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Jared Mees 2002 HD Sportster Performance champion

Mees wins 2002 Harley-Davidson Sportster performance series. PICKERINGTON, Ohio ? Jared Mees clinched the 2002 Harley-Davidson Sportster Performance Series Saturday, Sept. 7, at Vernon, New York. Mees, a 16-year-old rookie from Honey Brook, Pa.,...

Mees wins 2002 Harley-Davidson Sportster performance series.

PICKERINGTON, Ohio ? Jared Mees clinched the 2002 Harley-Davidson Sportster Performance Series Saturday, Sept. 7, at Vernon, New York. Mees, a 16-year-old rookie from Honey Brook, Pa., wrapped up the title with two rounds remaining in the series. Mees rode a Moroney's Harley-Davidson 883 Sportster.

To this point in the season, Mees has won five Harley-Davidson Sportster Performance races and scored podium finishes in all but two rounds. He won his first race in Hagerstown, Md., in June, then went on to win rounds in Des Moines, Iowa; Lima, Ohio; again at Hagerstown and Sedalia, Mo. There are two rounds left in the 2002 series ? Scioto Downs in Columbus, Ohio, on Sept. 22 and the final round on Sept. 28 in Du Quoin, Ill.

Mees' championships combined with James Stewart's AMA 125 Motocross title and Nicky Hayden's AMA Superbike title continues the trend for youthful champions in AMA Pro Racing during 2002. All three are the youngest ever champions in their prospective series.

"I missed the first round and wasn't even going to concentrate on the series," explained Mees, who is a junior at Pequea Valley High School near Lancaster, Pa. "After I won Hagerstown in June, I decided to make a run for the championship. I got on a roll and won some races and was fortunate to have my bike stay together all year. It's really cool to be the youngest winner and champion in the series."

Before turning pro, Mees earned the 2001 AMA Horizon Award that recognizes the most promising amateur dirt-track racer in the country. Mees said he plans on competing in the AMA Grand National Series next season and possibly making his pro road-racing debut as well

For immediate post-race results, points, in-depth series and rider information, regular columnists and much more, log onto www.1800FlatTrack.com, the official website of the AMA Progressive Insurance U.S. Flat Track Championship.

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