Carver Jr. Earns First Grand National Expert Main Event Win at Castle Rock Race Park for Round 6 of AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles
NEWS August 4, 2013
Photo by Dave Hoenig
CASTLE ROCK, Wash. (August 4, 2013) - It was a night Godfrey, Illinois native Jeffrey Carver Jr. (Mack Daddy Racing/Honda CRF450R) will never forget as he clinched his first ever victory at the Grand National Expert level under the lights at Castle Rock Race Park in Castle Rock, Wash. for Round 6 of AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles. Carver strategically maneuvered his 450cc machine around the TT style layout that consisted of a challenging jump and many turns.
"I'm feeling awesome right about now," said an ecstatic Carver. "To come out here and get my first national is just an unbelievable achievement for me, my team and my family. Those are really the people I need to thank the most. I wouldn't be nearly the rider that I am without my team backing me. I have to thank my parents for getting me this far. I even have to thank myself for sticking with it after times got tough."
Carver was the Heat 3 winner and pole sitter for the Grand National Expert main event but it was the defending Grand National Champion and Clio, Michigan's Jared Mees who got the hole shot right out of the gate. However, Carver would immediately go on to catch Mees halfway through the first lap and reclaim the lead.
Carver's main competition for most of the night came from Salinas, California's Briar Bauman (Rod Lake Racing/Honda CRF450R). Bauman was breathing down Carver's neck and looked as if he might pass him several times during the race but on lap 16 his tireless efforts came to an abrupt end after a crash left him unable to continue racing.
Mees, who was riding in third position for the majority of the race, benefited from Bauman's mishap and went on to finish second. Mees bounced back to finish strong after a wreck in the Dash for Cash put him in jeopardy of even competing in the main event.
Salinas, California's Stevie Bonsey (Zanotti Racing/Honda CRF450R) went on to close out the podium with a strong third place performance. Winn, Michigan's Henry Wiles (Don's Kawasaki/Honda CRF450R) came all the way back from starting in 13th position to finish fourth and Eatonville, Washington's Brad Baker (Specialty Fabrication Incorporation) finished fifth.
AMA Pro J&P Cycles Pro Singles
Brisbane, California's Dominic Colindres (Motorcycle-Superstore/Honda CRF450R) cruised to his first AMA Pro J&P Cycles Pro Singles main event victory of 2013 tonight at Castle Rock Race Park. Colindres was sharp all night as he won his heat race and followed suit in the night's main event, capturing the win by a full 2.65 seconds.
"The track was completely different than last year," said Colindres. "It really suited my riding style and the win came at a critical time for me. I'm really looking forward to the rest of the races now and this victory will certainly give me a huge boost of confidence. This win was for my mom and dad, the two people who have always been there for me and I can't thank them enough."
The lead was never in jeopardy for Colindres as he got off the pole early on and never let up on the throttle. Colindres seemed to gain ground almost every lap and with the win, he now sits fourth in the current AMA Pro J&P Cycles Pro Singles point standings.
As uncontested as the win was for Colindres, second place came even easier for Salinas, California's Bronson Bauman (Rod Lake, Honda CRF450R). Once Bauman was able to work his way up to the two slot after starting from fifth on the grid, he cruised to a comfortable second-place finish by over two full seconds over Stockton, California's Ryan Kearns (Stockton Moto/Honda CRF450R).
Last year's winner, Snohomish, Washington's Jacob Lehmann (Ride Motorsports/Honda CRF450R) claimed fourth this time around and San Martin, California's Rodney Spencer Jr. (GP Sports/Honda CRF450R) finished fifth.