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June 1, 1990 | SHAV GLICK
Sam Ermolenko, America's leading speedway motorcycle racer since 1985, has not ridden seriously since an accident last July 17 nearly ended his career. But he hopes experience and guile will see him through Saturday night in the American Speedway Final at Long Beach Veterans Stadium. The race is the first qualifying round for the 1990 World Finals for riders from the United States and Canada. Ermolenko, 29, has won it three years in a row.
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June 14, 1997 | MARTIN HENDERSON
Former world champion Sam Ermolenko, a Cypress native who has spent 13 years racing in the British League, leads 15 other riders competing tonight in the Toyota American Speedway Final at the Orange County Fairgrounds. "This is the first stage to the World Championship," said Ermolenko, the 1993 world champion and the national champion in 1993 and '94. "The significance is that it's the most important race of the year until the next race." It's part of the U.S.
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June 20, 1986 | TOM HAMILTON, Times Staff Writer
Sam Ermolenko of Cypress earned the nickname "Sudden Sam" on the speedway motorcycle racing circuit for his lightning starts and ability to pass opponents on the outside of a track with a quick burst of speed. Ermolenko's nickname has taken on a new meaning. From television in England, he learned last Wednesday that Shawn Moran had injured his ankle and would be unable to ride for the U.S. team in the World Best Pairs event in Pocking, West Germany, which was to be run on the weekend.
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September 15, 1995 | SHAV GLICK
A new champion will be crowned in the Coors Light U.S. Speedway motorcycle championship Saturday night at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa because defending champion Sam Ermolenko elected to remain in Europe to concentrate on the World Grand Prix runoffs. Ermolenko, the 1993 world champion and two-time U.S. champion from Cypress, is ninth in the standings after four of six events, and the top eight automatically qualify for next year's Grand Prix.
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October 5, 1985
Sam Ermolenko of Cypress won the four-lap scratch main event of the weekly speedway motorcycle racing program before 6,788 in the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa Friday night. Ed Castro of Santa Ana won the handicap main event and Ron Preston of El Centro won a special old timers' scratch main event. In a special match race, former two-time world champion Bruce Penhall defeated seven-time U.S. champion Mike Bast.
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May 4, 1985
Alan Christian of Huntington Beach won the scratch main event Friday at the Orange County Fairgrounds' weekly speedway program in front of a crowd of 6,581. Christian, who set a fairgrounds record by winning 11 consecutive scratch main events four years ago, finished in front of Sam Ermolenko of Cypress and John Sandona of Richey Canyon. Tom Burba of Garden Grove won the handicap main event, edging Mike Mazzacane of Riverside. Jeff Johnson of Bloomington won the second division main event.
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June 1, 1985
Mike Faria of Colton won his fourth main event of the racing season Friday night in speedway motorcycle racing at the Orange County Fairgrounds. Faria, who won just one main event last season at Orange County, won both the featured match race and the four-lap main event Friday. Faria bested Norwalk's Kelly Moran by four bike-lengths in the main event. Keith Crisco of Whittier was third and Sam Ermolenko of Cypress was fourth.
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October 2, 1994 | JOHN WEYLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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March 2, 1991 | TOM HAMILTON
Sam Ermolenko, who won three consecutive years, 1987-89, is fully recovered from injuries that forced him to quit after two heat races last year and is the favorite in the 10th American Final on the quarter-mile track at Long Beach Veterans Stadium tonight at 8. The event is the first qualifying round for American motorcycle riders leading to the world championship. Ermolenko's competition figures to come from Ronnie Correy, Greg Hancock and Billy Hamill, all overseas riders.
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September 1, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Three speedway motorcyclists from Southern California were unsuccessful in their bids to win the world championship at the World Final here Saturday night. Sam Ermolenko of Cypress finished seventh in the 16-rider field with nine points. Ermolenko rode with a broken right knee that he sustained in a crash two weeks ago in Ipswich, England. He lost in his first heat to eventual champion Jan O. Pedersen of Denmark but came back in the next two races to finish first and second.
