The Grand Industry Hills Expo Center
City of Industry, California
Classic Car Night
July 7, 2010 - Industry Speedway
By: Ryan Evans
One week after having his winning streak stopped, Charlie “The Edge” Venegas found himself back on top of the podium on Classic Car Night at Industry Speedway.
“Flyin” Mike Faria and Venegas left the starting line shoulder-to-shoulder and remained that way in a fantastic inside-outside battle throughout the first lap. Faria surged ahead the second time on the back straight and Venegas wisely slotted in behind him and appeared to be destined for a second-place finish. Faria, however, made a rare mistake when his drifted off the groove exiting turn two and Venegas pounced on the opportunity by blasting underneath and taking the lead. The former National Champion led the rest of the way and was first to the checkered flag. Faria settled for second, Tyson Burmeister was third, “Battling” Buck Blair finished fourth, and Shawn “Mad Dog” McConnell was fifth.
Blair kicked off the heats with a win over McConnell. Faria defeated Burmeister in the second heat. “Fast” Eddie Castro held off Bobby “Boogaloo” Schwartz to win the third heat. Venegas ended round one with a win over Tyson Talkington.
Venegas trapped from the outside and beat Austin Novratil to start round two. McConnell beat Michael Raines in the next heat. Faria defeated Blair for his second win of the night. Burmeister defeated Talkington to finish the second round.
Blair defeated Brad Pappalardo to begin the last round. Burmeister won his second straight race over Novratil. Castro beat McConnell in the penultimate heat. Faria remained undefeated by winning the final heat.
Burmeister and Blair finished one-two in the first semi to transfer to the main. Faria won the second semi with McConnell capitalizing on a Venegas mistake to join Faria in the main. Venegas won the Last Chance race to book the final spot in the main.
Chris Jones led the Second Division Main before Aaron Fox went to the outside and passed him in turn four to take the lead. Fox stretched his lead with each lap and scored a dominant victory. Tim McGrath finished second, Jones was third, and Bubba Vazzana finished fourth.
Kevin Wybenga made the best start in the Third Division Main Event but had Joey Donaldson chasing after him. Donaldson closed ground but his bid ended when he fell on the second lap. Wybenga cruised the rest of the way to go home victorious. Kevin Johnson was second, Mike Salyer finished third, and Donaldson was credited with fourth.
Dillon Ruml made best start in the Youth Second Division Main Event but an engine failure handed the lead to Michael Wells. Wells led until Kurtis Hamill went by at the end of the second lap. Hamill held on to the finish to claim the victory. Broc Nicol was second, Wells finished third, and Ruml was credited with fourth.
Alyssa Smith led the first three laps of the Pee Wee Main Event and led a tight quartet of riders into the final corner, but bobbled on the exit and Dominic Laney stole the victory at the finish line. Dylan Smith also got past Alyssa Smith to get third with Tristan Britt finishing fourth.
Dylan Beard and Crystal Laurie led all four laps en route to victory in the Sidecar Main Event. Scott Driggers and Casey Driggers finished second, Brian Motis and Brandi McElroy were third, and Gerard Jackson and Dave German were fourth.
Classic Car Night included a display of automobiles for spectators to view. It also included an appearance by nationally syndicated and motor sports aficionado “Uncle” Joe Benson.
This Wednesday’s event will have a special match race between sprint car racer Wally Pankratz and two-time World Speedway Champion Bruce Penhall in Ford Focus midgets.
Sidecar Main Event
5150 - Dylan Beard/Crystal Laurie
13 - Scott Driggers/Casey Driggers
2 - Brian Motis/Brandi McElroy
66 - Gerard Jackson/Dave German
Pee Wee Main Event
19 - Dominic Laney
13 - Dylan Smith
31 - Alyssa Smith
11 - Tristan Britt
Youth Second Division Main Event
104 - Kurtis Hamill
146 - Broc Nicol
214 - Michael Wells
111 - Dillon Ruml (engine failure)
Youth First Division Main Event
308 - Max Ruml
Third Division Main Event
191 - Kevin Wybenga
122 - Kevin Johnson
333 - Mike Salyer
112 - Joey Donaldson (fell)
Second Division Main Event (restarted)
146 - Aaron Fox
186 - Tim McGrath (penalty line)
116 - Chris Jones
274 _ Bubba Vazzana
First Division Heat Scoring 1 2 3 T
6 – Shawn McConnell 2 3 2 7
9 – Mike Faria 3 3 3 9
11 – Bobby Schwartz 2 1 1 4
13 – Nate Perkins 0 1 0 1
14 – Eddie Castro 3 0 3 6
26 – Tyson Burmeister 2 3 3 8
39 – Buck Blair 3 2 3 8
41 – John Marquez 1 0 2 3
43 – Charlie Venegas 3 3 1 7
141 – Josh Abbott 1 1 0 2
145 – Brad Pappalardo 1 1 2 4
151 – Brandon Leedy 0 0 0 0
178 – Eloy Medellin 0 0 1 1
181 – Austin Novratil R 2 2 4
220 – Tyson Talkington 2 2 1 5
259 – Michael Raines 1 2 0 3
1: Blair, McConnell, Marquez, Perkins (fell, remounted)
2: Faria, Burmeister, Raines, Novratil (retired)
3: Castro, Schwartz, Pappalardo, Leedy
4: Venegas, Talkington, Abbott, Medellin
9: Venegas, Novratil, Perkins, Castro (tape penalty)
10: McConnell, Raines, Pappalardo, Medellin (fell, remounted)
11: Faria, Blair, Abbott, Leedy
12: Burmeister, Talkington, Schwartz (tape penalty), Marquez
17: Blair, Pappalardo, Schwartz, Raines (tape penalty)
18: Burmeister, Novratil, Venegas, Perkins
19: Castro, McConnell, Talkington, Abbott
20: Faria, Marquez, Medellin, Leedy
Semi #1: (restarted) Burmeister, Blair, Castro, Talkington, Novratil (retired)
Semi #2: Faria, McConnell, Schwartz, Venegas, Pappalardo
First Division Last Chance
43 - Charlie Venegas
11 - Bobby Schwartz
220 - Tyson Talkington
14 - Eddie Castro (tape penalty)
First Division Main Event
43 - Charlie Venegas
9 - Mike Faria
26 - Tyson Burmeister
39 - Buck Blair (tape penalty)
6 - Shawn McConnell