By Jason Sumner, VeloNews Associate Editor
News flash: Marty Nothstein actually lost a race at the USCF elite track national championships. But before that happened the Olympic gold medalist added to his unprecedented cache of stars-and-strips jerseys by taking the top spot in the Keirin. That win gave Nothstein his 30th national title, one for every year of his life.
In the Keirin final Nothstein was content to sit back during the moto-paced lead-out laps. But when the small motorcycle dropped off the track it was on, and as usual so was Nothstein. The 30-year-old seems to possess a gear not in his foe’s repertoires and he showed it Saturday night. Nothstein hammered his way to the front on the last lap, then pumped his fist high in the air as he crossed the line.
It was the fourth national title Nothstein’s won at the championships at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minnesota. Already he’d taken the crowns in the kilo, Olympic sprint and match sprint.
Jeff LaBauve was second in the Keirin, followed by Josh Weir, Andy Lakatosh, and Giddeon Massie.
Nothstein’s lone loss came in the final event of the five-day affair when he and partner Mike Tillman could do no better than fifth in the Madison. The winners were Prime Alliance team of Jame Carney and Colby Pearce.
“We were just really strong out there today,” said Carney, who also won the points race earlier in the day. “When we get going we can put some laps on people.”
Indeed, by the race’s end Carney and Pearce had a three-lap lead on second-place finishers Tim Reinhart and Kit Kyle (Saturn Development). Also three laps down were third-place finishers Basil Milsal and Ben Sharp of Go Mart, and Rad Cunningham and Kenny Williams (Broadmark) who took fourth. Nothstein and Tillman were four laps off the pace.
The Madison title was the second straight for Pearce. A year ago he took home the stars-and-stripes jersey riding with Tillman.
Also contested at the last session of the national championships was the men’s tandem sprint final. The team of Chris Ferris and Robert Lindstrom were the surprise winners of the opening heat, but favorites Mike Grabowski and Mike Beers came back to take the final two heats and the national title. Grabowski and Beers also won the crown last year.
USCF ELITE TRACK NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS, Blaine, MN, June 12-16
Keirin; 1. Marty Nothstein; 2. Jeff LaBauve; 3. Josh Weir; 4. Andy Lakatosh; 5. Giddeon Massie
Madison; 1. Prime Alliance (Jame Carney, Colby Pearce); 2. Saturn Developmnet (Tim Reinhart, Kit Kyle); 3. Go Mart (Basil Milsal, Ben Sharp); 4. Broadmark (Rad Cunningham, Kenny Williams); 5. Mercury/NetZero (Marty Nothstein, Mike Tillman)
Tandem sprint; 1. Mike Grabowski/Mike Beers; 2. Chris Ferris/Robert Lindstrom; 3. John Johannesen/Patrick Bartell