Janniro Returns to Continue Dominance at Industry Racing
CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif. (June 20, 2014) – The fourth Wednesday night of the 2014 motorcycle speedway season at Industry Racing housed the return of Billy "The Kid" Janniro and the thrilling Sidecar Division on June 18. In Janniro's absence last week, rival Billy "The Bullet" Hamill was able to capitalize, taking home his first Scratch Main Event win of the season. However, with Janniro back on the track, tension heated up as both racers wanted to prove that they are the man to beat. Additionally, the reemergence of the Sidecar Division following a one-week break added an extra layer of excitement, as it is arguably one of the most anticipated Main Events of the evening.
As the top scorer in the Heats, Hamill earned first choice in starting positions, selecting Gate 1 on the far inside. With Janniro slotted second, he selected the hard-packed dirt at Gate 4, on the far outside. Also included in the Main Event competition was Charlie Venegas and Shawn McConnell, each making his presence and experience known among a talented group. The initial rise of the tapes found Venegas jumping the gun and disqualifying him from contention for the win with a fourth-place finish. From there, the three rider showdown turned into another battle of the Billys. Janniro used the outside gate pick to his advantage and powered into the early lead, closing the door on Hamill. Janniro's position in the turn held Hamill off, preventing a counter attack, and allowed him to continue on for his third win of the season and keep his undefeated record intact.
Buck Blair got the jump off the start in the Scratch Consolation to take an early lead that did not allow anyone to challenge him. However, the battle between Broc Nicol and Tyson Burmeister for second place was captivating and provided a great complement to the Scratch Main Event. The Consolation has featured a different winner in each of the four nights of action thus far this season.
As always, the Sidecar Division sparked spectators to rise to their feet as the 1000cc motorcycles came onto the track for the Main Event. Heather Rowe and Ducky Hovanec were on hand for their first ever Main Event, adding to the pack of talented pairings. At the rise of the tapes, Dual Anderson and David Dent found themselves leading the rush, but Joe Jones and Johnny Glover showed why they carry the No. 1, making a quick pass for first and holding on for the remaining laps to move to 3-0 in 2014. The battle for second kept Anderson and Dent honest, as Bryan Motis and Josh Bennett fought hard to try and take away the position, but were unable to do so before the checkered flag.
Despite experiencing some engine problems prior to the start of the race, the Second Division Main Event saw Ricky Richards grab the start out of the gate, extend his lead, and capture his first Second Division Main Event win inside The Grand Arena just won week after emerging victorious in the Third Division. While Richards led the way, Danny Baker and Harold Hartke duked it out in a close battle for second.
In the Third Division Main Event Kevin Fife's early spill didn't stop the action, but allowed the rest of the pack to check out. In the battle out front, Lewis Hughes made a pass for the lead on Steve Brown as he tried to widen his line across the track. Hughes maintained control of the position to take home his first Main Event win of the season on the heels of three consecutive runner-up results. Brown grabbed the runner-up spot while Dave Ruby finished third.
The young up-and-comers of the Junior 250 Main Event showcased their budding talent, as Dillon Ruml was able to cruise around the outside after getting a bad gate and make a big run into second. He continued his sprint towards the front and took away the lead from Gage Geist late, securing his third consecutive Main Event inside The Grand Arena.
Slater Lightcap capitalized on a bobble made by Tristan Britt in the 150 First Division Main Event, taking away the lead. Shortly thereafter, Sebastian Palmese was able to take the inside lane and pass Lightcap, but Lightcap was quick to counter back and stay in front. Palmese took control late in the race with another pass and captured his third Main Event win.
In the Mini 150 Second Division Main Event, Andrew Russell failed to start when his bike lost power, allowing Keelan Venegas to get the start with Luke Whitcomb chasing closely behind. Venegas was able to hold on to the lead and capture his third straight Main Event win.
The Pee Wee Main Event offered a thrilling show as two restarts narrowed down the pack and added to the evening's excitement. In the end, Cole Ayers was able to end the three-week reign of dominance by Travis Horn, but not without some drama. Ayers grabbed the initial start to the Main Event, but a mistake by two racers, including Horn, brought out the red flag to signal a restart. As the racers lined up for a second shot, Ayers once again got out first, only to have Rachel Schnakenberg put the power down and make an early pass for the lead. On the last lap, Schnakenberg fell victim to a mistake, causing Ayers to collide with her and throwing each racer from their motorcycle. The officials determined that the win would go to Ayers, as Schnakenberg was the cause of the crash, awarding second place to Horn, who recovered nicely from his earlier misfortune.
The 2014 Industry Racing season continues next Wednesday, June 25, and will celebrate our nation's service men and women with a "Salute to the Military" at Southern California's only fully AMA-sanctioned speedway facility. Gates open at 6 p.m. PST while racing kicks off at 7:30 p.m. PST. Tickets are just $10 for adults and $5 for kids and seniors.
Connect with Industry Racing through its Social Media Channels
About Industry Racing
Industry Racing has risen to prominence in recent years thanks to the introduction of the Monster Energy World Speedway Invitational and internationally sanctioned AMA/FIM Youth Silver Cup. As of 2014, Industry Racing serves as the only track in Southern California fully sanctioned by the AMA.
|www.speedwaybikes.com - All rights reserved.|