Estenson Racing heads to Springfield, Illinois, and one of American Flat Track’s legendary venues for the 100th running of the Springfield Mile on September 2.
Jake Johnson returns to Springfield with momentum on his side and looking for some redemption after a disappointing Springfield Mile I. His string of podiums topped off by his Buffalo Chip TT win have given the two-time Grand National Champion renewed confidence in the latter half of the season. While Springfield is fast, the venue’s smooth surface isn’t necessarily the rugged rider’s cup of tea, but two of his three Mile victories have been at the legendary Mile track at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. He’s also had more time on the Indian Scout FTR750 and has found his comfort zone. Johnson is looking to finish strong in these final four races of the season.
Jake Johnson – AFT Twins #5:
“Springfield is Springfield. That’s a tough one. I’m not going to lie – it’s not one of my favorite tracks. It’s probably the nicest track we go to every year… But I like bumps and ruts and jumps and obstacles, where Springfield is awesome to ride because it’s so smooth, so fast, but it tightens everybody up, which makes things tougher.
“I guess it’s been a little different the past couple of years, but it’s one of those places where there are a lot guys who are fast. You just have to be on pace and be smart and work that draft. Springfield this past spring was obviously pretty bad for me, but I think, going into it in the fall, we’re going to be in a better place. I feel like I’m back in the swing of things and want to make one final charge for these last four races left. I’m looking forward to it.”
The Springfield ST is streamed live, Saturday, September 1, on FansChoice.TV starting with AFT Singles practice at 5:00 p.m. ET, followed by Opening Ceremonies at 7:30 p.m. ET, Heats at 8:00 p.m. ET and the Main Events at 10:35 p.m. ET. Action on the big track will also be streamed live the following day, Sunday, September 2. Practice kicks off at 11:00 a.m. ET, followed by the Springfield Mile II Opening Ceremonies at 2:00 p.m. ET, Heats at 2:30 p.m. ET and the Main Event at 4:40 p.m. ET.