Mees & Phelps Trading Places At Weedsport

Jared Mees clinched the American Flat Track title over the weekend. (Kent Steele photo)

WEEDSPORT, N.Y. – Indian Motorcycle Flat Track racer Jared Mees and dirt modified ace and Weedsport Speedway General Manager Jimmy Phelps will swap rides prior to the American Flat Track event on July 7 at Weedsport Speedway.

The ride swap will take place on July 6 at Weedsport Speedway’s AFT Short Track Kickoff Party. Mees and Phelps will take each other’s rides for a few laps around the track during the kickoff party at the New York dirt track, which hosts the Harley-Davidson New York Short Track the next day.

“I’m really looking forward to this awesome opportunity,” Phelps said. “Both of us are going to be way outside our comfort zones, so that will get the blood pumping. Weedsport Speedway has always been known as the ‘Home of Dirt Modified racing’, so what better way to kick off the weekend than watching one of the best on two wheels driving a Dirt Mod car. I can’t wait!”

Phelps has 25 years of racing big-block modifieds, but besides some off-road motorcycling as a kid, he’s not done much motorcycle riding, all of which makes him a little squeamish when he thinks about riding Mees’ 110-horsepower Indian FTR750.

“I’ve watched motorcycle dirt track racing over the years,” Phelps says, “but doing it is a different deal. Definitely going to be cautious out there. Hopefully, Jared will, too, and we’ll both end up with big smiles on our faces and give the crowd something exciting to watch.”

Mees has dominated the American Flat Track ranks this season, winning seven times in nine races as he holds a 59-point lead in the Flat Track standings over Henry Wiles.

“I’m just looking forward to the experience of driving a fast car on the dirt,” Mees said. It’s gonna be fun,” said Mees.