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'Fast Eddie' Castro Testimonial
Perris Raceway August 1, 2015
By: Steve Evans dreamteamspeedway@sbcglobal.net
Photos by: Dorcey Wingo

Results from Perris and are Continued Below...

  Dorcey Wingo Photos  
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Shawn McConnell says hello to Eddie. Nice Indian. 2nd Division Action, beep beep.
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Rohn Zellner getting it on! 2nd Division Action. 2nd Division Action.
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Sebastian Palmese showing Michael Wells the fast way around the track. Sebastian Palmese keeps his form. Jake Isaac in action.
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Rachel Schnakenberg getting the hang of the 150 Mini class. Jose Navarette. Division 2 heat race start.
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Rudy Laurer had to settle for 2nd in the Division 2 Main. Division 3 heat race. #108 Bobby Richards
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Division 3 action. #108 Bobby Richards Sebastian Palmese keeps them at bay again.
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Sam Hagon shows Dakota Shockleythe way in mini 150 heat action. #3 Levi Leutz and dad. Dryden Gayle winds it up in a heat race.
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Division 1 handicap heat race. 1st Division Heat Race with #46 Aaron Fox and #273 Dryden Gayle Charles Ermolenko still has the style!
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Bobby Schwartz came out to support Eddie. Shawn McConnell in Division 1 action before getting injured. Shaun Harmatiuk makes sure he is on the right track
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Broc and others in Division 1 handicap action. Kurtis Hamill works on his form after a long layoff for injuries. Division 1 handicap action.
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Max Ruml. Sidecar Action. #7x Joe Jones / Tom Summers.
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#1965 Jeff Rowe / Ashley Gibbons. #2 Bryan Motis / Josh Bennett Dillon Ruml takes the lead in one of the semi final heats.
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Jason Ramirez leads Max Ruml early in the other semi final, but fades towards the end. 4 Broc Nicol cruises to a second place in his semi final. Dalton Leedy got to the handicap main.
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#1965 Jeff Rowe / Ashley Gibbonsleads #7x Joe Jones / Tom Summers. Mini 150 Division 2 Main Event. # 8 Skylar Schnakenberg wins the Mini 150 Division 2 Main Event.
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1st Division action with eyes a popping! Old Indian taking some hot laps. 1st Division action.
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#111 Dillon Ruml practices the leg drag. #28 Slater Lightcap leads #27 Luke Whitcomb in the Mini 150 Main. Mini 150 Main winner #28 Slater Lightcap
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Last of the Mohicans heat. #9 Mike Faria L and R #39 Buck Blair battle in the Last of the Mohicans Final. #9 Mike Faria - Last of the Mohicans Champ.
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250cc Main Event. #18 Sebastian Palmese wins the 250cc Main Event. Start of Division 3 Main Event.
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Division 2 Main Event. #182 Rudy Laurer gives chase to #345 Ricky Richards in the Division 2 Main Event.
#345 Ricky Richards Division 2 Main Event Winner gives a ride to Ken Leedy.
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Division 1 Handicap Main. Sidecar Consolation Race.
Sidecar Main Event.
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7x Joe Jones / Tom Summers winners sidecar main. 1st Division Scratch Main.
Pee Wee Rider Bobby Schwartz Jr.
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Pee Wee Rider Gavin Dryfka Pee Wee Rider Aden Omelina
 

American Speedway Celebrates 'People's Champion' Eddie Castro.

Riders and fans turned out in huge numbers to celebrate the 35 year career of 'Fast' Eddie Castro at Perris Raceway on August 1st in his Testimonial Meeting. Castro's attendance at the event was something of a miracle itself, given that 7 days he was hospitalized following complications from cancer surgery a week prior. His friends and fans gave him perhaps the best medicine possible with a memorable race event, the only downside being injuries sustained by long time friend and fellow veteran, Shawn McConnell.

The First Division part of the program ran on the traditional American Handicap and Scratch race format. The handicap part of the program consisted of 18 riders who were initially drawn into three heats. Heat 1 saw Dillon Ruml win from the thirty yard line, with Aaron Fox right in tow all the way from the 50. Veteran Mike Faria placed third from the 30, with Dryden Gayle getting the fourth and final transfer spot from the 10 yard line. Dukie Ermolenko from the 30 and Joey Donaldson, from the 10 were eliminated. Heat two saw Dalton Leedy lead and win all the way from the 10. McConnell (40) was awarded second after Austin Novratil (40) made contact when trying to pass though both were cruising to the semi finals at the time. Novratil was excluded which gave Buck Blair (50) third, Shaun Harmatiuk (30) fourth. Bobby Schwartz, from the 30, came fifth. After a lengthy delay while McConnell received medical attention and was transported to hospital, heat three was staged with Kurtis Hamill, from the 20, holding off the in from Broc Nicol, who came all the way from the 50. Max Ruml, also off the 50, was third and Jason Ramirez (40) was fourth. Rudy Laurer and Rick Richards, both off of 10 yards, were eliminated.

Semi Final #1 saw Dillon Ruml once more victorious. Aaron Fox, as per heat 1, was second and sensibly held ground to qualify. Dryden Gayle once more rode a steady and impressive race to place third and get the final spot in the Main Event. Mike Faria was fourth, Shaun Harmatiuk retired in fifth with McConnell a non starter. Semi two featured three riders from 50 yards. Max Ruml and Broc Nicol charged from the back to a first and second finish. Dalton Leedy took third to make the Main. Kurtis Hamill in fourth, Buck Blair in fifth and Jason Ramirez who retired, were eliminated.

