Industry Hills Speedway
The Grand Industry Hills Expo Center
City of Industry, California
2004 Season Opener
August 11, 2004 - Industry Hills Speedway
By: Ryan Evans
Speedway returned to the San Gabriel Valley for the first time in 27 years and it was Scott Brant who won the first Scratch Main Event at The Grand in Industry Hills.
Brant's perfect score in the heats allowed him to choose the pole. Charlie Venegas then selected gate two. Eddie Castro picked gate three which left Randy DiFrancesco with the outside. Brant was first out of the blocks followed by Venegas who tried to get under the SRA National Champion on the inside. Brant was up to that challenge and then pulled away for the victory. Venegas remained in second, Castro was third, and DiFrancesco finished fourth.
Justin Boyle opened up the first round of heats with a win over John DeFries. Castro beat Northern California's J.T. Mabry in race two. Venegas took his first win ahead of Robbie Sauer in the third race and Brant defeated Randy DiFrancesco to finish round one.
Brant made it two in a row by beating Castro to start round two. Bobby Krips was victorious over Brad Sauer in race 17. Venegas kept pace with Brant by defeating Boyle in race 18. Round two ended with DeFries beating DiFrancesco.
Round three began with DiFrancesco handing Venegas his first loss with a last corner pass. Boyle won his second race ahead of Castro in race 25. Dario Galvin beat Robbie Sauer in race 26 and Brant remained perfect by winning the final heat.
Dario Galvin and Robbie Sauer finished one-two in a four-rider runoff to determine the final two places in the semis. Brant was an easy victor ahead of Castro in the first semi. Venegas won the second semi handily, but a battle between DiFrancesco and Boyle ended at the checkered flag with DiFrancesco claiming second by inches.
The first attempt to run the Second Division Main Event ended in a heap in turn four. Neil Facchini jumped into the lead on the restart and held off Tim Gomez for two and a half laps before the 15 year old's persistence forced a mistake by Facchini and allowed Gomez to go by in turn four. Facchini then fell on his own in turn one and Gomez took the win. John Stunkard was second and Dale Facchini finished third.
Rohn Zellner won the Third Division Main Event easily ahead of Tony Bracy, who came from the penalty line to finish second. Steve Dziadus was third and Nathan Smelser finished fourth.
Jason Ramirez rode four solid laps to win the Youth First Division Main Event. Ricky Wells was second, Krystal Cramer finished third, and Jay Ricketts was fourth. The Youth Second Division Main Event ended abruptly in turn four with Gino Manzares suffering a leg injury that required an ambulance trip to the hospital. Only two riders made the restart and it was Joey Holt beating Nathan Galvin to the checkered flag.
The event was the first of four scheduled events at the state-of-the-art facility with a roof and four-sided scoreboard/jumbotron among its many amenities. It marked the first time speedway was held in the San Gabriel Valley since Irwindale closed its doors in 1977. Promoter Freddie Orosco is hopeful that the facility will become a permanent facility for speedway in Southern California.
PeeWee Main Event
8 - Brayden Galvin
6 - Dakota Workman
99 - Samuel Ramirez
7 - Rocco Scopellite
Youth Second Division Main Event (restarted)
114 - Joey Holt
134 - Nathan Galvin (fell, remounted)
135 - Eddie Conner (non starter)
21 - Gino Manzares (non starter)
Youth First Division Main Event
66 - Jason Ramirez
142 - Ricky Wells
13 - Krystal Cramer
29n - Jay Ricketts (fell)
Third Division Main Event (restarted)
163 - Rohn Zellner
194 - Tony Bracy (penalty line)
212 - Steve Dziadus
188 - Nathan Smelser (fell)
Second Division Main Event
136 - Tim Gomez
249 - John Stunkard
301 - Dale Facchini
201 - Neil Facchini (fell, remounted)
First Division Scoring 1 2 3 T
1 - Scott Brant 3 3 3 9
12 - Randy DiFrancesco 2 2 3 7
14 - Eddie Castro 3 2 2 7
16 - John DeFries 2 3 2 7
17 - Robbie Sauer 2 0 2 4
18 - Justin Boyle 3 2 3 8
21 - Brad Sauer 1 2 F 3
24 - Bobby Krips 1 3 X 4
37 - Denny Scopellite R 1 R 1
43 - Charlie Venegas 3 3 2 8
89 - Danny Perkins 0 1 1 2
93n - J.T. Mabry 2 1 1 4
145 - Dario Galvin 1 0 3 4
214 - Steve Murray 1 0 0 1
230 - Doug Greyson 0 1 1 2
389 - Nate Perkins 0 1 1 2
1: Boyle, DeFries, Galvin, N.Perkins (fell, remounted)
2: Castro, Mabry, Murray, Scopellite (retired)
3: Venegas, R.Sauer, Krips, Greyson
4: Brant, DiFrancesco, B.Sauer, Perkins
16: Brant, Castro, N.Perkins, R.Sauer
17: Krips, B.Sauer, Scopellite, Galvin
18: Venegas, Boyle, Mabry, D.Perkins
19: DeFries, DiFrancesco, Greyson, Murray
24: DiFrancesco, Venegas, N.Perkins, Scopellite (retired)
25: Boyle, Castro, Greyson, B.Sauer (fell)
26: Galvin, R.Sauer, D.Perkins, Murray (fell, remounted)
27: Brant, DeFries, Mabry, Krips (excluded)
Runoff: Galvin, R.Sauer, Mabry, Krips (fell)
Semi #1: Brant, Castro, DeFries, R.Sauer
Semi #2: Venegas, DiFrancesco, Boyle, Galvin
16 - John DeFries
145 - Dario Galvin
17 - Robbie Sauer
18 - Justin Boyle (non starter)
Scratch Main Event
1 - Scott Brant
43 - Charlie Venegas
14 - Eddie Castro
12 - Randy DiFrancesco (retired)