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Cycle News 2011 Issue 23 Jul 19

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CN III RIDERS WRITE SLAMMIN'SAMMY BY SAMMY HALBERT THE VIEW FROM THE TOP H ey everybody, we're about halfway into the 2011 AMA Flat Track season and I'm excited to be leading the Grand National Championship by about the same number of points as after Daytona. It's been an incredible season so far, and I feel like my team is becoming more and more solid with every race. We're consistently running up front, which is exactly what we need to do to keep the points lead and win the championship. Memorial Day weekend we always race in Springfield, Illinois, and this year was my best Springfield ever. I finished second (by inches) at the Springfield Mile, won the Mile Dash for Cash and then finished fifth in the Springfield 90-91 Halbert Column.indd 90 P90 TT from the back row. I can't wait to return to Springfield Labor Day weekend. I followed Springfield up by giving the XR1200 class another try at Road America. I really wanted to do well, as I'm pretty serious about giving road racing a go sometime soon, but unfortunately, I couldn't figure out how to get the bike to be halfway stable underneath me. Looking back, I probably should've passed on the opportunity and instead raced a couple of non-National flat track events that weekend to get some testing in on the clay half-miles. I now realize I need to focus exclusively on flat track this year, as the championship is mine to lose at this point. Once I've captured the number-one plate, then I can expand my horizons to other types of motorcycle racing. Winning the Lima Half-Mile in late June was one of the highlights of my year so far. I love cushion tracks and the huge Lima crowd really got me fired up. Traditionally, the winner of Lima buys pizzas for everyone at the bar after the race - so we placed a huge order and fed about everyone in the place. I look forward 7/18/11 3:17 PM

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