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.
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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’ 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.
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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|
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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