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American Flat Track Heads to Springfield for a Memorial Day Doubleheader

The Springfield TT returns the night before the Harley-Davidson Sprinfield Mile I

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 24, 2017) – American Flat Track travels to the hallowed grounds of the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ill., for a doubleheader on Memorial Day Weekend, May 27-28. Saturday evening will feature the return of the Springfield TT following a four-year absence with the rising stars of the AFT Singles class taking center stage. The following afternoon the AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines will be in the spotlight, as the action moves to the big track for the Harley-Davidson Springfield Mile I.
Sunday’s Harley-Davidson Springfield Mile I will mark the 84th main event held at the Mile circuit since the Grand National Championship was formalized in 1954. Over the decades, five different makes (Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, BSA, Triumph) have claimed victories on the Mile, but the weapon of choice for top contenders has been Harley-Davidson, with the American marque topping the podium in 61 out of 83 attempts.
This year, the Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Team is led by veteran Kenny Coolbeth (No. 2 Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Team XG750R), a five-time winner of the Springfield Mile including a victorious performance in the most recent running of the race last September. Additionally, his teammates, Jake Johnson (No. 5 Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Team XG750R) and Brandon Robinson (No. 44 Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Team XG750R), each rank as two-time winners of the Springfield Mile themselves.
Meanwhile, there's little debate over who stands as the favorite heading into the weekend.
As the series hits the halfway point on its tour of five Miles in six weeks, ‘Mile Specialist’ Bryan Smith (No. 1 Indian Motorcycle Racing backed by Allstate Scout FTR750) arrives in Springfield with the AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines points lead on the strength of three consecutive wins, including back-to-back Mile victories.
Don't look for him to slow down any this weekend; Smith has proven himself a master of the Springfield Mile time and again, with an awe-inspiring seven previous triumphs in the prestigious race.
"It's pretty simple really – I want to keep winning," Smith said. "Springfield's another place where I feel right at home.  And I think we can make some tweaks to my bike for Springfield that will make it even better so that we can take home another 'W'."
However, it would be a mistake to underestimate the challenge that stands before him if he hopes to increase that tally to eight. A combined 0.082 of a second is all that separates Smith's Arizona Mile and Sacramento Mile triumphs from a pair of runner-ups (and just 0.642 of a second from two third-place finishes).
The Indian Wrecking Crew has dismantled the competition at the Miles in recent weeks, logging a pair of runaway podium sweeps. While Smith has emerged on top thanks to some nifty late-race maneuvering, expect Jared Mees (No. 9 Indian Motorcycle Rogers Racing Scout FTR750) and Brad Baker (No. 6 Indian Motorcycle Racing backed by Allstate Scout FTR750) to come to Springfield ready with revised tactics.
Mees is a former Springfield Mile winner himself, while Baker has shown more pace than any other rider as of late, and he's desperate to finally secure his first win aboard the Scout FTR750.
Mees said, "I'm looking forward to the Springfield Mile and ending Bryan's three-race win streak… and starting a new one up again of my own. Sacramento was some good racing, but I think Springfield allows the riders to move around some in the corners. It should be another good show."
While the Indian Wrecking Crew has garnered 13 of a possible 15 podiums on the season, Sammy Halbert (No. 69 Estenson Logistics Yamaha FZ-07) splits them in the championship order in third place. Halbert has shown himself a consistent presence near the front all season long and would love to serve up an upset this weekend.
Meanwhile, young gun Jarod Vanderkooi (No. 20 Richie Morris Racing Kawasaki Ninja 650) continues to rank in the top five with another solid top-ten run last weekend in Sacramento.
