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.
Handicap Main Event
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