Points Champion Fast Eddie Castro claimed another trophy at Victorville on Saturday 23rd June in a war of attrition. The original plan to run a team race was changed on the day with some late rider withdrawals but the riders on display put up an entertaining show. Each of the 9 Pro riders had four qualifying heats with the top 4 on points contesting the Main Event.
Both Castro and Jimmy Fishback dominated their heats and were undefeated after three rounds and looked to be heading towards an epic Main Event showdown. This all came undone in the final round - Fishback missed the gate and 15 year old Max Ruml was ahead and building a lead - Ruml had pushed Fishback all the way in an earlier heat. Austin Novratil was in 2nd and Fishback made a move to pass him entering lap two. Contact was made in turn 1 and a heavy crash ensued which ruled both riders out of the rest of the show - Novratil with damaged equipment and Fishback with a shoulder injury, the extent of which is unknown at this time.
Castro and Ruml, who had qualified on 12 and 7 points respectively, were then joined in the main event by next in line Neil Facchini and Russell Green. Castro made a perfect gate and led the final from flag to flag with Ruml scorching to a hugely impressive second place. Neil Facchini put an impressive pass on Green for third.
The Sidecars had a full field of 8 riders with familiar winners - Joe Jones and Johnny Glover were perfect in all three of their rides with Jeff Medberry and Josh Bennett making the pass on Jeff Rowe and Johnny Bach for second place.
The lower D1 riders rode a special event for the 'Bumble V' Trophy, marking the fifth anniversary of Bryan Buffington making the D1 Main at Victorville! Buffington made a good gate but it was Marvin Sonnier who led coming out of turn two and got the victory.
Sebastian Palmese won all 200cc Junior races though the competition of Michael Wells and Adam Herkner closed the gap in each race. Dillon Ruml was the only 250cc rider but he defeated support riders from a 30 yard handicap in exhibition rides. Jimmy Fishback IV defeated Christopher Newberry in all Pee Wee Races.
The 2012 Victorville season continues on 4th July - an event which will likely more be an exhibition style race with most of the promotion and crew in Poland for the World Team Cup. On 21st July Victorville Speedway hosts the Nick Varner Memorial Trophy in honor of the junior rider who sadly passed away a year ago.
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