IMS - San Bernardino, CA, USA - July 20
Billy "The Bullet" Hamill followed up his perfect evening on Wednesday with another perfect evening at Inland Motorcycle Speedway in San Bernardino.
The lineup for the main event had Billy Hamill lining up in gate one, "Fast" Eddie Castro in gate two, Tim Gomez in gate three, Shawn "Mad Dog" McConnell slotted in four, and Tyson Talkington in gate five. McConnell made the best start and got across the riders starting inside him to lead in turn one. McConnell led into turn three while Billy Hamill went to the cushion to try to get around him. McConnell drifted wide to protect his lead but Billy Hamill found ample traction and made a thrilling pass by squeezing through the narrow gap between McConnell and the wall. That spectacular move was all the drama to be seen as the former World Champion raced into the horizon and blazed to victory. McConnell held on to second, Gomez finished third, Castro was fourth, and Talkington finished fifth.
Mike Maely, the son of the legendary Ken Maely, made an auspicious return to speedway after many years away and easily won the Second Division Main Event. Davey Shaw was second, Tim McGrath finished third, J.D. Myerscough was fourth, and Kayle LeoGrande finished fifth.
Steve "Beach Ball" Brown, seeking his second straight main-event win, led the first lap of the Third Division Main Event but was under fire from Stephen Simrak. Brown drifted wide exiting turn four and Simrak charged up the inside for the lead. Simrak led the rest of the way and claimed the victory, Brown finished second, and Jake Hansen was third.
Team Hagon Shocks teammates Kurtis Hamill and Broc Nicol entered turn one of the Youth 250cc Main Event side-by-side but Kurtis Hamill's inside line worked better and he controlled the lead on the back straight. Nicol didn't go away and he kept the pressure on the leader throughout the race. Kurtis Hamill kept his cool and didn't turn a wheel wrong en route to victory. Nicol had to settle for second, Dalton Leedy finished third, and Hayley Perrault was fourth.
Dryden LeoGrande led the Youth 200cc Main Event for a lap before Sebastian Palmese took over as they entered turn one the second time. Palmese's lead didn't last long, though, as Braydan Galvin swept around the outside of him for the lead in the next corner. Galvin led the rest of the way for the win, Palmese was second, and Dryden LeoGrande was third.
Jake Troutt led the first lap of the Pee Wee Main Event but Jonas LeoGrande went by on lap two. "Lightning" Luke Whitcomb sliced to the field and chased after the leader. However, Whitcomb began to suffer engine problems which thwarted any chance he may had. Jonas LeoGrande was victorious, Whitcomb finished second, Nick Dunn was third, Troutt finished fourth, and Julia Pierson was fifth.
The Sidecar Main Event was shaping up to be a great battle as three teams entered turn three in tight formation. The confrontation ended with a thud as they came together and the machine of Dylan Beard and David Crews ended up on its side. Beard walked away quickly but Crews was unable to because his lower leg and foot were wedged between the wheel and the frame. Several people were scrambling to get tools and help in any way possible to dislodge him. It looked bad but Crews assured everyone that he wasn't feeling much pain. After several minutes he was safely separated from the machine and he walked away but they were unable to make the restart.
Chris Jones and Johnny Glover led the restart from start to finish and collected the victory. Dual Anderson and Ethan Smith finished second, Kevin Brown and Nick Hertrick were third, and Beard and Crews were credited with fourth.
The next event at IMS is Scott's Header and Muffler Night. This event is sponsored and heavily promoted by Scott Read, owner of the aforementioned business which is located in Beaumont. Read also drives the drag truck, known as the IMS Speedway Zamboni, works on the infield crew during the races, and also interviews riders and fans on the public address system prior to the races.
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