Santa Maria, California
April 19 1997 - Fairgrounds Raceway
From: Gary Roberts
The second meeting of the season took place at Fairgrounds Raceway,
Santa Maria on Saturday, on a warmer than expected evening, on an
absolutely perfect track. No bumps, no patches, and very very smooth.
Lots of close racing, a very slick program with 20 heats, 4 finals and 4
Junior Speedway rider races, a 10 minute intermission, we started at 7
and finished just after 9.
Brad Sauer 14
Robbie Sauer 14
Terry McCurdy 13
Billy Lyons 10
Charlie Powell 9
Marvin Sonnier 9
Mark Maynard 8
Rudy Maresca 8
Gerry Dutweiler 7
Tim Appel 6
David Enloe 5
Jeff Smith 5
Paul Baldwin 4
Jimmy Collins 4
Jason Chabot 2
Jason Montgomery 0
Robbie Sauer, Brad Sauer, McCurdy, Sonnier, Lyons
Sonnier, Powell, Maresca, Dutweiler, Maynard
Dutweiler, Smith, Enloe, Baldwin, Appel
Baldwin, Chabot, Montgomery
1. Ryan Fisher
2. Donny Robinson
3. Tim Gomez
As last week, the Bakersfield contingent dominated the first few places.
On his second meeting ever, Charlie Powell didn't make the A final, but
he was credited as being the only rider to take a qualifying point from
A final winner, Robbie Sauer.
There was a lot of overtaking, and a lot of close racing. Although many
of these riders only started last season, they have made significant
progress because of the amount of race experience they have received.
This was pointed out to me later by a rider who had been competing at
Costa Mesa for 2 years, but getting only one ride a week. This excellent
training ground has provided these new riders with 6 rides a meeting.
Three Junior speedway riders competed in 4 races. There was a wide gap
in experience between the three, so a handicap start system was used, to
provide closer racing. Ryan Fisher has been competing for at least 4
years and really is potential World Final material. Donny Robinson
started riding about 18 months ago and competed most of last season. He
has improved a lot. Young Mr. Gomez (forgot his first name) is younger
than the other two, a lot smaller, and rides a Honda (?) engined
machine. I believe the other two ride 250 Jawas.
Ryan also had two two-lap races against top scorer Brad Sauer, beating
him both times. Photographs of Junior speedway riders to follow on the
Again, this week the number of spectators was VERY disappointing. Next
week is the Santa Maria Fairgrounds Strawberry Festival and there will
be racing in the afternoon and evening. It is hoped that a few
strawberry fanatics will broaden their interests and get sufficiently
addicted to come back regularly.
If there is anyone on this distribution who comes to Santa Maria on a
regular basis, we are short of infield staff. Would perspective
volunteers please Email me for details.
Gary Roberts - firstname.lastname@example.org