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American Flat Track Hits The Pea Gravel For The Lima Half-Mile Presented By Indian Motorcycle
Jared Mees and Shayna Texter look to take another win and expand their points lead at Lima

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 21, 2017) – This weekend, American Flat Track arrives in Lima, Ohio for the Lima Half-Mile presented by Indian Motorcycle, on June 24. One of the fan-favorite events on the calendar, the series can count on a huge gathering of loyal and knowledgeable fans to turn out for the Lima Half-Mile and provide a spectacular atmosphere at the Allen County Fairgrounds.
Following a stretch of five Miles in six weeks, the Lima Half-Mile presents a different sort of challenge to the riders. In particular, the pea-gravel dirt track is famous for its cushion which favors the bold and the decisive.
All eyes will be on a rider who perfectly fits that description: AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines points leader Jared Mees (No. 9 Indian Motorcycle Rogers Racing Scout FTR750) – and he wouldn't have it any other way.
Mees isn't only leading the championship, the winner of three Lima Half-Miles, and the owner of an active two-race win streak, he's also this weekend's event promoter.
"The Lima Half-Mile – the best race on earth, and the best time of the year besides Christmas," Mees said with a laugh. "This place of course has got a lot of sentimental value. It was my first Grand National Main event win, and I've won the race three times. Also, it's basically now my hometown track, and of course my wife and I promote the event, so I'm very heavily looking forward to this race.
"On the racing side of things, we want to continue doing what we've been doing and that's winning. I would also like to win on a Half-Mile because it would also complete a grand slam in a single season – winning all four disciplines of flat track races – is actually something that I would like to try to get done this year."
Last year – Mees' first Lima Half-Mile as racer-promoter – he was forced to watch another rider climb atop the podium. Harley-Davidson's Brandon Robinson (No. 44 Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Team XG750R) took top honors, extending Harley-Davidson's remarkable success at the Lima Half-Mile where the manufacturer has scored the last 21 Main Event victories in succession.
Robinson's teammates, Kenny Coolbeth (No. 2 Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Team XG750R) and Jake Johnson (No. 5 Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Team XG750R) are proven Half-Mile masters, with Coolbeth the owner of 23 previous Half-Mile victories to go with Johnson's five. Perhaps this will be the weekend Harley-Davidson gets back into its groove (or perhaps better said, gets back into its cushion).
Whatever the record books say, recent history suggests the Indian Wrecking Crew will be difficult to contain again this weekend. Lima's characteristics are not only well-suited to Mees' style – they also play right into the strengths of the similarly-armed Bryan Smith (No. 1 Indian Motorcycle Racing backed by Allstate Scout FTR750) and Brad Baker (No. 6 Indian Motorcycle Racing backed by Allstate Scout FTR750), who boast one prior win apiece in Lima.
Smith has been in outstanding form all season, with four Main Event wins to his name, including the season's sole Half-Mile to date in Charlotte. However, he's now looking to swing the momentum back in his direction after watching Mees steal it away in recent weeks.
Smith said, "I haven't won (at Lima) in a long time. I've been on the podium a lot there. Brad will be fast. Jared will be fast. Hopefully, I can school them."
Baker is done knocking at the door of his first win as an Indian Motorcycle pilot; he's ready to smash right through it if that's what it's going to take after suffering from multiple near-misses already this season.
Look for Sammy Halbert (No. 69 Estenson Logistics Yamaha FZ-07) to factor heavily into this weekend's outcome as well. Not only is Halbert on a roll (he sits third in the points on the strength of three podiums and no result worse than fourth in his last six outings), he's also a two-time winner of the Lima Half-Mile.
Meanwhile, fifth-ranked Jeffrey Carver Jr. (No. 23 Carver’s BBQ Kawasaki Ninja 650) continues to quietly assemble a commendable championship campaign. And don't sleep on Henry Wiles (No. 17 DPC Racing Kawasaki Ninja 650), himself a one-time winner at Lima.
AFT Singles
If Shayna Texter's AFT Singles rivals were looking forward to getting the No. 52 Richie Morris Racing Honda CRF450R away from the big Mile venues, at which she recently took three out of four victories, they might not have thought things through completely.
The AFT Singles championship leader doesn't figure to lose any speed in the transition to the upcoming stretch of Half-Miles; she's a big fan of cushion tracks herself and a three-time winner at Half-Miles.
However confident she may be, title hopefuls Kolby Carlile (No. 36 Parkinson Brothers Racing Honda CRF450R) and Brandon Price (No. 92 DPC Racing/Don's Kawasaki KX450F) need to slow Texter's roll to keep the championship lead in reach; her advantage is now up to 11 over Carlile and 23 points on Price.
Carlile's consistency and versatility have served him well all year despite the fact that he's still seeking a first win on the season. Incidentally, Price's one victory this year came at the season's only previous Half-Mile in Charlotte.
While a disastrous early season has rendered him a long shot for the title, the rider on the move is Tristan Avery (No. 16 Ron Ayers Honda CRF450R). In the last five races, Avery has finished lower than second just once, and is motivated to stand atop the podium for the first time in 2017.
Exclusive Entertainment
On-track action begins with the AFT Twins and AFT Singles practice sessions at 2:00 p.m. ET with Opening Ceremonies commencing at 6:00 p.m. ET. During Opening Ceremonies, former Grand National racer Tom Duma will unveil the 2017 American Flat Track Championship rings. These one of a kind rings are designed by Duma himself and crafted by Thom Duma Fine Jewelers.
Then at 6:20 p.m. ET, the night kicks off with a fan favorite tradition – the George Roeder Memorial Dash for Cash. Followed by the Heat races at 6:30 p.m. ET and the Mains starting at 9:25 p.m. ET. Tickets for the Lima Half-Mile are now on sale and can be purchased at https://www.limahalfmile.com/tickets.
If you want to ride in on your Indian Motorcycle, there are also three Indian Motorcycle Ride Groups (IMRG) sponsored dealers in the area: Indian Motorcycle of Toledo, Bairs Indian Motorcycle (North Canton) and Indian Motorcycle of South Detroit.

