AMA Pro Flat Track Championship Series
Round 8: Lima Half Mile at the Allen County Fairgrounds
Story and Photos by Kurt Bauer/dirtbauer.com
LIMA, OH, JUNE 25, 2016
The last Saturday of June has always been the date for some great pea-gravel cushion racing on the Lima Half Mile. With big, wide turns, there are always different lines to take, unlike at some of the smaller tracks. This year, the track seemed to be in good shape, which made for some exciting racing, but it sure was rough on some of the riders…
Dominic Colindres crashed hard and was unable to continue.
“Last weekend at Lima,” stated Dominic Colindres, “I was involved in a bad crash that sent me to the hospital. I ended up hitting another rider who went down in front of me, and it sent me over the bars hard and the bike tumbled on top of me a few times. I got knocked out pretty good, and when I came to, my arm, chest and neck were pretty sore. I was brought to the hospital and I ended up having no broken bones. I have a large hematoma on my chest, by my shoulder, and I can’t move my arm much.
“This is the fourth race in a row that I haven’t completed, and I questioned if I should keep trying. After more thinking, I decided that I’m for sure not done trying, and I will be at the next race, ready to battle. After more bed rest and taking it easy, I should be okay.
“Thanks to everyone who called, texted or messaged me.” Colindres concluded. “And thanks to Raymond Rizzo for staying with me at the hospital, and Mikey Martin for driving me to the airport and gathering all my stuff and also sitting with me at the hospital.”
Davis Fisher had a similar experience at Lima. He went down on the warm-up lap with a big get-off, injuring his arm.
“I fractured my wrist and rung my bell good when I crashed heading out to my Lima heat…” Davis Fisher said. “[There’s] never a good time to crash like that, but doing it right before a five-week break in the schedule means I won’t miss a race. I’ll be back in time for the next National at Charlotte on July 30.”
Sammy Halbert saw his front end wash out at speed in the main event and he went for a wild ride over the handlebars; amazingly, he was unhurt, and he tried to continue, but the carburetor had been knocked off the bike and he was unable to get it going in time to join the restart of the main event, with just six laps left.
“Unfortunate end to my Lima Half Mile race…” said Sammy Halbert. “I felt my head hit the ground, but I’m fine and have no concussion symptoms, thanks to the Omni Directional Suspension technology in the 6D helmets I wear.
“Thought I was gonna get another AMA Pro Flat Track win at the Lima Half Mile,” he continued. “Instead, I had a nasty get-off on the restart, with only six laps to go. I’m already feeling better, though, and I’ll be ready for the Barbara Fritchie Classic on the Fourth of July in Frederick, Maryland.”
The winners of the heat races in the GNC1 class were Halbert and Brandon Robinson, who would go on to win the Dash For Cash and the main event.
Brad “The Bullet” Baker won the other heat and finished in third place in the main event.
Halbert would set the fastest lap in qualifying, and that would put him in the Dash with the other four riders with the fastest times in qualifying. Usually, the grid for the Dash is filled by the top finishers in the heat races.
The GNC2 riders would be on 450cc bikes, but they were still setting some fast times, with some talented up-and-coming racers. Ryan Wells and Dalton Gauthier battled in the first heat with some close racing, until Wells pulled away for the win. Third-generation rider Ryan Varnes would take the win in his heat race and take second in the main, after passing Gauthier.
Lima Half Mile
Results: June 25, 2016 (Round 8)
GNC1: 1. Brandon Robinson (H-D); 2. Jared Mees (H-D); 3. Brad Baker (H-D); 4. Bryan Smith (Kaw); 5. Johnny Lewis (Duc); 6. Jake Johnson (H-D); 7. Jeremy Higgins (Kaw); 8. Dustin Crow (H-D); 9. Kenny Coolbeth Jr. (H-D); 10. Robert Pearson (Kaw); 11. Jarod Vanderkooi (Kaw); 12. Jeffrey Carver Jr. (Kaw); 13. Sammy Halbert (H-D); 14. Jake Mataya (Kaw); 15. Don Taylor (H-D); 16. Jake Constantine (Kaw); 17. Cory Texter (Kaw); 18. Bronson Bauman (H-D).
GNC2: 1. Ryan Wells (Hon); 2. Ryan Varnes (Yam); 3. Dalton Gauthier (Yam); 4. Broderick Buchan (Hon); 5. Dave Pouliot (Kaw); 6. Hunter Edwards (Hon); 7. Kevin Stollings (Hon); 8. Brandon Price (Kaw); 9. Jamison Minor (Hon); 10. Kyle McGrane (Hon); 11. Dylan Morin (KTM); 12. Tristan Avery (Hon); 13. Ben Lowe (Hon); 14. Andrew Luker (Hon); 15. Justin Jones (Yam); 16. Charles Gerencer (KTM); 17. Colin Cunningham (KTM); 18. Nicholas Myers (Hon).
DASH FOR CASH: 1. Brandon Robinson; 2. Brad Baker; 3. Sammy Halbert; 4. Jake Johnson; 5. Jeremy Higgins.
[For more from this event, please see “Robinson Wins the 2016 Lima Half Mile!”… Editor]