AMA Flat Track: Thunders Back Into Action at the Sacramento Mile

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AMA Press Release:

When the Sacramento Mile, Round 7 of AMA Pro Flat Track's 2012 AMA Grand National Championship thunders into the Cal Expo Center, Saturday July 28th, race fans will be treated to an unmatched spectacle as riders fly down the Sacramento Mile, pitch their bikes sideways and slide through the turns.

There is no such thing as pacing or figuring out strategy in this type of competition. It is all or nothing...with only one rider emerging victorious.

Not only will this race pit rider against rider, but it will also pit machine against machine. With six races complete, the points are already tight.

Jared Mees currently sits in first with 121 points. Running in second is reigning champion Jake Johnson with 106 points and right behind is Johnny Lewis (Kawasaki) with 97. In fourth is Sammy Halbert with 94.  In fifth is last year's Sacramento Mile winner Bryan Smith with 73 points. Tied for sixth are Matt Weidman and Henry Wiles both with 64. Holding down eighth place with 59 points is Brad Baker, followed by Jeffrey Carver, Jr. with 58.  Rounding out the top ten is Kenny Coolbeth, Jr., who has 57 points.

With six races down this year, there have been six different winners...Johnny Lewis, Matt Weidman, Henry Wiles, Sammy Halbert, Jared Mees and Willie McCoy.

Last year's star-studded AMA Pro Grand National Championship field marked the return of the Sacramento Mile after an absence of over a decade.  A sold out crowd watched in awe as Bryan Smith deftly piloted his Harley-Davidson to victory, taking the Checkered by a margin of just .042 seconds over local hero Chris Carr.

In the AMA Pro Singles division, the action was equally spectacular as California's Mikey Avila and Mike Martin waged war over Pro Singles honors.  Dicing back and forth, the checkered gave Martin the victory with Avila in second. This year, both Avila and Martin have moved up into the Twins class and will be looking to show California fans just how good they are.

However, top riders like 2009 champion Jared Mees, reigning two-time champion (2010 and 2011) Jake Johnson, three time champion Kenny Coolbeth, Jr., (2006, 2007, 2008) Henry Wiles, Sammy Halbert, Brad Baker, Bryan Smith, Johnny Lewis, Matt Weidman and a host of others have different ideas.  Each one is intent on bringing home the victory at the famed Sacramento Mile.

Gates open at 1:30 pm. Riders will run practice in the afternoon with open ceremonies taking place at 6:15 pm.Racing begins at 6:45 pm.  A special autograph session will be held immediately following the last practice.  Fans can meet their favorite riders, take pictures and get autographs.

GNC Combined (After 6 of 16 events)

1     Jared Mees

2     Jake Johnson

3     Johnny Lewis

4     Sammy Halbert

5     Bryan Smith

6     Matt Weidman

7     Henry Wiles

8     Brad Baker

9     Jeffrey Carver Jr.

10     Kenny Coolbeth, Jr.

11     Briar Bauman

12     Jethro Halbert

13     Brandon Robinson

14     JD Beach

15     Willie McCoy

16     Shawn Baer

17     Robert Pearson

18     Steven Bonsey

19     Mikey Rush

20     Daniel Ingram

21     Doug Lawrence

22     Don Taylor

23     Michael Avila

24     Kayl Kolkman

25     Donald Mullen II

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