HAGERSTOWN, Md. (July 6, 2013) - Brad Baker (Dodge Bros Racing/Harley-Davidson) was in a different area code all night during Round 4 of AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles' main event. The Washington product claimed his first career Grand National Expert main event victory under the lights at Hagerstown Speedway in Hagerstown, Md. Baker redefined the term domination tonight as just when you thought his lead couldn't get any bigger, he seemingly increased it almost every lap. Baker's margin of victory was a clean 6.77 seconds over second place finisher Jake Shoemaker (Kawasaki) by the end of the race and his lead was never in jeopardy.
"It feels amazing, I haven't been in the game very long as far as the expert level goes," said Baker. "But it feels like it took forever to get that first win. My motorcycle was absolutely top of the line tonight and I can't thank my team and sponsors enough. It was definitely the most comfortable I've felt on a motorcycle in a long time. I've been so eager to get this first win out of the way for a long time now and it just feels amazing to finally get it."
Baker's main event victory wasn't his only win of the night, as the 20-year-old won the dash for cash for an extra $1,000 payout. You just couldn't help but feel great for the young star as he's been so close to victory all season long but hasn't been able to get over the hump. Tonight he silenced all of the critics that hounded him about getting that first win with an absolute perfect performance on his Harley-Davidson.
Although he was nowhere near in competition with Baker, Jake Shoemaker certainly had an impressive effort tonight as he finished second in his first ever race at the Grand National Expert Twins level. Coming in third behind Shoemaker was Bryan Smith (Crosley Radio/Kawasaki EX650). Smith came all the way back from the eighth slot in the second row to earn his second podium of the year with Doug Lawrence (R&J Racing/Harley-Davidson) and Sammy Halbert (Whites Harley/Harley-Davidson) rounding out the top five.
AMA Pro Grand National Championship Combined Point Standings
1) Brad Baker (77)
2) Brandon Robinson (57)
3) Henry Wiles (57)
4) Jake Johnson (57)
5) Kenny Coolbeth Jr. (47)
6) Sammy Halbert (44)
7) Bryan Smith (42)
8) Robert Pearson (40)
9) Mikey Rush (37)
10) Jared Mees (33)
AMA Pro J&P Cycles Pro Singles
Jason Isennock's (High's Dairy Stores/Honda CRF450R) strong Heat 2 win earned him pole position in the AMA Pro J&P Cycles Pro Singles main event and the Maryland native took full advantage, sealing the victory after an intense battle between him and Wyatt Maguire (Kirkland Racing/Yamaha YZ 450) all the way until the drop of the checkered flag.
"Wyatt (Maguire) gave me a great run the whole way and it was just an awesome race," said Maguire. "I'm very happy to be on top, it's certainly been a long time coming. My team built me a rocket ship and I couldn't thank them enough. I want to say thank you to all of my sponsors and the fans for coming out and getting loud. This is just awesome."
Isennock's win was his first ever at the professional level and it happened to come in his hometown state of Maryland. The 26-year-old was neck and neck with Maguire - at one point the two were flip flopping leads on every turn and for the majority of the race were within less than a second of each other.
Dan Bromley (Bromley Brothers KTM Racing/KTM 450 SX-F) closed out the podium with Ryan Wells (Waters Auto Body/Honda CRF450R) and Stephen Vanderkuur (Parkinson Brothers Racing/Honda CRF450R) rounding out the top five.
AMA Pro J&P Cycles Pro Singles Point Standings
1) Wyatt Maguire (67)
2) Kyle Johnson (59)
3) Ryan Wells (57)
4) Jason Isennock (51)
5) Mike Poe (42)
6) Rodney Spencer Jr. (40)
7) Stephen Vanderkuur (38)
8) Jake Constantine (34)
9) Dominic Collindres (34)
10) Shayna Texter (32)
AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles takes a week off but is scheduled to return to action on July 20, 2013 at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Wash. for the Grays Harbor Half-Mile. The event will mark the first of an eight week string of consecutive races. For tickets and more information regarding the Grays Harbor Half-Mile, please visit http://graysharborraceway.ticketforce.com/ordertickets.asp?p=49&backurl=default.asp.