Sunday, May 27, 2012
AMA Flat Track: Henry Wiles Shows the Way at Springfield TT Again
After missing the 2011 round at the Springfield TT due to recovering from his DuQuoin injuries and surgery, Hammerin' Hank Wiles returned to what could very well be another win streak on Saturday evening in round 3 of the 2012 AMA Pro Flat Track Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship presented by Motorcycle-Superstore.com season. Wiles, riding his #17 Don's Kawasakie/DPC Racing/Nick Nazzisi/Schiller's Tree Svc-backed Kawasaki KX450F made it look easy even after a red flag restart in winning his 4th event at the Illinois State Fairgrounds Mutltipurpose arena in the last 5 outings, and by a margin of 3.693 seconds over runner-up Jake Johnson and another .625 seconds over 3rd-place finisher Jared Mees.
Wiles had it dialed all night, and his only missive for the day was in qualifying, where he still nabbed the 3rd spot behind fast-man Jeffrey Carver, Jr. and PJ Jacobsen. Henry went on to win his heat and taking the points and cash for the Dash for Cash win by almost 1.4 seconds over Johnson and Mees again.
With a good crowd on-hand in what could be the last of the TT events at Springfield after the IMDA announced in January they would be discontinuing it and the Labor Day weekend short track, 55 riders took a timed qualifying session for the National main. Red flag delays throughout the evening caused the program to run later then normal on the evening, but I don't believe anyone had to take any rides to the local hospital--thankfully!
You can check out the full results here and after the weekend we'll have more on the great night at Springfield: