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After the heat races a water truck wet the track down and
some trucks circulated to iron it out again.
Right at 5 o'clock the green flag dropped and the riders roared
off the start line.
Some got better starts than others.
Here's a shot over the heads of the crowd in the stands.
They go into Turn 1 for the first time. They strung out on
the back stretch and then traded places going into Turn 3. The
crowd was on its feet as the bikes buzzed by us and headed for
Turn 1 again. But a bike in the middle of the pack went down
and several riders slid hard into the bales. One bike vaulted
the fence. I saw Chris go down and then get up and right his
bike. Not all the riders got up.
Larry Pegram's bike had broken the pivot bolt and his loss
of control caused the wreck. Two riders were injured seriously
enough to be transported to a hospital.
Everyone else gathered in a "hot box" to make repairs.
Chris' bike needed new exhaust pipes. Kenny Tolbert, with help
from other crews, bent the seat back into shape and installed
a new exhaust system.
Chris was interviewed again during the red flag.
At 5:30 the race restarted with 21 laps to go. Chris had to
start from the back but worked his way back through the pack.
Here he's going past a rider on his way to the front.
In a thrilling race Jay Springsteen won his first Springfield
Mile. The crowd roared its approval. Chris finished third. All
in all an amazing event.