Mees Takes AMA Pro Grand National Singles Championship; Wiles Takes Short Track Win at Springfield Short Track
NEWS September 15, 2012
Photo by Dave Hoenig
Springfield, Ill (September 15, 2012) - Saturday's AMA Pro Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship presented by Motorcycle-Superstore.com and Lucas Oil was an exciting kick-off to an intense weekend filled with action-packed racing. Henry Wiles (Don's Kawasaki/Kawasaki) took the checkered flag by almost a full second and gave the crowd at the Illinois State Fairgrounds everything they could have asked for. It was Wiles' third win of the year and second here in Springfield. The win boosts Wiles to a second place finish in the GNC Expert Singles point standings behind Jared Mees (Montgomeryville Racing/Honda).
"It was back and forth and just an awesome race," said Henry Wiles. "I stayed low the entire time waiting for Brad (Baker) to go wide and when he did I just pulled the trigger and it paid off. It's been a phenomenal year and I want to give a shout out to my team and all of my sponsors. I'm glad I could go out there and ride for you guys."
Brad Baker (Brothers Powersports/Honda) got the holeshot off the pole and led for the first 19 laps but surrendered his lead on lap 20 when he went a little too wide off of turn 2 as Wiles slid underneath him and never looked back. Once Wiles gained the lead, he was in total control the rest of the way as he beat second place finisher Baker by a total of .940 seconds.
The night was capped off by the crowning of Jared Mees as he is this year's GNC Expert Singles champion.
"This isn't the biggest accomplishment that I'm aiming for this year, but it's definitely a big one," said Mees. "I have to pat myself on the back for this, I worked really hard on the singles this year and this is a big victory for me and my whole team. It was only a six-race season, but it was a lot of fun."
Mees rounded out the podium for an impressive third place finish. Briar Bauman (Rod Lake Racing/ Honda) and Jake Johnson (Zanotti Racing/Honda) rounded out the top five, respectively.
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It was all Dan Bromley (Bromley Brothers/KTM) tonight as he claimed the holeshot on lap one and never let up. Bromley looked sharper than he has all season and made a name for himself in tonight's intense showdown as he claimed his first career AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com Pro Singles Main Event victory.
"When I got here, I just wanted to qualify for the main event," said Bromley. "When I qualified, I just wanted to run a solid heat race. I didn't have the best starting spot in the main but I had faith in my KTM. I could feel the riders around me on the final laps and I knew I had to be perfect. Thankfully I crossed the line first and I'm so happy to get this win."
It wasn't easy for Bromley, as he was forced to surrender his enormous lead on lap nine after Ryan Wells (Five Star Steel & Fabrication/Honda) bit the dust and forced the red flags to fly and call for a staggered start. However, Bromley wasn't fazed as he claimed the holeshot for the second time tonight. For the remaining five laps, Bromley was forced to make quick decisions and critical moves in order to fend off Wyatt Maguire (Kirkland Racing/Yamaha) who tried everything to steal the lead.
Maguire's efforts weren't good enough, as Bromley slammed the throttle just a little bit harder on the final turn to fend him off by a slim margin.
William Cato (Bob Weirbach Race Team/Honda) closed out the podium with an impressive third place finish. Jason Isennock (High Dairy Stores/Honda) and Joe Shoemaker (Montgomeryville Cycle Center/Honda) rounded out the top 5 finishers, respectively.