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Costa Mesa Speedway
Orange County Fairgrounds
Costa Mesa, California

2013 Spring Classic & Jack Milne Cup
April 27, 2013 - Costa Mesa
By: Ryan Evans - Photos by Paul Flanders

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Billy Janniro takes the Jack Milne Cup home to Northern California. Tyson Burmeister place second for the Milne Cup. Jason Ramirez got his season off to a nice start with a third place finish.
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Class winners Courtney Crone, Slater Lightcap, Max Ruml and Broc Nicol join Billy Janniro on the podium. Bryan Motis rolled back into action with a strong second place finish in the sidecars. Plaid is BAD, as Damon Barry displays his latest in Kiwi Covers.
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Michael Raines (MR7) gets a welcome back from Super Fan Cayla. Michael Raines and Russell Green await the next round of heats. The 1982 World Team Champion and World Best Paris Champion Bobby Schwartz had not put a leg over a motorcycle in about six months, won his first two heats and made the main.
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Brad Oxley gives the riders the latest information at the riders' meeting.   A large crowd was on hand for the Spring Classic and Jack Milne Cup race.

2013 Jack Milne Cup - Costa Mesa, CA, USA - April 27

Former National Champion Billy "The Kid" Janniro was a model of perfection by winning all five of his races and taking home the Jack Milne Cup for the second consecutive year in front of a large crowd as the world famous Costa Mesa Speedway held its first event of the 2013 season.

Janniro and former National runner-up Tyson Burmeister both entered the Jack Milne Cup Main Event undefeated. Burmeister won the draw for first gate choice and slotted himself into gate one. Janniro confidently selected gate two, former World Finalist Josh Larsen picked gate three, former Junior National Champion Jason Ramirez chose gate four, which left former World Team Champion Bobby "Boogaloo" Schwartz with gate five. Janniro exploded from the line when the tapes rose and held the lead through turns one and two. Burmeister set his sights on his MXRC Racing teammate and chased him through lap one. Janniro rode a wider line than Burmeister and kept a safe lead through the first two laps. However, on the third lap Burmeister gained ground on the leader and Janniro dropped to the inside to protect his position and led the rest of the way. Ramirez finished third, Larsen was fourth, and Schwartz finished fifth.

Schwartz thrilled the crowed when he kicked off the evening with a victory over Steve Russell in the first heat. Janniro beat Ramirez in heat two. Burmeister held off "Fast" Eddie Castro in the third heat. Larsen beat Shawn "Mad Dog" McConnell to end round one.

Schwartz opened round two by defeating former Under 21 National Champion Austin Novratil for his second straight win. Janniro beat "Battling" Buck Blair for his second win in a row. Aaron Fox beat "Flyin" Mike Faria in event 14.Burmeister ended the second round by beating Ramirez for his second consecutive win. Burmeister started the final round by remaining undefeated while handing Schwartz his first defeat of the evening. Janniro matched Burmeister's perfect score with a defeat of Fox in the next heat. Faria beat Blair in event 25.Larsen held off Novratil to win the final heat.

Burmeister led the first semi from start to finish and was followed into the main by Ramirez. Janniro and Larsen finished one-two in the second semi to transfer to the main event.

Schwartz was victorious in the Last Chance to book the final spot in the main-event field. Novratil was second, Faria finished third, and Fox was fourth.

Sixteen year old Max Ruml dominated his heats and ran away with the victory in the Support Main Event on his first night on a 500 at Costa Mesa to state his case for promotion into First Division at the legendary track. Rudy Laurer was second, Mike Wiley finished third, Northern California's Shawn Eldredge was fourth, and Carl Gazafy finished fifth.

Lewis Hughes won a heat and finished second in the other to take the overall victory in the Support B Division. Chris Wolfs was second, Wade Whitcomb was third, Pat Smith was fourth, and Dan Wensloff was fifth.

Dillon Ruml led the Junior 250 Main Event into turn three before sliding off and handing the lead to current National Champion Broc Nicol. Luke Becker chased after the leader throughout the race but his effort would go unrewarded. Nicol was first to the checkered flag, Becker settled for second, Hayley Perrault was third, Dalton Leedy finished fourth, and Dillon Ruml was fifth.

Sebastian "Big Daddy" Palmese led the Mini 150 First Division Main Event into turn one but fell. Courtney Crone took over from there and never looked back en route to a very popular victory. Michael Wells finished second, Maverick Molloy was third, and Palmese was credited with fourth.

Slater Lightcap made an auspicious debut at Costa Mesa Speedway by winning the Mini 150 Second Division Main Event. Sterling Martin was second, Jake Isaac finished third, Alex Martin was fourth, and Tristan Britt finished fifth.