Hello Flat Track Race Fans & supporters, Although this comes a bit late, it comes with much gratitude for your continued support of Dan Rouits endeavor to keep the roots/history of flat track alive for us and for future generations. Without your tireless physical & financial help, keeping all the Museums memorabilia and assets in one place to enjoy would be impossible.
The 2 main fund raisers that I will continue to keep going each year will be "Movie Night" which is on the 3rd Saturday night in January from 6:00PM to 10:00ish PM and the "Annual Memorial Open House" the 3rd Sunday of May, from 10:00AM to 3:00PM PST. Both gatherings are in loving memory/tribute to Danny Rouit and his life and love of the people and machines involved with flat track racing.
I have to apologize to some of our most generous supporters that I failed to include on this years T-Shirts! Brian Bergen DBA B&M Transmissions, Jerry Turner DBA Turners Auto Wrecking, Scott Ellis DBA Ellis Construction just to name a few, plus any others I left out! Please contact me, Kathy Rouit, by phone or drop me a note to include you on next years shirt! These shoes of Dannys are impossible to fill, but we have to give it our best shot for his sake! This is what he wanted!
                                                                                                Sincerely with Love, Kathy

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Jared Mees Fights Back To Take His Second Straight Win At The OKC Mile Presented By Indian Motorcycle
Shayna Texter takes third win of the season on the big tracks

