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American Flat Track will return to the northeastern U.S. with two great events in 2018

flatWilliams Grove Half-Mile returns on September 8; New York Short Track at an all-new venue set for July 14.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 3, 2017) – American Flat Track is pleased to confirm two events in the northeastern U.S. as part of the 2018 schedule. New for the series, the New York Short Track will be held in upstate New York on July 14 and the wildly-successful Williams Grove Half-Mile returns to the schedule on September 8.

After putting on two thrilling events in the Syracuse market, America’s original extreme sport will return to the area for the third year in a row but at an all-new venue for the series, Weedsport Speedway.

“We are excited to bring the high-intensity racing action that only American Flat Track can deliver to our fans in New York,” said Cameron Gray, COO of AFT Events, promoter of the New York Short Track and Williams Grove Half-Mile. “Short track racing has been described as ‘a fistfight in a phonebooth’ and there is no doubt that the racing action will be intense next year.”

The 2017 Williams Grove Half-Mile was the first American Flat Track event held in Pa. in nearly a decade, and the event proved to be a favorite for both fans and riders alike. The 2018 rendition of the Williams Grove Half-Mile will be held on September 8, the same weekend as in 2017. The revised event schedule for ’18 means the event will conclude one hour earlier than this season, giving motorsports fans ample time to make it to nearby Port Royal Speedway that evening and catch double the racing action.

“The Williams Grove Half-Mile was one of the most exciting events of the season and we’re proud to announce next year’s date,” Gray said.  “We can’t wait to put on another night of fantastic racing in front of a sell-out crowd when we return to Williams Grove Speedway.”

Additional information about the New York Short Track and Williams Grove Half-Mile, including the availability of tickets and additional entertainment elements, will be announced in the near future on American Flat Track’s website at http://www.americanflattrack.com.

How to Watch:
NBCSN and FansChoice.tv are the official homes for coverage of American Flat Track events. All 18 rounds, from the season-opening Harley-Davidson DAYTONA TT to the American Flat Track Finals in Southern California, will air in one-hour primetime telecasts throughout the summer and fall on NBCSN. FansChoice.tv remains a cornerstone of AFT’s digital strategy and provides live streaming coverage of every event.

About American Flat Track:
American Flat Track is the world’s premier dirt track motorcycle racing series and one of the longest-running championships in the history of motorsports. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing in Daytona Beach, Fla., the series is highly regarded as the most competitive form of dirt track motorcycle racing on the globe. For more information on American Flat Track, please visit http://www.americanflattrack.com, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, check us out on Instagramlive stream the events at FansChoice.tv and catch all the American Flat Track racing action on NBCSN.

Jeffrey Carver takes his first AFT Twins win in Dominant Fashion

1Jeffrey Carver takes his first AFT Twins win in dominant fashion at the Lone Star Half-Mile presented by Indian Motorcycle
Shayna Texter keeps title hopes alive by holding off AFT Singles rival Kolby Carlile to take her fifth win of the season
Photo credit American Flat Track/Scott Hunter
Photo credit American Flat Track/Scott Hunter

FORT WORTH, Texas (September 23, 2017) – The wonderfully unique and unpredictable nature of American Flat Track racing was on full display on Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway.

In a season utterly dominated by the juggernaut Indian Motorcycle works line-up spearheaded by newly crowned 2017 AFT Twins presented by Vanc & Hines champion Jared Mees (No. 9 Indian Motorcycle Rogers Racing Scout FTR750), there was still room for an underdog to serve up an upset at the penultimate round of the championship.

Privateer Jeffrey Carver Jr. took it to the factory stars and controlled the Lone Star Half-Mile presented by Indian Motorcycle from the front throughout en route to his first-career win on a Twin in American Flat Track’s premier class.

In doing so — and as a result of a late-season swap of equipment — Carver simultaneously delivered fabled flat track marquee Harley-Davidson its first victory of the season when he took the checkered flag aboard the No. 23 Ben Evan’s Racing/Carver’s BBQ Harley-Davidson XR750.

