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Hamill Slides to Sixth Victory at Industry!

| 27 July 2013 2:01 pm

Industry Speedway
Industry Hill Expo Center Grand Arena

Story by Ryan Evans
Photos by Jim Thorn/BackItInPhotos.com
CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA, JULY 24, 2013

Billy Hamill gives the Industry Speedway crowd a victory wheelie to celebrate his return to local racing in style!

Billy Hamill gives the Industry Speedway crowd a victory wheelie to celebrate his return to local racing in style!

Billy “The Bullet” Hamill returned to Industry Racing after four weeks and picked up right where he left off by recording another perfect evening and taking a main-event victory.

Hamill, whose absence was due to his service as team manager of the United States National Speedway Team at the Speedway World Cup in Europe, entered the main event with a perfect score, along with Charlie “The Edge” Venegas, who had won both of the main events at Industry Racing while Billy Hamill was gone. Venegas won the draw and chose gate one. Hamill briefly looked at gate two but then decided on gate four. Under 21 National Champion Gino Manzares, who was a member of Billy Hamill’s team in the SWC, quickly took the gate two that Hamill had passed on. This left gate three for Max Ruml, who traveled and practiced with the SWC team and also competed in the Golden Hammer in Dudley, England.

Venegas exploded from the tapes and beat everyone to turn one. The former National Champion slid up to the track to block an anticipated outside attack from Hamill, but the former World Champion was one step ahead of him and had already committed to a smooth cutback move that gained him the lead on the back straight.

Venegas chased after the new leader, while Manzares and Max Ruml battled for third. Hamill led after the first lap and from there his lead was never threatened and he won his sixth Industry Racing main event of 2013. Venegas finished second, Manzares was third, and Ruml finished fourth.

Billy Hamill (inside) and Charlie Venegas (outside) battle in the Scratch main event.

Billy Hamill (inside) and Charlie Venegas (outside) battle in the Scratch main event.

In the heat races, Hamill kicked off the evening with a win, over Shawn “Mad Dog” McConnell. Venegas defeated “Battlin’ Buck” Blair in the second heat. Ruml benefited from a restart to get the win, ahead of Aaron Fox, in the third heat. Manzares ended the first round by beating former Junior National Champion Jason Ramirez.

Ruml started the second round with a win, over Ramirez. Next, Venegas used the outside to defeat McConnell. Then Hamill beat Blair for his second straight win. Manzares defeated Fox to finish round two with his second win in a row.

Russell Green began round three with a timely victory over Ramirez to scrape his way into the semis. Next, McConnell held off Ruml to win event 24. Hamill beat Fox to remain perfect. Venegas ended the heats by beating Manzares to match Hamill’s perfect score.

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Hamill won the first semi, with Manzares following him into the main event.

Venegas and Ruml finished one-two in the second semi and transferred to the main.

Fox and McConnell waged a great four-lap battle in the Scratch consolation race, with Fox ultimately getting the better of McConnell for the win. Ramirez finished third, and Green was credited with fourth.

Aaron Fox (left) and Shawn McConnell (right) wage war in the Scratch consolation race.

Aaron Fox (left) and Shawn McConnell (right) wage war in the Scratch consolation race.

The first attempt at the Second Division main event ended with a crash in turn one and Braden Sauer getting penalized on the restart.

Brad “Iron Man” Moreau led the field on the restart, while Sauer had designs on working his way toward the front. He passed two competitors to get into second and then set his sights on the leader. Moreau was still in front when they took the white flag, but Sauer was on his back tire. Moreau drifted off the inside line as they exited turn two, and Sauer charged through the opening, grabbed the lead, and held on through the final corner to take the victory. Moreau had to settle for second, Ron Davis was third, and Carl Gazafy finished fourth.

Braden Sauer (217) came from the penalty line to win the Division Two main event.

Braden Sauer (217) came from the penalty line to win the Division Two main event.

Steve “Beach Ball” Brown was the initial leader of the Third Division main event, but Chris Wiggins squeezed through a narrow opening on the inside to take the lead in turn three. Brown tried the rest of the way to retaliate, but Wiggins kept him at bay and earned the victory. Tony De Almeida finished third, and Rick Howard was fourth.

Chris Wiggins got in front fast and stayed there in the Division Three main event.

Chris Wiggins got in front fast and stayed there in the Division Three main event.

Junior National Champion Broc Nicol was the leader of the Junior 250cc main event through turns one and two, but Dillon Ruml went underneath him as they entered turn three and took the lead. Dillon calmly withstood every challenge Nicol could muster and was victorious. Kurtis Hamill finished third, and Dalton Leedy was fourth.

