Estenson Racing’s Kolby Carlile heads into the American Flat Track season finale at the Meadowlands Mile looking to score another win as the AFT Production Twins title fight ends this Saturday, September 28, at the Meadowlands Mile. His teammates Jake Johnson and JD Beach look to continue their forward progress in the premier class aboard the all-new Yamaha MT-07 DT flat track racer.
While it’s a long shot sitting 15 points adrift of the championship leader, Carlile is focused on the only thing he can do to help his bid for another title – win. The 2017 AFT Singles Champion rebounded in a big way in the final stretch of the season, scoring two wins in three races. Both of those victories were on a Mile, the type of track that is quickly becoming a specialty for the “Flying Tomato.” All three of his wins last year were on a Mile, and he narrowly missed a fourth victory last year in New Jersey. Carlile would love nothing more than to get the “W” this time around to end this roller coaster season on a high note.
Two-time Grand National Champion Johnson is also looking to end the year with a top result. A home race for “Jersey Jake,” it will be another all-new track for the Estenson Racing Yamaha MT-07 DT. The veteran is hoping that the cushion-Mile track will play in the team’s favor and give them a boost going into the off season.
Beach will switch gears from the Superbike and strap on his steel shoe this weekend at the season finale. Last year the dirt track/road racer finished sixth in just his second race back on a Mile since 2013. With two TT wins this season, he hopes to return to the podium and end the year with a top result.
Kolby Carlile – AFT Production Twins #136:
“Going into the season finale we have one goal – just win the race. The championship is a little out of my hands. I hurt my knee (at the Super TT) and missed a round, which hurt us. Still, we’re only down by fifteen points. I’ve got nothing to lose, so I’m not going to crack under the pressure.”
Jake Johnson – AFT Twins #5:
“Last year was the first time I’ve ever raced in the state of New Jersey, it was kind of neat. It’s about two hours from home, where I’m at now, so it’s another hometown race for me. It’s a little bittersweet I guess. It’s been a rough season. Sometimes you’re ready for it to be over, but then you think, man, I’m not ready for it to be over. I’m looking forward to the Meadowlands. I liked the track last year. It was pretty fun to ride. Hopefully it will be good for us. Last year it had a pretty deep cushion and had some good grip and things like that. Hopefully the track is the same and it will be good for us and we can finish the year on a strong note. Being close to home doesn’t hurt, either.”
JD Beach – AFT Twins #95:
“It’s the last race of the year. It’s a Mile and I’m really looking forward to it. I only got to race the Springfield Mile this year, so I’m really looking forward to racing another Mile. The team has been working really hard to give us some fast bikes. I can’t wait to get on the bike. I got to compete at this race last year so I kind of know the track. I really enjoyed it last year. Where the track is, right by New York City, makes for a fun event. I think it’s a cool way to finish out the year. I’m really looking forward to it.”
Meadowlands Mile will be streamed live, Saturday, September 28, on FansChoice.TV starting with practice at 11:30 a.m. ET, followed by
AFT Singles Heats at 3:30 p.m. ET. Opening Ceremonies kick off at 5:00 p.m. ET
with racing action resuming shortly after and the Main Events starting at 7:10
Catch the racing action from the American Flat Track season finale on NBCSN, October 12 at 10:30 p.m. For tickets and additional information about the event: http://www.americanflattrack.com/events/ .