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Fast Fridays Speedway
Gold Country Fairgrounds
Auburn, California

Fireworks Night
Friday May 22, 1998 - Fast Fridays Speedway
By: Gary Roberts

A very large crowd on Friday night saw another evening of good racing at Auburn. For some reason the track looked a bit bumpy to start with, but soon evened out to the high standard that everyone has now grown to expect.

For the first time this season, Mike Faria did not make it to both main events. He missed the Handicap Main, but did win the Handicap Consolation. In the semi final, he was beaten by front yardage man Ian Ferris, who seems to get faster every week, and very much on form, Auburn regulars, Bart Bast and Bobby Hedden.

Scratch Main
1. Bart Bast
2. Bobby Hedden
3. Mike Faria
4. Bob Hicks
Mike was riding an upright GM, against every one else's laydowns.

Scratch Consolation
1. Jim Sisemore
2. Billy Janniro
3. Tommy Hedden
4. Pat Linn

Handicap Main
1. Bobby Hedden
2. Ian Ferris
3. Bart Bast
4. Jim Sisemore
5. Chad Felicio
6. Tommy Hedden

Handicap Consolation
1. Mike Faria
2. Pat Linn
3. Billy Janniro
4. Bob Hicks
5. Rick Shafer
6. Vance Felicio

Division 2 Main
1. Dave Booth
2. Scott Olney
3. Shawn MacDonald
4. Tom Adams
5. Bill Newby
6. Dick Vargas

Division 2 Consolation
1. Steve Arena
2. Harlan Bast Snr.
3. Ted Taylor
4. Dennis Cassidy
5. Greg Howell
6. Bill Thomas

Division 3 Main
1. Paul Hart
2. Glenn Scott
3. Bill Dixon
4. Joe Whiting
5. Bobby Chipman
6. Bill Warnock

Division 3 Consolation
2. Derek Silva
3. Harry Bradwell
4. ? Maes
5. David Lee
6. Kevin Fereira

Division 1 Juniors
1. AJ Jones
2. Eric Carrillo
3. Bryan Yarrow
4. JJ Martynse

Division 2 Juniors
1. Josh Newby
2. Jay Heidt
3. Jon Curry

Division 3 Juniors
1. Alex Marcucci
2. JT Mabry
3. Brenton Bast
4. Amanda English

Jim Sisemore has taken over riding the immaculately prepared Ed Rose machines. Ed's previous rider, Louis Kossuth, it was announced, has retired from racing. A product of California's junior Speedway program, Louis has been a top rider both in Northern and Southern California for well over a decade. The highest of his many achievements was a third in the 1996 US National Championship, behind Steve Lucero and Mike Faria.

Next week World Champion Greg Hancock is on the Auburn program, and I heard rumours last night that Sam Ermolenko might be there too. I am sure Greg will be weighing up his form against others, in preparation for the AMA National Championship event, which takes place on September 4.

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