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250cc Action: Broc Nicol (left) leads Max Ruml through turn four.

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The Grand Industry Hills Expo Center
City of Industry, California

Bruce Flanders Annual Ugly Hawaiian Shirt Night
Industry Racing
July 18, 2012
By: Ryan Evans
Photos by: Paul Flanders and Dorcey Wingo

Photos from Howie Zechner Facebook Photo Album

Paul Flanders Photos
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Everyone was getting “lei’d” as they came in at the gate. This guy won the Ugliest Shirt award by registering 99.6 decibels on the applause sound meter. With his rapid rise through the lower division ranks, Kayle LeoGrande “tattooed” the competition in the second division main
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Nick Dunn, shown here with mother Barbara, took second place behind Luke Whitcomb in the Pee Wees. Sammy Ramirez came back after a long layoff with about 6 more inches of legs to take home the 250cc win. Rider Jonni Jade stood in with the band, “Full House,” at lead guitar for a couple of songs. “That boy can play a guitar just like ringing a bell! Go, Johnny go.”
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Welcome Race Fans! Chaviel Harrison (John Marquez G.F.) and Erin Duran (Tyson Burmeister’s G.F.) were there to cheer on their guys. It’s was also Bert’s Mega Mall (motorcycle dealer) night. It was nice to see the big cheese, Ron Seidner, show up to man the booth and take in the races.  
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The Pee Wees are lined up in Event 21. "Lightning" Luke Whitcomb is the focus of a documentary, no less! Luke likes to go fast, and to win.
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"Fast" Eddie Castro will be looking for a valve cover pretty soon. John Marquez takes a big bite of clutch... 250cc action: Kurtis Hamill gates along side Sammy Ramirez.
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2nd Division contender Steve Simrak gets a jump on his peers. Shawn McConnell gets into the spirit of the Ugly shirt contest. Pursuing Kayle LeoGrande, #178 Eloy Medellin wipes out, bringing out the red flag.
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Last of the Mohicans, gate. Mohicans finalist: Venegas (left) vs Blair. Venegas surrounded by Mohicans!
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1st Division, Main Event. The race for second was exciting! The Bullet strikes again!

Bruce Flanders Ugly Hawaiian Shirt Night - City of Industry, CA, USA

Former World Champion Billy "The Bullet" Hamill spent another entire evening in front of his competitors by going five for five on Bruce Flanders Ugly Hawaiian Shirt Night at Industry Racing.

Billy Hamill wisely chose gate one for the main event and it paid off when he launched into the lead when the tapes went up. Shawn "Mad Dog" McConnell and last week's winner, "Battling" Buck Blair, gave chase on the back straight. Billy Hamill opened up a comfortable lead but McConnell and Blair were fighting tooth and nail for second. McConnell was planted on the inside line while Blair was making the outside work and the pair battled back and forth. Billy Hamill won handily but the war for second went to the bitter end. McConnell lifted coming out of the final corner but held off Blair for second. Gino Manzares finished fourth.

Billy Hamill kicked off the heats with a win ahead of Under 21 National Champion Austin Novratil. Charlie "The Edge" Venegas beat "Fast" Eddie Castro in the second heat. McConnell beat Blair in event three. Tyson Burmeister ended round one with a win over Aaron Fox.

Burmeister started round two by beating McConnell for his second straight win. Venegas defeated John Marquez for his second win in a row. Billy Hamill beat Marquez for his second consecutive win. Fox ended the second round with a win over Manzares.

Burmeister defeated Manzares for his third straight win to begin the final round. McConnell held off Novratil for his second victory. Venegas beat Fox for his third win. Billy Hamill finished the heats with a victory over Blair to match the perfect scores of Burmeister and Venegas.

Billy Hamill and Manzares finished one-two in the first semi and transferred to the main. McConnell won the second semi with Blair following him into the main. Burmeister beat Fox to win the Consolation.

Jason Ramirez and then McConnell were eliminated leaving Venegas and Blair in the final confrontation of the Last of the Mohicans Last Man Out Challenge. Venegas made the best start and kept a valiant Blair at bay to claim victory.

Kayle LeoGrande made the best start in the Second Division Main Event and led through turn one. While LeoGrande was stretching his lead Eloy Medellin had to overcome a bad start and fight through traffic. Medellin got into second on the third lap and closed fast on the leader. LeoGrande led as they entered the final corner but drifted wide and Medellin pounced. LeoGrande started to recover and Medellin overslid, then when the bike straightened up it found traction and went straight toward the infield. Medellin hit the inside of the starting gate and his bike knocked starter Mike Reed off his feet. As this was going on LeoGrande won the race almost undetected as all eyes were on Medellin's wild ride. Bruce Marteney finished second and Mike Salyer was third. Medellin and Reed were both able to get to their feet quickly and both walked away unscathed.

Kurtis Hamill charged under Dalton Leedy in the first corner to take the lead in the Youth 250cc Main Event. Samuel Ramirez, racing for the first time in 2012, hounded the leader for several laps but it looked like Kurtis Hamill had the win sewn up. Disaster struck, however, as Kurtis Hamill fell the final time through turn two and Samuel Ramirez took over the lead. He held on through the final corner to make his 2012 debut a success. Broc Nicol finished second, Max Ruml was third, Dillon Ruml finished fourth, Leedy was fifth, and Kurtis Hamill was credited with sixth.

Michael Wells led the Youth 200cc Main Event to the white flag but Braydan Galvin, who started from the 70 yard line, stormed by him for the lead as they entered turn one the final time. Galvin cruised the final lap for the win, Wells held on to second, Sebastian Palmese finished third, and Dylan Smith was fourth.

"Lightning" Luke Whitcomb was undeterred by his 70 yard handicap and was victorious in the Pee Wee Main Event. Nick Dunn finished second and Jake Troutt was third.

The event was held to honor track announcer Bruce Flanders who is a motorsports announcing icon. In addition to speedway, Flanders has announced many types of motor sports throughout the world for decades. He has been the official track announcer at the facility since speedway began and has been track announcer at one time or another at nearly every facility that has hosted speedway in Southern California. Adult spectators wearing Hawaiian shirts paid a $5.00 admission and the event brought a large crowd through the front gate.


Pee Wee Main Event
27 - Luke Whitcomb 70
76 - Nick Dunn 0
326 - Jake Troutt 0

Youth 200cc Main Event
45 - Braydan Galvin 70
214 - Michael Wells 10
18 - Sebastian Palmese 10
13 - Dylan Smith 20

Youth 250cc Main Event
22 - Samuel Ramirez 10
98 - Broc Nicol 20
308 - Max Ruml 50
111 - Dillon Ruml 20
222 - Dalton Leedy 0
104 - Kurtis Hamill 10

Second Division Main Event
185 - Kayle LeoGrande
242 - Bruce Marteney
333 - Mike Salyer
178 - Eloy Medellin (fell)

Last of the Mohicans Last Man Out Challenge
43 - Charlie Venegas
39 - Buck Blair
6 - Shawn McConnell
66 - Jason Ramirez

First Division Heat Scoring123T
6 – Shawn McConnell 3238
11 – Bobby Schwartz 1012
14 – Eddie Castro 22N 4
23 – Steve Russell 1012
24 – Gino Manzares 1225
26 – Tyson Burmeister 3339
27 – Austin Novratil 2125
37 – Joe Donaldson 0000
39 – Buck Blair 2125
41 – John Marquez R 213
43 – Charlie Venegas 3339
46 – Aaron Fox 2327
52 – Marvin Sonnier 1102
66 – Jason Ramirez N 112
104 – Billy Hamill 3339
178 – Eloy Medellin 00R 0

Race Results
1: Hamill, Novratil, Manzares, Ramirez (non starter)
2: Venegas, Castro, Russell, Donaldson
3: (restarted) McConnell, Blair (tape penalty), Sonnier, Marquez (penalty line) (retired)
4: (restarted) Burmeister, Fox, Schwartz (penalty line), Medellin
12: Burmeister, McConnell, Ramirez, Donaldson
13: Venegas, Marquez, Novratil, Schwartz
14: Hamill, Castro, Sonnier, Medellin
15: Fox, Manzares, Blair, Russell
22: Burmeister, Manzares, Marquez, Castro (non starter)
23: McConnell, Novratil, Russell, Medellin (retired)
24: Venegas, Fox, Ramirez, Sonnier
25: Hamill, Blair, Schwartz, Donaldson
Semi #1: Hamill, Manzares, Novratil, Venegas (tape penalty)
Semi #2: McConnell, Blair, Burmeister, Fox

First Division Consolation
26 - Tyson Burmeister
46 - Aaron Fox
43 - Charlie Venegas (non starter)
27 - Austin Novratil (non starter)

First Division Main Event
104 - Billy Hamill
6 - Shawn McConnell
39 - Buck Blair
24 - Gino Manzares

Ryan Evans

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