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Winter League Team Racing Round 1
Perris Raceway December 5, 2015
By: Steve Evans dreamteamspeedway@sbcglobal.net
Photos by: RC Jones, Paul Flanders, and Dorcey Wingo

Andy "DJ Shag" McCarter Tribute on Youtube from Chris Ackerman
Many in American Speedway knew Andy McCarter 'aka' DJ Shag, from Cradley Heath, who passed away two weeks ago. He was a long time volunteer for the USA Dream Team and visited the USA several times. He accommodated more than a dozen Americans over the years who visited the UK. Chris Ackerman has produced a wonderful video of last nights memorial for him at Perris. Steve Evans

Results from Perris and are Continued Below...

  RC Jones Photos  
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  Love the rocks!  
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He just keeps growing!   Young French Spectator!
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Group meeting. Chilling. Prep goes on forever.
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Sidecar meeting. Line them up! Changed since last meeting.
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More new leathers! 419 Dakota Shockley Austin Novratil 
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Russell Green Austin Novratil  140 Kurtis Hamill
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Tyler Warren and Bryce Starks 21 Heather Rowe/Heather Gledhill Rick Valdez
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211 Steve Brown  Gina Horn laughs. Ha!  
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  Tyler Warren Always Smiling Dan Faria
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PJ Byrne 22 Luke Becker Bryce Starks
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PJ Byrne heads to sign in. Dryden Gayle had a good night. Kurtis Hamill
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  Gage Geist Brad Moreau
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Dalton Leedy Austin Novratil  Mike Dalbey
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Since Dave Clark an East Coast rider had to put a few photos in of him!
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The Ruml brothers 22 Luke Becker Riders Meeting
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42 Czane Dunbar 7x Joe Jones/Tom Summers 77 Thomas Rishton
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Double Trouble   Tyler Warren
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  Dalton Leedy  
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Dan Faria    
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  Thomas Rishton and Wade Whitcomb 227 Wade Whitcomb
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  33 Rick Garcia/Adam Duckett   
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Finally a few of Heather Rowe/Heather Gledhill 
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  Bryce Starks  
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22 Luke Becker  Russell Green 22 Luke Becker
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    Dan Faria
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Dillon Ruml   Joey Donaldson
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    Rachel and Skylar Schnakenberg
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214 Michael Wells    
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    419 Dakota Shockley
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Rick Garcia/Adam Duckett leading 7x Joe Jones/Tom Summers 2 Bryan Motis/Cody Brant
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  27 Luke Whitcomb and Cayla 18 Sebastian Palmese and Dad.
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33 Glenn Geist 22 Luke Becker and crew Cayla and Luke Becker
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Rick Valdez    Russell Green

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Luke Becker Russell Green Austin Novratil
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  14 Sara Cords Skylar Schnakenberg 
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Tyson Talkington-Sebastian Palmese 27 Luke Whitcomb Unknown Guest Rider
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Luke Becker and crew Doug and Gage Geist 48 Jose Navarette

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Luke Whitcomb Luke Whitcomb wins the 150cc Division 1 Main Event Tyler Warren
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Support Division Main Event Support action - Whitcomb and Rishton Support action - Brown and Willis
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Sidecars - Rowe and Gledhill vs Garcia and Duckett Sidecar Main Event Sidecar action - Motis-Brant and Garcia-Duckett
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Dakota Shockley Santa Max Ruml in motion
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Max Ruml celebrating Rick Richards Pee Wee Main Event action
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Pee Wee action - Dakota Shockley and Jose Navarette Gino Manzares Joe Jones as Santa and Elf.
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Travis Horn Kurtis Hamill Tori Geist and Crazy Chris.
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Glenn Geist wins 150cc Division 2 Gage Geist checking his six. Dryden Gayle
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Division 1 No. 48 Team Heat 15. Division 1 Main Event - No. 48 Team Heat 15. Division 1 Main Event - Team Heat 15.
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Division 1 Action - Russell Green and Dillon Ruml Division 1 Action - Dryden Gayle and Dalton Leedy. Division 1 Action - Austin Novratil, Tyson Talkington and Bryce Starks.
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Division 1 Action - Max Ruml leads the pack. Division 1 Action - Russell Green, Luke Becker and Kurtis Hamill. Division 1 Action - Daniel Faria, Luck Becker, Dillon Ruml and ?
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Division 1 Action Dillon Ruml and Kurtis Hamill. Dedication ceremony to the memory of Andy McCarter. Luke Becker
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Luke Becker Cole Ayers Chris Ackerman collecting gifts for the raffle.
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250cc Main Event. 250cc Action Palmese, Wells, Cords. 150cc Division 2 Action.
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150cc Division 2 Action. 150cc Division 1 Action. 150cc Division 1 Action.

