Grand National Champion Jared Mees has racked up 18 Main Event victories during his historic run these past two American Flat Track seasons.
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Serving as the race promoter of his home race at the Allen County Fairgrounds, Mees put last year’s failure to qualify behind him (the only podium he missed in 2017) winning aboard his No. 1 Indian Motorcycle Rogers Racing SDI Scout FTR750 and leaving the pack to sort out the remainder of the positions in his roost around the pea-gravel cushion Half Mile.
Jeffrey Carver Jr. (No. 23 Roof-Systems of Dallas/Indian of Metro Milwaukee Scout FTR750) took second, Henry Wiles (No. 17 Bandit Industries/Wilco Racing/Willy Built Indian Scout FTR750) was third (his fourth podium and eighth top five so far this season), with 2017 Lima Half Mile winner Briar Bauman (No. 14 Zanotti Racing Indian Scout FTR750) fourth and Brad Baker (No. 6 Indian Motorcycle Racing backed by Allstate Scout FTR750) fifth.
In the AFT Singles, fan favorite Shayna Texter (No. 52 Husqvarna Motorcycles/JCS Racing FC 450) made history on Saturday night at the Indian Motorcycle Lima Half Mile by delivering Husqvarna’s first American Flat Track victory.
Texter, who holds the all-time win record for the AFT Singles class, had notched up four podiums aboard her rapidly developing Husqvarna FC 450 so far this season, including a pair of runner-up spots. She was the seventh different winner of the class in 10 races this season.
The 2016 AFT Singles Champ Ryan Wells (No. 94 RMR/Al Lamb’s Dallas Honda CRF450) finished second; current AFT Singles points leader Dan Bromley (No. 62 KTM North America/Bromley Motorsports 450 SX-F) was third - his eighth podium of 2018.
American Flat Track will be back in action next weekend for the Harley-Davidson New York Short Track at Weedsport Speedway, in Weedsport, N.Y., on Saturday, July 7. After which there is a four-week break during which Mees, Texter and several others of this year’s AFT racers will have the chance to enjoy all the English summer delights that the Goodwood Festival of Speed has to offer (July 12-15) before resuming competition in earnest at the Buffalo Chip TT (August 5) and the Harley-Davidson Black Hills Half Mile (Rapid City, August 7) during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.