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CONCORD, N.C. (October 10, 2021) – An epic Progressive American Flat Track season finale was all but guaranteed with the Mission SuperTwins presented by S&S Cycle title on the line. Even still, the Honda Charlotte Half-Mile at the Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., proved more dramatic than anyone could have possibly foreseen.
After the checkered flag dropped and a season’s worth of points were stacked up, the legendary Jared Mees (No. 9 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750) completed his two-year climb to reclaim the Grand National Championship.
Following 15-and-one-half rounds, a titanic Grand National Championship fight took a fateful turn in the blink of an eye. Two-time defending Mission SuperTwins presented by S&S Cycle king Briar Bauman (No. 1 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750) shook free from an early dogfight with Mees to stretch out several bike lengths at the front. The two title contenders would spend the next several minutes in a game of cat-and-mouse, with Bauman managing a gap of just under a second despite Mees’ desperate attempt to eat away at the advantage.
If Bauman held that lead to the checkered flag, he was set to become just the sixth rider in history to win three consecutive Grand National Championships. But that dream became a nightmare when he got loose in the wet section and his machine stood up underneath him.
After nearly pulling off a miraculous save, Bauman ultimately clipped a hay bale and was sent over the bars. His bike then skittered directly into the path of podium contender Sammy Halbert (No. 69 Coolbeth-Nila Racing Indian FTR750), who had nowhere to go and was sent high into the air in a dramatic crash.
After some time, Bauman was able to return to his feet while Halbert was unfortunately unable to continue the race and was transported to be evaluated for injury.
Further proving his worthiness as a champion, Bauman mounted his back-up machine and lined up at the back of the grid for the restart with five minutes plus two laps remaining to decide the title. Unfortunately, his battered body was unable to match his bravery, and after a short stint, Bauman was forced to retire into the pits.
While the title was effectively decided at that point, the race was not. JD Beach (No. 95 Estenson Racing Yamaha MT-07 DT) stepped forward to provide Mees a fierce fight for the win. As the time ticked away, the two were slowly reeled in by Davis Fisher (No. 67 BMC Racing/Dick Wall 60 Indian FTR750) and Jarod Vanderkooi (No. 20 Mission Roof Systems Indian FTR750), who turned it into a four-way scrap as the clock hit 0:00.
With two to go, Beach took his shot, which was skillfully brushed away by Mees.
Fisher, however, took advantage of their tussle, slipping under Beach and then lining up Mees in the year’s final corner. He got underneath the champion-to-be and powered past him as they sprinted to the checkered flag.
The paddock erupted as Fisher hit the stripe 0.114 seconds ahead of Mees to claim his maiden premier class victory. Beach held on for third, followed by Vanderkooi and Brandon Robinson (No. 44 Mission Roof Systems Indian FTR750) to complete the top five.
Fisher said, “Oh man, it was a fight. All season long was a grind, just to stay fit and keep working on the bikes all week long. It feels so good. I even had thoughts to not even come to Charlotte this year. We loaded up the van and left the trailer at home and made the trip. This morning my sponsor said he was glad we came and asked me if I was glad too. I said, ‘I don’t know -- I’ll tell you tonight!’ It feels so good. I’ve got 41 hours to think about it on the way home.”
Future Hall of Famer Mees now boasts the '12, ‘14, ‘15, '17, '18, and ‘21 Grand National Championships, along with the 2009 and 2011 GNC1 Twins Championships and the 2012 GNC1 Singles Championship. He said, “I hand it to Briar. He’s definitely one of the toughest competitors -- if not the toughest competitor -- I’ve ever dealt with.
“The famous saying is you win ‘em any way you can. I don’t know... the hype isn’t there at this very second... but to win these things you have to cross the finish line. Man, he made me step up my game these past few years -- there’s no doubt about that. He’s one tough competitor. We had a little ‘bro-out’ moment back there, and I told him, ‘Hey, you’re gonna heal up and the battle will resume next year.’”
AFT Singles
The AFT Singles finale played out about as tensely as possible considering the situation at hand, but in the end, Dallas Daniels (No. 1 Estenson Racing Yamaha YZ450F) did exactly what he needed to in order to become the class’ first-ever back-to-back champion.
With a 20-point gap separating Daniels from second-ranked Max Whale (No. 18 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 450 SX-FFE), the only way Daniels wouldn’t hold onto the #1 plate was if Whale won and Daniels finished lower than 13th.
While that seemed like an unlikely prospect in theory, it felt a whole lot more realistic once the rubber actually hit the dirt. As the deciding race took shape, Whale put himself up front in an intense battle with Kody Kopp (No. 143 Smartop/Jones Honda/Latus Motors CRF450R) while Daniels cautiously circulated down in 12th on a tricky course that repeatedly demonstrated the capacity to catch riders out without notice.
Adding to the tension, the race was red-flagged late following a Morgen Mischler (No. 13 Mission Roof Systems KTM 450 SX-F) crash. That forced Daniels to navigate the close quarters of a restart, but he actually made up ground in the process, getting away well to slot into a safe sixth.
Whale did all he could, slashing past Kopp to claim his class-leading fifth win of the year. Just behind, Trent Lowe (No. 48 WBR/Suzuki Motor of America RM-Z450) pulled off a spectacular late strike to ace Honda teammates Cole Zabala (No. 51 American Honda/Progressive Insurance CRF450R) and Trevor Brunner (No. 21 American Honda/Progressive Insurance CRF450R) in order to pick up his first podium of ‘21 in his very final attempt.
And then came Daniels, who rolled across the line in sixth to successfully complete his championship defense.
An emotional Daniels fought back the tears as he said, “This championship has been tough -- a lot of ups and downs this season. I can’t thank my team enough. It’s been a hard season and these guys stuck behind me. To make history like this is awesome. It was tough tonight because the track was treacherous. It just means the world to me.”
Race winner and championship runner-up Whale said, “It’s really satisfying. You’re only as good as your last race. You know, it’s awesome to get the win, and I’m super pumped. The team and I worked so hard today. But I’m also bummed because I really wanted to win the championship this year. But that’s how it goes really -- it’s motorcycle racing. Congrats to the whole Estenson team and Dallas -- he rode great all year.”
AFT Production Twins presented by Vance & Hines
The late-season transition of Jesse Janisch (No. 96 Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson XG750R) from the couch to AFT Production Twins presented by Vance & Hines podium contention ended on the top step of the box.
Once regarded primarily as a 450cc TT ace, Janisch proved he more than belonged on a twin after being drafted to sub for the injured Dalton Gauthier (No. 79 D&D Cycles/Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson XG750R). With finishes of second, third, third, and fourth to his name in limited duty, Janisch put the cherry on top with a narrow victory in the finale over Ben Lowe (No. 25 Vance & Hines/Mission Roof Systems Harley-Davidson XG750R).
Janisch said, “It’s insane, right? I didn’t expect it. Honestly, I don’t think anyone really expected it. It’s such an honor to get a chance with such a prestigious team. Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson, they've got the XG750R working amazingly. Like I’ve said before, I think it’s the best bike in the class. And to just get the opportunity is unreal.”
With the class crown already decided in favor of Cory Texter (No. 65 G&G Racing/Yamaha Racing MT-07), Chad Cose (No. 49 Vance & Hines/Ranger/Roof Systems Harley-Davidson XG750R) and Dan Bromley (No. 62 Memphis Shades/Vinson Construction Yamaha MT-07) came into Charlotte set to decide the championship runner-up between them.
Cose was the race’s early leader and Bromley joined Cose, Janisch, and Lowe in a mid-race tilt for first place. Cose ultimately faded to seventh while Bromley rounded out the podium, but the differential still wasn’t quite enough for Bromley to catch Cose for runner-up honors.
Johnny Lewis (No. 10 Moto Anatomy X Powered by Royal Enfield Twins FT) hustled the Royal Enfield to fourth. Meanwhile, class champ Texter added one final top five to a championship-winning season that tallied up seven wins, 11 podiums, and 13 top-fives in 16 races.
The Honda Charlotte Half-Mile will premiere on NBCSN Saturday, October 16, starting at 7:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. PT. It will re-air on Friday, October 22, at 6:00 p.m. ET/3:00 p.m. PT.
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Dick Mann Memorial

