DAYTONA BEACH, FL – March 26, 2018 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Earlier this month it was announced that Drag Specialties and Parts Unlimited had partnered with American Flat Track (AFT) to become the series’ Official Wholesalers for the 2018 season – with a further tease that their support of the sport would run even deeper.
Confirmation has now come with the announcement that Drag Specialties and Parts Unlimited will throw their support behind two of the biggest names and championship threats in the AFT paddock: reigning Grand National Champion Jared Mees and Shayna Texter, the winningest rider in AFT Singles history.
Mees was practically a force of nature aboard his No. 1 Indian Motorcycle Rogers Racing Scout FTR750 in 2017, storming through the AFT Twins season in record-breaking fashion. With the entire paddock gunning for him in 2018, Mees has capitalized on last year’s jaw-dropping success by securing backing from powerful companies such as Drag Specialties and Parts Unlimited to aid in his title defense.
“It’s always great to have committed, high-end sponsors,” said Mees, “and the Parts Unlimited and Drag Specialties folks are fantastic – for me, for flat track and for motorcycling in general. I’m really pumped about our partnership.”
Texter is coming off a five-win season that upped her all-time AFT Singles wins mark to 11 (three more than any other rider). As impressive as it was, she’s reshuffling the deck this season in search of at least attaining her first AFT Singles crown. Just two weeks ago she announced she’d be running her own program in 2018 with support from Husqvarna Motorcycles. The seriousness of Texter’s all-new effort has been made all the more obvious with the addition of Drag Specialties and Parts Unlimited.
“As a rider and new team owner, I understand the value of having the support of great sponsors,” said Texter. “Parts Unlimited and Drag Specialties are perfect examples, and I couldn’t be happier having them on my team.”
“We are very excited to have Jared Mees and Shayna Texter as part of our Drag Specialties and Parts Unlimited family,” said Hylton Beattie, Global Motorsports Director for Parts Unlimited. ”These two exceptional athletes will make a great addition to the already strong group of riders that we sponsor in two-wheel motorsports worldwide.”
Come watch the red Georgia clay fly and see AFT Twins and AFT Singles riders compete for podium spots at race number two of American Flat Track’s 2018 season – the Harley-Davidson Atlanta Short Track presented by Hellbender Harley-Davidson. It all happens on April 7, 2018 at legendary Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, Ga., just 30 minutes northwest of downtown Atlanta. Tickets start at just $30, and a wide variety of premium and VIP tickets are available as well at https://www.showclix.com/event/atlanta-short-track.
How to Watch:
NBCSN and FansChoice.tv are the official homes for coverage of American Flat Track. For the 2018 season, NBCSN’s coverage of AFT moves to highly-coveted, weekend afternoon programming slots within two weeks of each event. The complete schedule for AFT on NBCSN can be viewed at http://www.americanflattrack.com/events-nbcsn/. FansChoice.tv remains a cornerstone of AFT’s digital strategy, providing live streaming coverage of every event on AFT’s live page while previous events and exclusive features are available on AFT’s VOD page.
About American Flat Track
American Flat Track is the world’s premier dirt track motorcycle racing series and one of the longest-running championships in the history of motorsports. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing in Daytona Beach, Fla., the series is highly regarded as the most competitive form of dirt track motorcycle racing on the globe. For more information on American Flat Track, please visit http://www.americanflattrack.com, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, check us out on Instagram, live stream the events at FansChoice.tv and catch all the American Flat Track racing action on NBCSN.
About Parts Unlimited
Parts Unlimited is the world’s largest distributor of aftermarket accessories in the powersports industry and is owned by LeMans Corporation headquartered in Janesville, Wisconsin. Parts Unlimited sells to over 12,000 dealerships worldwide and continues to expand its market penetration with its sister companies, Parts Canada, Parts Europe and Drag Specialties. Parts Unlimited continues to promote racing through its campaign WE SUPPORT THE SPORT®, helping to drive consumers to dealerships, while entertaining its dealers through hospitalities at the events it sponsors. For more information visit http://www.parts-unlimited.com/.
About Drag Specialties
Drag Specialties is an industry-leading distributor of aftermarket parts and accessories for Harley-Davidson® and custom V-Twin motorcycles. We pride ourselves on providing our dealers and their customers with the widest selection of the newest products from the hottest brands. All delivered with superior service. Over 50 years of experience fuels Drag with a common bond to all we serve — a passion for American motorcycles and the open road. For more information visit http://www.dragspecialties.com/.
Source: American Flat Track