Complementing the program Sunday on the Mile is the Harley-Davidson Support Class, an exhibition race designed to allow up-and-coming riders a chance to cut their teeth on the legendary Mile aboard Harley-Davidson motorcycles.
AFT Singles return to the Springfield TT
The history of the Springfield TT glitters with memorable performances by the likes of Henry Wiles, Jake Johnson, and JR Schnabel, among others. However, perhaps the standout of them all belongs to the late Nicky Hayden. Hayden, who tragically passed away earlier this week following a cycling accident, won the 2002 Springfield TT and was joined on the podium by brothers Tommy and Roger, who finished second and third, respectively.
Shayna Texter (No. 52 Richie Morris Racing Honda CRF450R) enters this year's Springfield TT with a healthy 17-point advantage in the AFT Singles title fight. She does so following four consecutive podium results, including back-to-back wins at the recent Arizona and Sacramento Miles.
However, swapping the high-speed sliding and drafting tactics of the Miles for the chicanes, tight rights, and jumps of a TT could leave Texter vulnerable this weekend. She is the first to admit that the TT is her weakest discipline, and her points advantage may be in jeopardy. Simply advancing to the Main would be considered a personal triumph for Texter.
Kolby Carlile (No. 36 Parkinson Brothers Racing Honda CRF450R) could be well poised to strike. Showing a nice blend of all-around skills in 2017, Carlile has finished no worse than seventh this season, including a podium finish at the season-opening DAYTONA TT. As a result, he's currently second in the standings and in strong position to steal the points lead with another big outing.
Sitting third in the point standings and looking for his first win is Brandon Price (No. 92 DPC Racing/Don's Kawasaki KX450F). DAYTONA TT best qualifier, lap leader, and race runner-up Wyatt Anderson (No. 120 Waters Autobody Racing KTM 450 SX-F) is another rider to keep an eye on in the Springfield TT this weekend.
Exclusive Entertainment
In addition to the on-track activities, Hall's Harley-Davidson will be hosting a pre-race kickoff party featuring the "wall of death stunt show" on both Friday and Saturday. They will also have live music with food & beverage vendors and free admission to the show. Also on Friday night, local favorite Boon's Saloon will be hosting a car/bike show and pre-race party.
On-track action begins on Saturday, May 27, with AFT Singles practice sessions for the Springfield TT at 2:00 p.m. CT (3:00 p.m. ET) with Opening Ceremonies commencing at 6:30 p.m. CT (7:30 p.m. ET) (4:30 p.m. PT). AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines practice for the Harley-Davidson Springfield Mile I will kick off on Sunday, May 28, at 10:00 a.m. CT (11:00 a.m. ET) followed by Opening Ceremonies at 1:00 p.m. (2:00 p.m. ET) (noon PT).
Tickets for the Harley-Davidson Springfield Mile I are now on sale and can be purchased at https://www.springfieldmile.org/.
Catch all the Action on NBCSN and FansChoice.tv
As part of American Flat Track’s television broadcast package with NBCSN, the cable network will air the Springfield Mile I in a primetime telecast in early August. The one-hour show will feature flag-to-flag coverage of both Main Events along with exclusive features giving fans a behind-the-scenes window into the sport. The complete television schedule for American Flat Track on NBCSN will be released in the coming weeks.
Live streaming coverage of every second from the Springfield TT and H-D Springfield Mile I can be viewed on FansChoice.tv at www.fanschoice.tv/watch-live/american-flat-track.
How to Watch:
NBCSN and FansChoice.tv are the official homes for coverage of American Flat Track events. All 18 rounds, from the season-opening DAYTONA TT to the American Flat Track Finals in Southern California, will air in one-hour, tape-delayed telecasts on Thursday nights throughout the summer and fall on NBCSN, while FansChoice.tv provides live streaming coverage of American Flat Track events. FansChoice.tv also provides coverage of IMSA's development and single-make series, and NASCAR's touring and weekly series. Catch all the action at http://www.nbcsports.com/ and http://www.FansChoice.tv.
About American Flat Track:
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 American Flat Track, please visit http://www.americanflattrack.com, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, live stream the events at FansChoice.tv and catch all the American Flat Track racing action on NBCSN.

