Story by Steve Evans
Photos by Rob Hargraves
VENTURA, CA, JULY 25, 2015
Speedway bikes once more stole the show during a well-attended event at Ventura Raceway on Saturday, July 25. Four classes took to the track as part of a larger show that had an increased flat-track attendance.
Four riders competed in First Division competition. Austin Novratil, making his first appearance of the season, failed to finish in his first race before reeling off two impressive heat-race wins and the main-event victory. Russell Green took the win in the first heat and then took second place, behind Novratil, in the other events.
Perhaps the most impressive display of the day was put in by Dryden Gayle, who tallied a second-place finish and three thirds but did hold pace with his much more experienced counterparts on a big track.
Dave Clark also competed but was beset by bike problems, so he did not make all his rides.
Division Two had half of its field wiped out by a big crash in the opening heat. Carlin Dunne was leading when he got in trouble and fell coming out of turn three on lap three. His stray bike collected Hayley Perrault, who had been inching closer to challenge for the win; she was flung over the handlebars and landed heavily on the track. She was later diagnosed with a broken upper left arm. She was awarded the heat-race win.
Mike Lane won the next two heats and the main.
The Vintage class once more put on some fabulous races. Dan Waller took the wins in all three of his heats and then won the main. Malcolm Roe won two heats, with dirt-track veteran Paul Herman taking the other in his speedway debut.
Ron Brankov won the consi.
The Sidecars brought with teams and put on the best show by far of any division. National Champions Bryan Motis & Josh Bennett won all three of their heats. James Kinne & Johnny Glover took two, with Joe Jones & Tom Summers taking the other.
The main had three crews racing hard and places were being traded constantly, but it was Kinne & Glover who brought the fans to their feet with a well-deserved win.
The bikes will return to Ventura one last time in 2015, on September 19. The program will include West Coast Championships for both Vintage and Support classes, as well as another visit of the sensational Sidecars.
Results: July 25, 2015
DIVISION 1 HEAT POINTS: 1. Russell Green (7); 2. Austin Novratil (5); 3. Dryden Gayle (4); 4. David Clark (1).
DIVISION 1 MAIN: 1. Austin Novratil; 2. Russell Green; 3. Dryden Gayle.
DIVISION 2 HEAT POINTS: 1. Mike Lane (11); 2. Bentley Barrett (7); 3. Hayley Perrault (4); 4. Robert Curry (2); 5. Carlin Dunne (0).
DIVISION 2 MAIN: 1. Mike Lane; 2. Bentley Barrett.
VINTAGE HEAT POINTS: 1. Dan Waller (9); 2. Malcolm Roe (8); 3. Paul Herman (7); 4. Bob Waller (5); 5. Rob Brankov (4); 6. Dave Tice (2); 7. Pat Smith (1).
VINTAGE CONSI: 1. Rob Brankov; 2. Dave Tice; 3. Pat Smith.
VINTAGE MAIN: 1. Dan Waller; 2. Malcolm Roe; 3. Paul Herman; 4. Bob Waller.
SIDECAR HEAT POINTS: 1. Bryan Motis/ Josh Bennett (9); 2. James Kinne/ Johnny Glover (8); 3. Joe Jones/ Tom Summers (7); 4. Jeff Rowe/ Ashley Gibbons (4); 5. Charlie Davis/ Niki Davis (3); 6. Robert Curry/ David Dent (2); 7. Rick Garcia/ Adam Duckett (2); 8. Kevin Holman/ Dana Catone (1).
SIDECAR CONSI: 1. Robert Curry/ David Dent; 2. Charlie Davis/ Niki Davis; 3. Kevin Holman/ Dana Catone; 4. Rick Garcia/ Adam Duckett.
SIDECAR MAIN: 1. James Kinne/ Johnny Glover; 2. Joe Jones/ Tom Summers; 3. Bryan Motis/ Josh Bennett; 4. Jeff Rowe/ Ashley Gibbons.