Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway
Gold Country Fairgrounds
Story and Photos by Michael Kirby
AUBURN, CA, AUG. 7, 2015
Maybe it was just fooling around, having fun. Maybe it was the new tire and a perfect track. Maybe it was getting ready to defend his AMA National Speedway Championship in the third of four rounds on Saturday night at the City of Industry. Maybe Billy Janniro didn’t even need a reason, but Friday night at Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway in Auburn at the Gold Country Fairgrounds, “Billy The Kid” again won both the Handicap main event and the Scratch main event for the third time this season. Perfect for the entire night, Janniro won every race in both programs, again establishing without a doubt that he is the man to beat in this 2015 speedway season.
In the Scratch main event, Janniro drew lane four, which for any other rider would have been a disappointment; for Janniro, it was perfect. Tommy Hedden sat next to him in lane three, Auburn’s own Bart Bast was in two and Luke Becker was on the pole in one.
The new tire grabbed at the start and Janniro got a fantastic gate, rocketing outside around all the riders who were fighting for the inside position. He continued to ride the thick dirt outside, just powering around the Fast Fridays oval and increasing his lead with every lap. A wheelie across the finish line, and it was over! Bast motored in second, followed by Becker in third, and Hedden was fourth.
“We just rode a little extra hard tonight,” Janniro said. “When I got gate four, I was excited. The track was awesome! [Track promoter] Dave [Joiner] has done a great job!”
In the Handicap main event, Janniro also had little trouble coming off the 60-yard line – again, on a thick track he so enjoys – weaving through traffic outside and inside to take the checkered flag easily. On top of his game, with the third round of the National Championship Series probably more on his mind than this night of racing, Janniro finished first, ahead of Hedden, in second place. Becker finished in third and Bart Bast was fourth.
Janniro leads all riders in the National Championship Series, with 36 points, and he also led all riders in the Fast Fridays season points race, with 1,673, followed closely by Bart Bast, with 1,599, before the August 7 meeting. All season rider points for all divisions can be found at www.fastfridays.com.
The ever-popular Extreme Sidecar teams made another trip north from Southern California to race at Fast Fridays. The sidecars have a huge following in So Cal, but thousands of die-hard Fast Fridays fans show up for each visit to cheer on the racers on their 1000cc, three-wheeled rigs.
Joe Jones & Tom Summers won the main event. Bryan Motis & Gene Stone were second, and the team of James Kinne & Chuck Heider were third.
In Division Two, Nick Dion finally found his way to winners’ podium Friday night. After a second-place finish and four third-place finishes this season, the scrappy Dion put it all together for the win. He currently sits second in the Division Two points race, behind Eddie Marsalla, and he will surely be in the running for the Fast Fridays Division II track championship on September 11. Marsalla finished second, and Michael Achilles finished third.
Division Three was won by newcomer Peter Pecorilla, who has just seven speedway races under his belt. In his first season of speedway racing, the good-natured Pecorilla was all smiles after getting his trophy and being Division Three’s top rider of the night.
“I think that was my seventh race tonight; it’s my first win,” Pecorilla said. “I’ve been trying, and after a couple of second-, third- and fourth-place finishes, I’ll be on the 10-yard line next week. I’m new to speedway but have rode motorcycles all my life, mostly desert enduro and motocross.”
Cameron Beck was second and Tim Dion was third.
Hands down, Colton Hicks owns the Youth A 250cc Division. Starting with nearly a half-track handicap each week, Hicks thrills the crowd with his come-from-behind finishes each week. On this evening, Hicks finished ahead of Landon Norton, who was second, and Kyle Cunningham, who was third.
Anthony Dion again topped the Youth B 250cc Division for the second week in a row. Sammy Tetrault was second, and Rich Vandermeeden was third.
Enzo Sorani of Grass Valley, California, was first in the Youth A 150cc Division. Logan Hedden was second, and Gregory Moore was third.
Timmy Dion, the third Dion family member to win main events on Friday night, topped the Youth B 150cc main event. Second was Colton Nelson, and third was Aiden McNutt.
Eddie Marsalla won the Trophy Dash, and Louie Mersaroli took the win in the Run What U Brung main event.
Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway at the Gold Country Fairgrounds
Results: August 7, 2015
DIVISION 1 SCRATCH MAIN: 1. Billy Janniro; 2. Bart Bast; 3. Luke Becker; 4. Tommy Hedden.
DIVISION 1 HANDICAP MAIN: 1. Billy Janniro; 2. Tommy Hedden; 3. Luke Becker.
DIVISION 2 MAIN: 1. Nick Dion; 2. Eddie Marsalla; 3. Michael Achilles.
DIVISION 3 MAIN: 1. Peter Pecorilla; 2. Cameron Beck; 3. Tim Dion.
YOUTH A 250 MAIN: 1. Colton Hicks; 2. Landon Norton; 3. Kyle Cunningham.
YOUTH B 250 MAIN: 1. Anthony Dion; 2. Sammy Tetrault; 3. Rich Vandermeeden.
YOUTH A 150 MAIN: 1. Enzo Sorani; 2. Logan Hedden; 3. Gregory Moore.
YOUTH B 150cc MAIN: 1. Timmy Dion; 2. Colton Nelson; 3. Aiden McNutt.
TROPHY DASH: 1. Eddie Marsalla; 2. Rick Shafer; 3. Lawrence McNutt.
RUN WHAT U BRUNG: 1. Louie Mersaroli; 2. Matt Kreger; 3. John Gregg.
SIDECAR MAIN: 1. Joe Jones/ Tom Summers; 2. Bryan Motis/ Gene Stone; 3. James Kinne/ Chuck Heider.