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Battlin’ Buck Buckles Their Swashes at Pirate Speedway!

| 11 June 2013 4:06 pm

Benny Mears Night at Pirate Speedway
National Orange Show

Story by Ryan Evans
Photos by Jim Thorn/BackItInPhotos.com
SAN BERNARDINO, CA, JUNE 7, 2013

“Battlin’ Buck” Blair saved his best performances for the end of the evening and captured the main-event victory on Benny Mears Night at Pirate Speedway.

Steve Russell, who had only been beaten once all evening, drew gate one for the main event. Brad Sauer, who’d won the last-chance qualifier to get into the main, drew gate two. Blair, who didn’t win any of his heat races, was in gate three. Tyson Talkington drew gate four. Aaron Fox, the winner of a main event earlier in the season, was in gate five.

“Battlin’ Buck” Blair (right) battles Aaron Fox (left) in the Division One main event on Benny Mears Night at Pirate Speedway.

“Battlin’ Buck” Blair (right) battles Aaron Fox (left) in the Division One main event on Benny Mears Night at Pirate Speedway.

Blair was off the starting line first and held a slight advantage entering turn one, but Fox was building momentum on the outside. They exited turn two handlebar to handlebar, but Blair surged ahead entering turn three, while Fox couldn’t make the outside stick and slid off. It would prove to be the only threat to the lead of the transplant from Colorado. Russell finished second, Talkington was third, Fox remounted to finish fourth, and Brad Sauer was fifth.

In the first semi, Blair trapped from the outside and held off Fox for the win, but both moved on to the main event. Russell led the second semi the entire way, with Talkington following him into the main event.

Brad Sauer (21) skirmishes with Mike Fuson (outside) in the last-chance qualifier.

Brad Sauer (21) skirmishes with Mike Fuson (outside) in the last-chance qualifier.

The field entered the first turn four-wide in the LCQ, with Shawn “Mad Dog” McConnell getting pushed toward the wall. Mike Fuson emerged from turn two with the lead, and Brad Sauer was right behind him. McConnell recovered from nearly falling and desperately chased after the leaders. His effort ended when he fell in turn four. Sauer cut underneath Fuson for the lead at the end of lap one and then cruised to the victory. Fuson held on for second, Troy McConnell was third, and Shawn McConnell was credited with fourth.

Dillon Osborne (164) and Sean McDougall (rear) duel in the Support main event.

Dillon Osborne (164) and Sean McDougall (rear) duel in the Support main event.

Dave Troutt led the Support main event for a lap before Chris Jones went by on the back straight. Jones led before Dillon Osborne, who had started from the 30-yard line, took the lead. Osborne pulled away from the field and won handily. Jones finished second, Dave Troutt was third, Jeremiah Allen finished fourth, Sean McDougall was fifth, and Kevin Fife was sixth.

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Hayley Perrault defeated Dalton Leedy in the Junior 250cc main event.

Hayley Perrault (0) and Dalton Leedy (222) went one and two in the Junior 250cc main event.

Hayley Perrault (0) and Dalton Leedy (222) went one and two in the Junior 250cc main event.

Sara Cords gallantly held off the attacks of Sebastian Palmese for two laps of the Mini 150cc main but succumbed to the pressure as they began lap three. Palmese ran away from there and took the win. Cords held on for second. Michael Wells finished third.

Sebastian Palmese (18) was victorious in the Mini 150cc main.

Sebastian Palmese (18) was victorious in the Mini 150cc main.

Nick Dunn was the initial leader of the Pee Wee main event but had Jonas LeoGrande closing fast behind him. Dunn held on to the lead until they approached the white flag, and that’s when LeoGrande went after the leader. LeoGrande took over and led the final lap to take the victory. Dunn finished second, Jason Palmese Jr. was third, Tanner Richey finished fourth, and Brogen Sauer was sixth.

Jonas LeoGrande leads Jason Palmese Jr. (795) in the Pee Wee main event.

Jonas LeoGrande leads Jason Palmese Jr. (795) in the Pee Wee main event.

The next event at Pirate Speedway will be Harley Night. The evening will have all divisions of speedway, Juniors, Pee Wees, and the ever-popular street-legal Harley races.

Pirate Speedway at the National Orange Show
San Bernardino, California
Results: June 7, 2013

PEE WEE MAIN: 1. Jonas LeoGrande; 2.  Nick Dunn; 3. Jason Palmese Jr.; 4. Tanner Richey; 5. Brogen Sauer.

MINI 150 MAIN: 1. Sebastian Palmese; 2. Sara Cords; 3. Michael Wells.

JR 250 MAIN: 1. Hayley Perrault; 2. Dalton Leedy.

SUPPORT MAIN: 1. Dillon Osborne; 2. Chris Jones; 3. Dave Troutt; 4. Jeremiah Allen; 5. Sean McDougall; 6. Kevin Fife.

DIVISION 1 LCQ: 1. Brad Sauer; 2. Mike Fuson; 3. Troy McConnell; 4. Shawn McConnell.

DIVISION 1 MAIN: 1. Buck Blair; 2. Steve Russell; 3. Tyson Talkington; 4. Aaron Fox; 5. Brad Sauer.

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