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Cycle News 2014 Issue 34 August 26

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AMA GRAND NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FLAT TRACK STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY LARRY LAWRENCE T he Mega Mile at Colonial Downs is the most brutal test of man and machine in the AMA Pro Grand National Championship. The massive mile-and-a-quarter oval with its deep cushion calls for full throt- tle the entire way around with engines gulping down heaping helpings of wet sand and grit. The roost blasting off a Grand Na- tional bike's rear tire is powerful enough to blow a following rider's boot off a footpeg, not to mention what the sticky sand can do to a rider's vision. So when favored Bryan Smith flinched before the start of the 15-lap main and was ROUND 12/AUGUST 23, 2014 COLONIAL DOWNS/NEW KENT, VIRGINIA P70

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