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California State Championship
Industry Racing
August 28, 2013
From Ryan Evans - Photos by Paul Flanders and Dorcey Wingo

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Charlie Venegas takes the title with help from Eddie Martinez and son Keelan Venegas. Davey Shaw was just back from a military tour overseas to pick up the Invitational (2nd Division) win. Kurtis Hamill took the win in the 250 Juniors after his dad had engine problems in his first race.
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Sebastian Palmese captured the 150 Mini Division 1 main. Sterling Martin got the win in the 150 cc Second Division main. Slater Lightcap took second and Alex Martin was third. Billy Janniro admires Kevin Fife's Superman shirt that Kevin earned from flying over the finish line last week.
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Bruce Marteney with wife Annette and Joe Donaldson. The Budweiser girls were there to help present trophies. Shawn McConnell and wife Robynn.
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150cc 2nd Division Main - 1st Start #28 Slater Lightcap placing 2nd. #31 Sterling Martin, for the win.
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150cc 1st Division Main Event, 1st start. #34 Maverick Molloy taking 2nd. #18 Sebastian Palmese, taking the win.
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250cc Main Event, 1st Start. #222 Dalton Leedy took 2nd place. #104 Kurtis Hamill, having a better day than his dad!
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"Invitational" Final (1st Start) #145 Davey Shaw (right) prepares to pass #176 Carl Gazafy, who took second. #14n Billy Janniro leads #321 Russell Green in the early goings.
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#46 Aaron Fox (left) and #308 Max Ruml in a great one. #6 Shawn McConnell (left) leads #24 Gino Manzares. #308 Max Ruml (left) in a tight race with #30 Tim Gomez.
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#104 Billy Hamill's GM is about to crater. Last Chance: Burmeister (on the pole) will advance. Tyson Burmeister, winning the LC.
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Final Event, 1st start. #46 Aaron Fox, taking another 2nd. #43 Charlie "The Edge" Venegas, 2013 CA State Champ!

California State Championship - Industry Racing, CA, USA - August 28

Charlie "The Edge" Venegas won a dramatic main event to capture his fourth California State Championship as Industry Racing finished its regular season with an awesome night of racing.

Defending State Champion Billy "The Kid" Janniro and Aaron Fox entered the main event tied on points with Fox winning the draw for first starting position. He quickly chose gate one. Janniro, seeking to join Mike Bast and Steve Bast as the only riders to win four consecutive California State Championships, picked gate two. Venegas, looking for his fourth title, selected gate three which left gate four to Tyson Burmeister.

Fox was off the starting line first with Janniro right behind him. Fox hugged the inside line through the first corner while Janniro went to the outside. They were side-by-side entering turn three but Janniro lifted and went over backward upon exiting turn four. Fox raced away with an insurmountable lead but the red light came on and a restart was ordered with Janniro excluded.

Venegas took advantage of the second chance and beat Fox to the first corner on the restart. Fox was clamped to the leader's back tire and tried to force a mistake throughout the race. Venegas wasn't budging off the inside line and wasn't going to be denied his fourth title. An ecstatic Venegas was first to the finish line, a disappointed Fox finished second, Burmeister was third, and Janniro was credited with fourth.

"Battling" Buck Blair kicked off the heats with a win over four time champion "Flyin" Mike Faria. Shawn "Mad Dog" McConnell held off newly-crowned Under 21 National Champion Max Ruml to win event two. Hamill was leading event three comfortably when he suffered an engine failure that gave Fox the win. Hamill didn't have a spare bike so his night was over. Venegas defeated Gino Manzares in event four. The first round ended with Burmeister getting the win while Janniro had to overcome a terrible first turn just to get second.

Max Ruml and Fox battled side-by-side before the former secured the win. Burmeister beat Blair for his second straight win. Janniro scored a win ahead of "Fast" Eddie Castro. Venegas used the outside to pass Faria and secure his second win in a row. Russell Green held off McConnell to end the second round with a win.

Fox defeated Castro and Venegas to start round three with his second win. Steve Russell beat Tim Gomez in event 22. Janniro was victorious over Max Ruml for his second straight win. Faria beat Green in event 24. McConnell finished the third round by beating Manzares and Burmeister.

Fox put himself into the Final with an easy victory to open the final round of heats. Venegas finished ahead of McConnell and both riders completed their four heats with ten points. Blair led event 31 until Green went around the outside of him only to have the native of Colorado pay him back with an outside pass of his own two laps later that earned the win. Burmeister trapped from the outside to beat Max Ruml in the penultimate heat. Janniro won the final heat over Faria and put himself in to the Final with 11 points.

Two runoffs were required to fill a spot in the Final and determine who was in the Last Chance. Venegas used the outside to defeat Burmeister and McConnell and get himself directly into the Final while the other two would wait for the Last Chance.

