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Champion Speedway Update

| 19 June 2015 9:18 am

Champion Speedway

Courtesy of Jason Bonsignore
OWEGO, NY, JUNE 19, 2015

After a very successful opening Memorial Day Weekend event that featured nine-time U.S. National Speedway Champion Billy Janniro, Champion Speedway has released the rest of its 2015 summer schedule! The next event will held be on June 27 – the Omar Lightner Cup, in honor of the former Vestal police officer and track worker who was friends with many of the racers throughout the track’s history.

Champion Speedway promoter Jason Bonsignore (left) and U.S. National Speedway Champion Billy Janniro (right) at Champion on May 25. Photo by KoletarPhotos.com

Champion Speedway promoter Jason Bonsignore (left) and U.S. National Speedway Champion Billy Janniro (right) at Champion on May 25. Photo by KoletarPhotos.com

Further races are as follows: July 18 will be Legends Night, the Hank Bassett Cup and the New York State Championship; August 29 will be the Larry and Kathy McBride Memorial event; Sept 5 and 6 will be the U.S. Open National Championships; and October 11 will be the Fall Brawl Classic.

Opening night was on May 25, and the fans got a real treat, with Janniro making his first-ever appearance at the bullring in Owego, New York! He swept every one of his heat races and went on to win both the Handicap and Scratch main events!

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Janniro may have been the story of the evening, but several of the young up-and-coming riders put in great performances, including Spencer Portararo of Newark Valley, New York, Roger Roberts of Johnson City, New York, and Brandon Sturzenegger of Towanda, Pennsylvania. The future seems bright for these racers.

A crowd favorite and Owego’s own privateer Alex “The Hazard” Heath made a great comeback from a long layoff to narrowly miss a spot in the Handicap feature! Veteran Dave Oakden of Rochester, New York, looked sharp and turned in his best result in a while, making the Handicap final. Overall, a nice turnout of riders and fans were on hand to see some great racing!

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Many riders look set to race the June 27 race in support of the Lightner family! The big news for July 18 is that former U.S. Open Champion and a track favorite in the ’70s and ’80s, “Stormin’ Norman” Robinson, may be making an on-track appearance! He has been practicing and has expressed an interest in making a return to racing!

“Stormin’ Norman” Robinson (left), the 1978 U.S. Open Champion, leading Californian Bobby “Boogaloo” Schwartz at the ’78 U.S. Open.

“Stormin’ Norman” Robinson (left), the 1978 U.S. Open Champion, leading Californian Bobby “Boogaloo” Schwartz at the ’78 U.S. Open.

 

Champion Speedway promoter Jason Bonsignore has had lots of interest from notable stars in the sport for September’s U.S. Open Nationals, including Janniro, who wants to return, as well as former World Speedway Champion Sam Ermolenko!

It should be a great summer of racing at Champion. Stop down and check it out; you won’t be disappointed!

For more info, please go to www.eastcoastspeedway.com or call 585/739-9612.

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Owego, New York
Results: May 25, 2015

SCRATCH MAIN: 1. Billy Janniro; 2. Mikey Buman; 3. Adam Mittl; 4. Casey Donholt; 5. David Meldrum.

HANDICAP MAIN: 1. Billy Janniro (60); 2. David Meldrum (40); 3. Casey Donholt (50); 4. David Oakden (30); 5. Mikey Buman (50).

DIVISION 2 MAIN: 1. Spencer Portararo; 2. Roger Roberts; 3. Brandon Sturzenegger; 4. Andrew Clark.

DIVISION 3 MAIN: 1. Nick Weimer; 2. Mark Ide; 3. Dalton Oakden.

JR SPEEDWAY: 1. Mason Higley; 2. Johnny Schelp.

PEE WEE 50: 1. Kayden Vargo.

QUAD PRO: 1. Shane Smith.

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