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Bauman Doubles Up in Williams Grove Half-Mile II Walkaway

Daniels leads AFT Singles championship hunt;
Rispoli goes back-to-back for Latus Motors Racing.
MECHANICSBURG, Penn. (September 12, 2020) - If possible, Briar Bauman (No. 1 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750) was even more dominant on Saturday night as he completed his second double victory of the 2020 American Flat Track season at the Williams Grove Half-Mile II and did so with authority.
It took Bauman all of two corners to seize control of Friday’s AFT SuperTwins presented by Vance & Hines Main Event; he didn’t even need that many in tonight's rematch. Bauman translated the holeshot into a one-sided, 5.544-second beatdown.

After railing his way to a fourth consecutive triumph at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, Bauman said, “This place is my home now. It’s just an hour-and-a-half from my house. I woke up the other morning and came to the track and went racing.
“The race was good. I kind of did my thing. I really like this place.”
Sammy Halbert (No. 69 Coolbeth-Nila Racing Indian FTR750) was the only rider who could even hope to cling to Bauman wake in the race’s opening stages. Doing so successfully pulled Halbert clear of the rest of the field but that early advantage only delayed the inevitable.
Jeffrey Carver Jr. (No. 23 Happy Trails Racing FTR750) overhauled Halbert with four minutes remaining before shaking free to take the runner-up position by more than two seconds.
Halbert later found himself under assault by Jared Mees (No. 9 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750), who chased him down in time for a two-lap podium showdown as the clock showed 0:00. Mees slid into third with a tight pass with just over a lap-and-a-half remaining, but Halbert set him up for a last corner counterattack.
Those plans, however, were foiled by the unfortunate positioning of some slower riders, allowing Mees to capture third at the checkered flag by 0.078 seconds.
Home-state hero Dan Bromley (No. 62 Roof Systems of Dallas, Texas Indian FTR750) rounded out his best weekend yet since rejoining the premier class, backing up Friday’s fifth with an identical result on Saturday night.
Bauman’s win pushes him back ahead of Mees in his quest to repeat as Grand National Champion as the season officially reaches its midpoint. Bauman will carry a slim five-point advantage (169-164) into what promises to be an epic four-weekend, eight-race stretch run to the throne.
AFT Singles presented by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys
The AFT Singles presented by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys Main Event served as a showcase for the sport’s future stars as Dallas Daniels (No. 32 Estenson Racing Yamaha YZ450F) earned a close victory over fellow second-year pro Trent Lowe (No. 48 Roof Systems of Dallas, TX/Shoei Helmets Honda CRF450R).
Daniels blasted off to the lead at the start and never saw as much as a wheel from a rival throughout the eight-minute (plus two lap) Main. However, Lowe was right there throughout, primed to capitalize on any mistake. Unfortunately for Lowe, that mistake never came. Still, it was a breakout performance for Lowe, who boasted a pair of fifth-place finishes as his personal bests prior to Saturday’s runner-up ride.
Daniels’ third win of the season not only elevates him into the championship lead, it also hands him a relatively healthy 14-point advantage.
“It was a stressful race leading all 20 laps like that,” he admitted. “You don’t know who’s behind you, what they’re doing, or if they’re changing up lines. It’s crazy. It was a great weekend for the team and a great weekend for us. I struggled on this track a little bit last year and to do what we did…
“It’s great being up in the points. We’ve faced some adversity this year -- I didn’t even make the Main in the opener at Volusia. I came into the year wanting to win the championship and to not do that, it was bad. But we’ve fought our way back up and have three wins now. It feels awesome.”
Tanner Dean (No. 38 1st Impressions Race Team Honda CRF450R) engaged in an extended scrap for third with Morgen Mischler (No. 13 Roof Systems DFW/Duffy Fleet Services KTM 450 SX-F) before breaking loose to claim the final spot on the box all by his lonesome.
Mischler dropped a couple more positions before it was all over with Kevin Stollings (No. 99 Roof Systems/Motion Pro Honda CRF450R) finishing fourth and highly touted rookie Trevor Brunner (No. 211 Cornerstone Masonry Group CMG/Demske Racing Honda CRF450R) rounding out the top five.

