2020 Dallas Half-Mile Results

| September 27, 2020
Briar Bauman (No. 1 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750) delivered another devastating performance to up his run of dominance to four in Saturday evening’s Roof Systems Dallas Half-Mile II presented by Law Tigers at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas.

Bauman Doubles Up At Dallas Half-Mile Doubleheader

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Briar Bauman swept the Dallas Half-Mile doubleheader.
Bauman was again untouchable, streaking out to the lead when the lights went green for the AFT SuperTwins presented by Vance & Hines Main Event and piling it on from there.
Friday’s runner-up, Sammy Halbert (No. 69 Coolbeth-Nila Racing Indian FTR750), got caught up behind Jeffrey Carver Jr. (No. 23 Happy Trails Racing FTR750) while Bauman escaped at the front during the race’s opening stages. Halbert managed to slip into second with just over nine minutes remaining, providing him plenty of time to track down the leader if he had the pace to do so. And while Halbert did immediately open up some space behind him once through, Bauman in turn just kept running away from him en route to an eventual 4.393-second margin of victory.
Bauman’s monster weekend has the potential to be a turning point in this year’s Grand National Championship fight. Prior to the Dallas doubleheader, Bauman and rival Jared Mees(No. 9 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750) had traded the title lead back and forth at each successive event. Bauman brought that trend to an end in a major way in Texas, turning what was a narrow five-point advantage into a protective 25-point lead.
Bauman explained how he managed to look so smooth when everyone else was flailing about: “My guys had my bike handling so good tonight. It was flawless and I just tried to be smooth. I tried to not hit those holes and avoid the stuff that was going to slow me down.”
Mees, meanwhile, got away in fifth and started looking for a way past Friday podium man Robert Pearson (No. 27 Rackley Racing Indian FTR750) in earnest with seven and a half minutes remaining. Mees attempted to go low and then high — and then low and high again — but the most he could ever do was pull alongside the scrappy Pearson.
Their battle caught and overhauled Carver, the two storming through into third and fourth, respectively, in one fell swoop with four minutes to go.
Mees threw in several more attempts at the podium but was unable to make a move stick; for the second night in a row, Pearson beat him to the line for third, this time by 0.257 seconds.
Carver held on to round out the top five.

AFT Singles presented by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys

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Daniel Dallas doubled up in Singles as well.

Ten races into the 2020 AFT Singles presented by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys season, five riders have one win, and one rider has five wins. The five-win rider, Dallas Daniels (No. 32 Estenson Racing Yamaha YZ450F), doubled up at his namesake event on Saturday night with a Dallas HM performance that accurately represented the superiority he’s demonstrated as of late.

Despite claiming the first pick on the front row, Daniels slipped off the line, allowing Henry Wiles (No. 17 RMR Honda/Honda Talon CRF450R), Mikey Rush (No. 15 Estenson Racing Yamaha YZ450F), and Morgen Mischler (No. 13 Roof Systems DFW/Duffy Fleet Services KTM 450 SX-F) through at the start.
In response, Daniels went to work. He dropped Mischler within a lap. Not long after, Daniels ducked under Rush to move into second, nearly acing Wiles in the same maneuver. Less than a minute later, Daniels drove up alongside Wiles mid-corner and then powered by him on exit in the exact same manner.
With clear air in front of him, Daniels opened up several bike lengths in just a half lap and ultimately sprinted away to a five-plus second margin of victory.
After the race, 17-year-old Daniels said, “It’s definitely not easy, especially when you get a terrible start like I did. Me and my crew chief were talking about getting a good start, and I guess I wanted to do the exact opposite. I had a move going out of Turn 2; there was a little bit of a rut those guys were hitting and going wide, and I was able to go underneath them. I was able to do it to Mikey and then Henry too.
“To be honest, I didn’t know what was going on behind me. I just charged, charged, charged. When I looked back after the checkers, I had a really big gap.”
While Daniels erased all drama in the fight for victory, there was plenty of action behind. Rush and Wiles went at it for second for the majority of the race. However, second-ranked Wiles lost the groove as the clock hit 0:00, and over the race’s final two laps, he’d drop from a potential runner-up to an eventual sixth.
With Wiles out of contention, Rush gave Estenson Racing the 1-2. Less than a half-second back, Tanner Dean (No. 38 1st Impressions Race Team Honda CRF450R) just beat Michael Inderbitzin (No. 54 RMR Honda/Honda Talon CRF450R) to the line to finish third. Mischler finished a further 1.3 seconds back to complete the top five.
Even after missing the Main in the season opener, Daniels now boasts more than a full race’s advantage in the standings, leading Wiles by 34 points (183-149). Rush is in third at 141.

