Springfield, Ill. (2017 September 3) – Richie Morris Racing (RMR) rider Shayna Texter rebounded from a disappointing showing in Saturday’s Springfield Short Track with a 14th-place finish in Sunday’s Harley-Davidson Springfield Mile II at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, placing one position behind RMR teammate Jarod Vanderkooi in the American Flat Track (AFT) Twins event.
Texter finished sixth in her AFT Singles heat race on Saturday aboard the No. 52 RMR McElroy Packaging Honda CFR450R that also carries support from American Honda, Al Lamb’s Dallas Honda, Tucker Rocky, S&S Cycle, Performance Electronics, ProTaper and Roland Sands Design. However, she got caught in traffic in the early laps of her semi, and failed to advance to the main event with a 13th-place finish. As a result, she is now third in the standings, trailing by nine points with three races remaining.
“It was a typical short track, bar-banging event,” Texter said. “I did a wheelie at the start of the semi, and that let a few guys get by me. That kept me from transferring to the main. But I was super-excited to run the mile and put it in the main event. I had a good run going before I lost my brakes. From that point, I was just riding around, thinking of the big picture.”
“We had some bad luck at the Short Track,” said team principal Richie Morris. “If there was any saving grace, our two competitors in the points didn’t finish that well, either. Obviously, the championship is still within reach. We know she can ride well in the three remaining tracks and hopefully we can earn some more wins to close out the year.”
On Sunday, the Pennsylvanian rode a RMR Twin to her best showing in AFT Twins competition in two years. Teammate Jarod Vanderkooi placed 13th aboard the No. 20 RMR 750 Twin that is sponsored by McElroy Packaging, Tucker Rocky, Roland Sands Design, ProTaper, S&S Cycle and Performance Electronics, allowing him to remain 10th in the standings.
“Both of our riders ran well on the mile and qualified for the main event,” Morris said. “Jarod accidentally hit his kill switch in the main event, and that’s what put us in the back, and Shayna did a nice job to make the main event.”
Next up will be Saturday’s Harley-Davidson Williams Grove Half-Mile in Mechanicsburg, Pa., on Saturday, Sept. 9. It will be a “home race” for Texter, whose home town of Willow Street is approximately 40 minutes from Williams Grove Speedway. Live coverage of all on-track activity can be viewed on FansChoice.tv.