MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (9 Sept., 2018) – Shayna Texter put on a solid showing in front of many of her friends and family at Williams Grove Speedway Saturdayevening, finishing second in the Harley-Davidson Williams Grove Half-Mile American Flat Track Singles main event.
It was a form of redemption for the rider of the No. 52 ST52 Racing Roof Systems/Parts Unlimited Husqvarna FC450 from nearby Willow Street, Pa., who missed the feature race in 2017 after cutting a tire during the preliminaries.
Saturday, she was was competitive throughout the program with the new team she formed over the off-season, taking Husqvarna to first full season of flat track motorcycle competition. Texter was second in opening practice and then third in qualifying. Starting her semi on the front row, she battled eventual winner Tanner Dean all the way, finishing second, only 0.179 seconds behind at the checkered flag.
Advancing to the 15-lap main event, Texter then chased Dean all the way to finish on the second step of the podium.
“I really wanted to get this win – I thought it would be super special to win in front of my home town – the PA Possie – but second place is a heck of a lot better than last year,” Texter said. “I’m super happy – this gives us something to build on for the future.”
It was Texter’s third runner-up finish this season among seven podium finishes, which includes a pair of victories. Career-wise, she has 15 main event triumphs – the only woman to win in Grand National Championship competition.
“Tonight I needed Tanner to make a mistake,” Texter said. “I pushed really hard the first five laps and had a big moment down in three and four. We’re battling for third in the points right now, so I decided to calm it down a little bit and bring it home in second place.”
Texter looks to continue her momentum into the final two races of the season – both on one-mile tracks new to the AFT schedule. The next event will be in Minneapolis on Sept. 29, followed by the season finale at the New Jersey Meadowlands on Oct. 6.
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