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Costa Mesa Speedway
Orange County Fairgrounds
Costa Mesa, California

Costa Mesa Track Championship
September 14, 2013 - Costa Mesa
Results By: Ryan Evans - Photos by Michael Phipps - MSD Photos and Paul Flanders

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Congratulations to Billy Janniro for his 2013 Costa Mesa Speedway Track Championship Win tonight. It was a battle of the Billy vs. Billy with Janniro coming out on top. Congratulations to 4th Generation Speedway Rider, Kyle Hicks for his 2013 Costa Mesa Speedway Track Championship Support Division Win tonight. This will definitely be a guy to keep your eye on as he hauls some serious ___.
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Congratulations to Dillon Ruml for his 2013 Costa Mesa Speedway Track Championship 250cc Win tonight. Great job Buddy! Congratulations to Courtney Crone for her 2013 Costa Mesa Speedway Track Championship Division 1 150cc Win tonight. Nice job young lady!
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Congratulations to Slater Lightcap for his 2013 Costa Mesa Speedway Track Championship Division 2 150cc Win tonight. Nice job young man! Congratulations to Lightning Luke Whitcomb for his 2013 Costa Mesa Speedway Track Championship Pee-Wee Win tonight. It was a hard fought battle with #17 Jake Kahl.
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Who's that mystery rider parking his bike in turn 1? None other than in my opinion, most improved Division 1 rider of the year, #46 Aaron Fox.
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Max Ruml took fourth place in the five man main, while Billy Janniro won the track championship. Kyle Hicks took home the Support Class trophy. Broc Nicol (left) swept the heats in the 250cc Junior class but Dillon Ruml (right) won the main.
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Courtney Crone won the Mini Speedway 150cc First Division main. Slater Lightcap won the Mini Speedway 150cc Second Division main, with help from dad Keith. Mike Phipps checks on his light for getting those nice action shots shown here.
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Start of the First Division main. Billy Hamill is on the pole, with Billy Janniro in the second slot. Bobby Schwartz greets fans during the riders parade. A fan in the stands spots the photographer and waves.
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Hayley Perrault played the National Anthem on her violin before racing against the boys in the 250cc Juniors. The kids are ready for the riders' parade. The scoring staff and the announcer are about ready for the first race.

Costa Mesa Track Championship - Costa Mesa, CA, USA - September 14

Billy "The Kid" Janniro won the most incredible main event in many years to claim the Track Championship at the world famous Costa Mesa Speedway.

Janniro was lined up in gate two with none other than current National Champion Billy "The Bullet" Hamill starting inside him. Billy Hamill held a slight advantage as the two combatants entered turn one. The two were handlebar-to-handlebar exiting turn two with Janniro gaining a slight advantage as they entered turn three Janniro went deep into the corner while Billy Hamill remained on the blue groove. Janniro led by inches when the completed lap one and dived in front of Billy Hamill entering turn one the second time but his speed carried him wide in turn two. Billy Hamill gained a little ground on the back straight and Janniro was forced to use the wide line through turns three and four again. Billy Hamill charged up the inside to take the lead at the halfway point was Janniro was done. He carried a lot of speed and went around the former World Champion again as they entered turn one the third time. Billy Hamill closed on Janniro on the back straight and they were even again going into turn three. Hamill's path through the corners was stronger and he held a bike-length advantage as they took the white flag. Janniro went to the outside the final time through turns one and two and regained the lead yet again. This last time down the back straight Janniro changed his attacked and turned much sharper into turn three and cut in front of Billy Hamill. He was able to hold off his friendly rival to win an unbelievable main event that left everyone's jaws on the ground. Aaron Fox had the best seat in the house and finished third, Under 21 National Champion "Mad" Max Ruml was fourth, and Tyson Burmeister finished fifth.

Burmeister opened the evening with a win over Gino Manzares. Max Ruml won a hotly-contested battle with Aaron Fox in the second heat. Janniro beat Shawn "Mad Dog" McConnell in the third heat. Billy Hamill defeated "Battling" Buck Blair to end round one.

Burmeister started round two by defeating "Flyin" Mike Faria. Fox beat Blair for his first win. Max Ruml scored a big victory over Manzares and Janniro in event 11. Billy Hamill beat "Fast" Eddie Castro to finish the second round.

Burmeister began the final round by beating Manzares again to remain perfect. Fox beat Faria for his second straight win. Janniro beat Bobby "Boogaloo" Schwartz for his second win. Max Ruml won the last heat while Billy Hamill overcame a bad start to get second.

Billy Hamill blazed to victory in the first semi with Max Ruml getting second to join him in the main event. Burmeister and Janniro waged an incredible side-by-side battle for two laps in the second semi. Janniro used the outside line to secure the lead on the third lap while Burmeister made a mistake that allowed Fox to slip by for second. Janniro held on for the win and Fox got second to also transfer to the main.

