Press release | September 8, 2021
Titles on the line as progressive AFT arrives at the legendary Sacramento Mile
This is an American Flat Track press releaseâ¦
Daytona Beach, Fla. (September 8, 2021) – Progressive American Flat Track Championship battles are shifted into high gear as the series hits the Law Tigers Sacramento Mile I and II presented by Knauf Insulation at Cal Expo in Sacramento, Calif., this Saturday September 11th and Sunday September 12th.
This is certainly the case in the Mission SuperTwins presented by the Cycle S&S category where reigning National Grand Champion Heather Bauman (No. 1 Indian Motorcycle / Progressive Insurance FTR750) leads rival Jared mees (No. 9 Indian Motorcycle / Progressive Insurance FTR750) just 12 points in his quest to win a third straight crown.
Mees comes in hot after his double win at the Springfield Mile. Even with Bauman finishing twice on the box, a repeat of those results this weekend would mean Mees would head to the series finale next month with a point lead.
The Legendary Sacramento Mile has always favored the most experienced and accomplished riders, racers with the tactical sense to execute perfectly on race and last lap strategies. Mees fits that bill, as evidenced by his triumphant outings in the final two Miles of Sacramento. Another one that does is “Mile Master” Bryan smith (No.4 Crosley / Howerton Motorsports Indian FTR750), winner of seven consecutive Sacramento miles from 2011 to 2017. And this year’s edition has added meaning for Smith (and the sport in general), as it will start at bedtime. sun after the double program this weekend.
In fact, only four riders – Mees, Smith, Scott Parker and Chris Carr – made it to the first class podium in Sacramento’s final 27 miles. And you have to climb 37 Sacramento Mile before you meet a winner with less than 20 career wins under his belt – and even then it’s the legendary Jay Springsteen, who ranks seventh all-time with 14 Miles.
While Bauman has only won two Miles to date, he is quickly establishing himself as an all-time greats and he has demonstrated his potential to eventually join the ranks of the Mile Maestros. It would be a perfect weekend for him to start adding to that resume with so much at stake.
The loaded field has a lot of potential spoilers, most notably the over-form Sammy Halbert (No. 69 Coolbeth-Nila Racing Indian FTR750) as well as the powerful Mission Roof Systems trio of Brandon robinson (No. 44 Mission Roof Systems Indian FTR750), Jarod vanderkooi (No. 20 Mission Roof Systems Indian FTR750) and Brandon Price (No. 92 Mission Roof Systems Indian FTR750).
Dallas Daniels (No.1 Estenson Racing Yamaha YZ450F) rebounded from his most grueling race weekend as a pro with his most successful weekend as a pro. Springfield’s first half of the double-double last weekend saw him take a slim seven-point advantage in the AFT Singles Championship over Whale max (N Â° 18 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 450 SX-FFE) on the way to the decisive double title this weekend.
Daniels and Whale will feature in the lead again this weekend, as will the consistent third place podium finish Morgen Mischler (No. 13 Mission Roof Systems KTM 450 SX-F).
But this could be a prime weekend for Shayna Texter-Bauman (# 52 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 450 SX-FFE) to remind the world why she is the most successful rider in AFT singles history. Texter has five amazing career wins on the Sacramento Mile, more wins than any other AFT Singles rider has earned all Miles combined.
Texter-Bauman also happens to be the reigning race winner thanks to a marquee race in 2019 in which she edged out Mikey rush (No.15 Estenson Racing Yamaha YZ450F) to the flag to conclude a race-long pack war that saw seven riders take the checkered flag with 0.884 seconds of victory.
AFT Production Twins presented by Vance & Hines
As unpredictable title fights define the other classes, the Sacramento Mile will likely serve as the crowning glory for the 2019 AFT Production Twins presented by champion Vance & Hines Cory Texter (N Â° 65 G&G Racing / Yamaha Racing Yamaha MT-07).
With 67 points in hand and only three races to go, Texter only needs to finish 11th or better on Saturday to win the 2021 title, regardless of second place. Dan Bromley (No.62 Memphis Shades / Vinson Construction Yamaha MT-07) now does.
Considering that Texter has won five times, stepped on the podium nine times and finished in seventh place throughout the season, it seems quite doable. With a lot of room for error, however, it is unlikely that he will be content to climb to the top, especially after three consecutive finishes without a podium.
Bromley’s usual suspects, Ryan varnes (N Â° 68 RVR / Rausch Fuel Kawasaki Ninja 650), Ben lowe (No. 25 Mission Roof Systems Harley-Davidson XG750R), and Chad Cose (No.49 Voodoo Ranger / Roof Systems Harley-Davidson XG750R) are among the riders most likely to stop Texter from wielding a shiny new No.1 plate atop the podium.
Another driver to watch out for is the super-sub Jesse janisch (No. 96 Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson XG750R), which proved to be a revelation in the AFT Production Twins action after already making a name for itself primarily as a TT 450cc ace.
This weekend’s legendary Sacramento Mile will live up to its bill on several fronts, including via a Legends autograph session featuring more than twenty of the sport’s greatest figures, including Scott Parker, Mert Lawwill, Jim Rice, David Aldana and Jim Odom. Nichole Mees â runner, wife of Jared, co-promoter of the Lima Half-Mile and future co-promoter of the Springfield Mile â will serve as the weekend’s Grand Marshal, while Tony Lindsay of Santana Fame will sing the national anthem on 9 / 11.
A range of weekend ticket options are available at https://www.etix.com/ticket/v/15860/sacramento-mile, including a discounted weekend package starting at just $ 40. VIP / Turf Club seating including food and prizes are also available in a private area.
Doors will open for fans on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. PT, with opening ceremonies scheduled for 7:45 p.m. ET / 4:45 p.m. PT ahead of Main Event schedules. On Sunday, the doors will open at 10:00 a.m. PT with opening ceremonies set for 5:20 p.m. ET / 2:20 p.m. PT. Live coverage of all weekend running activities will be available on any device for just $ 1.99 per month through TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold.
The Law Tigers Sacramento Mile I & II presented by Knauf Insulation will premiere back-to-back on NBCSN on Sunday, September 26, starting at 11 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. PT, including exclusive features and state-of-the-art aerial drone and in-car footage .