Fast Fridays Speedway
Gold Country Fairgrounds
Fast Fridays, Auburn, California USA - May 9, 2008
By Journal Sports Staff
Billy Hamill kicked off his first full season back in the U.S. after a successful speedway career in Europe with a big win at Fast Fridays.
The reigning AMA Speedway Series champion, Hamill edged Auburn’s Bart Bastin the scratch main final while Charlie Venegas took third and Kenny Ingalls was fourth. Hamill took the lead on the first lap, holding his outside position the entire way despite Bast’s advances on the inside.
Ben Essary made a splash in his adult Division I debut. The 16-year-old from Rio Oso held off veterans Venegas and Bast to take the handicap main event.
In the Division II main, Russell Green raced to first place ahead of Rob Christian and Jim Lewis.
Danny Faria took first in the Division III main. Ronny Woodsford took second and Clark Caravella was third.
Cody Ciciarelli placed first in the Youth Division I main event, beating out Thomas Reich and Amber Felicio.
Kendra Warren won the Youth Division II race and Anson Maloney took the Youth Division III title.
Billy Hamill captures the 2008 Fast Fridays season opener scratch Main. Hamill the current AMA / USA Speedway Series Champion thrilled the capacity crowd that enjoyed an evening of fun, exciting racing and a great evening of entertainment.
As the starting tapes snapped upwards Hamill found his hands full with Charlie Venegas, Bart Bast and Kenny Ingalls starting from the outside starting position. All four riders entered the first corner together with Hamill having a slight edge. Bart Bast hugged the inside line with Hamill and Venegas going for the outside dirt looking for traction. With Ingalls in a very close forth place as the group entered turns three and four it still was unsorted and Bast seemed to have a good inside advantage. As the group completed lap one both Hamill and Venegas were now handle bar to handle bar. Hamill who must have been favored to win considering his status as current National Champion now find his hands full with Venegas mounting an exciting challenge from the outside traction rich Fast Fridays dirt. As the white flag waved signifying the final lap Venegas slipped off a bit allowing Bast to slip under to take over the second place position. Hamill still only with a slight last lap advantage holds off Bast to take the 2008 Auburn Toyota / OTD Cycle Sports Scratch Main.
1st Bill Hamill
2nd Bart Bast
3rd Charlie Venegas
4th Kenny Ingalls
Handicap Main Event:
First year adult rider and former standout Fast Fridays Youth rider, Ben Essary, held off all three Venegas, Bast and Hamill in the handicap portion of the Fast Fridays weekly program.
1st Ben Essary
2nd Charlie Venegas
3rd Bart Bast
Division 2 Main:
1st Russell Green
2nd Rob Christian
3rd 132 Jim Lewis
Division 3 Main:
1st Danny Faria
2nd Ronny Woodsford
3rd Clark Caravella
Youth Division 1 Main: 1st Cody Ciciarelli, 2nd Thomas Reich, 3rd Amber Felicio
Youth Division 2 Main: 1st Kendra Warren, 2nd Tyler Warren, 3rd Jamison Dilkey
Youth Division 3 Main: 1st Anson Maloney, 2nd Desi Fehrman, 3rd Joseph Dingle
Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway
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