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Jun 17, 2001

Rain Delays Program At Loudon

Rain started to fall at about 10:30 a.m. Sunday, bring racing activities to a halt at New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire.<BR><BR>In an effort to avoid alienating spectators with a rain-forced halt in activities for the second year in a row, race promoters and track owners Bob and Gary Bahre have discussed posting a $20,000 purse for an LRRS run-what-ya-brung, Unlimited Grand Prix race. But under terms of the AMA sanction agreement, any such race must be signed off on by AMA officials, and it is unknown at post time whether or not officials will agree to the idea.<BR><BR>In related news, NHIS Motorcycle Safety Director Jerry Wood revealed that the track owners yesterday expressed dismay that AMA Superbike Operations Manager Ron Barrick had not requested additional changes to the road course to address rider concerns. "They said to Barrick, tell us what you need, and we'll do it," Wood said.<BR><BR>Wood pointed out that two years ago he personally took Mat Mladin on a tour of the course, asked him what needed to be changed, and that the track then made every change requested by Mladin. But despite that effort, Wood said, Mladin continues to criticize the track and has complained that the track has not made any additional changes. "He hasn't asked for anything else to be changed," Wood said. "We did everything he asked for."