AFT Production Twins
James Rispoli (No. 43 Latus Motors Racing Harley-Davidson XG750R) continued his steamroller act on Saturday night, claiming his fourth win in the last five AFT Production Twins Main Events, and he did so in almost drama-free fashion, going nearly unchallenged in his green light to checkered flag victory.
Rispoli and reigning AFT Production Twins champion Cory Texter (No. 1 G&G Racing/Roof Systems Yamaha MT-07) briefly reenacted last night’s high-line/low-line comparo, but within a matter of laps, “the Rocket” was working his way out of reach and to a lopsided victory.
Rispoli’s 2.642-second victory increases his championship lead to an imposing 30 points at the season’s halfway point. Afterward, he said, “This is something I never dreamed I could do at arguably our worst track. To pull off a double here? We’ve come a long way. Hats off to my whole team.”
Other than a mid-race pass for third by Ryan Varnes (No. 68 RVR/RoyBuilt Don’s Kawasaki Ninja 650) over Ben Lowe (No. 25 Roof Systems of Dallas/Bruce Lowe Excavating Yamaha MT-07), the race inside the top five was rather processional… until the very final two corners that is.
Varnes slowly closed down on Texter over the Main’s final three minutes and worked his way into position to dive underneath his potential prey just as the two entered Turn 3 for the last time. However, they arrived there alongside a pair of lappers who were embroiled in their battle for position, adding another layer of complexity to the attempted maneuver.
Texter got the better of the fray, reclaiming the position as they exited 4 and holding on to grab second in the sprint to the checkered flag by 0.058 seconds. Lowe cruised to fourth a couple seconds back.
Chad Cose (No. Wally Brown Racing Harley-Davidson XG750R) rode a lonely race in fifth for the bulk of the Main, only to get some unwelcome company late from Jeremiah Duffy (No. 42 Sammy O Racing/ERT Kawasaki Ninja 650). Duffy got the better of Cose in the end, stealing fifth position by 0.111 seconds.
Johnny Lewis (No. 10 Moto Anatomy X Powered by Royal Enfield Twins FT) continued to demonstrate the potential of the Royal Enfield’s developing new racebike; he raced his way forward to seventh after starting from last position due to being black flagged in his semi.
The Williams Grove Half-Mile I & II will air back-to-back on NBCSN on Saturday, September 26, starting at 5:00 p.m. ET/2:00 p.m. PT. The broadcasts will include exclusive features, cutting-edge aerial drone and onboard footage, and the expert commentary of AFT legend Chris Carr.
Next Up:
The 2020 American Flat Track season will resume in two weeks as the series heads to Mesquite, Texas, for the Roof Systems Dallas Half-Mile I & II presented by Law Tigers at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Friday, September 25, and Saturday, September 26. Live coverage of the entire weekend’s racing activities will be available on any device for less than $1 per event via TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold.

