We finally made some strides forward at the Dixie Speedway in Atlanta, Georgia this past weekend. I have had a lot of success at this short track, including last year’s second place win. Yet, going into this weekend I felt like I was a little behind the curve especially with Briar Bauman achieving four wins in a row. I knew I had to mentally reset and come into the race prepared for a scrap to the top of the box.
The first round of practice went great on Friday. We kept the bike fast consistently throughout the day, which set me up to win the semi-final and start on pole on both nights. We had great battles against different riders both days. Briar Bauman was the first threat to race down to the wire. We were back to back, criss-crossing our way to the finish line. The next night, the young Brandon Price had an all out duel where we had to fight and chip away each lap to make it to the top.
It is always so exciting when we can stretch out and run high in front of everyone else, however, the nights when we get scrappy are some of the most fun and memorable. All in all, it was a victorious weekend. Being able to close in the gap from the lead of 25 points down to 12 felt great. We still got a lot of work to do and four races to go but with this momentum we are ready to get it done.