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Legends Night
June 15, 2016 - Industry Racing
Thanks to Ryan Evans and Tim Kennedy
Photos by Dorcey Wingo and RC Jones

Results from Industry Racing and are Continued Below...

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Gorgeous Buzz Shoemaker Bikes
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Mmmm. Legends! Ricky Richards is thinking, no way Austin!
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Luke Becker preps in the pits. Journalist Tim Kennedy Yes, I can text while waiting.
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It was this big, really. Let see, turn left, then turn left again, with Chet Kohler. Jake Isaac and Sara Cords
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Over there? No over there! Paul Flanders and Dorcey Wingo lose track of things. Luke Becker Shawn McConnell
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A gaggle of young guns. Hanging out and telling stories. Robbie Sauer
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Winner Broc Nicol styles it out. Dave Clark struggles with Aaron Fox and Austin Novratil moving through. Mr. Helpful Jake Isaac.
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Dalton Leedy Casey Donholt Aaron Fox and Billy Janniro
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Sebastian Palmese keeps Sara Cords outside. "Mad Dog" Shawn McConnell, feet up and ass off! Scratch Main Winner Broc Nicol with Dad and mechanic.

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Palmese and friends Sonny Nutter and friends Event 1
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Billy Janniro and Austin Novratil, Event 1 Bobby Schwartz Casey Donholt
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Dillon Ruml Kristian Daniel Jr. Owen Williams #523
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3rd Division action Jose Navarette Travis Horn
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Luke Whitcomb #27 Dakota Shockley #419 1st Division action
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1st Division action Mike Clark, Aaron Fox and Austin Novratil Luke Becker 1st Division Event 16
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1st Division Event 16 action 1st Division action Max Ruml and Gage Geist 1st Division Boogaloo leads the young guns event 16
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150cc Division 1 action 150cc Division 1 action - Whitcomb and Schockley 1st Division action Schwartz Novratil McConnell
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1st Division Casey Donholt 1st Division Event 28 1st Division Event 28 action
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1st Division action Becker and Richards 250cc Jake Isaac 1st Division Gage Geist
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3rd Division Main Event 2nd Division Main Event 2nd Division Main Event action Davey Shaw
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2nd Division winner Rudy Laurer Pee Wee Main Event Pee Wee winner Kristian Daniels, Jr.
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150cc D2 Main Event 150cc D2 winner Travis Horn 150cc Division 1 Main Event
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150cc Division 1 Main Event action Lightcap and Whitcomb 150cc Division 1 winner Slater Lightcap 250cc Main Event
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150cc Division 1 Main Event action Lightcap and Whitcomb 18 - Sebastian Palmese 250cc Main Event
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Legends Night - Industry Racing - June 15 - Ryan Evans

Former Youth National Champion Broc Nicol scored a stunning victory to collect his first Scratch Main Event on Legends Night at Industry Racing.

Billy “The Kid” Janniro made the best start and led the main through lap one. This storyline usually has a predictable ending but Nicol was set on rewriting the script. The 18 year old set out after the National Champion and slowly chipped away at his lead. Janniro was hugging the inside line while Nicol was making the outside work. When they took the white flag Nicol was within striking distance. As they exited turn two the final time Janniro overslid ever so slightly. This hiccup allowed Nicol the opportunity to get around the outside. The teenager secured the lead entering turn three and was first to the checkered flag. Janniro had to settle for second, Luke “Little Missle” Becker finished third, and previously unbeaten “Mad” Max Ruml was fourth.

The evening commenced with Austin Novratil leading the first heat before Janniro used the outside to take the lead and the win. Aaron Fox defeated former National Champion Charlie “The Edge” Venegas in the second heat. Max Ruml beat Becker for his first win. Dillon Ruml completed round one with a win over “Flyin” Mike Faria.

Round two began with a great side-by-side battle between Shawn “Mad Dog” McConnell and Nicol before Nicol surged ahead for the win. Fox beat Novratil for his second straight win. Janniro held off Becker for his second win in a row. Max Ruml matched the two victories of Fox and Janniro by using the outside to pass Bobby “Boogaloo” Schwartz at the end of lap three in the last heat of the second round.

