All the big guns will be drawn tomorrow as round 16 of the 2012 AMA Pro Flat Track Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship presented by Motorcycle-Superstore.com season wraps-up another exciting year in the best racing series on wheels in the world.
In what has been a stellar year for The Rolling Thunder Show in terms of quality events, great crowd turn-outs and multiple-brand racing, the 2012 edition of the AMA Grand National Championship has been nothing shy of spectacular, with as many as seven brands competing in various events and multiple and multiple-time winners dotting the landscape throughout the season.
One of those big guns tomorrow who will be looking to grab a slice of the pie in the race for the Twins Series Championship will be Bryan Smith, on the #42 Crosley Radio/Howerton Motorsports powered by Eaken Racing Kawasaki, who since the machine's initial race way back at round 4 of the season at the Springfield Mile I round has had the fans, teams and riders talking about the rocket-like capabilities that owner, builder and master craftsman Rick Howerton pieced into this finely-tuned machine. But not once has anyone other than those in the know taken notice of who has been in the seat once the fuse is lit.
Smith, who has contested the series for over a decade now, has been virtually overlooked in terms of his mile track abilities because of the sheer 'wow' factor that the Howerton Kawi has brought to the track in the five mile oval events it contested this season. Tomorrow will better help tell the tale of whether all the shouting about the MotoGP-like machine is warranted as Smith and the team will contest their first half-mile event in what will surely even the playing field for those that have been shouting the loudest. And they will add some 'wow' factor to the season wrap-up on the west coast event being held at the Pomona Fairplex.
You can read the original press release from the Smith/Crosley/Howerton team here from last week when the team announced they would be running a sixth event this season in order to help Bryan out with his quest to grab the ceremonial Twins Series Championship:
In the shot above, AMA Pro Flat Track announcer Barry Boone talks with mile master Smith after his win in the Dash for Cash event 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.
Be sure and check out the Crosley/Howerton team's flyer below to get in on the fun tomorrow if you are lucky enough to get to Pomona as they will be holding an 'open house' during the fan pit walk and showing off the great wares from Crosley Radio as well as their finely tuned mounts built here in Indy by IndyCar, NHRA and USAC fabricator Rick Howerton.
Jared Mees on the #9 Rogers Racing/Blue Springs H-D/Saddlemen/National Cycle-sponsored XR750 tries to run down JD Beach on the #95 USC Racing Kawasaki during their heat race at round 13 of the 2012 AMA Pro Flat Track Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship presented by Motorcycle-Superstore.com season at the Springfield Mile II on September 16.
Mees, who has a 12-point lead in the overall standings of the 2012 season over Sammy Halbert, will be looking to sew-up his first AMA Grand National Championship tomorrow over title rivals Sammy Halbert and 2-Time and defending AMA Grand National Champion Jake Johnson. With all of the planets aligned for The Jammer this season, tomorrow afternoon looks to be the day that he gets to add to his '09 & '11 Twins Series Championship and take all the marbles for the big one.
Jake Johnson checks his phone while waiting for the first practice session to hit the track at round 13 at the Springfield Mile II round on September 16.
The '10 & '11 AMA Grand National Champion will have to come back from 20 points down in order to make it three in-a-row tomorrow on the #1 Zanotti Racing/Schaeffer's H-D/Boughner Racing Suspension/Arai-backed XR750 in what has been an up-and-down season for the Pennsylvania resident. If anyone can do it, Johnson can, but he will need some help to leap-frog Halbert and Mees in order to take home a third #1 plate and continue his winning streak in the series.
No matter who wins tomorrow, the final race of the season is set to be one of the most hotly-contested rounds of the year and will surely leave everyone gasping for more once the final checkers fall and the champion is crowned.
Check out the preview from AMA Pro Flat Track below as we get ready to wind 'er up tomorrow as we wind the 2012 AMA Pro Flat Track Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship presented by Motorcycle-Superstore.com season down.
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