Rich Oliver Likes Catheters

Brent Avis
by Brent Avis
Rich Oliver just sent in the following press release:
Team Oliver's Perry Melneciuc had an exciting day of racing on Sunday at Road Atlanta, but the really hard work was done during the weeks leading up to the race, as Perry and his wife Kellee had to take over Team Oliver Yamaha at Sears Point after Rich Oliver was airlifted out after a crash, semi conscious and broken up, babbling about missing air fence!

First Perry and Kellee had to drive the rig to Road Atlanta, then fly home and pick up their motor home in Florida. Then they had to do a round of work to keep their business going and their customers satisfied. Then it was back on the road to Atlanta in the motor home, to set up the team pits and tent, and install a new motor in their primary race bike to replace a fast but unridable and unreliable motor designed by Rich Oliver...

All of that required that Perry miss Thursday promoter practice putting him behind the rest of the 250 riders on track time! Nonetheless, Perry Qualified 4th for the main event starting on the front row, and rode a strong race to finish 5th. Perry comments, "I want to thank my wife Kellee, and my mechanic Shank Williams Jr. for all their help this race. They worked so hard to keep me in the points chase for the Championship, now it's down to myself, Sorensen, Disalvo, and Sorbo."

Points after Road Atlanta:Sorensen 137Melneciuc 106Disalvo 92Sorbo 91 Oliver was later found in Santa Rosa, hiding out and enjoying the fringe benefits of being in intensive care!

Rich Oliver spent a week in the hospital being pampered by the nursing staff and avoiding once again a long drive to Atlanta. After breaking his pelvis and losing a finger at Daytona, Rich had used that excuse to avoid driving the rig home from the Florida, and now has avoided another long drive by conveniently breaking his arm, fracturing his shoulder, grinding off a couple of toes, and concussing himself.

"Well, what can I say?" said Rich. "I think it's a small price to pay. Just think, when I was laying there in the hospital, high on morphine, catheter installed you-know-where and the nurse just about to give me a suppository so I could finally use the bathroom, I laughed. Ha, ha! No truck stop food for me!"

Rich plans to be back at Pikes Peak in Colorado, and to take over the driving duties from there on out. "I'm running out of digits to grind off, so I guess I better just bite the bullet and drive," whined the former Champ. "I'll buy some new CDs or something."

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