Three Straight For Mees

Paul Carruthers | July 8, 2007
Blue Springs Screamin’ Eagle’s Jared Mees became the first rider since Chris Carr in 2001 to win three straight AMA Grand Nationals, the Harley-Davidson factory rider leading all 25 laps of the rescheduled Joliet Half Mile last night.

Two weeks after rain forced the Joliet race to be rescheduled, Mees was dominant in the fourth round of the 13-race AMA Ford Quality Flat Track Twins Championship. Fourth into the first turn, Mees was in the lead by the time the leaders crossed the start-finish line and and he led the rest of the laps.

Mees Screamin’ Eagle teammate Bryan Smith put his Moroney’s Harley-Davidson into the lead at the start, but he slipped back to fifth before mounting a charge that would bring him back to American Suzuki’s Jake Johnson.

Smith ended up finishing second, though he was 1.5 seconds behind Mees. Johnson took the final podium spot on his Suzuki ahead of defending Grand National Champion Kenny Coolbeth.

Johnson’s teammate JR Schnabel ended up fifth.


1. Jared Mees (Harley-Davidson)

2. Bryan Smith (Harley-Davidson)

3. Jake Johnson (Suzuki)

4. Ken Coolbeth (Harley-Davidson)

5. JR Schnabel (Suzuki)

6. Paul Lynch (Harley-Davidson)

7. Shaun Russell (Harley-Davidson)

8. Chris Carr (Harley-Davidson)

9. Johnny Murphree (Harley-Davidson)

10. A J Eslick (Harley-Davidson)

Paul Carruthers | Editor

Paul Carruthers took over as the editor of Cycle News in 1993 after serving as associate editor since starting his career at the publication in 1985. Carruthers has covered every facet of the sport in his near-28-year tenure at America's Daily Motorcycle News Source.