Fast Fridays Speedway
Gold Country Fairgrounds - Auburn, CA
2001 Challenge #5 / Fan of the Week
Fast Fridays Speedway
August 10, 2001
From Alita Hartt, Eric Ryan and Ryan Evans
Division 1 Scratch Semi
Mike Faria (DNF)
Ryan Fisher (Fell)
Bart Bardecki (DNF)
This handicap main may be changed due to Bobby Hedden falling before the
finish line Referee had not made an official call on this one.
Ryan Fisher and Bart Bardecki were none starters and split 3rd place.
Division 2 Consi
Division 2 Main
Division 3 Consi
Division 3 Main
On to my favorite!
Juniors Division 1
Greg Hooten Jr
Juniorss Division 2
Juniors Division 3
Ronny Woodsford Jr
Ryan Evans I'm sure will have more in put when he returns home.
Gary should be back next week!
Fast Fridays 10 Aug 2001 commentary
It was perfect weather for a grand night of Speedway racing at the Gold County Fairgrounds
in Auburn California last night. The track was in great shape, well groomed, hard,
and wet on the surface. It held up well during the night with no bad ruts or groves
and only got a little dry by the end of the racing.
We saw a good group of division one riders including Larson, Manchester, Faria, Bast, the
Heddens, Ermolenko, Fisher, the Polish racer Bartek Bardecki, and the return of local
Dustin Schroeder. We also saw the absence of Paul Orlandi, I assume due to his get
off at the Cal Expo track championship. I don't think Chad Felicio was riding
In the audience I saw injured Mark Thomas in a wheel chair with a cast on his lower left
leg in good spirits. I also saw at least twenty of my clubmates from Capital City
Motorcycle Club out to support me and Speedway in general. Too bad they didn't know
I was injured; however, they weren't disappointed by the nights racing. My notes are
pretty thin so bear with me.
The first handicap heat race saw Schroeder win with good style.
The third heat race saw precision piloting by Josh Larson for the win. I've been
watching Larson race since the American final and I think that his style of riding is
excellent and very different from all the others. He 'drives' the bike like a race
car, and I can see exactly how it should be done. As I see the corner from turn one,
his approach is full on the throttle past the start finish line, wide and fast and leaned
over towards the first corner. He then shuts down the throttle completely which
causes the rear end of his bike to swing ahead of the front due to compression breaking.
At the exact point on every lap with his front tire just nipping the pole before
the apex of the corner he blasts open the throttle wide open, stands the bike up and
dragraces the controlled slide with ever decreasing wheelspin (and increasing speed)
through turn two towards turn three. And this technique earns him many victories in
division one racing.
The fourth heat saw Bobby Hedden taking his outside line with Bast in tow for first and
The first D2 heat saw hard riding on the inside line by Robert Melor for a rough fought
victory. One of roughest riders out there in D2 last night.
Why are the junior 250's louder than the pro's 500's? This has always bugged
The program seemed to be changed around so my sparse notes give inaccurate reporting but
one of the best races of the night after two restarts was between Bardechi, Faria and
Ermolenko. Sorry, I think it was a handicap semi race.
A D1 Handicap Semi saw Bast, Fisher, Larson,
and B. Hedden all back on the 50 with Bast winning the dragrace and picking off the less
handicapped riders on the inside finally with Severt. Bast takes the win.
A D3 Heat saw Warnoch hit Bellino down the back straight causing both to fall and Bellino
is hurt with the high side. For some reason Warnoch is awarded first in the restart
even though from my point of view, he should have been excluded from the race for causing
the accident. Anyway, Warnoch takes the win.
Some scratch racing for D1 sees Ermolenko and Schroeder beat Bast with a broken yellow
SECO bike. Whattssupp team SECO? Bast is riding better than ever, now the
bikes are breaking???
