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Cycle News 2022 Issue 41 October 11

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I t was a hectic season for Chris Carr to begin with. The 1992 AMA Grand National Champion was given a shot to go from dirt to pavement and race for Harley- Davidson's factory AMA Super- bike effort. But Carr is a go- getter, and he was used to racing 25 or 30 races a year as a flat tracker and the AMA Superbike season consisted of only 10 race weekends. Seeing an opportu- nity to double dip, Carr made an arrangement with Harley that allowed him to race the Grand National flat track events on the off weekends from Superbike. As the season progressed Carr was doing well enough on his flat track "off weekends" that he was doing decently in the Grand National point standings. His early season on the dirt was highlighted by a fourth place at the Daytona Short Track Nation- al, on a weekend where he was pulling double duty racing the Harley-Davidson VR1000 Su- perbike at Daytona International Speedway by day and switching over to night duty aboard his factory-backed Harley-Davidson XR600 at Daytona's Municipal Stadium. Things really began to change in Carr's mind when he surprised series regulars and won the Me- morial Day weekend Springfield Mile. Suddenly Carr was in the thick of the points chase on the flat track side. The Mid-Ohio AMA Superbike race weekend was coming up. That was a conflicting weekend, so Carr hadn't originally planned on racing the AMA Grand Nation- al Short Track in LaSalle, Illinois, that same weekend. But after his Springfield victory, Carr looked at the map and saw that Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and LaSalle Speedway were only about 360 miles apart as the crow flies, so maybe if everything clicked perfectly, he could run Super- bike qualifying at Mid-Ohio, drive like a mad man to the Mansfield airport about 15 miles from the track and take a private plane to Peru, Illinois, one town over from LaSalle, get picked up by a friend and dash to the short track in time to try to qualify for the Grand National. "My deal with Harley was it was kind of like a try-out year to CN III ARCHIVES P120 BY LARRY LAWRENCE Chris Carr (4) seemed to have no problem racing the factory Harley- Davidson Superbike and short- track machine on the same day. Here at LaSalle, Carr finished on the podium. PHOTO: DAVE HOENIG CARR'S CRAZY COMBO- NATIONAL WEEKEND

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