Wells, who is a big fan of cushion tracks, felt comfortable from the start, and was able to qualify second in spite of the shortened schedule with limited track time. The New Yorker kept his forward momentum rolling with a win in his Semi and started the Main Event on pole. He didn’t get the start he was hoping for and was shuffled back to fourth, but the 2016 AFT Singles Champion put his head down to chase down the leaders. Finding the high line, he closed the gap and battled for the win, coming just short by .115 of a second. After a rough patch in the middle of the season, Wells was happy to end the year with back-to-back second-place finishes on the Mile tracks and looks to carry that into 2020. He ended the season fourth in the standings with a win at the So-Cal Half-Mile and four podiums.
As for Daniels, it was a roller coaster ride of a day for the young rookie. He crashed in his Semi, but was unhurt and able to rejoin the race. The 16-year-old worked his way forward from last place to take the final transfer spot into the Main Event. Having to start from the back row, the fast boy from Illinois got a great start and found himself inside the top 10. He kept working and was able to make his way to fourth before the halfway mark. Daniels ended the season just outside of the top 10 in the standings, an impressive finish for the dirt track/road racer who turned pro in June. He will be awarded Rookie of the Year in the AFT Singles Championship at tonight’s award ceremony, scoring a win at his home race – the Peoria TT – and three podiums.