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One Point Separates the Favourites for the 2023 AFT Crown

Springfield, Illinois, United States

This is what flat track racing is all about.
The excitement of a season-long battle comes down to the final round on Saturday, Sept. 2 and Sunday, Sept. 3 at the Mission Springfield Mile I & II. Just one point separates the contenders for the Progressive American Flat Track crown.

Jared Mees is looking to defend his title. Facebook

Jared Mees is looking to defend his title. Facebook

Racing takes place at the legendary Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Illinois. Here's what you need to know to get the tickets you need:

General admission bleacher tickets are $30 (kids 12 and under free). There are several upgraded ticket options including the VIP Ticket, which includes a reserved seat in the grandstand of choice, food, beverage, and pit pass for $150. Pit Pass upgrades are also available for purchase for non-VIP tickets, offering all-day access to the pits. Fans who purchase Saturday and Sunday tickets will receive a $5 discount at checkout. To reserve your tickets visit:
Mission Springfield Mile I or Mission Springfield Mile II 

Gates will open for fans at 10:00 a.m. ET (7:00 p.m. PT) both days with Opening Ceremonies scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. ET (11:30 a.m. PT).

Dallas Daniels is also gunning for the title. Facebook

Dallas Daniels is also gunning for the title. Facebook

Reigning champion Jared Mees is looking to put his Indian FTR750 back in the winner's circle for another season while Dallas Daniels wants to capture his first title aboard his Yamaha MT-07 DT. It's been an incredible season in the 70-year history of the Grand National Championship. Over the 16 rounds thus far, the two title favourites have combined for 28 podiums and 13 wins.  

The track itself could have a role to play in determining the outcome. In the most recent ten Springfield Miles, eight have been decided by less than a second. Of those eight, six have featured at least three riders within a second of victory, four with four or more, two with seven or more, and one with a full ten racers taking the checkered flag within a second of the winner.

In the Parts Unlimited AFT Singles championship chase, it looks like defending champ Kody Kopp has solid chance to repeat aboard his KTM Factory Racing 450 as he has a 35-point lead thanks to seven race wins this season. Only Estenson Racing teammates Trevor Brunner and Tom Drane have a chance to snatch the title on their Yamahas.

Kody Kopp has a comfortable lead for the singles title. Instagram

Kody Kopp has a comfortable lead for the singles title. Instagram

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