The Grand Industry Hills Expo Center
City of Industry, California
Armed Forces Night at Industry Speedway
July 6, 2011
By: Ryan Evans
Photos by: Paul Flanders and Dorcey Wingo
Photos below Paul Flanders
|The price was right for Gabe Price’s rare visit to the San Gabe Valley until dad took the win in support division main.
||Michael Raines returned to the reins of a speedway bike after taking a 5 week layoff from his “knock out” performance on opening night.
||Kurtis Hamill helps dad with preparing gate 2 for the main while Charlie Venegas fixes up the pole position.
|Mikey Sullivan gets ready to push off Aaron Fox for the semi.
||Gene Stone, T-Rod and their crew are ready to send the Harley sidecar out for the first heat race.
||Jeff Immediato congratulates Jimmy Fishback and mom Natalie for a hard earned main event win over Billy Hamill.
Photos below Dorcey Wingo
|There was a salute to Armed Forces Night at The Grand Arena in the City of Industry, and the Scouts were on hand to help officiate.
||Los Pendejos were also on hand to rock the crowd. And you thought they were just an expression!
||First Div. regular #63 Michael Raines was back in action following a rough high-side accident last month.
|The Pee Wees were in force Wednesday night, lead once again by #31 Alyssa Smith and #19 Dominic Laney.
||I suspect I wasn't the only one who came to watch a former World Champ ride. Billy Hamill checks his clutch.
||Support Div. Event 2A: A rider goes down behind #293 Rick "The Rage" Valdez, who says, "Adios," with a twist of the throttle.
|#104 Kurtis Hamill (son of former WC Billy) slips his clutch as #99 Sam Ramirez looks for turn one.
||Support Div. : #175 Jake Myers negotiates turn three outside a charging #290 Harold Hartke. #186 Tim McGrath trails.
||More Support Div. action: #151 Brandon Leedy on the pole and #113 Gabe Price on the outside, and a couple of other
riders who might hate me now.
|Sidecars take the gate in early action, dominated by #1 Joe Jones and Jimmy Olsen.
||#6 Shawn McConnell and #13 Nate Perkins (outside) sandwich #48 Tyson Talkington in turn one.
||First Division: Although beaten by both #9 Mike Faria (left) and #43 Charlie Venegas during the evening,
it was #25 Jimmie "L'il Animal" Fishback III (right) who beat Billy Hamill and four others to the 1st Place Podium.
Jimmy "Little Animal" Fishback shocked his competition with a fantastic move to win the main event for the second time this season on Armed Forces Night at Industry Speedway.
Former World Champion Billy "The Bullet" Hamill and Charlie "The Edge" Venegas both entered the main event undefeated and a coin toss was held to determine who would have first gate choice. Venegas won the toss and chose gate one while Hamill took gate two. Venegas was first off the line when the tapes went up and led into turn one. Fishback went around Hamill in turn one then got his wheels in line exiting turn two and nudged Venegas aside on the back straight for the lead. Hamill followed Fishback past Venegas entering turn three to grab second. Fishback led after one lap but he had Hamill breathing down his neck. Hamill hounded Fishback the remaining three laps, but was unable to force a mistake. Fishback coolly held him off for the hard-earned victory. Austin Novratil was third, Venegas finished fourth, and "Flyin" Mike Faria was fifth.
Shawn "Mad Dog" McConnell opened the heats with a win over Faria. Venegas trapped from the outside and scored his first win in event two. Fishback beat Michael Raines to win event three. Hamill ended the first round with his first win.
Hamill began the second round by beating Fishback for his second straight win. Novratil beat Raines in event 10. Venegas defeated McConnell for his second victory. "Nasty" Nate Perkins beat Aaron Fox to end round two.
McConnell opened the final round by beating Tyson Talkington for his second win. Hamill maintained his perfect score with a win over Castro. Faria held off Fishback for his first win. Venegas matched Hamill's perfection by beating Novratil in the final heat race.
