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Inland Motorcycle Speedway
National Orange Show
San Bernardino, California

Last of the Mohicans Last Man Out Challenge
July 24, 2009 - IMS, San Bernardino
By: Ryan Evans

Shawn “Mad Dog” McConnell went undefeated all evening and captured the main event at Inland Motorsport Speedway in San Bernardino.

Former National Champion Bobby “Boogaloo” Schwartz, starting in gate four, got the best start but didn’t have enough of a lead to get across “Fast” Eddie Castro in turn one. Castro drifted wide in turn two taking Schwartz outside as well. Castro’s move allowed McConnell to get up the inside and they were three-wide going down the back straight. McConnell’s preferred inside line paid off as he secured the lead in turn three. McConnell led at the end of lap one while Castro and Schwartz tried to get back at the leader. Schwartz was able to get ahead of Castro for second, but was unable to chase down McConnell, who doubles as the facility’s co-promoter. At the finish, it was McConnell crossing the line first, Schwartz was second, Castro finished third, Brad Pappalardo was fourth, and Neil Facchini finished fifth.

Facchini kicked off the heats by winning the first race from the penalty line. McConnell defeated Schwartz in the second heat. Schwartz ended round one by beating Pappalardo.

The second round began with Doug Greyson looking set to pick up a victory, but Castro made a last-lap charge to steal the win at the line. Facchini superbly held off Schwartz to win event 10. McConnell defeated Pappalardo to finish round two.

Facchini opened the last round by beating Castro to remain undefeated. McConnell matched Facchini by beating Justin Boyle for his third win. Pappalardo concluded the heats in impressive fashion by beating Schwartz.

Facchini remained unbeaten by winning the first semi with Schwartz joining him in the main event. McConnell won the second semi with Castro stealing second from Pappalardo in the final corner to earn the transfer to the main. Pappalardo ran away with the Last Chance victory to transfer into the First Division Main Event for the first time in his young career.

The Last of the Mohicans Last Man Out Challenge blended two veterans, Schwartz and Castro, with two young lions, Pappalardo and Gino Manzares. Surprisingly, it was Schwartz who was eliminated first, then Castro eliminated second, which left the two teenagers for the final challenge. Manzares got the better start and planted himself on the inside groove. Pappalardo tried valiantly to get past the leader, but Manzares was up to the challenge and claimed the victory.

Joey Holt got the best start and was never seriously threatened en route to victory in the Second Division Main Event. Rick Valdez finished second, Butch Waymire was third, and Rick Fehrman finished fourth.

John Pavia led all four laps and collected the win in the Third Division Main Event for the first time. DeWayne Stark finished second, Kevin Johnson was third, Jonathan Chavez finished fourth, Michael Moore was fifth, and Rick Huspek finished sixth.

Nicky Reimer defeated Jacob Wondolowski to win the Youth Main Event.

Wondolowski got the better of Reimer by defeating him in the First Division Pee Wee Main Event. William Ballasteros was third and Nick Varner finished fourth.

Hanna Smith was victorious in the Second Division Pee Wee Main Event over Tristan Pickard.


Second Division Pee Wee Main Event 
  9 - Hanna Smith 
 31 - Tristan Pickard 
  8 - Summer Fehrman 	(non starter) 

First Division Pee Wee Main Event 
251 - Jacob Wondolowski 
 41 - Nicky Reimer 
  7 - William Ballasteros 
  3 - Nick Varner 

Youth Main Event 
 41 - Nicky Reimer 
251 - Jacob Wondolowski 
  8 - Summer Fehrman 	(non starter) 

Third Division Main Event 
355 - John Pavia 		0 
268 - DeWayne Stark 		10 
122 - Kevin Johnson 		0 
323n - Jonathan Chavez 		10 
161 - Michael Moore 		10 
226 - Rick Huspek 		0 
189 - Chris Thomas 		10 	(fell) 
223n - Michelle Fehrman 	0 	(non starter) 

Second Division Consolation (restarted) 
195 - Drew Coats 
208 - Geoff Herkner 
101 - Mike Wiley 
129 - Norman Graham 		(non starter) 
252 - Jeff Remington 		(non starter) 

Second Division Main Event 
244 - Joey Holt 
293 - Rick Valdez 
363 - Butch Waymire 
240n - Rick Fehrman 

Last of the Mohicans Last Man Out Challenge 
221 - Gino Manzares 
145 - Brad Pappalardo 
 14 - Eddie Castro 
 11 - Bobby Schwartz 

First Division Scoring		1	2	3	T
  6 – Shawn McConnell		3	3	3	9
 11 – Bobby Schwartz		3	2	2	7
 14 – Eddie Castro		2	3	2	7
 18 – Justin Boyle		1	0	2	3
 86 – Neil Facchini		3	3	3	9
120 – Doug Greyson		1	2	1	4
145 – Brad Pappalardo		2	2	3	7
149 – Philip Harmatiuk		2	1	1	4
195 – Drew Coats		F	0	0	0
221 – Gino Manzares		1	1	0	2
244 – Joey Holt			0	1	1	2
293 – Rick Valdez		0	0	0	0

Race Results
 1: (restarted) Facchini (penalty line), Harmatiuk, Boyle, Valdez (fell, remounted)
 2: McConnell, Castro, Manzares, Coats (fell)
 3: Schwartz, Pappalardo, Greyson, Holt
 9: Castro, Greyson, Holt, Boyle (fell, remounted)
10: Facchini, Schwartz, Manzares, Coats
11: McConnell, Pappalardo, Harmatiuk, Valdez
17: Facchini, Castro, Harmatiuk, Manzares
18: McConnell, Boyle, Holt, Coats
19: Pappalardo, Schwartz, Greyson, Valdez

First Division Last Chance 
145 - Brad Pappalardo 
120 - Doug Greyson 
 18 - Justin Boyle 
149 - Philip Harmatiuk 		(fell, remounted) 

First Division Main Event 
  6 - Shawn McConnell 
 11 - Bobby Schwartz 
 14 - Eddie Castro 
145 - Brad Pappalardo 
 86 - Neil Facchini
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