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Pirate Speedway
National Orange Show
Arrowhead Ave
San Bernardino, California 92408

Harley Night
July 12, 2013 - Pirate Speedway - San Bernardino
By: Ryan Evans - Photos by Dorcey Wingo

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Gary Hicks (right) poses with Super Fan Cayla Weaver and Speedway great Dave Galvin. Castro saw deep dirt on the track and went for his 22" rear tire. Pee Wee Main Event.
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Three wide and going for it! Whitcomb has Jonas LeoGrande in his sights. Lightning Luke: gone with the wind!
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#13 Tanner Richey, winning! 150cc action: #14 Sara Cords (left) and #4 Courtney Crone. 150cc Main Event.
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Sebastian Palmese (right) trails Courtney Crone in the Main. 250cc action: Dryden Gayle checking for traffic. Broc and Dillon, digging in.
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#111 Dillon Ruml, making tracks! #1 Broc Nicol. Hard to beat on a Friday night! Support rider #32e Brandon Sturzenegger.
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Support Main Event. #106 Chris Jones, stretching! #192 Mitch Pierson holds off #210 Dave Troutt.
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This is the kind of night #86 Neil Facchini had! The Harleys had some fast heavy weights on the track. Russell Green, off to a fast start.
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1st Division Main Event. Boogaloo Bobby, on the gas. Aaron Fox in pursuit. Lookin' good, Champ!

Harley Night - San Bernardino, CA, USA - July 12

Bobby "Boogaloo" Schwartz took advantage of a second chance and won the main event on Quaid Harley Night at Pirate Speedway.

"Battling" Buck Blair had first gate choice for the main event and surprised many by choosing gate five. Aaron Fox picked gate one. Schwartz was very happy to select gate two with the third choice. "Fast" Eddie Castro picked gate three which left Steve Russell with gate four.

Fox led the first start into turn one but Blair spun around on the outside which forced Russell to lay his bike down and the red flag came out. The referee ordered a complete restart. Schwartz got the jump in the second attempt and clamped down on Fox to hold the lead on the back straight and through lap one. Fox shifted his attack to the outside but Schwartz calmly drifted into his line on the back straight and slowed his momentum. Fox made a bold attempt on the inside as they entered turn three the third time but ran in too fast and parked. The mistake gave Schwartz enough breathing room to lead the final lap unchallenged. Fox held on to second, Castro was third, Blair finished fourth, and Russell was fifth.

Russell Green opened the evening by defeating Tyson Talkington. Neil Facchini beat Tim Gomez in the second heat. Russell ended round one with a defeat of Blair.

Fox began round two with a win over Russell. Blair defeated Facchini in the next heat. Schwartz finished the second round by holding off Talkington.

Russell started the final round of heats by beating Green for his second win. Schwartz made it two wins in a row with a win over Castro. Blair brought the heats to a close with a victory over Fox.

The first semi took three attempts but it didn't deter Blair from getting his third straight win with Schwartz getting second to join him in the main. Fox and Castro finished one-two in the second semi and transferred to the main.

Russell held off a very persistent Gomez to win the Last Chance and book his place in the main. Facchini finished third and Green was fourth.

Mitch Pierson won his heat, his semi, and completed his evening by winning an abbreviated Support Main Event. Dave Troutt finished second, Ben Stevens was third, Wade Whitcomb finished fourth, Chris Jones was fifth, and Mike Reed was credited with sixth after being deemed the cause of the red flag that ended the race at the start of the final lap.

Michael Wells led the Junior 250 Main Event before Dryden Gayle made a great outside pass to take the lead at the end of the first lap. Gayle led the next two laps but Junior National Champion Broc Nicol had carved through the field and now found himself on the heels of the leader. Gayle led into turn one the fourth time but Nicol used a shrewd cutback move to take the lead on the back straight. Gayle's race ended in turn four when he fell. Nicol led the rest of the way for an impressive victory. Hayley Perrault was second, Dillon Ruml finished third, Wells was fourth, and Gayle was credited with fifth.

Dryden LeoGrande was leading the first lap of the Mini 150 Main Event before falling in turn four. Sara Cords assumed the lead but was under fire. Courtney Crone stormed up the inside of Cords on the back straight but the battle didn't end there. She had to contend with Sebastian Palmese who was not going to settle for second. Crone withstood every challenge that Sebastian Palmese could muster and held on for the win.

Tanner Richey led every lap of the Pee Wee Main Event and scored the victory. Jonas LeoGrande finished second, Luke Whitcomb was third, Dakota Shockley finished fourth, Jason Palmese Jr. was fifth, Nick Dunn finished sixth, and Jake Troutt was seventh.


Pee Wee Main Event
13 - Tanner Richey
185 - Jonas LeoGrande
27 - Luke Whitcomb
419 - Dakota Shockley
795 - Jason Palmese Jr.
76 - Nick Dunn
326 - Jake Troutt

Mini 150cc Main Event
4 - Courtney Crone 40
18 - Sebastian Palmese 40
14 - Sara Cords 0
185 - Dryden LeoGrande 0 (fell, remounted)

Junior 250cc Main Event (restarted)
1 - Broc Nicol 30
0 - Hayley Perrault 10
111 - Dillon Ruml 30
214 - Michael Wells 0
73 – Dryden Gayle 0 (fell)
222 - Dalton Leedy 10 (non-starter)

Support Last Chance (restarted)
213 – Mike Reed 40
227 – Wade Whitcomb 0
376 – Jeremy Dunn 0
163 – Ron Davis 30
188 – Rick Howard 0
32e – Brandon Sturzenegger 10 (non-starter)

Support Main Event (awarded)
192 - Mitch Pierson 10
210 - Jake Troutt 0
207 - Ben Stevens 0
227 - Wade Whitcomb 0
116 - Chris Jones 30 (fell, remounted)
213 - Mike Reed 40 (fell, excluded)

First Division Heat Scoring 1 2 3 T
11 – Bobby Schwartz 1 3 3 7
14 – Eddie Castro 1 2 3 6
23 – Steve Russell 3 2 3 8
30 – Tim Gomez 2 2 2 6
37 – Joe Donaldson 0 0 0 0
39 – Buck Blair 2 3 3 8
46 – Aaron Fox 1 3 2 6
48 – Tyson Talkington 2 2 0 4
86 – Neil Facchini 3 2 1 6
103 – Kyle Hicks 1 F 1 2
185 – Kayle LeoGrande 0 1 1 2
321 – Russell Green 3 N 2 5
357n – Shawn Eldredge 0 0 1 1

Race Results
1: Green, Talkington, Fox, LeoGrande
2: Facchini, Gomez, Castro, Donaldson
3: Russell, Blair, Schwartz, Eldredge
9: Fox, Russell, Hicks, Donaldson
10: Blair, Facchini, LeoGrande, Green (non-starter)
11: Schwartz, Talkington, Gomez, Eldredge
16: (restarted) Russell, Green, Eldredge, Hicks (penalty line) (fell)
17: Schwartz, Castro, Facchini, Talkington
18: Blair, Fox, LeoGrande, Donaldson
21: Castro, Gomez, Hicks
Semi #1: (restarted twice) Blair, Schwartz, Gomez, Facchini (penalty line) (fell, excluded)
Semi #2: Fox, Castro, Russell, Green

First Division Last Chance
23 - Steve Russell
30 - Tim Gomez
86 - Neil Facchini
321 - Russell Green (fell)

First Division Main Event (restarted)
11 - Bobby Schwartz
46 - Aaron Fox
14 - Eddie Castro
39 - Buck Blair
23 - Steve Russell

Ryan Evans

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