2. Deep End of the Talent Pool

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Like so many things, the people who are good at it make flat track look easy and graceful. #87 Jeff Johnson knows exactly what he’s doing on the old SR500 but still got beat by 13 punks in the Open Pro Main. Fierce competition doesn’t begin to describe it.

There are a lot of fast ladies out there. Kenzie Rae Fales won the Beginner Main while managing to not look much like a Beginner. Or a (typical) lady. (Photo by Judd Neves)

There are a lot of fast ladies out there. Kenzie Rae Fales won the Beginner Main while managing to not look much like a Beginner. Or a lady. (Photo by Judd Neves)

This is not Mikey Rush’s first rodeo. The kid from Gilroy won the Open Pro Main Saturday night. (Photo by Judd Neves)

This is not Mikey Rush’s first rodeo. The kid from Gilroy won the Open Pro Main Saturday night. (Photo by Judd Neves)

Travis Horn, ladies and gentlemen, winner Youth 50. Almost makes you want to breed again, doesn’t it? (Photo Judd Neves)

Travis Horn, ladies and gentlemen, winner Youth 50. Almost makes you want to breed again, doesn’t it? (Photo Judd Neves)

Oh noooo, not another Cernicky! Twenty-year old Nathan dusted off Uncle Mark’s #50 Cycle World project CRF to win Open Knob on his first flat-track attempt.

Oh noooo, not another Cernicky! Twenty-year old Nathan dusted off Uncle Mark’s #50 Cycle World project CRF to win Open Knob on his first flat-track attempt.