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Janniro Tops Industry Speedway Main

| 4 July 2015 5:00 pm

Industry Racing
Military Appreciation Night: Industry Hills Expo Center

Story by Tim Kennedy
Photos by Dorcey Wingo
CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA, JULY 1, 2015

Billy Janniro, who hails from Napa in Northern California, came south on I-5 in a van with two other northern invaders and their speedway bikes. His 11-year-old nephew Dylan Wagner, a Junior 250cc rider, and Luke Becker, a 16-year-old Division One rookie from Brentwood, California, comprised the three-rider raiding party at Industry Speedway.

Billy “The Kid” Janniro (1) wins another Scratch main event at Industry!

Billy “The Kid” Janniro (1) wins another Scratch main event at Industry!

Janniro returned north with the biggest prize of the night – the 500cc Division One main-event trophy and prize money. He won all three of his Scratch heat races and his semifinal. He drew the pole position for the main and led all four laps of the feature and won by two bikelengths.

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Janniro also won the second of the four 2015 AMA National Championship rounds on Saturday, June 27, on the one-fifth-mile clay surface at Ventura Raceway. He said he “loved the track.” The 34-year-old professional racer now leads the AMA National Championship points race by four points after wins at Costa Mesa and Ventura. He has 36 points, to 32 for title-chase runner-up Max Ruml of Huntington Beach, California.

Luke Becker (22, left) and Max Ruml (5, right) skirmish in turn one in Division One action at Industry.

Luke Becker (22, left) and Max Ruml (5, right) skirmish in turn one in Division One action at Industry.

Industry Speedway’s sixth round of the summer attracted about 800 people on a humid and muggy 91-degree day that was still 84 degrees when racing commenced at 7:30 p.m. The track surface required more attention and water, plus track-dragging during the evening. Nevertheless, riders crashed more frequently than normal, with 13 riders doing get-offs during the 40 events of the evening.

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Two young riders were prone on the back stretch in separate hard crashes.

Los Angeles County Fire Department paramedics were called during the 500cc Division Two main event. Braden Sauer, 18, from Bakersfield, California, was in third position on the opening lap when wheel-to-wheel contact sent him tumbling down the track. He was face down and motionless for 10 minutes; he was conscious but complaining about leg numbness. He was taken on a backboard to the ambulance waiting beyond the second turn. His father, Brad Sauer, a veteran Division One rider, accompanied Braden to a local hospital for medical tests and treatment.

The other hard fall occurred earlier, in the six-rider, 50cc Pee Wee main event. On lap two, Gunner Haggard, 6, also fell on the back stretch and remained on the ground for about five minutes. He had bruises on h is chest, but he remained at the track. His grandparents, who are raising him and his 9-year-old sister, Pee Wee racer Charli LaMere, said they would take him to a hospital for X-rays.

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The four-lap Division One feature (event 40) had Janniro on the pole, with D-1 rookie Dillon Ruml, 16, in lane two; Buck Blair in three; and Max Ruml, 18, on the outside.

The Division One Scratch main event grid was comprised of (from left to right) Max Ruml, Buck Blair, Dillon Ruml and Billy Janniro.

The Division One Scratch main event grid was comprised of (from left to right) Max Ruml, Buck Blair, Dillon Ruml and Billy Janniro.

The initial lap was a wild, three-wide scramble two for the lead out of turn. Janniro beat the Ruml brothers to turn three. Dillon ran second for all four laps and trailed the winner by two bikelengths. Max was third, two bikelengths in back of his younger sibling. Blair slowed off turn four and trailed by five bikelengths at the finish. Janniro hiked his front wheel to celebrate near the finish line and allowed Dillon to cut into his four-bikelength lead.

Dillon Ruml (foreground) in a drag race with his older brother Max Ruml for second place in the Scratch main!

Dillon Ruml (foreground) in a drag race with his older brother Max Ruml for second place in the Scratch main!

Dillon Ruml was runner-up n the Scratch main.

Dillon Ruml was runner-up n the Scratch main.

Janniro and Dillon scored the maximum nine points by winning their three heat races. Max (3-3-2) and Blair (2-3-3) tallied eight points in their three heats.

Max beat his brother Dillon in the first semi, with Gage Geist and Charlie Venegas in third and fourth, respectively.

Janniro beat Blair in the second semi, with a hard-pressing Broc Nicol coming in third and Jason Ramirez finishing fourth.

Buck Blair (39, center) leads Billy Janniro (1, right) and Broc Nicol (left) into turn one in the second Division One semi.

