JOURNAL STAR: High speeds and no brakes light up the ice racing at the Civic Center

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The Peoria Journal Star is reporting, “Four racers inch up to the starting line on what looks like an average dirt bike, the sound of momentary engine revving accompanying every other second before the race begins.

But it’s no ordinary bike — it’s a high-octane speedway bike equipped with a four-valve engine and hundreds of razor-sharp steel studs on the tires. And it’s no ordinary surface underneath the racers. This mini-chopper races on an ice track.

“It’s a four-valve, alcohol-burning rocket ship basically under your seat,” said Anthony Barlow, the owner of the Xtreme International Ice Racing circuit…”

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