Quaid Harley Davidson Night - San Bernardino, CA, USA - July 6
"Battling" Buck Blair won his first main event in dramatic fashion on Quaid Harley Davidson Night at Inland Motorcycle Speedway in San Bernardino.
After struggling with mechanical problems and injuries the past couple weeks, Shawn "Mad Dog" McConnell top-scored in the heat races to earn first gate choice in the main event. The track's copromoter picked gate one. Former National Champion Charlie "The Edge" Venegas, seeking his third straight IMS main event victory, was next and chose gate two. Aaron Fox selected gate four which left Blair, who made the main event by winning the Last Chance, with gate three.
Venegas was off the line first when the tapes went up with Blair using the outside in turn one to get himself into second. Blair eschewed the outside and settled in behind the leader in hope of a rare mistake by the 12-time world indoor ice speedway champion. Venegas held a firm grasp on the lead for two laps but went wide exiting turn four as they approached the white flag but Blair wasn't close enough to exploit the error. Venegas clamped down to the inside through turns one and two but Blair was on his back tire on the back straight and into the final corner. Venegas drifted off the inside again and Blair charged up the inside and narrowly snatched the victory at the finish line. McConnell came in third and Fox finished fourth.
Ron Davis led the Second Division Main Event but succumbed to the pressure from Joey St. Louis. As the field entered turn one the third time "Rattlesnake" Steve Bowen and J.D. Myerscough touched which sent Myercough into Davis and both riders went down hard. Myerscough suffered an injury to his arm that prevented him from restarting, but Davis came out worse. He lost the tip of his right pinky finger and doctors at the hospital were unable to reattach it. Davis was said to still be in good spirits despite his misfortune.
The devastation of the crash left just three racers for the restart and St. Louis did a masterful job of holding off Kayle LeoGrande and Bowen to win for the second straight week.
Rick Howard led the Third Division Main Event from the start but Jake Hansen immediately pressured him from the outside. Howard was still leading on the fourth lap when Dave Trout went down at the back of the field and brought out the red flag. The victory was awarded to Howard with Hansen getting second, Stephen Simrak finishing third, and Trout getting credited with fourth.
Michael Wells led the Youth 200cc Main Event before Sebastian Palmese caught and passed him as they entered turn three. Braydan Galvin, starting from the 60 yard line, also went around Wells and chased after the leader. Palmese kept him at bay until Galvin went by as they took the white flag. The third-generation racer pulled away on the final lap to take the victory. Palmese had to settle for second and Wells was third.
Former First Division racer Wayne Leutz earned a very popular victory in the Quaid street-legal Harley Davidson Main Event.
Long-time Inland Empire fan favorite and former National Champion "Flyin" Mike Faria is scheduled to make his first appearance of the season at IMS this Friday.
Second Division Main Event (restarted)
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