American Flat Track: Running Results From The Chicago Half-Mile (Updated With Main Events)

American Flat Track: Running Results From The Chicago Half-Mile (Updated With Main Events)

© 2021, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc. By David Swarts.

Chicago Half-Mile/American Flat Track

The Dirt Oval at Route 66 Speedway

Joliet, Illinois

May 29, 2021

AFT Mission SuperTwins Provisional Free Practice 1 Results (all on Dunlop tires):

1. Briar Bauman (Ind), 21.022 seconds

2. Jared Mees (Ind), 21.124

3. Jarod Vanderkooi (Ind), 21.170

4. Sammy Halbert (Ind), 21.209

5. Bronson Bauman (Ind), 21.247

6. Brandon Robinson (Ind), 21.353

7. Kolby Carlile (Yam), 21.399

8. Robert Pearson (Ind), 21.490

9. Brandon Price (Ind), 21.501

10. James Rispoli (Har), 21.660

11. Larry Pegram (Ind), 21.723

12. Davis Fisher (Ind), 21.729

13. JD Beach (Yam), 21.786

 

 

AFT Production Twins Provisional Free Practice 1 Results (all on Dunlop tires):

1. Ben Lowe (Har), 21.755 seconds

2. Ryan Varnes (Kaw), 21.773

3. Johnny Lewis (Roy), 21.873

4. Dylan Bell (Har), 21.935

5. Cory Texter (Yam), 22.045

6. Dalton Gauthier (Har), 22.059

7. Dan Bromley (Yam), 22.144

8. Chad Cose (Har), 22.177

9. Daniel Eslick (Kaw), 22.411

10. Patrick Buchanan (Har), 22.577

11. Jeremiah Duffy (Kaw), 22.658

12. Brock Schwarzenbacher (Kaw), 22.894

13. Cameron Smith (Yam), 22.907

14. Garret Wilson (Kaw), 23.032

15. Mitch Harvat (Kaw), 23.077

16. Jordan Harris (Kaw), 23.296

17. Kasey Sciscoe (Kaw), 23.423

18. Jimmy McAllister (Kaw), 23.736

19. Shelby Miller (Kaw), 23.884

 

 

AFT Singles Provisional Free Practice 1 Results (all on Dunlop tires):

1. Brandon Kitchen (Hus), 21.970 seconds

2. Hunter Bauer (KTM), 21.999

3. Ryan Wells (Hon), 22.024

4. Andrew Luker (Yam), 22.037

5. Michael Inderbitzin (Hon), 22.074

6. Max Whale (KTM), 22.144

7. Kody Kopp (Hon), 22.159

8. Dallas Daniels (Yam), 22.181

9. Travis Petton IV (Hon), 22.181

10. Trent Lowe (Suz), 22.214

11. Tanner Dean (Hon), 22.248

12. Morgen Mischler (KTM), 22.248

13. Michael Rush (Yam), 22.287

14. Cole Zabala (Hon), 22.300

15. Shayna Texter-Bauman (KTM), 22.355

16. Trevor Brunner (Hon), 22.364

17. James Ott (KTM), 22.408

18. Ezra Brusky (Hon), 22.452

19. Grant Holmes (Suz), 22.515

20. Michael Hill (Yam), 22.618

21. Tyler Raggio (Hon), 22.705

22. Jared Lowe (Hon), 22.722

23. David Wiggin (KTM), 22.754

24. Jacob Lehmann (Hon), 22.757

25. Billy Ross (KTM), 22.772

26. Kasey Sciscoe (Hon), 22.788

27. Aidan RoosEvans (KTM), 22.801

28. Tarren Santero (Kaw), 22.839

29. Kevin Stollings (Hon), 22.944

30. Brandon Newman (KTM), 23.066

31. Jordan Jean (Hon), 23.092

32. Blake Steinwagner (Hon), 23.173

33. Kyler Adams (KTM), 23.229

34. Ian Wolfe (Hon), 23.347

35. Trent Pickle (Hus), 23.687

 

 

Royal Enfield Build. Train. Race. Provisional Free Practice 1 Results (all on Dunlop tires):

 