Burmeister held off Manzares to win the Last Chance and transfer to the main. McConnell finished third and Faria was fourth.

Kyle Hicks made the best start and led all four laps to take home the Support Division Track Championship. Eloy Medellin finished second, Bruce Marteney was third, Carl Gazafy finished fourth, and Rudy Laurer was credited with fifth after breaking the tapes.

Junior National Champion Dillon Ruml put together four smooth laps and won the Junior 250 Track Championship. Dalton Leedy finished second, Kurtis Hamill was third, and Broc Nicol finished fourth.

Courtney Crone made the best start and raced away with the victory in the Mini 150 First Division Track Championship. Sebastian Palmese finished second, Sterling Martin was third, and Dryden LeoGrande finished fourth.

Slater Lightcap led from start to finish en route to victory in the Mini 150 Second Division Track Championship. Tristan Britt finished second, Travis Hamilton was third, Jake Isaac finished fourth, and Alex Martin was fifth.

The next event at Costa Mesa Speedway is Saturday, September 28 and it will be the 999th speedway event held at the iconic venue. The MK Products Sidecar National and Harley Night Finals will be held that night and there will also be a First Division speedway program. In addition, production crews and motion picture cameras will be ubiquitous because they will be filming for the newest installment of the On Any Sunday series. It will be an incredible opportunity for speedway to gain exposure when the film is released.


Mini 150cc Second Division Main Event
28 - Slater Lightcap
11 - Tristan Britt
144 - Travis Hamilton
16 - Jake Isaac
30n - Alex Martin

Mini 150cc First Division Main Event
4 - Courtney Crone
18 - Sebastian Palmese
31n - Sterling Martin
185 - Dryden LeoGrande

Junior 250cc Main Event
1 - Dillon Ruml
222 - Dalton Leedy
104 - Kurtis Hamill
98 - Broc Nicol

Support Last Chance (restarted)
176 – Carl Gazafy
220 – Tom Bryant
210 – Dave Troutt (fell)
153 – Brad Moreau (non-starter, restart)

Support Main Event
103 - Kyle Hicks
178 - Eloy Medellin
242 - Bruce Marteney
176 - Carl Gazafy
182 - Rudy Laurer (tape exclusion)

First Division Heat Scoring 1 2 3 T
6 – Shawn McConnell 3 2 2 7
9 – Mike Faria 2 3 3 8
11 – Bobby Schwartz 2 0 3 5
14 – Eddie Castro 1 3 0 4
14n – Billy Janniro 4 2 4 10
18 – Justin Boyle 0 2 1 3
21 – Brad Sauer 1 1 2 4
23 – Steve Russell 2 1 2 5
24 – Gino Manzares 3 3 3 9
26 – Tyson Burmeister 4 4 4 12
37 – Joe Donaldson 0 0 1 1
38 – Ryan Tovatt 0 1 0 1
39 – Buck Blair 3 3 2 8
46 – Aaron Fox 3 4 4 11
48 – Tyson Talkington 1 2 1 4
104 – Billy Hamill 4 4 3 11
185 – Kayle LeoGrande 0 0 0 0
208 – Geoff Herkner 2 0 0 2
308 – Max Ruml 4 4 4 12
321 – Russell Green 1 1 1 3

Heat Results
1: Burmeister, Manzares, Schwartz, Castro, Boyle
2: (restarted) Ruml, Fox, Herkner, Talkington (penalty line), LeoGrande
3: Janniro, McConnell, Russell, Green, Tovatt
4: Hamill, Blair, Faria, Sauer, Donaldson
9: Burmeister, Faria, Talkington, Russell, Donaldson
10: Fox, Blair, Boyle, Green, Schwartz
11: Ruml, Manzares, Janniro, Sauer, LeoGrande
12: Hamill, Castro, McConnell (tape penalty), Tovatt, Herkner (fell)
17: Burmeister, Manzares, McConnell, Green, Tovatt
18: (restarted) Fox, Faria, Sauer, Donaldson, Herkner
19: Janniro, Schwartz, Russell, Boyle, Castro
20: Ruml, Hamill, Blair, Talkington, LeoGrande

Semi #1: Hamill, Ruml, Manzares, Faria, Schwartz (tape penalty)
Semi #2: Janniro, Fox, Burmeister, McConnell, Blair (fell)

First Division Last Chance
26 - Tyson Burmeister
24 - Gino Manzares
6 - Shawn McConnell
9 - Mike Faria

First Division Main Event
14n - Billy Janniro
104 - Billy Hamill
46 - Aaron Fox
308 - Max Ruml
26 - Tyson Burmeister

Ryan Evans

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