American Flat Track Arizona Mile photo gallery
It was a great day of racing at Turf Paradise in Phoenix, Arizona for the second running of the Arizona Mile.Photo: Andrea Wilson

When it comes to the American Flat Track Mile tracks, it's not a question of will Bryan Smith win, but rather who can beat him? At the Arizona Mile, his Indian Motorcycle Racing backed by All State teammate Brad Baker nearly did, coming short of the win by .057 of a second.

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It was a record day for Smith, becoming the first rider to win a Mile on three different motorcycle brands (Harley-Davidson, Kawasaki, Indian). The win also marked his 20th Mile victory and 28th of his career, tying him with the "God Father" of the Michigan Mafia Bart Markel and another Michigan native, Henry Wiles.

“It was pretty cool to win on three different brands on a mile,” Smith said. “Hopefully it proves it wasn’t just the Kawasaki the last three or four years. Tied Bart Markel’s win record… A lot of really cool things. I’m pretty excited about my career.”

2017 American Flat Track Arizona Mile photo gallery, Brad the Bullet Baker and Bryan Smith
The Indian Motorcycle backed by All State teammates – Brad Baker (left) and Bryan Smith (right) – owned the day, winning their respective Heat and Semi races.Photo: Andrea Wilson
American Flat Track Arizona Mile photo gallery
Baker (6) put forward a solid effort to take home his first win of the season, but the champ (1) got him in the end.Photo: Andrea Wilson
American Flat Track Arizona Mile photo gallery: Shayna Texter
Shayna Texter got the win she was waiting for.Photo: Andrea Wilson

Joining Smith on the podium was Rogers Racing Indian Motorcycle’s Jared Mees, making it another Indian Wrecking Crew sweep.

In the AFT Singles class it was another thrilling win for a Mile-specialist – Shayna Texter. But for Texter it was less about records and more about getting back to winning. The Richie Morris Racing rider has had some rough years absent of wins, so it was a huge boost for Texter to end that drought.

American Flat Track Arizona Mile photo gallery
Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track team’s Jake Johnson was looking to score a top five result before a big crash that brought out one of the three red flags during the AFT Twins Main. Johnson was sore, but unhurt.Photo: Andrea Wilson
Flat track champion Henry Wiles
Henry Wiles (pictured), Smith and Bart Markel are tied for 10th on the all-time Grand National Championship win list.Photo: Andrea Wilson
American Flat Track Arizona Mile photo gallery
Jeffrey Carver, Jr. kept Smith honest in the Semi, finishing second.Photo: Andrea Wilson
American Flat Track Arizona Mile photo gallery
Although he wanted the win, the second-place finish in the AFT Singles Main was a boost for Tristan Avery (16) after having a rough start to the season.Photo: Andrea Wilson

“It’s been a long time since I’ve won,” Texter said. “It’s been a couple years, and like I said, it’s been a rough couple years. It’s a huge step in the right direction to get back on track for myself. It’s rewarding to the team to reward them and show them that all of their hard work is paying off.”

Trailing Texter by a mere .041 of a second was Ron Ayers’ Tristan Avery, followed by Don Kawasaki/DPC Racing’s Brandon Price.

American Flat Track Arizona Mile photo gallery
Brandon Price backed up his first podium in Charlotte with another one in Phoenix.Photo: Andrea Wilson
American Flat Track Arizona Mile photo gallery
Smith’s rival Jared Mees had shifter issues, but still managed a third place finish to make it an Indian Wrecking Crew sweep of the AFT Twins podium.Photo: Andrea Wilson
American Flat Track Arizona Mile photo gallery
Smith looks to add another Mile win to his resume at the Sacramento Mile next weekend.Photo: Andrea Wilson
American Flat Track Arizona Mile photo gallery
It was another hot one in the desert, but the track held up much better this year.Photo: Andrea Wilson
American Flat Track Arizona Mile photo gallery
Smith (left) and Mees (right) head to Sacramento tied in points. Who will come out on top?Photo: Andrea Wilson