Unstoppable In Williams Grove Half-Mile I Blowout

Estenson Racing goes 1-2 on AFT Singles podium;
Rispoli notches third victory in AFT Production Twins.
MECHANICSBURG, Penn. (September 11, 2020) - Briar Bauman (No. 1 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750) showed just what an American Flat Track Grand National Championship at the peak of his powers is capable of in Friday evening’s Williams Grove Half-Mile I.
Bauman flat-out crushed the opposition in a AFT SuperTwins presented by Vance & Hines Main Event the race’s runner-up accurately described as “demoralizing” while accepting his second-place trophy. The result did not come as much of a shock -- it was the third year running Bauman proved his superiority at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.
Championship rival Jared Mees (No. 9 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750) stole the holeshot and led for about two corners before giving way to Bauman at the front. The race for the win was effectively over at that point; Bauman was more than a second out in front with 11 minutes remaining on the clock and worked that advantage up to more than six seconds before cruising to an easy 4.347-second margin of victory.
When asked to explain his dominance at the venue, Briar said, “This racetrack is good for me. I think it fits my style quite a bit. It’s aggressive but passive aggressive. I’m aggressive with it, but I try to be easy on the gas at the same time. The bike is great here too.”
The aforementioned runner-up was not Mees, however. It was Brandon Robinson (No. 44 HCRR Racing/Ben Evans Racing Indian FTR750), who picked up his second-consecutive second place. Robinson swapped positions early with Mees, Jake Johnson (No. 5 Hite Trucking/RJ Performance Indian FTR750), and Bronson Bauman (No. 37 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750) before breaking free from that fight with a good nine minutes to go.
Bronson put in a late charge, first dispatching of Johnson and then overhauling Mees to earn his first podium result of 2020.
The slowing Mees managed to outlast a charging Dan Bromley (No. 62 Roof Systems of Dallas, Texas Indian FTR750), who registered an inspired ride to sixth in front of his home fans.
After running in podium contention early, the out-from-retirement Johnson ultimately lost out to Sammy Halbert (No. 69 Coolbeth-Nila Racing Indian FTR750) late but still managed to pick up a strong seventh place in his first ride of the year.
Bauman’s dominant win combined with Mees’ first non-podium of the year tightened up their title fight. Mees continues to lead, but only by three points (147-144) with another race at Williams Grove coming tomorrow. Halbert and Robinson are even in points at 108.
A fourth-straight Williams Grove win would be enough to hand Bauman the championship lead no matter where Mees finished behind him. Bauman said, “Do I think I can repeat tomorrow? It’s tough to say. It takes one little change on the bike and these guys can do anything. Brandon was rolling and Bronson rode so good in the Main Event too. They weren’t really up in the semis but then they made a few changes and all the sudden they were really relevant. It’s hard. I’d like to hope I can, but we’ll just have to see how it goes.”
AFT Singles presented by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys
2019 AFT Singles presented by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys championship runner-up Mikey Rush (No. 15 Estenson Racing Yamaha YZ450F) finally broke through to claim his first Main Event victory of 2020.
It didn’t come easily, as he had to defeat his second-ranked teammate, Dallas Daniels (No. 32 Estenson Racing Yamaha YZ450F) and 2016 GNC2 champ Ryan Wells (No. 94 Waters Autobody Racing/D&D PowerSports KTM 450 SX-F) to make it happen.
Rising star Daniels was ahead of the field early, running away at the front as a huge pack ran as many as four-wide while battling over second position. Once some order emerged from the chaos, Wells, Rush, and Morgen Mischler (No. 13 Roof Systems DFW/Duffy Fleet Services KTM 450 SX-F) worked together to claw their way back up to Daniels.
By half-distance, Wells was the man on the move and Daniels looked in danger of fading back to the second group. Wells moved into first and promptly ripped open a half-second of padding before Rush stepped up to the challenge and made it a two-way race for the win with one minute to go.
Rush dove under Wells at that point, only to have his opponent square him back up. Undeterred, Rush executed a second overtake and made the position change stick for good as the race went into its final two laps.
“It feels great,” Rush said. “It’s always fun coming here to Williams Grove -- the fans are awesome. I couldn’t do it without my team; the Estenson crew are great people. They are a lot of fun to be around, but when we get to work, those guys get serious and get things sorted out. My motorcycles are awesome. I’m just thankful and blessed to be a part of this deal.”
Behind, Daniels not only regrouped, he sprinted back up to Wells and powered past him while exiting Turn 2 on the final lap. The Estenson Racing 1-2 marked its second double podium finish of the season.
Wells took his first podium of the ‘20 in third, with Mischler taking a close fourth.
Volusia Half-Mile winner Max Whale (No. 18 Coondoo Cattle Co./Australian Road Services Kawasaki KX450F) -- who was just out of touch of the lead group throughout -- completed the top five.
Meanwhile, title leader Henry Wiles (No. 17 RMR Honda/Honda Talon CRF450R) suffered through a difficult day. He failed to advance through his Semi and was forced to burn his provisional just to line up for the Main. He then finished 14th, allowing Daniels, Whale, and Rush to gobble up the majority of his hard-earned championship advantage.
Wiles still leads, albeit by just five points over Daniels (113-108). Whale (102) and Rush (99) are in position to strike in third and fourth, respectively.
AFT Production Twins
James Rispoli (No. 43 Latus Motors Racing Harley-Davidson XG750R) continued his recent tear, scoring his third AFT Production Twins victory in the class’ most recent four Main Events.
“The Rocket” tracked down reigning champion Cory Texter (No. 1 G&G Racing/Roof Systems Yamaha MT-07) early and the two spent the next several minutes determining who had the superior line around Williams Grove Speedway.
Texter appeared to have the early advantage running down low, but Rispoli’s high line got progressively stronger as the race developed. With around three minutes remaining on the clock, there was no longer a debate concerning who found the fast way around; Rispoli blasted away at the front and furthered his standing as the championship favorite.
With three wins and three seconds this season, Rispoli has quickly assembled a full race advantage in the points. “You never get used to winning,” he said. “We’re kind of having a dream season right now. We were struggling mid-day and Cory had kind of been in a class of his own. But as soon as the sun went down, something a little special happened. We saw Briar running around the top in the SuperTwins Semi, and I said to the boys, ‘This is our only shot.’ It worked -- sometimes it doesn’t. I’m just fired up. The Latus Motors Racing team has done a beautiful job today.”
Ryan Varnes (No. 68 RVR/RoyBuilt Don’s Kawasaki Ninja 650) not only made up for a less-than-ideal start, he managed to overcome a mid-race encounter with the wall to take the final spot on the box.
Varnes reeled in Indy Mile winner Ben Lowe (No. 25 Roof Systems of Dallas/Bruce Lowe Excavating Yamaha MT-07) and the two then engaged in a scrap for third position. With around four minutes remaining, Lowe ran up the inside of Varnes and the ‘19 class runner-up actually impacted the fence in the melee.
Varnes somehow managed to remain upright, maintained his composure, ran Lowe back down, and beat him to the flag in the end.
Rispoli’s fellow multinational championship-winning roadracer, Danny Eslick (No. 64 Scott Powersports/R&D Machine Kawasaki Ninja 650), rounded out the top five.
Also of note: Johnny Lewis (No. 10 Moto Anatomy X Powered by Royal Enfield Twins FT) gave Royal Enfield a flat track debut to be proud of, finishing an impressive sixth in the Twins FT’s maiden AFT Main Event.
The Williams Grove Half-Mile I & II will air back-to-back on NBCSN on Saturday, September 26, starting at 5:00 p.m. ET/2:00 p.m. PT. The broadcasts will include exclusive features, cutting-edge aerial drone and onboard footage, and the expert commentary of AFT legend Chris Carr.
Next Up:
American Flat Track will be back in action at Williams Grove Speedway on Saturday night for the Williams Grove Half-Mile II. Tomorrow’s schedule is the same as today’s; gates will open for fans at 3:00 p.m. ET/12:00 p.m. PT with the Main Event programs set to begin at 7:45 p.m. ET/4:45 p.m. PT. Live coverage of the entire weekend’s racing activities will be available on any device for less than $1 per event via TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold.



