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Janniro, Rodriguez Top Big Time Speedway Pro Events

| 18 September 2017 12:11 pm

Big Time Speedway
Fifth Annual 9/11 Tribute: Prairie City SVRA OHV Park

Story and Photos by Karen Gould/Checkered Flag Photography
RANCHO CORDOVA, CA, SEPT. 9, 2017

The fifth annual 9/11 Tribute took place on the track during the opening ceremonies at Big Time Speedway’s combination speedway-and-flat-track race on September 9, 2017. The weather during the day was just a little too warm, but not nearly as hot as it has been in the area as of late. The gates opened at noon, followed by practice, a break, and then the opening ceremonies.

AMA National Speedway Champion Billy “the Kid” Janniro in action at Big Time Speedway.

AMA National Speedway Champion Billy “the Kid” Janniro in action at Big Time Speedway.

Each Saturday night at Big Time is definitely “an event,” with racers ready to break some bread, do some bench-racing, and just have a good time after the races. Camping is available at the track, but there are no hook-ups.

On this night, Big Time welcomed a number of Division One riders, all eager to get the chance to beat (now-eight-time) AMA National Speedway rider Billy Janniro on what has become his home track.

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Janniro took the win with a flag-to-flag ride in the first Pro Speedway heat race. “The Farmer,” Will McCloskey, aboard his new bike, took second. Lawrence McNutt finished in the third position.

In the second Pro Speedway heat, Jeremy Estes led the pack to the checkers, with Russell Green and Dave Fonts switching places on the final lap for second and third, respectively.

The Farmer was back on the track later in the evening, taking a Division Two heat-race victory, in front of Chance Grove.

Janniro won again in the first of the second set of Pro Speedway heat races, in front of “Dancing Dan” Faria.

Speedway rider Dan Faria, dancin’ for the crowd.

Speedway rider Dan Faria, dancin’ for the crowd.

Russell Green won the next Pro heat, in front of Jeremy Estes.

The Pro Speedway Consolation contest went to The Farmer again, followed by Dave Fonts at the checkers.

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Flat-track riders Steve Hill and Jason Craven, rarely seen racing motorcycles over the last few years, pulled out their freshly built and nicely maintained bikes and admittedly had a great time at Big Time Speedway. Hill battled wheel to wheel with Michael Mannion in the Flat Track Pro heat race and finished third, behind Michael Rodriguez and Mannion. Nick Ledou enjoyed himself with some competition on the track he hadn’t met before and finished fourth.

Steve Hill (66V) is no slouch in wheel-to-wheel competition. Here, he battles with Nick Ledou (75V).

Steve Hill (66V) is no slouch in wheel-to-wheel competition. Here, he battles with Nick Ledou (75V).

Jason Craven (77V) chose Big Time Speedway to make his first comeback race after not riding for about 10 years.

Jason Craven (77V) chose Big Time Speedway to make his first comeback race after not riding for about 10 years.

Main events included a five-rider Vintage consolation contest that Jim Doda led from start to finish, and a Vintage main that Michael Mannion won, followed by Jason Craven, who battled with Scott Whittaker during the first four laps for the second spot. Whittaker finished third.

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Carey King took the Flat Track Amateur 230cc class to the first turn, in front of the rest of the pack. Nick Ledou then took the front spot and led the rest of the way to the finish. King and Mike Fowler rounded out this podium.

Dominic DeMario was flying in the Youth Flat Track class and stayed in front to the checkers. Jonathan Schaefer has stepped up his game, and he finished second, in front of Cameron Krezman.

Dominic DeMario (10) leads Jonathan Schaefer and Bobby Stellfox en route to the Youth-class victory.

Dominic DeMario (10) leads Jonathan Schaefer and Bobby Stellfox en route to the Youth-class victory.

Krezman later took the win in the Youth division of the Billy Janniro Challenge.

Blake Borello leads Billy Janniro in the Billy Janniro Challenge.

