Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Jared Mees Checks In After AMA Flat Track Round 13 at the Castle Rock TT

Jared Mees gets ready to roll out for the first practice of the delayed Springfield TT, during round 7 of the 2011 AMA Pro Flat Track Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championhip Series on May 30.  Mees rode his #9 Montgomeryville Cycle Center/Lucas Oil Rogers Lake Racing/Saddlemen-sponsored Honda CRF450R home into 2nd place in the National event at the Springfield Rodeo Arena, behind event winner Jake Johnson, and also followed Dash event winner JR Schnabel home into 2nd place on the day, making for a very good weekend after winning the previous day's Springfield Mile, for his first trip to the  top of the box at the Illinois State Fairgrounds oval.

The '09 AMA Grand National Twins Series Champion had a like-finish over the weekend at the Castle Rock TT in round 13 action from the Washington State event.  Finishing just over 2.5 seconds behind event winner Sammy Halbert in the National main event, and also following him home in the Dash event.  Mees lost a few points to Slammin' Sammy in the overall point standings, but gained 10 points on 3rd place man, Jake Johnson.  Halbert now leads Mees by 10 points (251-241) with 13 of 21-scheduled rounds completed.

In what surely will go down to the final wire, the championship is heating up, and Jammin' Jared is sitting right in the catbird seat right now.  Although he hasn't won a Singles Series event (as of yet) this year, his ability to grab constant podium spots is keeping him right in the hunt for what could be his first overall AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship.  And as we all know, it isn't over until it's over, and The Jammer is making a statement at each and every event he shows up to race at.

With the series headed to Peoria Race Park, in Peoria, IL. on August 21, for the infamous Peoria TT, look for the fight to the end to continue between the top three men in the championship standings as no one is letting up, and each one of these fine young and very experienced racers is putting on one heckuva show in the process

Stay tuned!

Jared Mees Castle Rock TT Press Release

First of all, I want to offer my condolences to the family of Gary Nixon. He was a great man and he will be sorely missed by all who knew him and by the whole flat track “family”.

After being on and off the schedule for the last three or four years, this time Castle Rock was a go. I was somewhat concerned about how this race would go as the track is really tough to pass on and some of the local riders know it so well. It was hard to know what to expect. The Halbert and Baker brothers would be tough, having ridden it from their 50 cc days to now professionals.

I struggled a little through qualifying, but getting better each time I got on the track. In the 1st Heat I had Henry Wiles, Joe Kopp, Johnny Lewis, Jake Johnson, Jimmy Wood and Scott Baker. I got by Kopp and was working on Wiles, got by him and started to make ground. I won the Heat, placing me on the front row for the Main Event and the Dash for Cash. Watching Sammy Halbert closely in his Heat I could t ell he was the guy to beat today.

In the Dash for Cash Sammy got the hole shot and led it from start to finish as I finished 2nd. Still, I felt I could run his pace.

For the Main Event we lined up from inside to outside. Sammy got the hole shot and I was 3rd off the line but red flags came out right away as there was a big pile up on the jump. After a complete restart I was 2nd off this time, again behind Sammy. I was making time on him through the infield section but he was killing me off turn 4. Then there was another red flag at about the half-way point. This time it was a staggered restart with me in 2nd place. I tried to get around Sammy in turns 3 and 4 but went sideways, losing my drive and he stretched it out, putting a gap between us. I ended up in 2nd place, Sammy winning, and Brad Baker in 3rd.

I am now 10 points off the lead. This was the one race I was worried about and I feel it was a good night for me. There are 8 races left on the schedule
We have this next weekend off, then it is Peoria. I can’t wait. Hope to see you all out there. Until then, thanks for your support.

Jammin’ Jared Mees # 9

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