Progressive™ Named Series Entitlement Sponsor of American Flat Track


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (September 15, 2020) - AMA Pro Racing proudly announced today an historic addition to its family of sponsors. As part of a landmark multi-year partnership, Progressive Insurance has been named Title Sponsor and Official Insurance Company of America’s premier motorcycle racing championship, American Flat Track.

“This exciting relationship between Progressive Insurance and the AFT series comes at a time when interest in the sport is growing fast,” said Michael Lock, CEO of American Flat Track. “We are very happy to be working with America’s largest motorcycle insurance carrier and bringing their expertise to our fanbase.”

“As the #1 motorcycle insurer in the U.S., Progressive is passionate about motorcycling,” said Eric Doubler, Progressive’s Recreational Vehicle Business Leader. “We’ve been a long-standing supporter of the two-wheel community, with product offerings and sponsorship of motorcycle events, rallies and racing teams spanning over decades. This agreement marks our commitment to the sport during a key period of growth.”

The sponsorship includes a $50,000 year-end points fund, awarded to the top performing riders in the AFT SuperTwins presented by Vance & Hines, AFT Production Twins and AFT Singles divisions.

Next up, the Progressive American Flat Track series takes to the track at Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas for the Roof Systems Dallas Half-Mile presented by Law Tigers doubleheader on September 25-26, 2020. 

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NBCSN and TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold are the official homes for coverage of Progressive American Flat Track. The complete schedule for Progressive AFT on NBCSN can be viewed at TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold - the most-robust motorsports offering in the digital marketplace - is a cornerstone of Progressive AFT's digital strategy, providing live streaming coverage of every event and maintaining an active archive of all Progressive AFT content.

About Progressive American Flat Track
Progressive American Flat Track is the world's premier dirt track motorcycle racing series and one of the longest-running championships in the history of motorsports. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing in Daytona Beach, Fla., the series is highly regarded as the most competitive form of dirt track motorcycle racing on the globe. For more information on Progressive American Flat Track, please visit, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, check us out on Instagram, live stream the events with TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold and catch all the Progressive American Flat Track racing action on NBCSN



Johnny Lewis Debuts Royal Enfield Twins FT 
Royal Enfield on track for the first time at AFT Williams Grove Half-Mile


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MILWAUKEE, Wis. (September 14, 2020) - On Friday, September 11, the highly anticipated Royal Enfield Twins FT, AFT Production Twins racer was unveiled to the flat track world. After months of development and testing, American Flat Track (AFT) professional flat track racer Johnny Lewis made history as Royal Enfield competed in its first ever AFT event.