Blake Borello leads Billy Janniro in the Billy Janniro Challenge.

Ledou was back on the track and in the lead again in the Amateur 250/450cc class. Brandon Weller rode a solid second from flag to flag, followed by Jeff Spohr at the finish.

Nick Ledou (75V) leads Nathan Dart (274V), Jeff Spohr (22Q), Mike Pitchner (46Y), C.J. Mattos (427) and the rest of the Flat Track 250cc/450cc Amateur pack.

Nick Ledou (75V) leads Nathan Dart (274V), Jeff Spohr (22Q), Mike Pitchner (46Y), C.J. Mattos (427) and the rest of the Flat Track 250cc/450cc Amateur pack.

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Division One Speedway riders Greg Hooten Jr. and Dave Fonts went up against each other in a run-off for a position in the Pro Speedway main event. Hooten won, but not without a healthy challenge from Fonts.

Greg Hooten Jr. (12) won the run-off against Dave Fonts.

Greg Hooten Jr. (12) won the run-off against Dave Fonts.

Division Three Speedway rider Lawrence McNutt led Chance Grove and Peter Pecorilla to the checkers.

Division Two riders at the tapes.

Division Two riders at the tapes.

Kyle Cunningham easily took the 250cc Division One Junior class to the checkers. Landon Collins did likewise in the 250cc Division Two contest, despite a get-off earlier in the evening. Cameron Krezman and Gregory Moore each finished their class races in the second spot.

Landon Collins (91), taking off on the fly.

Landon Collins (91), taking off on the fly.

Junior 250cc Division One riders Kyle Cunningham (35), Anthony Dion (16), Cameron Krezman (26) and Dylan Wagner (14) in action.

Junior 250cc Division One riders Kyle Cunningham (35), Anthony Dion (16), Cameron Krezman (26) and Dylan Wagner (14) in action.

Seven Pro flat-track riders lined up on the grid for the Flat Track Pro main event. Michael Rodriguez was the man to beat, as he got the holeshot and never looked back. Behind him, Michael Mannion and Steve Hill maintained their second- and third-place positions, respectively, from start to finish as well. Nick Ledou, another fast flat-track rider who has picked up the pace this year, was fourth.

Michael Rodrigues (54), Steve Hill (66), Michael Mannion (55, behind Rodrigues), Nick Ledou (75, behind Hill), C.J. Mattos (427), and Mike Pitschner (behind Mannion) in Flat Track Pro action.

Michael Rodrigues (54), Steve Hill (66), Michael Mannion (55, behind Rodrigues), Nick Ledou (75, behind Hill), C.J. Mattos (427), and Mike Pitschner (behind Mannion) in Flat Track Pro action.

Michael Rodriguez (54) won the Flat Track Pro class.

Michael Rodriguez (54) won the Flat Track Pro class.

Janniro was not to beat on this night, winning the Pro Speedway main event after a red flag and restart that included Billy and three of the other riders.

On the restart, Janniro was dominant off the line, leading Green, Hooten, Faria and Estes to the checkers.

Billy Janniro (1) battles Dan Faria (105), Greg Hooten Jr. (12) and Russell Green (between Janniro and Faria) in Division One competition.

Billy Janniro (1) battles Dan Faria (105), Greg Hooten Jr. (12) and Russell Green (between Janniro and Faria) in Division One competition.

Billy Janniro takes the checkered flag in the Division One main.

Billy Janniro takes the checkered flag in the Division One main.

On October 21, Big Time Speedway will host the Under 21, Under 15 Division Two, and Division Three championship. Join the fun at Prairie City SVRA OHV Park in Rancho Cordova, California!

Blake Borello (left) and Billy Janniro want to see you at the Under 21 and Under 15 Championship on October 21 at Big Time Speedway!

Blake Borello (left) and Billy Janniro want to see you at the Under 21 and Under 15 Championship on Saturday, October 21, at Big Time Speedway!

