Inland Motor Speedway
National Orange Show
San Bernardino, California
Season Opener at IMS
June 3, 2011
By: Ryan Evans
Photos by: Dorcey Wingo
Photos by: BackItIn Photos - Jim Thorn
|| Photos by: Dorcey Wingo
|Fans of First Division star Josh Larsen will appreciate seeing his son Charliedressed up in Josh's old #45 leathers.
||Bruce Flanders explains his IMS comeback to arriving guests.
He owes it all to Nitrous Oxide he says, pointing out the portable package to skeptical Margo King.
|Get this: Shawn McConnell prepared the racetrack; raced in all the 1st Div. Scratch and Handicap heats; fixed the busted PA system; won the Last Chance; won the Scratch Main; and blew his rear tire in the Handicap. What a night!
||#141 Josh Abbott gave #14 Fast Eddie Castro a run for his money in the first Handicap race, but Eddie powered around the outside for the win.
|Youth 200cc Main Event:#18 Sebastian Palmese goes down on the inside line and is about to be tagged by #34 Maverick Molloy, while #111 Dillon Ruml flies around the outside. "Big Daddy" needed a minute or two but was able to walk off the track.
||Sidecar #1 Team Joe Jones/Jimmie Olsen roar around turn three, followed closely by #2 Bryan Motis/Trever DeSherlia in a very exciting night of racing.
||250ccYouth race - Here comes trouble: #308 Max Ruml on the outside, his brother #111 Dillon Ruml on the inside and speedy #222 Nick Varner in the sandwich.
||Smooth ridin' First Div. veteran #23 Steve Russell gets his chin out over the bar during the Handicap Main in classic Speedway form.
|Scratch Main Event: At the gate, #2 Josh Larsen is on the wall; #25 Jimmy Fishback III launches from four, #27 Austin Novratil is in the proverbial /sandwich; /#63 Michael Raines comes from two; and eventual winner #6, Shawn "Mad Dog" McConnell drives hard in lane one.
||While McConnell rides back around to take the checkered flag, an exhausted Austin Novrati pushes across the finish line for 4th place.
Josh Larsen lost an engine and was awarded 5th spot.
|After all the work you put in today Shawn McConnell, you deserve some recognition.
|Pee Wees # 34 Dakota Shockley and #000 Mikey Ortega trip the light fantastic.
|Not that you have any room left in the IMS report, but "Stella" goes to a lot more races than our SpeedwayBikes Web Master does! :)
Shawn "Mad Dog" McConnell and Jimmy "Little Animal" Fishback went home with main event victories from Opening Night at Inland Motorcycle Speedway in San Bernardino.
Former World Team Cup Champion Josh Larsen started the Scratch Main Event from gate five and led the field into turn one. McConnell tried to charge up the inside on the back straight but Josh Larsen secured his hold on the position as they entered turn three. Josh Larsen had the race under control on the third lap when he suffered an engine failure in turn three. McConnell was the benefactor from Josh Larsen's misfortune, but he had Fishback planted on his back tire. McConnell withstood the pressure throughout the final lap and held on for the victory. Fishback had to settle for second, Michael Raines was third, Austin Novratil finished fourth, and Josh Larsen was credited with fifth.
Steve Russell and Raines battled side-by-side for the lead during the first lap of the Handicap Main Event. Russell's inside line proved better and he surged ahead on the second lap. Russell was still leading near the end of the fourth lap when Raines went tumbling down the front stretch and brought out the red flag. The referee ordered a restart with five laps left to complete. Russell led but had Fishback breathing down his neck. Fishback's persistence paid off after two laps when he went underneath Russell for the lead. The drama ended there as the defending Western States Champion rode off into the night with the victory. "Fast" Eddie Castro finished second, Aaron Fox was third, Josh Abbott finished fourth, and Russell was fifth.
Drew Coats led the Second Division Main Event for two laps but drifted wide at the end of the second lap and allowed Rich Brock to take over the lead. Brock never looked back from there and was first to the checkered flag. Coats finished second, Geoff Herkner was third, and Mike Wiley finished fourth.
