You don't have four titles in American Flat Track's Twins class by being a quitter. And there's no point for Jared Mees to start now. Especially when the Indian Motorcycle Roger's Racing rider is in the midst of yet another close battle with rival Bryan Smith for the Grand National Championship.

2017 Oklahoma Mile flat track race
It was another weekend of great racing and a sold out crowd for the eighth round of American Flat Track at Remington Park in Oklahoma City.Photo: Andrea Wilson
Ronnie Jones and his old Honda RS750
OKC Mile Co-Grand Marshall and Oklahoma native Ronnie Jones broke out his old Honda RS750.Photo: Andrea Wilson

On Saturday night Remington Park in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the battle for top honors at the OKC Mile came down between Mees and Smith’s Indian Motorcycle Racing backed by All State teammate Brad Baker. At first it looked like Baker was going to smoke the competition with a healthy lead, but Mees put his head down and knocked down the laps to get right back in the game when Baker’s rhythm was interrupted in lapped traffic.

Jared Mees at OKC Mile
It was an important win for Jared Mees (9), taking his second-straight Mile win from Mile specialist and championship rival Bryan Smith.Photo: Andrea Wilson
Brad The Bullet Baker
Brad Baker was on top form at Remington Park, taking the win in both his Heat and Semi.Photo: Andrea Wilson

“I got a crappy start, terrible start,” Mees said. “I got by Sammy and then I just was like, damn, man. Bryan’s out there and Brad’s way out there. Finally I got by him (Bryan), and I went, ‘Man, I don’t know if I can get Brad.’ I just kept digging deeper and deeper and deeper. Finally he made a mistake and then we got into some lappers. One minute they played in my favor and one minute they didn’t. The second-to-last lap I got by Brad right around the outside. Then he smoked it off in there on me and I just got by him… It felt good to dig down deep like that and win it. It was good.”

It was a tough loss to swallow for Baker who has been chasing his first victory in 2017 with his new Indian squad. It was also a tough end result for Smith as well who was hoping to get maximum points on the Mile tracks, his specialty, before heading to the Half-Miles, Mees’ specialty.

Bryan Smith OKC Mile
Defending Grand National champ Smith was also on top form all day, winning his Heat and Semi as well.Photo: Andrea Wilson
Danny Eslick
Danny Eslick was a hit at his home race.Photo: Andrea Wilson

In the AFT Singles class, it was a similar tale of triumph and heartbreak. After a tough start to the day and having to transfer through the LCQ, RMR Racing Honda's Shayna Texter fought her way to victory, her third this season and all of which were on the big tracks.

Shayna Texter
"I was riding behind Tristan and Stollings all day and seeing what they were doing," said Shayne Texter on her AFT Singles win. "I tried to be a little bit faster than them and try to capitalize on it. It was a long 15 laps, and I just had to be smart."Photo: Andrea Wilson

“This one was definitely probably one of my hardest-fought wins,” Texter said. We lost the exhaust plug in the heat race and got DQ’d and had to go to the LCQ just to make the semi. We were able to win the LCQ. I was able to pass a couple guys in the semi to get a front-row start.

“I just tried to hang with Stollings and Avery. Stollings has been on fire all day today. I knew he was the one to beat. Just tried to keep charging, keep charging. I was able to get under him with coming to two to go, coming off of four. He got a little high and I was able to get under him. Then I guess his engine let loose. It was shaping up probably to be a good battle, but it definitely worked out in my favor.”

On the flip side, was heartbreak for Ben Evans Honda’s Kevin Stollings who was looking to repeat his Mile victory at the Red Mile but without technical complications. Unfortunately for the youngster from Indianapolis, he had to withdraw from the fight with a technical failure.

Joining Shayna on the podium was Ron Ayers Honda's Tristan Avery and Goodroe Racing Honda's Parker Norris.

Sammy Halbert
Estenson Racing’s Sammy Halbert was the best of the rest, finishing just outside of the podium.Photo: Andrea Wilson
Remington Park
It was a perfect night for racing at Remington Park.Photo: Andrea Wilson
Shawn Baer
Shawn Baer finished in the top five.Photo: Andrea Wilson
Kevin Stollings
It was absolute heartbreak for Kevin Stollings.Photo: Andrea Wilson
Mees vs Baker at OKC Mile
Mees chased Baker down in the end and took his fourth win of the season.Photo: Andrea Wilson
OKC Mile podium
If a picture is a thousand words… No need to ask a fierce competitor like Baker how he felt.Photo: Andrea Wilson
Mees and Smith at OKC Mile
Mees in Smith are now separated by 8 points in the chase for the AFT Twins title with Mees taking the upper hand at Oklahoma City.Photo: Andrea Wilson