Industry Hills Expo Center Grand Arena
Courtesy of Industry Racing
Photos by Craig Hashey
CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA, AUG. 20, 2014
Following one of the most exciting weekends of the 2014 season – the AMA Speedway National Championship and the AMA/ FIM Junior Speedway Silver Cup Championship, on August 9 and 10, respectively – Industry Racing’s Wednesday night showcase returns this week for the 11th night of the 12-race season, tonight, August 20.
This week’s event will feature a “Fox and Hound Hunt” for the fans, which features free admission for all the women (the “foxes”) and $1 off all adult beverages (excluding tap beer) for the men (the “hounds”). It will no doubt make for a fun night of action for everyone in attendance, thanks to the return of competition across all divisions, in addition to the final night of racing for the Sidecar Division and the Pee Wee Divisions.
Tickets are $10 for adults, and just $5 for seniors (55 and older) and kids (13 to 17); children 12 and younger get in for free with adult supervision! The box office opens at 5 p.m., while the gates will open at 6 p.m. On-track action begins promptly at 7 p.m.
At the previous Wednesday night of racing at Southern California’s only fully sanctioned AMA speedway facility, on July 30, some new names emerged victorious, along with some familiar faces. While the sidecars sat idle, the First, Second and Third divisions provided thrilling battles, as did a slew of Junior Speedway divisions.
Charlie “The Edge” Venegas took the First Division victory on July 30 and enters tonight’s action on the heels of a runner-up effort at the AMA Speedway National Championship round from Industry Racing. Venegas boasts three wins this season inside the Grand Arena, but he will surely be challenged by Billy “The Bullet” Hamill, who has made his return from managing Team USA at the FIM Speedway World Cup and is also hungry for his fourth win of the season.
Additionally, Max Ruml’s impressive effort at the AMA National is sure to carry over, as he will be looking to continue closing the gap on his veteran counterparts.
The Second Division welcomed a new winner to the top of the podium the last time out, as Hayley Perrault proved she’s got the speed and tenacity to go wheel to wheel with the men. This class has been the site of arguably the most competitive racing of the 2014 season, but with the “Fox and Hound Hunt” in full effect this week, you can bet Perrault will have all the support she needs from the “Foxes” to make it two in a row.
Despite being a consistent presence in the Third Division main events throughout the 2014 season, Steve Brown had earned just one win prior to his victorious outing the last time out. “Beach Ball” has perhaps been the most consistent Third Division rider this season at Industry Racing, and now, with two wins to his credit, he’ll be considered a favorite tonight, ready to go head to head against the likes of former winners Chris Wiggins and Wade Whitcomb.
Thanks to the Sidecar Division not being a consistent presence week in and week out at Industry Racing, the anticipation surrounding its scheduled nights of competition is always high. The number-one duo of Joe Jones & Johnny Glover reclaimed control of the division during their last main event, but Dual Anderson & David Dent, as well as Bryan Motis & Josh Bennett, have shown they aren’t intimidated by the success that their counterparts have achieved this season. With one final night to show who’s the best on three wheels, expect an all-out battle for victory tonight.
Following a captivating afternoon of action at the Silver Cup, tensions in the Junior 250cc Division could be at an all-time high this evening. More often than not, Dillon Ruml has emerged as the rider to beat this season, and his Silver Cup triumph has only added to his confidence.
However, Gage Geist has proved to be Ruml’s biggest threat throughout the summer. While Ruml, Geist and Braydan Galvin have all had their moments in the spotlight, Kurtis Hamill is still in search of his elusive first win of the season, and he has a ton of confidence of his own coming off a runner-up effort at the Silver Cup. Together, these four riders have the potential to put on a true show for all the fans in attendance.
The Mini 150cc First Division has been the stage for Slater Lightcap to become the class’ most formidable contender in recent weeks, bringing the momentum of back-to-back Wednesday night wins.
However, Sebastian Palmese has made his anticipated return stateside after competing in Europe, and he is poised to make his return to the front of the field, gunning for his fifth win this season at Industry Racing.
In the Mini 150cc Second Division, all eyes are sure to rest squarely on the rivalry between Keelan Venegas and Luke Whitcomb. These rising stars both have a promising future ahead of them, and they’ve put on a show for the fans nearly every week during the 2014 season. While Venegas got off to a hot start this season by grabbing four wins, Whitcomb has come on strong recently and brings a three-race Wednesday night winning streak into the action. Their rivalry heated up again at the Silver Cup, with Venegas narrowly edging out Whitcomb for the win.
The Pee Wee Division has seen exceptional growth in recent weeks, with as many as three classes of competition taking to the track. Throughout 2014, youngster Travis Horn as been arguably the most consistent rider in the entire division, and he will surely set the bar again for the Pee Wees’ final night of action.
Looking to bring Horn’s dominance to an end one more time this summer are the likes of Tanner Richey, Cole Ayers, Dustin Skaggs and Rachel Schnakenberg, all of whom have earned a checkered flag of their own this season.
All the action from the “Fox and Hound Hunt” can also be seen online for those unable to make it out to the Grand Arena.
Just one week of action remains in the 2014 Industry Racing season, with the annual California State Speedway Championship set to bring the summer to an exciting conclusion on August 27.