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Jared Mees during the 2016 AMA Pro Grand National Flat Track in The Dirt Track at Charlotte, North Carolina

Jared Mees Victorious at Charlotte Half-Mile

Aug 012016

Jared Mees has won again in the Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines class at the 2016 Carolina Harley-Davidson Dealers Association Charlotte Half-Mile at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mees grabbed the top step of the podium over last round’s winner Brandon Robinson who came in second, and Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle rider, Kenny Coolbeth, Jr., who finished third.

Mees, aboard the Rogers Racing Harley-Davidson XR750, led the pack of GNC1 riders for an impressive 16 laps of the 25-lap Main Event after passing rider Sammy Halbert on the 10th lap. Mees held the lead for the remainder of the half-mile sprint with 0.160 of a second margin of victory over Robinson on the final lap..

““I was pushing as hard as I could,””

“This year has been nothing but redemption, with the X Games and now Charlotte,” Mees said. “It’s been really good. We got a decent start and then Halbert kind of rolled around the outside and I was on him for a bit and I couldn’t seem to get by because I didn’t want to run the same line that he was running. So I kind of made an aggressive pass but kind of took his line away, he was burning it in and was low in the middle and was taking a long time to gather the middle up. So I kind of just stuck it in there and took the line away and I didn’t look back until we started running into lappers. All-in-all it paid off.”

Second place finisher Robinson faced an upset after coming off of a win at the last round in Lima, OH; however, the Kennedy Racing rider is sitting in third in the overall GNC1 point standings with 120 points just under Bryan Smith.

“I was pushing as hard as I could,” Robinson said. “I was going a little bit and losing a little bit. I made a little mistake here and then I’d gain him. Those lappers really helped me quite a bit there at the end and I was hoping maybe they’d make it a little more interesting but regardless it was an awesome effort. Coming off of second after Lima is great. It was a great race by Jared and it was flawless.”

At the end of the evening, Coolbeth Jr. showed consistency by landing another third place finish in Charlotte on the Zanotti Racing’s Harley-Davidson XR750. The Floridian started in the 11th spot on the grid and climbed his way to third to close out the night.

“I got a pretty good start on the second row,” Coolbeth, Jr. said. “I kind of put my head down there in the beginning just to keep up with these guys and kind of got a wild card there when Sammy broke, but hey, it’s racing. The Zanotti team works hard. They go through those bikes with a fine tooth comb.”

Charlotte Half-Mile - Charlotte Motor Speedway

RESULTS: July 30, 2016

1.Jared Mees (H-D)
2.Brandon Ribinson (H-D)
3.Kenny Coolbeth Jr. (H-D)
4.Jake Johnson (H-D)
5.Brad Baker (H-D)
6.Dominic Colindres (Kaw)
7.Jeffrey Carver Jr. (H-D)
8.Johnny Lewis (Duc)
9.Cary Texter (Kaw)
10.Brandon Whilhelm (Kaw)