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Inland Motor Speedway
National Orange Show
San Bernardino, California

2011 Fan Appreciation Night
July 16, 2011
By: Ryan Evans
Photos by: Dorcey Wingo

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Mrs. Fast Eddie demonstrates the proper method of “planking” while the Mad Dog prepares the track.”
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It was Fan Appreciation night,, at IMS in San Bernardino, CA.  They came early and stayed late! They brought cute little critters with 'em, too! Defending National Champ Billy Janniro is holding a steel shoe that has seen a race or two!
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Crowd favorite Fast Eddie Castro: a quick check of the ol' clutch. Pee Wee Main Event: Luke is on the pole, Jimmy the IVth in two and Mikey Ortega is getting some help from the Ref, former National Champ Steve Lucero. Youth Main Event: #98 Broc Nicol came from the 20 to win the checkered flag, after a fine scrap (above) with #222 Dalton Leedy. #7 Gino Scopellite took third.
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Third Division Main Event: #211 Steve Brown blasts off from the line and never looked back. #316 Kip McClain came from the 10 to take second, as did #157 Tony DeAlmeida, who took third. Second Division Main Event: #113 Gabe Price gates from the pole. #151 Brandon Leedy is in two. #192 Mitch Pierson is in three and #116 Chris Jones is at the wall. Gabe and Brandon put on a fine battle with Price winning it, Leedy second and Pierson for third. First Division Main Event:  #1 Billy Janniro on the pole; #2 Josh Larsen in two; #25 Jimmy Fishback in three, and #14 Eddie Castro along the wall. The ribbon goes up, the dirt flies. Billy won it, Josh was second, Jimmy took third.
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  The Champ celebrates and the delighted fans are on their feet!  

National Champion Billy "The Kid" Janniro had a flawless performance and took home the main event victory on Fan Appreciation Night at Inland Motorcycle Speedway in San Bernardino.

Janniro entered the main event undefeated and used his gate choice to select gate one. When the tapes went up he exploded into the lead while Josh Larsen, Jimmy "Little Animal" Fishback, and "Fast" Eddie Castro all gave chase. Larsen emerged from the pack as the closest challenger and set his sights on the leader. Janniro wasn't about to allow any drama and never turned a wheel wrong throughout the four laps. When the checkered flag waved it was Janniro who raced past it first, Larsen finished second, Fishback was third, and Castro finished fourth.

Fishback kicked off the evening with a win over Dukie Ermolenko in the first heat. Northern California's Tommy Hedden beat Steve Russell in the second heat. Jason Ramirez led the third heat before Larsen charged underneath him on the second lap for the lead and the win. Janniro began his night by blazing to victory over Castro. Josh Abbott ended round one with a win over "Flyin" Mike Faria.

Round two started with Hedden beating Ermolenko for his second win. Abbott led the next heat almost the entire distance but Larsen stole the victory at the finish line. Janniro ran away with his second straight victory in event 14. Joey "The Bolt" Holt beat Shawn "Mad Dog" McConnell in the next event. John Marquez led the final race of the second round until Castro swept around the outside on the final lap to edge him at the finish line.

Fishback started the third round with a win over Rick "The Rage" Valdez. Janniro beat Ermolenko for his third straight victory. Castro beat Hedden for his second consecutive win. Aaron Fox beat Larsen in event 26. Michael Raines defeated Abbott to finish round three.

Castro opened the final round by beating Russell for his third straight win. Larsen defeated Ermolenko for his third win of the evening. Janniro remained perfect by beating McConnell. Fishback beat Hedden for his third victory. Fox ended the heats with a win over Valdez.

Larsen and Fishback finished one-two in a three-rider runoff to advance directly to the main event while Castro was relegated to the Last Chance. Fox defeated Abbott in a runoff to earn a spot in the Last Chance Race.

Castro led the first attempt of the Last Chance but was in a fierce battle with Tommy Hedden. When they exited turn two the second time Hedden hooked up and collided with Castro which sent both men tumbling down the back straight. Castro was up relatively quickly while Hedden was down for several minutes. Castro was able to restart, but Hedden was out with a concussion. Castro led the restart for the entire distance to take the final spot in the main.

Gabe Price held off every challenge that Brandon Leedy could muster over four laps and won the Second Division Main Event. Leedy settled for second, Mitch Pierson finished third, and Chris Jones was fourth.

Steve "Beach Ball" Brown thrilled the fans by leading all four laps and earning the victory in the Third Division Main Event. Kip McClain was second, Tony DeAlmeida finished third, Kevin Fife was fourth, Rick Huspek finished fifth, and Carl Shockley was sixth. Brown earned an extra $100 that was donated by Best Golf Carts Inc. to the winner.

Sebastian "Big Daddy" Palmese led the Youth Main Event for a lap before sliding off and handing the lead to Dalton Leedy. He led until the end of the third lap when Broc Nicol cut underneath Leedy and took the lead on the front straight. Nicol held on from there and claimed victory. Leedy settled for second, Gino Scopellite was third, Shea Bendykowski finished fourth, and Palmese was fifth.

Jimmy Fishback IV led from start to finish en route to victory in the Pee Wee Main Event. Luke Whitcomb was second and Mikey Ortega finished third.


Pee Wee Main Event
275 - Jimmy Fishback IV
27 - Luke Whitcomb
000 - Mikey Ortega

Youth Main Event
98 - Broc Nicol 20
222 - Dalton Leedy 0
7 - Gino Scopellite 0
23 - Shea Bendykowski 0
18 - Sebastian Palmese 0(fell, remounted)

Just Golf Carts Inc. Third Division Main Event (awarded)
211 - Steve Brown 0
316 - Kip McClain 10
157 - Tony DeAlmeida 10
311 - Kevin Fife 10
226 - Rick Huspek 0
235 - Carl Shockley 0(fell)

Second Division Main Event
113 - Gabe Price
151 - Brandon Leedy
192 - Mitch Pierson
116 - Chris Jones

First Division Heat Scoring1234T
1 – Billy Janniro 333312
2 – Josh Larsen 332311
6 – Shawn McConnell 12126
9 – Mike Faria 2N - - 2
11 – Bobby Schwartz N - - - 0
14 – Eddie Castro 233311
15 – Dukie Ermolenko 22228
17 – Robbie Sauer R 00F0
23 – Steve Russell 21025
25 – Jimmy Fishback 323311
28 – Joey Holt F3115
40 – Tommy Hedden 332210
41 – John Marquez 12115
46 – Aaron Fox 01337
48 – Tyson Talkington 1E1E2
63 – Michael Raines 11316
66 – Jason Ramirez 21115
141 – Josh Abbott 32207
195 – Drew Coats 00011
208 – Geoff Herkner 0FF- 0
293 – Rick Valdez 11215

Race Results
1: Fishback, Ermolenko, Talkington, Fox
2: Hedden, Russell, Valdez, Sauer (retired)
3: Larsen, Ramirez, McConnell, Coats
4: Janniro, Castro, Raines, Holt (fell)
5: Abbott, Faria, Marquez, Schwartz (non starter)
12: Hedden, Ermolenko, Raines, Coats
13: Larsen, Abbott, Valdez (fell, remounted), Talkington (engine failure)
14: Janniro, Fishback, Russell, Herkner
15: Holt, McConnell, Fox, Faria (non starter)
16: Castro, Marquez, Ramirez, Sauer
23: (restarted) Fishback, Valdez, Holt (penalty line), Coats
24: Janniro, Ermolenko, Ramirez
25: Castro, Hedden, Talkington, Herkner (fell)
26: Fox, Larsen, Marquez, Russell
27: Raines, Abbott, McConnell, Sauer
30: Castro, Russell, Coats (fell, remounted)
31: Larsen, Ermolenko, Holt, Sauer (fell)
32: Janniro, McConnell, Marquez, Talkington (engine failure)
33: Fishback, Hedden, Ramirez, Abbott
34: Fox, Valdez, Raines, Herkner (fell)
Runoff: Fox, Abbott
Runoff: Larsen, Fishback, Castro

First Division Last Chance (restarted)
14 - Eddie Castro
46 - Aaron Fox
15 - Dukie Ermolenko (retired)
40 - Tommy Hedden (non starter - restart)

First Division Main Event
1 - Billy Janniro
2 - Josh Larsen
25 - Jimmy Fishback
14 - Eddie Castro

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