Nicol opened the final round of heats by scoring his second straight win with Gage Geist getting second. McConnell stalked Novratil for four laps before squeezing past for a narrow win at the finish line. Max Ruml remained perfect while handing Janniro his first defeat. Fox kept pace with Max Ruml by winning the final heat.

Venegas won a three-rider runoff over Geist and Faria to earn the final spot in the semis.

Max Ruml romped to victory in the first semi with Nicol following him in to the main event. Janniro won the second semi and it looked as if Fox would join him in the main. However, Fox suffered an engine failure exiting the final corner which handed the transfer to Becker.

Davey Shaw trapped from the outside and was the initial leader of the Second Division Main Event. Veteran competitor Rudy Laurer chased after the leader and hoped to force a mistake. For three and a half laps it looked as if Laurer’s hopes would be unfulfilled. Shaw left some room as they went down the back straight the final time and Laurer charged through on the inside. He led the final half lap for the win. A disappointed Shaw had to settle for second, Joey Donaldson finished third, and Robbie Sauer was fourth.

Chet Kohler showed that his time in the lowest division will be short-lived by winning the Third Division Main Event. Kevin “Rip” Fife was second, Steve “Beach Ball” Brown finished third, and Chad Williams was fourth.

Sebastian Palmese scored a dominant victory in the Junior 250 Main Event with Sara Cords finishing second, Jake Isaac finishing third, and Skylar Schnakenberg coming in fourth.

Slater Lightcap led all four laps en route to victory in the Mini 150 First Division Main Event. Dakota Shockley finished second, Keelan Venegas was third, and Luke Whitcomb was credited with fourth.

Glenn Geist led the first lap of the Mini 150 Second Division Main Event but Travis Horn stormed up the inside and took the lead as they entered turn one the second time. Horn never looked back from there and was victorious. Geist held on to second, Jose “Nitro” Navarette was third, Rachel Schnakenberg finished fourth, and Cole Ayers was fifth.

Kristian Daniel Jr. took home the gold from the Pee Wee Main Event for the second consecutive week. Levi Leutz finished second, Owen Williams was third, and Ken Matsudaira finished fourth.

RESULTS

Pee Wee Main Event
46 - Kristian Daniel Jr.
523 - Owen Williams
3 - Levi Leutz
74 - Ken Matsudaira

Mini 150 Second Division Main Event
25 - Travis Horn
33 - Glenn Geist
48 - Jose Navarette
5 - Rachel Schnakenberg
16 - Cole Ayers

Mini 150 First Division Main Event
3 - Slater Lightcap
419 - Dakota Shockley
43 - Keelan Venegas
27 - Luke Whitcomb (fell)

Junior 250 Main Event
18 - Sebastian Palmese
14 - Sara Cords
16 - Jake Isaac
8 - Skylar Schnakenberg

Third Division Main Event
202 - Chet Kohler
311 - Kevin Fife
211 - Steve Brown
248 - Chad Williams

Second Division Main Event
182 - Rudy Laurer
145 - Davey Shaw
37 - Joey Donaldson
17 - Robbie Sauer (fell, remounted)

First Division Heat Scoring 1 2 3 T
1 – Billy Janniro 3 3 2 8
4 – Broc Nicol 1 3 3 7
5 – Max Ruml 3 3 3 9
6 – Shawn McConnell F 2 3 5
7 – Austin Novratil 2 2 2 6
9 – Mike Faria 2 1 1 4
10 – Gage Geist 1 1 2 4
11 – Bobby Schwartz 1 2 0 3
22 – Dalton Leedy 0 0 1 1
22n – Luke Becker 2 2 2 6
43 – Charlie Venegas 2 1 1 4
46 – Aaron Fox 3 3 3 9
60 – Dave Clark 1 F N 1
97e – Casey Donholt 0 0 0 0
111 – Dillon Ruml 3 Fx Fx 3
345 – Ricky Richards 0 1 1 2