1. Jillian Deschenes (Roy), 25.720 seconds

2. Jaycee Jones (Roy), 25.750

3. Sarah Dixon (Roy), 26.422

4. Erin Ferris (Roy), 27.365

5. Nean Kiskela (Roy), 27.835

6. Malary Lee (Roy), 27.919

7. Lanakila MacNaughton (Roy), 28.313

8. Gabrielle Hughes (Roy), 28.478

9. Bridgette LeBer (Roy), 28.642

 

 

AFT Mission SuperTwins Provisional Qualifying 1 Results (all on Dunlop tires):

1. Briar Bauman (Ind), 20.445 seconds

2. Brandon Robinson (Ind), 20.505

3. Jarod Vanderkooi (Ind), 20.595

4. Jared Mees (Ind), 20.628

5. Bronson Bauman (Ind), 20.649

6. Sammy Halbert (Ind), 20.721

7. Davis Fisher (Ind), 20.770

8. Larry Pegram (Ind), 20.836

9. JD Beach (Yam), 20.843

10. Robert Pearson (Ind), 20.932

11. Brandon Price (Ind), 20.967

12. James Rispoli (Har), 21.011

13. Kolby Carlile (Yam), 21.019

 

 

AFT Production Twins Provisional Qualifying 1 Results (all on Dunlop tires):

1. Dalton Gauthier (Har), 20.713 seconds

2. Chad Cose (Har), 20.983

3. Dylan Bell (Har), 20.988

4. Ben Lowe (Har), 21.081

5. Johnny Lewis (Roy), 21.136

6. Daniel Eslick (Kaw), 21.200

7. Cory Texter (Yam), 21.203

8. Jeremiah Duffy (Kaw), 21.316

9. Ryan Varnes (Kaw), 21.323

10. Patrick Buchanan (Har), 21.366

11. Cameron Smith (Yam), 21.519

12. Kasey Sciscoe (Kaw), 21.533

13. Jordan Harris (Kaw), 21.621

14. Brock Schwarzenbacher (Kaw), 21.651

15. Mitch Harvat (Kaw), 21.869

16. Garret Wilson (Kaw), 21.957

17. Shelby Miller (Kaw), 21.985

18. Jimmy McAllister (Kaw), 22.082

19. Dan Bromley (Yam), 24.752

 

 

AFT Singles Provisional Qualifying 1 Results (all on Dunlop tires):

1. Michael Inderbitzin (Hon), 21.156 seconds

2. Morgen Mischler (KTM), 21.208

3. Brandon Kitchen (Hus), 21.216

4. Trent Lowe (Suz), 21.271

5. Max Whale (KTM), 21.278

6. Trevor Brunner (Hon), 21.293

7. Dallas Daniels (Yam), 21.328

8. Michael Rush (Yam), 21.334

9. Kasey Sciscoe (Hon), 21.334

10. Henry Wiles (Hon), 21.358

11. Tanner Dean (Hon), 21.361

12. Kody Kopp (Hon), 21.418

13. Aidan RoosEvans (KTM), 21.446

14. James Ott (KTM), 21.531

15. Shayna Texter-Bauman (KTM), 21.592

16. Jacob Lehmann (Hon), 21.627

17. Tarren Santero (Kaw), 21.642

18. Hunter Bauer (KTM), 21.656

19. Kevin Stollings (Hon), 21.696

20. Ryan Wells (Hon), 21.699

21. Andrew Luker (Yam), 21.752

22. Tyler Raggio (Hon), 21.758

23. Ezra Brusky (Hon), 21.785

24. Cole Zabala (Hon), 21.789

25. Travis Petton IV (Hon), 21.871

26. Jared Lowe (Hon), 21.897

27. Brandon Newman (KTM), 22.121

28. Trent Pickle (Hus), 22.128

29. Billy Ross (KTM), 22.155

30. Ian Wolfe (Hon), 22.175

31. David Wiggin (KTM), 22.185

32. Kyler Adams (KTM), 22.209

33. Michael Hill (Yam), 22.280

34. Grant Holmes (Suz), 22.425

35. Jordan Jean (Hon), 22.465

36. Blake Steinwagner (Hon), 22.469

 

 

Royal Enfield BUILD. TRAIN. RACE. Provisional Qualifying 1 Results (all on Dunlop tires):

