Progressive AFT Breaks New Floor at Bridgeport Half-Mile
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Progressive American Flat Monitor, sanctioned by AMA Professional Racing, completes its run of 4 consecutive Half-Miles with this weekend’s inaugural Drag Specialties Bridgeport Half-Mile in Swedesboro, New Jersey, on Saturday, July 22.
The occasion is not going to simply be Progressive AFT’s debut go to to Bridgeport Speedway, it’ll mark the very first time within the observe’s half-century-plus historical past that bikes have raced on the venue. And the sequence is primed to impress with a number of riders acting at historic ranges.
Reigning Mission SuperTwins offered by S&S Cycle champion and new factors chief Jared Mees (No. 1 Indian Bike/Rogers Racing/SDI Racing FTR750) headlines that group. Mees, who lately turned the winningest Half-Miler within the storied historical past of the Grand Nationwide Championship, is using in addition to he ever has throughout his record-smashing profession. The manufacturing unit Indian pilot comes into New Jersey having already earned seven victories on the season, together with 5 in his final six makes an attempt.
And but, Mees solely leads the factors chase by two factors. That’s primarily as a result of his spectacular eight-race podium streak remains to be 4 fewer than the proper 12-for-12 podium mark posted by Dallas Daniels (No. 32 Estenson Racing Yamaha MT-07 DT). Whereas rising star has been remarkably constant all yr lengthy, he now finds himself someplace different atop the factors standings for the primary time in ‘23. Because of this, Daniels is raring to strike again with a return to the highest step on the rostrum.
That job has grow to be that rather more extra daunting as of late now that two-time premier-class champion Briar Bauman (No. 3 Elements Plus/Jacob Corporations KTM 790 Duke) and his Rick Ware Racing KTM have established themselves because the third rider/producer combo able to contending for checkered flags week-in and week-out.
The collective greatness of Mees, Daniels, and now Bauman has raised the extent essential to compete for victory. That stated, the likes of JD Seaside (No. 95 Estenson Racing Yamaha MT-07 DT), Davis Fisher (No. 67 Rackley Racing/Bob Lanphere’s BMC Racing Indian FTR750), Brandon Robinson (No. 44 Mission Roof Techniques Indian FTR750), Jarod Vanderkooi (No. 20 JMC Motorsports/Fairway Ford Indian FTR750), Bronson Bauman (No. 37 Fastrack Racing/2 Wheelz KTM 790 Duke), and Johnny Lewis (No. 10 Moto Anatomy X Powered by Royal Enfield 650) have proven to be as much as that problem previously and can look to take action once more this weekend.
Elements Limitless AFT Singles offered by KICKER
Defending Elements Limitless AFT Singles offered by KICKER champ Kody Kopp (No. 1 Pink Bull KTM Manufacturing facility Racing 450 SX-F) has made good on the predictions that he would distance himself from his pursuers throughout the season’s run of Half-Miles. He comes into Bridgeport Speedway boasting a three-race win streak and a 47-point benefit with designs of additional extending each marks.
Because of this, the intrigue has shifted to the shut struggle for the positions behind first, the place a single robust outing can see a rider drop from second within the title hunt to seventh, as was the case with Kopp’s teammate, Max Whale (No. 18 Pink Bull KTM Manufacturing facility Racing 450 SX-F), final day out.
Chase Saathoff (No. 88 American Honda/Mission Meals CRF450R) has taken management of the runner-up place. That’s a spot he’s grown all too conversant in as he’s reeled in 5 second-place finishes already this season whereas in quest of his maiden Progressive AFT victory.
Third-ranked Trevor Brunner (No. 21 Estenson Racing Yamaha YZ450F) can be on the lookout for his first win of the yr. In the meantime, the riders now positioned fourth-through-seventh – Tom Drane (No. 59 Estenson Racing Yamaha YZ450F), Trent Lowe (No. 48 American Honda/Mission Meals CRF450R), Dalton Gauthier (No. 79 D&D Racing/Licensed KTM 450 SX-F), and Whale – have mixed the earn six wins, collectively matching the quantity Kopp has taken by himself.
Any variety of others may be part of that record of ‘23 winners, together with large names Morgen Mischler (No. 13 American Honda/Mission Meals CRF450R), James Ott (No. 19 1st Impressions Race Workforce/Husqvarna Racing FC450), Chad Cose (No. 49 1st Impressions Race Workforce/Husqvarna Racing FC450), and Shayna Texter-Bauman (No. 52 Elements Plus/Jacob Corporations KTM 450 SX-F).
There can be a lot to maintain followers entertained on the observe on Saturday as effectively, together with quite a few distributors, expansive meals and beverage choices, devoted bike parking, and a playground for teenagers. Whisky Grin, certainly one of New Jersey’s hottest rock bands, will carry out high-octane music together with each originals and traditional covers. And at last, the Seaboard Chapter of the Vintage Bike Membership of America will put 20 traditional bikes and 5 noteworthy racebikes on show.
Normal Admission Grandstand tickets are simply $40 (children 12 and beneath $5), with Reserved Grandstand tickets simply $10 extra. Moreover, Multi-Day Reserved Tenting Passes may be bought for $125.
Pit Move Upgrades are additionally accessible for buy, which offer all-day entry to the pits the place followers can scope out the world’s quickest grime observe bikes and rise up shut and private with the celebrities of the game.
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Gates will open for followers at 3:30 p.m. ET (12:30 p.m. PT) with Opening Ceremonies scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. ET (4:30 p.m. PT).
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FOX Sports activities protection of the Drag Specialties Bridgeport Half-Mile, that includes in-depth options and thrilling onboard cameras, will premiere on FS1 on Sunday, July 30, at 1:30 p.m. ET (10:30 a.m. PT).
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