Hamill Finds the Edge to Unseat Janniro at Industry Racing
CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif. – Industry Racing continued its 2014 season of speedway competition on Wednesday night, hosting its annual Classic Car Night as an addition to the excitement of the evening. Last week's first dark night gave the opportunity for racers to have a brief break from their weekly appearances and come back recharged for the last half of the season. The break proved to be positive and productive for Billy Hamill, as the SoCal veteran grabbed the upper hand in the infamous "Battle of the Billy's," edging out Billy Janniro in a thrilling Scratch Main Event.
Based on points accumulated over the evening heats, the last ride of the night resulted in the gate picking order of Hamill, Teddy Burmeister, Janniro and Max Ruml. Hamill took Gate 1 and Burmeister Gate 2, while Janniro ultimately chose the far outside, relegating Ruml to Gate 3. As a result, the starting line up featured the opportunity to mix up the running order. When the tapes rose, Hamill and Janniro immediately showed why the rivalry is so rich, with Hamill narrowly taking the early lead from his fellow Billy. With Hamill controlling the inside, the Janniro tried every open line at the halfway point in hopes of making a clean pass, which continually proved to be unsuccessful. As Hamill proceeded to fend off every one of Janniro's advances, he took the checkered flag for his second Scratch Main Event win of the season and his first going head-to-head with Janniro.
In the Scratch Consolation, Eddie Castro fired up the inside after getting the jump off the gate. With Charlie Venegas charging hard on the outside, the battle for the lead continued until the halfway point. From there, Venegas made his way around Castro and took the checkered flag for the win with Castro in second, Buck Blair solidly in third, and Austin Novratil in fourth.
The Sidecar Division brought another thrilling Main Event to the Industry Racing crowd, once again offering up its unpredictable battles. This week, the No. 2 of Bryan Motis and Josh Bennett got the jump and assumed the early lead. However, former Main Event winners Joe Jones and Johnny Glover chased their teammates quickly, showing their own desire to win. Further back, Jeff Medberry and Heather Bennett tried to add to the action of the lead pack, but a mistake caused them to roll into the infield, leaving the remainder of the Main Event to a three-pairing battle. Even with the pressure on their back tires, Motis and Bennett had the drive to maintain the lead and take home their first Main Event win.
Up-and-coming Second Division competitors soon hope to join the competitiveness of the premier division and this week, the racing indicated just that. Eloy Medellin charged to the front of the pack before Mike Wiley and Ricky Richards tangled in the second corner, bringing out the red flag. The No. 101 of Wiley was deemed the cause of the wreckage and did not return to the race. After the restart, Medellin once again got to the front of the pack, doing well to keep Harold Hartke on the high line as he tried to make a race of the Main Event. In the end, Medellin held off his fellow competitors and took home his first Main Event win of the season.
Lewis Hughes was the man to beat off the gate of the Third Division Main Event with a tight battle between George Yates and Steven Brown for second. Racing for the first time at Industry Racing, Yates put on a great performance and ran a strong race as he held off Brown and Whitcomb to maintain second place. With no change after two laps, Hughes carried on through to the win, with Yates as the runner up his first time out.
The Junior 250 Main Event started off with Braden Galvin stuck at the pit gate with technical difficulties, thus starting the two-minute clock. When all the racers finally made their way to the gate, the start brought forth a tight-knitted pack with a four-way battle for the lead. Galvin rode the wheels off of his bike, taking over the lead in search of his first Main Event win of the season. Continuing to the checkers, Galvin succeeded with Kurtis Hamill second and Gage Geist third.
The Mini 150 First Division Main Event had a stacked gate after evening heats pitted the quickest riders in a battle for victory. The No. 31 of Sterling Martin was first off the line, as brother Alex Martin and Slater Lightcap fought him for the spot. Conversely, Jake Isaac was left on the line, as he failed to get a jump to due a dead motor. However, the race continued with Sterling continuing to lead the lightened pack of racers, ultimately grabbing the upper hand and pulling away. With Lightcap aboard a borrowed bike from the Martin brothers, he challenged Alex but was not able to complete the pass before the checkered flag.
The Mini 150 Second Division Main Event housed a strong ride by all those involved. Keelan Venegas had the upper hand from the start, getting the preferred line and a strong early lead. With clean, fast racing from all the racers, Venegas cruised to another win in 2014 with Luke Whitcomb in second and Andrew Russell in third.
The Pee Wee Main Event saw frontrunner Travis Horn start with another large handicap, placing him back at the pit door in hopes of creating closer competition. As a result, leading Lap 1 was the No. 48 of Jose Navarette, who soon had his front tire slip out from under him to bring out the red flag. As the riders lined up for the restart, Navarette re-fired his bike to join the other two riders at the gate for the restart. Again Navarette moved into the lead, but Horn quickly made the pass and checked out. With almost a half-lap lead for Horn, the race for second heated up with Gunner Haggard making the pass on Navarette for second during his first night of racing at Industry Racing.
Next week, "Bruce Flanders' Ugly Hawaiian Shirt Night" will bring even more fun to Industry Racing on Wednesday, July 16, for what is sure to be another captivating night of action 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.
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.
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