A memorial has been announced to honor the legendary racer Dick Mann who passed away at age 86 on April 26, 2021. The Richmond Ramblers Motorcycle Club, which he was a member since his early motorcycling days, are hosting the Memorial and all friends and fans are welcome. It will be held at the Richmond Ramblers Clubhouse at 818 Dornan Drive Point Richmond, CA 94801 CA on Saturday, July 24, 2021, starting at 11:00 a.m. Food and refreshments will be served. Dick had not only been inducted into the Trailblazers Hall of Fame, in 2005 he was the recipient of the club’s highest award, the Dick Hammer Award. He was also inducted in the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 1993, and the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1998. Trailblazers President, Don Emde, will serve as emcee of the Memorial.

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Progressive American Flat Track Unveils 2021 Schedule

2021 Progressive American Flat Track Schedule:
1. March 12: Volusia Half-Mile I - Volusia Speedway, Barberville, FL
2. March 13: Volusia Half-Mile II - Volusia Speedway, Barberville, FL
3. May 1: Atlanta Super TT - Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, GA
4. May 22: Texas Half-Mile - Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, TX
5. May 29: Chicago Half-Mile - Dirt Oval Route 66, Joliet, IL
6. June 18: OKC Mile I - Remington Park, Oklahoma City, OK
7. June 19: OKC Mile II - Remington Park, Oklahoma City, OK
8. June 26: Lima Half-Mile - Allen County Fairgrounds, Lima, OH
9. July 17: DuQuoin Mile - DuQuoin Fairgrounds, DuQuoin, IL
10. July 24: Port Royal Half-Mile - Port Royal Speedway, Port Royal, PA

10 1/2. August 13: New York Short Track - Weedsport Speedway, Weedsport, NY Added Event
11. August 14: New York Short Track - Weedsport Speedway, Weedsport, NY
12. August 21: Peoria TT - Peoria Motorcycle Club, Peoria, IL
13. September 4: Springfield Mile I - Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL
14. September 5: Springfield Mile II - Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL
15. September TBD: TBA Doubleheader I, California
16. September TBD: TBA Doubleheader II, California
17. October 8: Charlotte Half-Mile - Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, NC

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January 21-25, 2020


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August 9, 2019

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August 11, 2019

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2019 Events & Results


Mecom Las Vegas Auction


January 25


Trailblazers Banquet

April 7

Eddies WCDTS Willow Springs

May 4

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May 5

SCFTA Framer Shootout

May 10

AFT Perris National

May 11



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August 9


AFT Sacramento  Mile

August 10

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August 11



2018 Events & Results


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April 7


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June 1

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2017 Events & Results


Trailblazers Banquet


April 22


Lodi - Nite Before The Mile

May 19

Sacramento Mile

May 20

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May 21

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June 1

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June 2


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October 1





2016 Events & Results


MX'ers
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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

SCFTA Round 9 Perris

September 10

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October 1



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October 2

SCFTA Round 10 Perris

October 15

Old School Scrambles

November 20


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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

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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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