Janniro Fends Off Hamill in
“Battle of the Billy’s” on Opening Night
at Industry Racing
CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif. (May 30, 2014) – An enthusiastic crowd of 1,500 was on hand to celebrate the start of the 2014 speedway season at Industry Racing on Wednesday night. The evening was an anticipated one as the longstanding rivalry between veteran stars Billy Janniro and Billy Hamill continued with a “Battle of the Billy’s” highlighting the night’s action.
In the end, a highly competitive night of racing across eight classes of competition provided the perfect start to the Industry Racing season. While winners were crowned in the Second and Third Divisions, four Junior Divisions, and always-exciting Sidecar Division, it was the First Division that drew the greatest attention of the fans as both Janniro and Hamill raced their way into the Scratch Main Event and did battle for the checkered flag. The duo asserted themselves at the front of the four-rider field early with Janniro leading the way. Despite his best efforts, Hamill couldn’t find a way past is Northern California nemesis and settled for the runner-up spot. The big win for Janniro capped off a perfect night of racing in which he led every lap of competition.
The Sidecar Division always serves as a wild card in the already unpredictable world of speedway. On Wednesday night, the four pairs in the Main Event bumped, banged, and slid their way through four captivating laps with Joe Jones and Johnny Glover ultimately taking the win.
Joe Jones & Johnny Glover
The Junior 250 Division always offers a glimpse into the bright future of speedway with a lineup loaded with young talent on the verge of turning pro. On Wednesday, Gage Geist outlasted the intense heat being brought by both Kurtis Hamill and Dillon Ruml throughout the Main Event to take a well-earned victory on an evening where all three riders traded wins.
The Second Division featured some of the best racing of the night with a variety of riders taking turns out front. In the Main Event it was Dalton Leedy who took advantage of a good start to carry it through to the checkered flag.
The Mini 150 First Division was also filled with great competition throughout the evening, setting the stage for a wide-open Main Event. Sebastian Palmese made his way to the front off the start and was able to maintain it throughout all four laps.
The Third Division Main Event was also up for grabs thanks to a field of competitors in which nearly any rider could take the lead with a good start and have a great shot at winning by posting four consistent laps. Chris Wiggins did just that, fending off his fellow contenders to take the win.
One rider dominated the Pee Wee Division throughout the night, with a talented youngster emulating the standard set by Janniro in the First Division. Travis Horn led every lap of action en route to a convincing win, showing impressive speed on his 50cc machine.
Tristan Britt was also a winner on Wednesday night, emerging victorious in the Mini 150 Second Division Main Event. Additionally, rising First Division star Max Ruml salvaged being excluded from that class’ Main Event by posting an impressive win in the Scratch Consolation.
Tyson Burmeister leads one of the First Division Semis
The 2014 Industry Racing season continues next Wednesday, June 4, with another full slate of action at Southern California’s only full AMA-sanctioned speedway facility. Gates open at 6 p.m. PST while racing kicks off at 7:30 p.m. PST. Tickets are just $10 for adults and $5 for kids and seniors.