Jared Mees took advantage of the mechanical and electrical problems today suffered by championship points leader Brad Baker and last week's Indy Mile winner Bryan Smith to take his first win of the season in round 9 of the 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles Grand National Championship at the Virginia Mega Mile at Colonial Downs. Mees also got tuner Kenny Tolbert his first win of the season with his new team after joining the Rogers Racing fold late last year.
Qualifying in the 9th-place spot, The Jammer took his #1 Rogers Racing XR and won his heat race, took a 5th-place in the Dash for Cash and took the win in the 18-lap National main over championship contender Henry Wiles on the #17 Lloyd Brothers Motorsports Ducati by over 1.8 seconds, with last week's Indy Mile 2nd-place finisher Brandon Robinson coming home in a solid 3rd-place finish on his #44 TJ Burnett Farms Kawasaki after falling off in his heat race earlier in the day and regrouping to make the red flag restart.
In the shot above, Mees and the Rogers Racing team (including team owner Craig Rogers, left and tuner Kenny Tolbert) get the #1 Rogers Racing/Blue Springs H-D XR750s ready for the Indy Mile in their pit area on Saturday, August 17.
Mees gained a few points in the championship on the day after points leader Brad Baker lunched his second motor of the day on his #12 Dodge Brothers Racing XR during the main, and only completing eight laps, while Indy and Sacto Mile winner and early race favorite reportedly had electrical gremlins strike again on the #42 Crosley Radio/Howerton Motorsports Kawasaki. Smith didn't take a sighting lap just prior to the National which left questions hanging as to whether his mount was up to make the start several minutes later. Baker finished in the 19th-place spot and Smith limped the Howerton rocket home into 12th place.
Smith and Wiles swapped spots in the overall championship after the end of the day, and Mees still sits in the 4th-place spot. You can get the full results here thanks to AMA Pro Flat Track.
Larry Lawrence made the trip to the east coast to cover round 9 for Cycle News, and you can read his report here.
You can check out the full press release below thanks to AMA Pro Flat Track as the series heads to the Springfield Mile for rounds 10 & 11 on August 31-September 1 over the Labor Day weekend at the house of speed at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.
Jared Mees Wins Wild AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles Grand National Expert Main Event at Inaugural Virginia Mega Mile
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