DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The stars of AMA Pro Flat Track are set to visit Delmar, Del. for the Roar on the Shore on Saturday at Delaware Int’l Speedway.
All eyes will be on points leader Jared Mees, riding the No. 1 Las Vegas Harley-Davidson, and Bryan Smith, pilot of the No. 42 Crosley Radio Kawasaki, as Smith finds himself trailing Mees by a single point in the premier Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines standings with just three rounds to go.
Coming off back-to-back victories at the Charlotte Half-Mile and the Springfield Mile, there is no rider on the AMA Pro Flat Track circuit carrying more momentum into Delaware than Smith, who needs to finish higher than Mees on Saturday to overtake the lead in the points and inch one step closer to winning his first Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines championship.
On the contrary, Mees has found himself in this position before, as he won the coveted No. 1 plate last year and in 2012. The rivalry between the two makes this matchup even more enticing, as they each have their special talents and are equally competitive and aggressive.
Sitting third in the point standings heading into Saturday’s race is perhaps the rider who has flown under the radar most in 2015. Sammy Halbert, pilot of the No. 69 Briggs Auto Harley-Davidson, sits 21 points off the leader and is having one of the most successful seasons of his career.
Three-time Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines champion Kenny Coolbeth, Jr. is still mathematically in contention for the title, having pieced together an impressive 2015 campaign. The Morris, Conn. product has recorded three top-five finishes in the last four rounds and will be riding the No. 2 Zanotti Racing Harley-Davidson at Delaware.
Brandon Robinson is another rider who has quietly put together an impressive season highlighted by two runner-up finishes, and the No. 44 Latus Motors Racing Triumph rider will look to finish strong in the final three rounds.
Briar Bauman will pilot the No. 14 Hart Racing Kawasaki at Delaware and currently sits sixth in the points on the strength of two podium finishes.
Jake Johnson will make his fourth consecutive start in place of the injured Brad Baker aboard the No. 5 Factory Harley-Davidson. Since taking over for Baker, Johnson has performed well, earning three top-10 finishes including a podium in his last outing.
Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines rookie Jarod Vanderkooi has put together a sensational first year. The rookie standout has finished inside the top 10 in the last two rounds and has made every Main this year except for two. Look for the No. 17F Don’s Kawasaki pilot to finish the season strong.
The 25-lap Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines Main Event is scheduled to go green at 10:00 p.m. local time.
Davis Fisher is enjoying his second and what will probably be his final season in GNC2 competition. The No. 67M Parkinson Brothers Racing Kawasaki pilot leads the GNC2 points and has blown away his competitors this season, recording three wins and eight podium finishes.