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Costa Mesa Speedway
Orange County Fairgrounds
Costa Mesa, California

Fan Appreciation Night
May 20, 2006 - Costa Mesa
By: Ryan Evans

Former National Champion "Flyin" Mike Faria won his first Costa Mesa Scratch Main of the year at the world famous bullring oval on the Orange County Fairgrounds.

Faria drew the pole, but it was Buck Blair in gate four who was first to turn one. Blair's momentum carried him wide in turn two and Faria went underneath the Colorado native and took the lead. Shawn McConnell and Ryan Fisher also went by Blair, but were so busy battling each other that Faria's lead was never threatened. Fisher kept the pressure on McConnell and actually ran bumped the second-placed rider's back tire. That move nearly threw the former Junior National Champion from his machine. Faria was first to the checkered flag, McConnell hung for second, Fisher was third, Blair finished fourth, and Bobby Schwartz was fifth.

In the Handicap Main, current Under 21 National Champion Skyler Greyson held off all of Buck Blair's challenges for over six laps. Just as Greyson was going to take the white flag, though, Fisher went down in turn three and brought out the red flag. With just two laps left to be completed, the restart set up a green-white-checkered situation with the riders lined up in their running order. Greyson led again, but exiting turn four he went wide and Blair shot up the inside for the lead. Greyson drifted wide in turn one then slid off. Blair led the final lap for the win, Faria, was second, Eddie Castro finished third, Nate Perkins was fourth, and Dukie Ermolenko finished fifth.

The Support Main required a restart after a pileup in turn one brought out the red flag. The second time the tapes went up it was Michael Hernandez who took the lead. Billy Braden finished lap one in second place, but Hernandez simply ran away and hid from the field. Hernandez won his first Costa Mesa Support Main, Braden was second, Rohn Zellner finished third, Bryan Buffington was fourth, and Rudy Laurer finished fifth.

Matt McBride dominated the Support B Main Event by leading from start to finish for his first victory of the season. Mike Bershee finished second, Ryan Tovat was third, Mike Boyle finished fourth, Kim Stevens was fifth, and Steve Bowen finished sixth.

Jason Ramirez defeated Joey Holt and Austin Novratil to win the Youth Main Event. Samuel Ramirez beat Lauren Hammond and Victoria Matthews in his Pee Wee race. Braydan Galvin was victorious over Shane Terry, Ryan DeLong, and Jesse Nash in the other Pee Wee race.

There won't be racing at Costa Mesa next weekend due to the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Speedway returns on Saturday, June 3 with Orange County Harley Davidson Night. In addition to speedway racing, street-legal Harleys will compete in races on an evening that always attracts a large crowd.

Pee Wee Race 1
22 - Samuel Ramirez
38 - Lauren Hammond
  6 - Victoria Matthews
Pee Wee Race 2
1 - Braydan Galvin
10 - Shane Terry
198 - Ryan DeLong
111 - Jesse Nash 
Youth Main Event (restarted)
 66 - Jason Ramirez 
 114 - Joey Holt   
 8 - Austin Novratil   (non starter) 
Support B Consolation 273 - Matt Monkress         		10
313 - Robert Glamuzina              	20
132 - Justin Hassan                    	20
169 - Dan Wensloff                     	10
308 - Hugh Randolph                  	10
309 - Vince Giamformaggio         	20	(fell) 
Support B Main Event 
140 - Matt McBride                     	10
391 - Matt Bershee                     	20
389 - Ryan Tovat                       	20
198 - Mike Boyle                       	10
136 - Kim Stevens                      	10
177 - Steve Bowen                      	20  	(fell) 
Support Consolation (restarted twice) (awarded)
214 - Steve Murray 
125 - Johnny Lupo 
107 - Monte McKeon     		(penalty line)
178 - Eloy Medellin         	(penalty line) 
Support Consolation 
113 - Mike McCarthy 
194 - Tony Bracy            	(penalty line)
326 - Mike Lane
228 - Shane Kump 
Support Consolation 1
76 - Carl Gazafy 212 - Steve Dziadus
150 - Damon Barry 
118 - Scott Tidwell          	(fell, remounted) 
Support Last Chance (restarted twice)
182 - Rudy Laurer 
148 - Chris Metoyer 
269 - Ed Martinez 
338 - Dave Delbridge       	(non starter) 
Support Main Event (restarted)
105 - Michael Hernandez 
117 - Billy Braden 
163 - Rohn Zellner 
77 - Bryan Buffington 
182 - Rudy Laurer 
Handicap Main Event (restarted)
 39 - Buck Blair                    	30
 9 -  Mike Faria                     	50
 14 - Ed Castro                     	30
 13 - Nate Perkins                     	30	(fell, remounted)
 15 - Dukie Ermolenko                	40
 20 - Skyler Greyson                   	20 	(fell, remounted)
 43 - Charlie Venegas                 	50
 36 - Ryan Fisher                     	50  	(fell) 
 Last Chance 
 39 - Buck Blair 
 15 - Dukie Ermolenko 
 14 - Eddie Castro 
 43 - Charlie Venegas     	(retired) 
 Scratch Main Event
 9 - Mike Faria   
 6 - Shawn McConnell 
 36 - Ryan Fisher 
 39 - Buck Blair 
 11 - Bobby Schwartz
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