Buck Blair (39, center) leads Billy Janniro (1, right) and Broc Nicol (left) into turn one in the second Division One semi.

Nicol won the D-1 consolation race, over Venegas, Geist and Ramirez.

About to get under way is the Division One consi…

About to get under way is the Division One consi…

…which was won by Broc Nicol.

…which was won by Broc Nicol.

With the sidecar teams away this week, 16 Division One riders did not race Handicap heats but raced three rounds of Scratch heats for points scored 3-2-1-0.

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There was a total of four riders in the Division Two main event.

There was a total of four riders in the Division Two main event.

The 17 500cc Division Two riders present raced Handicap heats, a semi and a main event. The wildly entertaining D-2 feature had six starters launching from the 10-, 20-, 30- and 40-yard lines. The race had three leaders: Brad Moreau (who led the opening lap), Nathan Siegel (who led lap two) and 40-yard-line starter “Fast Mike” Dalbey (who led from lap three to the checkered flag). Dalbey won by 15 yards over Siegel. Rick Richards, Ron Davis and Moreau followed. The injured Braden Sauer was sixth.

Mike Dalbey won the Second Division main.

Mike Dalbey won the Second Division main.

Contact between Dalbey and Davis on the opening lap sent Davis to the ground in turn one. Referee Steve Lucero penalized Dalbey back to the 50-yard line for having caused the crash.

Dalbey’s eventful evening included racing as a reserve in the first round of Division One heats (event three), and he finished an impressive second, for two points.

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Eight Division Three 500cc riders raced. Three of the four riders in the main event led at some point in the four-lap race and finished. One rider fell on the opening lap and pushed his bike to the infield.

The Third Division main event launches off the line.

The Third Division main event launches off the line.

George Yates led the first two laps after starting from lane four. Lane-three starter Steve “Beach Ball” Brown led lap three and appeared headed for victory, but then pole starter Lewis Hughes, 46, made an inside pass entering the first turn and led the final lap for his third consecutive D-3 feature triumph at Industry this season.

Lewis Hughes won the Third Division main.

Lewis Hughes won the Third Division main.

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The first attempt at starting the Junior 250cc main event.

The first attempt at starting the Junior 250cc main event.

The five-lap Junior 250cc main started with six riders. A hard crash into the plywood wall exiting turn two sent Dylan Wagner over his bars and onto the track. Surprisingly, he rose quickly and walked his disabled bike back to the pits with his uncle, Janniro.

Dylan Wagner (14, left) leads Michael Wells (center) and Landon Norton (115) through turn two in 250cc action.

Dylan Wagner (14, left) leads Michael Wells (center) and Landon Norton (115) through turn two in 250cc action.

From the gate, rookie James Blair led the first lap narrowly. Jake Isaac led laps two through five but then yielded the lead to a hard-charging Sebastian “Big Daddy” Palmese, 11, who’d started 50 yards behind the starting gate. Isaac, Michael Wells, Landon Norton and Blair followed.

Sebastian Palmese (18) won the 250cc main yet again!

Sebastian Palmese (18) won the 250cc main yet again!

Jake Isaac (16) placed second in the 250cc Main.

Jake Isaac (16) placed second in the 250cc Main.

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The riders in the Mini 150cc main event get ready to rumble!

The riders in the Mini 150cc main event get ready to rumble!

The five-lap Mini 150cc main was a dominant victory for 30-yard-line starter Sterling Martin from Salinas, California. Slater Lightcap, also coming from the 30, finished a distant second. Alex Martin, Sterling’s 10-year-old fraternal twin, also started from the 30-yard line and placed third. Luke Whitcomb and Logan Hedden placed fourth and fifth, respectively.

Enzo Sorani, 9, from Grass Valley, California, led the first two laps on his first Wednesday night visit to Industry. He fell lightly while running in third and eventually finished sixth.

Slater Lightcap (28) was runner-up in the Mini 150cc main.

Slater Lightcap (28) was runner-up in the Mini 150cc main.

Sterling Martin (31) took the checkers in the 150cc main event.

Sterling Martin (31) took the checkers in the 150cc main event.

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The 150cc consolation race gets under way.

The 150cc consolation race gets under way.

A six-rider, five-lap consolation race for 150cc riders went to 10-yard-line starter “Speedway Charley” Trana, 7, over Skylar Schnakenberg, 16, Dakota Shockley, Keelan Venegas, Andrew Russell, and Skylar’s sister Rachel Schnakenberg, 9, who was lapped at the checkered flag.

In 150cc action, Andrew Russell (left) hits the turn ahead of Slater Lightcap (28, right) and Dakota Shockley (419, center).

