Inland Motor Speedway
National Orange Show
San Bernardino, California
Kelly Moran Night
September 14, 2012 - Inland Motorcycle Speedway - San Bernardino
By: Ryan Evans
Photos from Howie Zechner Facebook Photo Album
2012 Kelly Moran Memorial - San Bernardino, CA, USA - September 14
Shawn "Mad Dog" McConnell continued his recent hot streak by winning the Kelly Moran Memorial for his third straight main event victory at Inland Motorcycle Speedway in San Bernardino.
The first time the tapes went up in the main event the red light quickly came on and the referee ruled that former World Champion Billy "The Bullet" Hamill was moving at the start. Despite Hamill's protests, the referee penalized him 20 yards for the restart. McConnell was leading the second attempt when Tyson Burmeister went down in turn three and the red light came on again. Burmeister joined Hamill on the penalty line for the third attempt. McConnell took the lead from the start again with Aaron Fox chasing after him. McConnell hugged the inside line while Fox searched high and low for a way past. McConnell was cool under the constant pressure and calmly led his younger competitor to the finish line. "Battling" Buck Blair finished third, Burmeister finished fourth, and Hamill had a mechanical problem that relegated him to fifth
Hamill kicked off the heats with a win over Blair. Burmeister defeated Bobby "Boogaloo" Schwartz in the second heat. McConnell beat Fox to end the first round
Hamill started the second round by defeating Tyson Talkington for his second straight win. McConnell held off Blair to win event 15. Steve Russell finished round two with an impressive win over Fox.
Blair defeated Talkington to begin the final round of heats. Burmeister beat Fox for his second win. Hamill finished off the heats by beating McConnell to remain undefeated.
McConnell and Blair finished one-two in the first semi and transferred to the main. Burmeister won the second semi with Hamill, despite suffering his first defeat of the night, following him to the main. Fox won the Last Chance to complete the main event field.
Mitch Pierson led the Support Main Event from start to finish and collected the victory. Davey Shaw finished second, Joey St. Louis was third, Ron Davis finished fourth, Stephen Simrak was fifth, and Geoff Herkner finished sixth.
Kurtis Hamill put together four smooth laps and was victorious in the Youth 250cc Main Event. Dalton Leedy finished second and Hayley Perrault was third.
Dryden LeoGrande was the initial leader of the Youth 200cc Main Event. Dryden LeoGrande led through the second lap but Braydan Galvin was closing fast. Galvin took the lead on the back straight and never looked back en route to victory. Dryden LeoGrande held on to second, Michael Wells finished third, Courtney Crone was fourth, and Dryden Gayle finished fifth.
Jake Troutt led the Pee Wee Main Event but went wide at the end of lap one which allowed Jonas LeoGrande to take over. Jonas LeoGrande steadily pulled away and led to the finish. Troutt was second and Julia Pierson finished third.
The first start of the Sidecar Main Event ended with passenger Johnny Glover on the ground in turn three and then scrambling off the track to escape disaster. Joe Jones and Glover were penalized for the restart. Dylan Beard and Crystal Beard made the best start and led the first lap while Joe Jones and Glover were scrambling to pose a challenge. The Beards continued to lead as they took the white flag and had Joe Jones and Glover within striking distance. The leaders never wavered and held on for the victory. Joe Jones and Glover had to settle for second, Chris Jones and Brandi McElroy were third, and Jeff Medberry and Josh Bennett finished fourth.
The next event at IMS is Harley Night on Friday, September 28. The event will have all divisions of speedway and the street-legal Harley races.
Sidecar Main Event (restarted)
5150 - Dylan Beard/Crystal Beard
1 - Joe Jones/Johnny Glover (penalty line)
2 - Chris Jones/Brandi McElroy
44 - Jeff Medberry/Josh Bennett
Pee Wee Main Event (restarted)
185 - Jonas LeoGrande
326 - Jake Troutt
19 - Julia Pierson
27 - Luke Whitcomb (non starter - restart)
Youth 200cc Main Event
45 - Braydan Galvin 70
185 - Dryden LeoGrande 0
214 - Michael Wells 10
4 - Courtney Crone 10
192 - Dryden Gayle 0
18 - Sebastian Palmese 10(non starter)
Youth 250cc Main Event
104 - Kurtis Hamill
222 - Dalton Leedy
0 - Hayley Perrault
Support Main Event
192 - Mitch Pierson 10
145 - Davey Shaw 10
313 - Joey St. Louis 30
163 - Ron Davis 10
318 - Stephen Simrak 10
208 - Geoff Herkner 30(fell, remounted)
First Division Heat Scoring123T
6 – Shawn McConnell 3328
11 – Bobby Schwartz 2103
23 – Steve Russell 1315
26 – Tyson Burmeister 3036
37 – Joe Donaldson 0000
39 – Buck Blair 2237
45 – Brad Pappalardo E112
46 – Aaron Fox 2226
48 – Tyson Talkington 1225
104 – Billy Hamill 3339
114 – Troy McConnell 1113
185 – Kayle LeoGrande 00R 0
3: Hamill, Blair, Russell, Donaldson
4: Burmeister, Schwartz, T. McConnell, LeoGrande
5: S. McConnell, Fox, Talkington, Pappalardo
14: Hamill, Talkington, T. McConnell, Burmeister (fell, remounted)
15: S. McConnell, Blair, Schwartz, Donaldson
16: Russell, Fox, Pappalardo, LeoGrande
20: Blair, Talkington, Pappalardo, LeoGrande
21: Burmeister, Fox, Russell, Schwartz
22: Hamill, S. McConnell, T. McConnell, Donaldson
Semi #1: S. McConnell, Blair, Russell, Talkington
Semi #2: Burmeister, Hamill, Fox, Schwartz (fell)
First Division Last Chance
46 - Aaron Fox
23 - Steve Russell
48 - Tyson Talkington
11 - Bobby Schwartz
First Division Main Event (restarted)
6 - Shawn McConnell
46 - Aaron Fox
39 - Buck Blair
26 - Tyson Burmeister (penalty line)
104 - Billy Hamill (tape penalty) (engine failure)