AMA Speedway National Championship Series
Round 3: Industry Racing at Industry Hills Expo Center
Story by Steve Evans
Photos by Dorcey Wingo
CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA, AUG. 8, 2015
Billy Janniro closed in on his sixth overall and third consecutive AMA National Speedway Series title with a perfect score at round three at Industry Racing in the City of Industry, California, on Saturday, August 8.
A big crowd was on hand to witness his display of total dominance: five heat-race wins plus a semifinal win and the final victory left no doubt that it would take a lot for this champion to lose his title at the final round, to be held at Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway in Auburn in Northern California on September 18.
The 20 heats eliminated eight riders and left eight in the two semifinals and the final.
The first semifinal saw Janniro head home Charlie Venegas, with veteran Bart Bast and rookie sensation Dillon Ruml failing to make the cut. Venegas, the all-time winner at Industry, was having a fantastic night after a nightmare first two series rounds left him back in 16th.
Semifinal number two saw Aaron Fox – who is in great form lately, with close to half a dozen recent event wins – making a fantastic start from the outside gate and going around the rest of the field in turns one and two. Behind him, teenage World Cup stars Max Ruml and Broc Nicol were waging a battle royale, trading places and banging elbows. Nicol went down in turn one on lap three, but the referee did not call foul, so the race continued. Ruml came home second, behind Fox, with 16-year-old Luke Becker finishing fourth after another impressive display.
The final was highly anticipated: Fox had defeated Janniro twice in their recent encounters in Auburn, at the North Vs South Civil War event. This time, Janniro, coming out of gate two, was first out of turn two, and Fox could not get close enough to mount a serious challenge, so he had to settle for second. Max Ruml came home third, with Venegas fourth.
Serieswise, Janniro has a nine-point lead on Max Ruml, with Broc Nicol 17 points behind. Janniro’s magic number for the title is 13 points at Auburn – a number he has never failed to achieve in the three years of the modern-day series.
That being said, there is much to race for at Auburn, even if Janniro has one hand on the title. The top three podium spots are highly prestigious, but this year there is an added twist: new permit rules in British Speedway mean that the top four in the series are eligible, if they wish, to join a British League team for the 2016 or 2017 season, for up to three years. Also, the top eight in final points are qualified automatically for the 2016 AMA National Speedway Series and will avoid having to go to a qualifying round next April at Perris, California.
Industry Racing at Industry Hills Expo Center
City of Industry, California
Points Totals: August 8, 2015
RD 3 POINTS TOTALS: Billy Janniro (21); Aaron Fox (17); Max Ruml (16); Charlie Venegas (13); Bart Bast (11); Broc Nicol (10); Dillon Ruml (9); Luke Becker (8); Tommy Hedden (7); Bob Hicks (6); Russell Green (5); Buck Blair (5); Tyson Talkington (4); Austin Novratil (4); Dan Faria (1); Tyler Warren (1); Jason Ramirez (0); Mike Dalbey (0).
AMA Speedway National Championship Series Points Standings (After 3 of 4 rounds): Billy Janniro (57); Max Ruml (48); Broc Nicol (40); Aaron Fox (35); Bart Bast (31); Dillon Ruml (25); Luke Becker (23); Tommy Hedden (22); Buck Blair (21); Charlie Venegas (20); Billy Hamill (18); Russell Green (13); Shawn McConnell (10); Tyson Talkington (9); Jason Ramirez (8); Bryce Starks (8); Rocco Scopellite (7); Bob Hicks (6); Gage Geist (6); Austin Novratil (4); Dan Faria (1); Tyler Warren (1); Mike Dalbey (0); Dryden Gayle (0); Jamison Dilkey (0).
[For more from this event, please see “Janniro Wins AMA U.S. National Round Three at Industry” by Tim Kennedy, with more photos by Dorcey Wingo… Editor]