AFT Production Twins

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James Rispoli was another two-time winner at Dallas.
James Rispoli (No. 43 Latus Motors Racing Harley-Davidson XG750R) continued his march toward the 2020 AFT Production Twins title, locking down his sixth win in the season’s last seven races.
This victory was not as easily earned as it sounds, however.
Cory Texter (No. 1 G&G Racing/Roof Systems Yamaha MT-07) rode like a reigning class champ and executed a perfect launch from the inside starting position, successfully translating the holeshot into an extended run at the front.
Texter continually fended off a stalking Rispoli, who repeatedly looked for a way up the inside of his rival as the two ripped away from the rest of the pack.
Texter managed to keep the fleet Rispoli corralled behind him until just after the half distance flags flew. At that point, the champ ran slightly wide and that was all the invitation the current title leader required.
Rispoli put his XG750R into first and immediately went into supercruise mode, blasting away at the front.
Behind, Ryan Varnes (No. 68 RVR/RoyBuilt Don’s Kawasaki Ninja 650) and Chad Cose (No. 49 Wally Brown Racing Harley-Davidson XG750R) applied heavy pressure to third-placed Jeremiah Duffy (No. 42 Sammy O Racing/ERT Kawasaki Ninja 650) as the three tussled over the final podium position.
That pressure transformed into chaos when Varnes’ front wheel contacted Duffy’s rear wheel, sending Varnes over the bars. The incident brought out the red flag with just over two minutes remaining, giving the field another shot at ending Rispoli’s win streak.
Unfortunately for them, Rispoli held on to the lead as they left the staggered start and immediately started throwing in the Main’s fastest laps. Texter did well to keep him honest, but ultimately, it added up to a fifth consecutive AFT Production Twins victory for the two-time AMA Pro SuperSport champion.
“I’m stoked that Cory was able to put up a massive, massive challenge tonight,” Rispoli said. “He rode really well. This wasn’t easy at all. The track was hard and technical.
“I’ve got to take my hat off to my team. We weren’t the fastest guy, and we had to come a little bit from behind, and they were able to get it done. Five in a row… This is a dream season.”
Cose beat Duffy off the line at the restart to collect third. Duffy was dropped a couple more positions before it was over, as Rispoli’s fellow former road racing national champion, Danny Eslick (No. 64 Scott Powersports/R&D Machine Kawasaki Ninja 650) slid past claim fourth while Dylan Bell (No. 31 Wayne Moore/Martin Trucking Harley-Davidson XG750R) got by as well to round out the top five.
Despite his heavy fall, Varnes not only made the restart, but he also raced his way up from the back of the field to finish seventh.
Rispoli now leads Texter by 48 points with six races remaining, 224 to 176.
2020 American Flat Track Championship
Dallas Half-Mile 2
Devil’s Bowl Speedway
Mesquite, Texas
RESULTS (September 26, 2020)

AFT SuperTwins Main (Top 10)

1. Briar Bauman (Ind) 36 Laps
2. Sammy Halbert (Ind) 4.393
3. Robert Pearson (Ind) 5.183
4. Jared Mees (Ind) 5.440
5. Jeffrey Carver (Ind) 11.033
6. Bronson Bauman (Ind) 13.500
7. Dan Bromley (Ind) 14.777
8. Brandon Price (Ind) 15.098
9. Jake Johnson (Ind) 16.327
10. JD Beach (Yam) 17.587

AFT Singles Main (Top 10)

1. Dallas Daniels (Yam) 25 Laps
2. Michael Rush (Yam) 5.029
3. Tanner Dean (Hon) 5.436
4. Michael Inderbitzin (Hon) 5.529
5. Morgen Mischler (KTM) 6.859
6. Henry Wiles (Hon) 7.168
7. Max Whale (Kaw) 7.552
8. Brandon Kitchen (KTM) 8.043
9. Trent Lowe (Hon) 8.174
10. Andrew Luker (Yam) 12.398

AFT Production Twins Main (Top 10)

1. James Rispoli (H-D) 23 Laps
2. Cory Texter (Yam) 0.663
3. Chad Cose (H-D) 1.842
4. Danny Eslick (Kaw) 3.824
5. Dylan Bell (H-D) 4.379
6. Jeremiah Duffy (Kaw) 5.202
7. Ryan Varnes (Kaw) 5.553
8. Ben Lowe (Yam) 5.722
9. Michael Inderbitzin (Kaw) 5.933
10. Nick Armstrong (Yam) 6.618

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DALLAS HALF-MILE 1

Reigning Progressive American Flat Track Grand National Champion Briar Bauman (No. 1 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750) obliterated the world’s best dirt trackers for the third consecutive race, putting on yet another clinic in Friday night’s Roof Systems Dallas Half-Mile I presented by Law Tigers at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas.

