AFT Strips Jared Mees Of Atlanta Short Track Win

Jared Mees (1) was disqualified from the Atlanta Short Track event for using a chemically altered tire. (Scott Hunter/AFT Photo)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – American Flat Track officials have disqualified race winner Jared Mees from the Atlanta Short Track event held on April 8 after series officials discovered he used a chemically altered tire.

Four tire samples from four different bikes were taken after the main event at Georgia’s Dixie Speedawy and all were submitted to an independent lab for chemical analysis. Three of the samples were deemed to be in compliance with the benchmark sample provided by Dunlop. The sample from the No. 1 Indian ridden by Mees was not in compliance, however, and indicated the presence of several chemicals known to be used in motorsports to alter tire compounds.

According to the 2018 American Flat Track Rulebook, Mees is in violation of Rulebook section 3.8.b (pg. 44): “Tires: No chemical applications are permitted.” Pursuant to the American Flat Track rulebook, Section A3.1 Equipment Offenses and Penalties (page 84), this is a Category 1 offense: “An equipment violation that could potentially enhance the performance of a motorcycle used in competition.”

American Flat Track officials have thus stripped Mees of the victory in the Atlanta Short Track event. He’s also been stripped of all points and prize money earned during the event and he has been placed on probation for the next 12 months.

As a result of Mees’ disqualification, Kenny Coolbeth Jr. has been awarded the victory in the Atlanta Short Track race.