  1. Jillian Deschenes (Roy), 24.286 seconds
  1. Jaycee Jones (Roy), 25.123
  1. Lanakila MacNaughton (Roy), 25.522
  1. Sarah Dixon (Roy), 25.681
  1. Erin Ferris (Roy), 26.136
  1. Malary Lee (Roy), 26.420
  1. Nean Kiskela (Roy), 26.675
  1. Bridgette LeBer (Roy), 27.220
  1. Gabrielle Hughes (Roy), 28.353

 

AFT Mission SuperTwins Provisional Qualifying 2 Results (all on Dunlop tires):

  1. Briar Bauman (Ind), 20.399 seconds
  1. Brandon Robinson (Ind), 20.416
  1. Bronson Bauman (Ind), 20.468
  1. Sammy Halbert (Ind), 20.595
  1. Davis Fisher (Ind), 20.630
  1. Jared Mees (Ind), 20.644
  1. Jarod Vanderkooi (Ind), 20.655
  1. Brandon Price (Ind), 20.713
  1. JD Beach (Yam), 20.737
  1. Robert Pearson (Ind), 20.745
  1. Larry Pegram (Ind), 20.765
  1. James Rispoli (Har), 20.766
  1. Kolby Carlile (Yam), 20.850

 

AFT Production Twins Provisional Qualifying 2 Results (all on Dunlop tires):

  1. Dalton Gauthier (Har), 20.756 seconds
  1. Chad Cose (Har), 20.808
  1. Dan Bromley (Yam), 20.839
  1. Cory Texter (Yam), 20.930
  1. Johnny Lewis (Roy), 20.933
  1. Dylan Bell (Har), 20.989
  1. Ben Lowe (Har), 21.034
  1. Daniel Eslick (Kaw), 21.048
  1. Ryan Varnes (Kaw), 21.132
  1. Jeremiah Duffy (Kaw), 21.335
  1. Cameron Smith (Yam), 21.362
  1. Patrick Buchanan (Har), 21.375
  1. Kasey Sciscoe (Kaw), 21.546
  1. Jordan Harris (Kaw), 21.580
  1. Mitch Harvat (Kaw), 21.743
  1. Shelby Miller (Kaw), 21.851
  1. Jimmy McAllister (Kaw), 21.880
  1. Garret Wilson (Kaw), 21.926

 

AFT Singles Provisional Qualifying 2 Results (all on Dunlop tires):

  1. Morgen Mischler (KTM), 21.100 seconds
  2. Brandon Kitchen (Hus), 21.129
  3. Trent Lowe (Suz), 21.140
  4. Max Whale (KTM), 21.148
  5. Trevor Brunner (Hon), 21.183
  6. Michael Inderbitzin (Hon), 21.194
  7. Henry Wiles (Hon), 21.200
  8. Tanner Dean (Hon), 21.290
  9. Dallas Daniels (Yam), 21.303
  10. Kody Kopp (Hon), 21.358
  11. Shayna Texter-Bauman (KTM), 21.377
  12. Kasey Sciscoe (Hon), 21.385
  13. Michael Rush (Yam), 21.401
  14. Jacob Lehmann (Hon), 21.468
  15. Kevin Stollings (Hon), 21.499
  16. Tyler Raggio (Hon), 21.499
  17. Ryan Wells (Hon), 21.542
  18. Ezra Brusky (Hon), 21.549
  19. Andrew Luker (Yam), 21.582
  20. Aidan RoosEvans (KTM), 21.597
  21. Hunter Bauer (KTM), 21.684
  22. James Ott (KTM), 21.706
  23. Tarren Santero (Kaw), 21.708
  24. Jared Lowe (Hon), 21.718
  25. Travis Petton IV (Hon), 21.807
  26. Trent Pickle (Hus), 21.863
  27. Cole Zabala (Hon), 21.880
  28. Brandon Newman (KTM), 21.941
  29. Billy Ross (KTM), 21.947
  30. David Wiggin (KTM), 22.000
  31. Blake Steinwagner (Hon), 22.106
  32. Jordan Jean (Hon), 22.108
  33. Michael Hill (Yam), 22.131
  34. Kyler Adams (KTM), 22.212
  35. Grant Holmes (Suz), 22.384
  36. Ian Wolfe (Hon), no time recorded

Royal Enfield Build. Train. Race. Semi Results (all on Dunlop tires):

