"We're all thinking about Nicky Hayden. That one's for him. Get well, buddy, we'll be seeing ya." —Bryan Smith

2017 Sacramento Mile winner Bryan Smith
Bryan Smith continues to make records, scoring his seventh-straight win at the Sacramento Mile. The win also marks his 21st Mile win and 29th career win, moving him up to ninth on the all-time win list.Photo: Andrea Wilson

Once again, American Flat Track Mile specialists—Bryan Smith and Shayna Texter—stole the glory in spectacular fashion. In the AFT Twins class, Smith crossed the line by a scant .025 of a second over rival Jared Mees on the Indian Motorcycle Rogers Racing Indian Scout, with Smith's Indian Motorcycle Racing backed by All State teammate Brad Baker another .05 of a second adrift. Similarly, it was another close win for Texter in the AFT Singles class. It was a big win for both riders, keeping their winning momentum rolling and extending their lead in the championship.

Shayna Texter, AFT Singles winner
Much to the delight of the packed house at Cal Expo, Shayna Texter scored another thrilling victory in the AFT Singles class.Photo: Andrea Wilson

But for defending Grand National Champion Bryan Smith, not only was it a personal record—his seventh-consecutive win at Cal Expo—it was a win that meant something to him personally.

“Seven’s pretty cool,” Smith said. “It was like a half way through my cool down lap, I’m like, ‘oh yeah!’ I was just pumped to win a race. To think about seven in a row is special. This place is definitely special to me.”

It was also special to be able to dedicate the race win to friend and race hero Nicky Hayden, who was critically injured in a bicycle accident earlier this week in Italy. "We're all thinking about Nicky Hayden," Smith said. "That one's for him. Get well, buddy, we'll be seeing ya."


Indian Wrecking Crew
The Indian Wrecking Crew battled all day. Ultimately it was it was Brad Baker (6) that took the Heat win over Jared Mees (9).Photo: Andrea Wilson

As for Richie Morris Racing’s Texter, it was another win to cement her resurgence. It was a hard fought win as well. Texter had to make up for a mistake on the start and chase down Ben Evans Honda’s Kevin Stollings and Ron Ayers Honda’s Tristan Avery. In the end it was a close battle with Avery and Stollings crossing the line in third.

“Yeah, I definitely didn’t make it easy on myself getting a bad start,” Texter said. “I was struggling all day with starts but I knew it was fifteen laps and I had to run fifteen good laps. I got a little nervous when the five to go came out. Stollings was just railing the corners and hitting his marks perfect. I just tried to do everything a little bit harder and a little bit faster and try and get a touch of his draft just to be able to get that drive. Finally I hooked onto him, got it, and then Avery came out. But I was able to play my cards right and come on to win.”

2017 Sacto Mile results
Kenny Coolbeth, Jr. (pictured) had a good showing, finishing second in his Heat behind Smith.Photo: Andrea Wilson
2017 AFT Sacto results
As did Jeffrey Carver, Jr (23) who once again had another top five performance at a Mile.Photo: Andrea Wilson
Yamaha TZ750 two-stroke
In addition to the racing action, fans were treated to Joe Kopp's ride on Ray Abram's legendary Yamaha TZ750.Photo: Andrea Wilson
AFT Shaun Baer
Shaun Baer impressed with a Heat win and top qualifying position.Photo: Andrea Wilson
AFT 2017 Shayna Texter
Shayna Texter (52) leads the AFT Singles Championship by 16 points.Photo: Andrea Wilson
Sammy Halbert
Sammy Halbert (69) crossed the line fourth for a second weekend in a row on his Yamaha FZ-09.Photo: Andrea Wilson
2017 AFT Singles
The AFT Singles class never fails to disappoint with close racing.Photo: Andrea Wilson
2017 Indian Wrecking Crew
It was another Indian Wrecking Crew 1-2-3: Smith (1), Mees (9) and Baker (6).Photo: Andrea Wilson
2017 Indian Wrecking Crew, Bryan Smith
Smith and crew were overjoyed to come away with the win.Photo: Andrea Wilson