DNF is short for Did Not Finish. There are various reasons a rider may not finish a race:
- He can lose interest and stop for coffee.
- Course officials can object to something he has done and remove him from the event.
- He can run out of gas.
- His motorcycle can suffer some mechanical malfunction.
- The rider can do something stupid and end his participation spectacularly.
It’s the last definition I’m going to cover in this sequence:
1. Gary Lassiter riding for Big D Cycle of Dallas pushed it long and hard through the right-hand approach to the bridge crossing at Green Valley Raceway in June 1971. It was a sight to see.
2. Once, mind you, only once, he pushed a little two hard. You may not notice, but Lassiter has lost traction, and he has started for the pavement at high speed.
3. This is the “ouch” moment. You know it’s coming, and there’ is no way to avoid the ouch moment. We’ve all had one.
4. The favorable outcome. You get up and walk away. Somebody else is always around to clean up the mess. People, do not attempt this without a helmet!