Brad Baker came into rounds 10 & 11 of the 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles Grand National Championship at the Springfield Mile I & II with the overall lead in the point standings, and accomplished what he needed to over the weekend in order to keep it. However, after a double helping of 5th-place finishes at the Illinois State Fairgrounds-hosted event, his lead shrunk from 17 to 10 points after the roar had subsided and the dust had settled, keeping a small, but distinct edge in the championship battle heading into the final two rounds of the season.
Baker, riding the #12 Dodge Brothers Racing/Sefnco Communications/Specialty Fabrication-sponsored H-D XR750, stayed in the heat of things all weekend at Springfield in spite of missing both of the Dash for Cash rounds. When it came time for the National mains on Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1 The Bullet was right at the front battling with the winning trio of Brandon Robinson, Bryan Smith, JD Beach and the 4th-place finishers in Willie McCoy and Kenny Coolbeth, Jr.
In the shot above from the Springfield Mile I on Saturday, August 31, Baker follows fellow title-rival Bryan Smith on the #42 Crosley Radio/Howerton Motorsports Kawasaki out for the first round of qualifying for the day at the mecca of mile flat track racing.
With two rounds left in the 2013 season, the series takes a few weeks' break before unloading for round 12 of the 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles Grand National Championship at the Santa Rosa Mile on September 29. Baker still leads the championship over Smith and Robinson, 184-174-171, with fellow racers Henry Wiles (159 points) and defending AMA Grand National Champion Jared Mees (158 points) still hanging tough with a mathematical chance at the title.
Check out The Bullet's Springfield Mile doubleheader race report below as we get geared up for the final run to the championship in just three weeks time.
Race report/press release courtesy of Brad 'The Bullet' Baker, the 2011 AMA Pro Flat Track Saddlemen Rookie of the Year and the current leader in the overall point standings in the 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles Grand National Championship season.
Friday, September 6, 2013 -- This last weekend took us back to the historic town of Springfield, Illinois. We had already been here once this year but this time the weather was way better! The Memorial day weekend of racing earlier this year was canceled due to excess rain.