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.
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.
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