Race Results
1: Janniro, Novratil, Geist, Richards
2: Fox, Venegas, Schwartz, Donholt
3: M.Ruml, Becker, Clark, McConnell (fell)
4: D.Ruml, Faria, Nicol, Leedy
13: Nicol, McConnell, Richards, Donholt
14: Fox, Novratil, Faria, Clark (fell)
15: Janniro, Becker, Venegas, Leedy
16: (restarted) M.Ruml, Schwartz, Geist, D.Ruml (fell, excluded)
25: Nicol, Geist, Venegas, Clark (non-starter)
26: McConnell, Novratil, Leedy, Schwartz
27: M.Ruml, Janniro, Faria, Donholt
28: (restarted) Fox, Becker, Richards, D.Ruml (fell, excluded)
Semi #1 M.Ruml, Nicol, McConnell, Novratil (tape exclusion)
Semi #2: Janniro, Becker, Venegas, Fox (engine failure)

Scratch Consolation
6 - Shawn McConnell
43 - Charlie Venegas
46 - Aaron Fox (non-starter)
7 - Austin Novratil (non-starter)

Scratch Main Event
4 - Broc Nicol
1 - Billy Janniro
22n - Luke Becker
5 - Max Ruml


NICOL UPSETS JANNIRO @ INDUSTRY – By Tim Kennedy

Industry, CA., Jun. 15 – Broc Nicol, 18, scored a dramatic, thrilling last lap pass of reigning AMA speedway champion Billy Janniro on Wednesday night at Industry Speedway in The Grand Arena. The annual “Legends & Heroes” of speedway racing was a welcome addition to week three of the 14 week season. About 1,200 spectators were in the grandstand and pits for their weekly dose of exciting two-wheel competition without brakes.

Nicol, a second generation rider from Lomita, broke from gate three on his Hagon in the four-rider Division 1 500cc feature. Janniro, the Industry Racing feature winner on June 1 and 8, launched his Jawa from gate one when the green light appeared and starting gate tapes rose at 9:57 pm. He led the first three laps narrowly with second place Nicol challenging at his back wheel, seeking a way past the master.

The opening came on the final lap when Janniro bobbled briefly exiting turn two. Nicol quickly shot past the leader on the outside leaving turn two and cleared him on the backstretch. Janniro charged back, but Nicol won by several lengths. He looked back for Janniro leaving turn four and pumped his fist in the air near the finish line.

It was Nicol's second ever Industry Division 1 feature victory and his first Division 1 first place trophy at Industry since July 29, 2015. The impressive teen has 11 Division 1 feature victories at five tracks since he left the Junior Division ranks after 2014. His scratch and handicap main triumphs have come at San Bernardino, Ventura, Auburn, Costa Mesa and Industry.

Janniro, who won at Fast Friday's in Auburn June 10, settled for second, several lengths back. Nor Cal rider Luke Becker, 17, who rode south on I-5 with Janniro, started his Jawa from gate two next to his mentor. He ran third all four laps. Max Ruml started from gate four next to the crash-wall. He tried to get the lead on the opening lap, but drifted high in turn two. He quickly dropped to fourth,where he finished.

With 16 Division 1 riders competing, the top eight in points after three rounds of heat races advanced to the two semi-finals. The top two finishers in each semi transferred to the feature, which was event 41 of the evening.

The first semi lineup had Nicol on pole with Austin Novratil, Shawn McConnell and Max Ruml alongside at gates two through four respectively. Ruml made an excellent start and angled to the inside groove. He led all four laps and edged Nicol with McConnell third. Novratil was excluded before the start by referee Steve Lucero after his front wheel touched the starting gate tapes. After his DQ from the event, Novratil returned to the pits and did not appear for the money-only consolation race (event 40).

Semi two from inside to outside gate had Janniro, his protege Becker, Charlie Venegas and June 11 Costa Mesa feature winner Aaron Fox near the wall. Janniro led all the way. Fox was in a secure second place on the final lap. Exiting turn two, Fox slowed and coasted across the finish line in P. 4. Becker inherited second and a place in the feature. Venegas was third. Fox said, “I lost forward drive when the belt broke.” Some riders use metal chains, but Fox prefers a belt drive and this week it cost him a sure berth in the lucrative main event.

During the 12 Division 1 heat races Ruml and Fox tied for top point total of nine by winning all three of their heats. Janniro's eight points ranked third. He won his first two heats but finished second to M. Ruml in his third heat. Nicol scored seven points by finishing third in his first race and winning his second and third rides.

