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Ruml Stars for Vikings, but Aces High at Ventura

| 13 October 2014 10:53 am

Team Speedway
Ventura Raceway

Story by Steve Evans
Photos by Rob Hargraves
VENTURA, CA, OCT. 4, 2014

Team USA World Cup star and AMA National number-three Max Ruml scored a faultless four-ride maximum at Ventura Raceway on October 4, but his Vikings team went down, 54-45, to the superior Aces.

Max Ruml (308) had a perfect night in Ventura, winning every race he started.

Max Ruml (308) had a perfect night in Ventura, winning every race he started.

This late addition to the U.S. Speedway season proved to be very popular with the riders and fans in attendance at this event, which was a double-billed show with flat-track races.

Each team featured eight riders with four 500cc laydown riders and four Vintage-bike riders per team. Each rider raced four times in the 16-heat program.

Austin Novratil was second, behind Ruml, in three of the heat races, but he was unlucky when leading his third race and then suffered a flat tire.

Austin Novratil (27) was on the pace from the first heat.

Austin Novratil (27) was on the pace from the first heat.

Rocco Scopellite had a mixed night, with two very impressive wins and two last-place finishes.

Rocco Scopellite (126), who has shown great improvement in the closing stages of the season, got valuable laps on the big track.

Rocco Scopellite (126), who has shown great improvement in the closing stages of the season, got valuable laps on the big track.

Dillon Ruml scored nine points in his West Coast 500cc debut, including two wins.

Two-time AMA 250cc Junior Champion Dillon Ruml made his debut on a 500cc machine and rode very well.

Two-time AMA 250cc Junior Champion Dillon Ruml made his debut on a 500cc machine and rode very well.

Eddie Castro scored a steady 6+2 at his local track, where he is still a huge fan favorite.

“Fast Eddie” Castro gets a push from his mechanic.

“Fast Eddie” Castro gets a push from his mechanic.

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For the Vintage riders, Dan Waller was unbeaten, with 12 points and four wins.

Dan Waller (21) also had a perfect night in the Vintage class.

Dan Waller (21) also had a perfect night in the Vintage class.

Malcolm Roe, a Manchester native and Belle Vue Speedway fan, scored three wins and 11 points for the Aces.

Pat Smith, also an Ace, ended with 9+1.

The Vintage class had some superb racing on some fantastic old speedway bikes.

The Vintage class had some superb racing on some fantastic old speedway bikes.

The Aces held a 15-9 lead after heat four, and went up to 10 points after heat six.

Max Ruml got a double-point win for the Vikings in heat eight to make the gap seven points.

After heat 12, the Vikings pulled back to 40-35 down, and a 4-2 in heat 13 left the gap at 3. But a 5-1 and 4-2 in heats 14 and 15 pulled the lead back to nine points, which stayed with a 3-3 in the final race, as Max Ruml led home Novratil, Castro and Scopellite.

Max Ruml and mechanic Joseph Sedeno pose with the victor’s plaque after the main event.

Max Ruml and mechanic Joseph Sedeno pose with the victor’s plaque after the main event.

Ventura Raceway
Ventura, California
Results: October 4, 2014

OVERALL: 1. Vikings (45) – (500cc) Max Ruml (15), Rocco Scopellite (6), Ron Davis (0), Bruce Marteney (5), (Vintage) Bob Waller (5+1), Dan Waller (12), Mike Novratil (0), Dave Tice (0), Ron Bankow (2); 2. Aces (54) – (500cc) Austin Novratil (6), Eddie Castro (6+2), Dillon Ruml (9), Mike Lane (4+1); (Vintage) John Vandermeulen (6+3), Malcolm Roe (11), Pat Smith (9+1), Dave Smith (3+2).

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