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Janniro Wins Fair Derby at Costa Mesa Speedway!

| 19 July 2013 4:27 pm

Fair Derby at Costa Mesa Speedway
Orange Country Fairgrounds

Story by Elaine Jones
Photos by Jim Thorn/BackItInPhotos.com
COSTA MESA, CA, JULY 13, 2013

It was the opening weekend of the Orange County Fair, and the stands were packed with many first-time speedway spectators to watch the best from Northern and Southern California do battle on the infamous Bullring. They would not be disappointed, and when the main event went off, they were all still there.

Billy Janniro (14), en route to winning his semi and heading on to the main event at the Fair Derby at Costa Mesa Speedway.

Billy Janniro (14), en route to winning his semi and heading on to the main event at the Fair Derby at Costa Mesa Speedway.

It was an all-Scratch program, with three rounds of heads-up racing: The top 10 in points from the heat races would transfer to the two semifinals; the top two from each semi would go directly to the main event, with third and fourth going to the last-chance qualifier; and the winner of the LCQ would become the final rider in the main.

Round One
The opening round of heats saw “Flyin’ Mike” Faria go wire to wire, showing the fans why he has won the Fair Derby more times than anyone else. Youngster Austin Novratil was second, with Charlie “The Edge” Venegas a solid third.

The second heat saw Russell Green put in an outstanding ride, and he was not challenged or intimidated by the likes of Josh Larsen and Shawn “Mad Dog” McConnell, who followed him home. Green had come to compete.

Billy Janniro opened up his evening with a beat-me-if-you-can ride, as he topped teammate Tyson Burmeister and Michael Raines.

“Battlin’ Buck” Blair lived up to his nickname, as he cut a great gate and never looked back in the final heat of the first round. All Tyson Talkington and Tommy Hedden could do was follow him home.

Round Two
Blair rained on Faria’s perfect night, as he outgated him in the opening heat of the second round. Faria tried every trick in the book to get around him, but it was not to be and he had to settle for second. Talkington was staying in the hunt with his third-place finish.

Hedden put in a solid ride in the second heat and held off a strong-running Larsen, who was on his tail the whole four laps, looking for a mistake that never came. Novratil, like Talkington, was in the mix and gathering points with every ride.

Janniro was going for the hat trick, as he picked up his second win with a flawless ride. McConnell was second, and Venegas claimed third.

The final race of round two saw Burmeister turn in a great ride, but it was not easy, as Green pushed him all the way. Jason Ramirez was third.

Only one rider was still perfect on the night, and that was Janniro. Would he be able to go the distance? The final heat-race round would tell the tale.

Round Three
Burmeister opened up the final round with a wire-to-wire go, topping Faria and Michael Raines. Burmeister and Faria were ensured a spot in the semis, but Raines was in the waiting room.

Larsen got it all together in his final heat and cemented his spot in a semi, as did second-place rider Blair. Would third-place finisher Talkington have enough to move on? Two more heats and the question would be answered.

Aaron Fox became the spoiler in the third heat of round three: He not only outgated Janniro but he outran him – by a lot – to win the heat. Janniro’s perfect score was not to be, but he would still have no problem making it into a semi. Fox, unfortunately, had had a rough night, and even though he’d won this heat, he would not be moving forward; however, he had to feel pretty good knowing he not only can run with Janniro but that he can beat him.

McConnell finished off the heat racing with a solid ride and a transfer to a semi. Hedden was second and would also be moving up the ladder. Third-place Ramirez would have to see how the points added up.

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Semifinals
The first semi had Blair on the pole, with Burmeister in two and McConnell in three. On the outside, it was Hedden and Novratil. The first try at a go saw the red flag come out with just one lap in the books. Novratil stood it up and got tangled up with Burmeister.

They lined up again, with Novratil on the 20-yard line. Again, the gate went to Blair, with Burmeister out second. It was short-lived for Burmeister, as Hedden found the hole he was looking for on the white-flag lap and moved into second. Hedden would transfer with Blair to the main, while Burmeister and McConnell got ready for the last-chance. The night was over for Novratil.

Buck Blair (inside) and Tommy Hedden (outside) battle in the first semifinal. Both would move on to the main event.

Buck Blair (inside) and Tommy Hedden (outside) battle in the first semifinal. Both would move on to the main event.

The second semi had Janniro on the pole, with Larsen in two and Talkington in three. Faria and Green were in three and four. It was game, set and match for Janniro. Larsen was second. Those two got ready for the main, while Talkington and Faria would get one more shot in the LCQ.

Josh Larsen finished second in the second semi and would also move on to the main.

Josh Larsen finished second in the second semi and would also move on to the main.

Last-Chance Qualifier
The pole went to Burmeister, with Talkington in two. On the outside, it was the vets – McConnell and Faria. This is the race where the only place to be is first. They loaded in, and the light went green!

Burmeister timed the tapes perfectly and went out on top. Talkington went with him, but he didn’t count on Faria, who came from the outside and got under him to take over second. With two laps left, Faria had to run down Burmeister if he was going to make it to the main. He gave it everything he had, but it just wasn’t enough, and the win – and the final spot in the main – went to Burmeister.

Tyson Burmeister (26, left) topped the LCQ to be the last man in the main. As for Mike Faria (right), his evening was over.

Tyson Burmeister (26, left) topped the LCQ to be the last man in the main. As for Mike Faria (right), his evening was over.

Main Event
They rolled to the line for rider introductions and choice of starting spots for the Fair Derby main. First choice went to Janniro, and he chose gate two. Blair went for the pole. Larsen took gate three. Burmeister and Hedden were in four and five, respectively. They loaded in, the engines came alive, the light went green, and the tapes came up!

Janniro exploded off the line, with Larsen locking in behind him. Three laps in, Blair and Burmeister got very up close and personal in turn three; their bikes literally melded together. It was quite a feat just to get them apart, and Burmeister and Blair both had to bring out backup bikes.

They lined up again, and again it was Janniro out on top. They hadn’t gotten in one lap when Burmeister and Hedden hit the turn-one wall head-on.

On the second attempt to start the main event, (from left to right) Tommy Hedden (40), Tyson Burmeister (26), Josh Larsen (2) and Billy Janniro (14) are side by side when Burmeister’s bike starts to lift…

On the second attempt to start the main event, (from left to right) Tommy Hedden (40), Tyson Burmeister (26), Josh Larsen (2) and Billy Janniro (14) are side by side when Burmeister’s bike starts to lift…

…Burmeister loses control…

…Burmeister loses control…

…and Burmeister and Hedden are heading for a very hard crash…

…and Burmeister and Hedden are heading for a very hard crash…

…into the turn-one wall.

…into the turn-one wall.

Burmeister survived, but the night was over for Hedden, who was helped off the track and in obvious pain.

They say the third time is the charm, and this time everyone was off clean, and – as in the last two starts – it was Janniro out on top. Larsen and Burmeister were in chase mode. One lap was all Blair could get, and he was done. They finished in that order.

The third start worked, and Billy Janniro (14) and Josh Larsen (2) would finish in first and second, respectively.

The third start worked, and Billy Janniro (14) and Josh Larsen (2) would finish in first and second, respectively.

Billy Janniro (14) takes the checkered flag at the 2013 Fair Derby.

Billy Janniro (14) takes the checkered flag at the 2013 Fair Derby.

Billy Janniro with the Fair Derby trophy.

Billy Janniro with the Fair Derby trophy.

Support Main Event
The Support riders also ran a Scratch program, with the top two from each semi making the main. The Support main had Shawn Eldridge from New York on the pole, with Rudy Laurer in two. Harold Hartke was in three, and on the outside was Rohn Zellner.

The gate went to Laurer, and he never looked back. Eldridge was in second, and he gave a good accounting of himself, as the Bullring is not easy to ride; he just couldn’t run down Laurer. Hartke claimed third, and Zellner rounded out the field in fourth. The first- and second-place riders got a surprise at the end, when both riders were awarded brand-new helmets.

Rudy Laurer (left) won the Support main event.

Rudy Laurer (left) won the Support main event.

Bobby “Boogaloo” Schwartz was absent from the Fair Derby due to some serious health issues. He was sorely missed, and everyone at Costa Mesa Speedway, fans included, wish him a speedy recovery.

Costa Mesa Speedway action will return August 17 with MK Products Harley Night.

Fair Derby at Costa Mesa Speedway at the Orange Country Fairgrounds
Costa Mesa, California
Results: July 13, 2013

SCRATCH MAIN: 1. Billy Janniro (Jaw); 2. Josh Larsen (Jaw); 3. Tyson Burmeister (Jaw); 4. Buck Blair (Jaw); 5. Tommy Hedden (Jaw).

SUPPORT MAIN: 1. Rudy Laurer (Jaw); 2. Shawn Eldridge (Jaw); 3. Harold Hartke (Jaw); 4. Rohn Zellner (Jaw).

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