Rev-Up: Las VegasThursday, May 3, 2007 | 12:19 PM
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Dave Coombs Sr. East-West Shootout
Moving along, Mitch Payton has to be smiling big with RV Park and BT101 pushing to the starting line with 1W and 1E attached to their number plates. The possibility of those two cats finishing 1-2 isn’t much of a stretch of the imagination. Ah, but there are some dogs that are barking to get a piece themselves. Let’s talk about who has the best chance to make the podium.
For starters, it is going to be super-hard pan. I’m talking blue groove, baked adobe, asphalt. This gives the West Coast boys a little bit of an advantage, as they ride on this type of track surface at their supercross tracks all week. On the other hand, most of the fast guys in the East are either from California or do most of their supercross testing out West. That said, it will be the beasts from the East with silky-smooth throttle control that have the best chance. My predictions for the East brigade will be a gutsy performance from Ryan Morais (who always rides well at Vegas), a surprise ride from Mike Alessi, and a come-from-behind charge from Tommy Hahn. Townley and Dungey will either show up and blow up or have off nights. Also, Darcy Lange could be a major factor.
In the West, there will be no stopping RV Park. I am not quite sure where to place J-law, J-Grant, or Li’l Hanny. Either one of those guys could make the podium. When you think back to the McGrath Invitational, which was also really hard-packed and slick, Josh Grant was wicked fast. But, man, I just don’t know. Long track and a long, long fifteen laps. With the most stacked class of tiddler pilots ever assembled, I think we may see some big surprises in this race. There is an obscene amount of energy surrounding these cats. It could get wild.
This is going to be an awesome weekend, I can just feel it! We got an 800 ft. start stretch that promises to be a distributor of chaos, a track design from Dr. Seuss’ worst nightmares, and what promises to be the most intense Dave Coombs Sr. East-West Shootout ever, all heading our way on LIVE TV! I’m all jacked up for this one. I haven’t been to Vegas for three years, and I’m happy to say I’ll be leaving for the airport as soon as I press save and send on this week’s column. If you’re there, hit me up at the MGM and let’s do some bench racing.
Thanks for reading, see you next week.
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