Brad Baker broke through last Saturday night for his first-ever AMA Grand National Championship Expert-ranked win and ran away with the Hagerstown Half-Mile, round 4 of the 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles Grand National Championship season.
After a two month break due to the postponement of the Springfield Mile I round over the Memorial Day weekend, and the cancelation of the 'original' round 4 of the series the weekend prior at the Lima Half-Mile, The Rolling Thunder Show hit the clay oval at Hagerstown Speedway as 38 riders took a timed-lap in order to try their luck in qualifying for the 18-rider main event in Maryland.
In the end, though, it was all 'The Bullet's' show as he romped to his heat race win, the Dash for Cash win and led the whole show in taking his first win in his third season as an Expert-ranked rider and led 2nd-place rider Jake Shoemaker home by just over 6.7 seconds.
In the shot above, Baker takes the #12 Dodge Brothers/Atherton Family/Wiseco/D&D Exhaust-sponsored XR750 to a qualifying run at the Indy Mile in August 2012.
A big congrats goes out to BB12 for bagging that first big win in his young and what will surely be a very long and rewarding career. Way to go man!
You can check out complete results, this week's write-up in Cycle News and some photos from the night's action below, as well as catch the official press release from AMA Pro Flat Track.
Complete results for round 4 of the 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles Grand National Championship season at the Hagerstown Half-Mile can be found here.
A big thanks to Dave Hoenig, the official photographer for AMA Pro Flat Track and one of the contributors for Cycle News for penning this great article about the happenings at H-town last Saturday night.
And when Dave isn't shooting the stars of the greatest racing show on two wheels in the world for AMA Pro Flat Track, he's also shooting some excellent shots for his website, Flat Trak Fotos.com, where you can find his albums here from Hagerstown (note--as of this writing Dave hadn't posted his albums from round 4 as of yet, but are usually up within a few days after each event.)
And last but certainly not least, here's a sampling of Dave's photos on the AMA Pro Flat Track site from Hagerstown.
Brad Baker Perfect at Hagerstown Half-Mile for Round 4 of AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles
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