Briar Bauman wins Williams Grove Half-Mile

Tanner Dean claims AFT Singles main event victory

Images by Scott Hunter

The Williams Grove Half-Mile proved a family affair with Briar Bauman and brother Bronson taking a 1-2 result, and leading the top four Indian motorcycles, who dominated the AFT Twins Main Event.

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AFT Twins Main Event Start

With the win, Briar became the final rider ranked in the championship’s top six to score a race victory in the 2018 American Flat Track season. While he may have had to wait his turn to stand on top of the box, Briar did so in decidedly spectacular fashion at Williams Grove Speedway.

He went elbow-to-elbow with recently crowned 2018 AFT Twins champion Jared Mees and gave better than he got, repeatedly railing around the outside of the series’ most dominant rider.

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Jared Mees leads Briar Bauman

While Mees countered with some slick inside maneuvers of his own, Bauman finally made his move stick and looked all set to clear off… until a red flag spoiled his plans.

Predictably, Mees made the most of his second opportunity, snatching back the lead on the restart. Bauman was all too happy to repeat his first-half heroics, however, with several more criss-crossing overtakes to reclaim the point. At that point Bauman again proved capable of eeking out a gap and controlled the race as he powered to his first win of 2018.

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Jared Mees
Briar Bauman

“I felt better around the outside, but I had to take the inside a few times with Jared, we got racy, and I was nervous some other guys were going to get in the mix, but luckily we were able to get away. I’ve had a lot of pressure lately. I’ve been fast in qualifying and doing a lot of cool stuff, but I kept choking. We got the red flag, and I was really eager for this one. I really like this racetrack and I live here in Pennsylvania now. So, during the red I was pretty cool, calm, and collected. Jared gets such good starts, I knew he was going to jump me, and sure enough he did. But we were able to fight back. It was a long 16 laps after the restart.”

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Briar Bauman

Just when Mees began to realize that Briar might be too much for him on this night, he found his hands full with a second Bauman. A motivated Bronson charged up behind Mees and ultimately overhauled him to steal away second. From there Bronson even threatened to make inroads on his big brother before finally taking the checkered flag in second, locking down his first-career premier class podium finish.

Bronson Bauman

“It feels amazing and finishing behind my brother makes it even more special. I’m still in awe about it. It is an unreal feeling.”

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Bronson Bauman

Mees carried on to finish third, notching his 14th podium in 16 races this season.

AFT Twins Main Event – Williams Grove Half-Mile

  1. Briar Bauman 0:25.423
  2. Bronson Bauman +1.007
  3. Jared Mees +1.650
  4. Jake Johnson +4.228
  5. Jarod Vanderkooi +4.751
  6. Robert Pearson +6.487
  7. Henry Wiles +7.929
  8. Davis Fisher +10.160
  9. Jay Maloney +11.471
  10. Brandon Robinson +12.192
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AFT Twins Williams Grove Half Mile Podium – 1. Briar Bauman, 2. Bronson Bauman, 3. Jared Mees

AFT Twins Standings

  1. Jared Mees 342
  2. Henry Wiles 239
  3. Briar Bauman 196
  4. Jeffrey Carver Jr. 180
  5. Kenny Coolbeth, Jr. 163
  6. Jake Johnson 157
  7. Chad Cose 153
  8. Brad Baker 147
  9. Davis Fisher 144
  10. Bryan Smith 141

AFT Singles

The AFT Singles action at Williams Grove Speedway may have belonged to Tanner Dean but the season is now officially owned by Dan Bromley, who did what he needed to do in order to secure the 2018 class crown.

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Dan Bromley

Dean grabbed the holeshot and immediately put his head down to make a break. Shayna Texter gave chase and attempted to put a wheel in front of him to foil his escape, but Dean refused to back down. His pace eventually forced Texter into a couple of small mistakes, and that was all he needed to rip open an insurmountable lead, which he carried through to the checkered flag.

Tanner Dean

“I knew you needed the holeshot to win the race, I just made my marks and led the whole race and came out with the win. It was very difficult. There were a few bumps here and there, but I found my way around them. I just kept my head down. I knew Shayna was right behind me. She ran a really good race. I felt a little pressured, but I knew if I just hit the right marks, I had it in the bag.”

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Tanner Dean

Texter claimed the runner-up spot, while Morgen Mischler out-dueled Aussie Max Whale and 2017 champ Kolby Carlile to claim the final spot on the box.

The biggest honors of the evening, however, went to Bromley, who locked up the title with a safe and consistent ride. In order to clinch, all he had to do was beat 2016 champ Ryan Wells on the track, and he did that with ease.

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Jesse Janische

Bromley got away in fifth, and after seeing Wells slide down the order to an eventual 15th-place finish, the KTM pilot continued on to take the flag in seventh. In doing so he scored the 2018 title a full two rounds early.

The lanky ace has been a contender week-in and week-out in a class that has seen 10 different winners in 16 races. Bromley has taken four of those wins himself to go along with his 11 total podiums.

Dan Bromley

“It’s definitely special, my whole family came out along with all my friends. It’s a great event, and it’s only about an hour-and-a-half away from my hometown. It’s amazing to come out here and win a championship in front of my home state. I’m not happy with my performance tonight but to be able to stand up here and hold this #1 plate is unmatched. I can’t thank everyone enough. Throughout the race, I knew if I was ahead of [Wells] I could do it. I kept peeking over here at the big screen that AFT so graciously supplied this race… I’m not sure what happened to Ryan today.”

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AFT Singles Williams Grove Half Mile Podium

AFT Singles Main Event

  1. Tanner Dean 0:25.996
  2. Shayna Texter +2.654
  3. Morgen Mischler +3.394
  4. Max Whale +3.924
  5. Kolby Carlile +4.545
  6. Brandon Price +5.242
  7. Dan Bromley +5.793
  8. Jesse Janisch +5.866
  9. Oliver Brindley +5.871
  10. Kevin Stollings +6.060

AFT Singles Standings

  1. Dan Bromley 280
  2. Ryan Wells 222
  3. Shayna Texter 193
  4. Jesse Janisch 184
  5. Morgen Mischler 182
  6. Kolby Carlile 179
  7. Brandon Price 151
  8. Kevin Stollings 133
  9. Oliver Brindley 125
  10. Tristan Avery 101


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