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Costa Mesa Speedway
Orange County Fairgrounds - Costa Mesa, CA

2000 Costa Mesa
Costa Mesa Speedway
May 6, 2000
From Ryan Evans

Charlie  Venegas 1997

Charlie Venegas combined luck and skill to become the first double main event winner of 2000 at Costa Mesa.

In the Scratch Main Gary Hicks made the start and was well on his way to making it three for three in Scratch Main victories this season. However, on the second lap he broke a chain coming out of turn two and Hicks's misfortune was Venegas's good luck. Venegas then cruised to an easy victory over Brad Oxley, Bobby Schwartz, and Randy DiFrancesco. For Charlie it had to be a satisfying victory as prior to the start of the main he vented his frustration of unlucky gate draws by stating, "Just call me 'Gate Five Charlie'."

The Handicap Main began with Gary Ackroyd and DiFrancesco beating fellow 40 yard rider Ryan Fisher to turn one. They didn't exit the corner in that order because Ackroyd and DiFrancesco bumped each other forcing DiFrancesco down and Ackroyd wide. Sixteen year old Fisher took advantage and blasted underneath both riders. Ackroyd and Fisher were side by side down the back straight, but Fisher had the inside line and took command of the lead. Venegas, benefitting from a great start from the 60 yard line, passed Ackroyd and was in second on lap two. Fisher, however, seemed to have an insurmountable lead. Venegas slowly chipped away at Fisher and on lap five he was on his back wheel. Fisher drifted wide coming out of turn four at the close of lap five and Venegas made him pay for his mistake and took the lead. Venegas stretched his lead all the way to the finish for his second consecutive Handicap Main Event victory. Fisher finished second, Hicks finished third, and Shawn McConnell was fourth.

John DeFries returned to Costa Mesa and was victorious in the Support Main Event. Phil Harmatiuk led the field into turn one from the 10 yard line and held the lead for one lap before Dave Delbridge managed to get by. Delbridge held the lead until DeFries, after fighting through traffic, passed him at the end of lap four. DeFries was first to the line, followed by Bentley Barrett and Mark Hitchcock. DeFries competed regularly in Southern California for several years prior to moving to Utah last year.

Chad Newlee was victorious in the Support B main. For Newlee it was a great time to finally see his luck change at Costa Mesa. Newlee's past experiences at Costa Mesa have not been good. In his debut last year, he went over the wall in turn four, breaking his leg, and he missed the entire season. Last week, in his return, he met up with the turn four wall again. Brent Smith finished second and Eloy Medellin finished third.

The evening had a scary incident involving Mike Mattocks. At the completion of his Scratch Heat, Mattocks lifted just before crossing the finish line and clipped Gary Ackroyd's foot. This sent him out of control and he hit the turn one wall very hard with his back taking the brunt of the impact. Mattocks was knocked unconscious and was attended to by the medical staff for about ten minutes. He was taken out on a stretcher and transported to a local hospital. It was later reported that he had only suffered a separated shoulder. Certainly a minor injury considering how bad it could have been.


Support B Consolation
147 - Winston Williams  10
317 - Craig Mumma       10
196 - Rod Lenz          20
231 - Pat Dwyer         20
153 - Craig Muzio       10
135 - Kerry Connor      10

Support B Main
123 - Chad Newlee       10
103 - Brent Smith       20
178 - Eloy Medellin     20
141 - Tom Collier       20
331 - Peter Curtis      10
168 - Howard Larson     20

Support Consolation
200 - Gerry Duttweiler  10
226 - Sean Larned       20
114 - Paul Hitchcock    10
182 - Rudy Laurer       30
211 - Doug Lupo         10
234 - Frank Pecce       20

Support Main
316 - John DeFries      30
300 - Bentley Barrett   30
177 - Mark Hitchcock    20
338 - Dave Delbridge    20
243 - Sean McDougall    30
100 - Phil Harmatiuk    10

Scratch Main
 43 - Charlie Venegas    60
 36 - Ryan Fisher        40
  3 - Gary Hicks         60
  6 - Shawn McConnell    60
  1 - Brad Oxley         60
 15 - Dukie Ermolenko    50
  8 - Gary Ackroyd       40
 12 - Randy DiFrancesco  40  (fell, remounted)

Scratch Main
 43 - Charlie Venegas
  1 - Brad Oxley
 11 - Bobby Schwartz
 12 - Randy DiFrancesco
  3 - Gary Hicks

Hello everyone I finally got to go to the races yesterday and get my speedway fix I not going to give results because Ryan does a good job at that. There was a older gentlemen sitting next to me that hadn't been to the races in years and he said that a lot of the same riders were still racing but a few were missing Ott,Collins,Lucero,Christian just to name a few. He asked me what happened to the outside of the track !!!! he said these guys used to pass on the outside now no one goes there anymore .At that time came out Eddie Castro and I showed him what happens when you try to go outside at CM .He later said that they have taken the excitement out of the racing .I would have to agree with him. If CM is closing at the end of the season I would like to ask Brad to please prepare the track to have an outside so we can really see some awesome racing .

On another note I have noticed that a couple of riders are running weight on the bottom of the seats for added traction up to 20lbs.

Ryan Fisher will be missed as he heads back to AUBURN next week .He was definitely a top contender last night winning his handicap heat and semi then also coming back to win his scratch heat. Gate problems kept him out of the scratch main.

TMGracing TMGracing@aol.com

It was a pretty good night of racing wasn't it! But you are right not enough dirt on the outside. I just thought I would share, for anyone concerned that Michael Mattocks has a multiple broken clavicle (collarbone). He also has part of the broken bone floating in there so an orthopedic specialist will determine if they have to put a pin it or not. Jim spoke to his mom and I spoke to his wife and he is in good spirits. Kinda bummed it happened at the beginning of the season though.

See ya at the races, Kymber TeamEstes@rampageusa.com

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