Fast Fridays Speedway
Gold Country Fairgrounds - Auburn, CA
2000 Season Opener
May 12, 2000
From Gary Roberts
Fast Fridays season roared into action on Friday night with a full
program of Speedway racing. It was refreshing to see a lot of new
riders, and with some of last year's top juniors about to move up to
full size machines, there was a healthy bunch of replacements filling in
at the bottom end.
After a week of questionable weather before Friday, and even worse
weather after Friday, the rain delivery department certainly looked
after us, enabling a very nicely prepared racetrack.
The only problem I had was working out who was who. Many riders had new
leathers, so there a few gaps in the results.
1.. Charlie Venegas
2.. Bart Bast
3.. Eddie Castro
4.. Mike Faria
The only real controversy of the evening took place in the Scratch Main.
Because more than one rider was still moving around at the start gate
when the tapes went up, the referee turned on the red light, but neither
flag marshal noticed. By the time the race was stopped Mike Faria and Charlie Venegas were having a great battle and had already changed
places a number of times while either not noticing or choosing to ignore
the red light. In the re-run Charlie made a lightening fast gate with Eddie Castro behind him on the inside and Mike Faria using the outside
line he had been using all evening. After a couple of laps Bart moved up
on the inside of Eddie and took second place, but had no chance of
1.. Tommy Hedden
2.. Bobby Hedden
3.. Ian Ferris
4.. Dukie Ermolenko
The Heddens took the gate, Dukie fell on the first corner and remounted,
but there was no catching Tommy Hedden.
1.. Rich Marcucci
2.. Ryan Fisher
3.. Bobby Hedden
Also qualifying were Ian Ferris, Robert Curry and Dukie Ermolenko.
The handicap main took a while to get going, with a couple of
overambitious starters. Main culprit was Robert Curry, who was moved
back 20 yards. Rich Marcucci started from the 10 yard line and kept
everyone at bay for 5 laps. Second place looked firmly in the hands of Dukie Ermolenko until the last lap, when he machine stopped. I am still
trying to work out how the other riders managed to miss running into the
back of him. Ryan Fisher took over the position followed by Bobby Hedden. Curry and Ian Fisher tangled, leaving only three finishers.
1.. Tommy Hedden
2.. Billy Janniro
3.. Chad Felicio
4.. Mike Faria
5.. Bob Hicks
6.. Randy DiFrancesco
1.. Ivan Sevart
2.. Mark Thomas
3.. Rachalle Kerr
4.. Dave Booth
5.. George Snodgrass
6.. Ryan Bast
1.. Marvin Sonnier
2.. Matt Browne
3.. Scott Olney
4.. Shawn Eldridge
5.. Derek Silva
6.. Bill Thomas
1.. Mark Woodward
2.. Geno Bellino
3.. Robert Mellor
Also in the race were Greg Hooten Snr. Les Veal and
their finishing order.
1.. Eric Carrillo
Greg Hooten Jnr. moved up from Division 2 and did incredibly well in
winning the earlier heat and holding off Bryan Yarrow until the last
lap. Then the pair tangled and fell. In the course of the next couple of
months, Eric Carrillo, Jon Curry and Chris Kerr will have their 16th
birthdays and will move up. Bryan Yarrow is the obvious favorite for
this year's junior national champion, but from last night's showing it
looks as if he will have plenty of competition.
1.. Danny Easley
2.. Mark Carrillo
3.. Alex Marcucci
4.. Chris Olney
5.. Brenton Bast
Danny Easley took the lead of a bike length at the gate and
was a bike length behind. He stayed there for the entire race.
1.. TJ Fowler
2.. Paul Johnson
3.. Amanda English
4.. Mitchell Johnson
Clearly destined not to remain in the Junior Third Division TJ Fowler
convincingly won his heat and the main. My guess is that he will soon be
1.. Tom Fehrman
2.. RJ Becerra
3.. Mr. Powell Jnr.
4.. Victoria Hubert
For the main even the Division 3 Juniors were split up into the faster
ones and the not so fast ones. In fact, 3B comprised brand new riders
who had never raced before. All looked very promising. I was really
impressed with all the juniors. This is the future of Northern
California Speedway, and it looks very healthy.
Another week of regular Speedway next week before the North American
World Qualified on May 26. Sam Ermolenko and John Cook will be over from
Europe for the event.