SAMMY HALBERT CONQUERS CASTLE ROCK TT

CASTLE ROCK, WA (AUGUST 8, 2011) - When the AMA Pro Flat Track Championship returned to Castle Rock for Saturday night's TT, it was Washington's very own Sammy Halbert who showed the field how it's done. Running VP’s C12, Halbert lead every lap of the race in front of hometown friends and family. Jared Mees tried valiantly to dislodge Halbert but came up short at the line, while another local favorite, Brad Baker, showed his skills on familiar dirt to take third.

"I knew if I kept getting good starts and kept my focus, I could win this tonight," said Halbert, after claiming his trophy. "This is just great -- I won my first national here, and this is my fourth win this year, which is more than I had in my whole career starting the year."

Halbert wasn't phased by either of the race's two re-starts, the first coming after a traffic jam at the initial jump with collisions between Chris Carr, Johnny Lewis, and Bryan Smith. All riders were present for the second go, with Halbert, Mees, and Henry Wiles repeating their solid starts to take over the top three positions. As the race approached the halfway mark, however, Chad Cose fell on the back section of the track, causing the second red to fly.

After a short delay, Cose was able to rejoin the field for a 13-lap race to the finish. Any advantage gained during the first twelve laps was now lost, but Halbert remained unbreakable, Mees unable to find a way past him. Wiles, however, had his hands full with Baker, who ramped up the pressure on the Kawasaki rider until he was able to take third from Wiles just six laps from the end. 

Halbert's night was near perfect -- he won the national, lead the most laps, and claimed the Dash for Cash -- and the new points tally proves it: Halbert's lead over Mees has extended to ten, with Johnson another ten back in third. While Halbert has led the points race all year, however, the eight races remaining mean the overall championship is still up for grabs.

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