It was another thrilling American Flat Track AFT Singles battle at the Sacramento Mile on Saturday night. Estenson Racing’s Ryan Wells was able to cross the line fifth to score championship points. Unfortunately for Dallas Daniels, a technical issue ended his race early.
Wells had a decent start to the day with a third-place finish in his Heat and fourth in the Semi. When it came time for the Main Event, he was right in there with the lead pack for the duration. There were multiple lead changes to the delight of the packed Cal Expo, but when it came down to the end, fifth was the result on the day for the New Yorker.
In just his fourth professional race, the young Daniels was in the mix for a top five, as well. The fast boy from Illinois scored a 4-3 finish in his Heat and Semi races, respectively, to line up on the front row of the Main Event with his teammate. He got a great start into third, but was shuffled back. Then around lap six, a technical issue sidelined Daniels.
The Estenson Racing squad now heads to Thunder Valley for the 73rd Peoria TT on Saturday, August 17, in Peoria, Illinois.Ryan Wells – AFT Singles #94:
“It was a good day. Better than the previous race, that’s for sure. It was a fun race all day, it just seemed like we were consistently off the winning pace. I think we were fast, but in the Heat race, I didn’t have enough to win it and we were third. Then, in the Semi, the same deal. I couldn’t really draft for the win and ended up fourth. In the Main Event, I was just kind of in tow. It was a fun race, one of the more fun miles I’ve raced on the 450’s; good, close racing. I was just missing some little things, I think. With these newer Yamahas, we’re learning every weekend what’s better and worse for us. But overall, it was a good day in fifth. Hopefully we can build from that going into the rest of the races this year and try to come back swinging to get a couple more wins.”Dallas Daniels – AFT Singles #163:
“The day didn’t start off well with a problem with the bike in Q2, so my qualifying position for the heat wasn’t very good. I got a good start and was able to finish fourth and was on the front row for the Semi. I was right up with the front guys and got third for another front-row start in the Main. I got another great start and was in the top five for a while, but then the bike did exactly what it did in qualifying. It just lost power so I wasn’t able to finish. It’s disappointing, but we will be back stronger for Peoria.”