Dillon Ruml (111) leads Broc Nicol in the Junior 250cc main event.

Dillon Ruml (111) leads Broc Nicol in the Junior 250cc main event.

Sebastian Palmese was leading the Mini 150cc First Division main event on the last lap when Courtney Crone fell and brought out the red flag. Palmese was awarded the victory, Gino Scopellite was second, and Crone was credited with third.

Sebastian Palmese (18) leads Courtney Crone (4) in the Mini 150cc Division One main event.

Sebastian Palmese (18) leads Courtney Crone (4) in the Mini 150cc Division One main event.

Alex Martin swept around the outside in turn one to take the lead in the Mini 150cc Second Division main event and staked himself a comfortable lead. Meanwhile, Alex’s twin brother, Sterling Martin, was slicing through traffic and went after his brother.

Sterling turned in a valiant effort, but it was his brother’s night. Alex led Sterling to the checkered flag for a Martin Brothers one-two finish. Tristan Britt was third, Jake Isaac finished fourth, Travis Hamilton was fifth, third-generation racer Sam Hagon was sixth in his debut, and Slater Lightcap was credited with seventh.

The Mini 150cc Second Division main-event victor was Alex Martin (30)

The Mini 150cc Second Division main-event victor was Alex Martin (30)

Jake Kahl and Dustin Staggs raced handlebar to handlebar the entire race, and it was Kahl who scored a narrow victory in the Pee Wee main event. Tristan Guerrero was third and Conner Salazar finished fourth.

Jake Kahl (17) topped the Pee Wee main event.

Jake Kahl (17) topped the Pee Wee main event.

The first attempt to complete the Sidecar main event ended with a thud in turn two and brought out the red flag. All drivers, passengers, and bikes were able to restart, and none of the duos were penalized.

Dual Anderson & Ethan Smith led the restart from start to finish and claimed the victory. National Champions Joe Jones & Johnny Glover finished second, Bryan Motis & Josh Bennett were third, and Jeff Rowe & John Bach finished fourth.

Dual Anderson & Ethan Smith went wire to wire to take the checkers in the restarted Sidecar main event.

Dual Anderson & Ethan Smith went wire to wire to take the checkers in the restarted Sidecar main event.

Industry Racing will be busy next week, as it will host two events in four days. Wednesday, July 31, will have all speedway divisions, Juniors, Minis, and Pee Wees, and Saturday, August 3, will be the third round of the U.S. National Championship Qualifier Series. The best riders in California will be competing for a spot in the 45th Monster Energy U.S. National Speedway Championship in October.

On the evening’s Industry podium, it was (from left to right) Chris Wiggins, Billy Hamill, Alex Martin and Sebastian Palmese.

On the evening’s Industry podium, it was (from left to right) Chris Wiggins, Billy Hamill, Alex Martin and Sebastian Palmese.

Industry Speedway at the Industry Hill Expo Center Grand Arena
City of Industry
Results: July 24, 2013

SIDECAR MAIN: 1. Dual Anderson/ Ethan Smith; 2. Joe Jones/ Johnny Glover; 3. Bryan Motis/ Josh Bennett; 4. Jeff Rowe/ John Bach.

PEE WEE MAIN: 1. Jake Kahl; 2. Dustin Staggs; 3. Tristan Guerrero; 4. Conner Salazar.

MINI 150 DIVISION 2 MAIN: 1. Alex Martin; 2. Sterling Martin; 3. Tristan Britt; 4. Jake Isaac; 5. Travis Hamilton.

MINI 150 DIVISION 1 MAIN: 1. Sebastian Palmese; 2. Courtney Crone; 3. Gino Scopellite.

JR 250 MAIN: 1. Dillon Ruml (Jaw); 2. Broc Nicol (Jaw); 3. Kurtis Hamill (Jaw); 4. Dalton Leedy (Jaw).

DIVISION 3 MAIN: 1. Chris Wiggins (Jaw); 2. Steve Brown (Jaw); 3. Tony De Almeida (Jaw); 4. Rick Howard (Jaw).

DIVISION 2 MAIN: 1. Braden Sauer (GM); 2. Brad Moreau (GM); 3. Ron Davis (Jaw); 4. Carl Gazafy (Jaw).

SCRATCH CONSOLATION: 1. Aaron Fox (GM); 2. Shawn McConnell (GM); 3. Jason Ramirez (GM); 4. Russell Green (JRM).

SCRATCH MAIN: 1. Billy Hamill (GM); 2. Charlie Venegas (GM); 3. Gino Manzares (JRM); 4. Max Ruml (Jaw).

[For more from this event, please see “Hamill Returns from Europe, Wins at Industry” by Tim Kennedy… Editor]

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