1. Jillian Deschenes (Roy), 5 laps
2. Sarah Dixon (Roy), -10.444 seconds
3. Bridgette LeBer (Roy), -12.112
4. Malary Lee (Roy), -12.153
5. Nean Kiskela (Roy), -12.999
6. Erin Ferris (Roy), -24.712
7. Lanakila MacNaughton (Roy), -2 laps
8. Gabrielle Hughes (Roy), -2 laps, 25.820
9. Jaycee Jones (Roy), -4 laps

 

Provisional Mission SuperTwins Semi 1 Results (all on Dunlop tires):

1. Bronson Bauman (Ind), 8 laps

2. Sammy Halbert (Ind), -00.764 seconds

3. Briar Bauman (Ind), -00.892

4. Davis Fisher (Ind), -01.674

5. JD Beach (Yam), -03.024

6. Kolby Carlile (Yam), -03.087

7. Larry Pegram (Ind), -03.594


Provisional Mission SuperTwins Semi 2 Results (all on Dunlop tires):

1. Jared Mees (Ind), 8 laps

2. Brandon Robinson (Ind), -00.518 seconds

3. Brandon Price (Ind), -02.151

4. Jarod Vanderkooi (Ind), -02.262

5. Robert Pearson (Ind), -02.718

6. James Rispoli (Har), -03.359

Provisional AFT Production Twins Semi 1 Results (all on Dunlop tires):

1. Dalton Gauthier (Har), 8 laps

2. Johnny Lewis (Roy), -00.660 seconds

3. Dan Bromley (Yam), -01.185

4. Ben Lowe (Har), -01.287

5. Ryan Varnes (Kaw), -01.486

6. Kasey Sciscoe (Kaw), -03.127

7. Cameron Smith (Yam), -03.356

8. Brock Schwarzenbacher (Kaw), -04.272

9. Shelby Miller (Kaw), -06.875

10. Garret Wilson (Kaw), -07.221

Provisional AFT Production Twins Semi 2 Results (all on Dunlop tires):

1. Daniel Eslick (Kaw), 8 laps

2. Cory Texter (Yam), -00.089 seconds

3. Chad Cose (Har), -00.785

4. Dylan Bell (Har), -02.186

5. Jeremiah Duffy (Kaw), -02.625

6. Patrick Buchanan (Har), -04.203

7. Jordan Harris (Kaw), -04.651

8. Mitch Harvat (Kaw), -08.027

9. Jimmy McAllister (Kaw), -7 laps

Provisional AFT Singles Semi 1 Results (all on Dunlop tires):

1. Morgen Mischler (KTM), 8 laps

2. Michael Inderbitzin (Hon), -00.074 seconds

3. Henry Wiles (Hon), -00.222

4. Trent Lowe (Suz), -00.702

5. Dallas Daniels (Yam), -01.052

6. Shayna Texter-Bauman (KTM), -01.296

7. Cole Zabala (Hon), -01.694

8. Hunter Bauer (KTM), -03.191

9. Kasey Sciscoe (Hon), -03.318

10. Andrew Luker (Yam), -03.618

11. Ryan Wells (Hon), -03.880

12. Jacob Lehmann (Hon), -04.061

13. Trent Pickle (Hus), -04.534

14. Tyler Raggio (Hon), -04.759

15. Billy Ross (KTM), -05.352

16. Blake Steinwagner (Hon), -07.430

Provisional AFT Singles Semi 2 Results (all on Dunlop tires):

1. Max Whale (KTM), 8 laps

2. Michael Rush (Yam), -00.645 seconds

3. Tanner Dean (Hon), -01.377

4. Trevor Brunner (Hon), -02.158

5. Kevin Stollings (Hon), -02.310

6. James Ott (KTM), -02.470

7. Aidan RoosEvans (KTM), -02.683

8. Ezra Brusky (Hon), -02.823

9. Brandon Kitchen (Hus), -02.916

10. Tarren Santero (Kaw), -03.265
11. Kody Kopp (Hon), -03.748

12. David Wiggin (KTM), -04.054

13. Jared Lowe (Hon), -04.805

14. Brandon Newman (KTM), -05.816

15. Jordan Jean (Hon), -06.271

16. Travis Petton IV (Hon), -07.008

Provisional Royal Enfield Build. Train. Race. Main Event Results (all on Dunlop tires):

