Tyler Clark was having a good night of motorcycle racing in Spokane on July 15.
The 34-year-old from Missoula went to Spokane ranked third in the Grand National Hooligan Championship’s West division, a series of serious amateur flat-track races in which riders on stripped-down street bikes bump elbows around a dirt oval. The series, an “outlaw” series that’s not sanctioned by the American Motorcyclist Association, comes to Missoula this Sunday, Aug. 13, as part of the third annual Lords of Dirt race at the Western Montana Fair.
Clark won his heat race in Spokane last month. That afforded him a front-row start in the night’s main event on Spokane Speedway’s quarter-mile track.
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“The main event was kind of a perfect storm of issues, really,” he recounted Thursday. “The first start, I was leading it coming into (turns) 3 and 4 and a couple guys went down behind me, causing a restart. So we had to restart. I had a super low-speed slide-out. But those guys, they had nowhere to go, so over me they went.”
He went down so fast he thought somebody ran into