Jared Mees went into the Calistoga Half-Mile expecting to win. After all, he smoked the competition on at the previous American Flat Track round at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park, another clay Half-Mile that suits the Pennsylvania-bred rider just fine. Well, the Indian Motorcycle/Rogers Racing met those expectations in Northern California, taking another dominant victory at Calistoga Speedway.

H-D Calistoga Half Mile
American Flat Track returned to Calistoga Speedway for the first time since 2014 for the Harley-Davidson Calistoga Half-Mile presented by Cycle Gear.Andrea Wilson

"Yeah, it was good," Mees said about his win at Calistoga. "Just was solid as a rock from Semis on. The last qualifier (session) and the first heat race, we weren’t that good. But we made some changes and the track kind of came to us. I knew later on that the track would be really way up my alley."

Jared Mees
Jared Mees dominated the field once again, his second-straight masterclass performance on a clay Half-Mile.Andrea Wilson
Tanner Dean
In the AFT Singles class, it was a fresh face taking top honors. The young Tanner Dean scored his first professional win in just his fourth outing.Andrea Wilson

Up his alley it was, and that dominant win was another blow to his rival, Indian Motorcycle Racing backed by Allstate's Bryan Smith. The win not only extended Mees’ lead in the championship chase to 18 points, but it also carries on Mees’ winning momentum, something that Smith needs to turn back around in his favor. Smith had a better result than his previous two outings, coming just shy of the podium to teammate Brad Baker.

Ahead of Baker running his own race in second was Estenson Racing’s Sammy Halbert. Although Halbert was unable to follow his X Games win with his first win of the year of American Flat Track, Halbert was the best of the rest on the clay, crossing the line 2.7 seconds ahead of Baker.

Kolby Carlile
During the time off between Rolling Wheels and Calistoga, there was some team shuffling with AFT Singles title contender Kolby Carlile being signed by Estenson Racing.Andrea Wilson

While it was no surprise that a multi-Grand National Champion like Mees could dominate on a clay Half-Mile, AFT Singles winner Tanner Dean was a pleasant surprise. The 16-year-old from Washington State hit the ground running at Calistoga, turning heads with a stellar performance of his own in what was only his fourth professional race.

"Yeah, It’s speechless for me... I don’t really know what to say about it," Dean said. "I’m still in shock. I came into this race having no expectations of winning it, but a bunch of people were telling me, 'Top five, top five.' So, I was really contemplating putting my head down, like I always say, and riding my own line and running my own race."

brandon price
On the flip side, Brandon Price—another rising star in the hunt for the championship—is now being backed by Parkinson Brothers Racing, a spot recently vacated by Carlile.Andrea Wilson

The strategy paid off for the Walrath Racing rider, as the new kid in the class stayed calm, cool and collected to collect his first win in the championship over some tough competition - Brandon Price and Kolby Carlile.

Price kept Dean honest the whole time on his new ride, the Parkinson Brothers Racing Honda CRF450R, but Dean hit his marks to relegate Price to second. Not far off in third was Carlile on his new ride, the Estenson Racing Yamaha YZ-F450.

Shayna Texter
AFT Single points leader salvaged a rough night to finish fifth and maintain a healthy 29-point cushion in the title chase.Andrea Wilson
JR Addison
JR Addison impressed as the top qualifier of the day. The privateer racer also finished second behind a strong Brad Baker in the Dash for Cash and their Heat.Andrea Wilson
Brad the Bullet
Baker kept his streak of finishing on the podium in every race he finished (Daytona’s crash and Charlotte’s mechanical are his only black marks), but the 2013 Grand National champ is not satisfied unless it’s a win.Andrea Wilson
Sammy Halbert
Emotions had to be high for the Halbert Family going into the Calistoga Half-Mile—where Jethro Halbert was injured in 2014 and ultimately succumbed to those injuries. In spite of that, Sammy Halbert put on another top on the steps of his big win at the X Games performance to finish behind a strong Mees.Andrea Wilson
Bryan Smith
Bryan Smith finished just outside of the podium in fourth.Andrea Wilson
Jared Mees
Mees heads into the Buffalo Chip TT with an 18-point lead over rival Smith.Andrea Wilson