POMONA, Calif. (October 14, 2012)
– Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle® Factory Team rider Kenny Coolbeth closed out the AMA Pro Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship season with a flag-to-flag win at the AMA Pro Flat Track Finals on the Los Angeles County Fairplex half-mile. It was the second win of the season for Coolbeth. Rogers Racing/Blue Springs Harley-Davidson rider Jared Mees finished eighth and claimed his first AMA Grand National championship.
Coolbeth and his Harley-Davidson XR750 were fast all night at Pomona, winning a heat race and then leading each of the 25 laps in the main event. Coolbeth finished 8.560 seconds ahead of Dodge Brothers/Perry’s Harley-Davidson rider Brad Baker. Crosley Radio Kawasaki rider Bryan Smith finished third, just 0.144 seconds behind Baker. Robert Pearson was fourth on the Bumpus Harley-Davidson/Memphis Shades XR750.
It was a satisfying end to the season for Coolbeth, a three-time Grand National champion who missed two Twins races in 2012 after breaking his leg on June 30 in a race at Lima, Ohio. Mees arrived at Pomona with a 12-point lead over South East Harley-Davidson rider Sammy Halbert in the chase for the 2012 series championship, with defending champion Jake Johnson on the Zanotti Racing/Schaeffer`s Harley-Davison entry 20 points back.
Mees wrapped up the AMA Pro Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship season with 291 points. Halbert was second with 278 points, followed by Johnson with 265 points. Smith was fourth with 228 points, followed by Baker with 196. Coolbeth finished the season in seventh place with 159 points.