The Royal Enfield Twins FT is a joint effort between Royal Enfield and MotoAnatomy, Lewis’ proprietary race team and flat track academy. Over the course of the last six months, Lewis and team have worked closely with Royal Enfield, renowned road racing chassis builder Harris Performance and engine tuning specialists S&S Cycle.  Lewis’ participation in the Williams Grove Half-Mile marked a major milestone in Royal Enfield’s 119-year history. In this first year, Lewis is looking to be competitive, but the overall focus remains on the development of the Twins FT platform. This will allow the team the time to make necessary changes and adjustments throughout the remainder of the season. 

“We had quite the journey to get to this point,” said Lewis. “We’ve been working consistently over the past six months to develop a competitive package for Royal Enfield. The latest iteration of the race bike was shipped over from India in pieces on Monday and we’ve been working around the clock to put it together. I’ve really enjoyed the development process of the motorcycle and Royal Enfield along with the other partners involved have worked hard to make this happen. The bike performed well and we’ve got a great foundation to build upon.” 

The team faced an uncertain future when the AFT season was postponed in March due to COVID-19. Not fully knowing how the year would unfold, Lewis went to work developing a prototype motorcycle early in the year. With ongoing communication, Lewis and the teams at Harris Performance, Royal Enfield and S&S Cycle continued working through chassis changes and updates as Lewis tested the prototype at his Center Hill, Fla. facility. Despite the challenges of shipping parts overseas and multiple time zones, Lewis and team persevered. 

“This has been a team effort across the board,” said Breeann Poland, Marketing Lead for Royal Enfield Americas. “Seeing the Royal Enfield Twins FT in a race setting was an impressive accomplishment for everyone that worked nights and weekends, and ultimately lost sleep over the project. We couldn’t have asked for better partners like Johnny, the Royal Enfield team in India and the U.K., Harris Performance and S&S Cycle to make this happen. There’s still plenty to be done from a development standpoint and we are realistic with our expectations, but this is a step in the right direction. ” 

Joining Lewis at the Atlanta Short Track and AFT Finale in Daytona Beach, will be the participants of Royal Enfield’s BUILD TRAIN RACE (BTR) program, who will compete in an entertainment exhibition race aboard custom-built INT 650 motorcycles. Lewis and team will race the remainder of the AFT calendar to gather more data and feedback on the Royal Enfield Twins FT package as they look ahead to the 2021 AFT season. 

Race Results:
The phrase “competitive straight out of the box” has been used to describe race motorcycles before, but it has never been so literal as last Friday’s AFT Production Twins races at the Williams Grove Half-Mile. The motorcycle that Lewis rode at Williams Grove Speedway only arrived in the U.S. three days before the race, in pieces, and had to be assembled in the following two days. Timing was so tight that there was no time for a track test - the official practice session on Friday was the first time Lewis rode his Twins FT. Lewis went on to shock the field , taking a  third place semi-final finish and an incredible sixth place finish in the main event, an amazing first outing for the team.

On Saturday, the team tested new chassis setups resulting in better handling than the previous day. Johnny was running in third place during the Semi when a weakened head gasket failed and he was forced to pull off the track. The problem was identified, and with an hour and a half to go before the Main, the MotoAnatomy x Royal Enfield team, including engineers in the U.K. assisting virtually, tore the motor down, replaced the gasket and rolled the bike back onto the track in the 13th spot, minutes before the green flag. Lewis went on to carve his way through the field, claiming an impressive seventh place to finish off the weekend.

The team will continue testing and development during the next two weeks leading up to the Dallas Half-Mile events with support from Royal Enfield staff in both the U.S. and U.K. This will provide Lewis and team the opportunity to continue making improvements to engine durability and chassis setup. This weekend was an incredible learning experience, with invaluable data gathered. The Twins FT proved to be a genuine contender right out of the box, and the team ready to do anything to make sure it races. 

About Royal Enfield
The oldest motorcycle company in continuous production in the world, Royal Enfield made its first motorcycle in 1901. A division of Eicher Motors Limited, Royal Enfield has created the mid-size motorcycle segment in India with its unique and distinctive modern classic motorcycles. With its manufacturing base in Chennai, India, Royal Enfield has been able to grow its production rapidly against a surge in demand for its motorcycles. Royal Enfield is a leading player in the global middleweight motorcycle market.
Royal Enfield North America (RENA) is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and is developing a growing network of more than 125 dealers in North America, including the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico. RENA currently offers the Bullet 500, Classic 500, Himalayan and the all new 650 Twins: INT 650 and Continental GT 650 motorcycles along with a range of genuine motorcycle accessories and apparel.

