Lexington, Ky. (2017 June 6) – Richie Morris Racing (RMR) rider Shayna Texter regained the points lead in American Flat Track (AFT) Singles competition following a second-place finish in Saturday’s Red Mile in Lexington.
Seeking her third victory of the season – and third in a row on Mile tracks – Texter was edged out by 0.071 seconds aboard the No. 52 RMR McElroy Packaging Honda CFR450R that also carries support from American Honda, Al Lamb’s Dallas Honda, Tucker Rocky, Performance Electronics, ProTaper and Roland Sands Design. Tristan Avery was the race winner.
“The Red Mile wasn’t the best weekend for me because we never got fully dialed in with the bike, so I was struggling in the corners,” Texter admitted. “ So to walk away with a second-place finish was like a win for me, and I’m happy to be able to leave there with the points lead heading to Oklahoma City.”
Texter now has 107 points, two more than Kolby Carlile, who finished third, 0.065 seconds behind the Pennsylvania rider at the Red Mile.
“It was a dogfight, another drafting battle and they were all going at it,” said team principal Richie Morris. “Shayna stayed tough and did her job and ended up second. We’re proud of her. Now the team is working on a few things for her Honda to make her a little better for the next race.”
In AFT Twins competition, RMR rider Jarod Vanderkooi was credited with a 17th-place finish in the Feature race, retiring with mechanical problems with 12 laps remaining in the 25-lap event. Vanderkooi rides the No. 20 RMR 750 Twin that is sponsored by McElroy Packaging, Tucker Rocky, Roland Sands Design, ProTaper and Performance Electronics.
“We’re working hard to get our twins program back to where we were earlier this year,” said Morris. “Some of the rules changed after Charlotte and everyone has been scrambling to sort things out. We think we are closer than it may look from the outside, but results is what this sport is all about. We are looking forward to showing what we can do at the Oklahoma City Mile on Saturday, June 17th
The Red Mile will air on NBCSN on Thursday, August 17, at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. Event highlights are on YouTube (https://youtu.be/pJseZrq17Gs) and on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/AmericanFlatTrack/videos/1544666245567474/) and
The next race for American Flat Track will be a stop at the OKC Mile, its fifth Mile race in six weeks. Live coverage can be viewed on FansChoice.tv on Saturday beginning at 3:00 p.m. ET.