Newsposted May 11, 2012
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It was Victorville Harley Davidson Night at Wheel2Wheel Raceway in Victorville. Under the full moon and on Cinco de Mayo, the racing was hot. National Champion, Billy Janniro, was undefeated on the evening winning all four of his qualifying heats, the Last Man Out Challenge and the Scratch Main. The Scratch Main saw Janniro come from the pole. Austin Novratil had second choice and picked the outside, Tyson Burmeister chose 2, leaving Eddie Castro with Gate 3. Janniro got the jump on Burmeister and it stayed that way with Burmeister pressuring Janniro for all four laps. Novratil was a close third with Castro trailing. Billy Janniro left no doubt in anyone's mind why he is the current National Champion. The future of American speedway, the young guns from Huntington Beach, showed well tonight with Austin Novratil making the Main while Rocco Scopellite and Max Ruml both made the LCQ.
The Support Class was fast with hot rookie, JD Myerscough, winning all his races. Kayle LeoGrande, coming from 10 yards behind Myerscough, chased him all night but couldn't reel him in. Myerscough caught a break in his second qualifier when his fuel wasn't turned on, dropping him to third. LeoGrande crossed up in turn two of the next lap and Joey St. Louis, who was leading, suffered electrical problems and Myerscough took the win.
Third Division was sparsely populated with only 3 riders. Tony DeAlmeida and Jake Hanson split the qualifiers with Hanson taking the win in the Main as DeAlmeida went down briefly while coming out of turn 4 in the second lap.
Being Harley Night, the crowd really loved the sidecars. Joe Jones and Johnny Glover rode the Number 1 machine to victory in the Main over Dylan Beard and Alastair Dale, while rookies Jeff Rowe and Josh Bennett came up with a very competitive third.
The 250cc Junior class suffered a bit when Max Ruml decided to concentrate on 1st Division and Braydan Galvin chose to ride the 200cc class only. That left Dillon Ruml and Dalton Leedy to go at it all evening. Ruml won the Main but Leedy, new to the 250cc class, appeared to get faster every ride and showed some great gating.
200cc Juniors were Braydan Galvin's night, winning all of his heats and the Main. Gino Scopellite was right behind him all evening but could not catch him. Sebastian Palmese and Dryden LeoGrande, both 9 years old, rode well but had a rough time keeping up with the older guys.
Crowd favorites, the Pee Wees, didn't disappoint with Sara Cords and Dakota Shockley going at it all night. Sara won the Main with Dakota coming second. Christopher Newbury ran third and newcomer, Trenton Johnson, came forth.
All said, it was a good night in Victorville. Harley Night produced a large and enthusiastic crowd and the riders didn't disappoint them. The sidecars rocked the place, the Juniors rode great and the National Champion really put on a show. It was a great way to celebrate America's return to the world stage with a victory earlier in the day in a Speedway World Cup qualifying race. It should also be mentioned that, despite the full moon and with the exception of one tape violation (Eddie), there was not one restart tonight and the EMT's were bored silly. That is always good night.
May 5, 2011
Results By: Steve Graham