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Mees Leads Charge to Hometown Crowd at Williams Grove

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (September 8, 2020) - A number of the world’s elite dirt trackers are heading home this weekend, as American Flat Track powers into flat track hotbed Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, for the Williams Grove Half-Mile I & II. The added motivation of performing in front of the home fans couldn’t come at a better time with the series just days removed from an epic Springfield tripleheader.
AFT SuperTwins presented by Vance & Hines title leader Jared Mees (No. 9 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750) will welcome the boost at Williams Grove Speedway, which is located about an hour away from his childhood home. Mees enters the weekend in typical (for him) form, boasting a perfect podium record on the season, with three wins, two seconds, and a third to his credit.
But as strong as he’s been in 2020, he’ll be pit up against several other leading contenders who also call Pennsylvania home. Chief among them is California transplant and reigning Grand National Champion Briar Bauman (No. 1 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750). Bauman got the better of Mees in straight fights at Williams Grove the past two seasons and could use another such showing (or two) to help bring balance to their developing championship fight.
Fourth-ranked Brandon Robinson (No. 44 HCRR Racing/Ben Evans Racing Indian FTR750) is from nearby Oxford, PA. He’s coming off his best result of the season where he narrowly missed edging Mees to the checkered flag at Springfield by a scant 0.043-second margin.
A number of the premier category’s more recent graduates will also be looking to impress the home fans, including the likes of Brandon Price (No. 92 Roof Systems of Dallas, Texas Indian FTR750), Dalton Gauthier (No. 79 Harley-Davidson/Vance & Hines XG750R Rev X) and Dan Bromley (No. 62 Roof Systems of Dallas, Texas Indian FTR750).
Perhaps no rider could use some home cooking more than native Pennsylvanian Shayna Texter (No. 52 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 450 SX-F). The winningest rider in AFT Singles presented by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys history, Texter’s hopes to at last secure a national #1 would improve substantially if she were to add a couple more wins to her record tally this weekend.
Texter currently sits sixth in the AFT Singles points standings with a diverse group of riders and machines -- Henry Wiles (No. 17 RMR Honda/Honda Talon CRF450R), Dallas Daniels (No. 32 Estenson Racing Yamaha YZ450F) and Max Whale (No. 18 Coondoo Cattle Co./Australian Road Services Kawasaki KX450F) -- currently holding down the top three positions.
Texter’s older brother, Cory Texter (No. 1 G&G Racing/Roof Systems Yamaha MT-07), is in something of a similar position as he fights to defend his AFT Production Twins crown. Texter is currently just one point out of second position with finishes of first, second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth on the season.
However, he, second-ranked Ben Lowe (No. 25 Roof Systems of Dallas/Bruce Lowe Excavating Yamaha MT-07), and fellow Pennsylvanian Ryan Varnes (No. 68 RVR/RoyBuilt Don’s Kawasaki Ninja 650) need to be careful to not allow James Rispoli (No. 43 Latus Motors Racing Harley-Davidson XG750R) to run away with the class championship.
‘The Rocket’ has already built up 19 points of padding due to his consistent speed, which has earned him five top-two finishes on the year, including wins in two of the last three races.
As always, spectator safety has been placed at a premium and AFT has worked closely with local health and government officials toward those ends. For more on the specific precautions being undertaken, please consult the AFT Events Health & Safety FAQ.
Tickets have been limited to 50% capacity in order to promote a safe atmosphere and allow for proper social distancing and can be purchased at A $10 multi-day discount is available for each pair of Friday/Saturday General Admission tickets purchased in advance.
Premium Frontstretch General Admission Grandstand tickets are $35 in advance (kids 12 and under are free with the purchase of adult admission) and Backstretch General Admission tickets are $25 in advance (all ages).
Gates will open for fans on both Friday and Saturday at 3:00 p.m. ET/12:00 p.m. PT with the Main Event programs set to begin at 7:45 p.m. ET/4:45 p.m. PT. Live coverage of the entire weekend’s racing activities will be available on any device for less than $1 per event via TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold.
The Williams Grove Half-Mile I will air on NBCSN on Wednesday, September 23, at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT, and the Williams Grove Half-Mile II will air on NBCSN on Saturday, September 26, at 6:00 p.m. ET/3:00 p.m. PT. The broadcasts will include exclusive features, cutting-edge aerial drone and onboard footage, and the expert commentary of AFT legend Chris Carr.