Briar Bauman Tops Dallas Half-Mile 1

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Briar Bauman won the opening Dallas Half-Mile on Friday.
Bauman was in control of the AFT SuperTwins presented by Vance & Hines Main Event from green light to checkered flag, looking remarkably smooth throughout an unfamiliar circuit that caught many of his rivals out.
In some ways, the victory celebration started with more than four minutes remaining when the blue flags started flying in earnest. By the time the race was complete, Bauman had lapped his way all the way up to seventh position.
“I got into some battles I wasn’t supposed to be in,” Bauman said. “I got into a line of guys one time and it was pretty hectic. But they all did a great job seeing the blue flags. It’s so difficult on a small track like this to alter your lines while in a battle. Hats off to all the guys.
“I’m so happy to be here. I’m just trying to learn as much as I can as I go. I say this a lot, but I’ve made a lot of dumb moves in my career, and I’m just trying to minimize those and get better every weekend.”
Sammy Halbert (No. 69 Coolbeth-Nila Racing Indian FTR750) was the only rider that looked to be in Bauman’s league on this evening. The Springfield Mile winner maintained a gap of right around two seconds back deep into the Main before the run through packs of slower riders eventually dropped him to a final margin of 3.445 seconds.
Jared Mees (No. 9 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750) seemed destined to limit the championship damage he would absorb by rounding out the podium. However, he took another hit when he was victimized by an on-form Robert Pearson (No. 27 Rackley Racing Indian FTR750), who returned to action in Dallas following a couple of rounds away with a new team and plenty of motivation.
Pearson powered his way forward from outside the top five to reel in Mees late. He then executed the decisive maneuver after the clocks showed 0:00 to notch up his first podium of the 2020 season.
Dan Bromley (No. 62 Roof Systems of Dallas, Texas Indian FTR750) — who earlier exploited the high line to win his Semi — ran fourth over the race’s opening half. Unfortunately, his bike was damaged in an incident, and he was forced to retire after losing his seat.
Brandon Price (No. 92 Roof Systems of Dallas, Texas Indian FTR750) completed the top five.
Bauman’s recent winning streak has pushed his championship lead up to 15 over Mees (194-179). Halbert is a distant third at 143. Everyone else is more than three full races back.

AFT Singles presented by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys

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Dallas Daniels won the Singles main event.
It was only natural that the AFT Singles presented by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneysrider to shine the brightest in Dallas was one Dallas Daniels (No. 32 Estenson Racing Yamaha YZ450F). Of course, Daniels hasn’t required any type of luck to separate himself from the pack in 2020.
The rising star seized control of the race by the end of lap one and never saw an opponent’s wheel from that point forward. In a class where no other rider has more than one win on the year, Daniels already boasts four as he has firmly established himself as the championship favorite with the season heading down the stretch.
“It’s cool, ‘Dallas winning in Dallas.’” Daniels said. “It’s awesome — it was just a great day. My Estenson Monster Energy Yamaha team really busts their tails. They had the bike working awesome. When the track got slick tonight bike set-up was huge, and they had it figured out.
“We’ll try to do it again tomorrow. No one has done the double yet this year, and I want to be able to do it.”
Daniels’ primary challenger this season — the hugely experienced and decorated Henry Wiles (No. 17 RMR Honda/Honda Talon CRF450R) — chased him as deep into the Main as he could manage. However, by mid-distance, he was forced to turn his attention to charging teammate Michael Inderbitzin (No. 54 RMR Honda/Honda Talon CRF450R).
Inderbitzin was the one rider who may have had the pace to beat Daniels. However, the polesitter dropped outside the top five off the line and was forced to use that speed just to put himself on Wiles’ rear wheel as they took the halfway flags. Not surprisingly, Wiles proved a hard target, fending Inderbitzin off until the very final lap.
After being displaced to third, Wiles attempted to square his teammate back up in the short sprint to the flag, but Inderbitzin narrowly held on to earn his first podium of the season by 0.089 seconds.
A couple seconds further back, Williams Grove runner-up Trent Lowe (No. 48 Roof Systems of Dallas, TX/Shoei Helmets Honda CRF450R) edged Morgen Mischler (No. 13 Roof Systems DFW/Duffy Fleet Services KTM 450 SX-F) for fourth by just over a tenth of a second.
Daniels’ teammate, Mikey Rush (No. 15 Estenson Racing Yamaha YZ450F), ran in the lead group early but ultimately crossed the stripe down in eighth.
As a result, Daniels now leads the points by 22 over Wiles and 37 over Rush ahead of tomorrow’s rematch.

