WILES GOES WIRE TO WIRE TO WIN ROUND 6 OF AMA PRO GRAND NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
GAS CITY, IN (June 19, 2010) Defending K&N Filters Singles Grand National Champion Henry Wiles made it two "Singles" wins in a row as he led the 25 lap National at all the way at I-69 Speedway in Gas City, IN, despite a red flag on lap 12 when Canadian Don Taylor fell hard in turn one. Powered by VP’s C12 race fuel, Wiles kept his focus on the restart and his # 1 Monster Energy Kawasaki was never seriously challenged. "It was kind of a cat and mouse game," said Wiles. "I was looking for a good line and every time I thought I had one, I'd slip. Fortunately they were following me and were never able to take advantage."
Joe Kopp was Wiles' first challenger on his # 3 Latus Harley-Davidson / Moto Concepts Honda, but the restart did him in. # 21 Rocky online / Lucas oils' Jared Mees got the better of Kopp and looked for a way around Wiles that never came.
Kopp settled into third as the lead trio pulled away. About a half second separated them as a great battle developed over fourth. Stratton Racing / Snedeker Racing's # 27 Rob Pearson was able to hold off the Woody Kyle Racing / Fredericktown Yamaha backed Halbert Brothers as # 69 Jethro finished fifth and # 7 Sammy was sixth. # 44 Brandon Robinson was also right in the mix on his Action Motorsports / Lancaster Harley-Davidson backed Suzuki. All four finished within four tenths of a second.
Bettencourt Honda's Kenny Coolbeth pushed his # 2 Honda into eighth with Dave Burks Motorsports / Yeager's Cycle's # 87 Mick Kirkness right on his heels. Chris Carr Racing / Dallas Fort Worth Honda's # 4 Chris Carr rounded out the top ten after avoiding the fallen Taylor in the first half of the race.
In a preview of things to come in the K&N Filters Singles GNC Main, Wiles captured the four-lap, six-rider Dash for Cash, winning the 5 points and $1000 that go with it. Joe Kopp and Rob Pearson were second and third.