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Janniro Competes with the Energizer Bunny!

| 5 September 2015 8:09 pm

Big Time Speedway Golden State Speedway and Flat Track Series
Round 2: Prairie City OHV Park

Story and Photos by Karen Gould/Checkered Flag Photography
RANCHO CORDOVA, CA, AUG. 28, 2015

Another awesome night of racing took place at the Prairie City OHV Park in Rancho Cordova, California. A full stable of riders rode 79 races between 6 and 10 p.m. There was no dust gathering under the feet of the starter this week!

The weather was perfect, the track was smooth, and the program ran like the Big Ben clock.

More flat-track riders have joined the series at each of the first two rounds of this five-race Golden State Speedway and Flat Track Series. The flat-track riders are liking the speedway style of racing – “something different” was one comment heard by this writer.

John Vanderlaan (12Y) at speed at Big Time Speedway.

John Vanderlaan (12Y) at speed at Big Time Speedway.

This week, the 22 Pro flat-track riders in attendance rode heat races, semis and a last-chance qualifier to accommodate all of them. Eighteen riders rode the Pro Flat Track main event, and riders one through 11 were all paid more than their entry fees. John Vanderlaan, Kevin Keeran and Frank Chesbro III finished first, second and third, respectively, following an exciting battle in the dirt.

The Pro Flat Track podium was comprised of John Vanderlaan, Kevin Keeran and Frank Chesbro III.

The Pro Flat Track podium was comprised of John Vanderlaan, Kevin Keeran and Frank Chesbro III.

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The Open class included 18 riders, and there was no lack of participation in the Vintage class. John Larson and Dale Hansen were both winners in the Vintage classes, with Larson winning Vintage One and Hansen winning Vintage Two.

Dale Hansen (39J) and Jack Jones (11J) compete in Vintage action.

Dale Hansen (39J) and Jack Jones (11J) compete in Vintage action.

The Vintage main was restarted after the riders were caught up in red tape – um, make that pink ribbon.

The Vintage main was restarted after the riders were caught up in red tape – um, make that pink ribbon.

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Billy Janniro was apparently in competition with the “Energizer Bunny”: He keeps going, and going, and going… He rode in every race he could. He contested the Pro Speedway, Pro Flat Track, and Adult Mini events, along with the Billy Janniro Challenge, and he also competed on a quad! Janniro put on a one-man show on this night, finishing first in the Speedway Pro class, fourth in the Pro Flat Track class, first in the Adult Mini class, and second in the Quad class, behind the well-known “Sandy Bagger.”

Billy Janniro (32I) aboard a Lazer Frames flat-track machine.

Billy Janniro (32I) aboard a Lazer Frames flat-track machine.

Sandy Bagger (left) and Billy Janniro in Quad competition.

Sandy Bagger (left) and Billy Janniro in Quad competition.

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Sebastian “Big Daddy” Palmese showed his talent once again on this evening, leading the rest of the riders home in both the 250cc Division One class and the Billy Janniro Mini Challenge.

Palmese is flying on the track: He also won the Under 21 250cc Division One class on Friday night as well!

Sebastian “Big Daddy” Palmese in action.

Sebastian “Big Daddy” Palmese in action.

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Monkey Butt Racing’s Colton Nelson has also stepped up his game. This little guy, who is just 8 years old and just over 40 pounds, is sliding his 150cc speedway bike around the track smoothly. “Colt 45” won his heat race. Unfortunately, he forgot to turn the gas on for the main.

Colton “Colt 45” Nelson was cookin’ with gas in his heat but on the back burner in the main.

Colton “Colt 45” Nelson was cookin’ with gas in his heat but on the back burner in the main.

Gregory Moore led the 150cc Division Two class to the checkers and later crashed coming out of turn four on his way to the finish in another class.

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The racing in the Speedway Pro class was off the hook! Billy Janniro, Luke Becker and Tyler Warren rode hard and fast in close quarters all the way to the checkers in the main event. They topped the podium in that order, followed by Nick Dion.

Pro Speedway main-event action with Billy Janniro (1), Luke Becker (22), Tyler Warren (right) and Nick Dion (233, at back).

Pro Speedway main-event action with Billy Janniro (1), Luke Becker (22), Tyler Warren (right) and Nick Dion (233, at back).

Billy Janniro (1) and Luke Becker (right) head to the checkers in the Pro Speedway main.

Billy Janniro (1) and Luke Becker (right) head to the checkers in the Pro Speedway main.

Billy’s familiar finish – on one wheel.

Billy’s familiar finish – on one wheel.

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Janniro gave up another $100 bill this week. He and Rick Shafer battled wheel to wheel in the Billy Janniro Challenge, but Janniro tested the dirt, giving Shafer the opening he needed to take the lead – and the win. Janniro was unable to finish the race. Nick Dion and Lawrence McNutt followed Shafer to the checkers.

Rick Shafer (17) celebrated his birthday with a win in the Billy Janniro Challenge.

Rick Shafer (17) celebrated his birthday with a win in the Billy Janniro Challenge.

Big Time Speedway appreciates each of its sponsors: Hooters, Mechanix Wear, Cycle Gear, West Coast Muffler, San Francisco Mitsubishi Fuso, Motion Pro, Fyresite, Matrix Concepts, O’Neal, Ace Custom Graphics and Checkered Flag Photography.

Dominic DeMario (102E) led the Flat Track Youth class to the checkers.

Dominic DeMario (102E) led the Flat Track Youth class to the checkers.

Big Time Speedway is all about fun!

Big Time Speedway is all about fun!

Round three of the Golden State Speedway and Flat Track Series will run on September 12. It will be the annual September 11 Memorial Race, at which all of the emergency services personnel in attendance will be honored. The gates will open at 2 p.m. and registration will close promptly at 5 p.m. Pre-registration is available for riders who have not ridden rounds one or two at www.BigTimeSpeedway.com.

Prairie City OHV Park
Rancho Cordova, California
Results: August 28, 2015 (Round 2)

250 DIVISION 1: 1. Sebastian Palmese; 2. Kyle Cunningham; 3. Blake Borello; 4. Dylan Wagner.

250 DIVISION 2: 1. Cameron Krezman; 2. Anthony Dion; 3. Sammy Tetrault; 4. Richie Vandermeeden.

JR SPEEDWAY 150 DIVISION 1: 1. Timmy Dion; 2. Enzo Sorani; 3. Landon Collins.

JR SPEEDWAY 150 DIVISION 2: 1. Gregory Moore; 2. Aidan McNutt; 3. Sammy Waddill.

FLAT TRACK YOUTH: 1. Dominic DeMario; 2. Sebastian Palmese; 3. Charlie Nichols; 4. Cameron Krezman; 5. Aidan McNutt; 6. Dylan Wagner; 7. Sammy Tetrault; 8. Sammy Waddill.

PRO SPEEDWAY: 1. Billy Janniro; 2. Luke Becker; 3. Tyler Warren; 4. Nick Dion.

SPEEDWAY DIVISION 2: 1. William McClosky; 2. Brian Leventon; 3. Lawrence McNutt; 4. Cameron Beck.

SPEEDWAY DIVISION 3 A: 1. Lawrence McNutt; 2. Pauly Good; 3. Tim Dion.

SPEEDWAY DIVISION 3 B: 1. Cameron Beck; 2. Peter Pecorilla; 3. Matt Bergland; 4. Scott Duke; 5. Ray Holt Jr.

PEE WEE DIVISION 1: 1. Mason Zebroff; 2. Colton Nelson.

PEE WEE DIVISION 2: 1. Zerek Krezman; 2. Gracie Janniro; 3. Chyanne Enos.

FLAT TRACK OPEN PRO: 1. John Vanderlaan; 2. Kevin Keeran; 3. Frank Chesbro III; 4. Billy Janniro; 5. Rick Goldrup; 6. Anthony DeMario; 7. Michael Rodriguez; 8. Michael Mannion; 9. Dale Hansen; 10. Jeff Spohr; 11. Robbie Hannah; 12. Charlie Vanderlaan; 13. Jim Lewis.

FLAT TRACK OPEN AM 1: 1. Michael Mannion; 2. Frank Chesbro III; 3. Andrew Rogers; 4. Tadd Whitmire.

FLAT TRACK OPEN AM 2: 1. John Gaut; 2. Mike Pitschner; 3. Neal Jones.

VINTAGE 1: 1. John Larson; 2. Robert Hansen; 3. Mike Fowler; 4. Jay Heidt; 5. Steffan Nielson; 6. Don Bailey.

VINTAGE 2: 1. Dale Hansen; 2. Jack Jones; 3. Tim Doda; 4. Rick Shafer; 5. Rick Stephens; 6. Ken Kutaka; 7. Kevin Rooney.

FLAT TRACK MINI ADULT: 1. Billy Janniro; 2. Rick Shafer; 3. Chris Krusemann.

BILLY JANNIRO CHALLENGE YOUTH: 1. Sebastian Palmese; 2. Richie Vandermeeden; 3. Dylan Wager; 4. Cameron Krezman; 5. Sammy Tetrault; 6. #2; 7. Dylan Wagner; 8. Mason Zebroff; 9. Landon Collins; 10. Colton Nelson; 11. Sammy Waddill; 12. Chyanne Enos.

BILLY JANNIRO CHALLENGE ADULT: 1. Rick Shafer; 2. Nick Dion; 3. Lawrence McNutt.

QUADS: 1. Sandy Bagger; 2. Billy Janniro; 3. Pete Silva; 4. Tim Dillon.

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