CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif. (July 18, 2014) – Industry Racing picked up where it left off inside The Grand Arena on Wednesday for Night 7 of the 2014 season. Accompanied by live classic rock music with LP4, the evening presented "Bruce Flanders' Ugly Hawaiian Shirt Night." With many perfect examples of ugliness on hand, a select few lucky spectators went home with a fitting trophy and a pair of tickets to upcoming events. With the Sidecar Division sitting idle, all eyes focused on two-wheel excitement, highlighted by a Scratch Main Event that showcased some great talent and new rivalries in the absence of Billy Janniro and Billy Hamill. There was no lack of speed, thrills and close racing in all divisions as crashes and restarts only added to the wild night of action.
A talented group of racers filled the Scratch Main Event despite the absence of Janniro and Hamill, and featured a captivating mix of veteran experience and youthful exuberance. The line up consisted of 26-year veteran Charlie Venegas on the inside, sophomore rider Max Ruml in Gate 2, sixth-year racer Tyson Burmeister in Gate 3 and fourth-year rider Austin Novratil on the outside. This was Ruml's last race at Industry Racing before heading overseas to compete. However, before the race began Venegas left for the pits, only to come back following some adjustments to his motorcycle. The changes paid off, as it was Venegas who led the pack into turn one and through the opening lap. Novratil and Ruml battled for second with Ruml initially taking the position and losing his skitch plate. Soon after, Novratil returned the favor. Venegas was able to carry his stellar start all the way to the finish to take the overall for the evening. Behind him, the running order stayed the same coming into the checkers with Novratil placing second, Ruml third and Burmeister fourth.
The next-to-last ride of the night showcased the racers who were inched out of the Scratch Main Event, but given the opportunity to contend for the Scratch Consolation. Eddie Castro started on the inside gate and got the jump once the tapes rose. Following Castro's early advantage, Broc Nicol soon made his way forward and fought with Castro for every inch of available dirt. He soon passed Castro and fended off a counter, taking over the lead. As they came to the white flag the battle continued, but Nicol held off Castro all the way to the finish, boasting his third victory in the Scratch Consolation this season.
Ron Davis secured the first starting spot in the Second Division Main Event with Harold Hartke on the far outside, leaving Ron Davis and Carl Gazafy on the two inside gates. At the rise of the tapes, Gazafy got the jump as Hartke powered around the outside to challenge for the lead. After Hartke made the pass and began to checkout, the battle for second heated up. As the white flag came out, Hartke had established half of a straight away between him and the rest of the group to win the Main Event for the first time this season. Marteney continued to fight and ultimately moved through the traffic to finish as the runner up, leaving Davis in third and Gazafy in fourth.
The Third Division Main Event saw multiple riders go down. In the first turn, Greg Willis went down with time to get back on his motorcycle and rejoin the race. Soon after, George Yates made a mistake that resulted to a dismount, followed by Dave Ruby washing out and almost causing a pile up. All the action allowed Wade Whitcomb to assume the lead and move on to his Main Event win of the year.
The fastest youngsters were on hand for the Junior 250 Division Main Event, with former winners Dillon Ruml and Gage Geist battling for the early lead with the rest of the pack following closely. A mistake from Ruml caused him to go down, leading to Samuel Ramirez laying down his bike to avoid a collision. As the race went to red, the racers reassembled at the starting gate. Due to his incident, Ruml was excluded from the restart and as the tape rose again, Geist gained the edge over his competitors. Braydan Galvin had another great start and challenged Geist for his second straight win, but as the race continued the racers spread out over the track and finished with no additional passes being made. Geist maintained the first spot for his second win, with Galvin in second and Ramirez in third.
On hand for the Mini 150 First Division Main Event was Charlie Trana, making the trip down from Northern California to join the action at Industry Racing. After earning his way into the Main Event, Slater Lightcap was absent from the final race with a blown engine, leaving only two racers to battle for the win. As the tapes rose, Jake Isaac got the jump to take the lead and quickly pull away from Trana. Coming to the white flag Isaac held a commanding lead, holding on for the final lap to take the win.
Only three racers were on hand for the Mini 150 Second Division Main Event, with Keelan Venegas gaining the early advantage. However, Luke Whitcomb gained ground on Venegas up the inside and was able to make the pass for the top spot. Shortly thereafter, Venegas went down and pulled off, allowing the race to stay green. This gave Whitcomb a large lead over Andrew Russell en route to his first win of the season.
With a full gate of motorcycles, the Pee Wee Main Event made for a busy starting line featuring eight riders. As all the young racers launched out the gate as the tapes rose, it was Gordon Teuber who was first to react and take the early lead. Teuber was able to hold off multi-time winner Travis Horn, who eagerly followed looking for a place to pass. After quickly encountering traffic from lapped riders, Dustin Staggs asserted himself amongst the lead trio and took advantage of the congestion to slip his way past the two front runners and secure his first win.
Pee Wee Main Event
The 2014 Industry Racing season continues next Wednesday, July 23, for what is sure to be another great night at Southern California's only full AMA-sanctioned speedway facility with "80's Night." Gates open at 6 p.m. PST while racing kicks off at 7:30 p.m. PST. Tickets are just $10 for adults and $5 for kids and seniors, but all attendees dressed up in their best 80's attire will received ½ off admission.
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Industry Racing has risen to prominence in recent years thanks to the introduction of the Monster Energy World Speedway Invitational and internationally sanctioned AMA/FIM Youth Silver Cup. As of 2014, Industry Racing serves as the only track in Southern California fully sanctioned by the AMA.
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