As the promoter, Jared Mees wants to see a packed house.
As a participant, Mees wants to win the race.
Both of those may become reality when the Progressive American Flat Track motorcycle circuit makes its traditional stop Saturday for the Mission Lima Half-Mile at the Allen County Fairgrounds.
Off the track, Mees said ticket sales are doing well. The annual event has been a staple in late June since 1984, attracting fans from the area and surrounding states.
“We are actually better than we were last year,” Mees said. “You know last year was a little bit rocky with the whole Covid thing but we are right on par with some of our best years. It is going to be a little warm this weekend but I can’t control that.
“At the Lima Half Mile, it is a good family oriented event. There are bounce houses there for the kids and other things. We have food vendors and real action packed racing. Cold beer and a good time.”
On the track, Mees is looking to maintain his lead in the in flat track standings. The Florida based motorcyclist leads the field with 122 points. He has already posted three victories in the first six races. Chasing Mees is Dallas Daniels in second with 107 points and Briar Bauman with 100 points.
“I’m feeling really good,” Mees said. “We are leading the grand national championship points which is also a good feeling but I’ve been at it quite a few times so I know that anything can happen, and we have to keep plugging away.
“Dallas Daniels has been very tough and you can never count my teammate Briar Bauman (who won it last year) and he is pretty solid too.”
Lima is the seventh of 17 stops on the circuit.
Mees said the approach to racing at Lima is the same despite the pea gravel surface and 85 foot wide corners that highlights the skill of the racers.
“I’m not doing anything different other than I am the promoter of the event so that adds a little stress than normal,” said Mees, who has won the event five times. The last two came back-to-back in 2018-19. The first was back in 2005. “I don’t feel extra pressure to win, I mean I want to win it. It is one of my favorite race tracks on the circuit, and it was my very first grand national win. I have won it five times. It is always good to go there but no I don’t feel any extra pressure because I am the promoter.”
Mees describes it has old school racing that will feature racers three and four wide at times adding to the excitement.
“I want to see a packed crowd, and I want to be winning the race,” Mees said.