In a matter of just a few short hours, fans, teams, sponsors and riders will hit the track for the season-finale of the 2012 AMA Pro Flat Track Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship presented by Motorcycle-Superstore.com season at the Pomona Half-Mile as three riders get ready to battle it out for AMA Grand National Championship when the first practice is scheduled to roll out on the track at 6:30 PM EDT/3:30 PM PDT.
With a 12-point lead in the overall standings, Jared Mees on the #9 Rogers Racing/Blue Springs H-D/Saddlemen/National Cycle-sponsored XR750 will be looking to sew-up his first-ever Grand National Championshp after taking the Twins Series Championship in '09 & '11 and earlier this season securing the Singles Series Championship for the first time at the Springfield Short Track.
Sammy Halbert on the #7 South East H-D/The South Ass/Mo Vaughn Transport/LZ Racing-backed XR will be looking to add to his '11 Singles Series Championship and his '09 and 'mythical' overall Grand National Championship title that he carries from the last season that the overall champion wasn't recognized by the series.
Jake Johnson, the 2-Time and defending '10 & '11 AMA Grand National Champion will be looking to retain his crown and become the first 3-Time Champion in-a-row since Chris Carr in the early '00s, as the '02 Rookie of the Year looks to also add to his '06 & '08 Singles Series Championships. 20-points in arrears heading into today's final round, Johnson has a tall hill to climb in order to be able to repeat.
Also being decided today at Pomona will be the now-ceremonial Twins Series Championship for the 2012 season, which sees four riders within nine points of one another for the championship in the 'big bike' class. With Johnson leading the group with 168 points, Sammy back another three points, Bryan Smith another one point back, and Mees sitting in the fourth spot heading into today's final event with 159 points. This battle alone could make for some interesting fodder if nothing else today!
Bryan Smith will be trying to go after that ceremonial #1 plate in his first event this season on the #42 Crosley Radio/Howerton Motorsports powered by Eaken Racing/Guts Wear/MPH-backed Kawasaki 650R-based parallel twin. The Howerton and Crosley folks announced last week they would be supporting Smith in his efforts to claim the Twins Series Championship and will be looking to gauge their level of success in the five mile events this season on a big half-mile track. This will also lead to another interesting mix in the action today at the Fairplex in Pomona.
In the shot above from the Springfield Mile II on September 16, Smith leads Halbert, Johnson, defending and 2-time Springfield Mile winner Willie McCoy on his #59 Harley-Davidson of Wausau/Independence H-D/Tucker Rocky/Arai-backed XR and Jared Mees with just a few laps to go in what would be Smith's and the Howerton team's second win of the season in their debut effort together.
So while you are getting fired-up for tonight's action at Pomona, you can check out the AMA Pro Flat Track press release below, and then follow along with the Pomona guide further below to keep up with the action in the final round of the 2012 season in The Rolling Thunder Show as we all await the first green flag of the day and the final checkered flag of the season to see who wraps what up and who comes home the day's victor.
The 2012 AMA Pro Grand National Championship Comes Down to the Wire at the Flat Track Finals at the Pomona Fairplex
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You can follow along with all the action at Pomona today with these handy links:
AMA Pro Flat Track Live Timing and Scoring:
Round 16 of the 2012 AMA Pro Flat Track Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship presented by Motorcycle-Superstore.com season at Pomona schedule of events (PDF version):
AMA Pro Flat Track event results (standard version with drop-down arrow):
AMA Pro Flat Track event results (PDF version with complete results available within minutes-end of each race at Pomona):
Unfortunately, Miriam Deitcher has discontinued her 'Flat Track Live' page on Facebook, however, she is still providing coverage of events through Sammy Halbert Racing's FB page, and you can keep up with the goings-on here thanks to one of the hardest working people in the business:
The official site for the AMA Pro Flat Track Finals at Pomona:
And it looks like the weather is going to be great today in Pomona, thanks to The Weather Underground: