THE EVENT: "It was one of the tracks on the tour both for the National and the Trans Am races. It was a pretty good track. It was kind of hardpacked dirt, it wasn't very soft or sandy, it was mostly clay. The layout for those times was pretty good. The start was wide, long, and fast and was all by itself. The whole start and first corner were separate and then finally went onto the track, so it had a nice infield area for the start. As I remember it was one of the first tracks that had a double jump in it. The way it was built, it was pretty fast and it was a small take off and a small landing that you had to clear, but there weren't too many people doing it. It was pretty fast and in those times on those old bikes, to hit something that hard and jump that far, to where you had to clear the landing or you were going to endo... If you would have come up short, it was probably a 99% chance of you doing a big yard sale on it. Because the suspension wasn't forgiving at all and to make a mistake like that you'd get kicked off pretty hard... I definitely considered this a home track. It was only about a two hour drive from my house and I started out racing a lot of local races at that track... I didn't really feel that I had an advantage, it just felt good to be so close to home and have a lot of friends there that I knew would be rooting for me. But I felt that anywhere on the eastern side of the US I had an advantage, because it was so different than my main competitions' tracks and what they were used to. At that time most of the best riders were from California, and it was a big adjustment for me the first time to go to California and race on those hardpack clay tracks. The soil conditions were so hard compared to what we were used to back here."