Goodwin Racing’s Steven Bonsey put in his best performance of the season at the AMA Pro Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship presented by Motorcycle-Superstore.com and Lucas Oil event at Tucson International Raceway, taking first in the GNC Expert Twins Half-Mile as he crossed the line one second ahead of Crosley Radio’s Bryan Smith. South East Harley’s Sammy Halbert rounded out the podium after almost tracking down Smith in the final lap.
Bonsey started from pole position, winning Heat 1 and the GNC Twins Dash for Cash, but the holeshot went to Zanotti Racing’s Jake Johnson. Before the end of the first lap though, Bonsey had regained the lead, which he held to the finish.
“I came out and did it in front of the Arizona fans here tonight,” said Bonsey. “My first victory was in California and luckily my second one came here in front of you guys. From start to finish, I felt good the whole race and I have to thank my guys for giving me this great opportunity.”
Smith soon slotted into second and remained there nearly uncontested. On the final lap though, Halbert picked up his pace and began to pressure Smith for second but was unable to move past as Smith powered down the final front-stretch. Halbert ended up finishing 0.031 back in third. Rogers Racing’s Jared Mees took fourth with Dodge Bros Racing’s Brad Baker rounding out the top five. Johnson took sixth ahead of Memphis Shades’ Robert Pearson while Foremost Insurance’s Henry Wiles finished the night in eighth.
Bonsey has had difficulty placing inside the top-10 this season in Expert Twins and currently sits 11th in overall points. Johnson continues to lead, but only by three over Halbert and four over Smith, who are second and third respectively. Mees continues to hold the lead in GNC Combined points, though Halbert is coming closer to that mark as well, now 12 points behind with one race remaining at Pomona. Johnson sits a further eight points back in third in overall Combined points.
AMA Pro Expert Twins Tucson Half-Mile Results 2012:
1. Steven Bonsey (Harley-Davidson)
2. Bryan Smith (Harley-Davidson)
3. Sammy Halbert (Harley-Davidson)
4. Jared Mees (Harley-Davidson)
5. Brad Baker (Harley-Davidson)
6. Jake Johnson (Harley-Davidson)
7. Robert Pearson (Harley-Davidson)
8. Henry Wiles (Ducati)
9. Doug Lawrence (Harley-Davidson)
10. Matt Weidman (Kawasaki)
11. Kenny Coolbeth Jr. (Harley-Davidson)
12. Brandon Robinson (Kawasaki)
13. Michael Martin (Triumph)
14. Jethro Halbert (Kawasaki)
15. Kayl Kolkman (Harley-Davidson)
AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com Pro Singles
DFW Honda’s Shayna Texter came through with the AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com Pro Singles win in Tucson, Arizona on Saturday night, marking her third race win of the season. She beat out 831 Pinnit’s Rodney Spencer Jr. by 0.131 in a tight battle for the lead. Kirland Racing’s Wyatt Maguire finished the day in third.
Texter opened the main event in pole position and held the lead through the early laps. Spencer Jr. got past Texter on Lap 12 and appeared to have the win locked bu in the final turn of the final lap Texter hit the throttle hard and ran past Spencer Jr. for the win.
“I have a lot of fans here and I want to give a shout out to them,” said Texter. “I also want to thank my team and sponsors; this was a big win for us.”
Current Pro Singles points leader Stephen Vanderkuur of Parkinson Brothers Racing finished in fourth, followed by SM Racing’s Ryan Kearns in fifth. Montgomeryville Cycle Center’s Jake Shoemaker fought for sixth with Weirbach Racing’s Dominic Colindres trailing in seventh and Highs Dairy Stores’ Jason Isennock coming in eighth.
Vanderkuur remains the points leader with an advantage of 13 over Shoemaker. Isennock holds to third overall, followed by Colindres in fourth and Texter in fifth. There is just one round remaining in the 2012 season, the AMA Pro Flat Track Finals at the Pomona Half-Mile in Los Angeles, which is set to take place October 13, 2012.
AMA Pro Singles Tucson Half-Mile Results 2012:
1. Shayna Texter (Honda)
2. Rodney Spencer Jr. (Honda)
3. Wyatt Maguire (Yamaha)
4. Stephen Vanderkuur (Honda)
5. Ryan Kearns (Honda)
6. Jake Shoemaker (Honda)
7. Dominic Colindres (Honda)
8. Jason Isennock (Honda)
9. Dustin Cassidy (Kawasaki)
10. James Monaco (Honda)
11. Ryan Foster (Honda)
12. Nick Armstrong (Suzuki)
13. Cole Anderson (Honda)
14. Aaron Colton (Honda)
15. Austin Scaggs (Honda)