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Yarrow Reigns on a Rainy Fast Friday

| 6 June 2015 5:20 pm

Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway
Gold Country Fairgrounds

Story and Photos by Michael Kirby
AUBURN, CA, JUNE 5, 2015

Mother Nature threw a curve ball at Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway in Auburn, California. Forty-five minutes before start time, black clouds rolled over the Gold Country Fairgrounds and an unseasonable thunderstorm dumped buckets full of rain on the track as lightning filled the darkened skies. Die-hard speedway fans found shelter under the covered seating, while Fast Fridays owner Dave Joiner and his crew hustled to respond. The rain stopped, and the tractor went to work, pushing wet dirt away and spreading dry dirt on the soaked track.

Dirk Rogers skillfully works on the Fast Fridays track after a thunderstorm struck just before the races were set to start. Dry dirt was dumped on the course and the racing began only an hour late.

Dirk Rogers skillfully works on the Fast Fridays track after a thunderstorm struck just before the races were set to start. Dry dirt was dumped on the course and the racing began only an hour late.

“I have to say the track is well groomed and well maintained, and we have dry material in back for nights like this,” Joiner said. “I have to give a big thanks to the riders for hanging in there and giving it a go, because it started out looking impossible. We also have some loyal fans – the best in the world.”

Starting a little over an hour late and with an abbreviated program to make up for lost time, motors fired up and racing began on a nearly perfect track on what became a fantastic night. A few of the consolation races were combined, the Youth program was shortened by one race, and the third round of the Challenge Elimination Series was postponed for a drier night.

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Bryan Yarrow, who seems to show up just to win the Division One Scratch main event, rode like a true veteran. With a great attitude of having fun and accepting wins and losses as they come, Yarrow picked up his second main-event win in three appearances at Fast Fridays. Out of the gate, Yarrow won the Scratch main event in week one. He missed racing on week two and week three, and he didn’t make the main event in week four. Then he was the fastest man of the night on Friday in week five.

“The track is always tricky when it rains like this,” Yarrow said. “We always ride cautious, but it ended up being real good.”

Bryan Yarrow (8) won the Scratch main event for the second time this season. Yarrow missed two weeks of racing but has won two of the three main events he has made.

Bryan Yarrow (8) won the Scratch main event for the second time this season. Yarrow missed two weeks of racing but has won two of the three main events he has made.

Yarrow was matched in the final race of an interesting night of speedway racing action with Billy “The Kid” Janniro, who has made every Scratch main event of the season here so far; Bart Bast, who has made four out of five Scratch main events; and the young master Luke Becker.

With the track moist and full of new dirt making any draw nearly equal, Janniro drew lane one. Becker picked the number-two ball. Yarrow drew three, and Bast was left with four.

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When the tape went up, Yarrow got inside, next to Janniro, who was thriving on the deep track on the outside all night, as Bast and Becker trailed. Unfortunately, Becker got too far sideways in turn one on the second lap, overcorrected, and slammed hard headfirst into the wall. After a few tense minutes with the emergency personnel, he stood up, but he was unable to make the restart. That left Yarrow, Bast and Janniro to line up again.

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As the tapes went up again, bad luck struck Bast, and a broken chain took him out of the contest.

Yarrow again moved to the inside line, and Janniro worked the deeper track, but Yarrow rode the inside skillfully as Janniro gave it his all. In the end, Yarrow maintained control and moved ahead, finishing first, followed by Janniro in an exciting two-man finale.

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Young Gage Geist, just 15 years old, hails from Temecula, and he was racing at Fast Fridays for the first time this season, making his debut in Division One – and he won the Handicap main event. Geist, a member of a group of emerging underclassmen proving themselves in the show with veterans who have been riding for twenty plus years, made a statement.

“This is my first time racing here this season,” Geist said. “The track felt better than I thought it would, with the rain and all. We have the Under 21 National Championship here, so we are coming up for the next couple of weeks to check the track out.”

Fifteen-year-old Gage Geist won the Division One Handicap main event on Friday night. Geist moved up from the youth divisions this season.

