Costa Mesa Speedway
Orange County Fairgrounds
Costa Mesa, California
July 7, 2006 - Costa Mesa
By: Ryan Evans
Bryan Yarrow added the coveted Fair Derby trophy to his mantle by winning all five of his races, including the main event, at the world famous Costa Mesa bullring oval.
Yarrow and Bobby Schwartz both entered the main event with perfect scores. Yarrow won the draw and selected the pole. Schwartz chose gate two. Joining them in the main were Shawn McConnell in gate three, Josh Larsen in gate four, and Bobby Krips on the outside.
Larsen was fastest starter and came across Yarrow entering turn one. Larsen didn't turn hard enough and drifted wide as they exited turn two and Yarrow shot up the inside on the back straight. Larsen had to stay outside in turns three and four which allowed Yarrow to stay on the preferred inside groove. Yarrow surged ahead at the end of lap one leaving Larsen no other choice than tucking in behind in hopes of a mistake. That mistake would never come as Yarrow was first to the checkered flag. Larsen settled for second, Schwartz finished third, McConnell was fourth, and Krips finished fifth.
Yarrow began the evening by defeating defending National Champion Chris Manchester. Eddie Castro won the restart of race two, but Gary Hicks was forced to withdraw after his bike was bent on the original start. Schwartz defeated Larsen in race three. McConnell ended the first round with a win over Krips.
Round two began with Yarrow beating Larsen for his second straight win. Manchester, returning from a back injury, was leading race 10 when he lifted in turn four and went down hard. Manchester was helped off the track, but would not compete the rest of the evening. Krips easily won the restart. Schwartz beat Castro for his second win in the next race. McConnell finished the second round with his second consecutive win.
Yarrow began the final round with an easy win to remain perfect for the evening. Schwartz kept pace with Yarrow by winning his third race ahead of Krips and McConnell. Randy DiFrancesco beat George Fox in race 17. Larsen brought the heats to a close with a victory. Brian Starr and Dale Facchini finished first and second, respectively, in a runoff to determine the final two spots in the semis.
Schwartz made it four in a row by winning the first semi with McConnell following him to the main event. Yarrow won the second semi ahead of Larsen to remain perfect entering the main. Krips held off Castro in the Last Chance to take the final slot in the main.
Billy Braden led the Support Main for three laps, but Eloy Medellin had steadily whittled down his lead as they took the white flag. Braden drifted wide in turn two and then slid off. Braden's fall handed the lead and the victory to Medellin. Vince Giamformaggio finished second, Braden was third, and Bryan Buffington was credited with fourth.
Costa Mesa will be dark for the rest of July due to the Orange County Fair. Speedway returns to the world famous track on Saturday, August 5 for Round 1 of the AMA National Championship Series. Six-time National Champion and 1997 World Champion Greg Hancock will make his first appearance at Costa Mesa since 2001 and will begin his quest to match Mike Bast's record seven titles. 1996 World Champion Billy "The Bullet" Hamill will make his first appearance in three years at Costa Mesa and is seeking his fourth AMA title.
118 - Scott Tidwell
106 - Robert Fiesler
389 - Ryan Tovatt
198 - Mike Boyle
212 - Steve Dziadus Sr.
107 - Monte McKeon
150 - Damon Barry
391 - Mike Bershee
Support Semi #1
77 - Bryan Buffington
178 - Eloy Medellin
176 - Carl Gazafy
182 - Rudy Laurer
Support Semi #2
117 - Billy Braden
309 - Vince Giamformaggio
136 - Kim Stevens
163 - Rohn Zellner (non starter)
Support Main Event
178 - Eloy Medellin
309 - Vince Giamformaggio (tape penalty)
117 - Billy Braden (fell, remounted)
77 - Bryan Buffington (tape exclusion)
First Division Scoring 1 2 3 T
1 - Chris Manchester 3 N withdrew 3
2 - Josh Larsen 3 3 4 10
3 - Gary Hicks M withdrew 0
6 - Shawn McConnell 4 4 2 10
8n - Bryan Yarrow 4 4 4 12
11 - Bobby Schwartz 4 4 4 12
12 - Randy DiFrancesco 2 2 4 8
13 - Nate Perkins 2 2 1 5
14 - Eddie Castro 4 3 1 8
24 - Bobby Krips 3 4 3 10
29 - George Fox 0 1 3 4
105 - Michael Hernandez 3 1 1 5
139 - Shaun Harmatiuk 2 3 3 8
145 - Mark Dwyer 2 R 3 5
148 - Chris Metoyer 1 1 2 4
163 - Rohn Zellner 3 1 - 4
248 - Brian Starr 1 2 2 5
301 - Dale Facchini 1 2 2 5
1: Yarrow, Manchester, DiFrancesco, Starr, Fox
2: (restarted) Castro, Hernandez, Dwyer, Hicks (two minute exclusion)
3: Schwartz, Larsen, Harmatiuk, Metoyer,
4: McConnell, Krips, Perkins, Facchini
9: Yarrow, Larsen, Perkins, Hernandez, Dwyer (retired)
10: (restarted) Krips, Zellner, DiFrancesco, Manchester (non starter)
11: Schwartz, Castro, Facchini, Fox
12: McConnell, Harmatiuk, Starr, Metoyer
15: Yarrow, Dwyer (tape penalty), Metoyer, Zellner
16: Schwartz, Krips, McConnell, Hernandez
17: DiFrancesco, Fox, Facchini, Perkins
18: Larsen, Harmatiuk, Starr, Castro
Runoff: Starr, Facchini, Hernandez, Dwyer (fell), Perkins (non starter)
Semi #1: Schwartz, McConnell, DiFrancesco, Harmatiuk, Facchini
Semi #2: Yarrow, Larsen, Krips, Castro, Starr
24 - Bobby Krips
14 - Eddie Castro
139 - Shaun Harmatiuk
12 - Randy DiFrancesco (fell)
Fair Derby Main Event
8n - Bryan Yarrow
2 - Josh Larsen
11 - Bobby Schwartz
6 - Shawn McConnell
24 - Bobby Krips