LIMA — Motorcycle racing fans are getting geared up for what looks to be another great race.
The American Flat Track series riders will be competing in the Indian Motorcycle Lima Half-Mile on Saturday at the Allen County Fairgrounds. The gates open at 1 p.m., the opening ceremonies start at 6 p.m. and the George Schroeder Dash for Cash starts at 6:15 p.m.
Jared Mees and his wife Nichole are entering their third year of owning and promoting the Lima Half-Mile. Mees is excited to once again promote one of the most unique tracks on the AFT circuit.
“The track has a cushion pea-gravel surface,” Mees said. “We spend a lot of the time going sideways. It’s one of the oldest running events. It has an old school feel. There aren’t fancy VIP press boxes, it’s at the fairgrounds, and you might get sprayed with pea gravel. You just never know what you’re going to get.”
Mees also competes in the AFT Twins division and is dominating so far this year. He’s won all but one race so far and currently has 195 points. Henry Wiles is second with 136 points and Brad Baker is third with 116 points.
“It’s been a great season so far,” Mees said. “We were able to win in Daytona to start the year and everything has been going in the right direction ever since. We’ve been lucky to not have any problems either. My team has been doing a great job. Our preparation and mindset it where it needs to be.”
Some people might say that Mees has an advantage heading into the Lima Half-Mile because he owns and promotes the race. He believes that couldn’t be farther from the truth.
“There is no advantage on the racetrack at all,” Mees said. “There is so much on my mind that day. It’s definitely a special event for me though. I’ve won there three times. I got my first Grand National victory there back in 2005. I also won in 2007 and 2014. It’s very close to where I live in Michigan. I call it my hometown track.”
There will be a new added twist to the George Roeder Dash for Cash this year. This will also be the last Dash for Cash.
“This year the fans have a shot to win some money too,” Mees said. “We will be drawing six people from everybody who have pre-purchased their tickets. Those six people will have the option to pick one of the six riders in competing in the Dash for Cash. If their rider wins, they will receive the same amount of money that the rider gets for winning.”