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Inland Motor Speedway
National Orange Show
San Bernardino, California

IMS - California Speedway and Sidecars
May 4, 2012
By: Ryan Evans
Photos by: Paul Flanders and Dorcey Wingo

Below Photos by: Paul Flanders
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Billy Janniro and Ray Schmidt survey the real estate at gate 5 for the scratch main. Billy swept the show, winning both the scratch and handicap mains with Ray helping in the pits for their first time together. Could this be the new Billy-Ray team? Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce Mr. and Mrs. Dylan Beard! Awe, honeymooning on a speedway sidecar. 'Nough said!'
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Taking over Jimmy Olsen’s position at the Daily Planet and on the back of Joe Jones’ rig is Johnny Glover. Dan Eddy and pit chick (wife Karen) try sort out carburetor problems. “I didn’t drop that screw, you did!” It was good to see Eddie Martinez and Charlie Venegas at IMS.
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Davey Shaw and Kayle LeoGrande both had decent nights racing. The Ruml's rumbled through the Youth 250’s. Back at full strength were Dillon, Dave, and Max. J.D. Myerscough is joined by Jake Hansen, Max and Dillon Ruml just before Myerscough took the 3Rd division main and the Ruml's took the Youth 250 main.
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Hayley Perrault’s radio reception may have diminished but her smile grew even brighter now that her braces came off. Jerie Hamilton (aka Russell Green’s mom) took “Top Pit Tootsie Award” because she helped Rudy Laurer to a second place finish in the 2nd division main.  
Below Photos by: Dorcey Wingo
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Last week the track was flooded. This week's track made up for it, big time! Pee Wee #14 Sara Cords raced hard to beat #185 Jonas LeoGrande to the finish line. 250cc Ace Max Ruml shares a funny with two time National Champ Billy "The Kid" Janniro between races.
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The 200cc Main Event, won handily by #45 Braydan Galvin from the 50 yard line. Braydan Galvin - winning lap. The 250cc Main Event. [Add Nick Varner and you've got five hot shoes.]
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Maximus Maximus Maximus! Third Division Main: #155 J.D. Greek-Myerscough came from the "10" and made it look easy in this win. Second Division action: Handicapping adds to the drama.
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Getting more confident with every race, #185 Kayle LeoGrande heats it up on the winning lap. First Division, Last Chance: Burmeister is along the wall - he will advance to the Main. First Division Main Event: Janniro is against the wall, Venegas is in four.
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#43 Venegas had the lead for a lap or two, and then came "The Kid," #1 Billy Janniro. Ka- ching! - Another checkered flag victory lap for the Champ. Not the Handicap Main, but the result was the same - Janniro from the outside to win!
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#1 National Sidecar Champ Joe Jones takes the checkered flag with swinger Johnny Glover hanging on. Kudos to First Division Veteran #23 Steve Russell, who took 2nd in the Handicap Main.  

National Champion Billy "The Kid" Janniro turned in a flawless six-for-six performance and won both main events on FST Sand and Gravel Night at Inland Motorcycle Speedway in San Bernardino.

Former National Champion and hometown rider Charlie "The Edge" Venegas launched into the lead from gate four with Janniro, who started in gate five, not far behind. Venegas used the outside through turns one and two for more traction and to block Janniro's preferred line. Janniro went deeper into turn three than Venegas and cutback to the inside as they exited turn four to hold a brief lead entering turn one the second time. Janniro used the inside while Venegas remained wide and found enough traction to go around the outside and into the lead again. Janniro stalked Venegas through the end of lap two and then went for the cutback move exiting turn two and made it stick as they entered turn three. Venegas tried to fight back on the final lap, but Janniro was first to the checkered flag as both riders received a loud ovation for an excellent performance. "Battling" Buck Blair was third, Shawn "Mad Dog" McConnell finished fourth, and Tyson Burmeister was fifth.

Steve Russell, starting on the 20 yard line, led the eight-rider Handicap Main Event field into turn one. Janniro, the only rider starting on the 50 yard line, immediately went to the outside. As Russell held his lead on the back straight Janniro was already carving his way through the field and into third. Janniro went to the outside to get second and set his sights on Russell. Conventional wisdom would have Janniro using the inside to pressure Russell into a mistake, but anyone who has seen Janniro race over the years knows he thrives on defying conventional wisdom. The track had plenty of dirt on the outside which encouraged Janniro to follow his own instincts to use that path. Russell inside line allowed him to remain in front until lap four when Janniro went around him for the lead. Ever the showman, Janniro remained outside over the final four laps and romped to a victory that was cheered by the appreciative crowd. Russell still scored an impressive second, Burmeister finished third, Tim Gomez was fourth, McConnell finished fifth, and Venegas was sixth.

Kayle LeoGrande backed up his Third Division Main Event victory at the Season Opener by leading all five laps to win the Second Division Main Event. Rudy Laurer finished second, "Rattlesnake" Steve Bowen was third, Tim McGrath finished fourth, Chris Jones was fifth, and Mike Fuson was credited with sixth.

Jake Hansen led the first lap of the Third Division Main Event before Davey Shaw took over the lead. Shaw had no chance to relax as J.D. Myerscough was breathing down his neck right away. Myerscough showed incredible patience as he waited for his opening. That moment came when Shaw drifted wide in turn two on the fourth lap and Myerscough charged up the inside on the back straight and secured the lead entering turn three. Myerscough led the final lap to claim the victory. Shaw held on to second, Mike Salyer finished third, Ron Davis was fourth, Hansen finished fifth, and Stephen Simrak was sixth.

Max Ruml and Dalton Leedy entered turn one together in the Youth 250cc Main Event, but Max Ruml pulled in to the lead on the back straight. Max Ruml never looked back and stretched his lead with each lap for a dominant victory. Dillon Ruml finished second, Leedy was third, and Hayley Perrault finished fourth.

Adam Herkner led the six-rider Youth 200cc Main Event at the start and was contending with Dryden LeoGrande. Braydan Galvin started on the 50 yard line, a handicap matched only by Janniro, and calmly swept around the outside of his opponents before going after the leader. Galvin took control at the end of the fourth lap and raced away with the victory. Herkner ended up an impressive second, Dryden LeoGrande was third, Courtney Crone finished fourth, Maverick Molloy was fifth, and Sebastian Palmese finished sixth.

Joe Jones and Johnny Glover jumped into the lead at the start of the Sidecar Main Event with Kevin Brown and Nick Hertrick in tow. Jones and Glover opened up some ground on Brown and Hertrick who had their hands full with Dylan Beard and Crystal Beard. The Beards made a great outside pass for second but Jones and Glover had established an insurmountable lead. Jones and Glover cruised to victory, Beard and Beard were second, Dual Anderson and Matt Davis finished third, and Brown and Hertrick were fourth.

The evening featured some excellent racing on a well-prepared track after the previous week's event was cancelled due to the facility being flooded from heavy rains. Despite battling a flooded racetrack throughout the week, Benny Mears and the entire IMS track crew provided an excellent track for the racers to perform for the spectators. The next event at IMS is Ken Maely Night on Friday, May 11 and honors the legendary figure in speedway and flat track.


Sidecar Last Chance
007 – Dual Anderson/Matt Davis
1965 – Jeff Rowe/John Bach
25 – Rod Requejo/Gene Stone

Sidecar Main Event
1 - Joe Jones/Johnny Glover
5150 - Dylan Beard/Crystal Beard
007 - Dual Anderson/Matt Davis
16 - Kevin Brown/Nick Hertrick

Pee Wee Main Event
14 - Sara Cords 40
185 - Jonas LeoGrande 0

Youth 200cc Main Event
45 - Braydan Galvin 50
28 - Adam Herkner 0
185 - Dryden LeoGrande 0
4 - Courtney Crone 0
34 - Maverick Molloy 10
18 - Sebastian Palmese 10

Youth 250cc Main Event
308 - Max Ruml
111 - Dillon Ruml
222 - Dalton Leedy
0 - Hayley Perrault

Third Division Consolation
390 – Colin Reese 0
202 – J.C. Masters20
349 – Dan Eddy 10
188 – Rick Howard 0
226 – Rick Huspek 0
200 – Phil Santolucito0(fell, remounted)

Third Division Main Event
155 - J.D. Myerscough 10
145 - Davey Shaw 10
333 - Mike Salyer 20
163 - Ron Davis 20
123 - Jake Hansen 0
318 - Stephen Simrak 0

Second Division Consolation
313 – Joey St. Louis 10
52 – Marvin Sonnier 20
101 – Mike Wiley 10
316 – Kip McClain 0
244 – Lewis Hughes 0
208 – Geoff Herkner 20(fell)
311 – Kevin Fife 0(retired)

Second Division Main Event
185 - Kayle LeoGrande 0
182 - Rudy Laurer 20
177 - Steve Bowen 20
186 - Tim McGrath 10
116 - Chris Jones 10
245 - Mike Fuson 10(fell)

Handicap Main Event
1 - Billy Janniro 50
23 - Steve Russell 20
26 - Tyson Burmeister 40
30 - Tim Gomez 30
6 - Shawn McConnell 40
43 - Charlie Venegas 40
46 - Aaron Fox 30
14 - Eddie Castro 40(penalty line)

First Division Last Chance
26 - Tyson Burmeister
30 - Tim Gomez
14 - Eddie Castro
11 - Bobby Schwartz

Scratch Main Event
1 - Billy Janniro
43 - Charlie Venegas
39 - Buck Blair
6 - Shawn McConnell
26 - Tyson Burmeister

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