Not Your Typical Springfield - Some Results the Same, Others a Total Upset!

Short Track Action!

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (August 5, 2010) - The AMA Pro K&N; Filters Grand National Championship presented by returned to the Illinois State Fairgrounds for rounds 13 & 14 on Labor Day Weekend. The opening race would be a GNC Singles short track at the beautiful Rodeo Arena. The short track would be the sixth and last race of the GNC Singles portion of the series.

It was no surprise the defending Singles Champion and current points leader #1 Henry Wiles pushed his Monster Energy / Kawasaki / Jones Bros Racing backed Kawasaki to an easy win.

"I wasn't really nervous about tonight, I knew I just had to do my job," said Wiles. "I had to take my time and get around Chad (Cose), but then it was a matter of concentrating on the track."

Digger Helm / Lightshoe / Arlen Ness's Chad Cose had got the hole shot and led the first lap, but Wiles had the point by lap two and it quickly became a race for second. Cose, Latus Harley-Davidson / Moto Concepts' #3 Joe Kopp and Bettencourt's Honda's #2 Kenny Coolbeth were locked in that battle.

After a slow start Zanotti Racing's Jake Johnson was on the move and he took second on lap seven. Cose was now under attack from Coolbeth, Kopp Mack Daddy Racing's #20 Matt Weidman and Kopp.

On lap fifteen of the twenty five lap race, Cose fell coming off turn two, shaking up the running order. Rookie #95C JD Beach, making his first Grand National appearance was suddenly in third on his Red Bull / Top 1 Oil / Rockwall Performance backed Honda.

Beach just got smoother and smoother as he pulled away from the gaggle behind him. Kopp was now fourth with fast qualifier Chris Carr Racing / Dallas Fort Worth Honda's #4 Chris Carr working his way up to fifth.

Carr had been forced to his back up bike and started on row four after his primary mount had failed in the Dash for Cash. In the Dash, Wiles rode to a convincing win gaining $1000 and five points, enough to lock up the 2010 Grand National Singles Series Title.

Mack Daddy Racing / Alpinestar's #80 Stevie Bonsey moved up to sixth over Coolbeth, Kawasaki / Monster Energy's #42 Bryan Smith, / Lucas Oil's #21 Jared Mees and Weidman.

Rod Lake Racing / Mike Velasco's #1 Brad Baker pulled out the win in the Pro Singles Grand National Championship Main, his fourth of the year. Mack Daddy Racing / RHC Products' #33E Mike Avila was a solid second, but the best battle of the race was for the final spot on the podium.

Shoe Racing / Sportland Motorsport's William Cato came out on top of a race long battle with Scott Powersports' #55A Jake Shoemaker and Series points leader Van's Yamaha / Woody Kyle Racing's #24PJeffery Carver.

**Springfield Mile! **

**SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (August 6, 2010) **- A large crowd filled the Illinois State Fairgrounds for round fourteen of the AMA Pro K&N; Filters Grand National Championship presented by The Springfield Mile didn't disappoint as the action was intense all day long.

When the checkered flag fell on the twenty five lap National Kawasaki / Monster Energy / Werner-Springsteen Racing's #42 Bryan Smith had repeated his Indianapolis results as he edged Lancaster Harley-Davidson / Dallas Fort Worth Honda's #4 Chris Carr by just 48 thousandths of a second.

Defending Grand National Twins Champion Rogers Lake Racing / Blue Springs Harley-Davidson's #1 Jared Mees was third as the top three finished just over a quarter of a second apart.

Harley-Davidson of Wausau's #59 Willie McCoy made a rare visit to the series pay off with a solid fourth place finish. Harley-Davidson Motor Company's #2 Kenny Coolbeth and Zanotti Racing's #5 Jake Johnson filled out the lead pack.

Johnson had been forced to a back-up bike and came from the fourth row to the back of the lead draft, but then was stuck right there.

"The track was a lot faster for the National," said Smith. "We were geared too low, it was my call, but I think if we had been geared a little taller I might have been able to get away. That was the idea going in."

Instead it was a twenty five lap war that did eventually fall to Smith. Carr proved himself to be the wily vet, despite losing his brakes mid-race. "I had to change the way I went into the turns to avoid hitting anyone," said Carr. "It took a while to figure it out, but I just couldn't draft the Kawasaki."

Smith was able to lead twenty one laps, including the all important twenty fifth. Carr held the point for three laps and McCoy led the tenth lap.

Current Series points leader Latus Harley-Davidson / ENI USA's #3 Joe Kopp had his potent Ducati in the mix early on, but lost contact with the lead draft and dropped into major conflict for seventh place. Kopp barely edged out title contender Kings Kustoms / KK Motorcycle Supply's #7 Sammy Halbert as they led the last nine riders still running. All nine riders were separated by just over one second.

The four lap Dash for Cash once again played a large part of the day. Chris Carr was able to come out on top of this as Jake Johnson and Jared Mees bumped in the last turn of the last lap. Johnson got the worst of it and was forced to his back-up bike for the National. Mees held on for second with Smith suffering his only defeat of the day in third.

The Pro Singles Grand National Championship main was another nail bitter. The top seven were under one second apart, but somehow Price Truck Line / Kennedy Tire's #22L Michael Toon came away with his second Springfield Mile win this year and third in a row at Springfield.

TLC Racing / Angie Beighle Designs' #81C Zakk Palmer was just a tick back in second with Defending Series Champion Rod Lake / Mike Velasco's #1 Brad Baker, Weirbach Racing / General Engineering's #20T Mike LaBelle, Series points leader Van's Yamaha / Woody Kyle Racing's Jeffery Carver, Lancaster Harley-Davidson's Shayna Texter and Priestly Racing's Corey Crawford were next as the top eleven riders were within seconds of the win.

Joe Kopp's lead in the AMA Pro K&N; Filters Grand National Championship presented by Overall points race is shrinking as it now stands at ten over Jake Johnson. Defending Twins Champion Jared Mees and Sammy Halbert are tied twenty four points back.

In the Pro Singles Grand National Championship, Jeffery Carver is cruising along maintaining a twenty point lead over Defending Series Champion Brad Baker with just three races remaining. Mack Daddy Racing's #33E Mike Avila is in third place, but ninety two point out.

The start of the Expert National.
The two winningest riders at the arena, Wiles & Schnabel.
After the win at Indy last week as a Pro Singles rider, JD Beach moved up to expert at Springfield to make the podium in his first Expert National!
Cory and Shayna Texter's father Randy, passed away earlier in the week. It was a very emotional moment when Shayna won the LCQ.
Just 0.265 separated the top 5 to the checkered flag!
Smith on the Monster Energy Kawasaki tows 4 Harleys and a Ducati.
Joe Kopp riding the Ducati still holds the GNC points lead.
22L Michael Toon won his third straight Springfield Mile.