On January 24th and 25th 2014, the 6th annual "Battle At The Barn" was held at the IA state Fair grounds in Des Moines. A full discussion thread on the 3WW Forum in the racing section can be found here.
Luckily, we were able to get teamed up with Chuck Stowe, a photographer local to the track and familiar with shooting the races there to bring you readers these awesome pictures from the race that weekend - full photo gallery later on in the story.
These races have gained some notoriety over the years for the very different, but cool style of racing it is. You see, they use coke syrup as a traction agent on the very small arena track to basically keep everyone from skidding all over creation on the slick finished concrete underneath. I'm told the stick you feel on your shoes when you walk across it is pretty gnarly. Think old movie theater floors under the seats, x 10.
As you can imagine, this would require a very unique and special setup on the machines. The Missile Engineering super lowering kits are very common amongst these racers, as well as setups using kart racing wheels and tires for the absolute closest center of gravities you can get without dragging on the ground full time. The lengths these guys go to make the machines suitable for this type of competition is pretty impressive. In a brief summary, you end up strutting the rear end, using custom hubs on the front and rear to adapt to kart wheels and tires, bend/adjust/fabricate a lot of new levers so that they are easier to access when hanging off the left side of the machine almost entirely. Custom nerf bars (that are more like a horizontal roll cage than the nerf bars you may be accustomed to seeing in motocross racing) are also standard fare for these guys. On the late model 250Rs, pretty much everyone is running an HRC Short-track kit with the increased turning radius.