2015 AMA/FIM Youth Silver Cup - Industry Racing, CA, USA - August 9
The Silver Cup is one of the biggest events on the American Speedway Calendar and the event features the best youth speedway racers in America. It is strongly promoted by Industry Racing and is supported by the youth competitors, their families, sponsors, and professional speedway racers. There were 32 youth competitors competing in three divisions. Prior to the event, Industry Racing Track Manager Kelly Inman read words of encouragement that had been sent via electronic communications from World Champion Greg Hancock, former World Champion Erik Gundersen, and Australian sensation Darcy Ward.
Racers in all three divisions competed in four rounds of heats with the top four scorers qualifying for the Final.
Hicks won all four of his heats en route to qualification for the Junior 250 Final. Jake Isaac and Sebastian “Big Daddy” Palmese each scored 10 points to make the Final and Kyle Cunningham had a heat win and seven points to round out the field.
The four competitors staged at the starting line but Isaac rolled into the tapes. His discretion meant that he was excluded and the restart would only have three racers. When the tapes went up it was Hicks who was first to turn one with Palmese right behind. Hicks led through lap one but Palmese didn’t allow him any margin of error. Palmese searched for a way past and hoped for a mistake but couldn’t get past the leader. Hicks was first to the checkered flag, Palmese had to settle for second, and Cunningham finished third.
Sterling Martin scored a perfect 12 points in his heats and topped the Mini 150 First Division Scorechart. His twin brother Alex Martin compiled 11 points, Slater Lightcap tallied 10, and London Collins collected eight to complete the field for the Final.
Sterling Martin led from the tapes and Lightcap was able to get in between the brothers and set his sights on the leader. Sterling Martin held a comfortable lead but Lightcap didn’t give up hope. Sterling Martin, however, wasn’t about to let anyone spoil his perfect day. He never turned a wheel wrong and led to the finish line. Lightcap was second, Alex Martin finished third, and Collins was credited with fourth.
Hagon was first of the starting line after the tapes went up but was followed closely by Dion. Hagon continued his lead through the first lap but Dion was still hoping to keep his perfect day intact. Hagon, whose only defeat in the heats was to Dion, exacted revenge and held off every challenge to win the Final. Dion crossed the line second, Moore finished third, and Shockley was fourth.
The 35-event program went very smoothly and all competitors, parents, staff, and everyone in attendance had smiles on their faces throughout the day. The event brought the curtain down on a fantastic weekend of racing at Industry Racing. The night before was round three of the AMA U.S. National Championship Series. Many of the racers from that event spectated and provided support to the Silver Cup.
Mini 150 Second Division Scoring 1 2 3 4 T
Mini 150 First Division Scoring 1 2 3 4T
Junior 250 Scoring 1 2 3 4T
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