Robinson Rules Daytona Flat Trackers

AMA Flat Track racers slide through a corner Friday night at Daytona. (AMA photo)
AMA Flat Track racers slide through a corner Friday night at Daytona. (AMA photo)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Brandon Robinson took the early lead from Kenny Coolbeth and then held off Brad Baker to win the Expert Main Event on the second night of the AMA Pro Flat Track Presented By J&P Cycles on Friday night at the Daytona Flat Track.

Robinson, riding a Kawasaki, took the lead from Coolbeth in the early laps of the 18-rider, 25-lap event and then held off Honda rider Brad Baker to secure the 1.262-second victory.

“We put in a hard 25 laps and it paid off,” said the Pennsylvania rider of his first career Grand National victory.

For the second consecutive night, Baker finished second in the Expert Main Event.

“Hats off to (Brandon) for winning his first national,” Baker said. “I wanted it to be my first.”

Rounding out the podium was Bryan Smith on a Honda.

Earlier in the night, Baker nipped Robinson in the six-lap Expert Dash For Cash, which features the top two riders in each of the Expert Heats. Baker pocketed a $1,000 payout for the win.

Mikey Rush, who won on the Expert Main Event, on the first night at the Daytona Flat Track, finished fifth on Friday night.

In the 16-lap, 18-rider Pro Main event, Jake Constantine outlasted Ryan Wells and Mike Poe for the victory. The New York rider got off to a strong start on his Honda and dominated the event.

“To come down here and come out on top, it’s the greatest feeling in the world,” Constantine said.

Riders winning the 10-lap Expert Heats were Brad Baker (Honda), Henry Wiles (Honda) and Brandon Robinson (Kawasaki). In the Expert semifinals, Jake Johnson (Honda) and John Wood (Honda) came out with victories.