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Both Goodguys and the NSRA have posted updated event information, as have many other shows. Please take a look at the list of events that have been cancelled or postponed, and let us know if your event is among them. We will happily post a note letting people know about any changes:

You can email us at We will happily post a note letting people know about any changes.

Product Showcase

With the never-ending desire to make their products more user friendly, the engineers at Fatman Fabrications have just finished development of the first of their new BOLT-IN hub to hub kits.
O'Brien Truckers was established in 1978 Being rodders ourselves, we like to convert our Customers into Friends.

Car Show Coverage

With the COVID-19 pandemic cancelling car shows and cruise nights, we look at some classics as well as showcasing shows from this year that reporters are still sending in.
If you take pictures at car shows and would like us to share them with our readers, upload your photos here, email   or call us at  877-700-2468.
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A Note From PRI President
Dr. Jamie Meyer On The
2020 Trade Show

Earlier this week, PRI made the tough decision to cancel this year’s Show.



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Isky Racing Cams On Valvetrain Maximization—Efficiency Vs. Effectiveness

Isky explains the importance of valvetrain efficiency and how to boost stability without sacrificing power.



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View Now: Motorsports Coalition Toolkit For Track Operators

Our experts offer valuable insight into how owners and promoters can protect their interests at the state and local level.



Last Chance For Bonus Coverage In PRI Magazine

Listings will include information on parts and services, sales contacts, interactive elements, and more. Submissions are due Friday, 9/18.



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ARCA Finalizes Remainder Of 2020 Schedule

Eleven events will be spread out across three series over the next seven weeks, ending at Kansas Speedway on October 16.



Phoenix To Host Fans For NASCAR Championship Weekend

Officials also announced enhanced safety measures, including handwashing stations, touchless temperature checks, and more.



Fans OK'd To Attend NHRA FallNationals At Texas Motorplex

Guests will be encouraged to wear masks and practice social distancing during the four-day event, which begins October 14.



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Off-The-Shelf Or Custom? How To Choose The Right Race Manifold

Our experts provide insider knowledge to help builders piece together the ideal package.



Need-To-Know Info On Race Graphics And Wraps

Businesses are leveraging new technologies, resources, and training programs to satisfy a steady demand.






Volume 4 Number 36    September 09, 2020
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What You Need To Know About PRI 2020

An in-depth look at the latest health and safety information for Trade Show exhibitors and buyers.



Book Your Stay In The Heart Of Downtown Indy For PRI 2020

Secure rooms for your team at the dual Hyatt Place and Hyatt House, which is providing increased safety measures for guests.



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Get Bonus Product Coverage In PRI’s November Issue—Deadline 9/14

Listings will include information on parts and services, sales contacts, interactive elements, and more.



How To Form A Motorsports Coalition In Your State [Webinar]

Our experts will offer valuable insight into how track operators can protect their interests at the state and local level.



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NHRA Releases Remainder Of 2020 Schedule

The season will wrap up with the Dodge NHRA Finals presented by Pennzoil in Las Vegas on Oct. 30-Nov. 1.



JRi Shocks Announces New Engineering Division

JRi Engineering Solutions is a full-service company with a primary focus on hydraulics and pneumatics.



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Custom Units Trending In Race Trailers

Discover the innovations and transportation accessories that are meeting motorsports customers’ demands.



This Builder's Race Chassis Is 35 Years In The Making

Mike Nuchols is writing a new chapter with Warrior Race Cars, and winning loyal customers every step of the way.



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Digital Edition Available Now  
The September 2020 issue of PRI Magazine showcases a number of the latest and most innovative trailers and accessories, a special report on the ascent of eCommerce amid COVID-19, and a tech support feature on chassis setup equipment.

Plus, see how motorsports companies are thriving despite the impact of a global pandemic. All of this and much more in the September edition of PRI Magazine.

Read More →



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PRI Show Update: Attendee Registration Is Now Open

Our goal is to serve the racing community with a safe and professional trade show in Indianapolis on December 10-12.



Boost Your Machining Speed In The Shop

Like on the track, it’s important to know how to squeeze every bit of performance out of your tools and equipment.



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Discounted PRI Show Rooms Available In Downtown Indy

Secure the best hotel rates in our room blocks through PRI’s only official housing partner, Visit Indy.



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Motorsports Coalition Toolkit For Track Operators

Gain detailed insights from PRI’s successful efforts to form race track coalitions around the US during next week's webinar.