Three riders tied at four points and had an added run-off race to determine who would get the eighth and final semi-final berth. Venegas led all four laps by a length over Gage Geist. Mike Faria ran third. Venegas won the Division 1 consolation race over fellow 1980s veteran McConnell after Novratil and Fox did not appear.

Division 2: Thirteen 500cc Division 2 riders raced in two rounds of heats. Rudy Laurer gave a preview of the upcoming Division 1 last lap pass to win by doing the same thing. He took the lead from race-long leader Davey Shaw on the final lap. Laurer made an inside move on the backstretch to take command. Shaw, Joe Donaldson and returning former Division 1 rider Robbie Sauer, from Bakersfield, followed.

Sauer has been absent from speedway racing at Industry since July 2012. because of a medical ailment. He missed all of 2013-14 and returned to speedway in November 2015. He suffered “valley fever”symptoms found in the San Joaquin Valley. Sauer won his first Industry Racing ride in heat one and placed second in his second heat. He started the Division 2 main from gate one and was second on the first lap when he fell in turn three. He lost half a lap, remounted, and continued in P. 4 to the finish.

Division 3: The 500cc Division 3 field had eight riders present. They ran two rounds of heats won by rookie Chet Kohler and veteran Kevin Fife. The Division 3 main went to Kohler for the second consecutive week with Fife second. Steve Brown and rookie Chad Williams earned P. 3-4. Williams fell hard on the first lap approaching start/finish. He rose and promptly pushed his bike to the infield.

JUNIORS: The four rider 250cc junior field was dominated by Sebastian “Big Daddy” Palmese, 12. He won both heats and the 250 main event in flag-to-flag runs. Sara Cords, 16, finished second by passing Jake Isaac, 13, on the third lap when he drifted high in turn four. Skylar Schnakenberg, 17, followed Isaac across the finish line.
The 150cc Division 1 for more experienced riders had a field of four. Slater Lightcap, 10, led every lap in his two heats and for the second straight week in the main event. Dakota Shockley, 10, and Keelan Venegas, 12, followed. Luke Whitcomb, 10, finished a close second in both heats; he was second in the main when he fell near the crash-wall with the checkers waving. He rose quickly, but did not finish.

The 150cc Division 2 race for newer 150cc riders was a runaway victory for the second consecutive week for past 50cc pee-wee division champion Travis Horn, 8. He led every lap in a five-rider field. Glenn Geist, Jose Navarette, Rachel Schnakenberg, 10, and Cole Ayers followed.

PEE-WEES: The 50cc pee-wee class had three rookies and one experienced rider -- Levi Leutz, 7. Moorpark resident Kristian Daniel, 7, led every lap aboard his Honda CRF50 in his two heats and in the feature for his second victory in two weeks. Honda CRF50 rider Owen Williams, 9, from Costa Mesa, Leutz, and South Pasadena's Ken Matsudaira, 5, on a Suzuki Junior 50, finished all four laps in that order.

FOOTNOTES: There were 22 speedway legends seated at tables behind the main grandstand signing autographs and talking to fans from 7:00 to 7:30 pm. Racing started at 7:40. Legends signing were: Pam Bennett, Randy Blevins, Tommy Burba, Terry Clanton, “Wild” Bill Cody, Stu Egli, Bryce Eikelberwer, Dub Farrell, Dean Foreman, Dave Galvin, Robbi Hunter, Steve Lucero, Billy Meister, Rob Morrison, Doug Nicol, Sonny Nutter, Bruce Penhall, Bobby Schwartz, Sammy Tanner, Bob Tocco, “Tumbleweed” Walton, and Dean York. ... The 16-page free race program given to each spectator had photos of all the legends, four to a page. Many of the photos were from then speedway photographer Scott Daloisio. ... “Grandmother” Bennett and “Boogaloo” Schwartz raced later. Other legends in the pits who raced were: “Mad-dog” McConnell, Charlie “the Edge” Venegas, and “Flying” Mike Faria. Robbi raced her No. 280 from 1978 for a decade or so and even raced in England.

Collector Buzz Shoemaker, of LaVerne, displayed three of his vintage upright 500cc speedway bikes. One was a Godden bike and engine from England. Another was a silver Cole from England and one of only 70 ever built. The orange bike was a Jawa that raced in the mid-to late 1970s. Buzz said he has sold off all of his 18 classic sprint cars over the years to racing museums in California. The Justice Brothers museum, Duncan Inman, and Dick Woodland sites have them now.

