BURMEISTER WINS SPEEDWAY AT INDUSTRY – By Tim Kennedy
Industry,CA., May 30 – Tyson Burmeister enjoyed a perfect night at Industry Speedway as the speedway motorcycle circuit opened the ninth season of Wednesday night racing for 14 consecutive weeks from 7:30-10:00 p.m. at the Industry Hills Expo Center Grand Arena. Officials expedited a 41-race program in front of about 2,000 spectators and racing concluded at 9:50. Burmeister, a 27-year old Division 1 rider from Murrieta, won all three of his four-rider, four-lap heat races on the dirt track for a perfect score of 9-points. He also led all four laps in one of two semi-final races to qualify for the feature on his 500cc JAWA cycle, leading to his upset victory.
The fast-improving rider led all four laps of the main event on his No. 26 cycle from the inside lane at the starting gate. He withstood intense pressure from past speedway cycle world champion Billy Hamill, of Carlsbad. Hamill, who started from lane two, also scored a perfect 9-points and won the second semi-final. He finished a length in back of the happy winner, who waved his arm crossing the finish line. Burmeister's victory was his first D-1 feature triumph at Industry, but he has "about nine" victories in San Bernardino where the circuit competes on Friday nights.
Shawn McConnell, from Brea, came from lane three to finish a close third, one length from Hamill's back wheel. Jimmy Fishback started in the outside lane and ran fourth (last) all the way and finished a straightaway back after a lap 2 bobble. Michael Raines captured the D-1 consolation race for the third and fourth finishers in the twin semi-final events. Veteran Rudy Lauer won the 500cc Division 2 main for intermediate-level riders. Bruce Marteney, 52, from San Dimas, led all four laps of the 500cc D-3 main for less experienced riders.
Twenty D-1 riders raced in three rounds of heat races with the top eight point-earners advancing to the two semi-final races that sent the top two finishers in each semi to the feature. A four-lap runoff race was necessary after four riders with 5 points tied for eighth position. In another startling upset, Tyson Talkington led all four laps over the all-time Industry Speedway feature winner and past track champion Charlie Venegas to win the runoff race and earn the only transfer to a semi-final race.
With seven 1,000cc sidecars present, two heat races were run. The 4-lap sidecar main went to the team of driver Dylan Beard, of Oak Hill, and his sidecar rider Nick Hertrick, of Lake Forest. They led only the first and last laps and were the only team still on the track at the checkers. They also received an extra $100 from the fan who won the 50/50 ticket drawing. The Dave Alexander/Caleb Debinion team led laps 2 and 3 in a 1,000cc Harley-Davidson powered sidecar, but they spun out to the infield in the third turn with the finish line in sight. The other two teams, including sidecar national champion Joe Jones and his rider Johnny Glover, spun out to the infield.
Other main event winners on the busy night of racing were: Max Ruml, 15, of Huntington Beach, in a 250cc youth main, and Braydan Galvin, 13, of Corona, in a 200cc youth main for riders under age 16. The peewee main for youngsters age 4 up went to first-time main event winner Walker Calvo, 7, from the City of Industry. He led only final lap after the two leaders in front of his 50cc cycle fell simultaneously as they exited the fourth turn and found a slower cycle in the groove.
Spectators present included USAC open-wheel drivers/winners Wally Pankratz, Steve Howard and Shane Scully and his daughters--age 8 and 6. Industry Hills Expo Center management, led by operations manager Carol Perez, are now promoting the Wednesday night cycle races with a new slate of track officials. A new, large video screen with clear images replayed action on the track and a large color TV allowed riders to watch races from the pits as they worked on cycles. A new foam-reinforced plywood crash-wall, a foot higher, surrounded the track. Riders tested the wall twice by sliding into it in the fourth turn. D-1 rider Russell Green hit it hard. He tried to arise, but reclined on the ground a few minutes. Medical staff wheeled him on a gurney to the pits to observe his condition. He recovered quickly and walked around the pits before racing concluded. Round two next Wednesday, June 6 will feature "Last of the Mohicans" match racing with handicapped lineups for the pro riders.
2012 Industry Racing Season Opener - City of Industry, CA, USA - May 30
By: Ryan Evans
Burmeister and former World Champion Billy "The Bullet" Hamill both entered the main event unbeaten. Burmeister won the draw for first gate choice and he wisely selected gate one while Hamill chose gate two. The two combatants entered turn one together but Burmeister's inside position benefitted him greatly because his back tire was on the blue groove. Hamill had to fight off Shawn "Mad Dog" McConnell on the first lap but once he secured second he turned his attention on the leader. Hamill quickly closed ground on Burmeister and was planted on his back tire. The presence of Hamill didn't faze Burmeister as he kept his bike glued to the inside and never allowed an opening.
Burmeister was first to the checkered flag, Hamill had to settle for second, McConnell finished third, and Jimmy "Little Animal" Fishback was fourth.
Fishback kicked off the heats by beating Neil Facchini. Burmeister began his evening with a win over McConnell. Under 21 National Champion Austin Novratil was leading the third heat when an engine failure handed the win to Gino Manzares. Hamill defeated Bobby "Boogaloo" Schwartz in the fourth heat. Michael Raines held off Steve Russell to end round one with a victory.
McConnell beat "Fast" Eddie Castro to begin round two. Burmeister defeated Fishback for his second straight win. Hamill made it two in a row by beating Charlie "The Edge" Venegas. Raines matched Burmeister and Hamill by getting his second win in event 16. Aaron Fox beat Facchini to finish the second round.
Fishback started the final round with a win ahead of Schwartz. Venegas was just yards from winning event 26 when a mechanical issue dropped him to third while Tyson Talkington took the win. Hamill remained unbeaten with a win in the next event. McConnell earned his second straight victory by beating Manzares. Burmeister ended the heats with his third straight win after his race was restarted following a scary crash involving Russell Green. Green hit the turn four wall hard, but the new foam-cushion supported fence helped prevent any major injuries.
Talkington impressively held off Venegas in a four-rider runoff to fill the final position in the semis.
Raines won the First Division Consolation with Manzares coming in second, Talkington finishing third, and Fox getting fourth.
Bruce Marteney and Stephen Simrak swapped the lead in the Third Division Main Event but Simrak went down and Chris Popanz laid his bike down to avoid disaster and the red light came on. Marteney took the early lead in the restart and put together four smooth laps to earn the victory. Popanz finished second, Simrak was third, and Craig Sprecher finished fourth.
Dalton Leedy led the Youth 250cc Main Event but overslid exiting turn four and Max Ruml weaved through his competitors to take the lead. Max Ruml never looked back and scored the victory. Broc Nicol finished second, Dillon Ruml was third, Kurtis Hamill finished fourth, and Leedy was fifth.
Sebastian Palmese led the Youth 200cc Main Event for over four laps, but after patiently working through traffic, Braydan Galvin was closing fast as they entered the final corner. Palmese made a mistake has he turned toward the checkered flag and Galvin exploited his error by stealing the win at the finish line. Michael Wells was third, Gino Scopellite finished fourth, Maverick Molloy was fifth, and Tristan Britt finished sixth.
Jake Isaac and Luke Whitcomb waged a fantastic battle throughout the Pee Wee Main Event. As they exited the final corner disaster struck both competitors when they both went down without any contact between them. Walker Calvo was the benefactor as he took the win. Nick Dunn finished second, Isaac was third, Whitcomb was fourth, and Brogen Sauer was fifth.
Industry Racing began the ninth year of speedway at the Industry Hills Expo Center with a new promotion led by Carol Perez, Operations Manager of the IHEC and Racing Director Kelly Inman, who was part of the team that promoted at the IHEC in 2006 and 2007. A crowd of 2,000 people were enticed by lower admission prices and once through the gates they were entertained by 41 races that they could view in person, via the new digital screen hanging above turns three and four, or by watching the flat-screen televisions while enjoying some food and beverages. The "Lucky 13" Speedway Series will run on Wednesdays throughout the summer and conclude with the California State Championship on August 29.
The next event will have all divisions of speedway and will also include the first Last of the Mohicans Last Man Out Challenge of the season.
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