Going into the Williams Grove Half-Mile, Jared Mees was the man to beat. And once again, no one could beat the Indian Motorcycle/Rogers Racing rider on a clay Half-Mile. Mees' masterclass performance in front of his home crowd at Williams Grove Speedway not only added to his impressive season win tally at nine, but it also secured him his fourth overall American Flat Track premier championship two races early.

“To win a championship in the fashion we did this year and—no offense, but to dominate it,” Mees said. “To go out there and pull off nine wins and clinch the championship with two races to go, it was phenomenal. I never thought it would have happened, especially considering the talent of the other guys out there.”

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Brad Baker started the day out strong on the rough track, but conditions changed out of his favor during the race.Photo: Andrea Wilson

Making it more special was being able to clinch it at in front of the home crowd in Pennsylvania.

“Man, it's an honor to be able to come to Williams Grove—I was born and raised 45 minutes from here—and to clinch this championship in front of all my friends and family,” Mees said. “We had a phenomenal year. I had a magnificent team behind me. I don't know what else to say. I give all the credit to those guys—they work so hard week-in and week-out. The Indian was a phenomenal motorcycle for me from start to finish. It's unbelievable.”

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Kolby Carlile expanded his points lead in the AFT Singles championship.Photo: Andrea Wilson

Joining Mees on the podium was Indian Motorcycle Racing backed by All State’s Brad Baker and Zanotti Racing’s Briar Bauman.

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A flat tire during the Semi hurt Shayna Texter’s bid for the title.Photo: Andrea Wilson

In the AFT Singles class, Ben Evans Honda’s Kevin Stollings, Jr. had a dominant performance of his own. Beating Estenson Racing’s Kolby Carlile to take his second win of the season.

"I didn't get the start I wanted to, and it seemed like Kolby was pulling away," Stollings said. "I was kind of getting scared because I didn't want him to get too far away. I kept my cool and ended up passing him on the outside on the third lap or so. From there, I just kept my line and stayed smooth."

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Carlile (36) got off to a great start, but Stollings got past the Estenson Racing rider and took his second win of the season.Photo: Andrea Wilson

Although not a win, Carlile’s second-place finish helped him extend his points lead in the championship to 12 points over Brandon Price on the No. 92 Brandon Price Racing backed by Parkinson Brother's Racing/DPC Racing/Don's Kawasaki Honda CRF450R. Price made a valiant effort for third place but was bested by Waters Autobody Racing’s Wyatt Anderson.

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Bryan Smith’s (1) crash after the second restart pretty much guaranteed Mees’ coronation at home.Photo: Andrea Wilson

Suffering most in the championship was Shayna Texter. The Richie Morris Racing rider suffered a rare flat tire in her Semi race and missed the Main event. It was the opposite of Mees’ fortuitous Keystone State Homecoming; a misfortune that set Texter back 29 points from Carlile in the championship chase.

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Mees (9) could have taken it easy to take the championship, but it’s hard as a racer not to go for that win when you can taste it.Photo: Andrea Wilson
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After handing over the number-one plate last season to rival Smith, Mees was pretty pumped to have it back.Photo: Andrea Wilson
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Estenson Racing’s Sammy Halbert crossed the line in fifth.Photo: Andrea Wilson
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(Left to right) Briar Bauman, Mees and Baker pop bottles on top of the podium.Photo: Andrea Wilson
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A family affair… Mees and daughter Hayden bask in the limelight with the number-one plate.Photo: Andrea Wilson