San Bernardino County Fairgrounds
2010 Eliminapolis 500
May 29,2010 - Victorville
By: Ryan Evans
Colorado native “Battling” Buck Blair used a stunning move to become the first rider to win the Eliminapolis 500 twice at Wheel2Wheel Raceway in Victorville.
Charlie “The Edge” Venegas, “Fast” Eddie Castro, Jimmy Fishback, and Blair made up the field for the Final, which uses a last-man-out format. The first start found Castro left behind and an obvious first elimination. The three remaining riders were in tight formation on the second start with Fishback being eliminated by a narrow margin. The final start had Venegas in gate three and Blair in his preferred gate four. Venegas made a better start but Blair was on his rear fender entering turn one. Venegas wisely pushed up the race track in an effort to block the outside. It looked as if the move paid off but Blair squeezed through the tiny gap that Venegas left along the fence and took the lead on the back straight. Venegas tried to regain the lead as they entered turn three but was thwarted by the new leader. Blair held off the former national champion on the final lap to seal the victory.
The heats kicked off with Michael Hull getting the best start before falling in turn one. Fishback avoided Hull and took the lead and his first win. Blair defeated Neil Facchini in the next heat. Venegas finished round one with a victory over Castro.
Round two started with Fishback defeating Austin Novratil for his second straight win. Blair held off Tim Gomez for his second win in a row in event 26. The second round ended with Venegas beating Hull to keep pace with Fishback and Blair’s perfect scores.
The final round opened with Gomez using the outside in the first bend to go around Fishback and on to victory. Venegas beat Blair in the penultimate heat to leave himself as the only undefeated rider. Castro ended the heats with a win over the Sauer Brothers.
Venegas stormed to victory in the first semi with Castro following him into the main. Blair and Fishback finished one-two in the second semi to book their places in the main.
Dylan Black led all four laps to capture the Second Division Main Event. Tim McGrath finished second, Rick Fehrman was third, and Paul Hitchcock finished fourth.
Aaron Fox made his Victorville debut a success by winning the Third Division Main Event. Kevin Johnson was second, Paul Thornton finished third, and Mike Fuson was credited with fourth.
Samuel Ramirez made a beautiful outside pass to take the lead in the Youth First Division Main Event, but had an engine failure which handed the win to Max Ruml.
Dylan Ruml won both his heats and completed his perfect night by winning the Youth Second Division Main Event. Hayley Perrault finished second and Nick Varner was third.
Ally McGrath held off Julie Morrison to win the Pee Wee/Powderpuff Main Event. Summer Fehrman finished third and Dakota Shockley was fourth.
National Sidecar Champions Joe Jones and Jimmy Olsen scored a dominant victory in the Sidecar Main Event. Bryan Motis and Brandi McElroy were second, Gerard Jackson and Dave German finished third, and Kevin Brown and Matt Davis were fourth.
The next event at Wheel2Wheel Raceway is Harley Night and will include people racing their street-legal Harleys on the track. The program will feature team racing but will include all divisions of speedway.
5150 – Dylan Beard/Edwin Soto
00 – Joe Petraglovic/Mike Moreno
13 – Scott Driggers/Casey Driggers
Sidecar Main Event
1 - Joe Jones/Jimmy Olsen
2 - Bryan Motis/Brandi McElroy
66 - Gerard Jackson/Dave German
16 - Kevin Brown/Matt Davis
Pee Wee/Powderpuff Main Event
186 - Ally McGrath
11 - Julie Morrison
8 - Summer Fehrman
34 - Dakota Shockley
Youth Second Division Main Event
111 - Dillon Ruml
0 – Hayley Perrault
333 - Nick Varner
Youth First Division Main Event
308 - Max Ruml
22 - Samuel Ramirez (engine failure)
Third Division Main Event
146 - Aaron Fox
122 - Kevin Johnson
124 - Paul Thornton
245 - Mike Fuson (non starter)
Second Division Main Event
201 - Dylan Black
186 - Tim McGrath
240 - Rick Fehrman
121 - Paul Hitchcock
First Division Heat Scoring 1 2 3 T
14 – Eddie Castro 2 1 3 6
17 – Robbie Sauer 0 0 1 1
21 – Brad Sauer 0 1 2 3
25 – Jimmy Fishback 3 3 2 8
30 – Tim Gomez 2 2 3 7
39 – Buck Blair 3 3 2 8
41 – John Marquez 1 0 0 1
43 – Charlie Venegas 3 3 3 9
86 – Neil Facchini 2 1 0 3
181 – Austin Novratil 1 2 1 4
220 – Tyson Talkington 1 N 0 1
320 – Michael Hull F 2 1 3
16: Fishback, Gomez, Talkington, Hull (fell)
17: Blair, Facchini, Marquez, R.Sauer
18: Venegas, Castro, Novratil, B.Sauer
25: Fishback, Novratil, Facchini, Talkington (non starter)
26: (restarted) Blair, Gomez, Castro, R.Sauer
27: Venegas, Hull, B.Sauer, Marquez
30: Gomez, Fishback, Novratil, Marquez
31: Venegas, Blair, Hull, Talkington
32: Castro, B.Sauer, R.Sauer, Facchini
Semi #1: Venegas, Castro, Gomez, B.Sauer
Semi #2: Blair, Fishback, Hull, Novratil (fell, remounted)
First Division Consolation
30 - Tim Gomez
320 - Michael Hull
21 - Brad Sauer
181 - Austin Novratil (excluded)
Eliminapolis 500 Main Event
39 - Buck Blair
43 - Charlie Venegas
25 - Jimmy Fishback
14 - Eddie Castro