1. Jillian Deschenes (Roy), 6 laps

2. Jaycee Jones (Roy), -00.847 seconds

3. Sarah Dixon (Roy), -05.493

4. Erin Ferris (Roy), -07.142

5. Malary Lee (Roy), -08.934

6. Bridgette LeBer (Roy), -09.168

7. Nean Kiskela (Roy), -09.336

8. Gabrielle Hughes (Roy), -23.962

9. Lanakila MacNaughton (Roy), -6 laps

Provisional Mission SuperTwins Mission Challenge Results (all on Dunlop tires):

1. Brandon Robinson (Ind), 4 laps

2. Bronson Bauman (Ind), -00.320 seconds

3. Jared Mees (Ind), -00.654

4. Sammy Halbert (Ind), -05.288

Provisional AFT Production Twins Main Event Results (all on Dunlop tires):

1. Cory Texter (Yam), 24 laps

2. Chad Cose (Har), -00.114 seconds

3. Danny Eslick (Kaw), -01.346

4. Ben Lowe (Har), -01.712

5. Ryan Varnes (Kaw), -03.777

6. Cameron Smith (Yam), -03.952

7. Dalton Gauthier (Har), -06.097

8. Johnny Lewis (Roy), -07.812

9. Kasey Sciscoe (Kaw), -08.052

10. Dylan Bell (Har), -08.271

11. Jeremiah Duffy (Kaw), -11.292

12. Dan Bromley (Yam), -11.591

13. Patrick Buchanan (Har), -12.675

14. Jordan Harris (Kaw), -15.266

15. Shelby Miller (Kaw), -20.204

16. Mitch Harvat (Kaw), -21.637

17. Brock Schwarzenbacher (Kaw), -13 laps

Provisional AFT Singles Main Event Results (all on Dunlop tires):

1. Max Whale (KTM), 25 laps

2. Morgen Mischler (KTM), -00.550 seconds

3. Michael Rush (Yam), -00.722

4. Dallas Daniels (Yam), -02.462

5. Michael Inderbitzin (Hon), -04.155

6. Trent Lowe (Suz), -05.191

7. Kevin Stollings (Hon), -06.348

8. Trevor Brunner (Hon), -06.402

9. Cole Zabala (Hon), -06.529

10. Shayna Texter-Bauman (KTM), -06.757

11. Henry Wiles (Hon), -06.898

12. Tanner Dean (Hon), -07.053

13. James Ott (KTM), -07.418

14. Brandon Kitchen (Hus), -07.603

15. Hunter Bauer (KTM), -08.170

16. Ezra Brusky (Hon), -11.357

17. Aidan RoosEvans (KTM), -11.928

Provisional Mission SuperTwins Main Event Results (all on Dunlop tires):

1. Briar Bauman (Ind), 31 laps

2. Jarod Vanderkooi (Ind), -01.184 seconds

3. Jared Mees (Ind), -03.530

4. Brandon Robinson (Ind), -06.303

5. Bronson Bauman (Ind), -06.557

6. Brandon Price (Ind), -07.289

7. Davis Fisher (Ind), -08.614

8. JD Beach (Yam), -08.669

9. Robert Pearson (Ind), -10.089

10. Kolby Carlile (Yam), -10.204

11. James Rispoli (Har), -12.323

12. Larry Pegram (Ind), -12.531

13. Sammy Halbert (Ind), -31 laps

 

 

 

More, from a press release issued by American Flat Track:

Bauman Rediscovers the Fire at Chicago Half-Mile

 

Briar Bauman. Photo courtesy AFT.
Briar Bauman. Photo courtesy AFT.

JOLIET, Ill. (May 29, 2021) – Briar Bauman (No. 1 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750) reminded the Progressive American Flat Track world precisely why he’s the two-time defending Grand National Champion with a dominant performance in Saturday’s Chicago Half-Mile at the Dirt Oval at Route 66 Speedway in Joliet, Illinois.

The victory couldn’t come soon enough for Bauman, who lined up for the evening’s Main Event burdened by an uncharacteristic eight-race Mission SuperTwins presented by S&S Cycle wins drought.

