The excitement was tangible at the Costa Mesa Speedway last Saturday, the chatter of people rising above the crowd in a low buzz. The question was the same: who would emerge as the National U.S. Champion?
As the announcement of the first heat for the finals was announced, streams of spectators poured into the stands to catch all of the action, of which they found in plenty. Each time the riders lined up at the start, figuratively chomping at the bit; even to the untrained eyes of the casual spectator, their anticipation was obvious. It was not the night to hold back, riders skidded wildly around the turns, hoping to gain the edge on their competition; more than one bike went down and almost immediately sprang back up. No one was willing to accept even the merest suggestion of defeat. After a thrilling final race, Billy “the Kid” Janniro triumphed, holding on to his title as U.S. National Speedway Champion.
Between the Performance Machine booth, and friends in the stands, the PM family was out in full force, eager to catch the culmination of a season’s worth of excitement and action. At the booth, an autographed helmet belonging to “Gorgeous” Gary Hicks was on display before it is to be auctioned. Stay tuned for more information regarding how to participate in the auction.
All in all, it was a fantastic night at the track. In addition to the championship races, Pee Wee riders delighted the crowd and the Youth division rode a hard couple of races, pulling off maneuvers that only the daring of youth can afford, with the night eventually going to Hayley Perrault, the first female rider at the Costa Mesa Speedway. Congratulations Hayley!
This Saturday is the Fall Classic, closing out a thrilling season we here at Performance Machine have been honored to have been a part of. Doors open at 6pm, first race is at 7:30pm.
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