American Flat Track Community Mourns The Loss Of Nicky Hayden

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 22, 2017) - The American Flat Track community is left in mourning following the tragic passing of American motorcycle racing legend Nicky Hayden and sends heartfelt condolences to the Hayden family.

Nicky's breakout year came in 1999, when he took home his first victory in the Grand National Championship at the Hagerstown Half-Mile and was bestowed American Flat Track Rookie of the Year honors. That same year, as a privateer, he won the AMA Supersport championship and was subsequently named the AMA's Athlete of the Year.

Over the next three seasons, Nicky perfected his craft on American dirt tracks and road courses, grabbing five more GNC victories and winning the DAYTONA 200 en route to capturing the 2002 AMA Superbike championship. In 2003, after dominating the American motorcycle racing scene, Honda tapped the rising star to join the elite Repsol Honda team in MotoGP. At 22 years old, the Kentucky Kid was introduced to the world, and his warm personality, smooth style and Southern charm quickly resonated with fans across the globe.

Four short years later, Nicky's dreams were realized when the American prodigy captured the Grand Prix World Championship in dramatic fashion, cementing his legacy as the best American motorcycle racer of his generation.

Bryan Smith Scores Seventh Straight Win At The Sacramento Mile

Shayna Texter earns back-to-back wins in AFT Singles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (May 20, 2017) – The massive crowd of American Flat Track fans who flooded the Cal Expo Fairgrounds for the Harley-Davidson Sacramento Mile presented by Cycle Gear witnessed both a rider and a manufacturer in action at the height of their powers.

Once again, Bryan Smith demonstrated his mastery of the Mile with a tactically brilliant victory aboard his No. 1 Indian Motorcycle Racing backed by Allstate Scout FTR750.

And in doing so, the reigning Grand National Champion not only extended Indian's 2017 win streak, he led the third Indian Motorcycle Racing podium sweep this season in AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines competition.

Smith and his fellow members of the Indian Wrecking Crew, Jared Mees (No. 9 Indian Motorcycle Rogers Racing Scout FTR750) and Brad Baker (No. 6 Indian Motorcycle Racing backed by Allstate Scout FTR750), were again in a class of their own on Saturday night.

Almost immediately, the Indian-mounted teammate/rivals ripped away from the rest of the Main Event field. They then waged an intra-team battle that alternately required pace, patience, slipstreaming and strategy for practically the entirety of the 25-mile distance.

While all three took their turns at the front, Baker appeared to be in control, even pulling a small gap as he sailed past the white flag. However, that was only an illusion, as Smith leapt past Mees to slot into second on the final trip down the back straight, and then blasted past Baker once they hit the front straight to steal away the win as they raced to the checkered flag.

Mees followed in Smith's wake to tow past Baker as well, transforming what had seemed a likely win for Baker into a third-place run in just fractions of a secon

Smith's victory came by a minuscule 0.025-second margin over Mees, with Baker a further 0.05 seconds adrift in third. The win was Smith's seventh in succession at the Sacramento Mile, and his third in a row this season.

After securing sole possession of the championship lead, Smith said, "I played my cards just right. I sat back there, saved my tire, and went hard the last couple laps. That pace Brad set was pretty hard, and I didn't know if the tires would hold up, so I just cruised back in third. I saw 'five to go' and wanted to inch up there. I led it there for a minute with three to go and knew I wanted to be back (in third). I was a sitting duck. So I waited to the last lap to make my move and fortunately drafted Brad. I'm so happy to get seven in a row in front of this great crowd in Sacramento. This place is definitely special to me"

Speaking for the field, the fans in the grandstands, and motorcycle racing fans around the world, Smith added, "We're all thinking about Nicky Hayden. That one's for him. Get well, buddy – we'll be seeing ya."

While he got pushed out of at least a share of the championship lead for the first time this season, Mees did manage to maintain his perfect 2017 podium streak with his runner-up result in Sacramento. And encouragingly, for the second consecutive weekend he showed the speed to push the likes of Smith and Baker right to the brink around a big track.

Mees said, "I've got to give a big shout out to my team. We were a little off in the Semi and Bryan really put it to us. In the Main Event, we turned things upside down, and we were able to be a player rather than just hanging on.

