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Nicol Celebrates World Cup Call-Up in Style!

| 12 May 2015 6:35 pm

Team USA Night
Perris Raceway

Story by Steve Evans
Photos by Dorcey “Captain Methane” Wingo
PERRIS, CA, MAY 9, 2015

Seventeen-year-old Broc Nicol, a rising star in the USA, won the main event at Team USA Night at Perris on May 9. Earlier in the evening, team manager Billy Hamill announced to the excited crowd in attendance that Nicol had been named to the 10-man USA squad for the 2015 World Cup in June, though the four starting riders for the opening event have yet to be decided.

Broc Nicol was victorious in the main event on Team USA Night at Perris Raceway.

Broc Nicol was victorious in the main event on Team USA Night at Perris Raceway.

Nicol lined up against Team USA 2014 members Max Ruml and Aaron Fox, alongside last-chance winner Neil Facchini, in the main. After two failed attempts due to first-bend incidents, Nicol made a blinding a start and was comfortable throughout all four laps en route to the win. Triple 2014 Premier League winner Aaron Fox held on for second, while Ruml, who’d made a poor start, rounded Facchini at the end for third place.

Neil Facchini won the Division One LCQ.

Neil Facchini won the Division One LCQ.

Being that the event was a celebration of the rebirth of Team USA and the grooming of its next group of riders, it was fitting that the main portion of the show was a 16-heat team event that replicated the basic format of the Speedway World Cup: four teams, one rider per team per heat.

Dillon Ruml (inside) rounds turn three with Russell Green (321) in close formation.

Dillon Ruml (inside) rounds turn three with Russell Green (321) in close formation.

An added twist to this was that heats five through 12 would run using the “earned handicap” format, in which a rider is handicapped based on his finishing position in his previous heat. This proved to be an excellent call, as these middle heat races filled the show with nonstop entertainment that included daring passing inside and out in every single race. Both Nicol and Fox remained unbeaten after three races, despite two heats each from a 30-yard penalty.

The First Division Scratch main event gets under way.

The First Division Scratch main event gets under way.

The team event saw the Vikings and the Aces pull away from the Eagles and the struggling Rebels. Double-point Joker wins for Dalton Leedy (of the Rebels) in heat 14 and Gage Geist (of the Eagles) in heat 15 closed things up and left the score at Vikings 26, Aces 24, Eagles 24, and Rebels 22 going into the last heat. A victory for the Vikings’ Max Ruml over the Aces’ Nicol secured the victory, with the Aces second and the Rebels third.

A standout performer on the evening was the Vikings’ Dryden Gayle, who scored eight points from his heats and showed much-improved pace and speed.

Mike Dalbey (inside) and Dryden Gayle (outside) at speed at Perris Raceway.

Mike Dalbey (inside) and Dryden Gayle (outside) at speed at Perris Raceway.

Outside of the First Division, there was a supporting cast of divisions that, on their own, produced a show worthy of a headline.

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The all-female, all-Heathers team of Heather Rowe & Heather Gledhill won the Sidecar C main event.

The all-female, all-Heathers team of Heather Rowe & Heather Gledhill won the Sidecar C main event.

Eleven Sidecars made the meeting and ran a traditional format of heats, semis and mains.

Heat one went to National Champions Bryan Motis & Josh Bennett.

Heat two went to “Superbeast” Jeff Rowe & Ashley Gibbons, followed by Joe Jones & Tom Summers.

Veteran Jeff Medberry & Niki Davis won the last-chance for one of the two remaining spots in the semifinal.

The powerhouse teams of Jones & Summer and Motis & Bennett were the semifinal victors.

The Sidecar teams launch off the line in the main event.

The Sidecar teams launch off the line in the main event.

In the main event, Motis & Bennett got a lightning start and led it from flag to flag to take the win. Behind them, an epic battle ensued, with all three teams trading places. Jones & Summer came through for the runner-up spot.

National Sidecar Champions Bryan Motis & Josh Bennett pour it on!

National Sidecar Champions Bryan Motis & Josh Bennett pour it on!

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The Support class had 11 entries. Each rider got two heats, and points scored sent the riders to either the A or B main event. The earned-handicap format was used in the second round of heats.