First blood to Aces and Heathens in California Winter Team League!

British style team racing made a welcome return to California at Perris Raceway on 5th December, with last years top two teams, the Aces and Heathens (formerly Rebels) both winning their opening matches in the 3 round series.

The event had a Christmas theme, with both a speedway rider and sidecar team racing in Santa outfits, a Christmas tree lit by the starting gate, Christmas lights adorning many of the pit spaces, the track staff in Santa hats and a toy drive that had over 100 donations that will see dozens of underprivileged kids happy on Christmas morning.

The event featured two team matches as well as races for Support, Youth, Pee Wee and Sidecar classes – 49 races in all. The team format had a slight format change – the first 14 heats successfully utilized the 2015 British Elite League format, which keeps the 7 riders on each team racing riders of similar ability. This was followed by 3 additional heats that used the World Cup race format of involving all four teams with one rider per team entered. This enabled the top scorers from all four teams to duke it out at the end of the night, with points scored from the extra three heats still counting towards the respective two matches.

Match one featured the champion Ventura Aces take on the Perris Eagles. The first 14 heats saw a close competition with there never being more than four points between the teams. Max Ruml led the Aces with five wins out of five from the heats. After a 4-2 each way in the opening two races, the Aces scored a 5-1 from Ruml and Tyson Talkington in heat 3. This was the only 5-1 of the match. 4-2 scores to the Eagles in heats 8 and 10 tied the scores at 30, with another 4-2 in heat 12 from Joey Donaldson and Ron Davis putting the Eagles two up. A crucial heat 14 win by Gage Geist of the Eagles meant that they were 43-41 ahead going into the 3 additional heats. The Eagles very much gave an all round performance, with Austin Novratil, Gage Geist and Tyler Warren all scoring 8 from their heats.

Match two was a close affair through the first five heats between the Victorville Vikings and Huntington Heathens. Kurtis Hamill of the Vikings won heat 1 by a mile, but Luke Becker of the Heathens dominated in similar fashion, recording a 12 points maximum from the heats. A Heathens 5-1 in heat 8 from Dalton Leedy and Mike Dalbey put them 7 up and into a lead that would never be caught. The Heathens had five heat winners and ten in total from the first 14 heats, putting them 47-37 ahead after 14 heats in a lead that could not be mathematically caught going into the final 3 additional heats.

The additional three heats proved the new format to be a winner. Each teams top scorer was automatically put into the last race. The other two heats were up for nomination by the team managers, the added twist being you could only have two of your top three ranked riders in these races, meaning a middle or lower order rider from each team had to be selected.

The first extra heat saw Rick Richards of the Aces pull off a stunning gate and win. Dryden Gayle of the Vikings kept Dalbey of the Heathens at bay for second. Though the Heathens had already beaten the Eagles, Richards win and an Eagles last place put the Aces suddenly one ahead of the Eagles.

The second heat saw another big Aces display, Tyson Talkington made a fabulous gate but was hunted down and eventually passed on the line by Dillon Ruml of the Vikings. Russell Green of the Heathens kept Geist at the back so suddenly the Aces were three up with one race to go, and seeing as their rider was the unbeaten Max Ruml, the writing was on the wall for the much improved Eagles.

The final race (also dubbed the Main Event) pitched the unbeaten Becker and Max Ruml together. It was Becker who made an incredible gate and the 16 year old's raw speed was stunning as he simply drove away from World Cup rider Ruml and the pack for a win and 15 point maximum. Ruml's second place secured an Aces win over the Eagles, whilst Viking Kurtis Hamill edged inside of Austin Novratil for third.

Becker was simply a class act all event but once more the young riders all delivered – heat wins on the night were recorded by Kurtis Hamill, PJ Byrne, Dillon Ruml, Dalton Leedy, Luke Becker, Max Ruml, Dryden Gayle and Gage Geist as the competition for 2016 World Cup team, reserve and squad positions heats up.

The other divisions did not disappoint. Tom Bryant won the Support Class main and a heat, with Steve Brown taking the other heat. 250Cc Junior Class saw Sebastian Palmese win all races, Sara Cords escaped unhurt after a nasty tumble whilst lying second in the Main. 150Cc Mini Division 1 saw Luke Whitcomb win his second Main event in a row and also a heat, Slater Lightcap taking the other heat. 150 Mini Division two victory once again went to Glenn Geist, who also took a heat. Rachel Schnakenberg took the other heat. Unfortunately rookie rider Czane Dunbar suffered a broken leg in an after race tumble as he was leaving the track.

