When it comes to race paddocks, amateur or professional, the scene playing out today is not unusual. It’s a couple of weeks since the previous race, so wives and girlfriends are standing in groups of three and four making small talk before the action starts. What is different today, under another perfect blue sky in Pomona, California, is the fact that one of the wives, Nichole Mees, is waiting to race herself. Her husband, Jared Mees, goes into this last day of a 16-round AMA Pro Flat Track season leading the championship. It’ll be his second if he’s successful.