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Memphis Int'l Raceway Receives Approval For ARCA Race

Face coverings must be worn and seating sections are limited to six people per group during the Sept. 26 event.



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WoO Late Models Releases Portion Of 2021 Schedule

Highlights include seven nights at Volusia Speedway Park for the Sunshine Nationals and DIRTcar Nationals.



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Read About PRI’s First-Ever President In The Latest Issue

PRI Magazine's September edition also features sensors, chassis setup equipment, intake manifolds, trailers, and more.



Letter From The Editor Dan Schechner
Don’t Fail To Acknowledge The Wins

It’s our duty to report on motorsports businesses that are making great strides through challenging times.



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An Inside Look At Four Unique Street/Strip Projects

Performance enthusiasts are devoting considerable time and resources to their dual-purpose builds.



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Mastering The Fundamentals In Parts Distribution

WDs are pairing bold new innovations with a reliable parts supply to win in an industry that's more competitive than ever.







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2020 American Flat Track Schedule:

1. March 14: DAYTONA 200 & DAYTONA TT - Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL

2. March 28: Atlanta Short Track - Dixie Speedway, Woodstock, GA

3. April 4: Charlotte Half-Mile - Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, NC

4. May 2: Texas Half-Mile - Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, TX

5. May 9: So-Cal Half-Mile - Perris Auto Speedway, Perris, CA

6. May 16: Sacramento Mile - Cal Expo, Sacramento, CA

7. May 30: Red Mile - Red Mile, Lexington, KY

8. June 13: Laconia Short Track – New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, NH

9. June 20: OKC Mile - Remington Park, Oklahoma City, OK

10. June 27: Lima Half-Mile - Allen County Fairgrounds, Lima, OH

11. July 4: New York Short Track - Weedsport Speedway, Weedsport, NY

12. August 9: Buffalo Chip TT - Buffalo Chip, Sturgis, SD

13. August 11: Black Hills Half-Mile - Black Hills Speedway, Rapid City, SD

14. August 22: Peoria TT - Peoria Motorcycle Club, Peoria, IL

15. September 5: Springfield Mile I - Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL

16. September 6: Springfield Mile II - Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL

17. September 12: Williams Grove Half-Mile - Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, PA

18. September 26: Meadowlands Mile* - Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, NJ


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March 13 - 15
10th LMC Truck Spring Lone Star Nationals            

Fort Worth, TX | Texas Motor Speedway


March 20 - 22
11th Spring Nationals                                    

Scottsdale, AZ | WestWorld of Scottsdale


March 28 & 29
38th All American Get-Together            

Pleasanton, CA | Alameda County Fair


April 3 - 5
20th Meguiar's Del Mar Nationals            

Del Mar, CA | Del Mar Fairgrounds


April 24 - 26
6th North Carolina Nationals Presented by Griot’s Garage

Raleigh, NC | North Carolina State Fairgrounds


May 15 - 17
1st RaceDeck Salt Lake Nationals                

Salt Lake City, UT | Utah State Fairpark


May 30 & 31
27th Summer Get-Together                    

Pleasanton, CA | Alameda County Fairgrounds


June 12 - 14
15th Nashville Nationals presented by BASF            

Nashville, TN | Nissan Stadium


July 3 - 5
29th Speedway Motors Heartland Nationals presented by BASF        

Des Moines, IA | Iowa State Fairgrounds


July 10 - 12
23rd PPG Goodguys Nationals                  

Columbus, OH | Ohio Expo Center


July 24 - 26
33rd Pacific Northwest Nationals Presented by Griot’s Garage

Puyallup, WA | Washington State Fair Events Center


August 7 - 9
19th Great Northwest Nationals                  

Spokane, WA | Spokane County Fair & Expo Center


August 14 - 16
2nd Grundy Insurance Great American Nationals        

York, PA | York Expo Center


August 21 - 23
34th West Coast Nationals Presented by BASF

Pleasanton, CA | Alameda County Fairgrounds


September 11 - 13
23rd Colorado Nationals presented by Griot’s Garage

Loveland, CO | The Ranch Events Complex


September 25 - 27
28th Summit Racing Lone Star Nationals presented by LMC Truck

Fort Worth, TX | Texas Motor Speedway


November 14 & 15
31st Autumn Get-Together                    

Pleasanton, CA | Alameda County Fairgrounds


November 20 - 22
23rd Speedway Motors Southwest Nationals presented by Barrett-Jackson

Scottsdale, AZ | WestWorld of Scottsdale

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