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May 10th, 2008

It's 4pm yesterday and I'm packed and walking out the door. my pager starts going nuts. So much so that I drop everything and run back upstairs for work emergency.

Fast forward 6 hours and work emergency is finally over. luckinspades and I grab some sushi then have a typical too-tired-too-think-and-shouldn't-be-walking-nevermind-talking fight. (sorry Miko!)

I finally drop off to sleep at 2am. I wake up at 3:30am and drive to Buttonwillow. And now I'm going 100mph. Smart this isn't.

I feel fine right now but after this next practice session I'm going to sleep until the afternoon Endurance Race.

high speed chess (1st in Solo Endurance)

The solo endurance race turned out as a battle from beginning to end. The novice grid was large and most were on the same pace.

I got my typical bad start, and had to pick off 5 positions in the first lap to get up to the leaders. A ducati rider and I reeled in Michael Aquino (younger brother of the phenom Tommy Aquino). Once we past him I decided to settle in and show him a wheel here and there. After 5 laps of constant pressure he started to make mistakes and eventually ran off the track. (no crash, resumed behind us)

I noticed that Michael Aquino was right on my tail but not passing. I figured he was waiting for the end. With 10 laps to go I slowed up a tad and settled down.

Sure enough with 3 laps remaining Michael passed me and tried to check out. I left him get about 50 yards then settled down to pace him.

When the white flag flew (last lap) I threw the hammer down and reeled him in by the bus stop. Right on his heels entering Riverside (long 100mph+ knee down sweeper) I swung around him, then blocked on the passing line in Lost Hills and Mazda. He came inside me on Sunset but I squared the corner off and beat him to the finish line by 1/10th of a second.