Jose Navarette held on to win the Pee Wee Main – heats went to Cole Ayers and Travis Horn. Joe Jones and Tom Summers, in the Christmas spirit dressed as Santa and his elf and with a Rudolph theme sidecar, won all three Sidecar events.

The event was held in tribute to Andy McCarter from Cradley Heath who passed away last week and was well loved by many in American Speedway. McCarter played an important role in the USA Dream Team, assisting with logistics and accommodating around a dozen riders at his home over the years. Half time featured an upbeat memorial service with an after the race toast occurring on the center of the track.

The next event at Perris and first in 2016 is on Saturday January 16th for the 'Winter Olympique'. The event uses a unique handicap format where a rider's starting position is determined by their last heat result. It is expected the USA World Cup rider Broc Nicol will use this event as his comeback race after sustaining a broken leg at Costa Mesa in August. Team Racing resumes on February 6th.

On behalf of all at Perris we wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and wonderful 2016. Thanks to all who came out for a night to remember, and thanks to everyone who donated a toy or a prize for the raffle!

Results

Team Race #1
VICTORVILLE VIKINGS 43 –
1. Kurtis Hamill 11 ( 3 3 2 2 1)
PJ Byrne 5 ( 0 2 3 0)
3. Dave Clark 3+1 (0 R 1' 2)
Dryden Gayle 8 ( 3 X 1 2 2)
Dillon Ruml 9+1 (2 2' 2 0 3)
Tom Bryant 2+1 (1' 0 1 0)
Bentley Barrett 5 (2 1 0 2)

HUNTINGTON HEATHENS 52
Russell Green 9+1 (2 2' 3 1 1)
Dalton Leedy 7+1 (1' 3 3 0)
Dan Faria 6 ( 1 1 1 3)
Robbie Sauer 4 (2 0 2 X)
Luke Becker 15 ( 3 3 3 3 3)
Mike Dalbey 10+1 (3 1 2' 3 1)
Rick Howard 0 ( 0 0 0)
Steve Brown 1 (1)

Match 2
VENTURA ACES 48
Max Ruml 17 ( 3 3 3 3 3 2)
Rick Valdez 6 (1 2 1 2 0)
Tyson Talkington 10+1 (2' 2 2 0 2 2)
Rick Richards 9 (3 0 2 EF 1 3)
Rider Replacement
Brad Moreau 6+2 (2 1' 1' 2)
Damon Barry 0 (0 0 0 0)

PERRIS EAGLES 43
Austin Novratil 8 (EF 3 3 2 0)
Tyler Warren 8 (2 3 3 Fns)
Gage Geist 8 (1 2 2 3 0)
Rudy Laurer 5 (2 0 3 0)
Bryce Starks 3+2 (0 1 1' 1')
Joey Donaldson 7 (3 0 1 3 0)
Ron Davis 4 (1 1 0 1 1)

DIVISION 1 MAIN EVENT (Team Heat 17)
22 Luke Becker - Heathens
5 Max Ruml - Aces
140 Kurtis Hamill - Vikings
7 Austin Novratil – Eagles

LEAGUE TABLE AFTER ROUND 1 OF 3
Huntington Heathens......1 Win 0 Loss (+9 race points difference)
Ventura Aces...................1 Win 0 Loss (+5 race points difference)
Perris Eagles...................0 Win 1 Loss (-5 race points difference)
Victorville Vikings..........0 Win 1 Loss (-0 race points difference)

Pee Wee 50 Main
48 Jose Navarette
25 Travis Horn...
16 Cole Ayers
46 Kristian Daniel Jr.
19 Jack Aaron

150cc Division 2
33 Glenn Geist
5 Rachel Schnakenberg
42 Czane Dunbar

150cc Division 1
27 Luke Whitcomb
28 Slater Lightcap
419 Dakota Shockley
96 Andrew Russell

250cc
18 Sebastian Palmese
16 Jake Isaac
214 Michael Wells
8 Skylar Schnakenberg
14 Sara Cords (DNF)

Support
220 Tom Bryant
211 Steve Brown
227 Wade Whitcomb
215 Greg Willis (20)
109 Don Nermarnik
277 Thomas Rishton (20)

Sidecars
7x Joe Jones/Tom Summers
2 Bryan Motis/Cody Brant
33 Rick Garcia/Adam Duckett (DNF)
21 Heather Rowe/Heather Gledhill (non-starter)
1965 Jeff Rowe / Johnny Glover (non starter)
Nice and tidy.

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