Hometown rider Charlie "The Edge" Venegas took home the main event victory for the second time this season on Fan Appreciation Night at Inland Motorcycle Speedway in San Bernardino.
Venegas started in gate one in the main event, made the best start, and led the field into turn one. Jimmy "Little Animal" Fishback, who started in gate four, led the competitors chasing after the leader. Venegas used the think outside line to maintain his lead while Fishback followed suit to try to make up ground. The former National Champion kept a comfortable lead and was never threatened en route to victory. Fishback finished second, Tyson Burmeister was third, Aaron Fox finished fourth, and Shawn "Mad Dog" McConnell was fifth.
Venegas started the second round by defeating Fishback. Burmeister led the next heat before "Fast" Eddie Castro, with a 22" rear tire mounted on his bike, blasted through for the lead and the win. McConnell, who also mounted a 22" rear tire, beat Tyson Talkington to finish round two.
The final round began with Russell being awarded the victory when Talkington brought out the red flag after he went over backward in turn two and halted the race. Fishback beat Fox for his second win. Burmeister and Venegas had a fantastic battle in the final heat race with Burmeister holding off the ICE Champion to remain perfect on the evening.
Venegas won the first semi with McConnell following him into the main. Burmeister and Fishback finished one-two in the second semi and transferred to the main. Fox won the Last Chance to book the final spot in the main event field.
Tim McGrath led the Second Division Main Event for two laps before Chris Jones went to the front at the start of lap three. Jones's lead was short-lived, however, because J.D. Myerscough, who has impressive in his short time in speedway, went around him for the lead in the next corner. Myerscough quickly pulled away and went on to the win. Mike Fuson finished second, McGrath was third, Jones finished fourth, Ron Davis was fifth, and Kip McClain was sixth.
Phill Santolucito was the initial leader in the Third Division Main Event but fell and handed the lead to Davey Shaw. Shaw, who was celebrating his birthday, gave himself a present by leading the rest of the way for the victory. Steve "Beachball" Brown finished second, Jake Hansen was third, Tom Bryant finished fourth, and Santolucito was fifth.
Adam Herkner led the Youth 200cc Main Event before Braydan Galvin, who started on the 60 yard line, went past him for the lead at the end of the second lap. Galvin cruised the rest of the way for the win. Sebastian Palmese finished second, Herkner was third, and Dryden LeoGrande finished fourth.
Sara Cords continued her domination of the Pee Wee Division with another main event win. Nick Dunn finished second, Jonas LeoGrande was third, Julia Pierson finished fourth, and Sean Tannerberg was fifth.
Dylan Beard and Jimmy Olsen led the Sidecar Main Event through turns one and two but Joe Jones and Johnny Glover built up their momentum and roared around the outside as they entered turn three. Beard and Olsen tried to retake the lead on the front straight but Jones and Glover cut to the inside as they entered turn one the second time. Jones and Glover were mistake-free the rest of the way and went home victorious. Beard and Olsen finished second, Dual Anderson and Josh Bennett were third, and Jeff Rowe and Johnny Bach finished fourth.
The next event at IMS is Benny Mears Appreciation Night. Mears is a staff member who puts in countless hours at the track not only on the day of the race, but throughout the week and the winter as well.
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