Sammy Halbert had a grin on his face last Saturday as big as the one in the shot above after taking the win at round 3 of the 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles Grand National Championship season at the Stockton Half-Mile. Halbert, in his return to the track after off-season injuries and surgery, led 10 laps in the 25-lap National main to card his first win of the season on his #7 South East H-D XR750.
Sammy talks about that win here after leading Brad Baker and Henry Wiles home to the podium at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds event.
In the shot above, Sammy and his team roll out his #7 South East H-D XR750 at the Springfield Mile I on May 27, round 4 of the 2012 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, while talking with Johnny Lewis and a the Scott Powersports team.
With his win last Saturday, Sammy vaulted himself into the 9th-place spot in the overall championship standings for the season after missing both of the season-opening rounds at Daytona on March 14-15.
Brad 'The Bullet' Baker, the 2011 AMA Pro Flat Track Saddlemen Rookie of the Year, finished just over .9 seconds behind Sammy after a spirited battle in the National main last Saturday at Stockton for his third 2nd-place finish of the still-young 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles Grand National Championship season. Riding the Dodge Brothers Racing XR750, Baker led 15 laps in the 25-lap main to take the extra point for most laps led on the evening, and now sits just seven points behind series leader Brandon Robinson heading to the Springfield Mile I Memorial Day Weekend round.
Brad talks about his run at Stockton here and his battle with fellow Washington State resident Sammy during the main.
In the shot above from round 10 of the 2012 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship, The Bullet rolls out for the final qualifying session at the Indy Mile on the #12 Dodge Brothers/Atherton Family-backed XR on August 18.
Henry Wiles on the Lloyd Brothers Motorsports/Ramspur Winery-backed XR750 took the final spot on the podium last Saturday with his first ride on the Brent Armbruster-prepped mount, and the first time that the LBM team has fielded an XR750 in Twins Series competition in the last several seasons, at least. With his 3rd-place finish at Stockton, Hammerin' Hank moved into the 3rd-place spot in the overall standings for the 2013 season after the series first three rounds.
Henry talks about his run in the 25-lap National main here.
In the shot above from round 4 of the 2012 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship season at the Springfield Mile I round on May 27, the LBM team goes to work on the steering damper on the team's #17 Lloyd Brothers Motorsports/Ramspur Winery-sponsored Italian 'L twin, which has been the team's staple the last several seasons. Dave Lloyd, the team's co-owner, stated a couple of weeks ago that they were making the XR750 available to 'go where the money is' for this season, especially on the half-mile venues that encompass five rounds of the series calendar this year.
Dave Hoenig, the official photographer for AMA Pro Flat Track, and the owner/operator of Flat Trak Fotos.com, filed this race report with Cycle News in this week's issue on the Stockton Half-Mile.
Cory Texter, National #65 filed this report with Next Moto Champion Magazine in his new job as flat track editor for the magazine.
Defending 2012 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Champion Jared Mees had an off-night in the National main at Stockton, and had the save of the night in almost-crashing out during the final.
Full results for round 3 of the 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles Grand National Championship season are here.
Wyatt Maguire on the #18M Pro1RacingHead.com/Shortblock Charlies-sponsored Honda CRF450R chases Jake Cunningham on the #94L Arai Helmets/Certainted Products-backed Yamaha YZ450F during the final AMA Pro Singles Championship Series qualifying session at the Springfield Short Track on September 15, in round 12 of the 2012 AMA Pro Flat Track Pro Singles Championship Series.
Maguire won his first-ever event last Saturday in round 3 of the 2013 AMA Pro J&P Cycles Pro Singles Championship Series season at the Stockton Half-Mile, leading Shayna Texter and Daytona Short Track winner Kyle Johnson home on the podium. Check out what he had to say after winning his cherry-breaking series win here.
You can check out the full press release below thanks to AMA Pro Flat Track, as we get geared up for round 4 of the 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles Grand National Championship season as the stars of The Rolling Thunder Show head to the Springfield Mile I event on May 26.
Halbert, Maguire Shine at Inaugural Stockton-Half Mile
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