Costa Mesa Speedway
Orange County Fairgrounds
Costa Mesa, California
June 5, 2010 - Costa Mesa
By: Ryan Evans
Gary Hicks capped a perfect night by winning the main event in front of a large crowd on Harley Night at the world famous Costa Mesa Speedway.
Hicks exploded into the lead at the start of the main event while Jimmy Fishback, Mike Faria, and Tyson Burmeister bumped into each other and all went wide. Charlie “The Edge” Venegas avoided contact with them and cutback underneath to take second. Hicks was flawless, however, and Venegas was never afforded an opportunity to get the lead. Hicks was first to the checkered flag, Venegas finished second, Fishback was third, Burmeister finished fourth, and Faria was fifth.
Venegas opened the heats with a victory over John Marquez. “Fast” Eddie Castro held off Faria to win the second heat. Fishback defeated Bobby “Boogaloo” Schwartz in the third heat. Hicks chased McConnell before making a brilliant outside pass for the lead and the win to end round one.
Hicks made it two in a row with a win over Doug Nicol and Venegas to start round two. Tyson Burmeister defeated Faria to win the next heat. Castro made it two in a row with a win over Schwartz in event 11. Fishback ended the second round with a win over McConnell.
Fishback remained perfect by defeating Venegas to begin the final round. Hicks chased and passed Faria in the next heat to also stay undefeated. Buck Blair beat Schwartz in the penultimate heat. Castro used the outside to pass Burmeister for the win in the final heat to match the perfect scores of Fishback and Hicks.
Venegas blazed to the win in the first semi and was followed into the main by Fishback. Hicks and Faria finished one-two in the second semi to transfer to the main event. Burmeister scored an impressive victory in the Last Chance to book the final spot in the main event.
The Support Main Event required three starts but John Stunkard led all three, including the most important one, and claimed the victory. Rudy Laurer finished second, Geoff Herkner was third, Ryan Tovatt finished fourth, and Damon Barry was fifth.
Aaron Fox put together four smooth laps to win the Support B Main Event. Norman Graham finished second, Mike Salyer was third, Jake Myers finished fourth, and Mike Boyle was fifth.
National Champions Joe Jones and Jimmy Olsen showed why they hold the crown by winning the Sidecar Main Event. Gerard Jackson and Dave German finished second, Shawn Driggers and Casey Driggers were third, and Brian Motis and Edwin Soto finished fourth.
Harley Night included the ever-popular Harley Races which feature people racing their street-legal Harleys around the bullring oval. Next week’s event is the Mission Motorsports John Matherson Cup.
Sidecar Main Event
1 - Joe Jones/Jimmy Olsen
66 - Gerard Jackson/Dave German
13 - Shawn Driggers/Casey Driggers
2 - Brian Motis/Edwin Soto
Support B Main Event
146 - Aaron Fox
129 - Norman Graham
333 - Mike Salyer
175 - Jake Myers
198 - Mike Boyle
Support Last Chance (restarted twice)
389 – Ryan Tovatt
178 – Eloy Medellin (tape penalty)
201 – Dylan Black (engine failure)
177 – Steve Bowen (engine failure)
Support Main Event (restarted twice)
249 - John Stunkard
182 - Rudy Laurer
208 - Geoff Herkner
389 - Ryan Tovatt
150 - Damon Barry (fell, remounted)
First Division Heat Scoring 1 2 3 T
3 – Gary Hicks 4 4 4 12
6 – Shawn McConnell 3 3 2 8
9 – Mike Faria 3 3 3 9
11 – Bobby Schwartz 3 3 3 9
14 – Eddie Castro 4 4 4 12
17 – Robbie Sauer 1 F 2 3
21 – Brad Sauer 1 1 1 3
22 – Mike Bloom 0 2 Nr 2
23 – Steve Russell 2 N E 2
25 – Jimmy Fishback 4 4 4 12
26 – Tyson Burmeister 2 4 3 9
39 – Buck Blair 2 2 4 8
41 – John Marquez 3 1 0 4
43 – Charlie Venegas 4 2 3 9
98 – Doug Nicol 2 3 T 5
120 – Doug Greyson 1 0 2 3
141 – Josh Abbott 0 1 N 1
181 – Austin Novratil 0 1 2 3
220 – Tyson Talkington 1 2 1 4
259 – Michael Raines 0 0 1 1
1: Venegas, Marquez, Blair, Greyson, Bloom
2: Castro, Faria, Russell, Talkington, Abbott
3: (restarted) Fishback, Schwartz, Nicol, B. Sauer (penalty line), Novratil (fell, remounted)
4: Hicks, McConnell, Burmeister, R. Sauer, Raines
9: Hicks, Nicol, Venegas, Abbott, Raines
10: (restarted twice) Burmeister, Faria, Blair, B. Sauer (penalty line), Greyson (penalty line)
11: Castro, Schwartz, Talkington, Marquez, R. Sauer (fell)
12: Fishback, McConnell, Bloom, Novratil (fell), Russell (non starter)
15: Fishback, Venegas, Novratil, B. Sauer, Marquez
16: Hicks, Faria, R. Sauer, Raines (tape penalty), Russell (engine failure)
17: (restarted) Blair, Schwartz, Greyson, Bloom (non starter – restart), Nicol (tape exclusion)
18: Castro, Burmeister, McConnell, Talkington, Abbott (non starter)
Semi #1: Venegas, Fishback, Castro, Burmeister, Nicol (tape penalty)
Semi #2: Hicks, Faria, McConnell, Blair, Schwartz (tape penalty)
First Division Last Chance
26 - Tyson Burmeister
6 - Shawn McConnell
14 - Eddie Castro
39 - Buck Blair
First Division Main Event
3 - Gary Hicks
43 - Charlie Venegas
25 - Jimmy Fishback
26 - Tyson Burmeister
9 - Mike Faria