Throwback Thursday: 10 Grand for Five Laps

Larry Lawrence | December 28, 2017
the start of the camel challenge at ascot park in september of 1988Photo by Mitch Friedman

In this week’s Throwback we see top qualifiers at the September of 1988 Ascot Park AMA Grand National Half-Mile getting off the line at the start of the Camel Challenge. The Camel Challenge was a five-lap sprint that paid a $17,500 purse, the winner alone earning $10,000. It was a great payday for riders who won and it didn’t end there. Camel money richened the purse of the nationals and there was also a generous championship points bonus payout at the end of the year courtesy of RJ Reynolds.

This photo, captured by Mitch Friedman, shows an uber-talented lineup of Steve Morehead (42), Ricky Graham (3), Scott Parker (11), Bubba Shobert (1), Chris Carr (20) and Doug Chandler (10).

Graham won the Challenge on his Rob Muzzy-tuned Honda RS750.

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