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 Turf Paradise in Phoenix, known for horse racing, handled a different type of horsepower this past May. American Flat Track and Law Tigers’ Arizona Mile presented by Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson, came back to Turf Paradise for the third year in a row. Racing that day were two local racers, Jake Johnson and Kolby Carlile, both from the Phoenix area, racing for team Estenson Racing. Johnson was looking for a win in the AFT Twins Class, even though he sat out round four after a crash in round three. The big ticket was Jared Mees, who had won three of the last four, and the last two were back-to- back coming into round five in Phoenix.
In AFT Singles, there was no favorite coming to Phoenix as this class has been battling hard and someone different has taken the win in all previous events. Carlile was hoping a win in his home town. He was the points leader in the 2017 season for his class. Last year Shayna Texer took the win in Phoenix last year and was looking to do it again. Texer came here with her two back-to- back second place podiums earlier this year.
The race started off packed as the class flew into turn one. By turn two and three they were all single file. It was around lap ten when Tristen Avery clipped Brandon Price’s rear wheel
causing him to go down and a red flag came out. At the restart Avery was able to make it back to race, and in five laps Avery went from last to an eleventh-place finish, great effort!
Crossing the finish line for the AFT Singles was Kevin Stollings, following in second place was Dan Bromley, and third place went to Brandon Price.
Mees was favored to win and started on the pole in AFT Twins. He took a commanding lead from the pack right
off the start. Mees kept the gap between Brad Baker and himself to about a full second. That doesn’t seem like much but at 130 mph it’s just a blink of the eye. About halfway through the race Mees
made it known this was his track and increased the distance between him and second to almost three seconds. Baker tried to make a late race push to close the gap on Mees but the lapped traffic did not allow him to do so. In the end Baker settled for second place giving Mees another victory. Henry Wiles followed up in third place.
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