One of the more popular venues on the AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship schedule is less than 24 hours from spraying the pea gravel around as the Lima Half-Mile hopes to have the weather on it's side tomorrow afternoon as riders will head out for the first round of practice at 3:30 PM EDT.
Round 5 of the 2014 season will be the second half-mile on the series' calendar and the third Twins Series event of the year, although the restrictor-less field shouldn't need to worry too much about tire management during the 25-lap National main as was the factor during the Springfield Mile I just over a month ago, but more like keeping the visors and number plates clear to be able to see and be seen during what will surely be a rousing event.
For those of you not being able to line up around the fence tomorrow to fend off the mini-boulders blasting you in the chest or in the face, AMA Pro Flat Track's FansChoice.TV will be bringing you another great production for you to watch in the comfort of your home, so whatever the case, whether you are there or want to be there, you can check it out as if you were present and accounted for.
In the shot above during round 5 of the 2012 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship season at Lima, 'Dapper' Dan Ingram on the #31J TCR/Zanna Racing/Indy Southside H-D-sponsored XR750 has a nice battle going with Brandon Robinson on the #44 Werner-Springsteen Racing/Action Motorsports/Big Dawg-backed Kawasaki EX650 during the running of the 25-lap National main at the Allen County Fairgrounds as they head into turn 1. Unfortunately for BRob44, his evening came to an abrupt halt just a few laps later after a flat front tire caused him to hurtle, mostly unhurt, thankfully, into the track and ending his evening with a bruised body and a broken machine. Ingram went on to finish 13th in what was his second race as an Expert rider after his return to Grand National racing at the Springfield Mile the month previous.
For all those heading to Lima, ride and drive safe, to all the riders, teams and sponsors, race hard and race safe, and to all those not able to make it, check it out on FansChoice.TV so you won't miss a minute of the action tomorrow afternoon and evening--you won't be sorry. And while you are gearing up, check out AMA Pro Flat Track preview below to help get you revved on up and on the pipe!
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 24, 2014) - AMA Pro Flat Track will return to the Allen County Fairgrounds in Lima, Ohio, for the Lima Half-Mile on June 28. Dating back to 1984, with the exception of a couple rainouts, AMA Pro Flat Track has made the trek to Lima to take on the pea-gravel circuit, and the 2014 event should be another weekend filled with exciting racing action.
Riders in heat race #3 blast off the line during round 5 of the 2012 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship at the Lima Half-Mile on June 30, 2012, the last event held at the Allen County Fairgrounds after last year's round was cancelled due to inclement weather. Chad Cose #49, Brad Baker #12, JD Beach #95, Luke Gough #62, eventual heat winner Johnny Lewis #10 and Jake Johnson #1 lead the rest in what was another killer event in the 30+ years of racing at the pea gravel venue. AMA Pro Flat Track photo by Dave Hoenig.
Every minute of the action can be seen live in high definition at www.FansChoice.tv.
Kenny Coolbeth has gotten off to a tremendous start to the 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track season. With two wins under his belt through the first four rounds of action, Coolbeth is sitting comfortable atop the overall point standings. Since joining Zanotti Racing in the offseason, Coolbeth has looked extremely comfortable aboard his Harley-Davidson XR750, and the Morris, Conn., product will look to keep the momentum rolling when he takes to the track at Lima this weekend.
Jake Johnson has been a force on the AMA Pro Flat Track circuit for years. Johnson claimed back-to-back titles in 2010 and 2011, and he appears to be on his way to another stellar year in 2014. The 29-year-old Coatesville, Pa., product enters this weekend second in the points and will look to get his first victory at the Midwest venue aboard his Ramspur Winery Ducati.
Sammy Halbert comes into the weekend having won the last two main events at Lima back in 2012 and 2011. Halbert, who sits third in the overall points, looks poised to make it a three-peat performance aboard his South East Harley-Davidson.
Jared Mees is another rider to claim a Lima Half-Mile checkered flag. The win came back in 2005, when Mees was in the midst of just his second full season as a GNC rider. Mees returns to Lima nine years later and long overdue for his next victory at the pea-gravel circuit. Mees will attempt to earn the victory aboard his Rogers Racing Harley-Davidson.
Brandon Robinson has looked solid to begin the 2014 season as the Oxford, Pa., product has succeeded in finishing inside the top ten in every event so far. Robinson will look to improve on his fifth-place position in the points this weekend at Lima aboard his USC Kawasaki.
Defending Grand National Champion Brad Baker hasn't looked himself for the majority of the season thus far, as he is all the way back at 10th in the points. Baker, mounted on his Factory Harley-Davidson, will be gunning for not only the podium this weekend, but his first win of the season.
Last year's Lima Half-Mile fell victim to mother nature and was rained out. For tickets and more information regarding the event, please visit http://ohionationalchampionship.net/.
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. The site will also provide coverage of IMSA's development and single-make series, and NASCAR's touring and weekly series.
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
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