After Sammy Halbert and Bryan Smith took turns at the front, Jared Mees prevailed at the Allen County Fairgrounds for his first victory of 2014. After Sammy Halbert and Bryan Smith took turns at the front, Jared Mees prevailed at the Allen County Fairgrounds for his first victory of 2014. Photo by Dave Hoenig / courtesy AMA Pro Racing

Mees takes third Lima win

Written by  on Sunday, 29 June 2014 22:41

LIMA, Ohio - In a wild and entertaining showdown between some of the most prominent names in the game, Jared Mees took home the Lima Half-Mile main event victory on Saturday night at the Allen County Fairgrounds in Lima, Ohio, aboard his Rogers Racing Harley-Davidson.

"I got a great start and it feels great to get this win," said Mees. "I saw several guys up top on every turn but I decided to stick with my plan and stay low. I got a little better each time I went out and I felt I was finally perfect once the main event came around. I knew I wasn't going to get tired and that I just needed to get through it. It's just so great to have such a strong team behind me; I couldn't have accomplished this without all of their hard work."

It's safe to say Mees knows his way around the pea-gravel oval, as the 2012 Grand National Champion holds 2005 and 2007 main event victories at Lima.

Though Mees won by an impressive 2.663 seconds, his victory wasn't as smooth-sailing as it appeared. In fact, there's a good chance that the Clio, Mich., product wouldn't have earned his 14th overall Grand National victory if it hadn't been for Sammy Halbert's extremely costly bike malfunction on lap 12.

Halbert maintained a massive lead for the entire first half of the race before his South East Harley-Davidson blew up on the backstretch and started smoking, causing the Graham, Wash., native's night to be cut short and result in a lackluster 16th place finish.

After Halbert's mishap, it was Bryan Smith, aboard his Crosley Radio/Villa-Esparza Kawasaki who briefly took control of the lead. Between turns one and two on lap 15, however, Smith went too wide and coughed up the lead to Mees. The rest is history. Mees ripped the lead from Smith and never looked back, earning his first win of the 2014 season and catapulting himself to third in the overall Grand National Championship point standings.

Smith fell back to third place by the race's conclusion, as Brandon Robinson claimed the impressive runner-up finish aboard his USC Kawasaki after starting ninth on the grid to begin the main event.

Kenny Coolbeth, aboard his Zanotti Racing Harley-Davidson and Jake Johnson, aboard his Ramspur Winery Ducati rounded out the top five, respectfully.

Kyle Johnson started from pole position and crossed the finish line first to take home the coveted AMA Pro Singles main event victory Saturday night aboard his Parkinson Brothers Racing Honda. Johnson, who also won last weekend's Knoxville Half-Mile, has caught fire as of late, as he claimed the Lima Half-Mile checkered flag by a whopping 5.439 seconds.

After back-to-back main event victories, Johnson has propelled himself to fourth in the AMA Pro Singles point standings in just his second season as a professional motorcycle racer.

Davis Fisher finished second aboard his TJ Burnett Farms Honda despite starting from sixth on the grid. Fisher was riding in fourth place for most of the main event but managed to turn on the jets on the race's final two laps to earn his second second-place finish of the 2014 season.

Robert Descenna, aboard his Bob Weirbach Racing Honda closed out the podium with a solid third place finish while Brandon Wilhelm, aboard his Sylvester Farms Honda, and Dylan Morin, mounted on his Arai KTM, rounded out the top five finishers, respectfully.

The stars of AMA Pro Flat Track will head to Hagerstown, Md., for the Hagerstown Half-Mile at Hagerstown Speedway on July 5.

Footage of the Lima Half-Mile will be available to view on AMA Pro Racing's YouTube portal at www.youtube.com/amaprovids in the coming days.

Grand National Race Results

1

9

Jared Mees

Rogers Racing,Las Vegas HD, Blue Springs...

Harley-Davidson

25 Laps

WINNER

0:27.359

26

2

44

Brandon Robinson

USC Kawasaki,Hart Racing,Hot Shot,Stevens...