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October 2, 1994 | JOHN WEYLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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March 3, 1994 | SHAV GLICK
Sam Ermolenko, world and national speedway motorcycle champion from Cypress known as Sudden Sam because of his fast reactions, just keeps coming back from one accident after another. Ermolenko, who took a career-threatening spill last Oct. 28 in England, will return to the track Saturday night when the Coors Light Spring Classic opens the 26th speedway season at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa--the same track where he won the nationals.
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October 20, 1993 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sam Ermolenko, world and national speedway motorcycle champion from Cypress, is hospitalized in Wolverhampton, England, with his left leg broken in two places and back injuries. He suffered the injuries in an accident during races there Monday night. "Sam is resting comfortably," his wife, Shelly, said Tuesday night from their home in Hatton, England. "He is stable and there is no paralysis. He expects to be back riding next season."
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September 1, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Three speedway motorcyclists from Southern California were unsuccessful in their bids to win the world championship at the World Final here Saturday night. Sam Ermolenko of Cypress finished seventh in the 16-rider field with nine points. Ermolenko rode with a broken right knee that he sustained in a crash two weeks ago in Ipswich, England. He lost in his first heat to eventual champion Jan O. Pedersen of Denmark but came back in the next two races to finish first and second.
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August 19, 1991 | TOM HAMILTON
For the first time in 10 years, three American speedway motorcycle riders have qualified for the world championship, scheduled for Aug. 31 in Gothenburg, Sweden. Sam Ermolenko of Cypress and Ronnie Correy of Fullerton were among eight riders who advanced to the World Final in a semifinal race Sunday in Abensberg, Germany. The two riders will join Billy Hamill of Monrovia, who won the other semifinal round Aug. 11 in Rovno, Soviet Union.
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March 2, 1991 | TOM HAMILTON
Sam Ermolenko, who won three consecutive years, 1987-89, is fully recovered from injuries that forced him to quit after two heat races last year and is the favorite in the 10th American Final on the quarter-mile track at Long Beach Veterans Stadium tonight at 8. The event is the first qualifying round for American motorcycle riders leading to the world championship. Ermolenko's competition figures to come from Ronnie Correy, Greg Hancock and Billy Hamill, all overseas riders.
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August 22, 1986
Thirteen positions for the U.S. speedway motorcycle championship will be at stake at 8 tonight as qualifying continues at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. A field of 32 will compete in three scratch heat races, hoping to advance to the semifinals and then the four-rider finals. Defending champion Alan Christian of Huntington Beach has been seeded into the championship on Oct. 11 at the Fairgrounds.
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October 3, 1987 | TOM HAMILTON
British rider Phil Collins will be among the favorites tonight in the 19th U.S. championship speedway motorcycle races at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. Collins spent the 1987 season in Southern California, where he became only the third foreign rider to qualify for the championship. He became a crowd favorite at Costa Mesa with his daring outside moves on the 190-yard oval and his good-natured attitude toward fellow riders and fans in the pit area.
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November 30, 1990 | TOM HAMILTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Speedway motorcyclist Greg Hancock of Huntington Beach will continue on the comeback trail at 8 tonight in the first Coors Fall Classic at the Orange County Fairgrounds. Hancock, 20, broke his left arm in a crash at the American Final at Veterans Stadium in Long Beach in June and was sidelined four months. He returned to racing for Cradley Heath in the British Speedway League in September but struggled in 10 meetings. "I haven't ridden since Oct.
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June 1, 1990 | SHAV GLICK
Sam Ermolenko, America's leading speedway motorcycle racer since 1985, has not ridden seriously since an accident last July 17 nearly ended his career. But he hopes experience and guile will see him through Saturday night in the American Speedway Final at Long Beach Veterans Stadium. The race is the first qualifying round for the 1990 World Finals for riders from the United States and Canada. Ermolenko, 29, has won it three years in a row.
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