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Racers to show need for speed at Texas Mile

By Taylor Mitchell
March 20, 2014 at 8:01 p.m.
Updated March 19, 2014 at 10:20 p.m.

Owner Mark Heidaker, left, Kevin Kesterson, middle, and Patrick O'Gorman of M2K Motorsports are shown with their record-setting Ford GT at the Chase Industrial and Airport Complex. The record set in the Ford GT was 278 mph.

IF YOU GO

• WHEN: Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to dusk

• WHERE: Chase Industrial and Airport Complex, Beeville

• PRICE: Tickets are $25 per person for three-day admission. Beeville residents can purchase tickets for $20 with valid ID. Children 12 and under are admitted free.

For three days in Beeville, there will be plenty of motorists speeding.

But none of them will be ticketed.

Beginning Friday morning, racing enthusiasts will take their cars and motorcycles to the Chase Industrial and Airport Complex to see who can travel the 1-mile track the fastest.

"You'll get to see a lot of ingenuity and people trying to do one thing," former CEO of Citizens Medical Center David Brown said, "and that's go fast."

The Texas Mile is a three-day event of various vehicles - once including a souped-up riding lawnmower - racing down a mile-long track. There are different classifications for cars and motorcycles, but the goal is the same for everyone: be the fastest.

One racing team from Victoria will be hitting the track to see how fast its motorcycles can go.

"We have three drivers, and we just go out to have fun," said Dawn Euton, co-owner of Victoria Harley-Davidson and VHD Racing.

VHD Racing's fastest speed on the 1-mile track was by Terry Kelly, who hit 151 mph.

The team was also witness to Jennifer Robertson's world record-setting run of 243.6 mph.

"It was an adrenaline rush for me as a spectator," Euton said. "We were excited for her and to just be there. To see a bike go that fast is incredible."

While the Texas Mile is an opportunity for racers to show how fast they are, it's also an opportunity for fans, like Brown, to walk around and take in the sights and sounds of the racing.

"There are pits all along the runway, and you can walk up and down, look at the cars and talk with their owners," Brown, 67, said. "It's like a big picnic."

The Texas Mile generally holds two events in Beeville each year - one in the fall and one in the spring. Brown tries to go to at least one day of each event.

"You get to see cars go much faster than you ever thought possible," Brown said. "They are tuned up by the owners to do incredible things."

"You're so close to the track and get to witness a car, truck or motorcycle going from 0 to 278 mph," Euton said. "It's very exciting."

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