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (June 17, 2017) – American Flat Track's return visit to the OKC Mile presented by Indian Motorcycle in Oklahoma City, Okla., lived up to every bit of the hype on Saturday night at Remington Park.
Despite being presented with every opportunity to ease up in the intense heat and accept a safe runner-up result to claim sole possession of the AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines championship lead, Jared Mees instead gritted his teeth and went to work aboard the No. 9 Indian Motorcycle Rogers Racing Scout FTR750.
Until that point, an imperious Brad Baker (No. 6 Indian Motorcycle Racing backed by Allstate Scout FTR750) dictated the race from the front and from the start. Baker cleared off from the opening lap and systematically assembled a seemingly insurmountable lead.
Behind in third, Mees found himself corralled behind reigning Grand National Champion Bryan Smith (No. 1 Indian Motorcycle Racing backed by Allstate Scout FTR750) while Baker made his escape.
Even after finally working into second, Mees could do nothing as Baker continued to pile onto his advantage. However, the leader's prodigious speed transformed into his Achilles Heel as it inevitably propelled him into thick packets of lapped riders.
Poor luck turned into mistakes which turned into tight riding on the part of Baker; for Mees, meanwhile, it served as hope and motivation. He whittled away at the lead and finally took it for himself on the penultimate lap.
Desperate to finally get a first win aboard his Indian, Baker immediately struck back, diving up the inside of Turn 1 on the final lap. However, Mees squared up the corner and weaved back under Baker on exit, pulling a gap of his own in the process. Baker continued on in second position to the flag, finishing, 0.880 seconds back at the flag.
The Indian Wrecking Crew again made good on its moniker at the OKC Mile as Smith secured the fourth Indian Motorcycle podium sweep of the 2017 season by finishing a lonely third. In fact, Indian's nearest challenger on the evening, fourth-placed Sammy Halbert (No. 69 Estenson Logistics Yamaha FZ-07), came home more than 23 seconds behind the win and over 17 seconds off the podium.
Following four straight wins on the part of primary rival Smith – including three straight on the Miles – Mees now boasts a two-race Mile win streak of his own. To tilt matters even more in favor of the suddenly hot Mees, the series now prepares to go heavy on his preferred battleground – the Half Mile.
Mees, who now sits all alone on top of the championship fight at 177 points to Smith's 169, said, "Man, I had to earn that one. Brad and Bryan were like checked out at the start. I started reeling in Bryan, and I got by him, but Brad was gone.
"He made a couple of mistakes due to lappers, I think… I just put my head down those last two laps. I wanted that one so bad. When you talk about digging deep – I dug deep."
After his heartbreaker, Baker said, "It was nerve-wracking. It didn't become an issue until I got into lappers. I didn't get through one of them cleanly; one pushed me wide, one I had to shut off really early to avoid getting into to. And then I got tense when I got to them, not wanting to make a mistake while I was around them.
"I was looking over my shoulder to see the distance (to Mees). Before I got to the lappers, it was a pretty significant gap, so I thought I was good… I was hoping he had just as much trouble with the lappers as I did, but one lap I thought I heard someone. I was hoping it was a lapper – turned out it wasn't."
Smith said, "I was trying to the last lap. I was pushing at the beginning, and I made a couple mistakes, and Jared got by me. And then I made some more mistakes trying to go too hard. That was all she wrote for me today. My teammates beat me; they were better today. That's the end of the story."
Shawn Baer (No. 32 McNews Automotive KTM LC8 950) picked up his first top five of the season in fifth.
Texter Strikes Back in AFT Singles Action
Shayna Texter (No. 52 Richie Morris Racing Honda CRF450R) backed up her claim as the AFT Singles class' master of the Mile, taking her third win in four such races this season.
She did so following a dramatic three-rider shootout featuring Red Mile dominator Kevin Stollings (No. 99 Ben Evans Honda CRF450R) and '16 OKC Mile winner Tristan Avery (No. 16 Ron Ayers Honda CRF450R).
Avery led the opening five laps despite his machine bucking and protesting underneath him. Stollings finally slotted in front on lap 6 and looked to check out like he had done in Kentucky, but Texter responded to quickly track him back down.
With just a couple of laps remaining, Texter and Stollings rode two abreast through Turns 1 and 2, each looking to get the measure of the other. However, Stollings' bike let go at that moment, ruling him out of contention. Avery, in turn, attempted to pounce on Texter on the final lap, but she held strong to claim the checkered flag by 0.141 seconds.
"This weekend means so much," Texter said. "We were battling in the Heat race, and my exhaust plug fell out, so I had to go to the LCQ. I had to do some extra laps, and in this heat, it was tiring.
"I was riding behind Tristan and Stollings all day and seeing what they were doing. I tried to be a little bit faster than them and try to capitalize on it. It was a long 15 laps, and I just had to be smart."
Parker Norris (No. 24 Goodroe Racing Honda CRF450R) was another major beneficiary of Stolling's poor luck, using the opportunity to scoop up his first podium of the season in third.
Title hopefuls Kolby Carlile (No. 36 Parkinson Brothers Racing Honda CRF450R) and Brandon Price (No. 92 DPC Racing/Don's Kawasaki KX450F) ended up fourth and fifth, respectively. Despite their solid finishes in Oklahoma City, Texter's triumph provided her with a little extra padding at the top – 129 to Carlile's 118 and Price's 106.
The OKC Mile will air on NBCSN on Thursday, August 24, at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. Catch the highlights on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/AmericanFlatTrack/videos/1560313950669370/) and YouTube (https://youtu.be/98P6XS8Tk4I)


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He's got one hell of a motorcycle collection — and one hell of a life story to go with it

Tom White had a plan.
The motorcycle entrepreneur was going to sell his multimillion-dollar parts company, buy a horse ranch on the Central Coast and retire to live the good life.
Fate had something else in store for him.
In 1997, his then-teenage son Bradley had a near-fatal motorcycle accident that left him blind and a quadriplegic. A few years later, his wife, Dani, suffered a series of brain seizures. She needed ongoing medical care, too.

Read a fine article in the Los Angles Times

Lodi - Nite before the Mile

Sammy honored Dominic Colindres, who won last years race, by running Dominic's number.

Scotty interviews riders for Fans Choice TV

Trailblazers 73th Annual Banquet
Held at the Carson Events Center, Carson, California
April 22th, 2017

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Fall Classic at Willow Springs

Ramspur Winerys contributed $15,000 to the weekends Dash for Cash and

Specialty Fabrications, Inc contributed $35,000 for the Pro Purse

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