Early on, it looked as if Bauman was going to have to pull it out of his helmet if he were to end his winless streak on this night. A wild opening several minutes saw him repeatedly cross lines and swap positions as part of a energized five-rider lead pack that also included his brother Bronson Bauman (No. 37 Indian Motorcycle of Oklahoma City FTR750), Jared Mees (No. 9 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750), Jarod Vanderkooi (No. 20 Mission Roof Systems Indian FTR750), and Brandon Robinson (No. 44 Mission Roof Systems Indian FTR750).

Unfortunately, that scintillating multi-line dogfight for victory was cut short near mid-distance when Mees got into the back of Robinson’s machine. In a slow-developing incident, Mees was stood up twice and was nearly thrown over the bars. Ultimately, he held on and stayed upright, but Robinson was not nearly so lucky as his bike was spun out from underneath him.

Moments later, James Rispoli (No. 43 Latus Motors Racing Harley-Davidson XG750R Rev X) joined Robinson on the deck, crashing as a result of the evasive action he took to avoid striking the downed rider. Robinson initially appeared destined for an ambulance ride but instead was cleared to line up at the very back of the staggered restart on his backup FTR750.

Reigning champion Bauman took point at the front of the staggered restart and put on a clinic from that point forward. He gradually gapped Mees, who later found himself more concerned with the looming presence of Vanderkooi in third. That concern was validated when Vanderkooi made his way through and locked down his second career premier-class runner-up in as many attempts. Mees continued on in third, which came as some relief considering he’s still on the mend with an injured left knee.

Bauman’s triumph not only put him back on top of the box, it also elevated him into the points lead for the first time in 2021.

After the race, he said, “Honestly, I’m just happy to be here racing again. I tried to say I wasn’t counting, but I was. It’s a weird deal; we were so dominant the second half of the season last year, and I haven’t been at all (in 2021). I’m going to be honest, the fire wasn’t there at all. I’ve been kind of burnt out on a lot of things and just kind of enjoying my time at home with Shayna (Texter-Bauman) and my dog.

“Right now, the fire is back.”

Fourth went to an inspired Robinson, who translated his adrenaline, anger, and frontrunning pace into a fourth-place finish despite being forced to charge his way up through the pack. The result came as little comfort to Robinson, who felt like he’d been robbed of a golden opportunity for victory after earlier winning the Mission Challenge.

The younger Bauman rounded out the top five, with Brandon Price (No. 92 Mission Roof Systems Indian FTR750), Davis Fisher (No. 67 BMC Racing/Dick Wall 60 Indian FTR750), JD Beach (No. 95 Estenson Racing Yamaha MT-07 DT), Robert Pearson (No. 27 Rackley Racing/John Franklin Indian FTR750), and Kolby Carlile (No. 36 Estenson Racing Yamaha MT-07 DT) completing the top ten.

 

AFT Singles

Few AFT Singles riders came into the Chicago Half-Mile so hungry for a win as Mikey Rush (No. 15 Estenson Racing Yamaha YZ450F), Morgen Mischler (No. 13 Mission Roof Systems KTM 450 SX-F) and Max Whale (No. 18 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 450 SX-FFE) — and for good reason.

The trio has repeatedly factored heavily for victory only to come up just short dating back to Rush’s mid-season 2020 win. In fact, in the series’ previous 11 races, the three combined to rack up 11 podiums — including seven runner-ups — with zero wins.

That was bound to end on Saturday as Rush, Mischler, and Whale quickly took formation in a three-wide group powering away from the remainder of the field. Rush controlled the opening laps after getting the holeshot, Mischler used the high line to run out front in the middle portions of the contest, while Whale surged forward with a pair of inside maneuvers to claim the lead with three minutes remaining. After that, the Aussie proved unassailable even if he couldn’t completely shake free from the pressure of Mischler and Rush.

The win was Whale’s first since earning his maiden Progressive AFT victory at the 2020 Volusia season opener.

He said, “That Main Event was so much fun. I found a line early on in the race that was working well. As the race went on, I noticed a front wheel a couple times on the inside and the outside, so I knew I could change it up. I started switching up my line about halfway through and found one and it stayed there. I’m so pumped about that.”

The final bit of drama took place when Mischler’s machine puffed a bit of smoke on the final lap just as Rush was closing in, only to completely let loose when Mischler took the checkered flag 0.172 seconds ahead in second.

