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Janniro Wins Double Main Events at Fast Fridays

| 5 July 2015 10:47 am

Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway
Gold Country Fairgrounds

Story and Photos by Michael Kirby
AUBURN, CA, JULY 3, 2015

Friday night, Billy Janniro gave himself a great birthday present just as America was getting set to celebrate Independence Day. At Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway in Auburn, California, Janniro won both the Handicap main event and the Scratch main event by convincing margins.

Birthday boy Billy Janniro (1) scored his first double main-event wins on Friday night at Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway in Auburn, California. Janniro won both the Handicap and Scratch main events for the first time this season.

Birthday boy Billy Janniro (1) scored his first double main-event wins on Friday night at Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway in Auburn, California. Janniro won both the Handicap and Scratch main events for the first time this season.

As of Friday, Janniro is now 35 years old, and he is on a streak, with not only the wins in Auburn but also main-event wins at Industry Racing on Wednesday and a main-event win in the second round of the 2015 AMA USA Speedway Championship Series at Ventura Raceway on June 27. Janniro, the current and five-time U.S. National Champion, leads the championship series after two rounds with 36 points, just ahead of Max Ruml with 32 points.

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Janniro was perfect in the Scratch program at Fast Fridays, and he proved to be the fastest man of the evening, with a win in the Scratch finale and wins his heat race and semifinal.

In the main event, he drew lane three and faced Greg Hooten in lane one, Bryce Starks in two and Bart Bast in four.

From the start, Janniro got out front and laid it down! Janniro glanced over his shoulder several times to check on Bast and Hooten, who were engaged in a battle for second and third place, but he was never challenged. Hooten was second and Bast was third. Starks suffered mechanical problems and did not finish.

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Janniro was nearly as proficient in the Handicap program. Riding off the 60-yard line, he tallied a third-place finish in his heat race and a first-place finish in his semi to advance to the main.

Working his way skillfully through traffic on a thick track that suits his riding style, Janniro caught Broc Nicol on the last lap and took the checkered flag for his first main-event win of the evening. Nicol – who had won the Scratch main event the previous week at Fast Fridays and is currently in third place in the AMA USA Speedway Championship Series standings – finished second. Auburn’s own Bob “Bad Boy” Hicks was third.

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The Youth program at Fast Fridays consists of five divisions: two 150cc and 250cc divisions and a very popular Pee Wee division. Currently, a new crop of young but impressive Division One riders – including Luke Becker, Max and Dillon Ruml, Broc Nicol – and veteran riders such as Billy Janniro, Bart Bast and Bryce Starks all began their careers in the Youth divisions. These young riders come out every night, working on their game, hoping to be the next champion, improving their skills each week. Like any other sport, it is in these leagues that the next champions are nurtured and their skills honed. It’s heartwarming to see these pint-sized racers decked out in their racing gear on the winners’ podium with big smiles and trophies nearly as tall as the racers themselves after the races.

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In the Youth A 250cc division, Auburn speedster Colton Hicks, who is destined to be a great up-and-coming Division One rider someday, topped the main event. Hicks’ skill level surpasses his age and, at 13 years old, he is very impressive and exciting to watch coming off back yardage each week to win races.

Colton Hicks (24) continues to be a force to be reckoned with in the Youth A 250cc Division, winning the main event Friday night.

Colton Hicks (24) continues to be a force to be reckoned with in the Youth A 250cc Division, winning the main event Friday night.

In the Youth B 250cc division, Sammy Tetrault picked up his first main-event win of the Fast Fridays season.

In the Youth A 150cc division, a very excited Logan Hedden won his first main event of the season. On his victory lap, he stopped to throw his goggles up to cheering fans in the stands.

“It feel good to get it [his first victory] out of the way,” said the beaming 11-year-old Hedden after the races. “It brings back my confidence. I’m just really happy!”

Folsom, California’s Logan Hedden won his first Youth A 150cc main event this past Friday night at Fast Fridays.

Folsom, California’s Logan Hedden won his first Youth A 150cc main event this past Friday night at Fast Fridays.

The Youth B 150cc division was topped by Anthony Dion.

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Shawn Eldredge won his first main event of the 2015 Fast Fridays season in the Division Two program on Friday night. Eldredge topped Lawrence McNutt, who was second, and Nick Dion, who was third.

Shawn Eldredge (257) enjoyed a magnum of success by winning the Division Two main event for the first time this season.

Shawn Eldredge (257) enjoyed a magnum of success by winning the Division Two main event for the first time this season.

“I’m what you call a ‘bubble rider’ – I fill the program in Division One and Two, [and] sometimes things go well,” said Eldredge. “It’s always good to have a win.”

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Speedway newcomer Cameron Beck of Foresthill, California, states in his rider profile that his ambitions in speedway is to not go to the hospital. He won the Division Three main event.

“I’m new to speedway, so every time I ride, it’s something new,” said Beck. “It was pretty awesome to win!”

Speedway newcomer Cameron Beck (299, right) and Dorian Jewett (left) come out of turn two in tight formation in a Division Three heat race. Beck won the D-3 main event.

Speedway newcomer Cameron Beck (299, right) and Dorian Jewett (left) come out of turn two in tight formation in a Division Three heat race. Beck won the D-3 main event.

After two restarts in the main event, Beck started first in the restart and held on for the win. Beck finished second on June 19, and he is sure to be a player in the exciting Division Three racing.

John Peters was second, and John Gauthreaux was third.

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Five sidecar teams made their way to Fast Fridays for their third meeting at Auburn’s Fast Fridays track.

Five sidecar teams made their way to Fast Fridays for their third meeting at Auburn’s Fast Fridays track.

The heart-stopping Extreme Sidecars made their third appearance of the season at Fast Fridays, thrilling the fans as they always do on their three-wheeled 1000cc bikes. The team of Bryan Motis & Josh Bennett was able to hold off Joe Jones & Tom Summers in an exciting Sidecar main-event finish.

“So far, we have won two main events up here this year,” said Motis.

Motis & Bennett have been teamed together for three years, and they celebrated their win with some Fourth of July fireworks blazing on their victory lap.

The Extreme Sidecar team of Bryan Motis & Josh Bennett (pictured) were able to hold off the hard-charging team of Joe Jones & Tom Summers for the win in the main event.

The Extreme Sidecar team of Bryan Motis & Josh Bennett (pictured) were able to hold off the hard-charging team of Joe Jones & Tom Summers for the win in the main event.

Logan Hedden (left) and Anthony Dion (right) hold their hard-won hardware high on the winners’ podium. Hedden won the Youth A 150cc main event and Dion won the Youth B 150cc main event.

Logan Hedden (left) and Anthony Dion (right) hold their hard-won hardware high on the winners’ podium. Hedden won the Youth A 150cc main event and Dion won the Youth B 150cc main event.

Dalton Leedy won the Trophy Dash.

Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway at the Gold Country Fairgrounds
Auburn, California
Results: July 3, 2015

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

DIVISION 1 HANDICAP MAIN: 1. Billy Janniro; 2. Broc Nicol; 3. Bob Hicks.

DIVISION 2 MAIN: 1. Shawn Eldredge; 2. Lawrence McNutt; 3. Nick Dion.

DIVISION 3 MAIN: 1. Cameron Beck; 2. John Peters; 3. John Gauthreaux.

YOUTH A 250 MAIN: 1. Colton Hicks; 2. Sebastian Palmese; 3. Chase Guerrero.

YOUTH B 250 MAIN: 1. Sammy Tetrault; 2. Timmy Dion; 3. Landon Norton.

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

YOUTH B 150 MAIN: 1. Anthony Dion; 2. Sammy Waddill; 3. Aidan McNutt.

TROPHY DASH: 1. Dalton Leedy.

EXTREME SIDECARS: 1. Bryan Motis/ Josh Bennett; 2. Joe Jones/ Tom Summers.

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