Estenson Racing’s Kolby Carlile had another solid outing in the AFT Production Twins class, crossing the line fourth at the Williams Grove Half-Mile. Teammate Jake Johnson worked hard to make progress in tough, slick conditions, ending the day 15th in AFT Twins.
On the heels of his first win in AFT Production Twins at the Springfield Mile, Carlile was looking for another top result this weekend in the Keystone State. The 2017 AFT Singles champ got off to a great start, crossing the line first in his Semi. Getting a second pick for the front row of the grid, he got off to a good start, but got shuffled back to sixth. Unwilling to give up, Carlile kept pushing forward to take fourth on the final lap and score valuable points in the title chase as the American Flat Track season nears its end.
Slick, clay Half-Miles have been tough for the Twins team all season. Johnson and his crew spent the day working to make progress with different setups at his home race. In spite of the challenging conditions, the two-time Grand National Champion was able to finish eighth in the Semi to gain a transfer spot into the Main Event. Johnson then went on to advance a spot from his qualifying position to finish 15th.
The Estenson Racing team gets a weekend off before heading to the penultimate round at Canterbury Park in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on September 21.
Kolby Carlile – AFT Production Twins #136:
“I finished fourth today. It wasn’t what I was looking for, but I won my Semi and improved the bike all day. I got a good start in the Main Event, I just got shuffled back. That’s pretty much my whole story. I made a last lap pass to get to fourth, but the leaders were gone. It’s time to win these last two miles and prove a point.”
Jake Johnson – AFT Twins #5:
“We tried some new things today and kind of went back and forth from bike to bike, trying to see what was better or worse. We found a few things that made the bike feel a little better, but it didn’t really equal better lap times or better results. I guess coming into this weekend, if we’re going to struggle anywhere it’s going to be these Half-Miles. It was slick and tough tonight. Even a lot of other guys were struggling that typically run well on this stuff. The last two races are going to be obviously quite a bit different from this. We’ll just have to keep digging and see what we can do.”