Kawasaki EX650

2.663

2.663

0:27.665

19

3

42

Bryan Smith

Villa-Esparza Crosley Radios Howerton Products ...

Kawasaki EX650

2.832

0.169

0:27.037

18

4

2

Kenny Coolbeth, Jr.

Zanotti Racing/Moroneys H-D,Burt Ives Honda, ...

Harley-Davidson

7.235

4.402

0:27.747

15

5

5

Jake Johnson

Ramspur Winery,Lloyd Bros Motorsports, Parkinson...

Ducati Hypermotard

8.977

1.742

0:27.907

14

6

80

Stevie Bonsey

Zanotti Racing,Classic Harley-Davidson,Top1,K&N...

Harley-Davidson

9.717

0.740

0:27.816

14

7

27

Robert Pearson

Weirbach Racing

Harley-Davidson

10.572

0.854

0:27.826

12

8

55

Jake Shoemaker

Montgomeryville Cycle Center, Greg Vietri, Penske...

Kawasaki EX650

20.822

10.250

0:27.998

11

9

61

DUSTIN Crow

Greg Crow Racing,Gardner Racing,Harley-Davidson Of...

Harley-Davidson

21.020

0.198

0:28.084

10

10

13

Jake Constantine

Allphase Masonry & Chimney, Matts Cycle Center, Ed...

Kawasaki EX650

21.843

0.822

0:27.916

9

11

17

Henry Wiles

Dons Kawasaki,DPC Racing,EA Racing,Eddie...

Kawasaki EX650

24 Laps

1 Lap

0:27.697

8

12

25A

Shayna Texter

Latus Motors,Triumph,Castrol Oil,Crosley...

Triumph Bonneville

25.796

25.796

0:28.282

7

13

23

Jeffrey Carver Jr.

Ben Evan & Dave Cycles, KK Supply, Aria Helmets,...

Suzuki SV1000

26.270

0.473

0:28.383

6

14

96B

Cody Johncox

Dick Ford,Sunnyside,Brush/Eaken Racing,American...

Harley-Davidson

17 Laps

7 Laps

0:28.221

5

15

14

Briar Bauman

Monster Energy Kawasaki Werner-Springsteen Racing ...

Kawasaki EX650

16 Laps

1 Lap

0:27.749

4

16

7

Sammy Halbert

South East H-D,Whites H-D,Specialty ...

Harley-Davidson

12 Laps

4 Laps

0:26.720

8

17

1

Brad Baker

Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Screamin Eagle...

Harley-Davidson

DNF

DNF

DNF

6

18

31

Daniel Ingram

Three Bears Racing, IBC Books, Zanna, Chisum,...

Harley-Davidson

DNF

DNF

DNF

1

Grand National Standings (Top 25)

1

Kenny Coolbeth, Jr.

95

17

1*

2

1*

4

2

2

Jake Johnson

86

10

2#

4

2

5

0

3

Jared Mees

85

5

12

3

4#

1*

1

4

Brandon Robinson

73

3

5

7

8

2

0

5

Sammy Halbert

72

2

4

18

3

16#

0

6

Bryan Smith

70

8

1*#

7

3

1

7

Stevie Bonsey

59

9

3

16

5

6

0

8

Henry Wiles

57

6

6

6

9

11

0

9

Briar Bauman

43

1*#

15

9

18

15

1

10

Brad Baker

42

11

5

6

17

0

11

Mike Rush

25

4

9

0

12

Robert Pearson

25

16

10

7

0

13

Jake Constantine

25

7

10

0

14

Jake Shoemaker

21

13

17

17

8

0

15

Chad Cose

17

8

16

0

16

DUSTIN Crow

17

12

9

0

17

Matt Weidman

15

7

18

0

18

Danny Koelsch

15

11

12

0

19

Jethro Halbert

14

15

10

0

20

Mikey Martin

13

14

11

0

21

Nichole Mees

11

8

0

22

Doug Lawrence

11

12

15

0

23

Jeffrey Carver Jr.

11

14

13

0

24

Shayna Texter

10

16

12

0

25

Shawn Baer

9

10

0

--From AMA Pro Racing

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