Sammy Halbert's #7 South East H-D/The South Ass/Mo Vaughn Transport/LZ Racing-sponsored XR750s get some attention in the pits by his crew before first round practice at round 10 of the 2012 AMA Pro Flat Track Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship presented by Motorcycle-Superstore.com season at the Lucas Oil Indy Mile on Saturday, August 18. Sammy joined an elite group of racers who have contested the AMA Grand National Championship by winning his first-ever mile event at Indy to win the 'grand slam' of flat track. Halbert has now won in all disciplines of flat track having previously won numerous events in short track, TT and half-mile competition.
Halbert practiced one of the Werner-Springsteen Kawasakis during the first practice session of the day at Indy, but then reverted to his tried and true XR750 to qualify in the 5th-place spot just .418 seconds behind fast qualifier Bryan Smith on the Crosley/Howerton/Eaken Kawasaki. He then went on to finish second in his heat race behind winner Jake Johnson to gain his ticket to the Dash for Cash (5th-place finish) and the National main.
Hanging in the top-5 throughout the first part of the main, Sammy was able to take advantage of the red-flag delay that involved Johnson when he lost his brakes on lap 11. Johnson was okay after the slide-out (thanks to the air fence!) but his #1 Zanotti Racing XR suffered some serious damage when it tumbled end over end. Halbert got a monster restart to run in the top-3 for the 15 remaining laps in the race (positions reverted back one lap after the delay) and fought like the tough racer he is and battled with Werner-Springsteen's Brandon Robinson #44 and Rogers Racing's Jared Mees #9 for the better part of the rest of the event to lead them home to his first mile event win of his career.
Johnson lost a few points due to his crash and dropped to 3rd-place in the standings behind 3rd-place finisher Mees (201 points), 28 points in arrears heading to the Labor Day Weekend running of the Springfield Short Track on September 1 and the Springfield Mile II on September 2. Sammy now sits in 2nd-place in the overall standings with 180 points after his super night.
Congrats to Sammy Halbert and his team for his big win last night, and you can check out the full press release below thanks to AMA Pro Flat Track.
We'll have more on the exciting evening of racing in Indy as the week goes on, but after three solid days of racing and late night's we've gotta put it to bed for the week ahead.
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