Ruml and Blair finished one-two ahead of Faria in the other runoff to join Burmeister and McConnell in the Last Chance.

Burmeister led the Last Chance from the start and, despite McConnell snapping at his heals, led the entire distance to fill the fourth and final spot in the Final. McConnell had to settle for second, Blair was third, and Max Ruml finished fourth.

Davey Shaw led all four laps en route to victory in the Industry Invitational Final. Carl Gazafy was second, Chris Jones finished third, and Danny Baker was fourth.

Two tape exclusions whittled the Junior 250 Final field down to two competitors. Kurtis Hamill led the Dalton Leedy all the way for the win.

Sebastian Palmese was victorious in the Mini 150 First Division Final over Maverick Molloy with Courtney Crone getting credited with third.

Sterling Martin led from start to finish and captured the Mini 150 Second Division Final. Slater Lightcap was second, Alex Martin finished third, and Tristan Britt was fourth.

The California State Championship brought the curtain down on Industry Racing's regular season but is not the final speedway event of the year at the facility. The much-anticipated 2nd annual Monster Energy World Speedway Invitational will be held on Saturday, December 28. Information about the rider lineup, tickets etc. will be announced soon. The buzz generated from last year's event guarantees that it will be a can't-miss event.


Mini 150cc Second Division Final (restarted)
31n - Sterling Martin
28 - Slater Lightcap
30n - Alex Martin
11 - Tristan Britt (fell, excluded)

Mini 150cc First Division Final (restarted)
18 - Sebastian Palmese
34 - Maverick Molloy
4 - Courtney Crone (fell, excluded)

Junior 250cc Final
104 - Kurtis Hamill
222 - Dalton Leedy
1 - Broc Nicol (tape exclusion)
111 - Dillon Ruml (tape exclusion)

Industry Invitational Final (restarted)
145 - Davey Shaw
176 - Carl Gazafy
116 - Chris Jones (fell, remounted)
162 - Danny Baker (fell, excluded)

State Championship Heat Scoring 1 2 3 4 T
6 – Shawn McConnell 3 2 3 2 10
9 – Mike Faria 2 2 3 2 9
14 – Eddie Castro 0 2 2 0 4
14n – Billy Janniro 2 3 3 3 11
21 – Brad Sauer 1 0 - - 1
23 – Steve Russell 1 1 3 1 6
24 – Gino Manzares 2 0 2 0 4
26 – Tyson Burmeister 3 3 1 3 10
30 – Tim Gomez 2 1 2 1 6
37 – Joe Donaldson 0 0 0 Nr 0
39 – Buck Blair 3 2 1 3 9
43 – Charlie Venegas 3 3 1 3 10
46 – Aaron Fox 3 2 3 3 11
48 – Tyson Talkington 1 1 0 1 3
66 – Jason Ramirez 1 1 1 1 4
104 – Billy Hamill E - - - 0
178 – Eloy Medellin 0 0 1 2 3
185 – Kayle LeoGrande 0 0 0 1 1
208 – Geoff Herkner 1 0 1 - 2
308 – Max Ruml 2 3 2 2 9
321 – Russell Green 1 3 2 2 8

Race Results
1: Blair, Faria, Ramirez, Castro (fell, remounted)
2: McConnell, Ruml, Talkington, Medellin
3: Fox, Gomez, Sauer, Hamill (engine failure)
4: Venegas, Manzares, Russell, Donaldson
5: Burmeister, Janniro, Green, LeoGrande
11: Ruml, Fox, Ramirez, Manzares
12: Burmeister, Blair, Talkington, Sauer (fell, remounted)
13: Janniro, Castro, Russell, Medellin
14: Venegas, Faria, Herkner, LeoGrande
15: Green, McConnell, Gomez, Donaldson
21: Fox, Castro, Venegas (tape penalty), Talkington
22: Russell, Gomez, Ramirez (fell, remounted), LeoGrande (fell, remounted)
23: Janniro, Ruml, Blair, Donaldson
24: Faria, Green, Medellin
25: McConnell, Manzares, Burmeister, Herkner
29: (restarted twice) Fox, Medellin, LeoGrande (penalty line), Donaldson (non-starter, restart)
30: Venegas, McConnell, Ramirez
31: Blair, Green, Russell, Herkner
32: Burmeister, Ruml, Gomez, Castro
33: Janniro, Faria, Talkington, Manzares

Runoff for Last Chance: Ruml, Blair, Faria
Runoff for Final: Venegas, Burmeister, McConnell

State Championship Last Chance
26 - Tyson Burmeister
6 - Shawn McConnell
39 - Buck Blair
308 - Max Ruml

California State Championship Final (restarted)
43 - Charlie Venegas
46 - Aaron Fox
26 - Tyson Burmeister
14n - Billy Janniro (fell, excluded)

Ryan Evans

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