Rush showed speed straight away with a strong performance in his Semi, leading most of the laps but coming just shy of the win by .028 of a second. In the Main Event, he got a great launch off the front row in second. He moved to the front on lap seven and tried to break away, but then found himself locked in another heated AFT Singles battle and exchanged the lead a couple of times. As the laps wore on in the 10-minute-plus-two-lap race, it became a four-rider drafting war. On the last lap, the rider in fourth drafted to the front in Turn 3, and in the run to the finish line Rush ended the night third in another close finish. The Californian’s result moved him into second in the standings, three points behind the leader.
Coming off of a spectacular victory at the previous round at the Volusia Half-Mile, Daniels got his day off to a great start and was the fastest qualifier going into the evening program. Unfortunately, the track conditions changed from a cushion to a single groove, making for fewer line choices on the track. The 17-year-old struggled with the change and had to work his way back through to eighth so that he could transfer to the Main Event. Knowing what he had ahead of him, Daniels got off to a flying start coming from the fourth row of the grid to 12th. He kept pushing his way forward up to eighth but found himself fighting for position while the riders up front had already extended their gap. The Illinois rider then focused on maintaining a top-10 finish to add to his points tally.
The change in track conditions also presented challenges for the AFT Twins team. On the first lap of the Semi, Carlile went down into Turn 3 to avoid collecting other riders. The “Flying Tomato” was able to restart the race, but his bike was damaged and he had to jump on his backup bike. He managed a seventh-place finish to start the Main next to his teammate on the fourth row and ended the night 15th to score some points.
His teammate Beach got off to a good start in the Main in seventh. From there, the multi-time road race champion started to lose some ground until ultimately having to retire early on lap five.
The Estenson Racing looks forward to another go at the Indy Mile later today for Round 4 of the American Flat Track season at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.