Billy Janniro with his wife, Christine (right), and his mom, Teri Janniro (left). Photo by Nancy Dilkey

Billy Janniro with his wife, Christine (right), and his mom, Teri Janniro (left). Photo by Nancy Dilkey

Congratulations to Billy Janniro for securing his eighth AMA USA National Speedway Championship, in front of Max Ruml and Broc Nicol, in Auburn, California. Eight points separated the top three riders. On another note, huge congratulations go out to Billy and his wife, Christine, who are expecting the next generation of Janniro racers, a son, Ricky Steven Janniro. Ricky, named after Billy’s and Christine’s fathers, will be born in the spring of 2018.

Prairie City SVRA OHV Park
Rancho Cordova, California
Results: September 9, 2017

DIVISION 1 PRO SPEEDWAY: 1. Billy Janniro; 2. Russell Green; 3. Greg Hooten Jr.; 4. Daniel Faria; 5. Jeremy Estes.

DIVISION 1 CONSOLATION: 1. Will McClosky; 2. Dave Fonts; 3. Blake Borello; 4. Charles Haines; 5. Lawrence McNutt.

DIVISION 2 SPEEDWAY: 1. Will McClosky; 2. Lawrence McNutt; 3. Chance Grove; 4. Peter Pecorilla; 5. Brian Leveton.

DIVISION 3 SPEEDWAY: 1. Lawrence McNutt; 2. Chance Grove; 3. Peter Pecorilla; 4. Pauly Good.

DIVISION 3 CONSOLATION: 1. Steven Sagen; 2. Kelly McBane; 3. Tim Dion; 4. Robert Curry.

JR 250 DIVISION 1 SPEEDWAY: 1. Kyle Cunningham; 2. Cameron Krezman; 3. Anthony Dion; 4. Dylan Wagner.

JR 250 DIVISION 2 SPEEDWAY: 1. Landon Collins; 2. Gregory Moore; 3. Aidan McNutt; 4. Sammy Tetrault; 5. Timmy Dion.

FLAT TRACK 250/450 AM: 1. Nick Ledou; 2. Brandon Weller; 3. Jeff Spohr; 4. Jay Gardner; 5. C.J. Mattos; 6. Dustin Shumate; 7. Nathan Dart.

FLAT TRACK YOUTH: 1. Dominic DeMario; 2. Jonathan Schaefer; 3. Cameron Krezman; 4. Bradon Engerbretsen; 5. Bobby Stellfox III; 6. Dylan Wagner.

FLAT TRACK 230 AM: 1. Nick Ledou; 2. Carey King; 3. Mike Fowler; 4. Jay Garner; 5. Mark Deuwell.

FLAT TRACK WOMEN: 1. Jessica Beeching.

FLAT TRACK VINTAGE: 1. Michael Mannion; 2. Jason Craven; 3. Scott Whittaker; 4. Jay Gardner; 5. Mike Fowler.

FLAT TRACK VINTAGE CONSOLATION: 1. Tim Doda; 2. Gene Fitzsimmons; 3. Fuzzy Beeching; 4. Ken Kutaka; 5. Nathan Dart; 6. Jim Rock.

PEE WEE: 1. Colton Arbogast; 2. Addison Kronlund; 3. Dean Rabidean.

FLAT TRACK PRO: 1. Michael Rodrigues; 2. Michael Mannion; 3. Steve Hill; 4. Nick Ledou; 5. Bobby Stellfox III; 6. Mike Pitschner; 7. C.J. Mattos.

BILLY JANNIRO CHALLENGE YOUTH: 1. Cameron Krezman; 2. Bobby Stellfox III; 3. Addison Kronlund.

BILLY JANNIRO CHALLENGE ADULT: 1. Alex Marcucci; 2. Billy Janniro; 3. Charlie Libordi; 4. Jessian Smallwood; 5. Chris Kerr.

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