Fast Fridays Speedway
Gold Country Fairgrounds - Auburn, CA
2000 Fast Fridays
July 28, 2000
From Gary Roberts
Bobby Hedden wins the Scratch and the Handicap Main!
More great racing at Fast Fridays, on a warm but almost humid evening.
This kept the track moist, but brought out the bugs. The track remained
flat, but there was less than usual dirt on it at the end of the
evening. This caused very few riders to try an outside line.
The racing was fast, as always. A visiting competitor from Southern
California commented to me that there seemed to be a lot more bumping
and contact than is found down south.
There seemed to be a shortage of first division riders. Charlie Venegas got hurt last night at San Bernardino. Chad Felicio got hurt last
Saturday at Cal Expo. His suspected broken ankle fortunately turned out
to be spraining, swelling and bruising. He should be back next week.
1. Bobby Hedden
2. Billy Janniro
Mike Faria and Bart Bast took the last two places. It was very close and
from where I was standing impossible to say who took which place.
Bobby Hedden made a fine gate and stayed about a bike length ahead for
the entire race. The real battle took place behind him. Janniro
established second place, with Bast in third, but Faria's dash for the
line could have made it in the last few feet.
1. Robert Curry
2. Paul Orlandi
3. Ivan Sevart
4. Matt King
19 year old Ivan Sevart made his first Scratch Semifinal and in the
Scratch Consolation race had an anxious moment when he found traction
coming out of turn two, rode into Paul Orlandi getting his twistgrip
caught in Paul's leathers, and forcing both of them too fast and too far
into turn three. They both got round without falling down, the Auburn
track has wide corners.
1. Bobby Hedden
2. Eric Carrillo
3. Billy Janniro
4. Mike Faria
5. Robert Curry
6. Ian Ferris
History was made tonight when Eric Carrillo, 1999 Junior National Champion, took his
first Auburn First Division rides. The results were very encouraging for
US Speedway. He won his handicap heat, came second in his semifinal and
second in the main. Starting from the zero yard line he held a good lead
for each race until the last lap. In his semifinal Mike Faria overtook
him on the inside on turn one of the last lap. In the main, an on-form Bobby Hedden got took an inside line from turn 4 and passed him feet
before the line. Carrillo had a great first night in first division.
Hedden was outstanding. With the exception of Carrillo, he overtook
everyone else on the outside. One of the few who tried the outside,
later in the evening.
1. Paul Orlandi
2. Steve Martynse
3. Ryan Fisher
4. Bart Bast
5. Brad Sauer
6. Robbie Sauer
Division 2 Main
1. Chris Kerr
2. Ivan Sevart
3. Robert Mellor
4. Vince Bertolucci
5. George Snodgrass
6. Jon Curry
Chris easily won this race from the 20 yard line and like Eric Carrillo,
he is putting several of the Division Two riders to shame. He should be
given a ride in Division One soon.
Division 2 Consi
1. Josh West
2. Marvin Sonnier
3. Mark Thomas
4. Mark Hitchcock
5. Craig Boone
6. Derek Silva
7. Rachalle Kerr
Division 3 Main
1. Bruce Baker
2. Ron Woodsford
3. Kelly McBane
4. Richard Doster
Division 3 Consi
1. Eric Ryan
2. Geno Bellino
3. Kevin Fereira
4. Mike Boyle