Sammy Halbert on his #7 The South Ass/Fredericktown Yamaha/GYTR/Van's Yamaha-sponsored YZ450F motors his way into a hard-earned 4th-place finish at round 3 of the 2012 AMA Pro Flat Track Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship presented by Motorcycle-Superstore.com season at the Springfield TT on May 26.
Slammin' Sammy managed a repeat win last night in round 8 of the 2012 season on his home track at the Castle Rock TT, leading title rival Jared Mees #9 home for the win by just over 1 second, with 2-Time and defending AMA Grand National Champion Jake Johnson #1 finishing in the 3rd-place spot just over 6.8 seconds behind Sammy in the 25-lap National main. Halbert won the Dash for Cash and also brought it home in 2nd-place in his heat to qualify for the main.
2000 AMA Grand National Champion Joe Kopp #3 came out of retirement to bring home a 7th-place finish. Halbert's older brother Jethro took 4th-place, with Washington State-born JD Beach rounding out the top-5.
Mees extended his overall points series lead over Johnson by 4 points (162-147), while Sammy is creeping up on the leading duo in the 3rd-place slot with 137. Last week's winner at the Sacramento Mile, Bryan Smith #42, managed only a 17th-place finish but still holds the 4th-place slot in the overall standings with 102 points. Johnny Lewis #10 again sat out the west coast event, but is expected back in action in next week's round 9 at the Peoria TT on Sunday, August 12.
You can read the press release below thanks to AMA Pro Flat Track, and catch up on the overall with the links at the bottom of the story. Next up is Peoria next Sunday before the series rolls into round 10 at the Lucas Oil Indy Mile on Saturday, August 18 during the Red Bull Indianapolis MotoGP Weekend.
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Jake Johnson, Sammy Halbert and Jared Mees celebrate on the podium after their 3-1-2 finish in round 8 of the 2012 AMA Pro Flat Track Harley-Davison Insurance Grand Championship presented by Motorcycle-Superstore.com season at the Castle Rock TT, held last night in Washington State. AMA Pro Flat Track photo by Dave Hoenig.
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Here's the link to the full results thanks to AMA Pro Flat Track (PDF version):
(Standard version results with drop-down box):
Thanks to Cycle News.com for their story on the race at Castle Rock from last night:
Thanks to AMA Pro Flat Track and official photographer Dave Hoenig for this gallery of shots from the Castle Rock TT: