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American Flat Track’s 2017 NBCSN Broadcasts now on FansChoice.tv

2All 18 AFT rounds are included for your holiday – and pre-season – viewing pleasure

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 26, 2017) – Looking to re-experience the grit and bar-banging action of American Flat Track’s 2017 season? You can now watch all 18 NBCSN telecasts from the 2017 season on FansChoice.tv at http://www.fanschoice.tv/american-flat-track.

 

Watch again as Indian Motorcycle’s Jared Mees wins 10 of 18 races and clinches the AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines title. Or watch Shayna Texter win five AFT Singles main events – more than any other Singles rider in 2017 – on her way to a third-overall series finish behind AFT Singleschampion Kolby Carlile and runner-up Brandon Price.

 

It’s all there, right on your smart TV, computer, tablet or mobile phone. Just visit http://www.fanschoice.tv/american-flat-track to re-live every second of 2017 as we approach AFT’s opening 2018 round at the Bigger, Better and Faster DAYTONA TT on March, 15, 2018, at Daytona International Speedway.
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Next up for the stars of American Flat Track is the Bigger, Better and Faster DAYTONA TT on March 15, 2018, at Daytona International Speedway. Tickets start at just $29, and are on sale now via Daytona International Speedways’s website at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/Events/2018/DAYTONA-TT/DAYTONA-TT.aspx or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.
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 Instagram, live stream the events at FansChoice.tv and catch all the American Flat Track racing action on NBCSN.

Harley-Davidson Springfield Mile II adds vintage race as a support class

Legendary bikes of old to race on the same turf as the top flat track machines of today in the American Flat Track’s AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines class

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 3, 2017) During Labor Day weekend, the Harley-Davidson Springfield Mile II will feature the best of the old and the new with the addition of a vintage support class to the 15th round of the 2017 American Flat Track season on Sunday, September 3.

With a history that goes back to 1937, the Mile track at Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ill., is hallowed ground for the sport of flat track. To honor that rich legacy, the 98th running of the Springfield Mile will feature bikes of the past competing on the same turf as the best flat track machines of today in American Flat Track’s AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines class.

The vintage class will have two heat races separated by categories – tank shifters and foot shifters – and a combined main event. Invitations have been sent out to the top vintage racers from across the country, and excitement grows for this special event. Vintage racers will be pushing those machines with no brakes to limits that were unheard of in the days they first came to this track. To highlight the vintage experience, there will be a 1936 Harley-Davidson RLDR race bike that competed in the inaugural Springfield Mile on display for fans to see in person.

The Springfield Mile has been famous for its close racing. It has been an important battleground for deciding the Grand National Championship, and this year promises to be no exception with defending series champion Bryan Smith and rival Jared Mees locked in another tight title chase. Expectations are set for another barn burner at the Springfield Mile II, which kicks off the season’s final four-race homestretch. There “Mile Master” Bryan Smith will look to complete his 2017 Springfield Mile sweep and increase his career record to eighth victories at the legendary venue.

In addition to the action on the Mile track, fans get a double dose of racing action on the nearby Springfield Short Track, Saturday, September 2. Held in conjunction with Steve Nace’s All Star series, American Flat Track’s rising stars will duke it out for Short Track honors.

There are also a host of off-track activities with a live band and large vendor area for fans to enjoy on Sunday. The displays will include Harley-Davidson, Vance & Hines, Indian, Kymco, Rekluse, AFT merchandise, beer, food, jewelry, sun glasses, ABATE bike raffle, event shirts, and much more.

To purchase tickets for the Springfield Short Track and Springfield Mile II, click here: https://www.springfieldmile.org/Tabs/Events/EventList.aspx

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.

 

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 bags another dominant win at the Harley-Davidson Calistoga Half-Mile

Presented by Cycle Gear, Tanner Dean turns heads with his first National win in the competitive AFT Singles class111
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CALISTOGA, Calif. (July 30, 2017) The three-week summer break between American Flat Track rounds did nothing to cool off the red hot Jared Mees as the 2017 AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines title fight picked back up at the Harley-Davidson Calistoga Half-Mile presented by Cycle Gear.

Seemingly out of sorts during qualifying and even into his Heat race, Mees proved to be an unstoppable juggernaut around Calistoga Speedway aboard his No. 9 Indian Motorcycle Rogers Racing Scout FTR750 by the time the Main Event arrived.

The title leader was consistently four- to five-tenths superior each lap compared to his nearest pursuer. As a result, he worked up 3.254 seconds worth of padding by lap 9 of a scheduled 25 when the race was temporarily halted due to a red flag.

Rather than be discouraged after seeing that huge lead erased in an instant, Mees simply went back to work. He proceeded to rip open an even larger 3.476-second margin during the first nine laps that followed the restart, and the title leader’s drama-free march at the front saw him as much as 4.548 seconds out in front as the race neared its conclusion.

Mees ultimately cruised to a 3.571-second margin of victory, sailing by the checkered flag in a one-handed wheelie.

The three-time Grand National Champion now boasts an 18-point championship advantage and has clearly turned the tide of momentum in his favor with four wins in his last five outings.

After his blowout victory, Mees said, “It was a great night. It was a little hectic in the last qualifier, and in the Heat race I was off the pace. We came back and rethought things. I have such a good team and they work so hard. We gel really well together and when we’re down, we have a lot of tools in the toolbox with this Indian Scout FTR750 to make changes.”

Second place went to Sammy Halbert (No. 69 Estenson Logistics Yamaha FZ-07) in convincing fashion, coming on the heels of his vastly impressive X Games gold medal performance a couple weeks back.

Runner-up Halbert said, “We had a great bike right from the get-go. We were really fast in qualifying, but the track was changing a lot, going from really hooked up to a bit slick. It’s a little more challenging for me on this bike when it’s slick. But we still made huge gains today, and my boys had it working good for the Main Event where I was able to run a solid second.

“It was a little nerve-racking because I had to hit my marks perfectly every time. And obviously, I couldn’t hang with Jared. His bike was so on point he could put it wherever he wanted.”

The most spirited battle in the top 10 was waged by teammates to decide the final spot on the podium. In the end, Brad Baker (No. 6 Indian Motorcycle Racing backed by Allstate Scout FTR750) kept Bryan Smith (No. 1 Indian Motorcycle Racing backed by Allstate Scout FTR750) at bay by a meager 0.067 of a second to finish in third.

While Baker was happy enough to edge Smith out and land on the box for the eighth time in 2017, he admitted his frustration at still seeking his first win aboard the potent Scout FTR750.

Baker said, “It was a good battle… I’ve had a lot of good battles this year, but only a couple of them for the win. Tonight it was for the wrong position; fighting with my teammate is fun but not for the last podium spot. Hats off to Sammy, and especially Jared – he really put it to us tonight.”

For Smith, the close fourth was an encouraging uptick in form following consecutive sixth- and seventh-place runs. However, it also marked his third straight finish off the podium and his fifth in a row without a win after powering to four successive victories earlier this season.

Lima Half-Mile winner Briar Bauman (No. 14 Zanotti Racing Kawasaki Ninja 650) rounded out the top five, taking the checkered flag less than a second behind Smith. Fifth-ranked Jeffrey Carver Jr. (No. 23 Carver’s BBQ Kawasaki Ninja 650) finished one further spot back in sixth.

Factory Harley-Davidson riders Brandon Robinson (No. 44 Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Team XG750R), Kenny Coolbeth, Jr. (No. 2 Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Team XG750R), and Jake Johnson (No. 5 Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Team XG750R) all made their way to the Main at Calistoga, finishing ninth, 12th, and 15th, respectively.

AFT Singles
Suggesting that Tanner Dean (No. 138 Walrath Racing Honda CRF450R) came out of nowhere to win Saturday’s AFT Singles race at the Calistoga Half-Mile may be an exaggeration, but not by much.

The race was just Dean’s fourth-career AFT Singles race, and his first ever attempt at a Half-Mile National. His previous best finish was 11th (twice), so it’s safe to assume the category’s usual suspects were taken a bit off guard by his sudden arrival at the front this weekend.

Dean gave plenty of warning in the lead-up to the race, however. He posted the fastest time in qualifying, won his Heat, and finished second in his Semi only after getting bumped off line late.

The sport’s newest star made no rookie mistakes as he scored the win despite being hounded in the Main Event by a motivated Brandon Price (No. 92 Brandon Price Racing backed by Parkinson Brothers Racing/DPC Racing/Don’s Honda CRF450R), with third-place finisher Kolby Carlile (No. 36 Estenson Racing Yamaha YZ450F) also in hot pursuit.

