On the Pegs - November 2021 Volume 6 Issue 11 - November - Page 92

Baylor came into the race with a 39-point lead in the series standings , and with just three rounds remaining , including the Muddobber , could be excused for looking at the big picture and riding a safe race .
“ I talked to the team before I came up here and Randy ( Hawkins ) was pretty adamant that we just needed to cruise and make sure that we don ’ t make any mistakes ,” said Baylor . “ I felt like I was doing that , and then I had a really big mistake in test three , which put me off a cliff and I lost enough time that Craig ( DeLong ) was in sight of me . I rode really well to finish that test out , but after that , ( team manager ) Cory McDonald and I talked . He was like , just maintain the day . You obviously want to win , but today was the day where were all fighting for second and we were all really close .”
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna ’ s Craig DeLong has been on a hot streak lately and finished fourth overall to back up the third-place finish he had at the previous round .
“ I was pretty much in the mix all day ,” said DeLong . “ The second test I actually got stuck , and that was probably my worst test all day . I lost about twenty seconds to the top guys . In the next test , Stew actually had a problem so it kind of brought me back into it . It was kind of a little bit of a yo-yo . It was super slick , so it was easy to make mistakes and