Fast Fridays Speedway
Gold Country Fairgrounds - Auburn, CA
2000 Fast Fridays
May 19, 2000
From Gary Roberts
Week 2 of Fast Fridays season was another great evening at the Gold
Country Fairgrounds in Auburn. Significantly warmer than the previous
week, the track as always was well prepared but seemed to catch one or
two riders out, resulting in a number of nasty looking accidents, which
in turn lead to lengthy delays and re-run races.
1.. Charlie Venegas
2.. Bobby Hedden
3.. Bart Bast
4.. Chris Manchester
For the second week, Charlie Venegas won the scratch main event from the
gate. On the second lap Bobby Hedden pulled along side him on the
outside, but was unable to pull ahead. Bobby settled in for a safe
1.. Mike Faria
2.. Billy Janniro
3.. Chad Felicio
4.. Tommy Hedden
Mike Faria lead this race from the gate.
Mike looked incredibly fast all
1.. Bobby Hedden
2.. Tommy Hedden
3.. Mike Faria
Also qualifying were Robert Curry, Billy Janniro and Ian Essary.
In the first running of this race Ian Essary fell down hard. The event
was restarted with a staggered start from the positions of the previous
attempt. The Heddens continued their dominance of the race, with Mike
Faria following. Behind them Robert Curry and Billy Janniro were having
a good battle. But it all ended on turn 4 when they tumbled, with Curry
getting the worst of the deal.
Last week Rich Marcucci rode incredibly well to win the Handicap Main.
His reward was a further 10 yard handicap. This week he suffered an
engine misfire and was unable to get out of his heat.
1.. Chris Manchester
2.. Bart Bast
3.. Chad Felicio
4.. Vance Felicio
5.. Rick Shafer
Charlie Venegas qualified but was a non starter. Chris Manchester,
looking like his old self lead for 5 laps with Bart Bast close behind.
Div 2 Main
1.. Tom Adams
2.. George Snodgrass
3.. Marvin Sonnier
4.. Mike Browne
5.. Dave Booth
6.. Richard Powell
Div 2 Consi
1.. Ivan Sevart
2.. Harlan Bast
3.. Scott Olney
4.. Bill Thomas
5.. Craig Boone
6.. Danny Miles
Hard battling Craig Boone was leading when Danny Miles and Bill Thomas fell down. In the re-run he missed the start, and just when it looked
like he was moving back up the field his chain broke, leaving it to Ivan
Sevart and his granddad, Harlan Bast.
Div 3 Main
1.. Richard Daster
2.. Billy Hiles
3.. Ron Woodsford
4.. Robert Mellor
5.. Geno Bellino
Vince Bertolucci, Chris Orlandi and Kelly McBane also qualified for this
race. After convincing wins in their heats, newcomers Richard Daster
and Billy Hiles pulled away from the rest of the field to take first and
second in the main.
Div 3 Consi
1.. Dave Baker
2.. Les Veale
3.. John Knapp
7.. Mark Blasey
Junior Div 1
Eric Carrillo was working his way through the field, but crashed heavily
on turn one. Sorry missed the results on this one.
1.. Mark Carrillo
2.. Josh Newby
3.. Alex Marcucci
4.. Danny Easley
5.. Brenton Bast
Danny Easley took the lead with Chris Olney in pursuit. They collided
and the race was stopped. In the re-run, without Olney, Easley missed
the start and Mark Carrillo took the race, riding Ed Rose's immaculate
250 Jawa laydown. I will be getting a picture of this unique machine
onto www.speedwaybikes.com in the near future.
It was good to see Josh Newby back, after being absent last season.
1.. Chris Smith
2.. Amanda English
3.. Mitchell Johnson
4.. Paul Johnson
An enormous turn out of third division juniors. Far too many to run in
one race. I didn't mention it was week, but I was personally pleased to see the
lack of quads this year. I have always disliked their noise and smell,
and the damage they have done to the track surface. I understand that
entries were mailed to them, but they chose not to race at Auburn. I say
good thing. It leaves more time for Speedway races. I'm not that keen on
the 2 peewee races either, but they do provide a useful supply for next
year's Junior Speedway riders.
Next week is the North American World Championship Qualifier. Sam
Ermolenko and John Cook will be over from Europe, and it will no doubt
be a great event.