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Janniro Wins All at Fast Fridays!

| 14 July 2015 2:30 pm

Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway
Gold Country Fairgrounds

Story and Photos by Michael Kirby
AUBURN, CA, JULY 10, 2015

Billy Janniro does his signature wheelie with the checkered flag after winning the Scratch main event last Friday night at Fast Fridays.

Billy Janniro does his signature wheelie with the checkered flag after winning the Scratch main event last Friday night at Fast Fridays.

There is a reason that Billy Janniro sports the big number one on his back each night he pulls on his racing suit and rolls up to any start line in any speedway race. Midseason at the Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway at the Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn, California, the five-time and current AMA U.S. National Speedway Champion has hit his stride in a big way, and last Friday night, Janniro was nearly unbeatable, showing all in attendance why he wears that number one.

Picking up double main-event wins in the Handicap and Scratch programs for the second week in a row, Janniro won every time he started his bike, except for one Handicap heat race in which he placed second. “Billy The Kid” also picked up a win in the Challenge Elimination Series and even won a heat race in the Run What U Brung program, on a borrowed dirt bike. And it’s not just that he won both main events, it’s the manner in which he won – in convincing, commanding fashion, dominating both races.

In the Scratch program, Janniro was undefeated in his heat and semifinal races and drew lane three in the finale. Facing some of the best at Fast Fridays, Janniro lined up against Tommy Hedden in lane one, Bart Bast in lane two and Charlie Venegas in lane four.

On a track that has improved to Janniro’s liking, Janniro got inside of Venegas in turn one and nudged him outside a little, giving him nowhere to go causing him to slow down and drop back. Janniro turned on the gas, pulling ahead of Hedden and Bast, who were battling for second and third.

By lap four, Janniro had increased his lead by five bikelengths, and he crossed the finish line on his back wheel. Hedden was second, just ahead of Bast, and Venegas coasted across the finish line in fourth.

For the second week in a row, current AMA U.S. National Speedway Champion Billy Janniro won both the Handicap and Scratch main events at Fast Fridays. Janniro also locked up a spot in the Challenge Elimination Series Championship in August by winning round four.

For the second week in a row, current AMA U.S. National Speedway Champion Billy Janniro won both the Handicap and Scratch main events at Fast Fridays. Janniro also locked up a spot in the Challenge Elimination Series Championship in August by winning round four.

“Something’s going on – I’m starting to go fast, the bike is set up, we’re changing little things here and there, and it’s working,” said Janniro. “The track was really slick at the beginning of the season; that kind of equalizes it out for everybody, but once there is a little bit of traction on the track, like tonight, that makes it better for me. I can go out and hit the dirt.”

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Janniro was equally dominant in the Handicap program. Starting on the 60-yard line, Janniro weaved through traffic, but by the fourth lap it looked like Tyler Warren might pick up the win. However, by working the outside track, Janniro just powered around Warren and Bart Bast to seal the deal, and again with his signature wheelie he took the checkered flag. Bast was second and Warren third.

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In the fourth round of the Challenge Elimination Series, Janniro also came out on top, winning a spot in the championship round on August 28. In the one-lap Scratch races, where the best gate rules, Janniro outlasted Louie Mersaroli, Thomas Reich and Tyler Warren and then faced Daniel Faria in the final two-lap race to secure a spot and join Bryce Starks, Tommy Hedden, Charlie Venegas, and the eventual winner of round five in the championship round.

(From left to right) Louie Mersaroli, Billy Janniro, Daniel Faria and Tyler Warren go into turn one during the fourth round of the Challenge Elimination Series. Janniro won the event, grabbing the fourth spot in the championship round on August 28.

(From left to right) Louie Mersaroli, Billy Janniro, Daniel Faria and Tyler Warren go into turn one during the fourth round of the Challenge Elimination Series. Janniro won the event, grabbing the fourth spot in the championship round on August 28.

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In Division Two action, Eddie Marsalla picked up his third main-event win of the season. Marsalla won the D-2 main events in the first and second weeks of the season and is a solid competitor every week in Division Two. Louie Mersaroli – who had a busy night, riding in several programs – picked up second place. Lawrence McNutt was third.

