With every gigantic tragedy comes numerous smaller tragedies.
Nick Hayden’s death is, of course, a huge soul-searching tragedy that will probably never totally dissipate. His family, friends and fans are left reeling.
Among the smaller, if not inconsequential, tragedies surrounding Hayden’s death is that he was the best shot we had at a modern rider joining the Grand Slam Club.
The Grand Slam Club is an informal classification given to riders who have excelled in every form of dirt track and who have also won a road race. Joining the Grand Slam Club requires a rider to win a race in each of the following divisions: half-mile dirt track, mile dirt track, short track, TT, and road race.
At this time, just four riders are members of the Grand Slam Club: Dick Mann, Kenny Roberts, Doug Chandler, and Bubba Shobert