The Grand Industry Hills Expo Center
City of Industry, California
California State Championship
August 31, 2011
By: Ryan Evans
Photos by: Paul Flanders and Dorcey Wingo
YouTube Sidecar Main Event - Mark Williams
Below photos by Paul Flanders
|Credit for Dillion Ruml’s second place finish to his older brother has to go to honorary pit mom (Nicholas Varner’s mother) Alicia Haislip.
||Max Ruml and Kurtis Hamill grin for the camera before their race.
||One Billy = a good show.
Two Billys = a great show!
Hamill and Janniro met only in the final, with Janniro awarded the win.
|Though none of the Fabulous Fiftys made the main, McConnell, Schwartz, Faria and Castro added to an exciting show. Gentlemen, your AARP cards are in the mail!
||A big grin for a big win as Gabe Price takes the second division Calif. State Championship.
||#31 Alyssa Smith is ready to go take the win in the PeeWee main for the State Title.
|Invaders from the north, Tommy Hedden and Billy Janniro, took away third and first place trophies!
||Your SpeedwayBikes.com photographers and reporters Dorcey Wingo, Paul Flanders and Ryan Evans. Kevin Fife clicked shutter.
||After recovery from a broken arm, Crystal Laurie was finally back in action on the 5150 sidecar with Dylan Beard as they rode away with the State Championship title!
Photos below by Dorcey Wingo
|The State Championship is at hand, and the participants have their own way of handling the stress.
||The Grand Arena's pit area and facilities must be the best around.
||Referee Tom Fox explains his strict Championship rules concerning the tapes: touch 'em and you're excluded!
|Pee Wee State Championship went to #31 Alyssa Smith, holding off a charging #16 Jake Isaac for the win.
||200cc Second Div. Champ #214 Michael Wells had to pass speedy #222 Dalton Leedy to win the big one.
||Youth riders #104 Kurtis Hamill and #98 Broc Nicol hug the pipe in turn two.
|250cc State Champion #308 Max Ruml really tore it up Wednesday night! Way to ride, Max.
||Second Div. State Champ #113 Gabe Price had to get past veteran rider #178 Eloy Medellin to win.
||Sidecar State Champions #5150 Dylan Beard/Crystal Laurie streak to the finish line ahead of defending National Champions
#1 Joe Jones/Jimmy Olsen for the win.
|First Division State Championship Final Event: Defending National Champion #1 Billy Janniro (pole) gets half a wheel against former WC #104 Billy Hamill in lane two, #40 Tommy Hedden in three, #25 Jimmy Fishback in four.
||In a spectacular last-lap accident, Billy Hamill's methanol-rocket took off without him and tumbled forward into #1 Billy Janniro, ending the race. In this shot, Hamill is attended by Med-Event, friends and teammates, but did not require transport.
||Trophy Presentation: Back-to-Back State Champ Billy J. pours Bruvado from his new trophy faster than Grand Arena Jeffrey Immediato can download it.
Billy "The Kid" Janniro ended his evening on the ground but he also ended it by claiming his second consecutive Bruvado California State Championship at Industry Speedway.
Janniro and former World Champion Billy "The Bullet" Hamill both entered the main event with perfect scores. Joining them was Tommy Hedden who suffered his only defeat at the hands of Janniro and Jimmy "Little Animal" Fishback who made the main via the Last Chance. Janniro was the only rider who would approach the tapes with a State Championship to his name. Janniro won the coin toss to determine who had gate choice and he chose gate one. Hamill picked gate two, Hedden selected gate three, and that left Fishback with gate four.
Janniro exploded into the lead when the tapes went up and led the field through the first turn. The current National Champion held his lead through lap one but his wide line was allowing Hamill to close in on him. Janniro maintained his lead throughout the second lap but Hamill was within striking distance as they entered turn one the third time. Janniro went wide on the back straight and Hamill blasted underneath and into the lead. Janniro already sensing his lead was gone cut hard to the inside as he entered turn three and sliced under Hamill and had the lead in turn four and as they took the white flag. Janniro carried a lot of speed through turns one and two and struggled to hold a firm inside line on the back straight. Hamill, who found more grip exiting turn two had more momentum and the two racers made contact with Hamill going over backward and Janniro sliding off in turn three. The red flag came out and the referee was left with a critical decision. He ruled that Hamill had caused the stoppage and Janniro was awarded the victory and the championship. Fishback was credited with second and Hedden was third.
