Batey Second In Loudon Formula Xtreme
Published: June 21, 1998
Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's Tray Batey finished second in a crash-marred Formula Xtreme race at New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire.
The team's Grant Lopez crashed when a rider he was drafting and about to pass missed a shift on the front straightaway. Lopez collided with the other rider, bounced off the wall and tumbled down the straightaway, and was taken to the infield medical center with a concusssion as the race was red-flagged.
Batey and Lopez qualified second and third fastest, Batey less than half-a-second off pole position and underneath the 1997 lap record for the class, running race tires and not the special, good-for-one-lap qalifying tires used by the competition. Lopez was less than 0.7-second off pole.
Batey ran second from the start and held the position when the race was red-flagged for Lopez's crash. At the restart, Batey again jumped into second and held the position until the finish. Lopez did not make the restart.