I was expecting to encounter some of the toughest racing of the year at Sundays Boulevard Cup race. Shadd Smith, Jeff Winkler, Tom Price as well as the usual Nebraska suspects. Having never really raced these guys before, last year doesn't count, I didn't quite know what to expect.
Anne and I jumped in the Honda and headed south, getting to the venue with more than enough time to prep for the day. As we arrived Randy and Rich were just starting and kicked the race day off with a bang. Randy won the 50+ and Rich won the 60+, setting the tone for the Nebraska contingent. Next up, Sydney kept the dream alive winning the womens. Safe to say the bar was set pretty high for Nate, Troy, Matt and I.
|Photo: Randy Crist|
After the first lap Shadd came through followed by Jeff a half lap later. I tried hard to stay on their wheels but the early effort and taken too much. I set my sights on trying to stay in front of a charging Brian Jensen and Matt Tillinghast. But even that was too much as Jensen blew by me with an expected hard acceleration on the pavement. Matt and I would ride together pretty solidly. The gap behind was really opening up at this point and something big would have to happen for either of us to miss out on a top five.
|Photo: Laterne Rouge|
The biggest disappointment of the day is the lack of cash payout in Kansas. Twenty two riders toed the line for a 3 place payout. The positive takeaway was I have a much better idea of how to start from the front row which is where I'll be this coming weekend in Louisville. It'll be a blast with Nate probably starting in the second row, Bill Marshall in the 2nd or 3rd row and Matt and Shadd somewhere behind them. Midwest represent!
|TK hits the beer garden barrier with riders hittin' the deck|
|Nate Woodman, MWC!|
|MT and I rockin' the fresh LS skinsuits through the beer garden barrier|
|RD getting some Rhino love|
|Hard day at the office|
Photo: Lanterne Rouge