The Grand Industry Hills Expo Center
City of Industry, California
Fan Appreciation Night
June 24, 2009 - Industry Speedway
By: Ryan Evans
National Champion Billy “The Kid” Janniro conquered Industry Speedway for the first time with a main event victory on Fan Appreciation Night.
Janniro entered the Scratch Main as top scorer which afforded him the first choice of starting position. The Northern Californian selected gate one and the inside position paid off. When the tapes went up, Janniro and California State Champion Charlie “The Edge” Venegas left the line together. They were still even on the back straight but Janniro’s inside line proved to be better than Venegas’s outside path. Janniro completed lap one with the lead secure while Venegas was under pressure from the other three riders. The former Coventry Bee lengthened his lead while Venegas drifted backward. Janniro cruised to his first ever Industry Speedway main event victory, Jimmy Fishback finished second, Shawn McConnell was third, Eddie Castro finished fourth, and Venegas was fifth.
Venegas kicked off the evening with a victory over Fishback. Janniro won the next race ahead of Castro for his first triumph. Mike Faria got the best start in the next race but Buck Blair went around him on the outside and claimed victory to end round one.
Castro started round two with his first win of the evening. Janniro was leading the next heat before he hooked up in turn four, hit the wall, and brought out the red flag. Fishback won the restart with Janniro getting second. McConnell defeated Venegas to end the second round with a win.
Blair opened the final round with his second win. Janniro had to pass Faria to claim his second victory of the evening. Castro closed out the heats with a win over Jason Ramirez.
Fishback and Castro ran one-two in the first semi to claim the transfers to the main event. In the second semi, Janniro led Venegas from start to finish and into the main. McConnell won the First Division Last Chance to claim the final spot in the main.
Josh Abbott took the early lead in the Second Division Main Event, but after two laps Gino Manzares started to cut into his lead. Abbott was still leading when he took the white flag but Manzares moved to within striking distance. Abbott led into the final corner, but drifted wide exiting turn four and brushed against the wall. Abbott’s loss of momentum allowed Manzares to steal the victory at the finish line. Joey Holt finished third, Steve Bowen was fourth, Frank Pecce finished fifth, and Butch Waymire was sixth.
Rod Requejo led the Third Division Main Event for a lap before Bander Alexander took over the lead on the back straight. Alexander was never threatened after he assumed the lead and went on to victory. Rejuejo held on to second, Gene Stone was third, DeWayne Stark finished fourth, and Paul Thornton was fifth.
Dillon Ruml led the Youth Main Event before New Zealand’s Bradley Wilson took over the lead exiting turn four. Wilson led the rest of the way and claimed the win. Samuel Ramirez was second, Maxwell Ruml finished third, Nicky Reimer finished fourth, Hayley Perrault was fifth, and Dillon Ruml was credited with sixth after falling just shy of the finish. Fortunately, he was able to leave the track on his own.
Dave Alexander and Matt Davis led all four laps en route to victory in the Sidecar Main Event. Tommy Thornton and Gene Stone finished second and Gerard Jackson and Dave German were third.
The next event at Industry Speedway is Kids Night in which all children will be admitted free.
Sidecar Main Event
22 - Dave Alexander/Matt Davis
31 - Tommy Thornton/Gene Stone
66 - Gerard Jackson/Dave German (retired)
Pee Wee Main Event
251 - Jacob Wondolowski
1 - Michael Wells
Youth Second Division Main Event
2 - Bradley Wilson 10
22 - Samuel Ramirez 20
356 - Maxwell Ruml 10
41 - Nicky Reimer 10
0 - Hayley Perrault 0
111 - Dillon Ruml 0 (fell)
251 - Jacob Wondolwowski 0 (engine failure)
Youth First Division Main Event
21 - Gino Manzares
9 - Rocco Scopellite
Third Division Main Event
298 - Bander Alexander 10
131 - Rod Requejo 0
231 - Gene Stone 0
268 - DeWayne Stark 10
124 - Paul Thornton 10
Second Division Main Event
221 - Gino Manzares 10
141 - Josh Abbott 0
244 - Joey Holt 10
177 - Steve Bowen 10
234 - Frank Pecce 10
363 - Butch Waymire 0 (retired)
First Division Scoring 1 2 3 T (3,2,1,0,0)
1 - Billy Janniro 3 2 3 8
6 - Shawn McConnell 1 3 1 5
9 - Mike Faria 2 1 1 4
11 - Bobby Schwartz 1 0 R 1
14 - Eddie Castro 2 3 3 8
25 - Jimmy Fishback 2 3 2 7
39 - Buck Blair 3 1 3 7
43 - Charlie Venegas 3 2 2 7
66 - Jason Ramirez 0 2 2 4
178 - Eloy Medellin 0 0 F 0
184 - Tyson Burmeister 1 0 1 2
212n - Kenny Ingalls F 0 0 0
321 - Russell Green 0 1 0 1
1: (restarted) (awarded) Venegas, Fishback, Burmeister, Ramirez (penalty line), Ingalls (fell)
2: (restarted) Janniro, Castro, McConnell (tape penalty), Green (penalty line)
3: Blair, Faria, Schwartz, Medellin (fell, remounted)
9: Castro, Ramirez, Faria, Burmeister
10: (restarted) Fishback, Janniro (penalty line), Green, Schwartz
11: McConnell, Venegas, Blair, Ingalls, Medellin
15: (restarted) Blair, Fishback (penalty line), McConnell (fell, remounted), Medellin (fell)
16: Janniro, Venegas, Faria, Green
17: Castro, Ramirez, Burmeister (fell, remounted), Ingalls (fell, remounted), Schwartz (retired)
Semi #1: (restarted) Fishback, Castro, McConnell, Faria (retired)
Semi #2: Janniro, Venegas, Blair, Ramirez
First Division Last Chance
6 - Shawn McConnell
66 - Jason Ramirez
39 - Buck Blair
9 - Mike Faria (tape penalty) (retired)
First Division Main Event
1 - Billy Janniro
25 - Jimmy Fishback
6 - Shawn McConnell
14 - Eddie Castro
43 - Charlie Venegas (retired)