AMA FLAT TRACK: Santa Rosa Review
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The roar of big bore motorcycle racing returned to the Sonoma County Fairgrounds for the first time in 42 years. The Circle Bell / Bob Bellino team hosted Round 14 of the AMA Pro Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship presented by and Lucas Oil on the mile oval in Santa Rosa, deep in California’s wine country.

A near-capacity crowd witnessed a rough and tumble cushion mile, although there were few fall downs the track was definitely challenging with long straights and tight turns.

When the 25-lap National scrambled into turn one it was Bryan Smith and his Crosley Radio / Howerton Motorsports backed Kawasaki going straight to the hay bales leaving the other 18 riders to fight over second.

Smith had been dominant all day and it appeared he was going to easily take his third win of the year, pulling to a five-second lead. At least one person was not convinced, Sammy Halbert (South East Harley-Davidson).

“On the first lap or two I was trying the bottom then I was just moved to the top to make that work. I went back to the top but there was a pretty big gap to him (Smith),” said Halbert. “I thought it looked like it was second for me. I was just doing my best around the top.”

As the laps wore down Smith’s lead began to erode. “The top was going away as fast as the groove was coming in. That is ki…………… continues on

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