LIMA — Everybody likes the sweet taste of victory. For Jared Mees, his victory on Saturday night might have been the sweetest victory he’s had all season. Mees won the 2018 Indian Motorcycle Lima Half-Mile at the Allen County fairgrounds in the American Flat Track Twins division. Jeffrey Carver Jr. came in second, Henry Wiles came in third and last year’s winner, Briar Bauman finished in fourth.
Mees’s margin of victory was 2.738 seconds. Carver Jr. earned the right to pick his starting position first since he won the pole. Mees was able to pick next and he decided to start at the top of the track. That decision paid off as he was able to get a tremendous start and took the lead right out of the gate. Mees never looked back from there as he cruised to victory in the 25 lap main event feature. The main feature consisted of 18 total riders in the AFT Twins division.
“We had a good start and that’s what it takes on these cushion, pea-gravel tracks,” Mees said. “If you can get out in front early it makes the world of difference.”
Mees, who is the promotor of the Lima Half-Mile along with his wife Nichole, was thrilled to win the event he covets the most.
“This was a killer event,” Mees said. “Hats off to my entire crew for making this all happen. I can’t say thank you enough to everybody who makes this event happen. To win my own event was a huge check off my bucket list. I love this place. I’ve won it now four times. It’s an amazing feeling.”
Mees has been dominating the AFT Twins circuit for the 2018 season. He has won eight out of the 10 races so far. He has 220 points on the season while Wiles is currently in second place with 153 points and Brad Baker is in third with 130 points.
“It’s been fantastic,” Mees said. “I wish I knew (how I’ve been winning) just because I’d keep doing what I’ve been doing. I just have a good routine and a great team. A great team makes it awesome. I have a great team at home and a great team behind the scenes.”
Mees rode on an Indian motorcycle and this was the first time a rider has won the Lima Half-Mile on that particular motorcycle.
“Indian is a big supporter of the event and a big supporter of myself,” Mees said. “To get them a win here was awesome.”
The next AFT race will be at Weedsport Speedway in Weedsport, NY for the Harley-Davidson New York Short Track event.
The only female in competition for the Indian Motorcycle Lima Half-Mile Singles won the grand prize. Shayna Texter captured her first career Lima Half-Mile victory on Saturday night as she was able to outrun Ryan Wells who finished in second and the current AFT Singles points leader, Dan Bromley, who finished in third. Texter took the lead on turn two on the first lap and never looked back as she cruised to victory. She won by 4.765 seconds.
“It feels incredible to win here at Lima,” Texter said. “I never in a billion years thought that I’d win this race. It’s so demanding but it’s a dream come true. I’m so happy to finally win this one.”
Texter didn’t start out on the poll after the semifinals race. Many people thought that she might have done some tune-ups on her motorcycle since she won in such a convincing fashion.
“We didn’t really change anything heading into the main event,” Texter said. “We got off to a great start and when you’re on, you’re on.”
This was Texter’s 14th career victory on the AFT Singles division circuit.