05/12 2018

Mile Racing Returns to American Flat Track with this weekend’s Arizona Mile at Turf Paradise

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 8, 2018) – The forecast calls for 100-degree temperatures in Phoenix this coming Saturday for the Law Tigers Arizona Mile presented by Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson at the luxurious Turf Paradise venue. That’s hot, and considering the bar-to-bar action and close-proximity passing we’ve seen in the TTs, Short Tracks and Half-Miles so far this season, the on-track action for the first Mile of the 2018 season should boil every bit as ferociously.

Indian Motorcycle Wrecking Crew member Jared Mees (No. 1 Indian Motorcycle/Rogers Racing/SDI Scout FTR750) has garnered most of the attention this season in the AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines division with his three wins – at Daytona, Texas and Calistoga last weekend.

Given that, Mees must still be considered the favorite at Arizona, but a handful of guys are tired of seeing the back of his leathers and are looking to take him down a notch or two. They include Jeffrey Carver Jr. (No. 23 Roof Systems/Indian of Metro Milwaukee Scout FTR750), who lost to Mees by a half bike-length at Calistoga; Henry Wiles (No. 17 Wilco Racing/Willy Built Indian Scout FTR750), currently second in points; Briar Bauman (No. 14 Zanotti Racing/Western Powersports Kawasaki Ninja 650), who scored a runner-up to Mees in Texas; Brad Baker (No. 6 Indian Motorcycle/Allstate Insurance Scout FTR750), who got second here last year and who’s still looking for that first win on the Indian FTR; and Kenny Coolbeth Jr. (No. 2 Nila Racing/Columbia Avionics Indian Scout FTR750), who ended up winning the Atlanta Short-Track after the Mees DQ.

Mile races, which are significantly faster and involve drafting and strategy, are a totally different animal, so there’s bound to be surprises in Arizona – and especially so in the AFT Singles division, where it’s been anyone’s game so far this year. Four races and four different winners thus far: Dan Bromley (No. 62 KTM North America/Bromley Motorsports KTM 450 SX-F) at Daytona, Brandon Price (No. 92 Parkinson Bros. Racing/DPC Racing Honda CRF450R) in Atlanta, Morgen Mischler (No. 69 Cycle Craft Yamaha/Rohde’s Sales & Service Yamaha YZ450F) in Texas, and Ryan Wells (No. 94 Richie Morris Racing/Al Lamb Dallas Honda CRF450R) at Calistoga.

The common denominator, at least in the last two rounds, has been Shayna Texter (No. 52 Husqvarna Motorcycle/JCS Racing Husqvarna FC 450), who started slowly this season due to limited testing time and familiarity with her new FC 450 but who’s caught fire recently, posting two consecutive runner-up finishes and nearly beating Mischler to the line in Texas. Texter is on fire right now, and considering the fact that Mile races are her forte, she’s definitely one to watch in AFT Singles this weekend.

Of course, there’ll be lots of other fun stuff to do this weekend during the Arizona Mile, including Friday’s vintage motorcycle museum tour at race sponsor Buddy Stubbs’ Harley-Davidson store starting at 3:00 pm PT. Later that day there’ll be an official fan gathering at the Point Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort beginning at 7:00 pm PT.

On Saturday the fun begins early, with gates opening at 10:50 am PT and practice starting for AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines promptly at 11:00 am PT. A vintage bike showwill open the Throwback Pavilion at the same time, with a Throwback Party happening at 12:00 am PT – with a live band providing dance motivation.

At 1:00 pm PT the paddock opens for autographs and racer/team interaction, and at 1:45 pm PT a ’60s/’70s Costume Party commences, so bring your best Evel Knievel or On Any Sunday t-shirts. Opening ceremonies happen at 2:00 pm PT, with the first Heat races of the day – AFT Singles – blasting off the line at 2:30 pm PT.

A celebrity mini-bike race practice is scheduled for the short intermission between Heats and Semis, with the celebrity race itself scheduled just a few minutes before the AFT Singles Main Event at 4:25 pm PT.

The AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines Main is scheduled for 5:00 pm PT, so get there early, grab some refreshments to beat the heat, have some fun and watch the best flat track motorcycle racers in the world battle it out at 130 mph on the straights and 90 mph through the corners.

Tickets are available now for the Law Tigers Arizona Mile presented by Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson at Fans that can’t make the race can watch live on starting at 2:00 pm ET, and everyone can re-live the experience when the feature broadcast of the Arizona Mile debuts on NBCSN on Saturday, May 26 at 3:00 pm.