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Becker, Hamill On It on Opening Night at Fast Fridays!

| 16 May 2017 3:19 pm

Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway
Gold Country Fairgrounds

Story and Photos by Michael Kirby
AUBURN, CA, MAY 12, 2017

Excitement was high as fans poured into Auburn, California’s McCann Stadium in the Gold Country Fairgrounds on Friday night, May 12, as Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway kicked off its 2017 season with a flawless opening night. The long off season is over, and the first of 22 nights of thrilling weekly motorcycle racing is now in the books! With just 10 days to prepare the track from scratch after the Auburn Pro Rodeo, the Fast Fridays staff had the facilities in great shape.

Luke Becker (right) draws his lane position Friday night before the Scratch main event.

Luke Becker (right) draws his lane position Friday night before the Scratch main event.

In the Division One Scratch main event and the Division One Handicap main event, the younger riders who have been chasing the older veteran riders in past seasons put the hammer down and scored two convincing wins.

Nineteen-year-old Luke Becker – nicknamed the “Li’l Missile” – began his racing career at age 7 in the Junior division. He captured the Scratch main-event victory. Becker was undefeated in the Scratch program, winning his heat race and the semifinal race and then leaving Bart Bast, Bryan Yarrow and National Speedway Champion Billy Janniro behind in the main event. Coming out of lane four, Becker led the entire race and seemed to be in cruise mode, leading from the gate.

Starting out of lane four, Luke Becker (22) won the first Scratch main event of the 2017 Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway season.

Starting out of lane four, Luke Becker (22) won the first Scratch main event of the 2017 Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway season.

“I can’t even put it in words,” Becker said. “It’s my first main-event win at my home track. We’ve been trying to get this for so long.”

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Kurtis Hamill (left) and Colton Hicks (right) share a light moment before the racing action begins. Both Hamill and Hicks had big nights, each picking up a main-event win.

Kurtis Hamill (left) and Colton Hicks (right) share a light moment before the racing action begins. Both Hamill and Hicks had big nights, each picking up a main-event win.

Another young gun, 18-year-old Kurtis Hamill, also made a huge statement in the Handicap main event. Riding off the 20-yard line, Hamill added 10 more yards to his start position next week with a fantastic first-place finish. Hamill faced quite a challenge from veteran Daniel Faria in a great race, but he held on for the win.

“I’m pretty happy; this is my first Handicap win here,” said Hamill. “I just went out there, rode my laps, and it worked out. Next week I will be on the 30 (yard line) with a little more challenge and a little more fun.”

Kurtis Hamill (41) picked up a win in the Division One Handicap main event.

Kurtis Hamill (41) picked up a win in the Division One Handicap main event.

Maybe it is just the first-night jitters or a case of dusting the off-season cobwebs away for the veteran racers, but these younger riders are looking to make a mark this season. These guys who were just kids a few years ago are now young men and will be serious competitors this season, each looking to make a name for himself.

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Jeremy Estes, a solid Division Two rider who has had his eye on tearing it up in Division One since he began riding in Division Three just two years ago, won the Division Two main event. Estes transferred with a top-three finish in his heat race and went on to lead Davey Shaw and Matt King across the finish line, in that order. He will also be adding yardage to his start position next week; it looks like Estes’ dream to ride in Division One is just a little closer to becoming a reality.

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After just a few rides last season, Aaron Sorani was off to a great start this season, winning the Division Three main event. Sorani, who was handicapped on the start line, won his heat race to transfer to the main and remained undefeated in the main event. With the win, he will find himself getting acquainted with the dirt on the 10-yard line next week.

Aaron Sorani (202) won the Division Three main event.

Aaron Sorani (202) won the Division Three main event.

Back this year in the Junior division is Auburn speedster Colton Hicks. With a lengthy racing résumé for a 15-year-old, including a pair of AMA Youth National Championships in 2013 and 2015, Hicks made easy work of the Youth A Division, winning the main event. Kyle Cunningham and Cameron Krezman had impressive nights but could not catch up with Hicks and had to settle for second and third, respectively.

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Landon Norton picked up the win in the Youth B Division, followed by Auburn’s Landon Collins and Gregory Moore.

Landon Norton (115) won the Youth 250cc B main event.

Landon Norton (115) won the Youth 250cc B main event.

In a new Youth C Division, which combines the 150cc riders and 250cc riders, Anthony Dion was first, Aidan McNutt was second, and Logan Hedden was third.

Shawn Eldredge topped Nick Dion and Jay Fodrini in the Run What U Brung, and Jeremy Estes also won the Trophy Dash.

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It was a great night of speedway action and a very smooth season opener. A big hats-off to the Fast Fridays staff for what is looking to be a fun and exciting upcoming 2017 speedway racing season.

Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway at the Gold Country Fairgrounds
Auburn, California
Results: May 12, 2017

SCRATCH MAIN: 1. Luke Becker; 2. Bryan Yarrow; 3. Bart Bast; 4. Billy Janniro.

HANDICAP MAIN: 1. Kurtis Hamill; 2. Daniel Faria; 3. Louie Mersaroli.

DIVISION 2 MAIN: 1. Jeremy Estes; 2. Davey Shaw; 3. Matt King.

DIVISION 3 MAIN: 1. Aaron Sorani; 2. Casey Cornilsen; 3. Cameron Beck.

YOUTH 250 A MAIN: 1. Colton Hicks; 2. Kyle Cunningham; 3. Cameron Krezman.

YOUTH 250 B MAIN: 1. Landon Norton; 2. Landon Collins; 3. Gregory Moore.

YOUTH 250/150 C MAIN: 1. Timmy Dion; 2. Aidan McNutt; 3. Logan Hedden.

RUN WHAT U BRING: 1. Shawn Eldredge; 2. Nick Dion; 3. Jay Fodrini.

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