The main event saw Dillon Ruml off of the 30 make an immediate charge, his strategy to get by Leedy and Gayle before the back pack caught him proved successful. He held on for his third win on this side of the program. Broc Nicol, Max Ruml and Aaron Fox, all from the 50 were the second through fourth placed riders. Gayle came fifth and Leedy sixth. The new wave of American speedway was in force with five of the six finalists being teenagers.

Scratch Racing started with Nicol winning heating heat one with Kurtis Hamill getting second and eliminating third placed Mike Faria, with Harold Hartke fourth. Heat two had Fox as the victor from Leedy, with Rick Richards third and Schwartz fourth. Heat three saw Jason Ramirez pull off a fabulous pass against Buck Blair to get the win. Dryden Gayle was third and Shaun Harmatiuk fourth. The final heat was fabulous – Dukie Ermolenko outgated the Ruml brothers but firstly Max and the Dillon got by. Dukie held ground with his younger competitors and challenged the younger Ruml but could not get by to reclaim second. Joey Donaldson was fourth.

Semi #1 saw Fox lead home Nicol, with Dillon Ruml and Blair eliminated. Semi #2 saw Kurtis Hamill get a stunning start. Hamill, in only his second meeting of the season after a long injury lay off, held his line, kept his cool and kept Max Ruml behind him in second. Ramirez in third and Leedy in fourth were eliminated.

The Main Event closed out the race meeting and saw Broc Nicol get a magnificent start. Nicol was not troubled for the entire race and led Max Ruml home with Fox third and Hamill fourth.

As an added bonus, there was a thrilling 'Last Man Out' competition featuring some of the older riders. The format has one lap races (two for the final), where the last placed rider is eliminated. The first staging saw Shaun Harmatiuk eliminated in a very close call with Ermolenko. Dukie himself was the last placed rider second time out, which left Buck Blair and Mike Faria to race it out over a 2 lap match race. Though Blair got a slightly better start, Faria found a way by at the end of lap one and held his position for a very popular win on a night for his fellow veteran Castro.

The 44 race show had several other divisions in attendance. Division two had nine riders. Heats were won by Rohn Zellner, Harold Hartke, Samuel Ramirez and Rick Richards. Richards repeated this feat in the Main event. Division three heats went to Mike Reed, Tom Bryant, Pam Bennett and Steve Brown. Reed repeated in the Main. Sebastian Palmese and Jake Isaac won a 250cc Junior Heat each but Palmese was the victor in the Main.

The 150cc class has two divisions. Division two was a three race clean sweep from Skylar Schnakenberg. Slater Lightcap and Luke Whitcomb each won a Division 1 heat with Lightcap taking the final. Aden Omelina won the first Pee Wee race with Travis Horn winning the next and the Final. The 'big two' I the Sidecar Class, Joe Jones & Tom Summers and Bryan Motis & Josh Bennett won two heats each with Jones and Summers taking the final.

The event was a huge success with almost the entire American Speedway family rallying around the ever popular Castro. The testimonial race was conceived and announced on the day Castro publicly announced his retirement for health reasons. It was a rare in season event for Perris, which runs monthly off season races between November and April. with its main purpose being rider development for the future Team USA World Cup riders, given its European sized track dimensions. The 7 race 2015/6 season begins at Perris on November 21st with races beginning at 5pm.

Results:

Sidecar B Main
12 Charlie Davis / Niki Davis or Tom Summers
44 Jeff Medberry / Niki Davis
101 Kevin Holman / Dana Catone
33 Rick Garcia / Adam Duckett

Sidecar Main
7x Joe Jones / Tom Summers
2 Bryan Motis / Josh Bennett
31 Robert Curry / David Dent
1965 Jeff Rowe / Ashley Gibbons

Pee Wee Main
25 Travis Horn
36 Aden Omelina
3 Levi Leutz
48 Jose Navarette
14 Dylan Hogerhuis
11 Bobby Schwartz Jr. – non starter
6 Gavin Dryfka – non starter

150 Mini Division 2 Main
8 Skylar Schnakenberg
33 Glenn Geist
5 Rachel Schnakenberg
76 Nick Dunn

150 Mini Division 1 Main
28 Slater Lightcap
27 Luke Whitcomb
350 Sam Hagon
419 Dakota Shockley
96 Andrew Russell

250 Junior Main
18 Sebastian Palmese
16 Jake Isaac
214 Michael Wells
8 Skylar Schnakenberg non starter

Division 3 Consi
136 George Yates
247 Pat Smith
215 Greg Willis
277 Thomas Rishton
138 Dave Smith
108 Bobby Richards non starter

Division 3 Main
213 Mike Reed
211 Steve Brown
220 Tom Bryant
227 Wade Whitcomb
351 Pam Bennett

Division 2 Consi
22j Samuel Ramirez
246 Bentley Barrett
163 Ron Davis
141 Mike Lane
31n Robert Curry non starter

Division 2 Main
345 Ricky Richards
182 Rudy Laurer
118 Rohn Zellner
290 Harold Hartke fell

Last of the Mohicans 'Last Man Out.'
9 Mike Faria
39 Buck Blair
15 Charles Ermolenko
139 Shaun Harmatiuk

Handicap Main
111 Dillon Ruml – 30
4 Broc Nicol – 50
5 Max Ruml – 50
46 Aaron Fox – 50
273 Dryden Gayle – 10
222 Dalton Leedy – 10 fell

Scratch Main
4 Broc Nicol
5 Max Ruml
46 Aaron Fox
140 Kurtis Hamill

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