Category: Farewell Tour

Henry Wiles picked up his seventh consecutive victory on Sunday at the famed Peoria Motorcycle Club racetrack. Wiles had reconstructive surgery on his left knee just four months ago. His seven-race win streak is second only to Chris Carr’s eight wins in a row from 1988-1995. And it’s tied for second on the all-time win list with Joe Leonard, who won seven TT’s between 1953 and 1961. Carr, who finished sixth in his final Peoria TT, has won the August Grand National race a record 13 times. Jared Mees finished second 1.59 seconds behind Wiles, Sammy Halbert finished third while Jake Johnson took fourth place and Morton, IL rider Rob Pearson was fifth. Most of the riders wore special Gary Nixon jerseys to commemorate to death of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer.

-Bob

Thirteen time Peoria Motorcycle TT Champion Chris Carr held a press conference that his racing career will come to an end this season. The 44 year-old from Fleetwood, Pennsylvania has called this his Farewell to Flat Track Tour. Chris earned the title as the Prince of Peoria when he dominated the PMC 5/8 mile track on the 1990′s. On September 5, 2006, Carr broke the motorcycle land speed world record at the Bonneville Salt Flats (Utah), with a two-pass 350.8 mph average. He was the first motorcyclist to break the 350 mph barrier. Chris was inducted into the A.M.A. Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2004.

-Bob

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