2011 Speedway Billy Night - San Bernardino, CA, USA - September 9, 2011
Defending Western States Champion Jimmy "Little Animal" Fishback took home the main event victory on an action-packed Speedway Billy Night at Inland Motorcycle Speedway in San Bernardino.
Fishback and Colorado native "Battling" Buck Blair started evenly and entered turn one together. Blair found more traction on the ample cushion and went around Fishback for the lead as they entered turn three. Fishback tried to charge back underneath Blair on the front straight, but found his path cut off as they entered turn one the second time and he bumped into the leader. Blair maintained the lead through lap two but Fishback switched his attack to the outside line as they entered turn one. Fishback turned the table on Blair by passing him on the outside on the back straight. Fishback remained on the wide line throughout the race and Blair had no answer for him. Fishback was first to the checkered flag, Blair settled for second, "Fast" Eddie Castro finished third, Shawn "Mad Dog" McConnell was fourth, and Steve Russell finished fifth.
Fishback kicked off the evening with a win over Blair in the first heat. McConnell beat Josh Abbott for his first victory in the next heat. Michael Raines led event 13 for a lap before Castro passed him for the lead and the win. Blair trapped from gate five and held off Fishback to win event 14. Fishback beat Russell in event 23 for his second victory. Raines beat Castro in the final heat.
McConnell made the best start in the first semi and led the entire way with Castro in tow for the victory. Fishback won the second semi and Russell used a savvy cutback move in the first corner to get second and the other transfer into the main. Blair won the Last Chance to book the final spot in the main event field.
Mike Salyer led the Second Division Main Event into turn one but Mike Fuson slipped by on the inside to take the lead on the back straight. Troy McConnell got through traffic and hunted down Fuson. McConnell tried high and low but couldn't find a way past the leader. Fuson held on for the win, McConnell was second, Chris Jones finished third, and Salyer was fourth.
Steve "Beach Ball" Brown charged past Rick Huspek entering turn one to grab the lead in the Third Division Main Event. Kevin Fife weaved through the field and found himself behind Brown on lap three. Fife chased down the leader and took the lead the final time the exited turn two. Fife led the rest of the way for the victory. Brown held on to second, Kip McClain finished third, Dan Eddy was fourth, and Huspek finished fifth.
Braydan Galvin used the outside brilliantly in turn one to take the lead in the Youth Main Event. Galvin put together four smooth laps and was never challenged en route to the victory. Dalton Leedy finished second, Sebastian Palmese was third, and Maverick Molloy finished fourth.
Alyssa Smith led the Pee Wee Main Event until Jimmy Fishback IV passed her at the end of lap one. Sara Cords chased down the leader and made her move coming off the final corner. Cords narrowly defeated Fishback for the win as both riders received a loud ovation from the crowd. Dakota Shockley finished third, Smith was fourth, Luke Whitcomb finished fifth, and Mikey Ortega was sixth.
The Speedway Billy Memorial honors "Speedway Billy" Huspek a long-time dedicated speedway fan who was a fixture at Southern California speedway events and had become very popular with the competitors. Huspek passed away two years ago and has been honored at IMS the past three seasons.
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