Fast Fridays Speedway
Gold Country Fairgrounds - Auburn, CA
2000 Season Opener
June 9, 2000
From Gary Roberts
A comparatively cold evening in Auburn did not stop a large crowd coming
out to watch some superb racing. The track, as always was in great shape
and stayed that way all night. It seems as if the racing is getting
faster each week. There were a number of very close races, a fair amount
of overtaking, and a number of riders using the outside.
1. Mike Faria
2. Bobby Hedden
3. Charlie Venegas
4. Bart Bast
A very fast race with Mike Faria taking the gate, but with Bobby Hedden breathing down his neck for 4 laps. For the first lap Bobby was riding
an outside line, level with Mike. Charlie Venegas tried to get on the
inside of Bobby , which caused Bobby to settle back to the inside. Bart
Bast was going extremely fast, but so were the rest.
1. Billy Janniro
2. Chad Felicio
3. Dustin Schroeder
4. Tommy Hedden
Another good close race, with Janniro taking the lead from Felicio and
Schroeder taking third place from Tommy Hedden.
1. Tommy Hedden
2. Mike Faria
3. Ryan Fisher
4. Bobby Hedden
5. Bob Hicks
6. Bart Bast
Tommy Hedden started on the 30 yard line, along side Ryan Fisher. Hicks
was on the 40 and the other three all started from the 50 yard line. Tommy Hedden took the gate and held it for the whole race. Mike Faria worked his way up the field using the outside, but ran out of laps
before getting past the leader.
1. Billy Janniro
2. Robert Curry
3. John Cook
4. Chad Felicio
5. Ian Ferris
Charlie Venegas also qualified but was a non starter.
30 yard starter Robert Curry was the early leader, but Billy Janniro fought through from the 50 yard line and eventually took the lead.
Meanwhile John Cook battled his way past Felicio and Ferris. John
returns to Europe this weekend to fulfill his Swedish and Polish league
obligations, after competing at Auburn for the past 3 weeks.
Division 2 Main
1. Jon Curry
2. Donny Powell
3. Ivan Sevart
4. George Snodgrass
5. Tom Adams
6. Dave Booth
Jon Curry won his first Auburn race on a 500 last week from the scratch
line. So this week he was moved back to the 10 yard line. He won his
heat, then won the main again. John is riding fast and gaining on the
field. It will be interesting to see how he gets on with a bigger
handicap, that will certainly come next week. Fellow 10 yard starter Donny Powell rode a good race, but was no match for Curry. Behind Donny, Ivan Sevart, George Snodgrass and Tom Adams had a good race.
Division 2 Consi
1. Don Chipman
2. Matt Browne
3. Mike Browne
4. Scott Olney
5. Harlan Bast Snr.
6. Marvin Sonnier
Popular Don Chipman lead from the tapes, with 30+ years his junior, Matt Browne,
and father, Mike Browne, close behind.
Division 3 Main
1. Dino Blankenbiller
2. Dave Baker
3. Robert Mellor
4. Kevin Fereira
Also competing in this race were Michael Hooten, Richard Doster, Geno Bellino, Bruce Baker.
New Y2K beginner rider Dino Blankenbiller did a repeat of last week,
leading the race from the tapes. Unlike last week, this time he survived
the important final yards to take the checkered flag and a well deserved
Division 3 Consi
This was a very good race for a third division race. Mike Douglass lead
from the tapes until about 10 yards before the checkered flag, then he
hit the wall and down he went. After that pandemonium seemed to occur.
It was like someone treading on a line of ants, with riders going
everywhere. At least one hit the same wall as Mike and I completely lost
track of who finished where.
Competitors were: Mike Douglass, David Lee, Vince Bertolucci, Ron Woodsford, Geno Bellino, Greg Hooten Snr., Rudy Becerra and David Quick.
Junior Division 1
1. Eric Carrillo
2. JJ Martynse
3. Bryan Yarrow
4. Greg Hooten Jnr.
5. JT Mabry
6. Chris Kerr
Eric Carrillo's last minute dash from nowhere surprised everyone. Greg
Hooten and JJ Martynse had been battling for the lead. Eric had worked
his way up to fourth, but was unable to get past his main Division 1 Junior
competitor Bryan Yarrow. Between the middle of the last bend and the
checkered flag Eric found a path and blasted through from fourth to
Junior Division 2.
1. Mark Carrillo
2. Josh Newby
3. Alex Marcucci
4. Brenton Bast
5. Danny Easley
6. Chris Olney
Following in brother Eric's footsteps, Mark Carrillo won the Division 2 Junior
main, after a close battle with Josh Newby. Earlier they had been joined
by Chris Olney, until he fell. Further back young messieurs Marcucci,
Bast and Easley held their own battle. Danny Easley damaged the engine
on his new Jawa a couple of weeks ago and is now back to the Honda he
rode last year. It has certainly damped his competitiveness.
Junior Division 3
1. TJ Fowler
2. Tom Fehrman
3. Jay Ricketts
4. Amanda English
5. Paul Johnson
6. RJ Becerra
7. Jeff Butler
8. Bruce Bast
TJ Fowler did his usual, from the 30 yard line and caught and passed all
the zero yard starters within 2 laps. This kid needs moving further back
or moving up.
All in all, another great evening of racing. Tomorrow (tonight now) its
off to Cal Expo in Sacramento for Sideways Saturdays 2000 opening night.