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Sidecars Return, Janniro and Faria Win Mains

| 8 July 2017 3:10 pm

Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway
Gold Country Fairgrounds

Story and Photos by Michael Kirby
AUBURN, CA, JULY 7, 2017

The Extreme Sidecars returned to Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway at the Gold Country Fairgrounds for the third of their series’ five rounds to find a packed house. The weather was hot and the racing equally sizzling. Along with a great program of speedway racing, the Sidecar teams put on another great show with their roaring 1000cc three-wheeled motorcycles. Auburn fans just love these speed demons, and the hot evening cooled to just perfect for a fantastic night of racing action in McCann Stadium.

On the Fast Fridays winners’ podium with the Fast Fridays trophy girls are (from left to right) Division Two winner Blake Borello, Division Three winner Jon Curry, Sidecar winner Joe Jones, Scratch main winner Billy Janniro, Handicap winner Daniel Faria, and (kneeling) Sidecar winner Chuck Heider-Sidecars.

On the Fast Fridays winners’ podium with the Fast Fridays trophy girls are (from left to right) Division Two winner Blake Borello, Division Three winner Jon Curry, Sidecar winner Joe Jones, Scratch main winner Billy Janniro, Handicap winner Daniel Faria, and (kneeling) Sidecar winner Chuck Heider-Sidecars.

Billy Janniro added another notch to his season tally in the Scratch program this season at Fast Fridays with his sixth main-event win in nine weeks of racing. Looking in fine form, Janniro used the inside and outside of the track to keep Charlie Venegas in check. Venegas, who came back just last week after a broken collarbone had kept him sidelined, was on fire! Venegas also lost to Janniro in their Scratch heat race, but he transferred and won his Scratch semifinal in convincing style.

The start of the Scratch main event with (from left to right) Bart Bast, Austin Novratil, Billy Janniro and Charlie Venegas. Janniro held off an aggressive Venegas for the win – his sixth for the season.

The start of the Scratch main event with (from left to right) Bart Bast, Austin Novratil, Billy Janniro and Charlie Venegas. Janniro held off an aggressive Venegas for the win – his sixth for the season.

In the Scratch main event, Venegas again came up against the reigning AMA Speedway National Champion, Janniro, who did not show up to eat his lunch. From the gate, Janniro, coming out of lane two, and Venegas, coming out of lane one, went at it! Venegas held to the inside and Janniro worked the inside and outside of the track, just ahead of Venegas, as only he can. Also in the mix were Bart Bast, starting out of lane four, and Austin Novratil, coming from lane three.

Both Bast and Novratil put in a great effort, but the race was really between Janniro and Venegas, with Janniro in control and taking the checkered flag. Venegas, showing real fire, was second. Bast was third and Novratil was fourth.

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Daniel Faria, who has been absent from the winners’ podium this season, showed up and scored a big win in the Handicap main event – his first victory of the season. Faria, handicapped on the 30-yard line, was undefeated in all his Handicap races leading up to the final. Janniro, who rides off the 60-yard line, had a little trouble working his way through the lower-yardage traffic to tackle Faria, who rode a nearly flawless race all the way to the finish line. Janniro was second and Bast was third.

“It is my first win of the season,” Faria said. “We changed all of our setup, and everything worked perfect.”

Daniel Faria (105) won the Division One Handicap main event, his first of the 2017 season.

Daniel Faria (105) won the Division One Handicap main event, his first of the 2017 season.

The Extreme Sidecar teams lived up to their name, putting on a great program. Riding four heats, the teams challenged one another in each heat race.

In a great main-event finish that had the crowd on its feet, the team of Joe Jones & Chuck Heider pulled off a near-photo-finish against the team of Smylie Kinne & Lori Curry. In a late blast to the finish line, Kinne & Curry nearly upset Jones & Heider but fell just short. Kinne & Curry were second, the team of Bryan Motis & Andrew Smith was third, and the team of Robert Curry & Eric Hernandez was fourth.

The team of Robert Curry & Eric Hernandez were one of the exciting sidecar teams visiting Fast Fridays for the third time this season. Fan favorites every time they show up, the Extreme Sidecars will make two more appearances this season.

The team of Robert Curry & Eric Hernandez were one of the exciting sidecar teams visiting Fast Fridays for the third time this season. Fan favorites every time they show up, the Extreme Sidecars will make two more appearances this season.

The Extreme Sidecars will return to Fast Fridays again on August 4 with their special brand of thrilling speedway racing.

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The story this season could be the rise of young Blake Borello. The 16-year-old Georgetown resident, who just left the Junior division behind last season, has had one of the fastest ascents in memory. Borello started the season in week four in Division Three and right out of the gate won the Division Three main event. In week five, Borello, who rides both Division Three and Division Two, won the D-2 main event. From there, with his fearless, no-backing-down riding style, the easygoing young Borello is turning heads.

Georgetown’s Blake Borello (27) is one of this season’s rising stars. Just up from the Junior program, Borello is having a great season.

Georgetown’s Blake Borello (27) is one of this season’s rising stars. Just up from the Junior program, Borello is having a great season.

This week, Borello again got a ride in the Division One Handicap program, and he made a strong showing. He also won the Division Two main event for the fourth time this season.

“This is my fifth week on a 500,” Borello said. “I really like riding hand to hand with other riders; it is a lot more fun, and the best practice is on the track.”

Keep an eye on this kid; he is becoming a very strong up-and-comer.

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Kyle Cunningham picked up the Youth Speedway main-event victory. A strong Youth rider, Cunningham is no stranger to the winners’ podium. Cunningham was undefeated with wins in his heat races as well, and this week’s main event marks the second victory for Cunningham. He has also won the Youth Consolation main event twice.

Auburn’s own Kyle Cunningham takes a victory lap after winning the Youth Speedway main event.

Auburn’s own Kyle Cunningham takes a victory lap after winning the Youth Speedway main event.

“I got a good start and cut the inside down and held them off,” Cunningham said.

Cameron Krezman was second, Landon Norton was third, and Dylan Wagner was fourth.

Anthony Dion was first in the Youth Consolation main event. Sterling Martin was second, Landon Collins was third, and Aidan McNutt was fourth.

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Next Friday, the annual North vs. South Civil War Challenge will continue at Fast Fridays. For 26 years, our best six Northern California speedway riders and the best Southern Californian speedway riders annually renew their longstanding rivalry. It’s team racing at its best, and one of the most popular season events.

Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway at the Gold Country Fairgrounds
Auburn, California
Results: July 7, 2017

SCRATCH MAIN: 1. Billy Janniro; 2. Charlie Venegas; 3. Austin Novratil; 4. Bart Bast.

HANDICAP MAIN: 1. Daniel Faria; 2. Billy Janniro; 3. Bart Bast.

DIVISION 2 MAIN: 1. Blake Borello; 2. Lawrence McNutt; 3. Matt King.

DIVISION III MAIN: 1. Jon Curry; 2. Casey Cornilsen; 3. Peter Pecorilla.

YOUTH MAIN: 1. Kyle Cunningham; 2. Cameron Krezman; 3. Landon Norton; 4. Dylan Wagner.

YOUTH CONSOLATION MAIN: 1. Anthony Dion; 2. Sterling Martin; 3. Landon Collins; 4. Aidan McNutt.

EXTREME SIDECARS (Round 3): 1. Joe Jones/ Chuck Heider; 2. Smylie Kinne/ Lori Curry; 3. Bryan Motis/ Andrew Smith; 4. Robert Curry/ Eric Hernandez.

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