Industry Racing Enjoys Memorable Weekend with AMA National Championship and Second Annual Silver Cup
CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif. (August 14, 2014) – In what was arguably the biggest weekend of the 2014 Industry Racing season, The Grand Arena played host to two marquee events last Saturday and Sunday. The third round of the AMA Speedway National Championship served as a showcase of the best professional talent in America and was accompanied the second annual AMA/FIM Junior Speedway Silver Cup Championship, which provided a glimpse into the bright future of the sport in this country.
When all was said and done, Billy "The Kid" Janniro took the checkered flag on Saturday night to extend his points lead in the National Championship standings, while a trio of budding speedway stars earned the most coveted wins of their young careers on Sunday afternoon at the Silver Cup.
The four time and defending AMA National Champion took one step closer to a fifth title with as close to a perfect night as he could ask for. Janniro won every one of his Heats, as well as the Semi, before dominating the Main Event to compile a maximum point tally for the evening with 21 points.
Perhaps the most impressive moment of the night for Janniro came in Heat 16, when he showcased his willingness to push the limit for a shot at victory. As the tapes rose, both Max Ruml and Charlie Venegas got the jump on Janniro and came onto the backstretch side-by-side battling for the lead. Undeterred, Janniro chose to split the duo and go three wide, carrying more speed into the corner and gaining enough traction to assume control of the race. It ultimately offered a sneak peek of what the fans would see later in the Main Event.
The final four riders who punched their ticket to the Main Event were Janniro, Venegas, Ruml and Bart Bast. While Janniro's journey to the final race was a convincing one, Venegas was no slouch either, collecting 16 points along the way versus Janniro's 18 points. Bast wasn't much further behind in earning 15 points, while Ruml had the toughest path to the Main Event, overcoming zero points in his first Heat to earn 12 and solidify his spot in the culminating race of the evening.
Janniro took advantage of his pole position in gate selection to take control of the Main Event immediately, and relied on his patented outside line at Industry Racing to run a torrid pace that allowed him to maintain a multiple bike length advantage over the field en route to a wire-to-wire win. Venegas rode his way to a solid runner-up effort while Ruml and Bast rounded out the final four.
Janniro's perfect score vaulted him to an even 60 points in the AMA Speedway National Championship standings, extending his margin over Ruml to 16 points with one round remaining. The young rising star is now the only rider mathematically eligible to surpass Janniro for the 2014 national title.
AMA Speedway National Championship Standings (After 3 of 4 Rounds)
The fourth and final round of the AMA Speedway National Championship will commence on Saturday, September 19, from Auburn, California.
The 2014 Industry Racing season continues Wednesday, August 20, for the second-to-last night of action this summer. The facility will present the "Fox & Hound Hunt," in which "foxes" (women) will receive FREE admission, while "Hounds" (men) will be given a $1 off all adult beverages. For more details check out the Industry Racing Facebook page.
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About Industry Racing
Industry Racing has risen to prominence in recent years thanks to the introduction of the Monster Energy World Speedway Invitational and internationally sanctioned AMA/FIM Youth Silver Cup. As of 2014, Industry Racing serves as the only track in Southern California fully sanctioned by the AMA.
Quick Results from AMA National Series Round 3.
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