Fast Fridays Speedway
Gold Country Fairgrounds
Bast Wins Fast Friday's 2011 Season Opener
Fast Friday’s Motorcycle Speedway
Michael Kirby (Story &Photos)
Auburn, California -May 13, 2011
The 2011 Fast Friday's Motorcycle Speedway season opened with a great night of racing action at Auburn's Gold Country Fairgrounds Friday night.For speedway fans yearning for racing action after the winter layoff, they were treated to some great speedway riding by returning familiar names.
For Bart Bast the night ended perfectly when he won the scratch main event, facing 2010 USA National Speedway champion Billy Janniro, veteran pro Charlie Venegas and Greg Hooten in the last race of the evening.Bast, a veteran rider and crowd favorite missed a crash that took down Hooten and Janniro on the first lap and outlasted Venegas and Hooten on the restart. Janniro was not able to restart due to mechanical problems from the crash. "You always wonder what it's going to happen on the first night, what your pace will be, do you still have it going on," said Bast. "The bike was working great, it was a good night," he said.
Fast Friday's owner David Joiner and his crew had the track in near perfect condition for a packed opening night as fans were treated to some great action.Janniro did well winning his scratch heat race and scratch semi-final, but did not restart after his crash with Hooten in the scratch main.Bast also had a strong night, losing nothing off his game over the winter, and even seems to have a more adopted a more relaxed racing presence that served him well with four first place finishes, one second place and one third place finish for the night.
On the program but missing from the racing action was local Chris Kerr who is back from racing in Europe, and should be a regular at Fast Friday's this season in upcoming races. Bryce Starks was also not racing this week and is in Europe racing in the U-21 World Championship qualifier.
Russell Green won the Handicap main event, Richard Fehrman took the Division II main event, the Division III main event was won by Chris Casey, and Tanner Kane won the Youth Division main event.
Results from 5-13-11
Division 1 Scratch Main Event
1-Bart Bast, 2-Charlie Venegas, 3-Greg Hooten
Division I Handicap Main Event
1-Russell Green, 2-JT Mabry 3-Bart Bast
Division II Main Event
1-Richard Fehrman, 2-Vince Bertolucci, 3-Robert Mellor
Division III Main Event
1-Chris Casey, 2-PJ Bryne, 3-Tyler Warren
Division I Youth Main
1-Tanner Kane, 2-Luke Becker, 3-Colton Hicks
Photos Michael Kirby