“This is a big dream come true for me,” Dean said after claiming his maiden victory. “I’ve always wanted to win a National. I just kept my head down and hit my lines right and I came out with the win.”

If not for the stunning emergence of Dean, the respective results of Price and Carlile would have been the biggest news of the night in AFT Singles action. The intrigue was amped up by their linked seat shuffle, with Carlile putting in a promising first performance aboard the Estenson Yamaha, and Price going one better in his first attempt on the Parkinson Brothers Honda vacated by Carlile.

Ben Lowe (No. 20 Bruce Lowe Excavating Honda CRF450R) finished fourth with AFT Singles championship leader Shayna Texter (No. 52 Richie Morris Racing Honda CRF450R) on spot behind in fifth.

Texter actually came up big to score her top-five points haul after running down near the bottom of the top 10 for much of the contest. As a result, she now holds a mammoth 29-point advantage but may require every bit of it with a TT – her weakest discipline – now looming on the series’ slate.

The Harley-Davidson Calistoga Half-Mile presented by Cycle Gear will premiere on NBCSN on Thursday, September 7, at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT. The full schedule for American Flat Track on NBCSN can be viewed at http://www.americanflattrack.com/events-nbcsn .

Catch the highlights on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/AmericanFlatTrack/videos/1610101772357254/) and YouTube (https://youtu.be/50dm8T72UuI).

Next Up:
American Flat Track heads to South Dakota for a pair of races that will run in conjunction with the 77th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The Buffalo Chip TT presented by Indian Motorcycle will take place in Sturgis, SD, on August 6, followed two days later by the Harley-Davidson Black Hills Half-Mile in Rapid City, SD, on August 8. Live coverage can be viewed on FansChoice.tv. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased at http://bit.ly/2oVCRTo.

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 – #138 Tanner Dean
Motul Move of the Race – #138 Tanner Dean
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.

J&P Cycles Named “Official Motorcycle Aftermarket Retailer of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

2IRVING, Texas — July 12, 2017 — J&P Cycles, the world’s largest aftermarket motorcycle parts and accessories retailer, announced a multi-year partnership with the City of Sturgis, South Dakota to be the “Official Motorcycle Aftermarket Retailer” of the legendary Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally™ held each August. This year’s Rally is Aug. 4-13, 2017.

The partnership is a perfect extension of the company’s year-round retail presence in Sturgis, featuring the J&P Cycles store on Lazelle Street.  J&P’s 2017 Rally experience adds a mobile customization shop featuring Kuryakyn, Dunlop, Vance & Hines, Mustang Seats, and dozens of other leading brands.

“J&P Cycles was built on being where riders love to go,” said Zach Parham, President of MAG Retail Group and son of J&P Cycles founder John Parham. “Sturgis is always a pilgrimage for motorcycle riders, and we’re proud to have a year-round presence in the Black Hills. Being named the “Official Motorcycle Aftermarket Retailer of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally” is a testament to our commitment to the city and the half million riders visiting the granddaddy of all motorcycle rallies.”

“J&P Cycles is the first name in retail for motorcycle customizers,” said Mark Carstensen, Mayor of Sturgis. “Here in Sturgis we see riders come from all over the world to visit the J&P Cycles flagship store. They are an anchor in our community and they’ve earned the right to be the Official Motorcycle Aftermarket Retailer of the Sturgis Rally.”

The fun continues after the Rally, as well. The 2017 tour of the J&P Cycles’ pop-up motorcycle customization shop will continue at Delmarva Bike Week, Salisbury, Md., Sept. 14-17; Biketoberfest in Daytona Beach, Fla., Oct. 18-22; and the Lone Star Rally in Galveston, Texas, Nov. 2-5. Tens of thousands of riders each year visit the mobile motorcycle shop to see, try and buy new bike accessories. More information about the tour is available at www.jpcycles.com/events.1

About J&P Cycles: Founded by John and Jill Parham in 1979, J&P Cycles is the world’s largest aftermarket motorcycle parts and accessories retailer. J&P Cycles operates retail locations in Anamosa, Iowa, Daytona Beach, Florida, and Sturgis, South Dakota. The company’s Rider Service Center is located in Daytona Beach, Florida. J&P Cycles supports motorcyclists with retail pop-up stores at over a dozen motorcycle rallies, races and events throughout the U.S. each year.