In 150cc action, Andrew Russell (left) hits the turn ahead of Slater Lightcap (28, right) and Dakota Shockley (419, center).

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The Pee Wee main-event field lines up for its second start.

The Pee Wee main-event field lines up for its second start.

The six-rider 50cc Pee Wee main event was another victory for Travis Horn, 7, who led laps three and four. He was followed home by Levi Lentz, 6, who’d led the first two laps. Richard Stephens, 6, Charli La Mere, 9, and the youngest rider Gavin Dryfka, 4, placed third through fifth, respectively. Injured racer Gunner Haggard was sixth.

Levi Leutz (3) won the Pee Wee main event.

Levi Leutz (3) won the Pee Wee main event.

Richard Stephens (706) placed second in the Pee Wee main.

Richard Stephens (706) placed second in the Pee Wee main.

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Pit Notes
Billy Hamill’s hard fall into the crash-wall at Industry Speedway last Wednesday, June 24, injured his leg muscles and hip. According to reports, Hamill will be away from racing for four weeks. He did not race in the June 27 AMA National Championship’s second round at Ventura. He still ranks fifth in the points, with 18. It took eight points to make the cutoff for the 14 riders who qualify automatically for the third round, to be held at Industry on Saturday, August 8. Hopefully, Hamill will be able to race that night.

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Among the riders missing at Industry on July 1 were Aaron Fox, who also has 18 points after two AMA National rounds, and Tyson Talkington.

July 1 at Industry Speedway was Military Appreciation Night. A special ride took place just before the singing of the national anthem. Recently retired 20-year veteran U.S. Navy Seabee Davey Shaw, 38, rode his number-145 Jawa 500cc D-2 speedway bike around the track carrying an American flag on a long pole.

It was Military Appreciation Night at Industry Hills Speedway, so 20-year Navy veteran and D2 regular Davey Shaw (145) took the Stars and Stripes out for a tour of the Grand Arena.

It was Military Appreciation Night at Industry Hills Speedway, so 20-year Navy veteran and D-2 regular Davey Shaw (145) took the Stars and Stripes out for a tour of the Grand Arena.

Division Two 500cc rider Hayley Perrault celebrated her 18th birthday on July 1 by winning the five-lap, five-rider consolation race after starting from the 20-yard line. She passed the leader of the first three laps on lap four and led the final two laps over retired USMC Sgt. Eloy Medellin, who served eight years, and two other riders.

D-2 500cc rider Rick Valdez, 39, crashed through the turn-four plywood wall on June 3. He returned to racing in three weeks. He said his three fingernails were torn off after they got caught in the back of the bike ahead of him. He fell quickly, rode his sliding bike through the wall and stopped short of the round metal railing protecting the pits. He said his fingernails have grown back, but the thumbnail is a bit deformed and might need attention. Rick said he also suffered a slight shoulder separation during the wild crash.

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Next week, round seven on Wednesday, July 8, will be Haddick’s Towing & Auto Body Classic car Night. Haddick’s, on Valley Boulevard in the City of Industry, is a longtime supporter of motorsports of both the two- and four-wheel variety. The July 8 Industry program will feature all divisions plus sidecar racing.

Industry Hills Expo Center’s Grand Arena
City of Industry, California
Results: July 1, 2015

PEE WEE MAIN: 1. Travis Horn (50); 2. Levi Leutz (0); 3. Richard Stephens (0); 4. Charli La Mere (0); 5. Gavin Dryfka (0).

MINI 150 MAIN: 1. Sterling Martin (30); 2. Slater Lightcap (30); 3. Alex Martin (30); 4. Luke Whitcomb (10); 5. Logan Hedden (0); 6. Enzo Sorani (0).

JR 250 MAIN: 1. Sebastian Palmese (50); 2. Jake Isaac (10); 3. Michael Wells (10); 4. Landon Norton (0); 5. James Blair (0).

DIVISION 3 MAIN: 1. Lewis Hughes; 2. Steve Brown; 3. George Yates; 4. Thomas Rishton (fell).

DIVISION 2 MAIN: 1. Mike Dalbey (40); 2. Nathan Siegel (20); 3. Rick Richards (30); 4. Ron Davis (10); 5. Brad Moreau (10).

SCRATCH CONSOLATION: 1. Broc Nicol; 2. Charlie Venegas; 3. Gage Geist; 4. Jason Ramirez.

SCRATCH MAIN: 1. Billy Janniro; 2. Dillon Ruml; 3. Max Ruml; 4. Buck Blair.

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