AMA Pro Flat Track Championship Series
Round 7: Indiana State Fairgrounds
Introduction and Captions by Dan Jacobson
Photos by Kurt Bauer
INDIANAPOLIS, IN, JULY 11, 2015
With rain approaching Indy, the AMA decided to shorten the program and eliminate the semifinals and run the GNC1 final, presented by Vance & Hines, as the first main event, followed by the GNC2 main. The final race of the event would be the Dash For Cash.
Shawn Baer crashed hard in turn one on lap three of the GNC1 main event and ended up in the air fence, breaking the KTM 950 into pieces; the forks and front wheel hit Henry Wiles on the top of his helmet and just missed hitting Brandon Robinson, while Baer himself flew off the air wall, though he appeared to be okay. All of this of course brought out a red flag. Wiles would change helmets and make the restart.
In the restarted final, Doug Lawrence retired early. Nichole Mees finished eighth and her hubby, Jared, came in third.
Here are some photographic highlights from the event. Results follow the photos…
Brad Baker (6) at speed on the Indy Mile.
Shown here in practice, Shawn Baer (32), Doug Lawrence (73) and Nichole Mees (15) wrestle for position just inches away from the life-saving air fence.
With stormy weather closing in, the race order was reshuffled; normally, the GNC1 main would be held under the glitzy fairgrounds lights. When the green flag dropped for the restart after Shawn Baer’s crash, it was business-as-usual for the 19 superstar starters, as Jared Mees (1), Kenny Coolbeth Jr. (2) and Bryan Smith (42) led the field into turn one.
“Mr. Mile,” Bryan Smith, winner of three of the four 2015 GNC1 National Miles, was doing everything he could to work his magic at the legendary Indy Mile. He finished second by two-hundredths of a second, with points leader Mees coming in third, just sixty-six-thousandths of a second back (less than a bikelength). Smith also won the Dash For Cash. Smith is trailing Jared Mees by only seven seasonal points going into the Sturgis Rally on August 4 at the Black Hills Speedway Half Mile.
With his textbook riding style, Johnny Lewis (10) brought the new Ducati Scrambler home in fifth place. Five brands made the Harley-Davidson GNC1 main event.
Brad “The Bullet” Baker (6), riding the factory Harley-Davidson, battles the points leader, 2014 GNC1 Champion “Jammin’ Jared” Mees (1), on the Rogers Racing/ SDI/ Las Vegas H-D, at over 100 mph. Jared had started from the last row. Each racer was doing everything he could to move a just hundredth of a second faster than the other world-class racers. This is what makes AMA Pro Flat Track legendary.
Brad Baker (6) now has two wins on the 2015 season, one at Lima at the Allen County Fairgrounds and now the Indy Mile. The Bullet enjoys his victory lap with the fans.
Brad Baker proudly displays his hard-won hardware.
Off the start of the GNC2 final, the field enters turn one.
One year after a scary wreck at the Indy Mile in 2014 – his first Pro season on a 450 – GNC2 points leader Davis Fisher (67M) shows his abilities with no fear. This year the GNC2 Twins class is once again a hotly challenged field of up-and-coming superstars. Davis has one victory at the Springfield Mile, and his consistent second-place finishes at the Daytona Short Track, the Half Mile in Lima, Ohio, and the Mile in DuQuoin, Illinois, have kept him out front…
…but lurking just six points back is Nick Armstrong (44E), who was this year’s winner of the GNC2 class at the legendary Indy Mile.
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Indiana State Fairgrounds
Results: July 11, 2015
GNC1 EX TWINS: 1. Brad Baker (H-D); 2. Bryan Smith (Kaw); 3. Jared Mees (H-D); 4. Mikey Martin (Kaw); 5. Johnny Lewis (Duc); 6. Brandon Robinson (Tri); 7. Sammy Halbert (Kaw); 8. Nichole Mees (H-D); 9. Briar Bauman (Kaw); 10. Jake Shoemaker (Tri); 11. Jarod Vanderkooi (Kaw); 12. Cody Johncox (H-D); 13. Robert Pearson (KTM); 14. Jeffrey Carver Jr. (Kaw); 15. Kenny Coolbeth Jr. (H-D); 16. Henry Wiles (H-D); 17. Doug Lawrence (Kaw); 18. Chad Cose (Kaw); 19. Shawn Baer (KTM).
Race Time: 16 minutes, 53.648 seconds
Margin of Victory: 0.020 of a second
Best Race Lap: Jared Mees, 0:37.924 seconds
GNC2: 1. Nick Armstrong (Suz); 2. Dan Bromley (Kaw); 3. Bronson Bauman (H-D); 4. Ryan Wells (Kaw); 5. Jamison Minor (Kaw); 6. Tristan Avery (Kaw); 7. J.R. Addison (Kaw); 8. Kolby Carlile (Suz); 9. Jeffrey Lowery (Kaw); 10. Dalton Gauthier (Kaw); 11. Roy Miller (Kaw); 12. Shawn McNary (Kaw); 13. Tyler Butts (H-D); 14. Austin Helmholtz (Kaw); 15. Davis Fisher (Kaw); 16. Ryan Varnes (Kaw); 17. James Monaco (Hon); 18. Andrew Luker (H-D).
Laps: 12 Laps
Race Time: 8 minutes, 54.123 seconds
Margin of Victory: 0.651 of a second
Best Race Lap: Dan Bromley, 39.360 seconds