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Cycle News 2020 Issue 17 April 28

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CN III ARCHIVES BY SCOTT ROUSSEAU F ormer factory Harley-David- son team racer Corky Keener hasn't been in hiding since that day on August 22, 1975, when Kenny Roberts and the unholy Yamaha TZ700 gave Keener and Jay Springsteen the ultimate haircut, buzzing past them to win the Indy Mile. He's got nothing to be ashamed of. P90 CORKY KEENER: UNCORKED back in the early '70s, when he started to make a heavy impact as a local Pro in the flat track hotbed that was the Great Lakes region. ''A lot of racing happened around this area, and I just got on the fringe of it early," Keener says. "I accidentally ran into a guy who did a lot of it, and didn't even know they did that sort of thing. I was only 14 or 15 at the time. It looked like it might be something fun to do." In fact, Keener wears the his- toric moment as a badge of honor rather than a badge of shame. "I think it's cool that 30 years later that race is still being talked about," Keener, now 59 years old, says. These days Keener busies himself as an electrician in his native Flint, Michigan, area. That's exactly what he was doing One of Corky Keener's claims to fame is getting second place, but don't feel sorry for him, he has plenty of first places under his belt, too.

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