Brian Motis and Josh Bennett led the Sidecar Main Event through two laps. The duo went wide entering turn one the third time and National Champions Joe Jones and Johnny Glover dived into the gap to take the lead. Motis and Bennett fought back and tried to return the favor but it was to no avail. Jones and Glover crossed the line first, Motis and Bennett were second, Gerard Jackson and Dave German finished third, and Kevin Brown and Nick Hertrick were fourth.

The Jack Milne Cup honors the 1937 World Speedway Champion. He was the first American to win a world championship in any motorsport and he did so at the legendary original Wembley Stadium. Milne was also one of the founders of Costa Mesa Speedway in 1969 and his co-promotion alongside Harry Oxley was instrumental in the success and longevity of the venue.

The next event Costa Mesa Speedway will be the 45th Season Opener. The day will begin with the Amateur Afternoon with racing in the evening including all divisions of speedway, Juniors, and Pee Wees.


Sidecar Main Event
1 - Joe Jones/Johnny Glover
2 - Bryan Motis/Josh Bennett
16 - Kevin Brown/Nick Hertrick
66 - Gerard Jackson/Dave German

Mini 150cc Second Division Main Event
28 - Slater Lightcap
31n - Sterling Martin
16 - Jake Isaac
30n - Alex Martin
11 - Tristan Britt

Mini 150cc First Division Main Event
4 - Courtney Crone
214 - Michael Wells
34 - Maverick Molloy
18 - Sebastian Palmese (fell)

Junior 250cc Main Event
1 - Broc Nicol
12n - Luke Becker
0 - Hayley Perrault
222 - Dalton Leedy
111 - Dillon Ruml (fell, remounted)

Support B Overall
244 - Lewis Hughes
143 - Chris Wolfs
227 - Wade Whitcomb
247 - Pat Smith
169 - Dan Wensloff

Support Main Event
308 - Max Ruml
182 - Rudy Laurer
101 - Mike Wiley
357n - Shawn Eldredge
176 - Carl Gazafy

Jack Milne Cup Scoring123T
2 – Josh Larsen 42410
6 – Shawn McConnell 3126
7 – Michael Raines 0224
9 – Mike Faria 0347
11 – Bobby Schwartz 44311
13 – Nate Perkins 1FN 1
14 – Eddie Castro 3227
14n – Billy Janniro 44412
18 – Justin Boyle 0000
23 – Steve Russell 3115
26 – Tyson Burmeister 44412
27 – Austin Novratil 2338
30 – Tim Gomez 2125
38 – Ryan Tovatt 2002
39 – Buck Blair 2338
46 – Aaron Fox E437
48 – Tyson Talkington 1113
66 – Jason Ramirez 3317
177 – Steve Bowen 1001
321 – Russell Green 1214

Race Results
1: Schwartz, Russell, Blair, Talkington, Boyle
2: Janniro, Ramirez, Novratil, Green, Raines (tape penalty)
3: Burmeister, Castro, Gomez, Bowen, Faria (fell, remounted)
4: Larsen, McConnell, Tovatt, Perkins, Fox (engine failure)
12: Schwartz, Novratil, Castro, McConnell, Boyle
13: Janniro, Blair, Green, Gomez, Perkins (fell)
14: Fox, Faria, Raines, Russell, Bowen
15: Burmeister, Ramirez, Larsen, Talkington, Tovatt
23: Burmeister, Schwartz, Gomez, Russell, Bowen
24: Janniro, Fox, McConnell, Ramirez, Tovatt
25: Faria, Blair, Castro, Talkington, Boyle
26: Larsen, Novratil, Raines, Green, Perkins (non-starter)
Semi #1: Burmeister, Ramirez, Schwartz, Faria, Blair
Semi #2: Janniro, Larsen, Novratil, Fox, Castro

First Division Last Chance
11 - Bobby Schwartz
27 - Austin Novratil
9 - Mike Faria
46 - Aaron Fox (retired)

Jack Milne Cup Main Event
14n - Billy Janniro
26 - Tyson Burmeister
66 - Jason Ramirez
2 - Josh Larsen
11 - Bobby Schwartz

Past Jack Milne Cup Winners
1998 – Bobby Schwartz
1999 – Gary Hicks
2000 – Charlie Venegas
2001 – Gary Hicks
2002 – Scott Brant
2003 – Scott Brant
2004 – Mike Faria
2005 – Mike Faria
2006 – Charlie Venegas
2007 – Mike Faria
2008 – Bobby Schwartz
2009 – Shawn McConnell
2010 – Shawn McConnell
2011 – Mike Faria
2012 – Billy Janniro

Ryan Evans

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