Lyle Larson (L) is honored for his induction into the NMPRA Hall of
Fame, while Dan Kane (R) shares one of many stories about Lyle. Photo
by Scott Causey.
AJ Hemken (foreground) launches Gino Del Ponte’s Dago in a flyoff for fourth
place against Mark Parker, who is launching Dennis Cranfill’s Miss Dara.
This action shot is from the flyoff for seventh place at the 2016 Phoenix Q- 40 Classic. At this
moment, Ray Brown (high) and Doug Killebrew (low) battle for position, while Gabriel Tahhan’s
aircraft (not in photo) takes an early lead.
a Phoenix race around 2002, and we
teamed up a few years later. Travis
started calling for me occasionally, but
now it is nearly every contest. I have
finished in second place in the Phoenix
Q- 40 Classic for three consecutive years.
AS: Which heat from the Phoenix Classic
stands out the most to you?
TF: The heat I lost against Moe
Vereecke and Doug Killebrew. I took a
second behind Doug, but only dropped
one point. I flew smart, though.
RH: The heat against Eddie Melville—
the only one I lost. I had second flag
and finished behind him at the distance
of the staggered start. Eddie is a great
pilot and he did not bobble once.
AS: What is your thought process before
TF: I try not to think. I don’t look at
who we race and I don’t overanalyze. I
always try to race my race regardless of
who we line up against.
I do think about the first lap, which
takes a good takeoff and a good first
turn. A heat is easier when you’re in the
lead or close to the lead.
RH: I used to think about a lot of stuff,
like what not to do and how not to
make mistakes. I am more easygoing
now. This takes the pressure off and I
tend to be more relaxed. I joke around
a little and try to de-stress and not look
at the matrix or the leaderboard. I just
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