Carver’s maiden premier-class victory came back in 2013 at the Castle Rock TT aboard a Single. Saturday’s controlled and precision performance was of an entirely different sort. Carver proved himself virtually untouchable on Texas Motor Speedway’s clay Half-Mile despite being pited up against the best of the best in AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines action.

“I’m just stoked,” Carver said. “I’ve been really pushing hard this year. I started my own program at the beginning of the year and showed up at Daytona with just one motorcycle. We’ve been trying to excel and just keep picking up the pace with these guys… We’ve been traveling the circuit all year. We slept on the ground after a couple nationals this year because we didn’t have any money. We are just going for it. I love this sport. The chance to beat the fastest guys in the world is a really good thing.”

Asked about the decision to wheel out a Harley-Davidson for the season’s final two events, Carver said, “I studied the tracks. I rode XRs in ’11 and ’12 — I’ve rode them off and on. We started putting some things together, and we thought the last two races of the year would be a good place to bring it out. With this shape of track, I really thought it had what it took. I’m really glad I took the gamble and rolled the dice.”

Champion Mees was the only rider with the pace to even keep Carver honest on this night. He applied pressure from just over a second back throughout the majority of the race but was unable to force a pivotal mistake.

Mees’ runner-up finish was his 16th podium finish in 17 races this season, including 15 of first or second. He is now well positioned to claim sole possession of the single-season podium record with just the finale remaining on the season’s slate.

After the race, the champ said, “(Carver) was able to get a good start. He was able to put together three strong laps in the beginning, and then we just stalemated there for the whole race. I tried so hard to gain on him… I couldn’t bridge the gap. He rode strong — he really did. Hats off to him and his whole team. It’s cool to see a kid like that come out here and… I’m not saying we didn’t have him picked to win, but it’s a little bit of a surprise. It was awesome.”

Furthering the underdog theme of the evening were the last-lap heroics of Johnny Lewis (No. 10 Team Nila/John Wise Indian Scout FTR750). Having only climbed aboard his privateer Indian Scout FTR750 for the first time earlier in the day, Lewis tracked down factory Indian star and 2016 AFT Twins champion Bryan Smith (No. 1 Indian Motorcycle Racing backed by Allstate Scout FTR750) and overtook him on the final lap to steal away the final spot on the box.

“Not bad for a bike I jumped on for the first time today in practice,” Lewis said. “It’s been a while since I’ve been on the podium. I can’t tell you how happy I am. It feels good.”

Two-time ’17 AFT Twins race winner Briar Bauman (No. 14 Zanotti Racing Kawasaki Ninja 650) finished a couple tenths behind Smith to complete the Main Event’s top five.

Also of note was the showing of NBCSN’s American Flat Track color commentator Larry Pegram, who returned to the fray aboard the back-up bike of the injured Brad Baker (No. 6 Indian Motorcycle Racing backed by Allstate Scout FTR750).

The former Superbike star proved he’s still blessed with plenty of speed. Pegram not only qualified for the Main Event aboard the No. 272 Indian Motorcycle Racing backed by Allstate Scout FTR750, but actually managed to round out the evening’s top 10.

AFT Singles

Shayna Texter (No. 52 Richie Morris Racing Honda CRF450R) kept her AFT Singles title hopes alive with a clutch performance at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday night.

Texter held strong to keep AFT Singles championship leader Kolby Carlile (No. 36 Estenson Racing Yamaha YZ450F) at bay and claim the victory, putting a halt to Carlile’s bit to secure the crown a round early.

Dan Bromley (No. 62 Big Momma & Daddy Deep Pockets Racing KTM 450 SX-F) came home in third, less than a second behind Texter and Carlile.

The battle for the win was not the race’s only development with significant title implications; Brandon Price (No. 92 Brandon Price Racing backed by Parkinson Brother’s Racing/DPC Racing/Don’s Kawasaki Honda CRF450R), who came into the event ranked second and just 12 points back of Carlile, saw his championship chances evaporate completely when he suffered a late-race mechanical DNF while fighting for a top-five result.

With just the 25 points up for grabs at the season finale yet to be had, Carlile leads Texter by 24. Price was relegated to third, 31 points back and mathematically eliminated from contention.

