With four rounds remaining in the 2012 AMA Pro Flat Track Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship presented by Motorcycle-Superstore.com season and just four laps to go in the Springfield Mile II on September 16, five of the top riders in the series and the three at the top of the overall points standings get ready to really let 'er rip at the rain delayed classic at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.
With eventual event-winner Bryan Smith #42 out front on the Crosley Radio/Howerton Motorsports powered by Eaken Racing Kawasaki, the four men behind him get ready to play the 'move for position' and 'shuffling of cards' game that is always so prevalent in the greatest sport on wheels in the world of The Rolling Thunder Show.
Eventual runner-up Sammy Halbert gets low and ready on his #7 South East H-D/The South Ass-backed XR750, while defending 2-Time AMA Grand National Champion Jake Johnson tries to position the #1 Zanotti Racing/Schaeffer's H-D XR to set up the draft.
2-time and defending event-winner Willie McCoy looks to be looking for the inside run into turn 1 on his #59 Harley-Davidson of Wausau/Independence H-D mount, with current points leader Jared Mees hoping to move up as well on the #9 Rogers Racing/Blue-Springs H-D XR750.
In the end, no one was able to get a good enough run on the first-year team of Smith's rocket Kawasaki as he was able to hold off Slammin' Sammy and Jammin' Jared for the top spot on the box. Jersey Jake and Winkin' Willie got together on the last lap, leaving Jake with a serious tire rub mark on is exhaust as he collected it up to come home 5th while McCoy was able to finish with a strong 7th-place effort.
Other then McCoy, these and many other stars of The Rolling Thunder Show will be heading to the resurrection of the Santa Rosa Mile in Sonoma County this Sunday for the return to the California track that last hosted the stars of AMA Pro Flat Track some 42 seasons ago. In an event that is surely to bring the fans out in force, the first of three remaining Left Coast events will be without a doubt the place to be if you are a fan of the best racing in the world.
With Mees up in the championship by 12 points over Johnson and another 11 back to Halbert (243-231-220) the time is now for these men to make their moves in settling the final run to the checkers in two weeks' time at the season-finale in Pomona, and Santa Rosa being the last mile event of the year will give the fans on-hand a chance to see the shuffling of the big Twins Series bikes at over 130 mph as they battle in earnest for the return of this great event and the battle for the overall championship.
Stay tuned in the next week as we bring you more about the stars of AMA Pro Flat Track as we have a big announcement to make about the season-finale in Pomona on October 13 and some news about how that last event may play out and be used as a tune-up for the 2013 season.
In the meantime, thanks to AMA Pro Flat Track and Circle Bell Motorsports for the preview and press release below on round 14 of the 2012 AMA Pro Flat Track Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship presented by Motorcycle-Superstore.com season as they roll into Santa Rosa!
Run in 1968, 1969 and 1970, the Santa Rosa Mile spotlighted the top level competitors of the time such as Dick Mann, Gary Nixon, Freddie Nix, Chuck Palmgren, Jim Rice and more wrestling BSA, Harley-Davidson and Triumph machines around the track for dominance on the dirt.
Tickets are on sale through http://santarosamile.showclix.com, www.santarosamile.com or by calling 707-703-3633.
Sunday Box Seats $65
Prices: Legend Club Seating $60
Grandstand Reserved $50
General Admission $30
Children 5 & under $20 discount on above prices
Youth 6-16 $15 discount on above prices
Prices: Adult $25 - Youth $10 - Child $5
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