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Flinging Dirt to the End!

| 14 May 2015 6:16 pm

Big Time Speedway Spring Fling X3 Series
Round 3: Prairie City SVRA OHV Park

Story and Photos by Karen Gould/Checkered Flag Photography
RANCHO CORDOVA, CA, MAY 9, 2015

After tons and tons of DG was added to the Prairie City short track, the Big Time Speedway team outdid themselves with this three-race spring series. Promoters Steve Stasiefski and Steve Elstins put forth an outstanding effort, not only preparing a top-notch cushion racetrack but also providing the riders with a program that ran like clockwork, only pausing momentarily from time to time for a bit of track prep. Speedway riders came from Northern and Southern California to have a chance to ride the “new track” in Northern California’s Prairie City OHV SVRA Park. The flat-track riders were anxious to ride the newly groomed cushion, too.

Greg Hooten (12, right), J.T. Mabry (93) and Tyler Warren (225, left) in Division One action at the final round of the Big Time Speedway Spring Fling X3 Series.

Greg Hooten (12, right), J.T. Mabry (93) and Tyler Warren (225, left) in Division One action at the final round of the Big Time Speedway Spring Fling X3 Series.

The riders gathered for the riders’ meeting. It was a happy bunch, ranging from youngsters aboard their 50cc bikes to the older riders who race vintage bikes, the speedway riders, and many of their family members. All were there to enjoy another day of competition on the track. During the meeting, the 10-race Big Time Speedway late summer/fall series was announced, to a round of applause from the riders.

On this night, 16 main events included some 75 entries, all competing for points toward the final championship awards that would be presented at the end of the night.

Greg Hooten topped the Division One Pro Speedway event on this night. Luke Becker and Billy Janniro were tied for second, and Southern California’s Rocco Scopellite rounded out the podium.

Greg Hooten was the Division One winner on the evening.

Greg Hooten was the Division One winner on the evening.

Rocco Scopellite in Division One action at Prairie City.

Rocco Scopellite in Division One action at Prairie City.

However, Billy Janniro took the Division One championship title with three points more than Luke Becker.

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In Division Two racing, Lawrence McNutt took the win on this night, sharing the podium with Shane Loessberg and Kurt Kornchuk in second and third, respectively. William “The Farmer” McCloskey took this championship title, accompanied by his beautiful dog Randy.

Division Two victor Lawrence McNutt (275, right) and runner-up Shane Loessberg (307).

Division Two victor Lawrence McNutt (275, right) and runner-up Shane Loessberg (307).

William McCloskey (150) was awarded the Division Two championship. Here, he battles with Lawrence McNutt (275) the Division Two winner on the day.

William McCloskey (150) was awarded the Division Two championship. Here, he battles with Lawrence McNutt (275) the Division Two winner on the day.

McNutt took the win again in Division Three on this night, followed by Kelly McBane and Pauly Good, who tied for second. Pauly Good earned the championship title in Division Three.

Kelly McBane finished second in Division Three, losing parts on the way to the finish line.

Kelly McBane finished second in Division Three, losing parts on the way to the finish line.

CCE 2015 Story Ad 590 0001Enzo “The Rabbit” Sorani led Cameron Krezman and Landon Collins in the Junior 150cc Speedway class to take the top spot on the podium. Gregory Moore finished fourth. Krezman won this class championship.

Cameron Krezman (26) scored the Junior 150cc Speedway championship.

Cameron Krezman (26) scored the Junior 150cc Speedway championship.

Blake Borello, a first-time rider at Big Time Speedway, won the Junior 250cc class, beating Dylan Wagner and Kyle Cunningham, who both rode all three series races. Wagner won the championship with a mere two points more than Cunningham.

Dylan Wagner (14) skirmishes with Blake Borello (27) in Junior 250cc action.

Dylan Wagner (14) skirmishes with Blake Borello (27) in Junior 250cc action.

The youngsters create the most excitement in the stands. In the Pee Wee class, Zerek Krezman tied with Gavin Coit on this night for the top spot. Chyane Enos finished behind them. Coit also won the class championship.

The Pee Wee Division One championship winner also won the class on this night – Colton “Monkey Butt” Nelson.

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The flat-track classes began with the Flat Track Youth contest, and Enzo “The Rabbit” Sorani took another victory. Krezman followed in second for the second time this evening. Sammy “The Bullet” Waddill finished third on his new Kawasaki PW flat-track bike.

Wesley Nelson was proud to be the championship winner of the Flat Track 250cc class. Michael Mannion took the round-three win, finishing in front of Nelson. Neal Jones finished third on this night and in the championship points.

Eventual round-three winner Michael Mannion (155) leads eventual class champion Wesley Nelson (2), Neal Jones (40) and Salvador Rocha (X) in the first Flat Track 250cc heat race.

Eventual round-three winner Michael Mannion (155) leads eventual class champion Wesley Nelson (2), Neal Jones (40) and Salvador Rocha (X) in the first Flat Track 250cc heat race.

The Flat Track 400cc class was the closest in points for the championship. And the racing on this night between Jimmy Lewis and Kevin Keeran was edge-of-your-seat exciting!

The Flat Track 400cc class on the grid.

The Flat Track 400cc class on the grid.

Lewis won the second heat, in front of Keeran, but Keeran and Lewis battled through the turns and on the straights on every lap of heat three. Keeran finished this heat in front.

Kevin Keeran (61C) and Jimmy Lewis (32) compete in the Flat Track 400cc class.

