Was trying to think of a reason for racing the Grands this year -- can think of lots of reasons not to, like
Haven't rode since Labor Day weekend. Here in the Midwest and probably the East as well, tracks have been shutdown for well over a month. Hard to stay tuned for racing when no outdoor tracks are open. Yea, I know, there are some indoor tracks within a few hours drive but these hardly serve to keep a racer tuned for such a big race as the Grands. Makes it difficult to race and compete against others who have been outdoors racing the past few months.
The only practice day is Thanksgiving day, and it only amounts to a few laps at that. Hard to imagine spending such a holiday at a Denny's, or other equally poor substitute to thanksgiving at home.
Transfer system means I would probably end up racing only two times, being in an older cruiser class. There's a lot of money and time (drive from Indy to Tulsa at least 10 hours) for a couple of laps.
With all the motos the ABA runs through, tracks are usually lame. They have to be, to get through teh numbers.
It's held indoors in a rodeo arena, which usually means restrictions on riding bikes in the area, nasal issues from breathing the dust over teh event days, and others i can't be arsed to write on about. It's nothing like having an event of such magnitude in an open state park in beautiful park setting with little restrictions on riding around while in wait for the few motos of racing.
Of course, I'm only addressing the racing aspects. The social aspects of the event could be enough to bring one across.