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Fast Fridays Speedway
Gold Country Fairgrounds
Auburn, California

1999 Week 4
Fast Fridays Speedway, Auburn, CA
Friday May 28, 1999
From Gary Roberts

After a superb American Final, it was back to the normal Fast Fridays program this week. Again the stands were packed and racing was good. There were a number of crashes. The most serious involved Matt Becker, who suffered a concussion, but I am told he is OK.

1997 Charlie Venegas

Scratch Main
1. Charlie Venegas
2. Mike Faria
3. Jim Sisemore
4. Billy Janniro
First lap bunching was this reason for this event having to be restarted no less than three times, and every time it was Sisemore and Janniro on the ground.

Scratch Consi
1. Bob Hicks
2. Bart Bast
3. Pat Linn
4. Bobby Hedden

Handicap Main
1. Charlie Venegas
2. Jim Sisemore
3. Rich Marcucci
4. Billy Janniro
5. Bart Bast
6. Chad Felicio
Charlie Venegas scored the first double of the year. Rich Marcucci started from the 10 yard line and did well to retain third place.

Handicap Consi
1. Pat Linn
2. Mike Faria
3. Rick Shafer
4. Bob Hicks
5. Scott MacNeil
6. Vance Felicio

Division 2 Main
1. Derek Silva
2. Dave Booth
3. Scott Olney
4. Donny Powell
5. Harlan Bast Snr
6. Tom Adams
Recent transferee from the third division, Derek Silva outgate fellow 0 yard rider Donny Powell and hung on for 5 laps.

Division 2 Consi
1. Eric Veale
2. Rachalle Kerr
3. Steve Arena
4. Bill Thomas
5. Matt Browne
6. Mike Browne

Division 3 Main
1. Ivan Sevart
2. Don Webster
3. Richard Powell
4. Kevin Fereira
Also in the race were Mark Blasey, Jamie Hughes, Mark Woodward, Ron Woodsford. It all happened too fast to get the results.

Division 3 Consi
1. Mark Thomas
2. Mike Douglass
Also present: Rich Mignano, Gary Hubbert, Les Veale, Mike Achilles, plus 2 others. See excuse above.

Division 1 Juniors
1. Eric Carrillo
3. Jon Curry
2. Bryan Yarrow
4. AJ Jones
5. Chris Kerr

Division 2 Juniors
1. Ray Linn
2. Brenton Bast
3. JT Mabry
4. Tim Gomez
5. Alex Marcucci

Division 3 Juniors
1. Danny Easley
2. Mark Carrillo
3. Greg Hooten
4. Chris Olney
5. Paul Johnson
6. Amanda English

During the intermission there was a one-lap-dash elimination challenge, in the same style as is done at Costa Mesa. Winner was Billy Janniro, from Jim Sisemore, Pat Linn, Bobby Hedden and Mike Faria.

The quad field was down on its normal numbers. I understand some of them turned up last week and were disappointed not to be included in the American Final and this week took their services elsewhere. Personally, I would prefer to watch Speedway than quads. Those quad guys were getting 3 rides per night. The bottom end of the first division gets one handicap ride, more if they can take a place away from top first division riders. I would prefer to see these guys have scratch races. In my humble opinion, quads dilute my Speedway!

Gary Roberts - gary_rob@ix.netcom.com

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