The Grand Industry Hills Expo Center
City of Industry, California
Sports Bike Night Show at Industry Speedway
June 29, 2011
By: Ryan Evans
Photos by: Paul Flanders and Dorcey Wingo
|Photos Below by: Paul Flanders
|Say Brandi and Missy, can I give you girls a ride on my sidecar tonight?
|Kenny Hansen and Bobby Schwartz are all rev’d up pushing out for the main.
||Ronnie and Rocco are ready to send Gino Scopellite out for the 200cc main.
||What’s Buck Blair been up to? Well he recently got a real nice construction job. Here he is ready to send off Sammy Ramirez with some help from Jason Ramirez.
|Austin and Mike Novratil headin’ out for the main.
||Look out, some of the animals are escaping from their cages!
||“Well Mr. Fancy Pants, let’s see if you can top Dad’s Support B Div. main win?”
|“Son, don’t worry about Schwartz, he’s almost as old as me!”
||Sebastian Palmese tells his dad, Jason, a real eye opener of a story on his birthday.
||Speedway banned? No, a speedway band!
|Photos Below by: Dorcey Wingo
|June 29th at The Grand Arena, in the City of Industry, southern California. Everyone likes to get here early and work into a methanol-ic crescendo. I thought I spotted a Pastor on a Westlake, and - by golly, I was right!
||Pee Wees get some valuable track experience. This is the classic No-No in starting rules, "touching" the tapes. #19 Dominic Laney does his best imitation of Fast Eddie Castro here, by saying "Who, ME?"
||The Pee Wees got a good look at #31 Alyssa Smith's back, starting early in the sun-soaked evening. Alyssa would take 1st Place trophy home.
|Youth 200cc 1st Division action: The mud flies as #7 Gino Scopellite heads east out of turn four, followed closely by #98 Broc Nicol and #333 Nick Varner.
||200cc 2nd Div Main Event: #18 Sebastian "Big Daddy" Palmese managed to stave off speedster #23 Shea Bendykowski (right) for two laps, until this stupid white plywood thingie sprang out of the ground and suddenly it was RED FLAG CITY. Shea got the win, and /Big Daddy /was able to walk it off - tough kids!
||250cc Main Event: #308 Mad Max Ruml slips clutch from the pole as #99 Samuel Ramirez makes his 2011 Grand Arena debut from lane two. It's #333 "Notorious" Nick Varner in three, and that's Max's kid brother #111 Dillon Ruml hookin' up in four. Max won it, Kid Brother second, Nick for third and Sammy was fourth.
|Support B Main Event: Back from a stinging encounter with Mr. Plywood, #393 C.J. Sanborn salutes the crowd, crossing the finish line ahead of a stubborn #316 Kip McClain and #311 Kevin "Rip" Fife. #186 McGrath was credited with fourth.
||Support Div. Main Event: #126 Rocco Scopellite is on the pole. #333 Mike Salyer is in two. #178 Eloy Medellin is in three and #186 Tim McGrath drives from the wall. Scopellite was hot all night long, scoring big wins over his rivals, taking home 1st Place. Mike was 2nd; Eloy 3rd.
McGrath fell and took 4th.
||First Division: The only hot shoe to beat Bobby Schwartz in a heat race this evening was #27, Austin "Full Throttle" Novratil. Austin made the Main Event, no surprise to anyone.
|First Division Main - prelude at the tapes: You could just tell that #11 "Boogaloo" Bobby Schwartz was going to win this one. Had his /Robert Redford/ race-face on. That's pit man, Kenny Hansen, behind him.
||First Division Main Event: #11 Schwartz on the pole, #43 Charlie Venegas in two; #6 Shawn McConnell in three; #25 Jimmy Fishback III in four and
#27 Austin Novratil on the wall.
|The former World's Best Pairs Champ (twice), Boogalloo Bobby opened up a multi-bike lead by the end of lap one and easily took home the 1st Place trophy. This was Bobby's first Grand Arena win since the late Warren Russell took the winner's stand with him in 2010. Nice goin' Champ!
Industry Speedway, CA, USA - June 29
Former National Champion Bobby "Boogaloo" Schwartz turned in a brilliant performance and won the main event at Industry Speedway.
Schwartz, who turns 55 in August, had first gate choice in the main event and selected gate one. It proved to be a wise decision when he launched from the starting line and led the field into turn one. Jimmy "Little Animal" Fishback chased him down the back straight and tried to apply pressure as they entered turn three. The former World Pairs Champion withstood the challenge and was still the leader at the end of the first lap. It would prove to be Fishback's only opportunity as Schwartz began pulling away and lengthened his lead with each lap. Schwartz crossed the line first and received a standing ovation for his effort. Fishback finished second, Shawn "Mad Dog" McConnell was third, Austin Novratil finished fourth, and Charlie "The Edge" Venegas was fifth.
