Club Moto Speedway
Super Saturday Speedway Racing
August 22, 1998 - Livermore
By: Gary Roberts
A great second night at Livermore.
I was in the UK last week, so missed opening night. I understand there
was some good racing and that the first division riders declined to
accept their prize money last week, as a gesture of thanks to the
promoter for putting this great new facility together.
This track is a quite unique among American Speedway tracks in that its
not located in a County Fairgrounds. This has significant advantages.
For one, it does not have to
pay an enormous rent every week (usually of the order of $1500 per
week), which so often in the past has been the single item that has
crippled so many tracks. Secondly, any profit from the concession stands
goes to the promoter, not the fairgrounds. Also, a big plus is that they
don't have a curfew by which time they have to finish racing. All this
adds up to an extremely hopeful Speedway opportunity for Northern
California. They offer practice sessions on Tuesday and Thursday
evenings from 5-9 and on Sundays from 10 till 2. It is situated
reasonably close to the large San Francisco Bay population, so there is
the potential to re-build the big Speedway movement that existed in this
area back in the eighties. For me personally, its a miracle, because its
just 35 miles from where I live! I heard no complaints from the riders
about the track. Its surface was fairly loose, with plenty of dirt.
There were a number of very close races with plenty of overtaking.
1. Billy Janniro
2. Jim Sisemore
3. Bart Bast
4. Matt Becker
Billy Janniro continues to get better and better each week. He and Jim
Sisemore traded places throughout the race, with Bart Bast waiting to
pounce. Matt Becker was in among them for the first couple of laps,
before taking time out to do a quick 360, but continued, only a few
yards behind. It was good to see Matt back in action after a break of
about 6 weeks.
1. Tommy Hedden
2. Bob Hicks
3. Scott McNeil
4. Bobby Hedden
Bobby Hedden appeared out of the pits just as the tapes went up for the
other three. He finished a half lap behind, about where he started out.
Division 2 Main
1. Gary Moranville
2. Dave Booth
3. Bobby Chipman
4. Dennis Cassidy
5. Harlan Bast
6. Mike Gildersleeve
I watched Gary Moranville practice here last Tuesday and he impressed
promoter Jess Ochoa so much he moved him from third to second division.
In just 3 months, he has gone from nowhere to winning the second
division main. He was riding evenly and fast.
Division 2 Consolation
1. Bill Thomas
2. Mike Browne
Also qualifying, but non-starters were Bill Newby, and Jeremy Martinez A popular win for 74 year old Bill Thomas.
Division 3 Main
1. Don Chipman
2. Bill Warnock
3. Craig Boone
4. Geno Bellino
5. Richard Sandon
6. Troy Burton
Division 3 Consolation
1. Ivan Sevart
2. Brian Leventon
3. Richard Powell
4. Gary Hullbert
5. Donny Powell
Division 1 Juniors
1. Eric Carrillo
2. Donny Robinson
3. Bryan Yarrow
Division 2 and 3 Juniors
1. Jon Curry
2. Eric Smith
Anthony Martinez and Matt Browne both fell.
It was good to see so many people stay around after the racing and drink
beer and socialize. The racing finished at 8.15 and there were still
plenty of people around when I left at 10.15.
NOTE: Racing starts at 6 pm, but will move to 7 pm in September. The
promoter is still putting the finishing touches to the facilities, and
permanent track lighting and bench seating are not yet completed. For
spectators comfort, you are welcome to bring a lawn chair!
See the photo page for more shots of the first race night at the track!