Sunday, August 17, 2014

Can Anyone Break Henry Wiles' Win Streak at the Peoria TT in Round 12 of the AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship?

Henry Wiles came out of the gate this morning with the fast time in practice to establish himself as today's favorite to win his 10th-straight event at the Peoria TT in round 12 of the 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship.

Besting challengers Jared Mees and Jake Johnson by just shy of and just over .2 second, Wiles set a time of 25.448 to fire his open salvo in trying to take the all-time win record in one of AMA Pro Flat Track's most historic events. Whether he can continue that dominance throughout the rest of the day is still up in the air, but if I was a betting man, I sure wouldn't bet against Hammerin' Hank today in Thunder Valley.

In the shot above, the front row gets ready to go for round 9 of the 2012 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship at the Peoria TT on August 12.

(L-R) JD Beach on the #95 TJ Burnett Farms/USC Kawasaki KX450F, Briar Bauman on the #10Z Rod Lake Racing/Arai Honda CRF450R, Sammy Halbert on the #7 The South Ass/Fredericktown Yamaha YZ450F, Jake Johnson on the #1 Zanotti Racing/Arai Honda, Jared Mees on the #9 Montgomeryville Cycle Center/National Cycle Honda and eventual winner Henry Wiles on the #17 Don's Kawasaki/DPC Racing Kawasaki get ready to go for the start of the 25-lap National main at the oldest current running event on the series' calendar.

With today's qualifying set to commence in Peoria, all eyes will be on the #17 of defending winner Henry Wiles as the day ahead will leave many unanswered questions lurking in everyone's minds until the final checkers fly this afternoon at the historic running of the Peoria TT, and if anyone can break Wiles' record at Henry's house today, they will likely come out of this group of strong challengers, all of which are on hand to take a shot at the former 2-Time AMA Grand National Single Champ. Tune-In Alert: High-Definition LIVE Streaming of Sunday's AMA Pro Flat Track Peoria TT

PEORIA, Ill. (Aug. 16, 2014) - Henry Wiles will be going for his 10th straight Peoria TT Grand National Championship Expert victory when the green flag drops for Round 12 of the AMA Pro Flat Track season Sunday at Peoria Race Park in Peoria, Ill., and it can all be seen as it unfolds live on FansChoice.tvThe Don's Kawasaki rider has been unbeatable at the track for a decade now, and won the series' only other TT event this year.

2013 Peoria TT Dash for Cash contestants JD Beach #95, Steve Bonsey #80, Briar Bauman #14 (partially hidden), Brad Baker #12, Shaun Russell #28 and Jeffrey Carver, Jr. #23 head off for the 4-lap extra points and money paying event in Thunder Valley. AMA Pro Flat Track photo by Dave Hoenig.

Fans who are unable to watch the other stars of AMA Pro Flat Track, like Jared Mees, Bryan Smith, Kenny Coolbeth and Brad Baker, try to put a stop to Wiles' streak, are encouraged to watch all of the racing action LIVE in high definition on Even fans in attendance are encouraged to tune into on their smartphones and tablets. LIVE streaming of the Peoria TT can be viewed Sunday by clicking HERE.
Flag-to-flag coverage of the action will begin with practice and qualifying sessions scheduled to commence at 10:30 a.m. CT (11:30 a.m. ET, 8:30 a.m. PT). Opening ceremonies are set for 1:30 p.m. CT (2:30 p.m. ET, 11:30 a.m. PT). The Pro Singles main is scheduled for a 4 p.m. CT (5 p.m. ET, 2 p.m. PT) green flag and the Expert main is scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m. CT (5:30 p.m. ET, 2:30 p.m. PT).

How to Watch: will be the official home for live streaming coverage of AMA Pro Flat Track and AMA Pro Road Racing events in 2014. 


