Fast Fridays Speedway
Gold Country Fairgrounds
Janniro takes Scratch Main at Fast Friday's
Fast Friday’s Motorcycle Speedway
Michael Kirby (Story & Photos)
Auburn, California - May 27, 2011
Speedway racing fans that braved the cooler weather Friday night at the Fast Friday’s Motorcycle Speedway in Auburn, were in for a treat. The Gold Country Fairgrounds track was lit up with some great speedway racing action.
Billy Janniro, 2010 USA National Speedway Champion, proved to be the fastest man of the night again winning the Division I scratch main event coming off double main event wins last week. “I’ll tell you, Bart (Bast) has really stepped up his game this year, if I don’t beat him out of the gate I think he’d pull away from me,” said Janniro. In the exciting scratch main event Janniro drew lane two, Bart Bast was inside in lane one, Charlie Venegas was in lane three and Bob Hicks was in outside lane four. Janniro got the best gate of the four riders and beat Bast to the inside lane on turn one and held his position for four laps. Bast was on Janniro’s rear wheel the entire race but was unable to pass as Janniro skillfully held him off forcing Bast to settle for second place. Venegas was third and Hicks fourth. Janiro, Bast and Venegas finished this week’s main event in the same order as last week’s scratch main event.
The Division I handicap main event was won by 22 year-old Napa resident JT Mabry, who has really turned up his game up at Fast Friday’s this year. Mabry has made four of six main events in the first three weeks of the season at Fast Friday’s, finishing second in the handicap main event in week one and two. Hicks was second, Janniro third, and Bast was fourth.
In Division II Auburn’s Mike Achilles took first place in the main event. Riding aggressively and with a will to win, Achilles, who has been racing at Fast Friday’s since 1999, and always in the mix in Division II, outlasted Charlie Haines who finished second and Dustin Berdolt who finished third to take the Div. II main event. Division III was won by PJ Bryne, Kevin Chapman was second, followed by Tyler Warren in third. Meadow Vista’s Tanner Kane, won his third main event in three weeks, again took first place in the Youth A main event. Auburn’s Colton Hicks won the Youth B main event.
JT Mabry, also won the second of the five Challenge Elimination Series races and will join Charlie Venegas September 2 when all five Challenge Elimination Series winners will run off for the Challenge Elimination Championship. Mabry outlasted Billy Janniro, Daniel Faria, Alex Marcucci, and Devin Defreece to grab a spot in the championship run-off.
Results from Fast Friday’s for 5-27-11
Division 1 Scratch Main Event
1-Billy Janniro, 2-Bart Bast, 3-Charlie Venegas, 4-Bob Hicks
Division I Handicap Main Event
1-JT Mabry, 2-Bob Hicks 3-Billy Janniro
Division II Main Event
1-Michael Achilles, 2-Charlie Haines, 3-Dustin Berdolt
Division III Main Event
1-PJ Bryne, 2-Kevin Chapman, 3-Tyler Warren
Youth A Main
Youth B Main
1-Colton Hicks, 2-Luke Becker
Challenge Elimination Series (Round Two)
1-JT Mabry, 2-Daniel Faria, 3 -Billy Janniro, 4-Alex Marcucci, 5-Devin Defreece
Photos Michael Kirby
||(L-R) Daniel Faria and Billy Janniro eye the start tapes in the start of the second round of the Challenge Elimination Series held Friday night at Fast Friday’s. Five round winning riders will face off on September 2 for the Challenge Elimination championship. JT Mabry won this round and joins Charlie Venegas who as also grabbed a spot in the championship.
||9883 The start of the Division I scratch main event. (L-R) Charlie Venegas, Billy Janniro and Auburn's Bart Bast. Janniro went on to win the main event, Bast was second and Venegas third. Not pictured by in the main event was Auburn's Bob Hicks.
||Napa’s JT Mabry leads Jim Lewis out of turn two in a heat race. Mabry is racing well so far this season and won the handicap main event.
||Tanner Kane won Friday nights Youth A main event at Fast Friday's. The fifteen year old has won all the Youth A main events this season at Fast Friday’s.