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Yarrow’s Turn

| 27 June 2016 3:34 pm

Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway
Vintage Speedway/ Racing Legends Night: Gold Country Fairgrounds

Story and Photos by Michael Kirby
AUBURN, CA, JUNE 24, 2016

Friday night, along with a full night of exciting speedway racing, Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway paid tribute to motorcycle-racing legends and riders who have raced at Fast Fridays at the Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn, California, over the years. Vintage Speedway/ Racing Legends Night at Fast Friday’s brought out a handful living legends for the tribute; most of them have retired, but a few of them are still racing.

Bryan Yarrow won both the Handicap and Scratch main events Friday night at Fast Fridays.

Bryan Yarrow won both the Handicap and Scratch main events Friday night at Fast Fridays.

Among the legends in attendance on Friday night was Grass Valley’s Motorcycle World Land Speed Record Holder Rocky “Rocket Man” Robinson, the world’s fastest motorcycle rider. In 2010, Robinson piloted a motorcycle with duel 1300cc Suzuki engines and close to 1000 horsepower to a world-record speed of 376.363 mph, a record that still stands. Earlier in his career, Robinson also raced a speedway bike, and he was a regular rider at Fast Fridays from 1982 to 1990.

“We ran three nights a week, because we raced in Napa and they were running Baylands in Fremont as well,” Robinson said. “In 1989, I won the Northern California championship right here. After that, I kind of got out of it and got into the land-speed racing stuff and I’ve been stuck there ever since.”

Robinson holds the land speed record for two wheels and is back pushing the speed envelope. He would like to break the 400-mph barrier.

“To give you some idea how fast 400 mph, it’s two football fields per second,” he said.

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In the speedway program on Friday night, it was Bryan Yarrow’s turn to have his way at Fast Fridays. Yarrow followed Billy Janniro’s lead last week and doubled up, winning the Handicap and Scratch main events. Yarrow is a rider who can never be counted out on any given night; his mild manner is deceiving.

In the Scratch program, Yarrow was second in his heat and first in his semi. He drew lane two for the main and lined up against Bart Bast in lane one, Charlie Venegas in three and Luke Becker in four.

Yarrow was out front from the start, just ahead of Bast in turn one. Bast was right behind him, and he pestered Yarrow the whole race but could not get around him and had to settle for second. Venegas was third and Becker was fourth.

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Yarrow and Becker were both launching off the 40-yard line in the Handicap program. Becker tried to tame Yarrow. The two kept at it until Yarrow slowly pulled away from Becker, who finished second after a valiant effort. Tommy Hedden was third and Bast was fourth.

“Yeah, it was really unexpected,” Yarrow said. “Everything just worked out tonight. I really just didn’t feel comfortable all night. I got a good start in the Handicap [main] and a terrible gate in the Scratch [main].”

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In Division Two, Charlie Haines racked up the points, picking up the main-event win. Eddie Marsalla was second, and in a near-photo-finish for third, Shawn Eldredge held a slight edge over Michael Achilles.

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The Division Three main event was again won by Jeremy Estes, who has just simply ruled Division Three for the last three weeks with main-event wins. Estes has four main-event victories so far this season. Estes started on the 30-yard line on Friday night, so next week he will be on the 40-yard line, and a win from there should bump this guy up to Division Two.

Jeremy Estes (136) is on a roll, winning the Division Three main event three weeks in a row.

Jeremy Estes (136) is on a roll, winning the Division Three main event three weeks in a row.

In the Youth 250cc A main event, Kyle Cunningham found a way to stay ahead of speed demon (and current Youth National Champion) Colton Hicks. Granted, Hicks is handicapped on the 60-yard line and Cunningham on the 10-yard line; still, it takes a good rider and no mistakes to keep ahead of Hicks at any handicap.

Kyle Cunningham (35) keeps out in front of Colton Hicks (1) in a heat race. He also won the Youth 250cc A main event.

Kyle Cunningham (35) keeps out in front of Colton Hicks (1) in a heat race. He also won the Youth 250cc A main event.

Gregory Moore was first in the Youth 250cc B main event.

Alex Martin, one half of the racing Martin brothers, won the Youth 150cc A main event.

Alex Martin won the Youth 150cc A main event Friday night and picked up his trophy – and a couple of kisses from the trophy girls – on the winners’ podium.

Alex Martin won the Youth 150cc A main event Friday night and picked up his trophy – and a couple of kisses from the trophy girls – on the winners’ podium.

Sammy Waddill won the Youth 150cc B main event.

In a special Vintage racing program, Jimmy Abrams won the Vintage Flat Track/ Run What U Brung main event.

As part of Vintage Night, the Vintage flat-trackers took to the Fast Fridays track.

As part of Vintage Night, the Vintage flat-trackers took to the Fast Fridays track.

On two-valve vintage speedway bikes, Harlan Bast won the Vintage Speedway Exhibition main event.

On Vintage Night at Fast Fridays, Harlan Bast (82) won the Vintage Speedway Exhibition main event.

On Vintage Night at Fast Fridays, Harlan Bast (82) won the Vintage Speedway Exhibition main event.

Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway at the Gold Country Fairgrounds
Auburn, California
Results: June 24, 2016

SCRATCH MAIN: 1. Bryan Yarrow; 2. Bart Bast; 3. Charlie Venegas; 4. Luke Becker.

HANDICAP MAIN: 1. Bryan Yarrow; 2. Luke Becker; 3. Tommy Hedden.

DIVISION 2 MAIN: 1. Charlie Haines; 2. Eddie Marsalla; 3. Shawn Eldredge.

DIVISION 3 MAIN: 1. Jeremy Estes; 2. Hunter Morris; 3. Cameron Beck.

YOUTH 250 A MAIN: 1. Kyle Cunningham; 2. Colton Hicks; 3. Dylan Wagner.

YOUTH 250 B MAIN: 1. Gregory Moore; 2. Blu Vandenbroeder.

YOUTH 150 A MAIN: 1. Alex Martin; 2. Charlie Trana; 3. Sterling Martin.

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

VINTAGE FLAT TRACK/ RUN WHAT U BRUNG: 1. Jimmy Abrams; 2. Jimmy Felice.

TROPHY DASH: 1. Matt King; 2. Charlie Haines; 3. Mike Achilles.

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