A pause, and then the machines were wheeled out to the line for the One-Mile National Championship. Davis, Petrali, Toscani, Kathcart, Balinski and Hillbish were in the line-up. The motors were started and they rolled away. Starter Reggie Pink crouched, tense, with his flags behind him. The field came into the stretch and approached the line evenly. The motors roared, the green flag dropped, and the first competition event was on. When the field tore into the first turn a blanket might have covered them. When they came out onto the back stretch, Petrali was leading, Balinski close behind, with Davis, Toscani and Kathcart closely bunched behind. Into the turn, wide open, not a rider hit the button! The stands rose as a man! Which rider would come out of that turn first? A dramatic stillness fell. Then Petrali emerged from the turn, then Davis, Balinski, Toscani. Balinski swung into pace behind Petrali, Davis and Toscani shifted. All figured on jumping pace at the finish. The roaring crescendo of the motors brought the crowd to its feet, yelling. The field riders came out of pace and made their drive, but Joe had too much and he crossed the line, inches ahead. Balinski was in second place and Davis and Toscani were close. Wheel lengths separated them as they made their finish. Winning time was 44:32 seconds.