Industry Hills Speedway
The Grand Industry Hills Expo Center
City of Industry, California
2004 AMA U.S. Under 21 National Championship / California Youth Championship / California Pee Wee Championship
November 20, 2004 - Industry Hills Speedway
By: Ryan Evans
Justin Boyle won all five of his races and scored a perfect 15 points to capture the AMA United States Under 21 National Championship at The Grand in Industry Hills.
The victory was the biggest in Boyle's brief career and it guaranteed him one of the spots allocated to the United States in the World Under 21 Championship qualifiers next year. Two-time Youth National Champion T.J. Fowler scored 13 points to finish second overall, and defending Under 21 Champion Eric Carrillo finished with 12 points to garner third.
The final scheduled race brought the evening's top two scorers, Boyle and Eric Carrillo, to the tapes and a slew of scenarios. A victory by Boyle would wrap up the championship and a second for Carrillo would force a runoff with Fowler for second. If Carrillo and Boyle finished first and second, respectively, then they would square off in a runoff. Should Carrillo finish second and Boyle third, they would both meet Fowler in a three-rider runoff.
Carrillo led into turn one followed by Chris Kerr. Kerr found two much traction in turn two and lifted into Carrillo, bringing both riders down. Carrillo was down for several minutes after the hard impact, but he wasn't going to relinquish his title by default. On the restart Carrillo held a slight advantage, but he and Kerr clashed again as they entered turn one. The contact broke Kerr's right footpeg, ending his race, and sent Carrillo straight in turn two allowing Boyle to take the lead. Carrillo tried desperately to recover, but Boyle's lead was insurmountable and he raced away with the championship. Carrillo went wide and was passed by Hollenbeck and his third place finish cost him second overall as well.
The standard five-round sixteen-rider format was used to determine the overall winner. The field was comprised of six riders from Southern California, seven from Northern California, and three riders from New York.
Boyle got things started by easily winning the first race. Kerr acclimated himself to the track quickly with a win over Fowler in the next race. Southern California native Dario Galvin held off New York's Brian Hollenbeck to take the third race of the opening round. Eric Carrillo finished the opening round with a victory.
In the opening race of round two, Kerr looked to be on his way to another win when he found too much traction exiting turn two and lifted badly, allowing the field to go by. The biggest beneficiary was Neil Facchini, who went on to victory. Eric Carrillo won his second straight race ahead of Chris Strong. Hollenbeck led the next race for two laps before being passed by Tim Gomez and Skyler Greyson. Gomez went on to the victory. Boyle kept pace with Eric Carrillo by winning the final race of the second round.
Casey Donholt, who traveled from New York for the event, began the third round with his first victory of the evening. Kerr regained his winning form and defeated Mark Carrillo in the next race. Fowler scored his first win by handing Eric Carrillo his first defeat in race 28. Boyle defeated J.T. Mabry to keep and was the only rider with a perfect score at intermission.
The opening race of round four was reduced to a Carrillo Brothers match race after two exclusions left the siblings to battle it out on the third attempt. Older brother Eric held off Mark for the win.
The next race ended in a heap in turn three and Chris Strong got the brunt of the impact and was down for several minutes before walking away. On the restart, Fowler made it two in a row by defeating Hollenbeck.
Donholt earned his second straight win on the restart of race 33. In the last race of the fourth round, Galvin took the lead while Boyle patiently stalked him. On the third lap, Boyle went by on the inside for the lead and was first to the checkered flag.
Entering the final round Boyle was on top with a perfect 12 points, Eric Carrillo had 11 points, Fowler had 10 points, and Kerr and Hollenbeck each had eight.
The final round began with Fowler scoring his third consecutive victory while Neil Facchini pushed his machine the final lap for second place after a spectacular loop on the front straight. In race 40, Galvin's second victory gave him a nine point total, while Donholt's second place brought his total to 10. J.J. Martynse won the penultimate race to set up the dramatic conclusion to the evening.
Three rounds of racing determined the four-rider main event for the California Youth Championship. Ricky Wells, the only rider with a perfect score, jumped into the lead but hooked up in turn two and went down. He was excluded from the restart. New York's Mike Buman on the restart, but Krystal Cramer used the outside line to take the lead. Cramer lengthened her lead with each lap and cruised to the win while Jason Ramirez passed Buman on lap three to take second. Northern California's Ben Essary was victorious in the Youth Consolation.
