2013 Jack Milne Cup - Costa Mesa, CA, USA - April 27
Former National Champion Billy "The Kid" Janniro was a model of perfection by winning all five of his races and taking home the Jack Milne Cup for the second consecutive year in front of a large crowd as the world famous Costa Mesa Speedway held its first event of the 2013 season.
Janniro and former National runner-up Tyson Burmeister both entered the Jack Milne Cup Main Event undefeated. Burmeister won the draw for first gate choice and slotted himself into gate one. Janniro confidently selected gate two, former World Finalist Josh Larsen picked gate three, former Junior National Champion Jason Ramirez chose gate four, which left former World Team Champion Bobby "Boogaloo" Schwartz with gate five. Janniro exploded from the line when the tapes rose and held the lead through turns one and two. Burmeister set his sights on his MXRC Racing teammate and chased him through lap one. Janniro rode a wider line than Burmeister and kept a safe lead through the first two laps. However, on the third lap Burmeister gained ground on the leader and Janniro dropped to the inside to protect his position and led the rest of the way. Ramirez finished third, Larsen was fourth, and Schwartz finished fifth.
Schwartz thrilled the crowed when he kicked off the evening with a victory over Steve Russell in the first heat. Janniro beat Ramirez in heat two. Burmeister held off "Fast" Eddie Castro in the third heat. Larsen beat Shawn "Mad Dog" McConnell to end round one.
Schwartz opened round two by defeating former Under 21 National Champion Austin Novratil for his second straight win. Janniro beat "Battling" Buck Blair for his second win in a row. Aaron Fox beat "Flyin" Mike Faria in event 14.Burmeister ended the second round by beating Ramirez for his second consecutive win. Burmeister started the final round by remaining undefeated while handing Schwartz his first defeat of the evening. Janniro matched Burmeister's perfect score with a defeat of Fox in the next heat. Faria beat Blair in event 25.Larsen held off Novratil to win the final heat.
Burmeister led the first semi from start to finish and was followed into the main by Ramirez. Janniro and Larsen finished one-two in the second semi to transfer to the main event.
Schwartz was victorious in the Last Chance to book the final spot in the main-event field. Novratil was second, Faria finished third, and Fox was fourth.
Sixteen year old Max Ruml dominated his heats and ran away with the victory in the Support Main Event on his first night on a 500 at Costa Mesa to state his case for promotion into First Division at the legendary track. Rudy Laurer was second, Mike Wiley finished third, Northern California's Shawn Eldredge was fourth, and Carl Gazafy finished fifth.
Lewis Hughes won a heat and finished second in the other to take the overall victory in the Support B Division. Chris Wolfs was second, Wade Whitcomb was third, Pat Smith was fourth, and Dan Wensloff was fifth.
Dillon Ruml led the Junior 250 Main Event into turn three before sliding off and handing the lead to current National Champion Broc Nicol. Luke Becker chased after the leader throughout the race but his effort would go unrewarded. Nicol was first to the checkered flag, Becker settled for second, Hayley Perrault was third, Dalton Leedy finished fourth, and Dillon Ruml was fifth.
Sebastian "Big Daddy" Palmese led the Mini 150 First Division Main Event into turn one but fell. Courtney Crone took over from there and never looked back en route to a very popular victory. Michael Wells finished second, Maverick Molloy was third, and Palmese was credited with fourth.
Slater Lightcap made an auspicious debut at Costa Mesa Speedway by winning the Mini 150 Second Division Main Event. Sterling Martin was second, Jake Isaac finished third, Alex Martin was fourth, and Tristan Britt finished fifth.
Brian Motis and Josh Bennett led the Sidecar Main Event through two laps. The duo went wide entering turn one the third time and National Champions Joe Jones and Johnny Glover dived into the gap to take the lead. Motis and Bennett fought back and tried to return the favor but it was to no avail. Jones and Glover crossed the line first, Motis and Bennett were second, Gerard Jackson and Dave German finished third, and Kevin Brown and Nick Hertrick were fourth.
The Jack Milne Cup honors the 1937 World Speedway Champion. He was the first American to win a world championship in any motorsport and he did so at the legendary original Wembley Stadium. Milne was also one of the founders of Costa Mesa Speedway in 1969 and his co-promotion alongside Harry Oxley was instrumental in the success and longevity of the venue.
The next event Costa Mesa Speedway will be the 45th Season Opener. The day will begin with the Amateur Afternoon with racing in the evening including all divisions of speedway, Juniors, and Pee Wees.
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