Henry Wiles made an aggressive pass for the lead on lap 17 and checked out to win by more than four seconds and claim his 25th career victory. Watching the Kawasaki rider use the outside berm in the right-hander to make passes was impressive. Most of Wiles' wins have come on TTs, but this was his first victory at Castle Rock.
Mikey Rush won his heat race, Dash for Cash, and led most of the main event before Wiles made a pass for the lead. Rush held on to finish second.
Washington native Brad Baker was third in the Expert main event, earning his first podium of the season. It's been a sub-par year thus far for Brad, so it was cool to see one of my good friends get a solid result at his home track.
Initially the track was supposed to have two jumps, but the last jump before the start/finish line was taken out before practice. I talked to AMA Pro Racing's Director of Flat Track Dan Johnsen before practice, and he said the biggest reason for the change was safety. Most riders were bummed because the test day two weeks ago featured both jumps.