Big Time Speedway Golden State Series
Round 1: Prairie City SVRA Park
Story and Photos by Karen Gould/Checkered Flag Photography
RANCHO CORDOVA, CA, AUG. 15, 2015
Big Time Speedway is doin’ it right!
Round one of the Golden State Speedway and Flat Track Series was outstanding! One hundred and thirty-seven entries rode in 40 races on this day, including Speedway, Flat Track, Vintage Flat Track, the Billy Janniro Challenge (which now includes a Youth Challenge), Youth Speedway and Flat Track and Quad competition.
The track was as smooth as glass, with many tons of new decomposed granite added to what was already there. Watered and groomed to perfection, the riders enjoyed their day of short-track racing at California’s Prairie City State Vehicular Recreation Area in Rancho Cordova. Riders showed up from all over California to share in the fun.
Big Time Speedway promotes Speedway and Flat Track races both in the spring and fall each year at the Prairie City SVRA Park. They have started their spring series each of the last two years at the Placerville Fairgrounds, on a grass-track that they begin preparing in the winter. The grass-track competition, a community event, draws a great crowd from the community and from the racers and their friends and families.
On this day, the pits began to fill when the gates opened at 3 p.m. It wasn’t long before the youngsters were running about, excited to be at the races. They all knew they would race in four heats in each of the five races of this Big Time Speedway Golden State Series, the same as the Division One class.
Sixteen Pro flat-track riders entered to win some money in their respective flat-track classes and in the Vintage Flat Track class, and they all put on a show of their own on this DG cushion track.
In the Vintage Flat Track contest, Dale Hansen scored the victory. He was followed across the finish line by Mitch Gallagher, John Larson and Jay Heidt.
John Nunes and Bobby Bolin topped the podiums in the Flat Track Pro One and Flat Track Pro Two classes, respectively.
The Billy Janniro Adult Challenge has always been a favorite at the Big Time events, but the Youth racers were excluded. Beginning with this series, Big Time Speedway has created a new event for the Youth: the Billy Janniro Youth Challenge. The adults run hard, knowing there is a $100 bill in Billy’s pocket for the winner. The Youth racers ran just as hard, challenging themselves on the course that includes right and left turns, jumps, a little mud here and there – and a lot of fun.
Janniro paid Warren Tyler for his win in the Adult class. Matthew Yapelli and Clark Miller rounded out the podium.
Dylan Wagner topped the Youth version, followed by Sebastian Palmese, Cameron Krezman and Landon Norton.
Kristi Bolin showed the boys the fast way around the track in the Quad class, and her brother Bobby Bolin went wheel to wheel with Billy Janniro in the Pro Flat Track Two class. Try as he might, Janniro couldn’t catch Bolin and had to settle for third, behind runner-up Brad “Flash” Miller.
Division One racing was off the hook at this event, with Max and Dillon Ruml from Southern California challenging Luke Becker, Billy Janniro, Greg Hooten and the other top D-1 riders in attendance. At the end of the Division One main event, Max Ruml finished first following wheel-to-wheel competition with Becker and Hooten. Becker was second, and Hooten finished third.
Round two of the Big Time Speedway Golden State Series will take place on August 29. Gates will open at 3 p.m. Pre-registration is available at www.BigTimeSpeedway.com for any riders who did not run at round one.
Prairie City SVRA Park
Rancho Cordova, California
Results: August 15, 2015 (Round 1)
DIVISION 1: 1. Max Ruml; 2. Luke Becker; 3. Greg Hooten; 4. Dillon Ruml.
DIVISION 2: 1. Robert Curry; 2. Lawrence McNutt; 3. John Peters; 4. Brian Leventon.
DIVISION 3: 1. Peter Pecorilla; 2. Lawrence McNutt; 3. Aaron Sorani; 4. Tim Dion.
PEE WEE: 1. Mason Zebross; 2. Rylee Randal; 3. Zerek Krezman.
FLAT TRACK PRO 1: 1. John Nunes; 2. Kevin Keeran; 3. Mitch Gallagher; 4. Jeff Spohr.
FLAT TRACK PRO 2: 1. Bobby Bolin; 2. Brad Miller; 3. Billy Janniro; 4. Jimmy Lewis.
FLAT TRACK 250/400: 1. Frank Chesebro III; 2. Joe McCoy; 3. Michael Mannion; 4. Mike Pitschner.
VINTAGE FLAT TRACK: 1. Dale Hansen; 2. Mitch Gallagher; 3. John Larson; 4. Jay Heidt.
FLAT TRACK 150: 1. Clark Miller; 2. Brad Miller; 3. Tyler Warren; 4. Louie Mersaroli.
BILLY JANNIRO YOUTH CHALLENGE: 1. Dylan Wagner; 2. Sebastian Palmese; 3. Cameron Krezman; 4. Landon Norton.
BILLY JANNIRO ADULT CHALLENGE: 1. Tyler Warren; 2. Matthew Yapelli; 3. Clark Miller; 4. Brad Miller.
250 JR SPEEDWAY DIVISION 1: 1. Sebastian Palmese; 2. Kyle Cunningham; 3. Blake Borello; 4. Landon Norton.
250 JR SPEEDWAY DIVISION 2: 1. Dylan Wagner; 2. Anthony Dion; 3. Sammy Tetrault; 4. Richie Vandermeeden.
150 JR SPEEDWAY DIVISION 1: 1. Charlie Trana; 2. Timothy Dion; 3. Sammy Waddill; 4. Logan Hedden.
150 JR SPEEDWAY DIVISION 2: 1. Landon Collins; 2. Cameron Krezman; 3. Gregory Moore; 4. Aidan McNutt.
FLAT TRACK YOUTH: 1. Cameron Krezman; 2. Sebastian Palmese; 3. Dylan Wagner; 4. Landon Norton.
QUAD: 1. Kristi Bolin; 2. Ben Michal; 3. Clark Miller.