SPRINGFIELD, IL (MAY 30, 2011) The Illinois weather proved to be a fickle companion throughout the Memorial Day Weekend, as the AMA Pro Flat Track TT that was rained out of its original Saturday spot found sunny, hot and windy conditions when riders returned to try it again this past Monday.

The first start of the 25-lap, nineteen-rider National saw a pile-up that sent Rob Pearson to the sidelines and Sammy Halbert (points leader) to the penalty line. Defending Grand National Champion Jake Johnson led all the way on the restart, but he had it far from easy. JR Schnabel, who has won the Springfield TT three times previously, and Jared Mees gave chase even as they battled each other.

"I knew I had to get out front early and set my own pace," said Johnson. "I peeked back and saw JR and Jared were close, but I felt I had a good gap. With about five to go I looked back and saw Jared was closing. I think they need to do a sound check on that thing-it sounded like he was right on my heels."

"I felt really good early in the race," said Schnabel, "but when the track gets slicker, I get kind of excited. Jared got up inside me one time and I got real excited. I got him back that time, but I started making mistakes and he got me back for good."

"I could see Jake in front of us and I knew he wasn't getting away," said Mees. "JR was holding me up, but I just couldn't get that one opening that I needed. Once I did get by I was closing on Jake, but catching and passing are two different things. [Finishing 1-2] is by far my best Springfield result, so I have to be happy."

Seven-time Grand National Champion, Chris Carr, set the fast time in Qualifying and led his heat into the right-hander the first time, then slipped down and into the rear of the pack, earning himself a trip to the semis. After finishing sixth in the semi Carr was forced to use his provisional, finishing fifteenth.

Stevie Bonsey grabbed the fourth spot passing Kenny Coolbeth on Lap 3, and then settling in for a good finish. Coolbeth held down fifth until Sammy Halbert, coming up from the fourth row, took over on Lap 21.

JR Schnabel came away the big winner in the Dash for Cash, edging out Mees and Halbert.

By the end of the long weekend, the points race has closed. Sammy Halbert still holds the overall GNC lead, but Johnson is now only seven points back. For the moment, the battle for the crown has turned into a two-rider duel, as Mees trails 33 points behind Halbert in third.

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