Saddlemen’s Jared Mees Leads Podium Sweeps at Colonial Downs Mile

Saddlemen racer Jared Mees won the GNC Expert Twins race at the Colonial Downs MileJared Mees won his first race of the season at the Colonial Downs Mile (Credit: AMA Pro Racing)

Rancho Dominguez, Calif. - August 27, 2013 - Just a week removed from the Indy Mile, Saddlemen riders found themselves in New Kent, VA for the inaugural Colonial Downs Mile. The 9th round of the 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track season, 1.25-mile track played host to a pair of Saddlemen podium sweeps as Jared Mees won the GNC Expert Twins race and Cody Johncox took Pro Singles top honors.

AMA Pro GNC Expert Twins

It looked like business as usual throughout the first half of the Colonial Downs Mile as Saddlemen rider Brad Baker ran out in front with the GNC Expert Twins class leader. That is until the eighth lap when the leader was forced to throw in the towel with a bike malfunction and Baker dropped out of the race. The path to the checkers was suddenly opened for Saddlemen’s Jared Mees and Henry Wiles, but after 18 laps it was Jared Mees that crossed the line aboard his Saddlemen-equipped Harley-Davidson. Wiles followed in second place while fellow Saddlemen rider Brandon Robinson completed the podium sweep.

Saddlemen swept the podium in the Pro Singles class with Cody Johncox, Shayna Texter and Stephen VanderkuurJohncox (#96B) led a Saddlemen podium sweep of the Pro Singles class along with Shayna Texter and Stephen Vanderkuur (Credit: AMA Pro Racing)

It was just the first victory of the season and fourth podium for the defending champ, who has jumped up into third in the Expert Twins standings and fourth in the Combined standings. Wiles continued his top-10 streak with his third podium of the season and sits in fourth in Expert Twins and second in GNC Combined. Brandon Robinson is in fifth place on both leader boards after back-to-back podium finishes, and Brad Baker still holds a sizeable lead in the GNC Combined standings despite only recording one point in Virginia.

Saddlemen GNC Expert Twins Results - Colonial Downs
1. J. Mees; 2. H. Wiles; 3. B. Robinson; 4. Briar Bauman; 5. K. Coolbeth Jr; 6. JD Beach; 8. J. Lewis; 9. J. Shoemaker; 10. M. Weidman; 11. S. Bonsey; 15. R. Pearson; 16. M. Martin; 18. N. Cheza; 19. B. Baker

Saddlemen GNC Expert Twins Standings - Top-10
2. B. Baker; 3. J. Mees; 4. H. Wiles; 5. B. Robinson; 6. K. Coolbeth Jr; 8. S. Halbert; 9. J. Shoemaker; 10. R. Pearson

Saddlemen GNC Combined Standings - Top-10
1. B. Baker; 2. H. Wiles; 4. J. Mees; 5. B. Robinson; 7. K. Coolbeth Jr; 9. R. Pearson; 10. S. Bonsey

Johncox took the lead on the seventh lap and managed to cross the line just .008-seconds ahead of Texter for his first win of the seasonCody Johncox won his first race of the season at Colonial Downs (Credit: AMA Pro Racing)

AMA Pro J&P Pro Singles

The Colonial Downs Pro Singles race was one for ages as Saddlemen riders Cody Johncox, Shayna Texter and Stephen Vanderkuur battled it out in one of the closest finishes in AMA Flat Track history. Johncox started from the second position but it was Vanderkuur that took the early lead in the 10-lap race, while Texter sliced through the traffic from the second row up to the lead pack. Johncox took the lead on the seventh lap and managed to hold off charges by Texter and Vanderkuur, crossing the line just .008-second ahead of Texter. Vanderkuur finished third just .053-second behind Texter as the top-5 riders finished within a half second of the winner.

 

Vanderkuur finished third just .053-second behind Texter as the top-5 riders finished within a half second of the winner.Johncox (#96B) took the lead on the seventh lap and managed to hold off charges by Texter and Vanderkuur (Credit: AMA Pro Racing)

The victory was just the second of Johncox’s young career and first of 2013, and came just one week after a third place podium finish at the Indy Mile. The second place finish wass the fourth podium placement of the season for Texter and propelled her from sixth in the standings to fourth. Vanderkuur earned his third podium of the season and is in third in the standings. Ryan Wells is still in second place, just five points back from the leader. Wells and Dominic Colindres are the only two riders to record points in every event this year.

Saddlemen Pro Singles Results - Colonial Downs
1. C. Johncox; 2. S. Texter; 3. S. Vanderkuur; 6. R. Wells; 9. Bronson Bauman; 11. D. Colindres

Saddlemen Pro Singles Standings - Top-10
2. R. Wells; 3. S. Vanderkuur; 4. S. Texter; 7. D. Colindres; 8. B. Bauman

The 10th and 11th rounds are slated for August 31-September 1 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds as the Springfield Mile was rescheduled into a double-header. Follow Saddlemen on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates.