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Venegas Picks Up Second Scratch Main-Event Win at Fast Fridays

| 13 July 2014 2:41 pm

Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway
Gold Country Fairgrounds

Story and Photos by Michael Kirby
AUBURN, CA, JULY 11, 2014

It was the cagey veteran Charlie Venegas’ turn to take advantage of track conditions unfavorable to Billy Janniro and slide into victory in the Division One Scratch main event on Friday night at Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway in Auburn, California. At the Gold Country Fairgrounds track, the famous dusted blue groove showed riders the way around the track. Janniro – who has lost only three of 10 Scratch main events so far this season at this venue – prefers a thick track, allowing him to often work the outside, deeper part of the track to power around inside riders.

Charlie Venegas won his second Division One Scratch main event of the Fast Fridays season on Friday night in Auburn.

Charlie Venegas won his second Division One Scratch main event of the Fast Fridays season on Friday night in Auburn, California.

Friday night was a no-go on the outside for Janniro, and Venegas took advantage of the inside slick track to stay ahead of Bart Bast and keep Janniro behind him and on the outside to score his second Scratch main-event victory of the season. Venegas and Bast are the only riders to hand Janniro losses at Fast Fridays this season.

Venegas drew the inside lane, Bast was in two, Janniro sat in three, and Bryce Starks was in four, all racing for the coveted “fastest man of the night” title. In a fast four laps to the finish line, Venegas was followed by Bast, then Starks and Janniro.

“The track is pretty slick; it has been for the last few weeks, [so] I knew it was going to come down to the draw,” said Venegas. “Of course, you have to back that up if you get the inside, which they ended up leaving me with the gate one, but that’s kind of part of the game. A little bit of luck, a little bit of skill – because Bart was right there for a lap or two.”

Tyler Warren picked up his second Division One Handicap main-event win of the season Friday night, further building his confidence, winning this time off the 10-yard line. Warren worked his way into the final with a win in his heat race and a third-place finish in the semifinal to transfer.

“During the main, I just went as fast as I could,” said Warren. “I’m really excited to win this one again!”

Tommy Hedden was second, Bob Hicks was third and Bart Bast was fourth.

Tyler Warren (left) leads Tommy Hedden (40) in a Handicap heat race on Friday night. Riding off the 10-yard line, Warren won his second Division One Handicap main event of the season.

Tyler Warren (left) leads Tommy Hedden (40) in a Handicap heat race on Friday night. Riding off the 10-yard line, Warren won his second Division One Handicap main event of the season.

The Division Two main event was won again by Colfax, California’s Nick Dion, for the second week in a row. Dion, who was injured earlier in the season, is back, and he seems to be currently dominating Division Two. Dion was chased closely in a thrilling main-event race by Jamison Dilkey, but he held on for the win.

“Last week was great, and this week the track was even better,” said Dion. “I just kept hugging the pole. I heard him [Dilkey] behind me, but I wasn’t letting off.”

Dilkey was second, and David Mersaroli was third.

Nick Dion (233) picked up his second Division Two main-event win in two weeks.

Nick Dion (233) picked up his second Division Two main-event win in two weeks.

Will “The Farmer” McCloskey picked up another Division Three main-event win. He was also riding in Division Two for the first time and won the Division Two consolation event. It was McCloskey’s second Division Three main-event win of the season, and this was surely a step closer to riding in Division Two for McCloskey.

“It was my first D-2 ride and I just mainly wanted to stay consistent, not hold up anyone, not crash, and show Dave [promoter Dave Joiner] that I can stay in traffic,” said McCloskey.

Matthew Berglund was second and Lars Kotrlik was third.

Will McCloskey (150) won the Division Three main event and also contested the Division Two program for the first time – and won the Division Two consolation race.

Will McCloskey (150) won the Division Three main event and also contested the Division Two program for the first time – and won the Division Two consolation race.

The fourth spot for the Challenge Elimination Championship was secured by Billy Janniro. He will join Tommy Hedden, Charlie Venegas, Bob Hicks and the winner of round five in the championship run-off on September 12 at Fast Fridays. Janniro won all of the one-lap races and held off Bryce Starks in the final two-lap race to earn the spot.

Landon Norton (115) comes out of turn three just ahead of Dylan Wagner (14) in a Youth A 150cc heat race. Norton won his first Youth A 150cc main event on Friday night.

Landon Norton (115) comes out of turn three just ahead of Dylan Wagner (14) in a Youth A 150cc heat race. Norton won his first Youth A 150cc main event on Friday night.

Luke Becker won the Youth 250cc main event – his fifth for the season – and Landon Norton picked up his first win of the season in the Youth A 150cc main event. Aidan McNutt won his second Youth B 150cc main event. Dan Cahoon won the Run What U Brung main event.

Aidan McNutt (28) scored the Youth B 150cc main-event victory, his second of the Fast Fridays season.

Aidan McNutt (28) scored the Youth B 150cc main-event victory, his second of the Fast Fridays season.

Next week, the exciting and popular North vs. South Civil War Challenge returns to Fast Fridays. An all-star team from Southern California will journey north to face a super Northern California team. Riding for the north will be Billy Janniro, Bart Bast, Bryce Starks, Ryan Bast, Tommy Hedden and J.T. Mabry. Riding for the south will be Charlie Venegas, Max Ruml, Austin Novratil, Mike Faria and Tyson Talkington.

Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway at the Gold Country Fairgrounds
Auburn, California
Results: July 11, 2014

DIVISION 1 SCRATCH MAIN: 1. Charlie Venegas; 2. Bart Bast; 3. Bryce Starks; 4. Billy Janniro.

DIVISION 1 HANDICAP MAIN: 1. Tyler Warren; 2. Tommy Hedden; 3. Bob Hicks.

DIVISION 2 MAIN: 1. Nick Dion; 2. Jamison Dilkey; 3. David Mersaroli.

DIVISION 3 MAIN: 1. William McCloskey; 2. Matthew Berglund; 3. Lars Kotrlik.

YOUTH A 250 MAIN: 1. Luke Becker; 2. Chase Guerrero; 3. William Fike.

YOUTH A 150 MAIN: 1. Landon Norton; 2. Kyle Cunningham.

YOUTH B 150 MAIN: 1. Aidan McNutt; 2. Charlie Trana; 3. Greg Moore.

CHALLENGE ELIMINATION ROUND 4: 1. Billy Janniro; 2. Bryce Starks; 3. Tyler Warren; 4. J.T. Mabry; 5. P.J. Byrne.

RUN WHAT U BRUNG: 1. Dan Cahoon; 2. Jay Fodrini.

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