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Shasta Dam Grand Prix National is a classic. The first time I raced this national was 1991, the Scott Summers, Scott Plesinger days.. The first time I won this national was 1999 against Doug Blackwell. Thirteen years later I am still winning there making this win number four for Shasta. This year was particular well with all the rain that we had. It made the racing good. This course is super fast and rocky and if it gets dusty it can be real dangerous. Not this year just super fast and rocky.
I showed up on Saturday night to check out a little bit of the track. After walking the first couple miles I knew everyone was in trouble. Just wide open gravel fire roads. Well I have that new KTM Dungey bike and that thing is so fast I knew I could just blow by people. That bike is so rad!!
I got my usual bad start. For some reason must the racers lifted the throttle way to early. I was able to come into the first chicane pretty hot and make some passes. Then we hit three miles of gravel fire roads. Like I stated before “that bike is so rad” Everyone was wide open off the start racing for spots. With this bike and my K@N filters, I am so confident I was just weaving through traffic like everyone was standing still. By the time we hit the first trail, I had already worked my way into fifth. I made a few more passes and was sitting in third. I had a real hard time getting past the second place rider. Apparently he did not understand what get the @#$%# out of my way meant. I wanted bye so bad because Ross Nealy was out front and he was just checking out. I finally made the the pass and picked up the pace to try to close the gap.
I came around the first lap a minute and forty eight seconds behind. I knew it was a long race and put the hammer down. The next lap it was a minute five. I took forty seconds off the gap. Knowing I was putting time on Nealy I kept the charge on. Well everything got really interesting on the third lap. About five miles from the end of the loop Gaunfouder reeled me in. The race was on!! We where both thinking this was going to be a three lap race so we where really going for it. I missed a nice line and Gaunfounder was able to make the pass. The very next corner he took a real wide line and left the door open. Thinking this was the last lap I was desperate to make the pass back quick. So I went for the take out. This was not a Stewart, Reed take out this was a Matasaviech, Bradshaw move. I straight just t-boned him trying to punt him off the trail. Well that didn’t work out very well putting us both on the ground. We both rebounded fast and got at it again. Gaunfounder got up first and the chase was on. In all this commotion not knowing we both passed Nealy on the side of the trail crashed out with a broken leg. I was all over Gaunfounder trying to get bye thinking the checkered flag was out. I was getting soaked in the puddles burning extra energy riding super aggressive. Well we come to the scoring barrel. Guess what one more lap, what a waste of energy I went through. Gaunfounder had to pull into the pits for gas but with my new IMS tank I was able to go a extra lap. Knowing I had a little gap, I layed down my Dunlops to the checkered a never looked back.
Super pumped with the win. Missing the first round with an injury, then coming back from the injury and getting a fifth at a race I usually win, it feels good to be back on top. Though it is going to be hard to keep my # 1 plate another year. How about a National event and the top three being from Boulder Creek, population 1200. GOT Justin Bonita with another great ride for a second place and older brother Travis Coy getting third for a hard fought race. Next round is the Funky Chicken witch I have won the last three years. I am going to carry the momentum and go for another win.