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U.S. National Championship Qualifier - Round 4
August 9, 2013 - Pirate Speedway - San Bernardino
By: Ryan Evans- Photos by Paul Flanders and Dorcey Wingo

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Austin Novratil takes the win in the "A Final." Tyson Burmeister finished 2nd in the "A Final." Third place in the "A Final" went to Eddie Castro
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The Support Class main went to Chris Jones. Michael Wells took his first win in the 250 cc Junior main. Michael Wells gets "body tossed" for his victory.
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The 150cc main was won by Sebastian Palmese. Dakota Shockley dashed off with the Pee Wee main win. Robynn McConnell is the host wench at Pirate Speedway.
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Wench Shonny McConnell Wench Kylee Lucero Another wench, a loose wench maybe???
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Rider's Parade: Gino and Max are ready. There were pirates and flag-waving wenches, galore! Pee Wee Main Event: #419 Dakota Shockley hunts down #13 Tanner Richey (not shown).
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Dakota takes his Victory Lap. 150cc action: #7 Gino Scopellite(inside) and #18 Sebastian Palmese. Palmese, racing like a Pro.
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250cc action: Hayley Perrault beats #1 Broc Nicol. #73 Dryden Gayle (left) and #214 Michael Wells get close. Michael Wells, winning the 250cc Main Event.
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Pinky, The Rev and Beach Ball go racing... Bent bikes after this tangle between Braden Sauer (inside) and Chris Jones. #116 Chris Jones, catching up to #376 Jeremy Dunn.
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Chris Jones wins the Support Division trophy. #11 Bobby Schwartz and #30 Tim Gomez. Event 26: #27 Austin Novratil leaps from the pole position.
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#46 Aaron Fox chases #14 Eddie Castro (not shown). Fox (along the wall) jumps the gun and gets penalized. #27 Chris Kerr and #308 Max Ruml in a great one.
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"A Final" Main Event. #26 Tyson Burmeister chases #27 Austin Novratil to the finish line. In a "must win situation," Austin pulled it out!

U.S. National Championship Qualifier Round #4 - San Bernardino, CA, USA - August 9

Former Under 21 National Champion Austin Novratil brought the curtain down on the United States National Qualifier Series by winning the final round with a perfect night at Pirate Speedway.

Tyson Burmeister, Chris Kerr, and Novratil all entered the A Final with perfect scores and were joined by "Fast" Eddie Castro who won a five-rider runoff to get there. Novratil had first choice of starting position and picked gate four. Kerr then chose gate one. Burmeister selected gate two which left gate three to Castro.

Novratil made the best start while his competitors were left to chase after him. Novratil seemed to have the race sewn up when Kerr slid off on the third lap with Castro laying his bike down to miss him. The red flag came out and a restart was ordered with Kerr banished to the pits.

Burmeister led the second attempt at the start but Novratil was determined to finish what he started on the first try. He hounded Burmeister for two laps then used a brilliant cutback maneuver to take the lead exiting turn four. Burmeister tried to pay the teenager back but his effort went unrewarded. Novratil was first to the checkered flag, Burmeister had to settle for second, Castro finished third, and Kerr was credited with fourth.

The top 14 riders from the Qualifier Series would join two competitors from the East Coast Qualifier, current National Champion Billy Hamill, and three wild card riders in the 45th Monster Energy United States National Championship at Costa Mesa in October.

After four rounds Tyson Talkington and Danny Faria were tied for the fourteenth and final guaranteed spot in the Nationals. The two competed in the runoff after the A Final to determine who would fill that spot. Talkington led all four laps of a closely-contested battle to earn the spot.

Novratil opened the evening with a win over Aaron Fox. Max Ruml scored a close victory over "Battling" Buck Blair in the second heat. Former National Champion "Flyin" Mike Faria beat Castro. Burmeister was victorious in the fourth heat. Tim Gomez passed Bobby "Boogaloo" Schwartz to win event five. Kerr beat former Junior National Champion Jason Ramirez in his first race ever at Pirate Speedway. Gino Manzares ended round one with a victory.

Kerr started round two by earning his second straight win. Manzares made it two wins in a row by beating Gomez. Fox beat Russell Green for his first win. Blair defeated Brad Sauer in the next heat. Novratil beat Mike Faria for his second consecutive victory. Burmeister narrowly held off Ruml for his second win. Castro used the outside to pass and defeat Schwartz to finish the second round.

Mike Faria began the final round of heats with his second win. Burmeister booked his place in the A Final by beating Russell Green. Novratil put himself into the A Final with a win over Schwartz. Kerr's narrow defeat of Ruml earned him a place in the A Final. Castro defeated Manzares in event 28 to derail his hopes of qualifying directly to the A Final. Fox won the penultimate heat. Blair defeated Gomez in the final heat to force a five-rider runoff for the sole remaining spot in the A Final.

Rocco Scopellite won a runoff to get himself into the D Final.

Castro swept around the outside and ran away from his four competitor to get into the A Final. Fox, Manzares, Blair, and Mike Faria going to the B Final.

Scopellite was leading the D Final when Danny Faria fell while in second and brought out the red flag. The fall would cost Danny Faria dearly. A second or third place would have put him into the National field instead of the runoff that ultimately put Talkington into the field instead of himself. Scopellite was leading the restart but Sauer passed him on the last lap to steal the victory.

Schwartz led the C Final from start to finish for the victory. Ruml finished second, Gomez was third, and Green finished fourth.

Fox, needing to win the B Final to tie Billy Janniro at the top of the overall Series standings, saw his hopes disappear when he touched the tapes and was excluded. Manzares made the best start and never looked back en route to victory. Mike Faria was second and Blair finished third.


Pee Wee Main Event
419 - Dakota Shockley
13 - Tanner Richey
27 - Luke Whitcomb
76 - Nick Dunn
795 – Jason Palmese Jr.

Mini 150cc Main Event
18 - Sebastian Palmese 50 (penalty line)
14 - Sara Cords 0
144 - Travis Hamilton 0
7 - Gino Scopellite 10 (fell)

Junior 250cc Main Event
214 - Michael Wells 0
0 - Hayley Perrault 20
1 - Broc Nicol 30
111 - Dillon Ruml 30
222 - Dalton Leedy 20
73 - Dryden Gayle 10 (retired)

Support Main Event (restarted)
116 - Chris Jones 50
217 - Braden Sauer 50 (penalty line)
376 - Jeremy Dunn 0
163 - Ron Davis 30
211 - Steve Brown 10
311 - Kevin Fife 10

D Final (restarted)
21 - Brad Sauer
126 - Rocco Scopellite
103 - Kyle Hicks
105n - Danny Faria (fell, excluded)

C Final
11 - Bobby Schwartz
308 - Max Ruml
30 - Tim Gomez
321 - Russell Green

B Final
24 - Gino Manzares
9 - Mike Faria
39 - Buck Blair
46 - Aaron Fox (tape exclusion)

A Final (restarted)
27 - Austin Novratil
26 - Tyson Burmeister
14 - Eddie Castro
27n - Chris Kerr (fell, excluded)

Qualifier Series Final Points
1. Billy Janniro 69
2. Aaron Fox 66
3. Eddie Castro 61
4. Tyson Burmeister 60
5. Chris Kerr 55
Max Ruml 55
7. Bryan Yarrow 50
Gino Manzares 50
Charlie Venegas 50
10. Austin Novratil 49
11. Mike Faria 48
12. Russell Green 43
13. Buck Blair 41
14. Tyson Talkington 29 (Won Runoff for 14th)
Danny Faria 29

Ryan Evans

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