Good racing in D3 with Baker and Fontz battling it out Fontz falling while on the outside
line remounting and still getting second. Although he raced in the Consi not the
Now for the Challenge:
Five on the line for one lap last man out. Tommy Hedden with the gate and win,
Yarrow is out. Four on the line one lap last man out. Marcucci is first and Hedden is out.
Three left with Carrillo taking position four not three. He blasts the gate and the
win. Marcucci is out. Last race two men two laps--Carrillo gets the gate from the
pole, Ermolenko gives heat on the outside but bobbles on second lap into turn two and
can't get past Carrillo.
D1 Scratch Semi sees Ermolenko protesting
Fishers riding style and Karma comes through again with Fisher hitting the wall and
Manchester and Ermolenko first and second after the restart.
D2 Main saw consistent Matt Browne take
victory from squirrelly rough rider Mellor on the inside of the last corner.
D2 Juniors saw false start and second
attempt saw two riders down in 3-4. One got a rear wheel in the helmet but both were
ok. P. King takes the win. Good racing juniors.
D1 Juniors saw Hooten and Fouler from the 50 with Mark Carrillo winning
and Fouler in second.
D1 Consi saw grate ride from Schroeder
D1 Main saw Polish Bardecki fall on back
straight but racing continued for several laps with yellow flagged turn worker and bike on
the back straight line finally red flag with re-start: order--Ermolenko, Bast, Hedden,
I don't know who won but Bast's bike broke again and causes Hedden to fall on
last turn. Word from the crowd was, and I quote: "Hey SECO, fix that
piece-o-shit." end quote.
D1 Consi is match race between Faria and
Schroeder. No contest for Faria.
D1 Main saw Bobby Hedden getting the gate
and his line from four. Kind of sloppy riding but he eeks out the win over Larson.
I'm looking forward to riding soon. I hope to make the D3 track championship.
Wish me a speedy recovery. Back to you Gary.
Northern California Champion Bobby "The Blaze"
Hedden continued his
winning ways by winning the Scratch Main Event for the second consecutive
week at Auburn Friday Night.
Southern California's Josh Larsen drew the pole with Chris Manchester in gate two, Dukie Ermolenko, who also traveled from Southern California drew
gate three, with Hedden on the outside. Larsen and Hedden came out together,
but Hedden found traction all the way to turn one and took the lead followed
by Larsen, Manchester, and Ermolenko. Larsen hounded Hedden the entire
distance, but Hedden kept his bike on the pole and led all four laps for the
victory. Larsen had to settle for second, Manchester finished third, and
Ermolenko was fourth.
Half of the riders for the six-man Handicap Main were non-regular
riders. The rider who had traveled the farthest, Bartek Bardecki of Poland,
started from the 30, but was at the front of the pack. Bardecki, who was
competing in the second week of a four-week stint in California, took the
lead and was running fast and smooth when he found traction exiting turn two
on the third lap. Bardecki's Jawa launched from underneath him and left him
on his backside while the other riders scrambled to a avoid the fallen rider
and his machine.
The staggered restart found Ermolenko starting at the tapes with four
laps remaining. Ermolenko made the most of his starting position by opening
up a comfortable lead and pulling away for the victory. On the last corner, Bart Bast had engine trouble and slowed which forced Bobby Hedden to lay his
bike down allowing Faria and Larsen to finish ahead of them. The official
finishing order was Hedden finishing second, Bast finishing third, Faria was
fourth, Larsen was fifth, and Bardecki was sixth.
Kevin Fereira was alone at the tapes for the Second Division Main and
took the lead at the start. Fereira held the lead until the fourth lap when Robert Mellor passed him entering turn one. On the last lap, Matt Browne closed in on Mellor and made his move on the last corner. Mellor and Browne
raced to the finish and it was Browne who crossed the line first, but only by
inches. Mellor had to settle for second, Fereira was third, Jonathan Curry
was fourth, Mike Browne was fifth, and Vince Bertolucci finished sixth.