“It was stressful,” Texter said of her Lone Star showdown with title rival Carlile. “The racetrack out there was so slippery. You just have to stay calm and keep hitting your points. It took a lot of focus and concentration.

“Unfortunately, we’re behind in this championship and not where I want to be. We got a flat tire at Williams Grove, and obviously everyone knows I’m not a TT rider. That’s definitely hurt us, but all I can do is go out there and win and have some fun.”

Carlile said, “I did everything I could do today. I saw Brandon on the side of the track and thought I may have had the title clinched. But then I added up the points on the last lap, and realized I still need one more.”

Actually, Carlile needs to pick up at least two points (17th place or better) to assure himself the championship. Any less would leave the door open for Texter, whose class-leading five race victories guarantee her the upper hand in any tiebreaker scenario.

As part of American Flat Track’s television broadcast package with NBCSN, the cable network will air the Lone Star Half-Mile presented by Indian Motorcycle as part of a doubleheader with the Harley-Davidson Williams Grove Half-Mile presented by Appalachian Harley-Davidson on Thursday, September 28. Williams Grove kicks things off at 10 p.m. ET, with the penultimate round in Texas following on its heels at 11 p.m. ET. Both one-hour shows will feature flag-to-flag coverage of the Main Events along with exclusive features giving fans a behind-the-scenes window into the sport. To check out the complete NBCSN schedule, please visit http://americanflattrack.com/events-nbcsn.

Catch the highlights on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/AmericanFlatTrack/videos/1673276166039814/) and YouTube (https://youtu.be/PBKQ4VDYZRg).

Next Up:
American Flat Track’s 2017 season finale, the Cycle Gear American Flat Track Finals presented by Indian Motorcycle, will conclude an epic season on October 7 in Perris, Calif. Live coverage can be viewed on FansChoice.tv beginning at 2:00 p.m. PT with Opening Ceremonies scheduled for 6:00 p.m. PT. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased at https://www.showclix.com/event/american-flat-track-finals-at-socal-fair.

Fans can keep up-to-date with American Flat Track on Facebook (@American Flat Track), Twitter (@AmericanFlatTrk) and Instagram (@AmericanFlatTrack). AFT mobile apps are available for iPhone on the App Store and for Android at Google Play. For more information, please visit http://www.americanflattrack.com.

Awards Update:
AFT Singles  
McElroy Packaging Lucky 7 – #52 Shayna Texter
Motul Move of the Race – #52 Shayna Texter

AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines
Öhlins Fastest Lap  – #23 Jeffrey Carver, Jr.
McElroy Packaging Lucky 7 – #23 Jeffrey Carver, Jr.

 

How to Watch:

NBCSN and FansChoice.tv are the official homes for coverage of American Flat Track events. All 18 rounds, from the season-opening Harley-Davidson DAYTONA TT to the American Flat Track Finals in Southern California, will air in one-hour primetime telecasts throughout the summer and fall on NBCSN. FansChoice.tv remains a cornerstone of AFT’s digital strategy and provides live streaming coverage of every event.

About American Flat Track:
American Flat Track is the world’s premier dirt track motorcycle racing series and one of the longest-running championships in the history of motorsports. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing in Daytona Beach, Fla., the series is highly regarded as the most competitive form of dirt track motorcycle racing on the globe. For more information on American Flat Track, please visit http://www.americanflattrack.com, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, check us out on Instagramlive stream the events at FansChoice.tv and catch all the American Flat Track racing action on NBCSN.

Jared Mees unbeatable at the Harley-Davidson Black Hills Half-Mile

11Brandon Price comes out on top in another barnburner AFT Singles race

AUGust 8, 2017 - American Flat Track at The Black Hills Raceway in Rapid City, SD.

RAPID CITY, S.D. (August 8, 2017) The rolling Jared Mees took another important step toward the 2017 American Flat Track championship with a victorious performance in Tuesday night’s Harley-Davidson Black Hills Half-Mile in Rapid City, S.D.

Mees systematically dismantled the competition around Black Hills Speedway aboard the No. 9 Indian Motorcycle Rogers Racing Scout FTR750 not once, but twice, during the course of the Main Event.

The AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines points leader saw a two-plus second advantage wiped clean when a red flag momentarily halted the action just after the race’s halfway point. Undaunted, Mees simply reenacted his earlier escape, quickly assembling just enough of a gap to break free of the scrap for second. He would eventually sail past the checkered flag without any real fear of coming under assault from behind.

Thirteen races into the 19-race season, Mees boasts seven wins, 11 top-twos, and 12 podium results. Not surprisingly, that sort of consistent excellence has allowed the three-time Grand National Champion to pile up a 36-point championship advantage with just five races left to be run.

Factoring in his Sunday second at the Buffalo Chip TT, Mees racked up a crucial 45 points over two fruitful days at the 77th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

After scoring the 27th victory of his illustrious career, Mees said, “We actually made a small change for the Main Event even though we were already pretty fast. We were quick but we all put our heads together and decided that making that gamble was the best call — and it was.

“We had a solid bike and were able to get out front and run our own race. Last year, Bryan (Smith) and I battled here, and I know how you can get slowed up battling. So I let those guys do the battling behind me, and I just ran my own race.”

The Indian Wrecking Crew returned to its early-season field destroying form on Tuesday night. Teammates Bryan Smith and Brad Baker engaged in a wall- and elbow-grazing dogfight for second aboard their respective No. 1 and No. 6 Indian Motorcycle Racing backed by Allstate Scout FTR750s.

While it took him a few laps to find his groove following each of the Main’s twin starts, Smith ultimately got the better of Baker and successfully minimized the damage done by Mees in the points column.

Mees, Smith, and Baker combined to secure Indian Motorcycle’s fifth podium sweep of the season. Additionally, Baker’s third-place finish also elevated him to third in the title chase, positioning the manufacturer that much closer to a championship top-three lockout.

Smith’s runner-up finish was much needed as it marked his first podium in five outings. After the race, he said, “Unfortunately, Jared beat us, but it’s cool to see Indian sweep another podium.

“I thought I had something for Jared after the restart. But he could get going quick, and it took me about five laps to get going, and it was all she wrote after that. (Brad and I) were both on top of each other and on top of the wall. There wasn’t an inch between us quite a few times. My hats off to him for racing me clean. It was fun. I wish it would have been for the lead, but I’m sure Indian Motorcycle is happy with this result.”

Third-placed Baker said, “I feel pretty good. I felt like I matched Jared’s pace pretty good in the beginning, but he was just rolling really good here today… he’s been rolling good all year.

“I lost Jared before the restart. He was gone. But after the restart, I felt like I had a good line going into 3, but it opened up the door for Bryan to do a slide-job on me. And as soon as he did that, we went back to dicin’, and Jared pulled away again.”

Jeffrey Carver Jr. (No. 23 Carver’s BBQ Kawasaki Ninja 650) continued to showcase his Half-Mile chops, notching up his fourth Half-Mile top-five of the season in Rapid City. He finished in fourth, just ahead of Sunday’s TT standouts Briar Bauman (No. 14 Zanotti Racing Kawasaki Ninja 650) and Henry Wiles (No. 17 DPC Racing Kawasaki Ninja 650).

The factory Harley-Davidson squad enjoyed a strong showing in front of the partisan Sturgis crowd at an event title sponsored by the legendary brand. Brandon Robinson (No. 44 Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Team XG750R) came home with an encouraging seventh, one position better than teammate Kenny Coolbeth (No. 2 Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Team XG750R).

AFT Singles

Brandon Price (No. 92 Brandon Price Racing backed by Parkinson Brother’s Racing/DPC Racing/Don’s Kawasaki Honda CRF450R) won out following a thrilling AFT Singles shootout that saw the race’s top seven riders all finish within a second of the winner at the checkered flag.

Up front, the contenders routinely traded positions and stormed the corners two, three, and even four abreast as they jockeyed for position.

Price eked open a small gap to open the final lap, but bucked on acceleration as he searched in vain for traction to launch off the last corner in the final sprint to the flag.
That minor miscue allowed a resurgent Shayna Texter (No. 52 Richie Morris Racing Honda CRF450R) to close in rapidly as they approached the stripe, but Price managed to hold her at bay by a scant 0.049 seconds.

