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Inland Motor Speedway
National Orange Show
San Bernardino, California

2011 Harley Night 2
July 8, 2011
By: Ryan Evans
Photos by: Dorcey Wingo

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It was Quaid Harley Night at IMS in San Bernardino. Announcer Bruce Flanders interviews former WC Billy Hamill for an IMS/Trick Video opener. When Joker Machine comes to town, they do it in style. There's a Mercedes emblem on the front of this rig. Pee Wee rider #000 Mikey Ortega shows off his first custom-made steel shoe.
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When the ground shakes and your heart beats in rhythm with the big V-Twins, you know it's Harley night and not just another earthquake. Pee Wee Main Event winner #275 Jimmy Fishback IV celebrates his victory alongside his First Division dad, #25 Jimmy III. 250cc Main Event: #111 Dillon Ruml drives from the pole, #104 Kurtis Hamill is in three. #308 Max Ruml departs from the 20 yard line. Max took the win, Hamill was second. More than one lead change in this race.
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Third Div. Main Event: #157 Tony DeAlmeida is on the pole; #393 C.J. Sanborn is in two, and #313 Joey St. Louis gates from the wall. [Not in view is #316 Kip McClain, coming from the penalty line.] Sanborn took the win, Tony was second, and McClain claimed third. Second Div. Main Event: #116 Chris Jones digs in from the pole; #113 Gabe Price is in two; #333 Mike Salyer leaves from three; and #151 Brandon Leedy, along the wall. Jones won it, Leedy  took second, and Salyer was third. First Div. Last Chance: #63 Michael Raines gets a good start in lane one, while #9 Mike Faria gets a better start in two, obscuring #66 Jason Ramirez, who would go faster than the above, and advance to the Main Event.
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First Div. Main Event: It's #66 Jason Ramirez on the pole, #2 Josh Larsen in two; #25 Jimmy Fishback gates from three; #104 Billy Hamill in four and #14 Fast Eddie Castro on the wall. Larsen would win it, closely shadowed by Mr. Hamill, and Ramirez was proud to take third, I am sure. #28 Joey "the Bolt" Holt held on to beat #14 Fast Eddie Castro in the Handicap Main Event. #25 Fishback was third. Sidecar Main Event: On the pole it's #23 Shawn and Missy Driggers; in two is #2, Dan Jones and Brandi McElroy; #1 Joe Jones and Jimmy Olsen gate from the wall, and #25 Rod Requejo and Gene Stone come from the PL. Jones and McElroy won it; Jones and Olsen were second, and Driggers & Driggers took third.

A mixture of experience and youth was on display as former World Finalist Josh Larsen and 16 year old Joey "The Bolt" Holt both took home main event victories on Quaid Harley Davidson Night at Inland Motorcycle Speedway in San Bernardino.

Larsen, starting in gate two, and former World Champion Billy "The Bullet" Hamill, staring in gate four, entered turn one side-by-side in the Scratch Main Event. Larsen used the blue groove on the inside while Hamill went to cushion on the outside. Larsen exited turn two with a slight advantage but Hamill found ample traction and had plenty of momentum as they entered turn three. Both riders stuck to their racing lines but Larsen drifted a little wide coming out of turn four to try to slow Hamill who was relentless and still tried to around the leader as they went into turn one the second time. Larsen found a little more grip the second time down the back straight but Hamill tried to sweep around the outside through turns three and four again. Larsen still led after two laps so Hamill switched his assault to the inside, but couldn't get past in turns one and two. Larsen's lead increased throughout lap three so Hamill tried the outside once more in turns one and two but couldn't gain any ground. Larsen led to the checkered flag while Hamill had to settle for second. Former Youth National Champion Jason Ramirez was third, Jimmy "Little Animal" Fishback finished fourth, and "Fast" Eddie Castro was fifth.

