Saddlemen's Jared Mees Wins 2012 GNC Expert Singles Championship

Springfield Short Track & Springfield Mile II Race Report

Rancho Dominguez, Calif. - September 18, 2012 - Saddlemen’s flat track racers put on a clinic this weekend as the AMA Pro Flat Track Series returned to the Illinois State Fairgrounds for the rescheduled Springfield Short Track and Springfield Mile II. Saddlemen finished the weekend with top honors in three of the four class races, with the highlight coming as Jared Mees was crowned the 2012 GNC Expert Singles Champion.

AMA Pro Grand National Championship
The Springfield race weekend kicked off with Saturday’s Expert Singles finale on the short track. Saddlemen’s Henry Wiles took top honors following a tight battle with fellow Saddlemen racer Brad Baker, who grabbed the holeshot off the pole. Jared Mees joined Wiles and Baker on the podium as Saddlemen Rookie of the Year hopeful Briar Bauman finished 4th.

The action continued on Sunday as racers took on the seventh round of the GNC Expert Twins racing at the Springfield Mile. Bryan Smith claimed his second victory of the season after surrendering his lead to Sammy Halbert late in the race. The two Saddlemen riders were joined on the podium by Jared Mees, as young up-and-comer JD Beach took 4th aboard his Saddlemen Flat Track seat.

Saddlemen AMA GNC Results - Springfield Short Track & Springfield Mile II

Rider Springfield Short Track 9/15/12 Springfield Mile II 9/16/12 GNC Overall Standings
Jared Mees 3rd 3rd 1st
Sammy Halbert 14th 2nd 3rd
Bryan Smith 12th 1st 4th
Brad Baker 2nd 10th 5th
Henry Wiles 1st 18th 6th
Jeffrey Carver 7th 15th 7th
Brandon Robinson 9th 9th 10th
Briar Bauman 4th --- 12th
JD Beach 6th 4th 13th
Rob Pearson 8th 14th 14th
Jethro Halbert 17th 8th 15th
Steve Bonsey --- 12th 16th
Michael Martin 13th --- 21st
Jake Mataya 16th --- 27th
Chad Cose 15th --- 33rd
Cory Texter 18th --- 46th


Jared Mees’ third place finish was more than sufficient to wrap up the GNC Expert Singles Championship aboard his Saddlemen Flat Track seat. Sammy Halbert finished the season in second and Henry Wiles finished third.

With just three rounds of GNC races remaining, Mees holds onto first place in the overall standings and third in the Expert Twins standings. Bryan Smith sits in second in Expert Twins and fourth overall, and Sammy Halbert is in fourth in Expert Twins and third overall.


AMA Pro Pro Singles
It took two holeshots for Saddlemen’s Dan Bromley to claim his first Pro Singles victory on Saturday, as a crash and red flag resulted in a restart with just five laps remaining. Bromley stayed cool and managed to hold on for the Short Track win. Fellow Saddlemen rider Jake Shoemaker joined him in the top five.

Sunday’s Springfield Mile was even more dramatic, as Saddlemen’s Cody Johncox won by just .004 seconds over the second-place finisher. Johncox managed to make his way to the front for the final two laps and held on long enough for the first Pro Singles win of his career.

Saddlemen AMA Pro Singles – Springfield Short Track & Springfield Mile II

Rider Springfield Short Track 9/15/12 Springfield Mile II 9/16/12 Pro Singles Standings
Jake Shoemaker 5th 10th 3rd
Ryan Wells 17th --- 4th
Shayna Texter --- 6th 7th
Jake Cunningham 11th 14th 9th
Nick Mataya 13th 11th 11th
Jim Monaco --- 12th 13th
Dan Bromley 1st --- 17th
Eric Stump --- 17th 19th
Cody Johncox --- 1st 30th
Joe Bromley 16th --- 59th


With just three rounds of Pro Singles racing remaining, Saddlemen’s Jake Shoemaker sits in third place in the standings as fellow Saddlemen rider Ryan Wells sits in fourth.


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