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FROM: STEVE ALLEN aka FROGMAN, WSMC #18, AHRMA #100
DATE: November 26, 1998
REA: WSMC Round #11 (11/14-15)

Sunday was a very expensive race day for The Frogman....

New tires to be scrubbed in on the first practice session. Second practice session just re-familiarizing myself with willow.... (I had a 104 deg temp 2 days earlier and still felt like crap)

First race: 500 Singles. Green flag drops and I'm off as per my usual hole shot. Lead into T1 and stay out front for a couple of laps then Carlin goes by outta T6 & new guy to the 500 class but very experienced racer Scott is giving me fits into, through and out of each corner trying to get my 2nd place..... Anyways, entering T3 on the 3rd lap I sit up, start to lean it over and BuuuWHAM clack clackity clack clack "OH SH*T" back end is locked at 70 mph and I'm trying to find the clutch..... Scott had to stand it up also and had to follow me to the outside edge of the track.....

Very scarey and spectacular (so I'm told) skid from hell.... No, I didn't end up on my arse, but I didn't get to finish the race.... Or any others that day, my motor blew up and my day is done.

Top 10 overall for 1998 disappeared in an instant. I wonder how far back from 13th I will go now? BIG bummer. Happy to be intact. VERY glad the motor let go in T3 and not T9..... Good thing that I have spent many hours on a dirt bike and knew what to do. Tonnes of Al and steel shavings inside my motor... ARRGH!

Anyways, even with my 1 pont race weekend, I stayed 3rd in the 500 Singles class, 3rd in the Lightweight Vintage class, 4th in the Formula Singles class and only moved back to 15th in the WSMC Overall Points Championship so Top 10 may still be within my grasp. My next race will be at Willow Springs International Raceway, December 19-20.

 

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