Fast Fridays Speedway
Gold Country Fairgrounds
Hedden and Felicio Win Mains
By Michael Kirby (Story & Photos)
AUBURN, CALIFORNIA, August 13, 2010
Friday night two veteran riders climbed to the top of the winner’s podium for the first time this season at Fast Friday’s Motorcycle Speedway in Auburn’s Gold Country Fairgrounds. Tommy Hedden and Ricky Felicio each picked up first place victories; Hedden winning the Division I scratch main event, and Felicio topping the Division I handicap main event.
Auburn’s Hedden has been racing well all season at Fast Friday’s making it into the Div. I scratch main event nine times, and the Div. I handicap main event five times in 13 regular season meetings. Hedden has missed only one night without a Div. I scratch or handicap main event showing this season. Hedden, brother of retired speedway veteran Bobby Hedden, began his career in 1983, has been racing speedway for 27 years and is a competitive force on any track.
Hedden fought his way into the Div. I scratch main event Friday night by winning his first scratch heat race and winning his scratch semi-final heat. Hedden then drew lane three, lining up alongside Billy Janniro in lane four, Charlie Venegas in lane two, and Auburn’s Bart Bast in lane one. Out of the gate Hedden was inside of all riders by turn one and riding hard with Janniro just outside of him, a little higher on the track. Hedden and Janniro continued to battle with Janniro trying to get around Hedden on the outside as Hedden held fast on his inside line, with Bast and Venegas just behind in striking distance. Looking like it would shape up into another close finish the unexpected happened on lap three of the four lap race, with Janniro and Venegas going down on the straight-away between turn three and four. Hedden was declared winner without a restart because the scratch main had gone into three laps, and his lead position gave him the win. Bast finished second, Venegas third and Janniro fourth. “I’ve got a couple of good sponsors right now, we put in a different motor we haven’t run in a while that’s working well, it feels good, finally beat Janniro,” said Hedden.
Felicio won the Div. I handicap main after a winning his handicap heat race and finishing second in his handicap semi-final. The 20 year old Orangevale resident has been racing at Fast Friday’s since 2000 and was the 2006 Youth National Champion. “I’m ecstatic, I hope to keep it rolling,” said Felicio. Bart Bast was second, last week’s Div. I handicap main winner Alex Marcucci was third. Bast, for the second week in a row, picked a pair of second place finishes in both the Div. I scratch and handicap main events.
Tom Fehrman topped the Div. II main event followed by Richard Fehrman in second and Steve Rowett was third. Division III was won by Chris Casey, Fast Friday’s owner David Joiner finished second, and Robby Northam finished third. The Youth A main event was won by PJ Bryne, the Youth B main event by Colton Hicks, and Run What U Brung was won by Jim Lewis.
Liv Fast Freestyle Moto X Team of Reno Nevada put on an exciting exhibition of motorcycle tricks, stunt jumping their bike off ramps set up in the speedway infield, thrilling the Fast Friday crowd.
Results from 8-13-10
Division 1 Scratch Main Event
1-Tommy Hedden, 2-Bart Bast, 3-Charlie Venegas, 4-Billy Janniro
Division I Handicap Main Event
1-Ricky Felicio, 2-Bart Bast 3-Alex Marcucci
Division II Main Event
1-Tom Fehrman, 2-Richard Fehrman, 3-Steve Rowett
Division III Main Event
1-Chris Casey, 2- David Joiner, 3-Robby Northam
Youth A Main
Youth B Main
Run What U Brung
Photos By Michael Kirby
||Ricky Felicio gets the inside line on Tommy Hedden in a Div. I handicap heat race. Felicio won the Div. I handicap main event, the first main event win this season for Felicio.
||Auburn’s Tommy Hedden leads Billy Janniro in turn one Friday night at Fast Friday’s Motorcycle Speedway at the Gold Country Fairgrounds. Hedden picked up his first Div. I main event win of the season winning the Div. I scratch main event.
||Auburn’s Harlan Bast had the Fast Friday’s crowd on their feet as he won his Div. II heat race and transferred into the Div. II main event.
Dustin Miller of Liv Fast Freestyle Moto X Team of Reno NV, put on quite a show during breaks in the action at Fast Friday’s. The three man team of Miller, Greg Garrison, and Tim O’Brien thrilled the Fast Friday’s crowd with a fast paced show of motorcycle jumps.
||Tommy Hedden won the Div. I scratch main event.