“These guys were running a really good pace, too,” said Gillim, who won by 0.184 of a second. “Travis got out in front. The last couple of laps, we were going at it. I wasn’t aware that he had a penalty, so I was racing for the win. It was a really fun race.”
Miles Thornton topped off his excellent weekend with third place. Thornton emerged on top of the scrappy battle with points contenders Corey Alexander and Stefano Mesa. Alexander (National Guard/Celtic Racing) made a tight pass on Mesa late. Mesa responded with his best lap of the event but couldn’t counter a move.
Suburban Harley-Davidson’s Steve Rapp kept his AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series win streak alive, notching his third victory in a row today. However, unlike his previous two blowouts, Rapp’s Mid-O win was earned by only fractions of a second — both at the race’s start and its conclusion.
Polesitter Rapp found himself in danger of missing the start altogether when the zipper on his leathers got stuck and then was ripped off in an attempt to free it. As his opponents took the warm-up lap, Rapp scrambled for a solution and jumped into a pair of borrowed leathers just in time to mount his machine and make the race.
He immediately dropped several positions down the order as his tires warmed up but then started systematically working forward. He ultimately arrived at the front, overtaking an on-form Travis Wyman (Harv’s Harley-Davidson). Wyman didn’t back down, however, and challenged Rapp to the checkered flag.
Rapp won by a scant 0.173 seconds over Wyman, who also finished second in the day’s SuperSport race.
Rapp explained what happened with his leaders: “It’s so embarrassing… It’s never happened ever in all the years I’ve raced. The zipper got stuck and I couldn’t get it up or down. Then we were really getting on it and the whole zipper broke off, so I had no suit. Luckily the guys from Surburban ran back and got me Brice Cooper’s suit. I put it on last second. I missed the warm-up lap and jumped over the wall just as they were taking the grid, but I was able to go from my grid spot.”