Four rounds of heats began with Hamill defeating Dukie Ermolenko for his first win. "Battling" Buck Blair led event two until Hedden went by for the lead and his first win. Three-time State Champion Charlie "The Edge" Venegas suffered a tape exclusion in event three. Janniro beat Jason Ramirez when the tapes finally went up. Four-time State Champion "Flyin" Mike Faria beat Russell Green in event four. Fishback ended the first round by beating "Fast" Eddie Castro.
Fishback defeated Ramirez to begin the second round. Hamill beat Castro for his second straight win. Ermolenko beat Michael Raines in event 17. Janniro earned his second straight win by beating Hedden. Venegas used the outside to pass Faria and finish round two with his first win.
Hedden beat Faria to open round three with his second victory. Venegas defeated Fishback for his second consecutive win. Hamill beat Blair for his third win in a row. Shawn "Mad Dog" McConnell beat Ramirez in event 32. Janniro ended the third round by beating Ermolenko for his third straight win.
Faria beat Fishback to start the final round of heats. Hamill booked his place in the main by beating McConnell for his fourth victory. Janniro matched Hamill's perfect score and joined him in the main by defeating Castro. Hedden beat Ermolenko in the penultimate heat to place himself in the main event. Venegas ended the heats by beating Josh Abbott for his third straight win.
Venegas's evening ended just as it began when he was excluded for touching the tapes in the Last Chance. Faria jumped into the lead when the tapes went up but went wide in turn four and Fishback pounced on the opening to take the lead. The former Youth National Champion didn't look back from there and went on to victory and booked the final spot in the main event field. Ermolenko finished second, Faria was third, and Venegas was credited with fourth.
Eloy Medellin was the initial leader in the Second Division State Championship Final, but had sixteen year old Gabe Price chasing him down. Medellin held the lead for two laps, but Price's persistence paid off when he took the lead in turn three. Price, who has dominated Second Division in the latter part of 2011, led the last lap for the victory. Medellin held on to second, Troy McConnell finished third, and Carl Gazafy was fourth.
Craig Sprecher and Kevin Fife battled side-by-side the first two laps in the Third Division State Championship Final. Sprecher's inside line proved to be better when he surged ahead on the third time down the back straight. Sprecher held on from there and was victorious. Kip McClain was second, Alfonso Marroquin finished third, and Fife fell and was fourth.
Max Ruml won all three of his races to claim the Youth 250cc California State Championship. Dillon Ruml was second overall, Kurtis Hamill was third overall, and Broc Nicol was fourth overall.
Nicol won two of his three heats to win the Youth 200cc First Division California State Championship. Shea Bendykowski was second overall, Braydan Galvin was third overall, and Gino Scopellite was fourth overall.
Michael Wells was victorious in the Youth 200cc Second Division California State Championship. Dalton Leedy was second overall, Sebastain Palmese was third overall, and Chase Sanborn was fourth overall.
Alyssa Smith led all four laps en route to victory in the California State Pee Wee Championship. Jake Isaac finished second, Dylan Smith was third, Tristan Britt finished fourth, Walker Calvo was fifth, and Brandon Spinella finished sixth.
Dylan Beard and Crystal Laurie scored the biggest victory in their careers by winning the California State Sidecar Final. Joe Jones and Olsen finished second, Dan Jones and Brandi McElroy were third, and Dave Alexander and Trevor Desherlia were fourth.
The Bruvado California State Championship brought the curtain down on Industry Speedway's eighth season and the fourth promoted by Jeff and Madison Immediato.
