Henry Wiles won a wire-to-wire victory at Gas City ahead of the field and was never seriously pressured during the race.
Round 6 of the AMA Pro K&N Filters Grand National Championship rolled into Gas City, Indiana this weekend under perfect weather conditions. Making it two Singles wins in a row was the defending Singles Grand National Champion Henry Wiles who stayed in the lead after Canadian rider Don Taylor fell in Turn 1, causing a red flag and a restart. The Monster Energy Kawasaki
rider was never really pressured at any point in the race despite mistakes along the way.
"It was kind of a cat and mouse game," said Wiles. "I was looking for a good line and every time I thought I had one, I'd slip. Fortunately they were following me and were never able to take advantage."
One of Wiles’ only challengers was Harley-Davidson
/ Moto Concepts Honda
’s Joe Kopp, but after the restart a battle with Lucas oils' Jared Mees saw Kopp drop back and lose ground on the leader. Meanwhile, Mees tried to put up a fight against Wiles and get around him but was never able to.
Kopp and the two frontrunners began pulling away as an intense battle broke out for fourth-place. Stratton Racing/Snedeker Racing's Rob Pearson managed to put up a good defense to fend off brothers Jethro and Sammy Halbert, who had to settle for fifth and sixth respectively after the feud. Also adding to the mix was Brandon Robinson on his Action Motorsports / Lancaster Harley-Davidson-supported Suzuki
, taking seventh by just four-tenths of a second.
Honda's Kenny Coolbeth salvaged an eighth-place finish ahead of Motorsports / Yeager's Cycle's Dave Burks, who was wheel to wheel with Coolbeth near the end. Honda’s Chris Carr rounded out the top-10 finishers after he maneuvered around Taylor as he fell during the first half of the race.
In addition to taking the GNC Singles victory Wiles also captured the four-lap Dash for Cash event, earning five points and taking home $1000.
2010 AMA Flat Track GNC Singles Gas City Results:
1. Henry Wiles (Kawasaki)
2. Jared Mees (Honda)
3. Joe Kopp (Honda)
4. Robert Pearson (Yamaha)
5. Jethro Halbert (Yamaha)
Jared Mees took second at Gas City behind Henry Wiles after making the pass on Joe Kopp.
6. Sammy Halbert (Yamaha)
7. Brandon Robinson (Suzuki)
8. Kenny Coolbeth Jr. (Honda)
9. Michael Kirkness (Suzuki)
10. Chris Carr (Honda)
2010 AMA Flat Track Grand National Championship Points:
1. Joe Kopp, 118
2. Jake Johnson, 104
3. Henry Wiles, 101
4. Jared Mees, 100
5. Sammy Halbert, 93
6. Kenny Coolbeth Jr., 93
7. Bryan Smith, 57
8. Johnny Lewis, 53
9. Chris Carr, 52
10. Robert Pearson, 45
Jeffery Carver (center) took the win the the Pro Singles class followed by James Rispoli (right) and Brian Tapp (left).
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Pro Singles Main event Vans Yamaha
’s Jeffery Carver took the win. After taking the lead from Brad Baker on Lap 3, Carver generated a significant lead over the rest of the field. In second-place Baker was quickly run down by James Rispoli, and after exchanging places multiple times Rispoli was able to end in second.
Baker's race never reached the checkers as he crashed out on the final lap. As a result third-place was given to Woody Kyle Racing’s Brian Tapp. Rounding out the top-five were Jake Shoemaker of Montgomeryville Cycle Suzuki and TLC Racing's Zakk Palmer.
Currently running away with the Pro Singles Championship is Carver who holds a 34-point advantage over Rispoli in second and Baker just behind in third.
2010 AMA Flat Track Pro Singles Gas City Results:
1. Jeffrey Carver Jr. (Yamaha)
2. James Rispoli (Honda)
3. Brian Tapp (Honda)
4. Jake Shoemaker (Suzuki)
James Rispoli (#71B) and Brad Baker (#1) exchanged positions multiple times throughout the race with Baker eventually crashing out and handing second-place to Rispoli.
5. Zakk Palmer (Honda)
6. Michael Martin (Honda)
7. Adam Bushman (Honda)
8. Dalton Bell (Honda)
9. Gerit Callies (Honda)
10. Michael Avila (Honda)
2010 AMA Flat Track Pro Singles Championship Points:
1. Jeffrey Carver Jr., 118
2. James Rispoli, 84
3. Brad Baker, 83
4. J. D. Beach, 72
5. Michael Avila, 71
6. Michael Martin, 53
7. Michael LaBelle, 40
8. Chaz Springsteen, 33
9. Jake Shoemaker, 32
10. Stephen Vanderkuur, 31