Sammy Halbert made his return to the track Saturday, May 11 and pulled-off the big win after having been laid-up due to off-season injuries suffered earlier in the year, which caused him to miss the season-opening rounds at Daytona in mid-March. Halbert and 2011 AMA Pro Flat Track Rookie of the Year Brad Baker traded the lead throughout the night's National main until The Slammer took over and lead the last six laps. The Bullet kept him honest in coming up just .961 seconds behind him at the checkers.
Henry Wiles, in his first ride on the Brent Armbruster-prepped Lloyd Brothers Motorsports XR750 brought it home in the 3rd-place spot, just 2.8 seconds behind Baker. It looks like the LBM team made a good choice in setting up the XR in order to take advantage of the contingencies that Harley-Davidson is paying out in the Twins Series 11 events this season.
With 2-Time AMA Grand National Champion Jake Johnson bringing the #5 Zanotti Racing XR home in the 4th-place spot, and Rob Pearson in his first Twins ride for the Weirbach Racing team took the team's #27 XR to the 5th-place spot. Series points leader Brandon Robinson took the #44 TJ Burnett Farms Kawasaki into the 6th-place spot to hold a seven point lead over Baker (55-48) heading into round 4 at Springfield on May 26.
Other notables for round 3 include the very unlikely 16th-place finish of defending 2012 AMA Grand National Champion Jared Mees on the #1 Rogers Racing/Kenny Tolbert-prepped XR after winning heat 2 over Pearson and also taking the five valuable points for winning the Dash for Cash four-lap blaster. Mikey Martin started the Twins Series season off strong by bringing the #91 Bonneville Performance Triumph home in the 10th-place spot after winning his semi, and Johnny Lewis took the 13th-place spot in his first ride on the #10 Latus Motors Racing Triumph. Bryan Smith had an off-night on the #42 Crosley Radio/Howerton Motorsports Kawasaki by finishing in the 12th-place spot, and Dapper Dan Ingram fought a handling problem on the #31 Brush/Eaken Racing XR and carded an 18th-place finish after completing just five laps in what was diagnosed as a possible worn-out shock on one of the team's two Dick Ford-owned and George Roeder-prepped XR750s.
In the shot above to go along with this report, Sammy Halbert's #7 South East H-D XR750s sit in his pit area awaiting the first practice session at round 5 of the 2012 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship season at the Lima Half-Mile on June 30, where the Washington State veteran took home his first Twins Series win of last season.
Full results for round 3 of the 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles Grand National Championship season at the Stockton Half-Mile can be found here.
Cycle News' Larry Lawrence covered the race with this story from Saturday night's action at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds.
Henry Wiles gives fans of The Rolling Thunder Show a view of the track before the night's action kicked-off here.
AMA Pro Flat Track's official photographer, Dave Hoenig, took some sweet shots--as always--at Stockton, which you can check out at this link.
And Stockton winner Sammy Halbert posted this killer shot of his bitchin new paint job on his winning South East H-D XR750.
You can check out the official press release below, courtesy of AMA Pro Flat Track as the series gets ready to head to the Memorial Day Weekend running of the Springfield Mile I on May 26.
Halbert Proves Knee Not an Issue with Stockton Half-Mile Victory
Next up, the stars of AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles head to Springfield, Illi. for the legendary Springfield Mile on May 26. Please visit http://www.illinoismda.com/ for tickets and more information.
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