Brayden Galvin won all four of his races to win the California Pee Wee Championship. Jack Higginson scored 21 points to finish second overall and Eloy Medellin III had 19 to give him third. Margi Hamill was fourth overall, Max Cirello was fifth, Baylee Odom was sixth, and Kurtis Hamill was seventh.
This was the second year that the U.S. Under 21 Championship has been held and former First Division rider Donny Odom is responsible for creating and promoting the event. Last year's event was held at Wheel2Wheel Raceway in Victorville, but he decided to bring the event to Southern California's newest speedway venue this year.
California Pee Wee Championship 1 2 3 4 T
1 - Brayden Galvin 7 7 7 7 28
2 - Jack Higginson 5 6 5 5 21
26 - Max Cirello 1 4 4 2 11
46 - Baylee Odom 3 3 N 3 9
104 - Kurtis Hamill 4 1 N N 5
178 - Eloy Medellin III 6 2 6 5 19
199 - Margi Hamill 2 5 3 4 14
California Youth Championship 1 2 3 T
1 - Ricky Wells 3 3 3 9
5 - Ricky Valdez 1 2 3 6
5e - Mike Buman 3 3 2 8
7 - Dylan Black 2 1 N 3
13 - Krystal Cramer 3 3 1 7
21 - Gino Manzares 1 1 2 4
24 - Ben Essary 2 2 N 4
66 - Jason Ramirez 2 2 3 7
114 - Joey Holt 1 1 1 3
24 - Ben Essary
5 - Ricky Valdez
21 - Gino Manzares
7 - Dylan Black
114 - Joey Holt
California Youth Championship Final(restarted)
13 - Krystal Cramer
66 - Jason Ramirez
5e - Mike Buman
1 - Ricky Wells (fell, excluded)
U.S. Under 21 Championship 1 2 3 4 5 T
3 - T.J. Fowler 2 2 3 3 3 13
7 - Eric Carrillo 3 3 2 3 1 12
18 - Justin Boyle 3 3 3 3 3 15
23 - Mark Carrillo Fx 1 2 2 2 7
25 - J.J. Martynse F 1 0 F 3 4
27 - Chris Kerr 3 1 3 1 F 8
36 - Tim Gomez 1 3 Fx Fx N 4
93 - J.T. Mabry 1 2 2 1 Fx 6
93e - Chris Strong 2 2 0 Fx 1 5
97 - Casey Donholt 2 F 3 3 2 10
112 - Danny Easley 1 F 1 Fx N 2
120 - Skyler Greyson 1 2 0 2 Fx 5
145 - Dario Galvin 3 0 1 2 3 9
171 - Brian Hollenbeck 2 1 1 2 2 8
201 - Neil Facchini Fx 3 2 Fx 2 7
301 - Dale Facchini 0 0 1 1 Fx 2
8: (restarted) Boyle, Strong, Greyson, N.Facchini (fell, excluded)
9: Kerr, Fowler, Gomez, Martynse (fell)
10: (restarted) Galvin, Hollenbeck, Easley, M.Carrillo (fell, excluded)
11: E.Carrillo, Donholt, Mabry, D.Facchini (fell, remounted)
17: N.Facchini, Mabry, Kerr, Galvin
18: (restarted) E.Carrillo, Strong, Martynse, Easley (fell)
19: Gomez, Greyson, Hollenbeck, D.Facchini
20: (restarted) Boyle, Fowler, M.Carrillo, Donholt (fell)
26: Donholt, N.Facchini, Hollenbeck, Martynse
27: Kerr, M.Carrillo, D.Facchini, Strong (fell, remounted)
28: Fowler, E.Carrillo, Galvin, Greyson (fell, remounted)
29: (restarted) Boyle, Mabry, Easley, Gomez (fell, excluded)
31: (restarted twice) E.Carrillo, M.Carrillo, N.Facchini (fell, excluded), Gomez (fell, excluded)
32: (restarted) Fowler, Hollenbeck, Mabry, Strong (fell, excluded)
33: (restarted) Donholt, Greyson, Kerr (fell, remounted), Easley (fell, excluded)
34: Boyle, Galvin, D.Facchini, Martynse (fell)
39: (restarted) Fowler, N.Facchini, D.Facchini (fell, excluded), Easley (non starter)
40: Galvin, Donholt, Strong (fell, remounted), Gomez (non starter)
41: (restarted twice) Martynse, M.Carrillo, Greyson (fell, excluded), Mabry (fell, excluded)
42: (restarted) Boyle, Hollenbeck, E.Carrillo, Kerr