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Geist Wins Endurance 25-Lap Main Event at Fast Fridays

| 2 July 2017 11:50 am

Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway
Gold Country Fairgrounds

Story and Photos by Michael Kirby
AUBURN, CA, JUNE 30, 2017

In the city of Auburn, California, we are known for our endurance events; we even carry the tag line of the “Endurance Capital of the World.” Athletes come from all over to test their physical skills in our canyon trails and on our back roads. Of the many endurance contests, the Western States 100-mile endurance run finished here last weekend, and in about a month, the Tevis Cup 100-mile horse ride will finish on our racetrack.

For the second year in a row, Gage Geist (10) was Fast Fridays’ iron man, winning the special 25-lap Handicap endurance main event.

For the second year in a row, Gage Geist (10) was Fast Fridays’ iron man, winning the special 25-lap Handicap endurance main event.

Not to be outdone, and adding to the endurance mix, Fast Fridays stages its own version of endurance speedway racing. Friday night, June 30, for the second year in a row, Gage Geist proved to be Fast Fridays’ iron man. The just-turned-18-years-old racer outlasted 15 others riders on the track to win the special 25-lap Handicap main event.

The distance is more than four times that of a regular Handicap race, and all the handicap distances were doubled, meaning some of the more experienced riders started halfway around the track! Officials kept track of the laps, as it got confusing. The blue groove got wider and the dust flew.

In the end, dripping in sweat, Geist crossed the finish line first. Tommy Hedden was second, Bart Bast was third, and Russell Green was fourth. It was the second time Geist took the “iron man” title in two years.

“We have a second fuel tank on the bike for this race, so I was just gunning it,” Geist said. “We won it last year, so it is one of the races we like to come up to. Tommy [Hedden] was really moving; I was surprised.”

The start of the Scratch main event featuring (from left to right) Tommy Hedden, Bryan Yarrow, Billy Janniro and Austin Novratil. Hedden, coming out of lane four, pulled off the victory.

The start of the Scratch main event featuring (from left to right) Tommy Hedden, Bryan Yarrow, Billy Janniro and Austin Novratil. Hedden, coming out of lane four, pulled off the victory.

Auburn’s Tommy Hedden has come alive at Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway. Hedden began his career in 1983, racing in the Junior program, and he has been a fixture at the Gold Country Fairgrounds track for years, racing weekly. Lately, he has turned up his game to red-hot. Last week, Hedden finished second in both the Scratch and Handicap main events, and this week he walked away with a convincing win in the Scratch main event.

Winning his heat race and placing second in his semifinal, Hedden drew the outside lane four for the start. Taking a high line, he slipped into the mix with Bryan Yarrow, Billy Janniro and Austin Novratil. Hanging tough with these guys, Hedden worked his way into the lead and then held on for the win. Yarrow was second, Novratil was third, and Janniro finished fourth.

Tommy Hedden (40) leads Jeremy Estes (136) out of turn three in a Handicap race. Hedden won the Scratch main event and was second in the 25-lap Handicap main event.

Tommy Hedden (40) leads Jeremy Estes (136) out of turn three in a Handicap race. Hedden won the Scratch main event and was second in the 25-lap Handicap main event.

At 44 years old, the veteran Hedden is breathing new life into a long career on a speedway bike.

“I’m really enjoying my riding,” Hedden said. “We made a few changes to the bikes, and I went back to what used to work years ago.”

On the winners’ podium, Gage Geist (left) and Tommy Hedden (right) celebrate their wins with the Fast Fridays trophy girls. Geist won the 25-lap Handicap main event and Hedden won the Scratch main event.

On the winners’ podium, Gage Geist (left) and Tommy Hedden (right) celebrate their wins with the Fast Fridays trophy girls. Geist won the 25-lap Handicap main event and Hedden won the Scratch main event.

Will “The Farmer” McCloskey came out on top in the Division Two main event. McCloskey won his heat race and then kept the party going in the main event, absconding with the win. Blake Borello, who has won the Division Two main event for three weeks in a row, had to settle for second place this week. Lawrence McNutt was third.

Will “The Farmer” McCloskey (150) reaped the Division Two main-event victory.

Will “The Farmer” McCloskey (150) reaped the Division Two main-event victory.

Borello has made a quick transition from Division Three and is now riding solid in Division Two and just breaking into the Handicap and Scratch programs in Division One.

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Visiting from Massachusetts, Dalton Brisbois won the Division Three main event. Brisbois usually makes at least one visit to Fast Fridays every season, taking a break from his flat-track racing career to step out on a speedway bike. Brisbois made the most of his visit by winning his heat race and then the main event. Casey Cornilsen chased him but fell short and took second. Jon Curry was third.

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Kyle Cunningham was the winner of the Youth speedway main event. Cameron Krezman, who entered the main with a perfect score, placed second. Sammy Tetrault was third.

Kyle Cunningham (35) took the checkers in the Youth Speedway main event.

Kyle Cunningham (35) took the checkers in the Youth Speedway main event.

Anthony Dion picked up the win in the Youth consolation main event. Sterling Martin was second, and Dakota Vandenbroeder was third.

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Mark your calendars for next week, when those crazy adrenaline junkies riding the three-wheeled motorcycles invade the Fast Fridays track. The Extreme Sidecars will make the third of their five appearances at Fast Fridays next Friday, July 7. Hang on to your hats when these guys take to the track!

Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway at the Gold Country Fairgrounds
Auburn, California
Results: June 30, 2017

SCRATCH MAIN: 1. Tommy Hedden; 2. Bryan Yarrow; 3. Austin Novratil; 4. Billy Janniro.

25-LAP HANDICAP MAIN: 1. Gage Geist; 2. Tommy Hedden; 3. Bart Bast; 4. Russell Green; 5. Austin Novratil.

DIVISION 2 MAIN: 1. William McCloskey; 2. Blake Borello; 3. Lawrence McNutt.

DIVISION 3 MAIN: 1. Dalton Brisbois; 2. Casey Cornilsen; 3. Jon Curry.

YOUTH MAIN: 1. Kyle Cunningham; 2. Cameron Krezman; 3. Sammy Tetrault; 4. Greg Moore.

YOUTH CONSOLATION MAIN: 1. Anthony Dion; 2. Sterling Martin; 3. Dakota Vandenbroeder.

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