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Cycle News 2013 Issue 30 July 30

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ROUND 5/JULY 27, 2013 CAL-EXPO FAIRGROUNDS/SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA FLAT TRACK P62 AMA GRAND NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SMITH. AGAIN. Bryan Smith wins the Sacramento Mile for a third time STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAVE HOENIG/FLAT TRAK FOTOS T he flat track fraternity moved west for round five of the AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles Grand National Championship at the California State Fair in Sacramento. It's abnormal for the big Cal-Expo oval to be the first mile race of the season, but that's the way this year has gone. What's not abnormal is Bryan Smith winning here. Coming into the night, Smith was the odds-on favorite to win his third consecutive Sacramento Mile on his potent Crosley Radio/ Howerton Motorsports' Kawasaki. Early on, Smith looked to be on pace to dominate the night, qualifying third and then backing that up with his heat-race win that was nearly five seconds faster than the other two heats. Smith then led the four-lap Dash For Cash wire to wire and it appeared everyone was racing for second on the night. But the 25-lap Grand National turned into a different story – even though Smith jumped to an early lead and immediately gapped the other 17 riders. "It was all good at the beginning and I got away," said Smith. "I was hoping that I could just get Bryan Smith (42) looked to be headed to an easy win in the Sacramento Mile, but a four-rider pack was able to catch him. away and win this thing by a long way. I started hearing something and thought, 'That sounds like a tractor,' and I was right – it was a Harley." Early in the race, it was TJ Burnett/USC Kawasaki's Brandon Robinson trying run Smith down on his Kawasaki. "I got a pretty good start," said Robinson. "I tried to stay with him [Smith] for the first few laps, but I was spinning the tire pretty good. The next thing you know, Jared [Mees], Brad [Baker] and Sammy [Halbert] just kind of freighttrained me and got by." Defending AMA Grand National Champion Jared Mees and

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