AMA Flat Track Lima Results

June 30, 2009
Chris McNeil
AMA Flat Track

Round 3 of the AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Twins Championship brought the riders to Lima, Ohio for what turned into an heated race between Michigan neighbors Jared Mees and Bryan Smith and seven-time AMA Grand National Champion Chris Carr. Blue Springs Screamin Eagle’s Mees took the holeshot and led until lap 6, when the Lancaster Harley-Davidson backed Carr overtook the frontrunner. Mees reclaimed the lead on lap 14 after exchanging places a number of times with Carr. Harley-Davidson equipped Smith then passed Carr and tracked down Mees, leading the last three laps of the race to take his first “official” win of the season (after his Springfield victory was stripped due to a fuel infraction).

“It’s great to finally get a win here in Lima because it’s so close to my home,” remarked Smith on the victory. “The Moroney’s crew put me on another great Harley-Davidson, and I survived that last-lap banging with Jared. This was just great racing tonight.”

Sammy Halbert, Matt Weidman, and JR Schanbel all made late race charges and relegated Carr to sixth-place.

AMA Pro Racing Grand National Twins Results
1. Bryan Smith (H-D)
2. Jared Mees (H-D)
3. Sammy Halbert (H-D)
4. Matt Weidman (H-D)
5. JR Schnabel (H-D)
6. Chris Carr (H-D)
7. Shaun Russell (H-D)
8. Brandan Bergen (H-D)
9. Ricky Marshall (H-D)
10. Jake Johnson (H-D)
11. Joe Kopp (H-D)
12. Bryan Bigelow (H-D)
13. Dan Gedeon (H-D)
14. Dustin Crow (H-D)
15. Kenny Coolbeth (H-D)
16. Ion Stear (Suz)
17. Joe Hartrich (H-D)
18. Don Taylor (H-D)

A three-way race between the Honda riders Stephan Vanderkuur, James Rispoli, and Zack Palmer dominated the action in AMA Pro Racing Pro Singles race. Vanderkuur lost an early advantage to Rispoli and Palmer, who exchanged places at the front for nine laps before the Davidson, Michigan resident overtook both to reclaim the lead for good. Palmer managed to out-gun Rispoli to claim second.

AMA Pro Racing Pro Singles Results
1. Stephen Vanderkuur (Hon)
2. Zach Palmer (Hon)
3. James Rispoli (Hon)
4. Kurtis Lee (Hon)
5. Chaz Springsteen (Hon)
6. Shayna Texter (Suz)
7. Jeff Carver (Yam)
8. Brad Baker (Hon)
9. Jeremy Higgins (Hon)
10. Michael LaBelle (Yam)
11. Coy Matthews (Hon)
12. JD Beach (Hon)
13. Tyler Pitman (Hon)
14. Corey Crawford (Hon)
15. Kayl Kolkman (Hon)
16. William Cato (Hon)
17. Kyle Goughenour (Hon)
18. John Long (Suz)