Dean Blankenbiller took the lead at the start of the Third Division
Main and led the first two laps. A crash on lap three brought out the red
flag and forced a restart with three laps remaining. Blankenbiller assumed
the lead again on the restart, but Mike Achilles passed Blankenbiller
entering turn three and never looked back as he took the victory. Bruce
Baker finished second, Blankenbiller was third, and Bill Warnock was fourth. Ronny Woodsford was the early leader of the
Third Division Junior Main
but R.J. Becerra took the lead on the back straight and ran away with the
victory. Ricky Felicio was second, Mitchell Johnson was third, Woodsford was
fourth, David Robinson was fifth, and Tori Hubbert was sixth.
The Second Division Junior Main featured a great duel at the end as
Pete King, the leader at the white flag, had to contend with Paul Johnson.
As they entered the last corner Johnson made a move around the outside and
they had to drag race to the finish. At the line, it was King by inches with
Johnson, despite a great effort, getting second. Amanda English was third,
Bruce Bast was fourth, Jay Ricketts was fifth, and Tom Fehrman was sixth.
Next week will be the annual 25 lap main event at Fast Friday's. Three-time Junior National Champion Ryan Fisher has won the event the past two years.
Third Division Junior Main Event
501 - R.J. Becerra 10
154 - Ricky Felicio 30
8 - Mitchell Johnson 30
21 - Ronny Woodsford 0
28 - David Robinson 0
00 - Tori Hubbert 0
Second Division Junior Main Event (restarted)
130 - Pete King 10
14 - Paul Johnson 20 (penalty line)
10 - Amanda English 0
366 - Bruce Bast 10
29 - Jay Ricketts 10
34 - Tom Fehrman 10 (fell)
First Division Junior Main Event
24 - Mark Carillo 20
25 - T.J. Fowler 30 (penalty line)
12 - Greg Hooten Jr 30 (penalty line)
11 - Jeff Butler 0
93 - J.T. Mabry 0
16 - Alex Marcucci 0
Third Division Consolation
322 - David Fonts 20
343 - Kim Reeg 20
311 - Mike Hooten 10
338 - Kimi Valentine 0
246 - Rich Mignano 0
359 - L.C. Veale 20
340 - Dean Nakatsu 0
279 - Ben Blankenbiller 0
Third Division Main Event (restarted)
355 - Mike Achilles 20
207 - Bruce Baker 10
231 - Dean Blankenbiller 0
301 - Bill Warnock 10
180 - Randy Martin 10 (fell)
268 - Joe Kelly 20 (retired)
124 - Rick Gutzke 10 (non starter - restart)
149 - Greg Chacon 0 (fell, excluded)
Second Division Consolation
111 - Ron Woodsford 10
911 - Tom Adams 30
200 - Craig Boone 10
82 - Harlan Bast 30
112 - Deven Defreece 0
197 - Bill Dixon 0
Second Division Main Event
211 - Matt Browne 30
236 - Robert Mellor 10
143 - Kevin Fereira 0
31 - Jonathan Curry 30
257 - Mike Browne 10
155 - Vince Bertolucci 10
15 - Dustin Schroeder 30
40 - Tommy Hedden 40
387 - Ivan Sevart 0
130 - Chris Manchester 50
854 - Bryan Yarrow 10
6 - Ryan Fisher 50 (non starter)
Handicap Main Event (restarted)
15s - Dukie Ermolenko 40
1n - Bobby Hedden 50
87 - Bart Bast 50
9 - Mike Faria 50
4 - Josh Larsen 50
69 - Bartek Bardecki 30 (fell, excluded)
9 - Mike Faria
15 - Dustin Schroeder
69 - Bartek Bardecki (excluded, two minutes)
6 - Ryan Fisher (non starter)
Scratch Main Event
1n - Bobby Hedden
4s - Josh Larsen
130 - Chris Manchester
15s - Dukie Ermolenko