Scott's Headers and Mufflers Night - San Bernardino, CA, USA - July 27
Charlie "The Edge" Venegas continued to make his hometown track his personal stomping ground by completing a perfect night with a main event victory on Scott's Headers and Mufflers Night at Inland Motorcycle Speedway in San Bernardino.
Venegas started in gate two and was first off the line when the tapes went up. The former National Champion squeezed down on Aaron Fox and then drifted into the outside dirt and prevented Under 21 National Champion Austin Novratil from sweeping around him. Venegas led down the back straight with Novratil in tow. The seventeen year old applied the pressure on the wily veteran the entire distance but couldn't force an error. Venegas was first to the checkered flag, Novratil had to settle for second, Fox finished third, "Fast" Eddie Castro was fourth, and Tyson Talkington finished fifth.
Fox opened the evening with a win over Steve Russell. Venegas beat Talkington in the second heat. Novratil and Gabe Price had an excellent side-by-side battle for two laps before the latter pulled ahead to end round one with a win.
Tim Gomez started round two by beating Castro. Fox beat McConnell in the next heat for his second straight win. Venegas beat Novratil for his second win in a row to end the second round.
Venegas began the third round by beating Fox to remain unbeaten. Russell beat Novratil in the next event. Castro beat former Youth National Champion Brad Pappalardo to end round three.
Russell held off Gomez in the final heat for his second consecutive win.
The first attempt to run the first semi had Russell and Fox on their way to the main before a red flag forced a restart. Fox won the restart with Talkington getting second to join him in the main event. Venegas and Novratil finished one-two in the second semi and transferred to the main. Castro used the outside to pass Russell on lap one and won the Last Chance to fill the main event field.
Davey Shaw started at the front of the Second Division Main Event and led the first lap. Mike Fuson mounted a serious outside challenge on the second lap. Fuson took the lead at the beginning of lap three and never looked back en route to victory. Shaw held on to second, Joe Donaldson finished third, Kayle LeoGrande was fourth, J.D. Myerscough finished fifth, and Geoff Herkner was sixth.
Steve Brown made the best start in the Third Division Main Event but Stephen Simrak began hounding him immediately. Simrak patiently waited for a mistake from Brown but couldn't find a way past for three laps. Brown looked like he had the victory as they went through the final corner but Simrak charged by in the final yards to nab the victory by a narrow margin. Jake Hansen finished third and Dave Troutt was fourth.
Dryden LeoGrande was the initial leader of the Youth 200cc Main Event. Michael Wells attacked the leader inside and outside but couldn't find a way past on the first four laps. Wells went for broke in the final corner but slid off in the process. Dryden LeoGrande won his first main event and Sebastian Palmese came home second.
Not to be outdone by his brother, Jonas LeoGrande took home some hardware by winning the Pee Wee Main Event. Luke Whitcomb overcame a 50-yard handicap and a fall to finish second, Julia Pierson was third, Nick Dunn finished fourth, and Jake Troutt was fifth.
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