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Southern California’s Larsen Wins Scratch Main at Fast Fridays

| 20 May 2013 3:49 pm

Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway
Gold Country Fairgrounds

Story and Photos by Michael Kirby
AUBURN, CA, MAY 17, 2013

A small contingent of Southern California speedway racers rolled into Auburn and the Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway track at the Gold Country Fairgrounds on Friday night in hopes of showing the boys up north just how it’s done. Josh Larsen of Costa Mesa came out on top in the Division One Scratch main event, proving to be the fastest man of the evening. Larsen, with a list of speedway racing achievements dating back to 1986 and 1987, when he won the U.S. Junior National Championship in two consecutive years, is a seasoned veteran with 27 years of racing experience.

The Division One Scratch consolation race at Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway was won by Auburn’s own Bob Hicks (808, second from left).

The Division One Scratch consolation race at Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway was won by Auburn’s own Bob Hicks (808, second from left).

With Billy Janniro absent this week racing in the FIM World Team Cup qualifier in Hungary, he was not able to take his familiar place in the final race of the night. Larsen faced Bart Bast, Charlie Venegas, and Aaron Fox, also from Southern California.

Out of the gate, inside in lane one, it was the cagy veteran Venegas who grabbed the inside line and held on. Larsen, coming out of lane two, was second, and he worked to get around Venegas on the outside, without much success for the first couple of laps. Fox, hanging back and looking for a break, was right on Venegas on the inside, and Bast, who started in lane four, trailed behind the group.

Venegas protected his position well, and with nowhere to go but out and around, Larsen made his move and had the power to pass Venegas on the thicker part of the track. Larsen took the lead and never looked back, taking the checkered flag. Venegas held on for second, Fox was third, and Bast was fourth.

Southern California’s Josh Larsen made the journey north and came away with the Division One Scratch main-event victory on Friday night.

Southern California’s Josh Larsen made the journey north and came away with the Division One Scratch main-event victory on Friday night.

The Division One Handicap main event was also an exciting race that saw Larsen again in the final lineup. Larsen, seeded on the 50-yard line, faced Tommy Hedden on the 40-yard line, Daniel Faria on the 20-yard line, Ryan Bast off the 10-yard line, and So Cal riders Tyson Burmeister on the 40-yard line and Max Ruml on the 30-yard line.

The race was fast and loaded with talent. Bast and Faria were in front, battling neck and neck, when Bast hit the straightaway wall and went down hard.

Faria was in the lead and started first on the staggered restart. He kept Larsen at bay for the final two laps and picked up his first main-event win of the season.

Daniel Faria (105) picked up his first main-event win of the season at Fast Fridays with a victory in the Division One Handicap contest.

Daniel Faria (105) picked up his first main-event win of the season at Fast Fridays with a victory in the Division One Handicap contest.

An exciting finish topped the Division Two main event. Fast Fridays 2012 Division Two track champion Jamison Dilkey caught Auburn’s own Michael Achilles at the finish line in what looked to be a photo finish. Achilles led for most of the race after battling to the front off the 30-yard line and appeared to have the race in the bag but was nipped at the line by Dilkey in the last second. Dilkey picked up his first main-event win of the season, and Achilles finished second and in the money for the second week in a row. Paul Sanburn was third.

Kyle Massalla was first in the Division Three main event, followed by Kyle Porteous in second. Lars Kotrlik was third.

Luke Becker again topped the Youth Division One contest with a win.

Luke Becker (12) won the Division One Youth main event for the second week in a row.

Luke Becker (12) won the Division One Youth main event for the second week in a row.

Colton Hicks and Logan Hedden picked up wins in the Youth Divisions Two and Three contests.

Caleb Clinton won the Run What U Brung Division.

More fun is on the way, as the Extreme Sidecars Series will be coming to town at Fast Fridays next week!

Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway at the Gold Country Fairgrounds
Auburn, California
Results: May 17, 2013

DIVISION 1 SCRATCH MAIN: 1. Josh Larsen; 2. Charlie Venegas; 3. Aaron Fox; 4. Bart Bast.

DIVISION 1 HANDICAP MAIN: 1. Daniel Faria; 2. Josh Larsen; 3. Max Ruml.

DIVISION 2 MAIN: 1. Jamison Dilkey; 2. Michael Achilles; 3. Paul Sanburn.

DIVISION 3 MAIN: 1. Kyle Massalla; 2. Kyle Porteous; 3. Lars Kotrlik.

YOUTH DIVISION 1 MAIN: 1. Luke Becker.

YOUTH DIVISION 2 MAIN: 1. Logan Hedden.

YOUTH DIVISION 3 MAIN: 2. Colton Hicks.

RUN WHAT U BRUNG: 1. Caleb Clinton.

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