Kevin Keeran (61C) and Jimmy Lewis (32) compete in the Flat Track 400cc class.

Both Keeran and Lewis rode two rounds of the Spring Fling and were separated by only one point for the championship: Lewis finished with 23 points, while Keeran earned 22 for the championship, and only one point separated them in this night’s competition as well. Lewis came out on top. Dave Bostrom came out this night to join in the 400cc-class fun as well.

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Stephen Nielsen earned the top spot in the Flat Track Vintage Light class on this night as well as in the championship.

Jeff Heidt hurt his back camping and was not able to ride this round. He was the points leader after round two in the Vintage Heavy class, and he earned the championship, too. Mitch Gallagher took the checkers first in this class this evening, and Rick Shafer took second after some great racing competition with Jeff Spohr, who rounded out the podium in third.

Rick Shafer (26), Jeff Spohr (22Q) and Mitch Gallagher (45N) compete in the Vintage Heavy class.

Rick Shafer (26), Jeff Spohr (22Q) and Mitch Gallagher (45N) compete in the Vintage Heavy class.

The Billy Janniro Challenge sent the riders on another new track configuration, offering challenges that were new to everyone once again. Billy worked hard to stay in the front of the rest of the 11-rider pack but finished fifth on this night, giving up the $100 to Brad Miller. Watching the race, everyone was wondering what was powering the bike that won. Miller also won the Billy Janniro championship title.

Billy Janniro (1) and Luke Becker (12) in formation.

Billy Janniro (1) and Luke Becker (12) in formation.

The challenges of the Billy Janniro Challenge.

The challenges of the Billy Janniro Challenge.

Billy Janniro in action.

Billy Janniro in action.

[For more news about Billy Janniro, please see “Nine-Time U.S. National Champion to Race Champion Speedway!”… Editor]

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At the end of the evening, the winning riders of the night were awarded Big Time Speedway medals, after which recognition and special championship medals were awarded to the championship winners.

Big Time Speedway will host the CFTA/Feel Like a Pro flat-track school on Friday, May 29, the day before the AMA Grand National Sacramento Mile on the new cushion track at Prairie City. The series will then take off June and July and return with a late summer and fall 10-race series that will begin in August, running August 8, 15 and 29. As they are always improving the program, there are bound to be new things added to the new Big Tim Speedway Series in 2015.

Much appreciation for the support of the series sponsors: Matrix, Hooters, Cycle Gear, Mechanix Wear, O’Neal, Motion Pro, Frye Site, West Coast Muffler, San Francisco Fuso, and Ace Custom Graphics.

For more information about the Feel Like a Pro CFTA/ Big Time Speedway flat-track school, call 559/273-4429.

For information on the Big Time Speedway racing series, please go to www.bigtimespeedway.com.

Prairie City SVRA OHV Park
Rancho Cordova, California
Results: May 9, 2015 (Round 3 of 3)

DIVISION 1: 1. Greg Hooten; 2. (TIE) Billy Janniro/ Luke Becker; 4. Rocco Scopellite; 5. Daniel Faria; 6. Tyler Warren; 7. (TIE) P.J. Byrne/ J.T. Mabry; 9. Jamison Dilkey; 10. Michael Achille; 11. Thomas Reich.

DIVISION 2: 1. Lawrence McNutt; 2. Shane Loessberg; 3. Kurt Kornchuk; 4. William McCloskey.

DIVISION 3: 1. Lawrence McNutt; 2. (TIE) Pauly Good/ Kelly McBane.

JR 150 SPEEDWAY: 1. Enzo Sorani; 2. (TIE) Cameron Krezman/ Landon Collins; 4. Sammy Waddill; 5. (TIE) Gregory Moore/ Charlie Trana/ Colton Nelson.

JR 250 SPEEDWAY: 1. Blake Borello; 2. Dylan Wagner; 3. Kyle Cunningham; 4. Richie Vandermeeden.

PEE WEE: 1. (TIE) Gavin Coit/ Zerek Krezman; 3. Chyane Enos.

PEE WEE DIVISION 1: 1. Colton Nelson; 2. Enzo Sorani.

FLAT TRACK YOUTH: 1. Enzo Sorani; 2. Cameron Krezman; 3. Sammy Waddill; 4. (TIE) Dylan Wagner/ Blake Heidt/ Colton Nelson.

FLAT TRACK 250: 1. Michael Mannion; 2. Wesley Nelson; 3. Neal Jones; 4. Salvador Rocha.

FLAT TRACK 400: 1. Jimmy Lewis; 2. Kevin Keeran; 3. Brad Miller; 4. Mitch Gallagher; 5. (TIE) Michael Mannion/ Mike Pitshner/ Justin Williams; 8. Dave Bostrom.

FLAT TRACK VINTAGE LIGHT: 1. Steffan Nielsen.

FLAT TRACK VINTAGE HEAVY: 1. Mitch Gallagher; 2. Rick Shafer; 3. Jeff Spohr; 4. (TIE) Tim Doda/ Ray Holt Jr.

BILLY JANNIRO CHALLENGE: 1. Brad Miller; 2. Thomas Reich; 3. (TIE) Rick Shafer/ Luke Becker; 5. Billy Janniro; 6. (TIE) Clark Miller/ Jamison Dilkey; 8. (TIE) Pete Silva/ Blake Borello; 10. (TIE) Kevin Keeran/ Lawrence McNutt.

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