AFT Production Twins

James Rispoli (No. 43 Latus Motors Racing Harley-Davidson XG750R) continued to operate in another orbit compared to the rest of the AFT Production Twins field, streaking to his fifth win in six races with relative ease.
Defending class champion Cory Texter (No. 1 G&G Racing/Roof Systems Yamaha MT-07) shot into the lead off the light, followed by Chad Cose (No. 49 Wally Brown Racing Harley-Davidson XG750R).
Polesitter Rispoli dropped to third at the start but was already in the lead and shaking free by the end of the opening lap. Cose did all he could to give the title leader a fight, holding onto his draft for about three minutes before Rispoli put an end to his challenge and blasted off to yet another blowout victory.
After securing his fourth consecutive class triumph, Rispoli said, “We are fired up! I can’t thank my team Latus Motors Racing enough. My crew put together such a great package — I wouldn’t be here without them. Our team is so cool, so small, and so niche. It’s making the difference.”
Title contender Ryan Varnes (No. 68 RVR/RoyBuilt Don’s Kawasaki Ninja 650) suffered a huge moment early, dropping from third to seventh in the process. He spent the next half race clawing his way forward. Varnes did well to battle his way back into third and even closed in on runner-up Cose for a spell, but was forced to accept the final spot on the box in the end.
Ben Lowe (No. 25 Roof Systems of Dallas/Bruce Lowe Excavating Yamaha MT-07) held down fourth for much of the contest but became embroiled in a scrap for the position with Jeremiah Duffy (No. 42 Sammy O Racing/ERT Kawasaki Ninja 650). Duffy managed to find a way through to take fourth at the flag while Lowe rounded out the top five less than a second back.
After getting such a strong start, Texter’s race ended down in seventh, 0.154 seconds back of Danny Eslick (No. 64 Scott Powersports/R&D Machine Kawasaki Ninja 650).
Rispoli now holds a title lead equal to his competition number, up a full 43 points on second-ranked Texter. CN
2020 American Flat Track Championship
Dallas Half-Mile 1
Devil’s Bowl Speedway
Mesquite, Texas
RESULTS (September 25, 2020)

AFT SuperTwins Main

1. Briar Bauman (Ind) 36 Laps
2. Sammy Halbert (Ind) 3.445
3. Robert Pearson (Ind) 5.212
4. Jared Mees (Ind) 6.485
5. Brandon Price (Ind) 14.101
6. Bronson Bauman (Ind) 16.942
7. Jaron Vanderkooi (H-D) 19.343
8. Jeffrey Carver Jr. (Ind) 35 Laps
9. Dalton Gauthier (H-D) 0.783
10. Jake Johnson (Ind) 0.950

AFT Singles Main

1. Dallas Daniels (Yam) 24 Laps
2. Morgen Mischler (Hon) 2.421
3. Henry Wiles (Hon) 2.511
4. Trent Lowe (Hon) 4.409
5. Morgen Mischler (KTM) 4.547
6. Tanner Dean (Hon) 6.579
7. Chad Cose (Suz) 8.127
8. Michael Rush (Yam) 8.835
9. Jesse Janisch (Hus) 10.565
10. Andrew Luker (Yam) 11.347

AFT Production Twins Main

1. James Rispoli (H-D) 24 Laps
2. Chad Cose (H-D) 3.137
3. Ryan Varnes (Kaw) 3.527
4. Jeremiah Duffy (Kaw) 7.124
5. Ben Lowe (Yam) 8.067
6. Danny Eslick (Kaw) 9.929
7. Cory Texter (Yam) 10.083
8. Nick Armstrong (Yam) 14.152
9. Brock Schwarzenbacher (Kaw) 18.687
10. Dylan Bell (H-D) 19.435

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