Ron Davis and Steve Bowen won the first round of heats. When the handicapping was employed, David Lynch held off Bowen to win heat three, with Bentley Barrett, coming from the 30, winning heat four.

The main event produced a fantastic battle, with Lynch holding off Davis. However, Barrett, who just recently returned to speedway after 14 years away, found the outside line and made a charge from fourth to first. Davis was able to get by Lynch to once more claim the runner-up spot!

After an extended absence, Bentley Barrett made a triumphant return to racing speedway!

After an extended absence, Bentley Barrett made a triumphant return to racing speedway!

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Though the three race wins by Sebastian Palmese in the 250cc Junior class was not a surprise, it was very welcome to see a full class of four riders, including two who were making their debut. Both Sara Cords and Jake Isaac impressed.

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The 150cc Mini class provided exceptional and evenly matched racing. Andrew Russell scorched to victory in heat one, with Slater Lightcap winning heat two. The main saw Dakota Shockley get a fantastic start and then hold off Russell for the win.

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Pee Wee Division One action saw Cole Ayers and Travis Horn split the heat-race wins, with Horn taking the main.

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Pee Wee Division Two heat-race victories went to Aden Omelina and Jose Navarette, with Navarette winning the final.

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The event – which was held in memory and honor of longtime speedway photographer Jim “JT” Thorn, who passed away last month – was the finale of a successful six-race winter and spring schedule held at Perris. There will be a one-off summer race on August 1, a testimonial for the recently retired Eddie Castro, who is currently battling cancer. The 2015-16 season is scheduled to start on December 5.

Perris Raceway
Perris, California
Results: May 9, 2015 (Round 6 of 6)

TEAM RACE: 1. Victorville Vikings (29) – Max Ruml (11), Dryden Gayle (8), Dillon Ruml (7), Braydan Galvin (3); 2. Ventura Aces (26) – Broc Nicol (11), Neil Facchini (9), Rick Richards (4), Hayley Perrault (2); 3. Perris Eagles (25) – Gage Geist (11*), Aaron Fox (10), Nathan Siegel (3), Rudy Laurer (1); 4. Orange County Rebels (22) – Dalton Leedy (9*), Russell Green (6), Mike Dalbey (6), Rohn Zellner (1).

* includes double-point win

PEE WEE DIVISION 2 MAIN: 1. Jose Navarette; 2. Aden Omelina; 3. Levi Leutz; 4. Glenn Geist; 5. Dylan Hogerhuis; 6. Jason Palmese.

PEE WEE DIVISION 1 MAIN: 1. Travis Horn; 2. Cole Ayers; 3. Rachel Schnakenberg.

150 MINI MAIN: 1. Dakota Shockley; 2. Andrew Russell; 3. Slater Lightcap; 4. 11 Tristan Britt; 5. Skylar Schnakenberg.

250 JR MAIN: 1. Sebastian Palmese; 2. Jake Isaac; 3. Sara Cords; 4. Michael Wells.

SUPPORT B MAIN: 1. Tom Bryant; 2. Greg Willis; 3. Pam Bennett; 4. Eloy Medellin; 5. Thomas Rishton.

SUPPORT MAIN: 1. Bentley Barrett; 2. Ron Davis; 3. David Lynch; 4. Steve Bowen; 5. Steve Brown.

SIDECAR C MAIN: 1. Heather Rowe/ Heather Gledhill; 2. Adam Duckett/ Rick Garcia; 3. Kevin Holman/ Dana Catone.

SIDECAR B MAIN: 1. Robert Curry/ David Dent; 2. Jeff Medberry/ Niki Davis; 3. Dual Anderson/ Vinny Madigan.

SIDECAR MAIN: 1. Bryan Motis/ Josh Bennett; 2. Joe Jones/ Tom Summers; 3. Jeff Rowe/ Ashley Gibbons; 4. Stuart Glass/ Jack Straw.

DIVISION 1 LCQ: 1. Neil Facchini; 2. Gage Geist; 3. Dillon Ruml; 4. Dryden Gayle.

DIVISION 1 MAIN: 1. Broc Nicol; 2. Aaron Fox; 3. Max Ruml; 4. Neil Facchini.

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