Despite never challenging for the win, reigning class champion Dallas Daniels (No. 1 Estenson Racing Yamaha YZ450F) continues to lead the title fight — albeit only by a point over teammate Rush — after taking a relatively quiet fourth. Daniels was followed home by Michael Inderbitzin (No. 54 Pacific Tub & Tile Honda CRF450R), who rounded out the top five.

 

AFT Production Twins presented by Vance & Hines

Cory Texter (No. 65 G&G Racing/Roof Systems Yamaha MT-07) outdueled Chad Cose (No. 49 Voodoo Ranger/Roof Systems Harley-Davidson XG750R) in a stunning late-race shootout to become the first AFT Production Twins presented by Vance & Hines rider to score a second victory in 2021.

The battle gradually took shape over the course of a highly entertaining Main Event as the early thrills at the front were delivered by the likes of Dalton Gauthier (No. 79 D&D Cycles/Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson XG750R), Danny Eslick (No. 64 Pro One Industries Kawasaki Ninja 650), Johnny Lewis (No. 10 Moto Anatomy X Powered by Royal Enfield Twins FT), and Ben Lowe (No. 25 Mission Roof Systems Harley-Davidson XG750R).

At mid-distance Eslick was doing all that he could to fend off a fleet of Harleys aboard his Kawasaki from the low line, at least until Cose made his move. The Californian went around Eslick and then up the inside of Lowe in rapid succession and put his head down in a bid to escape.

Texter, meanwhile, systematically worked his way forward from further behind, closing in on Cose as the minutes ticked away. Once Texter decided to make his push for the win, the jockeying kicked into high gear. The final minute (plus two laps) saw the two trade the lead back and forth on five occasions, with Texter executing the final maneuver just as the two took the white flag.

Cose made one last desperate attempt around the outside but came up 0.114 seconds short at the checkered flag.

Texter relished in proving his doubters wrong yet again. After the race he said, “I know these guys are super talented — they’re probably more talented than me. But I just don’t feel like anybody is putting the work in that I am, day after day, and I have to because these guys are such good riders.

“It was a crazy race. I was back there, but I just don’t quit. I wanted to win it so bad. Chad rode such a good race; it’s fun when you can race one of your buddies because it was just like we were in the backyard play riding. That was awesome.”

Daytona 200 legend Eslick rounded out the podium with Lowe a few tenths back fourth. Ryan Varnes (No. 68 RVR/RoyBuilt Don’s Kawasaki Ninja 650) marched his way up through the pack to complete the top five while early-race contenders Gauthier and Lewis faded to seventh and eighth, respectively.

The Chicago Half-Mile will air on NBCSN on Sunday, June 6, starting at 5:00 p.m. ET/2:00 p.m. PT. The broadcast will include exclusive features, cutting-edge aerial drone and onboard footage, and the expert commentary of Progressive AFT legend Chris Carr.

 

Next Up:

The stars of Progressive AFT will test the upper limits of speed, bravery, and excitement when the series unleashes the first Mile action of the season doubleheader style. The Indian Motorcycle of Oklahoma City OKC Mile I & II presented by KICKER at Remington Park in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, will take place on Friday, June 18, and Saturday, June 19. Tickets are available for purchase now at https://store.americanflattrack.com/ebooking/ticket/view/id/3323/#selectTickets. For those viewing from home, live coverage will be available on any device for only $1.99 a month via TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold.

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More, from a press release issued by Yamaha:

Rush Extends Podium Streak at Chicago Half-Mile

Estenson Racing’s Mikey Rush is now the only rider in the paddock with an unblemished podium record this season, finishing third in the Progressive American Flat Track AFT Singles Main Event last night at the Chicago Half-Mile. He now trails teammate and defending class champion Dallas Daniels by just a single point for the championship lead after the Illinois rider finished fourth at the Dirt Oval at Route 66 Speedway. Their efforts were then backed up by a pair of top-10s from JD Beach and Kolby Carlile, who finished the Mission SuperTwins Main Event in eighth and 10th, respectively.

Rush got the holeshot in the AFT Singles Main, slotting his Yamaha YZ450F into the lead off the line. The race transformed into an intense three-rider scrap for the win. After running out front for the opening minutes, Rush was displaced to third as the clock ticked down but remained a constant presence in the battle for victory. The Californian upped the pressure over the race’s final two laps, closing dramatically on the rear wheels of his opponents, finishing less than eight tenths off the win and less than two tenths back of second.

