A mixture of experience and youth was on display as former World Finalist Josh Larsen and 16 year old Joey "The Bolt" Holt both took home main event victories on Quaid Harley Davidson Night at Inland Motorcycle Speedway in San Bernardino.
Larsen, starting in gate two, and former World Champion Billy "The Bullet" Hamill, staring in gate four, entered turn one side-by-side in the Scratch Main Event. Larsen used the blue groove on the inside while Hamill went to cushion on the outside. Larsen exited turn two with a slight advantage but Hamill found ample traction and had plenty of momentum as they entered turn three. Both riders stuck to their racing lines but Larsen drifted a little wide coming out of turn four to try to slow Hamill who was relentless and still tried to around the leader as they went into turn one the second time. Larsen found a little more grip the second time down the back straight but Hamill tried to sweep around the outside through turns three and four again. Larsen still led after two laps so Hamill switched his assault to the inside, but couldn't get past in turns one and two. Larsen's lead increased throughout lap three so Hamill tried the outside once more in turns one and two but couldn't gain any ground. Larsen led to the checkered flag while Hamill had to settle for second. Former Youth National Champion Jason Ramirez was third, Jimmy "Little Animal" Fishback finished fourth, and "Fast" Eddie Castro was fifth.
Holt led the eight-rider Handicap Main Event field throughout the first lap, but Larsen, who was looking for the double main event victory weaved through the field and into second place on the third lap. Larsen was on Holt's back tire at the end of lap five but suffered an engine failure. Fishback stepped up to the firing line and mounted his own attack on the leader. Fishback's bid ended when he lifted on lap seven and gave Holt an insurmountable lead. Holt scored his first main event victory in the top division at a weekly Southern California track, Castro finished second, Fishback was third, and Aaron Fox came in fourth and was the last remaining competitor on a running machine.
Chris Jones led the first lap of the Second Division Main Event before being overtaken by Gabe Price at the end of the first lap. Price led for another lap before sliding off entering turn one. Jones retook the lead and cruised to the victory. Brandon Leedy finished second, Mike Salyer was third, and Price was credited with fourth.
Dillon Ruml made the best start in the Youth 250cc Main Event but Kurtis Hamill went underneath him on the back straight. Dillon Ruml went back into the lead the second time on the back straight. Gumball Rally Champion Max Ruml charged underneath both riders at the end of the second lap for the lead but his brother, Dillon, wouldn't give up so easily. Dillon Ruml remained on Max Ruml's outside shoulder for a lap before Max Ruml took control in the final corner for the win. Kurtis Hamill stole second at the finish line which relegated Dillon Ruml to third.
Sebastian Palmese went around the outside of Chase Sanborn in the first corner and never looked back en route to the win in the Youth 200cc Main Event. Dalton Leedy finished second and Chase Sanborn was third.
Shawn Driggers and Missy Driggers led the Sidecar Main Event for three laps before Dan Jones and Brandi McElroy charged up the inside for the lead as they were taking the white flag. Dan Jones and McElroy held on for the last lap to take the victory. National Champions Joe Jones and Jimmy Olsen stole second at the finish line while the Driggers duo had to settle for third.
The next event at IMS is Fan Appreciation Night which will be on Saturday, July 16. In addition to the top Southern California stars, National Champion Billy "The Kid" Janniro and Tommy Hedden will make the trek from Northern California to compete.
Handicap Main Event
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