Round 4 of the 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles Grand National Championship heads to the Springfield Mile I Memorial Day Weekend running of the first mile event on the calendar in what should be another great shoot-out at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.
With Brandon Robinson leading the overall point standings after his Daytona Short Track II event win, and finishing in the 5th-place spot at Daytona I and a solid 6th-place finish at round 3 at the Stockton Half-Mile, the TJ Burnett Farms Kawasaki team rider looks to keep atop the standings and also card his first-ever mile event win for his new team in the 2013 season.
2011 AMA Pro Flat Track Saddlemen Rookie of the Year Brad Baker sits in the 2nd-place spot of the overall standings after a stellar start to the season, in spite of his Daytona II disqualification for unapproved forks on his Honda CRF450R. Baker has finished in the 2nd-place spot in all three races to start the season off on a very strong note, and will be on the Dodge Brothers Racing team's XR750 again this Sunday.
Sitting in the 3rd-place spot in the championship is Henry Wiles, who in all likelihood will be piloting the Lloyd Brothers Motorsports Italian 'L' twin after taking a well-earned 3rd-place finish at the last round in Stockton on the team's new XR.
2010-2011 AMA Grand National Champion Jake Johnson holds down the 4th-place spot in the championship, and was originally expected to roll out the Zanotti Racing Kawasaki at Springfield this Sunday, but word has it that development on the team's new mount is running behind and Dave Zanotti and Ted McDermitt are expected to roll-out the team's powerhouse XRs this weekend.
And rounding out the top-5 is Mikey Rush, winner of the Daytona Short Track I round of the season on March 14, who will be looking to add to his two short track wins while trying to nail down his first-ever Twins Series event win of his career.
The list of folks looking to walk away with the win at Springfield this Sunday is deep, including Bryan Smith on the #42 Crosley Radio/Howerton Motorsports Kawasaki, who won the last go-around at Springfield back on September 16. Willie McCoy will be looking to add to his two Springfield wins, most recently from the May event last season, and Jared Mees will be looking to make amends after his near get off at the Stockton Half-Mile and to get back into contention for going after another AMA Grand National Championship after taking the crown at Pomona last October.
Add to that list 3-Time AMA Grand National Twins Champion Kenny Coolbeth, Jr., Stockton winner and 2012 runner-up Sammy Halbert, and Johnny Lewis who will be on the #10 Latus Motors Racing Triumph for his second time out this season. Of course, the list doesn't end there so you will need to keep glued to AMA Pro Flat Track's Live Timing and Scoring as well as their new addition to online viewing ala their Live Streaming Video--that is if you aren't planning on attending one of The Rolling Thunder Show's best race venues!
So get ready for the best racing on two wheels in the world as The Rolling Thunder Show heads to Springfield for what will surely be a monumental event on this season's calendar!
In the shot above, Brandon Robinson on the #44 Werner-Springsteen Kawasaki leads Willie McCoy on his #59 Harley-Davidson of Wausau XR750, with Jared Mees on the #9 Rogers Racing XR grabbing a share of the draft during heat race action at round 4 of the 2012 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship season at Springfield on May 27.
Check out the press release below thanks to AMA Pro Flat Track as we get ready to roll into Springfield for some serious mile action this Sunday!
AMA Pro Flat Track Riders Head for Springfield and the Running of the Famed Springfield Mile
Mounted on Honda dirt bikes courtesy of Ride Academy, the former stars of the flat track will race on a short track specifically designed for this event, giving the fans a "bird's eye view" of all the action. The race will be located on the front-stretch of the Springfield Mile and will measure at about a quarter-mile in length. Each participant will be provided number plates and jerseys so that the fans will be able to identify very easily who's who on the track. Each participant will be provided special number plates, courtesy of Mr. Sign (Dave Lenkowsky), so that the fans will be able to identify very easily who's who on the track. The race format will include two six--lap heat races and one 12-lap Main Event.
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