Daniels had the pace but not the path to emerge as the fourth rider in victory contention at his first home round of the season. The Illinois native was forced to start from the third row after struggling in his Semi. He did what he could to get away from the start in seventh, but by the time he made his way up into fourth, there wasn’t enough time to close the gap to the three riders in front of him. Despite that, Daniels collected his fifth finish of fourth or better in as many tries in 2021 – including his sensational two-class double win in Atlanta – to retain the early AFT Singles points lead.

Beach kept himself firmly in the Mission SuperTwins championship mix as well, with another solid finish on Saturday. After searching for an ideal set-up all day on an evolving track, Beach fought his way forward in the Main following the race’s restart. At that point, he pushed as high up the order as sixth before ultimately finishing in eighth. Carlile faced similar issues with the changing surface but still managed to finished 10th aboard the second Yamaha MT-07 DT to keep the team’s perfect streak of top 10s alive. As a result, Beach currently ranks second and Carlile eighth in the season-long fight for the Grand National Championship.

Estenson Racing will open their Yamahas up and battle at high speed when the season resumes at Remington Park for the OKC Mile doubleheader in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on June 18-19.

Tommy Hayden – Estenson Racing Team Manager

“We’re really excited to be back racing here in Joliet today. Unfortunately, it just seemed like from the beginning of the day, all of our guys were just a little bit off and struggling. We made improvements throughout the day, and we were getting a little closer as the day went on. In the Main Event, I think all of our guys were the most competitive they had been all day. Although we didn’t quite end up with the results that we had hoped for, we learned a lot, and we’re definitely looking forward to getting on a Mile track in Oklahoma in a few weeks.”

Mikey Rush – Estenson Racing AFT Singles

“I’m stoked to get another podium this weekend in Chicago. From where we started the day off in qualifying and struggling a bit, it was a big weight off my shoulders to get on the box again. At the same time, I just really want to get that race win for the team. The team worked their tails off, making changes all day long, and everything was awesome for the main. I’m looking forward to Oklahoma. We’re going to keep chipping away to try and get a race win. We’re sitting good in the points, just a point off of Dallas in first. I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing during the week and show up ready to go.”

Dallas Daniels – Estenson Racing AFT Singles

“In practice, the track turned into a one-line groove, and you couldn’t really move around. They ended up doing some track prep, and for the Semi, the track was completely different. You could ride above the groove, and it was way faster, but we went the wrong direction in setup and ended up fifth in the Semi, which was not good at all. We had a third-row start for the Main Event, and that hurt us a lot. The team did a tremendous job, it was a scramble to get ready, but we were able to get an okay start from the third row and started picking guys off. I made my way to fourth and was running about the same lap times as the guys in front, but I just couldn’t make any ground up. If a bad day is fourth, I’ll take it. Again, I want to say a big thanks to the team; they really worked their tails off.”

JD Beach – Estenson Racing Mission SuperTwins

“The day started out a little rough for us, and we got caught off guard with track prep a little bit. The track started off dry, but then AFT got some water into it, and it started coming around. In the Semi, it was a bit dry again, and I struggled while trying to adapt to it. We had a good direction to go for in the Main and made some forward progress there, but we were still struggling. I wasn’t riding well enough through the turns and had to change my riding style some to suit the track and the bike setup. We didn’t do as well as we hoped, but we learned a lot and are looking forward to the next one.”

Kolby Carlile – Estenson Racing Mission SuperTwins

“It was really tough from the get-go. The track was really dry and dusty the first couple of sessions, and then through the Semi, it was a little notch groove around the bottom. My bike worked decent for that, but it took me a while to get it going. We made some drastic changes before the Main Event, and it seemed to be a little bit better, but it was slippery for everyone. I started so far in the back it was hard for me to make up any time. I put in a good 10 minutes, and I’m happy with how I rode. We tried our best, and we’ll put our heads together and try again in three weeks. I’m looking forward to the Oklahoma Mile. Those big cushion Miles are kind of my forte, and I’m glad to have a fast Yamaha 750 under me and just let her dig.”

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