CORONA, Calif. – American Speedway racing hosted perhaps its biggest night in history on Saturday as the 44th Annual Monster Energy U.S. National Speedway Championship provided a captivating evening of competition in front of a packed house at Costa Mesa Speedway. At the conclusion of 26 races, it was a familiar name standing in the winner’s circle as Monster Energy athlete Billy Hamill took home his third win at the iconic event.
The atmosphere at Costa Mesa Speedway was electric as thousands of raucous fans cheered on the riders all night long. The iconic green claw of Monster Energy was a focal point throughout the facility, as the company’s title sponsorship of the annual event resulted in the biggest purse ever for the U.S. National Speedway Championship – $11,000.
Once the action was underway, there was an onslaught of heat races to determine who would run for the money in the Main Event. A total of 20 points-paying heats were ran every four minutes, and with only four laps to get the job done, mistakes and errors in judgment could make or break any rider’s hopes. Only three riders would emerge from the heat races, with a fourth and final rider earning a spot in the LCQ.