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Cal Expo - Sacramento, California

Season Opener
Saturday June 13, 1998 - Cal Expo
By: Gary Roberts and RC Jones

From Gary Roberts
History was made on Saturday evening, with the re-opening after 5 years of Cal Expo Speedway track. The event was an outstanding success, with everything working fine for a first night. There was some great racing, and every indication that this will maintain the momentum which Fast Fridays has established.

Scratch Main
1. Jim Sisemore
2. Bart Bast
3. Billy Janniro
4. Mike Faria

Scratch Consolation
1. Tommy Hedden
2. Bob Hicks
3. Ian Ferris
4. Rich Marcucci

Handicap Main
1. Billy Janniro
2. Jim Sisemore
3. Mike Faria
4. Bart Bast
5. Louis Kossuth
6. Robert Curry

Handicap Consolation
1. Ian Ferris
2. Vance Felicio
3. Tommy Hedden
4. Kelly Bennett
5. Rich Marcucci
6. Jimmy Martinez

Division 2 Main
1. Tom Adams
2. Mat King
3. Shawn Eldridge
4. John O'Connell
5. Harlan Bast
6. Scott Olney

Division 2 Consolation
1. Dennis Cassidy
2. Rachelle Kerr
3. Bill Dixon
4. Greg Howell
5. Scott MacNeil

Division 3 Main
1. Mike Browne
2. David Lee
3. Derek Silva
4. Harry Bradwell
5. Gary Morganville
6. Dick Vargas
7. Steve Leventon
8. Richard Powell

Division 3 Consolation
1. Bobby Chipman
2. Donny Powell
3. Troy Burton
4. Brian Leventon
5. Bill Dixon
6. Rich Mignano
7. Glenn Scott
8. Ivan Sevart
This race was stopped and re-started a couple of times, the results could be very wrong.

Junior Division 1.
1. Eric Carillo
2. Bryan Yarrow
3. JJ Martynse
4. Kelly Bennett
5. AJ Jones

Junior Division 2
1. Josh Newby
2. Mat Browne
3. Jon Curry
4. Shane Hawley

Junior Division 3
1. JT Mabry
2. Ray Linn
3. Alex Marcucci
4. Chris Smith

If anything fell short of perfection, it would be the track. At last, it looks like El Nino has left us alone and for the first time this year, the weather was hot and dry. There was certainly no shortage of dirt on the track and at the start of racing it looked smooth. But as the evening went on it got a bit bumpy, which slowed down the lower division races. But it did nothing to stop two outstanding Division 1 main events.

Billy Janniro impressed everyone by holding off a heavy duty challenge from 5 riders each with at least a decade more experience than himself. Jim Sisemore had an excellent win in the scratch main, from the gate, but the real race was behind him, with Bast, Janniro and Faria, finishing three abreast across the line.

I believe there is excellent potential at Cal Expo. There is certainly no shortage of top riders or lower division riders. The Division 3 class was so oversubscribed that there were 4 heat races, instead of the normal 3. Cal Expo is situated in the middle of Sacramento, a city with a population of 370,000.

One last thought. - What other sport is available in Sacramento, where people can come and watch a National Champion every week?

Gary Roberts - gary_rob@ix.netcom.com

Note From: RC Jones

With a small crowd on hand speedway returned to the Arena at Cal Expo in Sacramento, California...I know this is at least the third time we have raced on the California Exposition Fairgrounds maybe more...

I will let Gary Roberts make the official report. As I know that he has a lot of information to pass on.

Jim Sisemore looked great in winning the scratch main over Bart Bast and Mike Faria...

The track turned really brutal as the night wore on. I know that there was not enough time to get the track in shape and it rutted up late in the evening. This track is about the size of Costa Mesa and the riders had some adjusting to do for the smaller than Auburn track.

A couple of riders not seen earlier this season started were Bob Hicks and Robert Curry. Overall a good night of racing on a touch track..

Cheers, RC Jones, I Love Speedway

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