With the end to the 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship season just five short days away, the competition for the overall title still lies between the three main men that have been in the running nearly all season, Jared Mees, Bryan Smith and Jake Johnson. One of those three great racers will walk away late Saturday night, October 11 with the supreme crown and the chance to carry the coveted #1 plate on their machine for the 2015 season.
But there are also several other awards still hot for the taking that also have Mees, Johnson and several other competitors that have been in the mix and top-10 of the championship standings all season long.
In the shot above, a few laps shy of the halfway point of the Springfield Mile II on August 31 sees five of the top-6 men in the points battle duking it out at just over 125mph as they work their own magic to ready themselves for the final five-lap dash for the win.
Leading three laps on the day, Henry Wiles leads on this go around on the #17 Don's Kawasaki/DPC Racing/EA Racing-sponsored Kawasaki EX650, with eventual event winner Kenny Coolbeth, Jr. on the #2 Zanotti Racing/Moroney's H-D/Burt Ives Honda-backed Harley-Davidson XR750 bringing the force, and the rest of the competition with him. Bearing down on The King of Cool is Bryan Smith on the #42 Villa-Esparza/Crosley Radio/Howerton Products-sponsored Kawasaki, with Jared Mees on the #9 Rogers Racing/Las Vegas H-D/Blue Springs H-D-sponsored XR and Jake Johnson on the #5 Ramspur Winery/Lloyd Brothers Motorsports/Parkinson Brothers Racing-backed Kawasaki doing their version of the mile mambo.
Mees, Coolbeth, Johnson and Rookie of the Year candidate Wyatt Maguire are all in the running for some of the awards that will be given out after the season finale this coming Saturday. Check out AMA Pro Flat Track's press release below to see what is up for grabs as we all await the last big race of the season to see who walks away with what after the Pomona Half-Mile Flat Track Finals this weekend.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 6, 2014) - As the 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track season comes to a close this weekend in Southern California, several of the sport's elite competitors will be fighting for contingency money that has been graciously offered up by sponsors of the series.
The $15,000 Sunoco "Go the Distance Award" will go to the riders that complete the furthest distance in their respective classes. So far, it's Jared Mees at the helm in Grand National Championship competition with 457.44 miles ridden so far. However, Jake Johnson is right on his tail with 457.35 miles heading into the Flat Track Finals at the LA County Fairplex in Pomona, Calif., this Saturday, Oct. 11. If Mees wraps up the award this weekend, he will receive $4,000, with an additional $6,000 dispersed to the next three spots.
Jared Mees on the #9 Rogers Racing XR750 not only leads the 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship points standings heading into the season finale this Saturday at Pomona, but he is in contention for another major award. Sunoco's 'Go the Distance Award' competition has Mees and Jake Johnson neck-and-neck in miles completed for the award that kicks in another $4K to the winner. AMA Pro Flat Track photo by Dave Hoenig.
In Pro Singles competition, Bronson Bauman leads the way with 249.93 miles ridden. Bauman would receive $2,000 for his efforts if he's able to close out Pomona with the furthest distance completed.
Thom Duma Fine Jewelers, a family owned and operated jewelry store located in Warren, Ohio, has agreed to grant the 2014 Grand National Champion with a Rolex Daytona Cosmograph valued at over $10,000. After coming in second place at Calistoga a week ago, Jared Mees enters the final round atop the GNC leaderboard. Bryan Smith sits just 13 points back and Jake Johnson only three behind Smith.
Wyatt Maguire appears to have the Saddlemen Rookie of the Year Award all but locked up heading into the season finale. The $5,000 year-end award will go to the eligible rookie rider who earns the most points in the Grand National Championship. Maguire, 23, has had a respectable first season at the elite GNC level, earning six main event appearance and accumulating 35 points. Shayna Texter is the next closest to Maguire with 18 points to her credit.
The $1,000 Cortech Performance Edge Award will go to the GNC rider who recorded the fastest lap in the most races during the 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track season. Kenny Coolbeth and Jared Mees are deadlocked at the top with four each. Both riders are expected to be on their game this weekend at Pomona.
Aside from their single-event contingency payouts, Arai Helmets has also graciously agreed to give money to the class champions at the season's conclusion. The industry-leading helmet manufacturer will pay out a total of $8,000 to the GNC classes, including $5,000 to the Expert champion.
Each award will be granted at the AMA Pro Flat Track yearend banquet this Sunday, Oct. 12, at the Pomona Valley Mining Company following the Flat Track Finals on Saturday, Oct. 11. Fans will be able to view the race and banquet live at FansChoice.tv. For tickets and more information regarding the last AMA Pro Flat Track race of the season, please visit http://www.showclix.com/events/10018.
How to Watch:
FansChoice.tv will be the official home for live streaming coverage of AMA Pro Flat Track and AMA Pro Road Racing events in 2014.
About AMA Pro Flat Track:
AMA Pro Flat Track 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 2014 schedule consists of 16 rounds on the country's finest flat track courses. For more information on AMA Pro Flat Track, please visit 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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AMA Pro Racing Communications, (386) 492-1014, firstname.lastname@example.org