Wiles going for 10th straight AMA Pro Flat Track win at Peoria

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 13, 2014) - There is little doubt Henry Wiles circles two dates on the AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship Schedule each season.
The series has two TT (Tourist Trophy) events slated for 2014, and the second, the Peoria TT, is coming up this Sunday at Peoria Race Park in Peoria, Ill. Wiles has been the definition of dominant in TT events, which feature a single jump and additional turn compared to standard flat track races. A win on Saturday would give the Michigan rider 10 straight Peoria TT victories and a season sweep of AMA Pro Flat Track TT races.
The Expert main event that most predict will feature Wiles as the man to beat, is scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m. CT (5:30 p.m. ET, 2:30 p.m. PT). The Pro Singles main is scheduled for a 4 p.m. CT (5 p.m. ET, 2 p.m. PT) green flag. On-track action will begin at 10:30 a.m. CT (11:30 a.m. ET, 8:30 a.m. PT) and opening ceremonies are slated for 1:30 p.m. CT (2:30 p.m. ET, 11:30 p.m. PT). All the action can be seen live, in high definition and free of charge, at
Last year, Wiles beat Brad Baker by 3.317 seconds with AMA Pro Road Racing standout JD Beach taking third. Beach is also on the entry list for Peoria this time arond. Just weeks ago, Don's Kawasaki's Wiles shook up the point standings with a victory in the Castle Rock TT in Washington. Wiles currently sits eighth in points, but could make a big jump with a checkered flag in Illinois.
Henry Wiles on the #17 Don's Kawasaki flies over the jump during one of the preliminary races at the Peoria TT in 2013, where he eventually won his 9th race in-a-row. Can anyone unseat Wiles today at Henry's house? AMA Pro Flat Track photo by Dave Hoenig.
With TT events testing a different set of dirt-track skills, the results are anything but predictable. Current GNC points leader, Rogers Racing's Jared Mees, missed the podium for the first time in five events in Castle Rock, but still scored a solid fourth there. His main competition for the title, Villa Esparza/Crosley Radio's Bryan Smith, was relegated to 10th in that race. Smith bounced back with a second in the Indy Mile on Friday night, and he trails Mees by just a single point in the championship hunt.
Ramspur Winery's Jake Johnson has been impressively consistent all season, never failing to place in the top 10. Johnson, who was seventh at Castle Rock, is a mere eight points back of the leader. Kenny Coolbeth and his Zanotti Racing entry bounced back after failing to qualify for the main event at the Castle Rock TT by winning the prestigious Indy Mile. The timely victory put Coolbeth back in title contention as he trails Mees by 25 points.
Fredericktown Yamaha's Sammy Halbert is fifth in points, 19 behind Coolbeth, after settling for 15th at the Indy Mile last time out. Reigning GNC champion Baker, riding for Brothers Power Sports, might have found his stride after a subpar start of the season due to a broken arm. Baker was on the podium, in third at Castle Rock, then matched his previous season's best finish of fifth in Indianapolis. As a result, Baker is sixth in points, 20 behind Halbert. USC Kawasaki's Brandon Robinson sits just two points in front of Wiles, in seventh.
In the Pro Singles class, Kyle Johnson took over the championship lead again with a runner-up finish at the Indy Mile. Parkinson Brothers Racing's Johnson was the victim of a last-second draft pass for the victory by Johnny Vintage Motorcycle's Jarod Vanderkooi. T.J. Burnett Farms' Davis Fisher is second in points, but may miss the Peoria TT following a crash at the Indy Mile.
Johnson stuggled at Castle Rock, riding to a 14th place showing. KTM's Ryan Wells is third in points, 25 back of Johnson (146-121) and was 10th at Castle Rock. A strong showing combined with another lackluster TT finish from Johnson could catapult Wells back into serious title contention.
Meanwhile, Vanderkooi is continuing his surge up the standings. The Ohio native was too young to start the season at Daytona, but made up for lost time, claiming two Pro Singles victories to make his way to fourth in points with an even 100. Rod Lake Racing's Bronson Bauman rounds out the top five and also has 100 points to his credit.
Top 10 in points in AMA Pro Flat Track Experts
1. Jared Mees 182
2. Bryan Smith 181
3. Jake Johnson 174
4. Kenny Coolbeth 157
5. Sammy Halbert 138
6. Brad Baker 118
7. Brandon Robinson 117
8. Henry Wiles 115
9. Stevie Bonsey 105
10. Briar Bauman 82
Top 10 in points in AMA Pro Flat Track Pro Singles
1. Kyle Johnson 146
2. Davis Fisher 142
3. Ryan Wells 121
4. Jarod Vanderkooi 100
5. Bronson Bauman 100
6. Brandon Wilhelm 99
7. Dan Bromley 98
8. Dylan Morin 70
9. Dominic Colindres 69
10. Kolby Carlile 52
How to Watch: will be the official home for live streaming coverage of AMA Pro Flat Track and AMA Pro Road Racing events in 2014. 
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
AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines.  Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at  

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