Rev-Up: Triple ThreatThursday, July 26, 2007 | 1:13 PM
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Hello, everyone, and welcome to the Rev Up. This is simply an amazing time a year for me, folks. I am over a decade removed from the intense training and incredible stress that last minute Loretta Lynn’s training would bring me, but my body still tells me that I should be prepared for something big. As I sit here at my desk enjoying my last few hours of tranquility before traveling to Hurricane Mills my mind is racing back to all of those times when my family would be preparing for the long week at Loretta Lynn’s. Dad and I would be putting on the fresh suspension and new plastic while Mom and my brothers would be filling the motorhome refrigerator and cabinets with our favorite race food. Every year it was the same scene. The anticipation, pressure, and eagerness to get it all over with isn’t much different 20 years down the road as I sit here on the cusp of the onset of the 2007 AMA Air Nautiques Amateur National Motocross Championships.
We are halfway through what has become the most incredible outdoor motocross series off all-time. Sure that’s a bold statement, but I eagerly invite anybody to explain a better year to me. You kidding me? It’s been full-on-four-alarm-barn-burning mayhem since the first drop of the gate at Hangtown. In his homecoming race last year, Ryan Villopoto suffered a mechanical failure. After putting in the fastest laps in Lakewood, but losing the overall, we should expect to see RV Park throwing down like never before. He’ll have to if he wants to escape the clutches of his steadfast teammate, Ben Townley. Something has to give between these two. There could be a lot of shaking up with these boys as they race across the slippery high-speed hard pack of Washougal.
Over in the big boys class, we should see a James Stewart clinic. He put his balls on the tank and gutted it out last weekend. He probably didn’t have to, but he did it anyways. I really have to hand it to him for swallowing his pride and soldiering through those two motos. James hates it when Carmichael passes him. How do you think he felt when Millsaps and Alessi went by? It’s really heated up behind him with Timmy Ferry, Ivan Tedesco, Andrew Short, and the aforementioned ‘Saps and Alessi all pouring it on. I don’t know what happened to KW and Langston last weekend but they should both be really strong this time around.
And wait…what’s that? Bubba Scrub warning! You know that little table top before they grab gears up the long hill? Yep.
But the thing I am the most proud of is the job I get to begin tomorrow morning. It’s a tremendous honor to get to help out the Coombs family with their race at Loretta Lynn’s as it helped shape the lives of my family. Hell, regardless if he wins or finishes last at Indy Clint said he is flying in on Tuesday just to watch a couple motos and fill his nostrils with that familiar 32:1 dirt to sawdust mixture on the track. Everybody that grew up there always goes back. I just can’t wait to get there and work up a sweat tomorrow morning. It’s going to be an amazing week.
Thanks for reading, see you next week.
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