Rancho Dominguez, Calif. - October 9, 2012 - Saddlemen riders were out at the Tucson International Raceway this weekend for the Tucson Half-Mile and Round 15 of the 2012 AMA Pro Flat Track season. With just one round remaining, some Saddlemen riders solidified their positions in the class standings while others remain in limbo with a final opportunity to grab some points and a potential class title.
AMA Pro Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship
Saddlemen racers once again dominated the GNC race with a sweep of the top 5 spots as well as 7 of the top 10. This time it was Steven Bonsey that took the win with an outstanding performance. Winning by more than a full second, Bonsey claimed his first victory of the season. Fellow Saddlemen riders Bryan Smith and Sammy Halbert joined Bonsey on the podium in 2nd and 3rd, respectively, and Jared Mees and Brad Baker rounded out the top 5.
Saddlemen riders have been equally dominant in the series standings this season, holding 4 of the top 5 spots in both the Expert Twins and Combined standings. Sammy Halbert is currently just 3 points behind the leader in the Expert Twins standings, with Bryan Smith a point behind and Jared Mees 6 points behind.
Already the owner of the 2012 GNC Expert Singles title, Jared Mees holds the GNC Combined top spot with a 12-point lead over Halbert. Bryan Smith and Brad Baker round out the top 5. With just the season finale at Pomona remaining on the schedule, there’s plenty of opportunity for several riders to shake up the top of the standings, and it seems the series title will come down to this final race at the LA County Fairplex.
Saddlemen GNC Round 15 Results: 1.Steven Bonsey; 2. Bryan Smith; 3. Sammy Halbert; 4. Jared Mees; 5. Brad Baker; 7. Rob Pearson; 8. Henry Wiles; 12. Brandon Robinson; 13. Michael Martin; 14. Jethro Halbert; 17. Chad Cose
Saddlemen GNC Expert Twins Standings: 2. Sammy Halbert; 3. Bryan Smith; 4. Jared Mees; 5. Rob Pearson; 8. Brandon Robinson; 9. Brad Baker; 10. Henry Wiles; 11. Steven Bonsey; 13. Jethro Halbert; 19. Michael Martin; 33. Chad Cose
Saddlemen GNC Combined Standings: 1. Jared Mees; 2. Sammy Halbert; 4. Bryan Smith; 5. Brad Baker; 6. Henry Wiles; 10. Rob Pearson; 11. Brandon Robinson; 15. Jethro Halbert; 16. Steven Bonsey; 20. Michael Martin; 32. Chad Cose
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Saddlemen’s Shayna Texter fought back in what turned out to be an exciting race to claim her third victory of the season in the Pro Singles class. It looked as though Texter would lead wire-to-wire, starting from pole position and running strong until she lost the lead in the 12th lap. Shayna finished strong in dramatic fashion as she made a pass on the leader on the final turn of the last lap. Jake Shoemaker finished 6th while fellow Saddlemen racers James Monaco and Cody Johncox finished 10th and 17th, respectively.
Texter’s 3rd Pro Singles win bumped her from 6th up to 5th in the standings with just the finale at Pomona left on the schedule. Shoemaker holds onto a strong 2nd place position in the standings with Monaco in 12th and Johncox in 29th.
Saddlemen Pro Singles Round 15 Results: 1. Shayna Texter; 6. Jake Shoemaker; 10. James Monaco; 17. Cody Johncox
Saddlemen Pro Singles Standings: 2. Jake Shoemaker; 5. Shayna Texter; 12. James Monaco; 29. Cody Johncox
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