Holt led the eight-rider Handicap Main Event field throughout the first lap, but Larsen, who was looking for the double main event victory weaved through the field and into second place on the third lap. Larsen was on Holt's back tire at the end of lap five but suffered an engine failure. Fishback stepped up to the firing line and mounted his own attack on the leader. Fishback's bid ended when he lifted on lap seven and gave Holt an insurmountable lead. Holt scored his first main event victory in the top division at a weekly Southern California track, Castro finished second, Fishback was third, and Aaron Fox came in fourth and was the last remaining competitor on a running machine.

Chris Jones led the first lap of the Second Division Main Event before being overtaken by Gabe Price at the end of the first lap. Price led for another lap before sliding off entering turn one. Jones retook the lead and cruised to the victory. Brandon Leedy finished second, Mike Salyer was third, and Price was credited with fourth.

C.J. Sanborn led all four laps en route to victory in the Third Division Main Event. Tony DeAlmeida was second, Kip McClain finished third, and Joey St. Louis was fourth.

Dillon Ruml made the best start in the Youth 250cc Main Event but Kurtis Hamill went underneath him on the back straight. Dillon Ruml went back into the lead the second time on the back straight. Gumball Rally Champion Max Ruml charged underneath both riders at the end of the second lap for the lead but his brother, Dillon, wouldn't give up so easily. Dillon Ruml remained on Max Ruml's outside shoulder for a lap before Max Ruml took control in the final corner for the win. Kurtis Hamill stole second at the finish line which relegated Dillon Ruml to third.

Sebastian Palmese went around the outside of Chase Sanborn in the first corner and never looked back en route to the win in the Youth 200cc Main Event. Dalton Leedy finished second and Chase Sanborn was third.

Shawn Driggers and Missy Driggers led the Sidecar Main Event for three laps before Dan Jones and Brandi McElroy charged up the inside for the lead as they were taking the white flag. Dan Jones and McElroy held on for the last lap to take the victory. National Champions Joe Jones and Jimmy Olsen stole second at the finish line while the Driggers duo had to settle for third.

The next event at IMS is Fan Appreciation Night which will be on Saturday, July 16. In addition to the top Southern California stars, National Champion Billy "The Kid" Janniro and Tommy Hedden will make the trek from Northern California to compete.


Sidecar Main Event (restarted)
2 - Dan Jones/Brandi McElroy
1 - Joe Jones/Jimmy Olsen
23 - Shawn Driggers/Missy Driggers
25 - Rod Requejo/Gene Stone
44 - Jeff Medberry/Chris Levitt

Pee Wee Main Event
275 - Jimmy Fishback IV
27 - Luke Whitcomb
34 - Dakota Shockley
14 - Sara Cords
000 - Mikey Ortega

Youth 200cc Main Event
18 - Sebastian Palmese
222 - Dalton Leedy
108 - Chase Sanborn

Youth 250cc Main Event
308 - Max Ruml
104 - Kurtis Hamill
111 - Dillon Ruml

Third Division Main Event (restarted)
393 - C.J. Sanborn
157 - Tony DeAlmeida
316 - Kip McClain (penalty line)
313 - Joey St. Louis (fell, remounted)

Second Division Main Event (restarted)
116 - Chris Jones
151 - Brandon Leedy
333 - Mike Salyer
113 - Gabe Price (fell)

Handicap Main Event
28 - Joey Holt 10
14 - Eddie Castro 40
25 - Jimmy Fishback 50
46 - Aaron Fox 20 (fell, remounted)
2 - Josh Larsen 50 (engine failure)
23 - Steve Russell 20 (retired)
66 - Jason Ramirez 20 (retired)
104 - Billy Hamill 50 (engine failure)

First Division Last Chance (restarted)
66 - Jason Ramirez
9 - Mike Faria
63 - Michael Raines (non starter - restart)
15 - Dukie Ermolenko (non starter)

Scratch Main Event
2 - Josh Larsen
104 - Billy Hamill
66 - Jason Ramirez
25 - Jimmy Fishback
14 - Eddie Castro

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