Industry Hills Expo Center General Manager Carol Perez said Wednesday night Industry Racing is available for Internet viewers worldwide to view at no charge. Last week there were 2,758 home views (with more individuals than that at each home) in the USA, Australia and Europe. If you cannot attend in person just go to www.livestream.com/expocenter. TV camerawork and replays are excellent. The live Internet feed is shown at The Grand Arena on a large screen above the third turn.

The Industry Racing purse each week is $2,500 paid by IHEC. The professional divisions top three in Division 1, 2 and 3 + sidecar mains share in the purse. Junior riders race only for trophies. The 500cc Division 1 main event winners receive about $500. Four riders in the Division 1 main divide the riders share of drawings. At times fans donate money to the purse. Prior to the June 15 Division 1 feature announcer Bruce Flanders told the crowd a person gave $260 to the 500cc feature winner. Another fan added $40 cash to make it an even $300 for the winner. So Broc Nicol went home with about $800 June 15.

Chet Kohler, is a 500cc Division 3 rookie to speedway racing from the motocross ranks. The 28-year old Long Beach resident is 6' 7” tall and wears bright orange so you cannot miss him. He uses No. 202 because that was his motocross bike number. He bought his GM bike from Division 1 rider Tyson Talkington (No. 48). Chet won all of his races at Industry June 8 and 15. He said he races as a Division 2 rider elsewhere; Industry should move him up to that level soon.

Casey Donholt, 28, visited California for two weeks to race his No. 97. He was the 2013 New York State Speedway Champion and 2015 U.S. Open Champion. He moved recently from Port Crane, N.Y to Binghampton, N.Y., near Pennsylvania. His sponsor is Binghampton Honda. Casey said his home track (Owego, N.Y.) races once a month and is a little larger eighth-mile than the Industry eighth-mile. He said his home track has 16 to 20 Division 1 riders. He added that he liked the Industry and Auburn tracks where he raced on June 8 and 10. Casey scored one point for a third at Industry June 8 and no points June 15, but he was a close fourth in all of his tough heat fields. Casey was the subject of a full page color action shot in the June 15 program. It was taken at Industry June 8 by Robert Hargraves.

Division 1 rookie Kurtis Hamill (No. 41) was missing June 15 at Industry because of an injury. Saturday, June 11 at Costa Mesa, according to Industry Racing Director Kelly Inman, Kurtis was in mid-wheelie form when he made contact with the wall. He received a dislocated and broken toe, broken foot and broken ankle. He is on the cover of the current “Turn One Magazine”, available online. Hope the personable son of world champion Billy Hamill makes a speedy recovery and returns to action soon. ... Next Wednesday is Industry Racing week four and it features all divisions and the return of those wild sidecar riders for their second of seven appearances at The Grand in 2016.

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Quick Results from Industry Racing.

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RESULTS

Pee Wee Main Event
46 - Kristian Daniel Jr.
523 - Owen Williams
3 - Levi Leutz
74 - Ken Matsudaira

Mini 150 Second Division Main Event
25 - Travis Horn
33 - Glenn Geist
48 - Jose Navarette
5 - Rachel Schnakenberg
16 - Cole Ayers

Mini 150 First Division Main Event
3 - Slater Lightcap
419 - Dakota Shockley
43 - Keelan Venegas
27 - Luke Whitcomb (fell)

Junior 250 Main Event
18 - Sebastian Palmese
14 - Sara Cords
16 - Jake Isaac
8 - Skylar Schnakenberg

Third Division Main Event
202 - Chet Kohler
311 - Kevin Fife
211 - Steve Brown
248 - Chad Williams

Second Division Main Event
182 - Rudy Laurer
145 - Davey Shaw
37 - Joey Donaldson
17 - Robbie Sauer (fell, remounted)

Scratch Consolation
6 - Shawn McConnell
43 - Charlie Venegas
46 - Aaron Fox (non-starter)
7 - Austin Novratil (non-starter)

Scratch Main Event
4 - Broc Nicol
1 - Billy Janniro
22n - Luke Becker
5 - Max Ruml

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