Castro made the best start in the first semi but Hamill charged up the inside followed by Novratil and both riders transferred to the main event. Venegas and Fishback finished one-two in the second semi to book their places in the main. Faria won the Last Chance to fill the final spot in the main-event field.
The Support Main Event began with a father-son battle between Rick "The Rage" Valdez and Gabe Price. After racing side-by-side on the back straight, Valdez used a shrewd cutback move to take the lead from his son as they exited turn four. Although Price sought revenge the entire race, he was unable to regain the lead. Valdez won the race and bragging rights over his son, Price finished second, Harold Hartke was third, and Jake Myers was fourth.
Kip McClain led the Support B Main Event for three laps before Craig Sprecher passed him for the lead and his second victory of the season. Kevin Fife finished third and Kevin Johnson was fourth.
Samuel Ramirez defeated Kurtis Hamill in the Youth 250cc Main Event.
Dalton Leedy made the best start in the Youth 200cc Main Event, but Shea Bendykowski took the lead on the back straight. Bendykowski never looked back from there and went on to victory. Leedy held on to second, Broc Nicol was third, Sebastian Palmese finished fourth, and Michael Wells was fifth.
Alyssa Smith continued her domination by winning the Pee Wee Main Event for the fourth time in a row. Dominic Laney finished second, Jake Isaac was third, Dylan Smith finished fourth, Walker Calvo was fifth, and Garrett Briggs finished sixth.
National Champions Joe Jones and Jimmy Olsen trapped from the outside and took the lead in turn one of the Sidecar Main Event. The rest of the field gave chase, but only viewed the number ones on their backs. Jones and Olsen led all the way to the finish, Dan Jones and Brandi McElroy were second, Dylan Beard and David Pane finished third, and Shawn Driggers and Missy Driggers were fourth.
Sidecar Main Event (restarted)
1 - Joe Jones/Jimmy Olsen
2 - Dan Jones/Brandi McElroy
5150 - Dylan Beard/David Pane
23 - Shawn Driggers/Missy Driggers (penalty line)
Pee Wee Main Event
31 - Alyssa Smith
19 - Dominic Laney
16 - Jake Isaac
13 - Dylan Smith
21 - Walker Calvo
814 - Garrett Briggs
22 - Brandon Spinella
27 - Luke Whitcomb (fell)
Youth 200cc Main Event (restarted)
23 - Shea Bendykowski
222 - Dalton Leedy
98 - Broc Nicol
18 - Sebastian Palmese
214 - Michael Wells (penalty line)
Youth 250cc Main Event
22 - Samuel Ramirez
104 - Kurtis Hamill
Support B Main Event
199 - Craig Sprecher
316 - Kip McClain
311 - Kevin Fife
122 - Kevin Johnson
Support Main Event
293 - Rick Valdez
113 - Gabe Price
290 - Harold Hartke
175 - Jake Myers (retired)
1: (restarted) McConnell, Faria, Talkington, Perkins
2: Venegas, Castro, Herkner, Ramirez (fell)
3: (restarted) Fishback, Raines, Schwartz (non starter - restart), Pappalardo (non starter - restart)
4: Hamill, Fox, Novratil, Marquez
9: Hamill, Fishback, Ramirez, Talkington
10: Novratil, Raines, Faria, Herkner
11: Venegas, McConnell, Marquez, Pappalardo
12: Perkins, Fox, Castro
13: McConnell, Talkington, Raines (fell, remounted)
14: (restarted) Hamill, Castro, Marquez (penalty line), Herkner (fell)
15: Faria, Fishback, Perkins, Pappalardo
16: Venegas, Novratil, Ramirez, Fox
Semi #1: Hamill, Novratil, Fox, McConnell, Castro
Semi #2: Venegas, Fishback, Faria, Perkins, Raines
First Division Last Chance
9 - Mike Faria
6 - Shawn McConnell
46 - Aaron Fox
13 - Nate Perkins
First Division Main Event
25 - Jimmy Fishback
104 - Billy Hamill
27 - Austin Novratil
43 - Charlie Venegas
9 - Mike Faria (retired)