"It was a good race, and it's great to get another Indian sweep with these guys. It stinks getting second, especially to a guy you're battling in points, but it's great for Indian Motorcycles. I'm honored to be a part of it. You can't complain about seconds and thirds – we'll get some wins, that’s for sure."

Baker was again left with a bitter taste in his mouth following an otherwise stellar performance, especially after practically tasting his first Scout FTR750-mounted victory

"I didn't know if I was controlling the race, or if I was just the mouse getting chased," Baker said. "It turns out I was just the mouse getting chased. Great job to Jared and Bryan.

"It kind of sucks, getting second and third over and over again, especially at these Miles where I want to win so badly… Jared and Bryan just had a little bit better strategy there at the end. I led over the stripe so many times, I thought I might be able to get there on the last one. But I guess I just spun it up a little bit too much and let those guys squeak on by."

Sammy Halbert (No. 69 Estenson Logistics Yamaha FZ-07) tracked down a quick-starting Jeffrey Carver Jr. (No. 23 Carver’s BBQ Kawasaki Ninja 650) and then proceeded to outduel him over the Main Event's second half to snatch away fourth place by a narrow 0.050 seconds.

Texter Scores Second Straight AFT Singles W

While it took Richie Morris Racing's Shayna Texter almost four seasons to claim her seventh career AFT Singles victory, it took just an additional week to earn her eighth.

Texter won out in a thrilling battle that saw her and Tristan Avery (No. 16 Ron Ayers Honda CRF450R) run down early leader Kevin Stollings (No. 99 Ben Evans Honda CRF450R), who had built a sizable early advantage.

Once together on track, the three traded haymakers, including a memorable sequence in which Texter split her rivals as they momentarily ran three abreast before she emerged from third in first with just two laps remaining.

The final lap required that Texter pull one final rabbit out of her helmet. She launched the No. 52 Richie Morris Racing Honda CRF450R off the final corner and shot past Avery to claim the checkered flag by 0.065 seconds.

Stollings, who led the bulk of the race, ended up third, 0.170 seconds off the win.

Asked about her strategy, Texter admitted, "I really wasn't thinking; I was just trying to get up to the front and stay there. It took a long time to catch Kevin. He was riding his butt off and he was really strong in the corners and I kept spinning it up. It seemed like I caught Stollings, and then Tristan came out of nowhere.

"I knew that I could do it if I could get out there and make my marks right, but honestly, this Mile racing is a little bit of a gamble and luck. You just have to be in the right spot at the right time. I saw Tristan spun it a little bit coming out of four, and I just tried to do the opposite. I was able to get a nice drive off of him, and it was enough to hold off Stollings."

Lodi - Nite before the Mile

Sammy honored Dominic Colindres, who won last years race, by running Dominic's number.

Scotty interviews riders for Fans Choice TV

Trailblazers 73th Annual Banquet
Held at the Carson Events Center, Carson, California
April 22th, 2017

Banquet Photos         Bike Show Photos          Trailblazers web site        VFT Trailblazers index page


Kathy, with help from their many friends, will continue to operate the museum.

The First Annual Memorial Open House will be held May 21st, 2017.

Call Kathy at 559 291-2242 to make an appointment to see the museum.

Photos of Vintage MX bikes

Roy Rodgers Ranch

Vintage Scrambles

Victorville, California

November 20, 2016



September 10th, 2016, Perris California, Perris Raceway, Round 9

Photos and text by Rodney Rutherford   Part 2

Results, story and photos Part 2

Results, story and photos - Part 1

Fall Classic at Willow Springs

Ramspur Winerys contributed $15,000 to the weekends Dash for Cash and

Specialty Fabrications, Inc contributed $35,000 for the Pro Purse

Saturday Willow Springs Photos and Results         Sunday Willow Springs Photos and Results

    September 10th, 2016, Perris California, Perris Raceway, Round 9

    Photos and text by Rodney Rutherford

    Results, story and photos

    August 5, 2016, Perris California, Perris Raceway, Round 8

    Photos and text by Rodney Rutherford

    Photos, story and results

    http://www.amaft79.com/dominic-colindres-fund.html          http://fusionrw.com/item/dominic-colindres-suppor-t-shirt


     I found this photo sequence I took a few years ago of Brandon Bergen at Willow.

