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Janniro, Bast and the Harley Boys Rule at Fast Fridays

| 22 August 2015 12:56 pm

Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway
Harley Night at Fast Fridays: Gold Country Fairgrounds

Story and Photos by Michael Kirby
AUBURN, CA, AUG. 21, 2015

The big boys took to the track on Friday night at Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway’s special Harley V-Twins night. Only four riders took to the track to race their big bikes, but the motorcycle parking area was full of motorcycles whose riders showed up to watch the powerful motorcycles race on the eighth-mile track at the Gold Country Fairgrounds that is normally reserved for smaller, lighter speedway bikes.

Mitch Gallagher won the Harley Night V-Twin main event. Gallagher won both heat races and the main event.

Mitch Gallagher won the Harley Night V-Twin main event. Gallagher won both heat races and the main event.

Spun out of the popular Run What U Brung program, the Harleys and V-Twins ran two heat races and one main event, and there was only one crash. The bikes are big and heavy, and they are quite a sight to see sliding around the tight turns.

Mitch Gallagher of Reno, Nevada, a first-time rider at Fast Fridays, won all the heats and the main event. Local Run What U Brung rider Jay Fodrini was second, and Division Three speedway rider Cameron Beck was third in the Harley main event.

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Current AMA National Speedway Champion “Billy The Kid” Janniro, who is having another stellar year, picked up his ninth Division One Scratch main-event victory of the season. Janniro is also leading the points chase in the National Championship Series after three of four rounds, with 57 points, followed by Max Ruml, with 48 points, and Broc Nicol, at 40 points. The 35-year-old Janniro is still proving that experience can trump youth in the speedway world. Ruml is 18 years old and Nicol is 17 years old, and though they are both very impressive riders, Janniro’s years of riding experience still give him the edge over these talented up-and-coming champions. Janniro also leads in points in the Fast Fridays track championship race, with 1,984 points to Bart Bast’s 1,869 after last week’s racing.

Billy Janniro is set for the Division One Scratch main event in lane one.

Billy Janniro is set for the Division One Scratch main event in lane one.

In the Scratch main event, Janniro faced Bob Hicks, Bart Bast and Tommy Hedden. Janniro drew lane one. Hicks, coming out of lane two, rocketed out of the gate (after a restart) and followed Janniro into the inside on turn one and rode just inches from the “The Kid” for two laps of the four-lap finale.

Hicks had a great race, gnawing at Janniro from just inches away, but Janniro slowly pulled away en route to taking the checkered flag. Behind Janniro and Hicks, Bast and Hedden battled for third place. Hicks took second, Bast was third, and Hedden finished fourth.

“Billy The Kid” Janniro celebrates his ninth Division One Scratch main-event win of the Fast Fridays season.

“Billy The Kid” Janniro celebrates his ninth Division One Scratch main-event win of the Fast Fridays season.

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Bart Bast followed his Scratch main-event win last week by winning the Handicap main event this week. With two Scratch main-event wins, this is the first week the rock-solid Bast has won the Handicap main event.

Coming off a Division One Scratch main-event victory last week, Bart Bast won the Division One Handicap main event this week.

Coming off a Division One Scratch main-event victory last week, Bart Bast won the Division One Handicap main event this week.

Riding off the 50-yard line, Bast held off Janniro, who finished second, and hard-riding Tyler Warren, who finished third.

Bast was perfect in the Handicap program, winning his heat and semifinal races before winning the main event.

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Lawrence McNutt won his first-ever Division Two main event. McNutt is a weekly regular at Fast Fridays, and he moved up to Second Division this year. He also rides in the Run What U Brung program.

Lawrence McNutt (275) won the Division Two main event for the first time ever.

Lawrence McNutt (275) won the Division Two main event for the first time ever.

“It’s my first Division Two win ever, it’s my first Division Two year,” McNutt said. “I’ve been getting tips on my riding, and I was finally able to stay out front, not mess up, and block the entire pack from passing me. I’m a happy camper. I’m third in the points and not much behind Nick Dion; I think I can pass him.”

McNutt led for the entire race, ahead of Rick Shafer, who finished second, and Eddie Marsalla, who crossed the finish line in third.

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Visiting from the East Coast – and never having been on a speedway bike before this week – the 17-year-old Dalton Brisbois won the Division Three main event. With an extensive background in flat-track racing, the move to a speedway track was not a giant stretch for Brisbois, and he made it look easy.

“Glenn Scott and Nor Cal Truck gave me the opportunity to race here, and I took it,” Brisbois said. “I’m a flat-tracker, but this was fun. I wasn’t that comfortable in my heat race, but I came into the pit and talked to some of the more experienced riders and came out in the main and held them off.”

A newcomer to speedway racing, Dalton Brisbois (center) won the Division Three main event. With a history of flat-track racing Brisbois, on a speedway bike for the first time and visiting from Massachusetts, put it all together for the win.

A newcomer to speedway racing, Dalton Brisbois (center) won the Division Three main event. With a history of flat-track racing Brisbois, on a speedway bike for the first time and visiting from Massachusetts, put it all together for the win.

Brisbois, who hails from Massachusetts, took his rider test early in the evening, proving he could handle a speedway bike, was he placed third in his heat race to transfer to the main event.

In the main event, Jeremy Estes was second and Cameron Beck was third.

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After some brilliant riding in the last two weeks – winning the 250cc Youth Silver Cup on August 9 and last week’s 250cc Youth National Championship at Fast Fridays – Colton Hicks continued his winning ways, topping the Youth 250cc A main event on Friday night, riding off the 70-yard line. Kyle Cunningham was second, and Landon Norton was third.

Anthony Dion was first in the 250cc Youth B main event. Sammy Tetrault was second, and Rich Vandermeeden was third.

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In a race filled with spills, Cameron Krezman prevailed to win the Youth 150cc A main event, followed by Logan Hedden in second.

Cameron Krezman (26) won the Youth A 150cc main event.

Cameron Krezman (26) won the Youth A 150cc main event.

Sammy Waddill won the Youth 150cc B main event. A crowd favorite, Sammy “The Bullet” held on against Colton Nelson, who finished second, and Aiden McNutt, who was third.

Michael Achilles won the Trophy Dash.

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Next week will be a championship week at Fast Fridays, when the AMA Under 21 Speedway National Championship and the Challenge Elimination Series Championship will both be staged. This will be some great speedway racing for area fans, a must-see!

Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway at the Gold Country Fairgrounds
Auburn, California
Results: August 21, 2015

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

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

DIVISION 2 MAIN: 1. Lawrence McNutt; 2. Rick Shafer; 3. Eddie Marsalla.

DIVISION 3 MAIN: 1. Dalton Brisbois; 2. Jeremy Estes; 3. Cameron Beck.

YOUTH 250 A MAIN: 1. Colton Hicks; 2. Kyle Cunningham; 3. Landon Norton.

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

YOUTH 150 A MAIN: 1. Cameron Krezman; 2. Logan Hedden; 3. Tim Dion.

YOUTH 150 B MAIN: 1. Sammy Waddill; 2. Colton Nelson; 3. Aiden McNutt.

HARLEY V-TWIN MAIN: 1. Mitch Gallagher; 2. Jay Fodrini; 3. Cameron Beck.

TROPHY DASH: 1. Michael Achilles; 2. Charlie Haines; 3. Lawrence McNutt.

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