There are a few rocks but not many. It's mostly sand with some hard dirt in the woods. There was water in some of the corners in the woods, and that may or may not be gone by the time we get there. If it's dry, you can expect dust, but only on certain parts of the trail. You could use a sand ( soft ) tire, but the few rocks would tear it up, so better go intermediate.

 I'm just a little disappointed that we don't run the MX section this year, that part was always fun, as this promoter generally has one of the safest MX sections that we run. But maybe that's why the Pee Wees get it this year.

  A couple of small dips & ditches but no hills to speak of either.  

Myself, I don't really like the real tight stuff, cause I like to go fast without scratching my elbow...So then....this one should be fun..

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Camping      As you pull in the gate we will have the area directly in front of you and to the left. West of the house. There is a huge grassy field there's not much shade, but the grass is nice, and you can find a little shade around the edges of the area.. Plenty of room, plenty flat I would think. There's also some camping and a small play area over by the MX ( Pee Wee Course ) section, bring bug spray for the kids.
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Spectator Rating The area is open enough that if you watch what you're doing you should be able to see a lot of the track,  There's also a moto section, that you can go & watch from as well but this will be for Pee Wees only so big bikes stay off!. 
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Hotels

  To the south about 20 minutes you'll find the  Ramada Inn 

( 903.843.6099 ), and the Gilmer Inn ( 903.843.3033 ).  

 

There's also a Ramada to the north about 20 minutes, in Mt. Pleasant. And there's a Days Inn across the street , & they're both at the I-30 / 271 intersection.

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Hours of Operation

 This is a private area, but I understand that he may sell memberships to the land, I only say this 'cause I saw a sign that said  "Members Only ". You might ask the promoter if you have any more questions. He's Tracy Crouch, at 903.856.6437, only call during the evenings please.

Otherwise the gates will open at Noon on Friday, till 1 am. Then reopen at 7:00 on Saturday till 11:00pm, & then Reopen at 6:00am on Sunday.

 

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