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Jul 29, 2013

Bryan Smith Wins AMA Pro Sacramento Mile Dirt Track For Third Straight Year; Shayna Texter Wins Pro Singles Race

Bryan Smith (42) wins the Sacramento Mile on a Kawasaki 650. He was followed across the line by Brandon Robinson (44), Jared Mees (1) and Brad Baker (12). Photo by Dave Hoenig/AMA Pro Racing.

The AMA Pro Sacramento Mile presented by Miller Lite and brought to you by Greg Padilla Bail Bonds and SDI Insulation, July 27 at Cal Expo, had fans on their feet as an incredible evening of some of the most phenomenal racing ever seen in Sacramento unfolded before their eyes. Playing to a packed house of over 9,000 fans, Bryan Smith of Flint, Mich., rode his Crosley Radio Kawasaki to his third consecutive Sacramento Mile victory – a feat only Chris Carr (Spring 1991, Fall 1991, Spring 1992) and Scott Parker (1996 - 1998) had previously accomplished.

In addition to the spectators in attendance, tens of thousands of fans tuned in to to watch the first-ever fully produced live streaming production of the AMA Pro Sacramento Mile.On the line was one of the largest purses in flat track history. Thank you to the many supporters of Circle Bell Motorsports events, including Mark and Randy Zimmerman, Rod Lake Racing, Ramspur Winery, Barnett Clutches and Cables, SDI Insulation, CertainTeed, Motion Pro, and Chris Baker Hay Sales, the AMA Pro field was battling for a purse of $70,000.

Taking top honors both in his heat and in the Digger Helm Dash for Cash, Smith was determined to keep his streak going.

Powering off the startline, he grabbed the hole shot and was off and running. Then with 11 laps remaining in the 25-lap Main, things instantly changed. Going into Turn 2, Smith slid off the groove and opened the door for the top riders who were chasing him with a vengeance. With just nine laps to go, less than a second separated Smith, Brad Baker, Sammy Halbert, Jared Mees and Brandon Robinson and it was anyone’s guess who would win. Brad Baker managed to enjoy the lead for less than two laps before defending Grand National Champion Jared Mees took over the top spot. With two laps remaining, the race was literally up for grabs as a split second separated the same five riders. As fans stood on their feet cheering, Smith
showed his incredible skill as he strategically passed all four riders to regain the lead on lap 24. Mees finished second and just .083 seconds behind was Robinson who took third. Rounding out the top five were Brad Baker and Sammy Halbert.

The action in the Pro Singles Main was equally as spectacular as Shayna Texter powered her way to her second AMA Pro Sacramento Mile victory. The only woman in flat track history to win a national, Texter started from second position on the grid but got off to a bad start. Finding herself in sixth place after the first lap, it seemed like she had slipped too far back to take the win. However, the female phenomenon refused to let her bad start deter her and she pushed on, making her way back up to the front, with the crowd cheering at the top of their lungs each time she passed a competitor.

It was an incredible evening and one that will be remembered for years to come.

Northern California fans will be able to see more thrilling Grand National Championship action when the AMA Pro Flat Track Santa Rosa Mile Weekend, presented by SDI Insulation and brought to you by Bud Lite, roars into action, September 27-29 at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. The weekend full of events will begin with the Ride Academy flat track racing school on Thursday, then the First Annual Rider Cup Invitational Golf Tournament and the Motion Pro Grand Marshals Dinner on Friday, Pro-Am Short Track racing on Friday & Saturday night, the Art, Wine and Bike Show on Saturday and end with the edge-of-your-seat action at the Santa Rosa Mile. This is a weekend you won’t want to miss.

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