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Cycle News 2021 Issue 28 July 13

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T hree feet. After 33 Nation- als that covered a total of 1143 miles, the 1984 AMA Grand National Championship came down to just three feet. That's how far Bubba Shobert was be- hind Ted Boody at the line at the Springfield Mile in the final Grand National of the year. Had Shob- ert found 36 additional inches in the Springfield season finale, he would have completed the most dramatic comeback in AMA Grand National history. But there was no denying—that one yard was there. There was also no denying Shobert's factory Honda stablemate Ricky Graham. It was Graham's dogged determi- nation and flat-out grit on that gloomy and cold late-October afternoon that earned him the title of National champ in 1984, in what many consider the most epic finale for the Grand National Championship in series history. The AMA Grand National land- scape was very different in 1984. It was one of the last years for the all-inclusive Grand Nationals where points from both road-race and dirt-track Nationals counted toward the championship. As a result, a busy slate of 33 races were on the calendar. The Sacra- mento Mile was to have been the CN III ARCHIVES P114 The Clincher: RICKY GRAHAM'S 1984 GNC CHAMPIONSHIP BY LARRY LAWRENCE Ricky Graham (3), Ted Boddy (12) and Bubba Shobert (67) fight it out for the 1984 GNC Championship at the Springfield Mile in 1984.

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