long time friend and hard rider (Jimbo) I took off for the races.
We traveled up the Pig's Trail ( other wise known as the Pig's Tail )
for the section from Texarkana to Springfield, MO. The Trail was
great. Anyone that has never ridden The Pig's Trail ( HWY 23 in
Western Arkansas ) is missing one of the best roads in the
area. We staid dry until Springfield, MO. But were wet
for 3 days after that. The Short track event on Sat. night was
full of rain delays and finally delayed at 1:00 am to be finished on
dawned dry and staid dry "mostly" yet there was still thunder
and lightning close at hand, causing little delay in Sunday's
Springfield Mile racing. It was a shortened program due to the
threat of rain.
rain had made a mess of the track and it was later than usual before
the track was acceptable to race on. During the 2 practice
sessions the 61 rider were whittled to 48 for 3 heats with 6 from
each going to the Main.
Coolbeth had suffered a shoulder injury earlier in the week and could
not put up a time better than 52nd. This gave Jared Mees a chance
to again pass Kenny in the point standing. Mees did get the
lead early and held it almost half way through the race. Bryan
Smith took over for a lap but was soon passed by Jake
Johnson. Jake lead every lap but not all the way
around the track up until the end. He and Jared Mees were finally
able to pull ahead pushed hard by Sammy Halbert, Joe Kopp, and Bryan
Smith. Mees took the lead in the final lap but Jake was not
to be denied. Jake drafted Jared out of turn 4 and squeaked by at
kind for racing you know you will get at the historic Springfield Mile!
stopping by the Sled's club house and enjoying their great company and
hospitality, Jimbo and I got another short night's sleep and hit the
road the next am.
came down the awesome HWY 7, over the Ozarks and the Ouachita mountains,
through Hot Springs and headed back to Texas. The return was dry
after we left Springfield, MO. and the ride over the mountains was