Addison Equipment Night - San Bernardino, CA, USA - August 2
"Battling" Buck Blair took home the top honors for the second consecutive week on Addison Equipment Night at Pirate Speedway.
Tyson Talkington made the best start in the Scratch Main Event but Steve Russell swept around the outside in turn one and took the lead on the back straight. Blair got himself into second and set his sights on the leader. Blair closed the gap on lap two and was right behind Russell when they entered turn one the third time. Blair found plenty of grip on the ample outside and went by the leader on the back straight. Russell tried to pay Blair back on the final lap but was unable to do so. Blair was first to the checkered flag, Russell had to settle for second, Shawn "Mad Dog" McConnell was third, Talkington finished fourth, and "Fast" Eddie Castro was fifth.
Five riders entered the semi-finals having only dropped one point apiece after three rounds of heats. Blair led the entire first semi with Castro getting second to join him in the main. McConnell and Talkington finished one-two in the second semi and transferred to the main.
Steve Russell won the Last Chance to complete the five-rider field in the Scratch Main Event.
Wade Whitcomb led the Support Main Event through the first turn before Ben Stevens slipped by on the back straight for the lead. Chris Jones weaved through traffic and was putting pressure on Stevens on the third lap. Jones charged up the inside as they entered turn one the fourth time and muscled his way by the leader. Jones led the rest of the way and was victorious. Ron Davis finished second, Stevens was third, Kevin Fife finished fourth, Whitcomb was fifth, and Steve "Beach Ball" Brown finished sixth.
Dryden LeoGrande led from start to finish and claimed victory in the Mini 150 Main Event. Sebastian Palmese was second, Courtney Crone finished third, Sara Cords was fourth, and Slater Lightcap was fifth.
Jake Troutt was the initial leader of the Pee Wee Main Event before Tanner Richey went by at the end of lap one. Richey's lead was short-lived as Jonas LeoGrande passed him on the back straight. Jonas LeoGrande never looked back from there and raced away with the victory. Richey finished second, Dakota Shockley was third, Jason Palmese Jr. finished fourth, Troutt was fifth, and Nick Dunn finished sixth.
The next event at Pirate Speedway will be the final round of the U.S. National Speedway Championship Qualifier Series. Many of the top riders in California will be competing in their last chance to solidify their spot in the 45th Monster Energy U.S. National Championship at Costa Mesa Speedway in October.
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