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Paul Whibley wins OMA Round 2 at Arkansas

Storms that had passed through the area that had caused death and destruction across several states had drowned parts of the track and after the Saturday quad race parts of the track were churned into massive bogs.

I got a good start but not good enough to beat Shane Klemick to the hole shot line. Shane took the money and drowned me in the second turn mud hole.

I quickly took the lead and Jimmy Jarrett latched onto my rear wheel and followed my lead as a game like chess began that
would last almost to the finish. Both of us were a little wary of how bad the track was going to cut up and neither of us wanted to be the first to find that bottomless rut that could end your day.

We both took turns at the front testing different lines and running a conservative pace until Jordan Ashburn began to eat into our lead. Jimmy and I both picked up the pace and the real race to the flag commenced.

The track really cut up in a lot of sections with many of those bottomless ruts snaring a bike and holding it to well after the race.

After the gas stop I took the lead and started to edge away from Jimmy with a couple laps to go. I kept an eye on the mud holes and tried to plan my lines a lap in advance and in doing so managed to stay out of trouble and keep the bike rolling.

I held it together and took the win, Jimmy remained in second and Jordan filled out the final
podium spot.

1st: Paul Whibley - 2nd: Jimmy Jarrett - 3rd: Jordan Ashburn

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