Fifteen-year-old Gage Geist won the Division One Handicap main event on Friday night. Geist moved up from the youth divisions this season.

Gage, riding off the 10-yard line, had an outstanding, undefeated evening, winning his heat race, the semifinal and the main event in the Handicap program. David Mersaroli was second and Luke Becker was third.

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Moving up to Division Two this season, William “The Farmer” McCloskey won his first main event of the season. A crowd favorite for his recognizable coveralls, Auburn’s McCloskey was second to Lawrence McNutt in his heat race to transfer to the main event.

In the main event, McCloskey held off McNutt for the win. McNutt was second, and Shane Szuh was third.

Up in Division Two for his first season, Auburn’s William McCloskey won his first Division Two main event.

Up in Division Two for his first season, Auburn’s William McCloskey won his first Division Two main event.

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In Division Three, 66-year old Dorian Jewett again won the main event. Jewett also won last week’s main event. Jewett won his heat races on both weeks, making it four straight victories for the sexagenarian rider.

Dorian Jewett (342) won the Division Three main event for the second week in a row at Fast Fridays.

Dorian Jewett (342) won the Division Three main event for the second week in a row at Fast Fridays.

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The Youth divisions were shortened by one race each to make up for the rain delay. Colton Hicks continued his winning streak, regardless of his deep-yardage starting position. Hicks did have a second-place finish on Friday night, only one of two for the season, but he came back in the main event to win his fifth consecutive Youth 250cc A main event at Fast Fridays. Kyle Cunningham was second, and Chase Guerrero was third.

Auburn’s own Colton Hicks continues his winning streak in the Youth A 250cc Division at Fast Fridays. Hicks has won all five of the main events in his division this year.

Auburn’s own Colton Hicks continues his winning streak in the Youth A 250cc Division at Fast Fridays. Hicks has won all five of the main events in his division this year.

Anthony Dion won the Youth 250cc B main event, followed by Rich Vandermeeden. Sammy Tetrault was third.

Anthony Dion (16) won the Youth B 250cc main event.

Anthony Dion (16) won the Youth B 250cc main event.

In the Youth 150cc A Division, Auburn’s own Cameron Krezman was first, picking up his second trophy for the season.

Sammy “The Bullet” Waddill was first in the Youth 150cc B division.

Youth division main-event winners (from left to right) Sammy “The Bullet” Waddill, Cameron Krezman and Anthony Dion beam with pride while holding up their trophies.

Youth division main-event winners (from left to right) Sammy “The Bullet” Waddill, Cameron Krezman and Anthony Dion beam with pride while holding up their trophies.

Next Friday, June 12, be sure to not miss the return of the Extreme Sidecar riders, who will be making their second of five visits this season. Always crowd pleasers, the two-person teams of riders power their 1000cc, three-wheeled machines at outrageous speeds around Fast Fridays tricky dirt oval. Not to be missed!

Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway at the Gold Country Fairgrounds
Auburn, California
Results: June 5, 2015

DIVISION 1 SCRATCH MAIN: 1. Bryan Yarrow; 2. Billy Janniro; 3. Bart Bast (DNF); 4. Luke Becker (DNF).

DIVISION 1 HANDICAP MAIN: 1. Gage Geist; 2. David Mersaroli; 3. Luke Becker.

DIVISION 2 MAIN: 1. William McCloskey; 2. Lawrence McNutt; 3. Shane Szuh.

DIVISION 3 MAIN: 1. Dorian Jewett; 2. Tim Dion; 3. John Peters.

YOUTH A 250 MAIN: 1. Colton Hicks; 2. Kyle Cunningham; 3. Chase Guerrero.

YOUTH B 250 MAIN: 1. Anthony Dion; 2. Rich Vandermeeden; 3. Sammy Tetrault.

YOUTH A 150 MAIN: 1. Cameron Krezman; 2. Charlie Trana; 3. Logan Hedden.

YOUTH B 150 MAIN: 1. Sammy Waddill; 2. Colton Nelson; 3. Tim Dion.

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