Defending AMA Grand National Champion Jared Mees leads the charge in the title hunt for the 2015 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship as the series has the weekend off before heading to round 10 of the season at the Charlotte Half-Mile next Saturday, August 29. Mees has held his stranglehold on the championship chase since taking over from early-season points leader after the completion of the Lima Half-Mile in late June, and after his runner-up showing behind winner Henry Wiles last weekend at the Peoria TT, increased his lead in the championship to 29 points over title chaser Bryan Smith (156-127 points.)
Mees incredible season, that looks to take him to his third overall championship to add to his 2009 Twins Championship title, includes seven top-3 finishes in the nine rounds that have been run, including his first win of the season at the Black Hills Speedway in South Dakota on August 4. The Jammer's worst finish of the season, an 11th-place finish at Daytona II, is the lone dark spot on a championship run that also includes other finishes on the year of no worse then 4th-place (Lima Half-Mile.)
In the shot above, Mees on the #1 Las Vegas H-D/Rogers Racing/Harley-Davidson Motor Co.-sponsored XR750 runs with Kenny Coolbeth, Jr. on the #2 Zanotti Racing/H-D Motor Co./Gator H-D-backed XR750 during one of the qualifying rounds for the Lima Half-Mile on June 28 in round 5 of the 2015 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines class.
Charlotte was visited by The Rolling Thunder Show back in the early '00s for a three year string, and at one time was run alongside the World of Outlaws sprints. Jake Johnson and Coolbeth are two of the currently active riders that raced in Charlotte during one of more of the runs back in those days.
You can check out more on the upcoming race at Charlotte below thanks to SMI, the promoters of the Charlotte Half-Mile next Saturday, and if you are in the area the race should be a definite 'must see' on any race fan's list, let alone a fan of the greatest racing series on two wheels in the world!
Press release courtesy of SMI, the promoters of the Charlotte Half-Mile
Mees Leads Series Coming into the Aug. 29 Don Tilley Memorial Charlotte Half-Mile
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