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Cycle News 2013 Issue 27 July 9

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ROUND 4/JULY 6, 2013 HAGERSTOWN SPEEDWAY/HAGERSTOWN, MARYLAND FLAT TRACK P70 AMA GRAND NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP PRESENTED BY J&P C Former Rookie of the Year Brad Baker won his first AMA Grand National with a near-perfect night at the Hagerstown Half Mile. BAKER BREAKS THROUGH BRAD BAKER FINALLY GETS HIS FIRST GRAND NATIONAL WIN STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAVE HOENIG/ FLAT TRAK FOTOS A fter coming so close so many times Brad Baker finally scored his first-career Grand National win at the Hagerstown Half Mile. "It's been one of those deals where I've been working really hard and I've been so close, so many times," said Baker. "Tonight everything just clicked." The win came on the clay half mile of Hagerstown, which was also a bit of a surprise considering the former AMA Rookie Of The Year has struggled on the clay. "I've had a lot of close finishes and seconds and thirds and top fives and what not," the Dodge Brothers Racing/Selinco Communications-backed Baker said. "It always seemed like I had to work my butt off for it. For some reason tonight everything just flowed smoothly. I haven't felt that comfortable on an XR on a clay half mile ever before." Baker gave a strong indication of how comfortable he was as he easily won his

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