After a seven week break since the last round of the 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles Grand National Championship season at the Stockton Half-Mile on May 11, the riders and teams that make up The Rolling Thunder Show are ready to roll into the Allen County Fairgrounds in Lima, OH. for the 30th running of the Ohio National Championship round of the season.
After the series suffered from another postponement due to rains in the area at the Memorial Day running of the Springfield Mile I round, fans and friends alike are ready for racing to resume on the pea gravel and limestone surface for what should be another stellar event in the greatest racing show on two wheels in the world.
With the entry list boasting the regular names of Jake Johnson, Bryan Smith, Henry Wiles, Sammy Halbert, and 2013 points leader Brandon Robinson, to name a few, the racing is sure to be hot and heavy throughout the afternoon and night as the racing season gets into full swing for the busy summer schedule ahead. And hopefully the weather will cooperate as the Midwest has been seeing it's share of storms over the early part of the late spring-early summer this year.
One absence from the regular list of riders, however, is defending AMA Grand National Champion Jared Mees, who was involved in a practice crash at the Ashland, OH. round of the Steve Nace Racing All-Star Series last Friday. Mees suffered a broken ulna in his forearm that is expected to keep him out of the saddle until at least through the Hagerstown Half-Mile round scheduled for July 7, in which time he hopes to return to racing. However, The Champ is expected to be in attendance to check out the racing and help support his fiancé and future wife, Nichole Cheza, throughout the day's events.
If you are anywhere near the Lima, OH. area tomorrow, you owe it to yourself and your family and friends to head to the Allen County Fairgrounds to check out what will be some of the best racing of the season, as it has been for going on 30 years. This is a must-see race for all of your motor heads and motorcycle racing heads!
In the shot above from round 5 of the 2012 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship season at the Lima Half-Mile, heat race #2 roars off the line with pea gravel, dirt and limestone showering those left in the shadows.
(L-R): Henry Wiles on the #17 Lloyd Brothers Motorsports Ducati, Dan Ingram on the #31J TCR H-D XR750, Bryan Smith on his #42 Moroney's Fasthog.com XR, Rob Pearson on the #27 Memphis Shades XR, Corey Crawford on the #80B Baer Racing Kawasaki and Kenny Coolbeth, Jr. on the #2 Harley-Davidson Motor Co. factory XR750 lead the charge. Current 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles Grand National Championship points leader Brandon Robinson can just be seen in between Smith and Pearson on the #44 Werner-Springsteen Racing Kawasaki coming off the second row.
So get your gear packed and head out early tomorrow for what will be a great day of slinging dirt at the Lima Half-Mile. First practice rolls off at 3 PM EDT and the first heat race in the AMA Pro J&P Cycles Pro Singles Championship rolls off at 7:30 PM EDT. Click here for the link to tomorrow's schedule.
And a big thanks to AMA Pro Flat Track for their press release preview, which you can read below. Let's go racing folks!
AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles Riders Roll into Lima
AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles is a national motorcycle racing series in North America and is considered one of the oldest forms of motorcycle racing. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, the Series is highly regarded as the most competitive form of dirt track racing in the world. The 2013 schedule consists of rounds on the country's finest flat track courses. For more information on AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles, please visit http://www.amaproracing.com/ft/.
AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines. Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at www.amaproracing.com.
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