Event One - Divisions 1 & 2 - The Aces 34 - The Vikings 61
Gino Manzares led The Vikings to a crushing 27 point win over the Aces in the first event of the day. The match, using the full 15 heat British League format, also saw undefeated performances for Troy McConnell and 14 year old Max Ruml. Joey St. Louis at reserve was also impressive with a 7+4 haul, only a fall in heat 2 preventing his maximum. For the Aces captain and #1 Brad Pappalardo was beset with bike troubles in his first two races before scoring a double pointed second place in heat 10. Top scorer for the Aces was the hugely impressive 'Slammin' Sammy Halbert with 10. Halbert, a top AMA Flat Track rider, was only his second ever Speedway meeting. Despite a couple of falls he won heat 8 with the added pressure of a double points ride. However, with The Vikings supplying 13 of the 15 heat winners it was a dominant performance.
Event 2 - Junior Vikings 16 - Junior Aces 20
The next event was a 6 heat Junior Match for riders under 15 years old. Max Ruml once more rode for the Vikings and once more was unbeaten with a 12 point maximum. However the Junior Aces were hugely strong throughout the order and only ran one last place all night. The match was very close through the first four heats with the score being level after races two, three and four. It was a decisive 5-1 from Brayden Galvin and Maverick Molloy that tipped the scales the way of the Aces.
Event Three - Division Three Riders - The Eagles 51 - The Aces 43
NorCals Chris Casey led the Eagles to a last heat win over The Aces with a perfect 15 point maximum in the third team event of the day. He was backed up with a solid 14+1 paid maximum from team mate Kevin Fife. The Aces gave a solid all round team performance but the lack of top end power to match Casey & Fife ultimately showed the difference between the two teams. An excellent use of a tactical ride in heat 14 with Rod Requejo and Carl Shockley teaming up for a 7-1 sent it to a last heat decider but the Eagles top 2 proved too powerful in the end. Many riders impressed as they, for the first time in most cases, experienced team racing though special note should go to Kayle LeoGrande who scored paid 8 in only his second competitive speedway meeting.
Pee Wee Races
In between team matches there were three Pee Wee races. Dakota Shockley won all races including the Main event. Luke Whitcomb was runner up in all events and third in both heats going to Matthew Casey, with newcomer Nick Dunn getting third in the Main
The event was hugely enjoyed by all riders, mechanics and fans and it will no doubt be repeated. The IMS Winter Series kicks off in two weeks on Sunday 18th December at 1pm and the night before is the big Invitational Event at Perris.
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