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Manzares Manhandles ’em at Pirate Speedway

| 26 September 2013 3:35 pm

Pirate Speedway
National Orange Show Fairgrounds

Story by Ryan Evans
Photos by Jim Thorn/BackItInPhotos.com
SAN BERNARDINO, CA, SEPT. 20, 2013

Gino Manzares finished his perfect evening by winning the main event on an evening full of excellent racing on a well-prepared track at Pirate Speedway in San Bernardino, California.

Gino Manzares leads Tommy Hedden (40N) in the Scratch main event at Pirate Speedway.

Gino Manzares leads Tommy Hedden (40N) in the Scratch main event at Pirate Speedway.

Manzares and Shawn “Mad Dog” McConnell left the starting line simultaneously and were seemingly glued together through turns one and two. They continued down the back straight and into turn three in lockstep midtrack with Manzares on the inside and McConnell on the outside.

They finished lap one and entered turn one again side by side, with Manzares pushing up to the dirt line again and forcing McConnell – and his 22-inch rear tire – deeper into the cushion. McConnell went down, and the red flag came out. The referee ruled that McConnell went down on his own, and he was excluded from the restart.

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The second time the tapes went up, it was Northern California’s Tommy Hedden battling handlebar to handlebar with Manzares through turns one and two. The two combatants remained in tight formation through turns three and four, as well as through the end of the first lap.

Manzares gained some ground upon entering turn one and slid up to the dirt line and in front of Hedden in turn two and secured the lead on the back straight. Hedden – who was making his first appearance at Pirate Speedway this season – tried to close ground, but he couldn’t reel in the leader.

The former Under 21 National Champion maintained a comfortable lead through the final two laps and won his first Scratch main event of the season. Hedden had to settle for second. Former Junior National Champion Jason Ramirez was third, and “Battlin’ Buck” Blair finished fourth.

Luke Whitcomb (left) leads Wade Whitcomb in the Mini 150cc main event.

Luke Whitcomb (left) leads Wade Whitcomb in the Mini 150cc main event.

Ramirez opened the evening’s heat races by scoring his first victory of the night. Tyson Talkington defeated “Fast Eddie” Castro in the second heat. Manzares had a brief tussle with Blair in the third heat before the latter fell and then cruised to his first win. McConnell finished the first round with a win over Hedden.

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The second round began with Tim Gomez in front before Ramirez swept around the boards for the lead and pulled away for his second straight win. Castro beat Russell in event 10. Next, Blair kept McConnell at bay to recover from his first-round fall with a win. Manzares trapped from the outside and ended round two with a defeat of Hedden.

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Manzares and Gomez opened round three with a great fight for the lead before Gomez fell and left and left Manzares with an easy win to remain perfect on the evening. Then Blair defeated Ramirez for his second straight win. Next, McConnell went around the outside of Castro at the end of the first lap and remained in front for his second win. Hedden trapped from the outside and cruised to victory, over Russell, in the final heat.

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Blair and McConnell had a great four-lap outside battle, with Blair holding on for a narrow victory in the first semi. Both riders would move on to the main event.

Hedden led the second semi and was on his preferred outside line in turn four but went straight and opened the door for Manzares to storm through for the lead. Manzares went on to take the victory, and Hedden recovered to get second and join him in the main.

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Ramirez romped to victory in the last-chance qualifier to fill the final spot in the main-event field. Castro finished second, Russell was third, and Talkington finished fourth.

Jason Ramirez (66) and Eddie Castro (behind Ramirez) went one and two in the LCQ.

Jason Ramirez (66) and Tim Gomez (behind Ramirez) went one and two in the LCQ.

Steve Brown won the Support last-chance qualifier.

Steve Brown won the Support last-chance qualifier.

Dave Troutt led the Support main event at the start and tried to put some distance between himself and his competitors. Davey Shaw, who’d started on the 30-yard line, sliced through traffic and set out after Troutt.

Shaw caught the leader as they entered turn three the third time and slipped past him on the front straight. Shaw was steady for the final two laps and was first to the checkered flag. Chris Jones made a last-lap pass for second, Troutt finished third, Tim McGrath was fourth, Pam “Pinky” Bennett finished fifth, and Steve “Beach Ball” Brown was sixth.

Davey Shaw came from behind to win the Support main event.

Davey Shaw came from behind to win the Support main event.

Newly crowned Junior National Champion Dillon Ruml made a great start and led all four laps en route to victory in the Junior 250cc main event. Hayley Perrault finished second, Dalton Leedy was third, Gage Geist finished fourth, and Dryden Gayle was fifth.

Dillon Ruml (111) went wire to wire in the Junior 250cc main event. Dalton Leedy (222) ended up third, and Dryden Gayle (rear) finished fifth.

Dillon Ruml (111) went wire to wire in the Junior 250cc main event. Dalton Leedy (222) ended up third, and Dryden Gayle (rear) finished fifth.

Jacob Loverock led the Pee Wee First Division main event for two laps before Jonas LeoGrande went by for the lead. LeoGrande led the rest of the way for the victory. Tanner Richey finished second, Loverock was third, and Gilbert Everhart finished fourth.

Jake Troutt defeated Nick Dunn in the Pee Wee Second Division main event.

Jake Troutt (326) topped the Pee Wee Division Two main.

Jake Troutt (326) topped the Pee Wee Division Two main.

Former National Speedway Champion Steve Lucero completed his referee duties for the evening and then went out on the track and won the Mini TT main event. Talkington finished second, and Bob Tocco was third.

Pirate Speedway at the National Orange Show Fairgrounds
San Bernardino, California
Results: September 20, 2013

MINI TT MAIN: 1. Steve Lucero; 2. Tyson Talkington; 3. Bob Tocco.

PEE WEE DIVISION 2 MAIN: 1. Jake Troutt (Yam); 2. Nick Dunn (Yam).

PEE WEE DIVISION 1 MAIN: 1. Jonas LeoGrande (Hon); 2. Tanner Richey (KTM); 3. Jacob Loverock (KTM); 4. Gilbert Everhart (KTM).

MINI 150 MAIN: 1. Luke Whitcomb.

JR 250 MAIN: 1. Dillon Ruml (Jaw); 2. Hayley Perrault (Jaw); 3. Dalton Leedy (Jaw); 4. Gage Geist (Jaw); 5. Dryden Gayle (Jaw).

SUPPORT MAIN: 1. Davey Shaw (Jaw); 2. Chris Jones (Jaw); 3. Dave Troutt (Jaw); 4. Tim McGrath (Jaw); 5. Pam Bennett (Wes); 6. Steve Brown (Jaw).

DIVISION 1 LCQ: 1. Jason Ramirez (GM); 2. Eddie Castro (JRM); 3. Steve Russell (GM); 4. Tyson Talkington (JRM).

SCRATCH MAIN: 1. Gino Manzares (GM); 2. Tommy Hedden (GM); 3. Jason Ramirez (GM); 4. Buck Blair (JRM); 5. Shawn McConnell (GM).

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