Sidecar State Championship Final (restarted)
5150 - Dylan Beard/Crystal Laurie
1 - Joe Jones/Jimmy Olsen (penalty line)
2 - Dan Jones/Brandi McElroy
22 - Dave Alexander/Trever DeSherlia (retired)
Pee Wee State Championship Final
31 - Alyssa Smith
16 - Jake Isaac
13 - Dylan Smith
11 - Tristan Britt
21 - Walker Calvo
22 - Brandon Spinella
Youth 200cc Second Division State Championship Overall Results
214 - Michael Wells
222 - Dalton Leedy
18 - Sebastian Palmese
Youth 200cc First Division State Championship Overall Results
98 - Broc Nicol
23 - Shea Bendykowski
45 - Braydan Galvin
Youth 250cc State Championship Overall Results
308 - Max Ruml
111 - Dillon Ruml
104 - Kurtis Hamill
Third Division State Championship Final
199 - Craig Sprecher
316 - Kip McClain
219 - Alfonso Marroquin
311 - Kevin Fife (fell)
Second Division State Championship Final
113 - Gabe Price
178 - Eloy Medellin
114 - Troy McConnell
176 - Carl Gazafy
California State Heat Results 1234T
1 – Billy Janniro 333312
6 – Shawn McConnell 1X 326
9 – Mike Faria 322310
11 – Bobby Schwartz 11R 13
14 – Eddie Castro 22127
15 – Dukie Ermolenko 23229
23 – Steve Russell 000R 0
25 – Jimmy Fishback 332210
39 – Buck Blair 21216
40 – Tommy Hedden 323311
41 – John Marquez 11013
43 – Charlie Venegas T3339
48 – Tyson Talkington Nr0000
63 – Michael Raines T2114
66 – Jason Ramirez 22217
104 – Billy Hamill 333312
126 – Rocco Scopellite 01- - 1
141 – Josh Abbott 11125
178 – Eloy Medellin (R) 0F0- 0
293 – Rick Valdez 1- - - 1
321 – Russell Green 2R 103
State Championship Heat Results
9: (restarted) Hamill, Ermolenko, Valdez, Talkington (non starter - restart)
10: Hedden, Blair, McConnell, Russell
11: Janniro, Ramirez, Marquez, Venegas (tape exclusion)
12: Faria, Green, Schwartz, Scopellite
13: Fishback, Castro, Abbott, Raines (tape exclusion)
15: Fishback, Ramirez, Schwartz, Russell
16: Hamill, Castro, Marquez, Green (retired)
17: Ermolenko, Raines, Scopellite, McConnell (excluded)
18: Janniro, Hedden, Abbott, Medellin
19: Venegas, Faria, Blair, Talkington
29: Hedden, Faria, Raines, Marquez
30: Venegas, Fishback, Medellin (fell)
31: Hamill, Blair, Abbott, Schwartz (retired)
32: McConnell, Ramirez, Castro, Talkington
33: Janniro, Ermolenko, Green, Russell
35: Faria, Fishback, Blair, Talkington
36: (restarted) Hamill, McConnell, Ramirez, Russell (retired)
37: Janniro, Castro, Marquez, Green
38: Hedden, Ermolenko, Raines
39: Venegas, Abbott, Schwartz, Medellin
First Division Last Chance
25 - Jimmy Fishback
15 - Dukie Ermolenko
9 - Mike Faria
43 - Charlie Venegas (tape exclusion)
California State Championship Final (awarded)
1 - Billy Janniro
25 - Jimmy Fishback
40 - Tommy Hedden
104 - Billy Hamill (excluded)
Past California State Champions
1968 – Sonny Nutter
1969 – Steve Bast
1970 – Steve Bast
1971 – Steve Bast
1972 – Steve Bast
1973 – Mike Bast
1974 – Steve Bast
1975 – Steve Bast
1976 – Mike Bast
1977 – Mike Bast
1978 – Mike Bast
1979 – Mike Bast
1980 – Alan Christian
1981 – Bruce Penhall
1982 – Lance King
1983 – Mike Bast
1984 – Bobby Schwartz
1985 – Steve Lucero
1986 – Bobby Ott
1987 – Mike Faria
1988 – Sam Ermolenko
1989 – Steve Lucero
1990 – Mike Faria
1991 – Bobby Schwartz
1992 – Mike Faria
1993 – Chris Manchester
1994 – Mike Faria
1995 – Steve Lucero
1996 – Steve Lucero
1997 – Charlie Venegas
EVENT NOT STAGED 1998 – 2005
2006 – Josh Larsen
2007 – Charlie Venegas
2008 – Charlie Venegas
2009 – Ricky Wells
2010 – Billy Janniro