    Photos page

    Tire information on Mitas, Maxxis, Golden and Dunlop

    Tire Information


    Stevie Bonsey was in a crash Sunday May 29th at the Springfield Mile. He broke a vertebrae and is currently in a halo neck brace.

    He will be out for at least eight to ten weeks. We are all wishing him a speedy recovery.

    We are looking to raise funds to help him cover his general expenses during this time.


    FundRazr GNC #80 Stevie Bonsey Injury Fund

    July 16th, 2016, Perris California, Perris Raceway,

     Southern California Flat Track Association's Round 7

    Photos and results SCFTA Round 7

    Lodi Nite Before the Mile

    Dominic Colindres - Quick time and track record.  1st in heat, way back in Dash, but smoked the Main.

    Colindres said he put a new tire on for the dash nd upped the pressure.

    For the main he went back to a baldie!

    Photos and result for all class's


    Trailblazers 72th Annual Banquet
    Held at the Carson Events Center, Carson, California
    April 23th, 2016


    Banquet Page               Tom Cates Bike Show

    Jethro Halbert Racing Tee shirt orders are coming in! Get yours NOW! All funds go to a great cause, the Caleb Halbert

     trust fund! Shirts are $25 including FREE shipping to USA. Click the link below to order yours!  A big thanks to 

    RK Stratman for the tshirts! A great family and company full of kind-hearted professionals!

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    Added new Street Trackers

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    Greg Owen Interviews

     http://www.youtube.com/ Jim McMurren

    http://www.youtube.com/ Dan Rouit

    Don LaRue's New Web Site of National Numbers


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    Old VFT Photos from home page

    2016 Events & Results

    at Perris

    January 24

    SCFTA Round 1 Perris

    February 13

    SCFTA Round 2 Perris

    March 12

    Trailblazers Banquet

    April 23

    SCFTA Round 3 Perris

    April 23

    SCFTA Round 4 Perris

    May 14

    SCFTA Round 5 Perris

    May 15

    Lodi - Nite Before the mile

    May 20

    SCFTA Round 6 Perris

    June 4

    SCFTA Round 7 Perris

    July 16

    SCFTA Round 8 Perris

    August 6


    2015 Events & Results

    Del Mar Short Track

    February 14

     SCFTA Round 1 Perris

    March 28

    Trailblazers Banquet

    April 11

     SCFTA Round 2 Perris

    April 18

    SCFTA Round 4 Perris

    May 15

    Cal Expo GNC

    May 30

    Cal Expo CFTA Vintage - Amature

    May 31

    SCFTA Round 5 Perris

    June 20

    SCFTA Round 7 Perris

    July 25
    SCFTA Round 8 Perris

    August 15
    SCFTA Round 10 Perris

    October 10

    SCFTA Round 11 Perris

    November 14

    AMA National - Las Vegas

    November 20
     Joe Kopp race report from Las Vegas

    November 20

    Nicky At Perris

    February 13

    Bultaco Astro Cup

    September 5


    2014 Events & Results

    SCFTA Round 1 Perris

    February 15

    SCFTA Round 3 Perris

    March 15

    San Jose Indoor

    March 29

    Trailblazers Banquet

    April 5

    SCFTA Round 4 Perris

    April 5th

    SCFTA Round 5 Perris

    May 17

    SCFTA   Round 7 Perris

    July 26

    Cal Expo GNC

    July 26

    Castle Rock

    August 1

    Castle Rock

    August 2

    Castle Rock

    August 2

    SCFTA   Round 8 Perris

    August 23

    SCFTA   Round 10 Perris

    October 10
    Speedway -World Championship

    October 11
    SCFTA   Round 11 Perris

    November 8

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