Eddie Marsalla (394) won his third Division Two main event of the season.

Eddie Marsalla (394) won his third Division Two main event of the season.

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Division Three was won by newcomer John O’Leary, in only his second race at Fast Fridays. O’Leary debuted the previous week and pulled off the D-3 win. Peter Pecorilla, who is also new to speedway, was second. John Peters was third.

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The Youth A 250cc Division was won by Blake Borello; this was his first victory of the season. Dylan Wagner finished second, and Chase Guerrero was third.

Blake Borello circles the Fast Fridays track on his victory cool-down lap with the checkered flag after winning his first main event of the season.

Blake Borello circles the Fast Fridays track on his victory cool-down lap with the checkered flag after winning his first main event of the season.

Rich Vandermeeden won the Youth B 250cc main event. This was also his first of the season, after several strong second-place finishes. Anthony Dion was second and Landon Norton was third.

Rich Vandermeeden (210) won his first Youth B 150cc main event of the season on Friday night.

Rich Vandermeeden (210) won his first Youth B 150cc main event of the season on Friday night.

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Cameron Krezman stood tall on the winners’ podium for the fourth time this season after winning the Youth A 150cc main event. Krezman has finished in the top three at nine of the 10 events at Fast Fridays so far this season. Enzo Sorani was second and Landon Collins was third.

Cameron Krezman (26, shown here in a heat race) ended up winning the Youth A 150cc main event.

Cameron Krezman (26, shown here in a heat race) ended up winning the Youth A 150cc main event.

Grass Valley, California’s Timmy Dion topped the Youth B 150cc division with a win in the main event. The 11-year-old Dion beat second-place finisher Aiden McNutt and third-place rider Colton Nelson to the finish line.

Timmy Dion (17) won the Youth B 150cc main event.

Timmy Dion (17) won the Youth B 150cc main event.

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In only his second outing at Fast Fridays, Terry Graham won his second Run What U Brung main event.

“Tonight and two weeks ago are the first times I have rode on this track; in fact, I have not raced on a speedway track since 1978 at Cal Expo,” Graham said. “Two weeks from now, I am being loaned a bike, and I will start in Division Three in the speedway program.”

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The Trophy Dash was won by Robert Curry, who was followed across the line by Rick Shaffer and Lawrence McNutt.

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In the Fast Fridays points race, after last week, Billy Janniro leads Division One with 1,212 points, followed by Bart Bast with 1158, then Luke Becker with 886. Division Two is led by Eddie Marsalla with 453, and Lawrence McNutt, in second place, has 375. Dorian Jewett tops Division Three with 448, followed by Harlan Bast with 424.

Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway at the Gold Country Fairgrounds
Auburn, California
Results: July 10 2015

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

DIVISION 1 HANDICAP MAIN: 1. Billy Janniro; 2. Bart Bast; 3. Tyler Warren; 4. Gage Geist.

DIVISION 2 MAIN: 1. Eddie Marsalla; 2. Louie Mersaroli; 3. Lawrence McNutt.

DIVISION 3 MAIN: 1. John O’Leary; 2. Peter Pecorilla; 3. John Peters.

YOUTH A 250 MAIN: 1. Blake Borello; 2. Dylan Wagner; 3. Chase Guerrero.

YOUTH B 250 MAIN: 1. Richie Vandermeeden; 2. Anthony Dion; 3. Landon Norton.

YOUTH A 150 MAIN: 1. Cameron Krezman; 2. Enzo Sorani; 3. Landon Collins.

YOUTH B 150 MAIN: 1. Timmy Dion; 2. Aidan McNutt; 3. Colton Nelson.

TROPHY DASH: 1. Robert Curry; 2. Rick Shaffer; 3. Lawrence McNutt.

CHALLENGE ELINATION SERIES (Round 4): 1. Billy Janniro; 2. Tommy Hedden; 3. Tyler Warren; 4. Thomas Reich; 5. Louie Mersaroli

RUN WHAT U BRUNG: 1. Terry Graham.

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