Steve "Beach Ball" Brown was the initial leader of the Third Division Main Event. He gave way to Joey St. Louis on the second lap. St. Louis was pressured by Mitch Pierson for a lap and succumbed as they took the white flag. St. Louis didn't give up and went for broke as they entered the final corner. His youthful enthusiasm got the best of him, though, and he took Pierson down. The referee deemed St. Louis the cause of the stoppage and awarded the race to Pierson.
Gumball Rally Champion Max Ruml returned to the scene of that victory and went home with another trophy after winning the Youth 250cc Main Event. Nicholas Varner finished second and Dillon Ruml was third.
Sebastian Palmese led the Youth 200cc Main Event for three laps but fell in turn two on the final lap. Dillon Ruml, who had masterfully raced on the outside the entire race, found himself in front and led the final lap for the victory. Maverick Molloy finished second, Broc Nicol was third, Nicholas Varner finished fourth, Dalton Leedy was fifth, Chase Sanborn finished sixth, and Palmese was credited with seventh.
Dakota Shockley led from start to finish en route to victory in the Pee Wee Main Event. Sara Cords was second, Luke Whitcomb finished third, and Charlie Larsen was fourth.
The event marked the beginning of the third season of speedway racing at IMS. It marked the use of permanent lighting for the first time at the facility. The evening also featured the return of Bruce Flanders to the microphone. Many fans were happy to have the man who is traditionally linked to speedway at the Orange Show Fairgrounds.
The next event at IMS is Quaid Harley Night. It will include a Harley Parade and the ever-popular street-legal Harley Davidson races.
Sidecar Main Event
1 - Joe Jones/Jimmy Olsen
2 - Bryan Motis/Trever DeSherlia
23 - Shawn Driggers/Missy Driggers
5150 - Dylan Beard/Crystal Laurie
Pee Wee Main Event
34 - Dakota Shockley
14 - Sara Cords
27 - Luke Whitcomb
45 - Charlie Larsen
4 - Dylan Betor (non starter)
Youth 200cc Main Event
111 - Dillon Ruml 40
34 - Maverick Molloy 0
98 - Broc Nicol 40
333 - Nicholas Varner 0
222 - Dalton Leedy 0
108 - Chase Sanborn 0
18 - Sebastian Palmese 0(fell)
Youth 250cc Main Event
308 - Max Ruml
333 - Nicholas Varner
111 - Dillon Ruml
Third Division Consolation
275 – Mike Betor 0
157 – Tony DeAlmeida 10
311 – Kevin Fife 10
226 – Rick Huspek 0
188 – Rick Howard 0(retired)
Third Division Main Event (awarded)
192 - Mitch Pierson 10
235 - Carl Shockley 0
316 - Kip McClain 10
211 - Steve Brown 0
227 - Wade Whitcomb 0
313 - Joey St. Louis 10(fell, excluded)
Second Division Consolation
293 – Rick Valdez
175 – Jake Myers
333 – Mike Salyer
113 – Gabe Price (engine failure)
151 – Brandon Leedy (fell)
Second Division Main Event
138 - Rich Brock
195 - Drew Coats
208 - Geoff Herkner
101 - Mike Wiley
Handicap Main Event (restarted)
25 - Jimmy Fishback 40
14 - Eddie Castro 40
46 - Aaron Fox 20
141 - Josh Abbott 20
23 - Steve Russell 20
63 - Michael Raines 20
6 - Shawn McConnell 40(retired)
2 - Josh Larsen 40(non starter)
First Division Last Chance
6 - Shawn McConnell
14 - Eddie Castro
86 - Neil Facchini
23 - Steve Russell (retired)
Scratch Main Event
6 - Shawn McConnell
25 - Jimmy Fishback
63 - Michael Raines
27 - Austin Novratil
2 - Josh Larsen (engine failure)