Price’s second win on the season bumped him up to the runner-up spot in the AFT Singles championship race, 16 points back of Texter.

Price said, “The race was really good. The track was really hooked up except for coming off Turn 2, but I used that to my advantage and gained on them every lap.”

While disappointed not to have won, Texter’s runner-up was an important result in the bigger picture. Not only was it a successful rebound from Sunday’s zero score at the Buffalo Chip TT, it also came on an evening in which she appeared to be entirely out of sorts… at least until it mattered the most.

Texter skirted around the outside at the start of the race to immediately slot into second from her second-row grid position, and she proved a serious contender for the win from that point forward.

The 20 points she picked up as a result of Tuesday’s finish also provides something of a safety net with another TT on the horizon.

Texter said, “It was a miserable day, quite honestly. Our main bike wasn’t running right all day in qualifying. I finally made the gamble to switch to my back-up bike for the Heat race. It was such a long, frustrating day. At the Buffalo Chip, I knew I wasn’t a TT rider, but at these Half-Miles, I feel like we can contend each and every weekend. But if there’s anyone out there I don’t mind losing to, it’s Brandon Price. He’s one of the nicest kids in the pits, and this is a great win for him.”

Pole-sitter Kevin Stollings (No. 99 Ben Evans Honda CRF450R) grabbed the lead on multiple occasions before finally accepting third. He finished one position ahead of Dan Bromley (No. 62 Big Momma & Daddy Deep Pockets Racing KTM450 SX-F), who rounded out a remarkable 2-4 two-day run in South Dakota.

Cameron Smith (No. 44 Carroll Motor Fuels Honda CRF450R) completed the top five, while Kolby Carlile (No. 36 Estenson Racing Yamaha YZ450F) remained within 22 points of the title lead with a sixth-place run.

The Black Hills Half-Mile will air on NBCSN on Thursday, September 14 as part of a doubleheader with the Buffalo Chip TT at 10:00 p.m. ET (7:00 p.m. PT) and the Half-Mile at 11:00 p.m. ET (8:00 p.m. PT). The full schedule for American Flat Track on NBCSN can be viewed athttp://www.americanflattrack.com/events-nbcsn 

Next Up:
American Flat Track will complete its run of four races in 15 days at the fabled Peoria TT on Sunday, August 13. Live coverage of the Peoria TT can be viewed on FansChoice.tv beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET (8:30 a.m. PT) with Opening Ceremonies scheduled for 2:30 p.m. ET (11:30 a.m. PT). Tickets are on sale and can be purchased at http://www.peoriamotorcycleclub.net/.

Fans can keep up-to-date with American Flat Track on Facebook (@American Flat Track), Twitter (@AmericanFlatTrk) and Instagram (@AmericanFlatTrack). AFT mobile apps are available for iPhone on the App Store and for Android at Google Play. For more information, please visit http://www.americanflattrack.com.

Awards Update:
AFT Singles
McElroy Packaging Lucky 7 – #92 Brandon Price
Motul Move of the Race – #92 Brandon Price
AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines
Ohlins Fastest Lap – #9 Jared Mees
McElroy Packaging Lucky 13 – #9 Jared Mees

 

How to Watch:

NBCSN and FansChoice.tv are the official homes for coverage of American Flat Track events. All 18 rounds, from the season-opening Harley-Davidson DAYTONA TT to the American Flat Track Finals in Southern California, will air in one-hour primetime telecasts throughout the summer and fall on NBCSN. FansChoice.tv remains a cornerstone of AFT’s digital strategy and provides live streaming coverage of every event.

About American Flat Track:
American Flat Track is the world’s premier dirt track motorcycle racing series and one of the longest-running championships in the history of motorsports. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing in Daytona Beach, Fla., the series is highly regarded as the most competitive form of dirt track motorcycle racing on the globe. For more information on American Flat Track, please visit http://www.americanflattrack.com, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, check us out on Instagramlive stream the events at FansChoice.tv and catch all the American Flat Track racing action on NBCSN.