Big Time Speedway Golden State Speedway Series
Round 3: Prairie City Dirt Track
Story and Photos by Karen Gould/Checkered Flag Photography
RANCHO CORDOVA, CA, AUG. 16, 2014
Another night of exciting speedway racing took place at the Prairie City Dirt Track. Big Time Speedway orchestrated another awesome Golden State Speedway event on a well-prepared, light-cushion, smooth oval track. The weather was a little warm early in the evening, but as the sun set, the temperatures cooled perfectly and the moisture came up to the top of the track surface, creating excellent conditions for fast and competitive racing.
The number of Junior riders was by far the most we have seen at prior rounds of the Golden State Speedway Series, due to the Junior AMA National on Friday night. The additional riders added to the excitement of the competition and were well accepted and welcomed by the regular series riders.
The Billy Janniro Challenge has become a favorite at the Big Time Speedway events. Each race has seen a different champion, and at this event Billy won it himself. The Challenge runs 10 laps and is mayhem from the time the light turns green to the finish. Nick Dion and Janniro battled back and forth, swapping the lead several times. Dion went down once and still finished second. Kevin Keeran finished third. Janniro usually pays the $100 prize to the winner, but this time Big Time pulled out $100 for Janniro.
Janniro adds something special to the Big Time events. He lends a helping hand wherever it’s needed and encourages the youngsters to do their best. He is often seen helping a competitor get his bike running properly or cheering on a Pee Wee rider from the sidelines. And it’s a treat to watch Janniro ride. Contesting the Division One class, Janniro often wins, but he is not riding for the championship points.
Fuzzy Beaching, the track starter, was the lone flat-track rider, so Janniro found himself a flat-tracker and beat Beeching to the finish. There is nothing Janniro won’t do to help fuel the excitement and fun at the Big Time events.
Division One competition included four heat racers of three riders each, competing for the top of box. Heat-one winners were Tyler Warren, Greg Hooten, Billy Janniro and Bryce Starks. Greg Hooten, Tyler Warren, Bryce Starks and J.T. Mabry won the second heats. Heat-three winners included Fred Cook, Dave Fonts, Chris Kerr and Bryce Starks. The winners of the final heats of the night were Janniro, Kerr, Daniel Faria and Bryce Starks. Starks earned his way to the top of the box in each of the four heats he rode.
Nick Dion topped the box in Division Two racing, winning all three of the heats he rode.
William McCloskey held school in Division Three, leading Timothy Dion to the checkers in all three of their heats.
The Junior 150cc class was eight riders strong, so it was split into two runs of four riders each. Dylan Wagner and Sebastian Palmese each won two of three heats, tying in points for the night. Gregory Moore took second place after three heats on this night after taking second in all three of his heats. Anthony Dion rounded out the podium.
Five Junior 250cc riders lined up, and Luke Becker easily took the victory in all three heats. Dillon Ruml, who finished first on Friday night, finished second, behind Becker, in two of the heats, earning second. Gage Geist filled the third podium spot.
Big Time Speedway will hold round four on September 13, commemorating the tragedy of 9/11 and honoring our heroes. Public servants, including policemen, firemen, ambulance personnel, and anyone in service to their community, will be recognized for that service during the opening ceremonies.
The final round of Big Time Speedway will take place on October 4, a double-points event that could be a determining factor in the points chases of the series. Series champions will be announced and recognized at the end of the night. The points leaders have changed with each round. Janniro currently leads the points, but since he is not qualified to win the series championship, Dave Fonts and Tyler Warren are currenly tied for the lead. J.T. Mabry follows them, too close for comfort, only one point behind them. Daniel Faria is currently third in the points.
With the points chase so close, you won’t want to miss the next two Big Time Speedway Golden State Speedway Series events!
Prairie City Dirt Track
Rancho Cordova, California
Current Points Standings: August 16, 2014 (Round 3)
DIVISION 1: Billy Janniro (41); Dave Fonts/ Tyler Warren (35); T.J. Mabry (34); Daniel Faria (33); Bryce Starks (30); Chris Kerr (29); Greg Hooten (27); P.J. Byrne (26); Kyle Marsalla (22); Jamison Dilkey (19); Thomas Reich (18); Fred Cook/ Nick Dion/ Colton Duncan (14); David DeFreece (11); Jim Lewis (7).
DIVISION 2: Shane Lossbert (24); Nick Dion (21); Lawrence McNutt (14); Eddie Marsalla (11); Johnny Frank (9); Rick Gutzke (8); Brian Leventon (6).
DIVISION 3: William McClosky (30); Kurt Cornchuck (22); Timothy Dion (17); Lars Cotrlik (6); Doriaw Jewett (2).
JR 150: Dylan Wagner (33); Anthony Dion (27); Gregory Moore (25); Landon Collins (22); Cameron Krezman (20); Charlie Trana (18); Sebastian Palmese (11); Logan Heddon (8); Landon Norton (5); Luke Whitmore (3).
JR 250: Luke Becker (33); Blake Borello (20); Chase Guerrero (12); Dillon Ruml (9); Gage Geist (7).
FLAT TRACK: Fuzzy Beeching (18); John Fodrini/ Kevin Keeran (12); John Proto (9); Billy Janniro (8); Rick Shafer (6); Ray Turner (5); Justin Williams (4).
BILLY JANNIRO CHALLENGE: Billy Janniro (25); Nick Dion (21); Bobby Hedden (13); Robert Curry (12); Luke Becker (6); Kurt Kornchuck (5); Ken Wagner/ Tim Stephens (4); Anthony Dion/ Dirk Saur/ Jessica Beeching/ Kevin Keeran/ Mike Rooney/ Kevin Rooney/ Pete Silva/ Robert Krezman/ Timothy Dion (3).
PEE WEE DIVISION 1: Zerek Krezman (22); Anthony Dion (14); Nathan Clarke (11); Jake Ellis (6); Ron Tilford (5); Aticus Wilson (3).
PEE WEE DIVISION 2: Sammy Waddill (29); Timothy Dion (28); Colton Nelson (12).