June 3, 1995
Charlie Venegas of San Bernardino was a double winner at the weekly speedway motorcycle racing program in front of 3,954 Friday at the Orange County Fairgrounds. Venegas won the four-lap scratch main event and the eight-lap handicap main. In the scratch main, Steve Lucero of Riverside was second. Bobby Schwartz of Costa Mesa finished third and Shawn McConnell of Brea placed fourth. Gary Hicks of Riverside was fifth.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 2001
A 23-year-old rider killed Sunday during a motorcycle race at Los Angeles County Raceway in Palmdale has been identified by authorities as Darrell McNutt of Michigan. McNutt was taking part in a motocross event, said Deputy Daryl Bonsall of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Palmdale station. The crash happened about 3 p.m., and McNutt suffered major head injuries. He died at Antelope Valley Hospital.
April 18, 1987
Tom Burba of Garden Grove won the eight-lap handicap main event of the weekly speedway motorcycle racing program in front of 5,108 Friday at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. Burba overcame a 30-yard handicap. Mike Faria of Colton won the four-lap scratch main event breaking a streak by Bobby Schwartz of Costa Mesa who had won five of six such events in the last two weeks.
October 2, 1994 |
A year ago, when Sam Ermolenko held the national championship trophy aloft at the Orange County Fairgrounds, it was the crowning achievement of the triple crown of speedway racing. He had returned from Europe to earn the title after winning the World Final and competing on the victorious United States team in the World Team Cup. Saturday night, he retained his U.S. speedway title before 8,723 at the Fairgrounds' track and, while the victory only salvaged a disappointing season, he was beaming.
May 16, 1992 |
The American Final, the premier event in speedway motorcycle racing, has been canceled by promoter Harry Oxley of San Clemente after he failed to reach an agreement with the sanctioning American Motorcycle Assn. The race, traditionally the first step for American riders toward the world championship, was scheduled May 30 at Ventura Raceway. "The event is not financially viable under the AMA," Oxley said.
September 9, 1989 |
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management, invoking for the first time federal protections recently provided the desert tortoise, has canceled two off-road vehicle races because of the potential threat they posed to the endangered reptiles. BLM officials said Friday that permits for the two motorcycle races, scheduled for Sunday, were denied because biologists did not have time to evaluate their impact on the tortoise and its habitat.