Under 21 National Championship
Big Time Speedway
Story and Photos by Karen Gould/Checkered Flag Photography
RANCHO CORDOVA, CA, NOV. 5, 2016
Big Time Speedway concluded its summer series on October 22 with the crowning of the series champions. Next on their agenda was their inaugural Under 21 National Championship. As always, Big Time does it right, bringing in tons and tons of new decomposed granite, making for what the riders called a “technical track.”
The weather was perfect for racing. The pits were full of riders, families and friends. The music played, and an atmosphere of celebration was all about.
In addition to the Under 21 National Championship, all the other Under 21 classes for both speedway and flat track were run. The customary spectacular sidecar entertainment that is a regular event at Big Time Speedway ran as well, with Smylie Kimme.
Ryan Evans brought the coveted Under 21 National trophy with him. Once a speedway rider himself, Evans is well known for his contributions to SpeedwayBikes.com; he has offered his editorial services to them for more than 15 years.
Riders from Northern and Southern California were ready to compete in this annual championship. Max Ruml had previously won the Under 21 Championship in 2013, 2014 and 2015, and he was at Prairie City to contest the championship once more.
However, it was Luke Becker, who had recently finished in front of Billy Janniro at a Big Time Speedway event while preparing for this competition, who took the wins. He won every heat he rode as well as the main event!
Becker’s family members were all present, and they were very excited to watch him gallantly conquer the competition!
Other victors on the night included the Martin brothers, Alex and Sterling, who finished one and two in the Youth Flat Track class; Brandon Weller, who topped the 85cc Flat Track class; Sebastian Palmese, who won the 250cc Division One Speedway event; Glenn Geist, who victorious in the 150cc Division One Speedway class; and Landon Collins and Sterling Martin, who were the top dogs in the 250cc Division Two and 250cc Division One Consolation races, respectively.
Big Time Speedway continues to do it right in every way. Their track is superb, the atmosphere at their events is always fun, and they cater to the sport. The “Steves” – promoters Steve Elstins and Steve Stasiefski – give every event their best efforts, and the events end with a celebration of the winners, medals, pictures on the podium, and an opportunity for the riders to thank their sponsors.
As the weather changes and becomes more unpredictable, rather than having a winter series, Big Time will hold practice days. Watch their Facebook page or their website at http://www.bigtimespeedway.com for information on those dates, and watch for the annual grass-track event held at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville, California.
Big Time Speedway
Rancho Cordova, California
Results: November 5, 2016
Under 21 Championship Preliminary Results
250 DIVISION 1: 1. Sebastian Palmese; 2. Kyle Cunningham; 3. Anthony Dion.
250 DIVISION 1 CONSOLATION: 1. Sterling Martin; 2. Dylan Wagner; 3. Alex Martin.
250 DIVISION 2: 1. Landon Collins, 2. Timmy Dion.
JR 150 DIVISION 1: 1. Glenn Geist; 2. Sammy Waddill.
FLAT TRACK YOUTH: 1. Alex Martin; 2. Sterling Martin; 3. Dylan Wagner; 4. Jonathan Schafer.
BILLY JANNIRO MINI CHALLENGE: 1. Billy Janniro; 2. #91, 3. Rick Shafer; 4. Jake Estes.
85 FLAT TRACK: 1. Brandon Weller; 2. Tarren Santero; 3. Dominic De Mario; 4. Devin Konoff.
UNDER 21 CHAMPIONSHIP: 1. Luke Becker; 2. Max Ruml; 3. Kurtis Hamill.