Number Cruncher: #338Wednesday, November 29, 2006 | 1:07 PM
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Welcome to the Shift Number Cruncher! Motocross is unique in many ways, but none more so than our attachment and association with numbers. I grew up racing at a track called 59th and Douglas. One year we spent 23 weekends making the three-hour trek to the red dirt of Sooner territory to do battle with the “Okies.” To this day, everytime I see the number 59, it takes me back to the days I saw Robbie Reynard riding a motorcycle faster than anybody on the planet! He had days there that were, well, let’s just say I will stand by that statement to anyone!
There have also been some other men of distinction that claim the three three eight. One may surprise you, one you may scoff at, and one you might be seeing a lot more of in the very near future. Enjoy this week’s edition of the Shift MX Number Cruncher as we give a nod to the nostalgic number 338.
I still don’t know what to make of this kid. The first story I heard about him was when he sank a golf cart in the creek at Loretta’s, drawing the ire of the ranch security… Soon, Jason Lawrence was thrust into the pro ranks as a wild child and his finishes and antics mirrored the hype. Brilliant top ten runs were followed up by mechanical DNFs, which saw him abandon his bike for his mechanic to retrieve. But his biggest blunder of 2006 had to be dropping the F-bomb after slithering his way to third at Seattle.
With 2007 bringing a new team and new hope for him to shake out the cobwebs of his rookie season, the future may have some good things in store for the rider formally known as J-Law. He has phenomenal speed and if he can get the daily Otter Pop count into the mid teens, he might have a chance to avenge his notorious podium speech.
I’ve known Zach and his family since he was on a 50, racing with number 338. They are an extremely agreeable group of people that have racing in their blood. As I mentioned earlier, his father, Mark Osborne, used to be one of the fastest Pro Stock drag racers in the country.
We had a great response to last week’s Mike LaRocco trivia! The five winners are:
-Ken Smith from Fredrick, MD
-Josh Bailey from Plano, TX
-Trea Purdy from Muscatine, IA
-Tim Holas from Ridgefield, WA
-Matt Wozney from North Haledon, NJ
This week we have another chance for you to flex your trivia muscle, only this time with a sandy Southwick flavor. The first three contestants to answer these questions correctly will win a free copy of Nitro Circus 4: Lock and Load.
Who were the winners of the 125cc class in 1987, 1990, and 2003?
In closing, If you have anything to add on these guys or have some more number 338s that you know of, be sure to e-mail me at [email protected] and we will try to throw your contribution into the Number Cruncher Redux.
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