Carlile feels quite at home on the Mile tracks, especially at Canterbury Park. Last year he had a perfect night in the AFT Singles class, scoring his third win that season and fourth of his career. This year, it took him a session to dial in his machine, but from there on out it was all Carlile. He was the fastest qualifier and dominated his Semi, crossing the line four seconds ahead of his title rival. In the Main Event, he didn’t get the start he was looking for and the race leader was able to build a gap. Undeterred, the “Flying Tomato” put his head down and was able to take the lead around the halfway mark and build a gap of his own to stay undefeated at the Minnesota Mile. The win also helped close the points deficit in the title chase. Carlile heads into the season finale at the Meadowlands Mile just 15 points behind the leader.
His AFT Twins teammate Jake Johnson continued to work on developing the team’s all-new flat track racer, but unfortunately slick track conditions continued to be a challenge. The two-time Grand National Champion was able to take the final spot in his Semi to qualify for the Main Event. As it came time for the final race of the evening, track conditions deteriorated. Looking at the long-term goals, the veteran retired after the race was red-flagged after a multi-rider crash on the first lap.
The Estenson Racing team now heads to New Jersey for the American Flat Track season finale at the Meadowlands Mile on September 28.