Fishback started out the heats by chasing down John "Mongoose" Marquezand passing him on the outside for the lead and the win. "Fast" Eddie Castro was leading the second heat before an engine failure handed the victory to Venegas. Schwartz trapped from the outside and led the last heat of round one until Novratil pushed his way past in the final corner for the win.
Aaron Fox began round two with a win over Castro. Schwartz held off Fishback in event nine for his first win of the evening. Novratil beat McConnell to end the second round.
Schwartz opened the final round by beating Venegas. Faria kept McConnell at bay to win the next heat. Fishback finished the heats by beating Fox.
Venegas was victorious in the first semi with Novratil narrowly finishing second ahead of Fishback. Schwartz won the second semi for his third straight win and was followed into the main by McConnell. Fishback won the Last Chance to complete the main event field.
Rocco Scopellite continued his dominance of the Support Division by winning the Support Main Event for the fourth time this season. Eloy Medellin was second, Mike Salyer finished third, and Tim McGrath was credited with fourth.
Kevin Fife led the Support B Main Event before C.J. Sanborn went by for the lead. Sanborn never looked back from there and claimed the victory. Kip McClain was second, Fife finished third, and Chris Wolfs was fourth.
Max Ruml led from start to finish en route to victory in the Youth 250cc Main Event. Dillon Ruml was second, Nicholas Varner finished third, and Samuel Ramirez was fourth.
Gino Scopellite led the Youth 200cc First Division Main Event before going down in turn four. Broc Nicol took over the lead from there and was never challenged while going on to the win. Dalton Leedy was second, Chase Sanborn finished third, and Scopellite was fourth.
Sebastian Palmese led the Youth 200cc Second Division Main Event for two laps but disaster struck as he was about to finish lap three. Palmese drifted wide exiting turn four, hit the fence, went down hard on the front straight, and brought out the red flag. Palmese was able to get up after a few minutes, but was relegated to fourth in the results. Shea Bendykowski was awarded the victory with Maverick Molloy getting second and Michael Wells getting third.
Alyssa Smith increased her popularity with the crowd by winning her third consecutive Pee Wee Main Event. Dominic Laney finished second, Jake Isaac was third, Walker Calvo finished fourth, Luke Whitcomb was fifth, and Dylan Smith finished sixth.
Sidecar Main Event
1 - Joe Jones/Jimmy Olsen
2 - Bryan Motis/Brandi McElroy
5150 Dylan Beard/Crystal Laurie
13 - Scott Driggers/Casey Driggers
Pee Wee Main Event
31 - Alyssa Smith
19 - Dominic Laney
16 - Jake Isaac
21 - Walker Calvo
27 - Luke Whitcomb
13 - Dylan Smith
Youth 200cc Second Division Main Event (awarded)
23 - Shea Bendykowski
34 - Maverick Molloy
214 - Michael Wells
18 - Sebastian Palmese (fell)
Youth 200cc First Division Main Event
98 - Broc Nicol
222 - Dalton Leedy
108 - Chase Sanborn
7 - Gino Scopellite
Youth 250cc Main Event
308 - Max Ruml
111 - Dillon Ruml
333 - Nicholas Varner
22 - Samuel Ramirez
Support B Main Event
393 - C.J. Sanborn
316 - Kip McClain
311 - Kevin Fife
143 - Chris Wolfs
Support Main Event (awarded)
126 - Rocco Scopellite
178 - Eloy Medellin
333 - Mike Salyer
186 - Tim McGrath (fell)
First Division Heat Scoring123T
6 – Shawn McConnell 3339
9 – Mike Faria 1247
11 – Bobby Schwartz 34411
14 – Eddie Castro E314
25 – Jimmy Fishback 43411
27 – Austin Novratil 44210
41 – John Marquez 2103
43 – Charlie Venegas 4239
45 – Brad Pappalardo 1113
46 – Aaron Fox 34310
48 – Tyson Talkington 1023
66 – Jason Ramirez 2226
208 – Geoff Herkner 2114
1: Fishback, McConnell, Marquez, Pappalardo
2: Venegas, Fox, Ramirez, Talkington, Castro (engine failure)
3: Novratil, Schwartz, Herkner, Faria (retired)
8: Fox, Castro, Faria, Marquez
9: Schwartz, Fishback, Ramirez, Herkner
10: Novratil, McConnell, Venegas, Pappalardo, Talkington
11: Schwartz, Venegas, Talkington, Herkner, Marquez
12: Faria, McConnell, Ramirez, Pappalardo
13: Fishback, Fox, Novratil, Castro
Semi #1: (restarted) Venegas, Novratil, Fishback, Faria, Herkner
Semi #2: Schwartz, McConnell, Fox, Castro, Ramirez
First Division Last Chance (restarted)
25 - Jimmy Fishback
46 - Aaron Fox
14 - Eddie Castro (tape penalty)
9 - Mike Faria (engine failure)
First Division Main Event
11 - Bobby Schwartz
25 - Jimmy Fishback
6 - Shawn McConnell
27 - Austin Novratil
43 - Charlie Venegas