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Cycle News 1979 03 21

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iDAYTONA '7 ~ t 0') t- O') ....-4 76-mile Novice Del Monico wins in duel to wire By Gary Van Voorhis Photos by Charles Morey DAYTONA BEACH , FL , MAR. 9 Benny Del Monico, in a race that went right to the checkered flag, won the 76 -mile Novice event by a scant two bikelengths over Richard Arnaiz. Alan Collins rounded out the three (Top) Benny Del Monico (8) and Richard Arnaiz battled for the win.IAbove) Ed Powell 1119) and Alan Collins discussed third.IBelow) Mike Callahan 1401 took fifth. Larry Legarra 1161 ran out of gas . 16 way party in vict ory lane where Texan Del Monico was sandwiched by the California pair. " I knew 1 had the power to win after dieing with Arnaiz in the closing la ps. 1 thin k he might ha ve known too ," said Del Monico. If Arnaiz did know , he didn't let it show. The pair spent the better part of the final 11 laps of the 20 lap event fenc ing with each other. Arnaiz , board his Arnaiz Constructionsponsored Yamaha , mastered the infield until the pai r began running in hea vy traffic and then his two Pro ra ces compared to Del Monico's six years of experience began to show a little. However, on the final lap Arnaiz was still on Del Monico's tail. The pair mixed it up sid e by side through th e chicane with Del Monico pulling ou t just enough in the race to the flag to hold Arnaiz at bay. . Third place finisher Alan Collins had his seat pad come loose early in the race and slowed to discard it , hoping the problem was solved. Unfortunately, he lost a good many positions and then found that he was slipping and sliding all over the place everytime he shifted his weight. Worse , he was being "vib ra ted to death." Collins , riding for AAMCO Transmissions of San Jose and Valley Cycle, picked up ground despite the inconvenience and fought his way to third although he didn't realize it. "I almost lost third because 1 didn't realize (fourth place finisher) Ed Powell and 1 were dueling for that position in the final laps. 1 wasn 't letting up anyway." One rider worth noting was Gina Bovaird, one of three women entered. Ms. Bovaird showed a lot of men, 59 to be exact, thatshe could get the gas on. Beaming, .afterwa rds, Ms. , Bovaird ,

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