Janniro, Venegas Win Main Events

By: Michael Kirby
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On the eve of the third round of the AMA National Speedway Championship Series, current national champion Billy Janniro was tuning up Friday night at the Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway in Auburn. At the Gold Country Fairgrounds, Janniro won his eighth scratch main event of the season, again becoming the fastest man of the night, taking his familiar place on the winner’s podium with champagne in hand.

Janniro and Bart Bast are the only two riders to win the scratch main event at Fast Fridays this season. Bast has three wins.

In the night’s finale, Janniro faced a very familiar group. Janniro drew lane three, Bryan Yarrow was in lane one, Bast was in two and Tommy Hedden was on the outside in lane four. All four riders had won their scratch heats, and Janniro and Hedden won their semifinals to transfer to the scratch main event. Janniro was undefeated in the scratch program. Right out of the gate, Janniro got out front inside in turn one with Yarrow on his tail, and Bast following was just behind them. Janniro added some distance on Yarrow, and in the second lap Bast made a move passing Yarrow and setting his sights on taking Janniro. Janniro would have none of that and just continued to add more distance on the boys. Janniro took the checkered flag, followed by Bast, Yarrow and then Hedden.

In his first main event win of the season, Charlie Venegas put it all together, taking the handicap main event. A veteran of over 30 years of speedway racing and sporting a long winning resume, Venegas is a rider to never count out of any race. Venegas, a crowd favorite, started on the 40-yard line and rode a great race to take the checkered flag. Bart Bast was second and Ryan Bast was third.

“I’m not really a handicap kind of guy,” Venegas said. “You just kind of make the best of it. The bike was running really well. I wish I could have made the scratch (main), but I know I am right there.”

Up from Southern California, Rudy Laurer won big in Division II, winning his heat and then the D-II main event. A steady rider in Southern California, it had been a few seasons since Laurer made the trip north. William McCloskey was second and Shawn Eldredge was third. Casey Cornilsen was back with a win in Division III. Seriously injured earlier in the season but back in great form, Cornilsen kept ahead of Jeff Powell and Dakota VandenBroeder, who finished second and third, respectively.

In the fourth round of the SOS Team Challenge Series, Rocklin Harley Davidson pulled to within one point of Team SOS. The score coming into Friday night’s round four was 32-25 with Team SOS leading. But big efforts from Rocklin Harley Davidson’s Janniro, Venegas and Ryan Bast added nine points followed by points scored by Rick Shafer, Yarrow and Louie Mersaroli brought their round-four score to 12 points and a total of 37. Team SOS was able to add seven fourth-round points to their tally and hang onto the lead by just one point leaving the final series total after four rounds at 38-37. It looks like it is going to be a real close team challenge finish for the last round on Aug. 10, and the championship on Sept. 22.

Travis Horn, making that trip up north from Southern California a regular routine, again captured the Youth 150CC main event. Horn is finding the Fast Friday’s winner’s podium really comfortable this season. Horn has won four Youth 150-CC main events this season at Fast Fridays and two weeks ago won the AMA Speedway Youth 150-CC National Championship. Colton Nelson was second and Nick Hohlbein was third. Cameron Krezman celebrated his 15th birthday in a grand way, winning the Youth 250-CC main event. Krezman was perfect for the night, winning both his heats and the main event. Anthony Dion was second and Landon Norton was third.

This Friday night, Fast Fridays welcomes back those wild three-wheeled jockeys on their 1,100-CC chariots as the Extreme Sidecars roar into Auburn for their fourth season visit. Their fast-paced, specialized racing action is not to be missed. With a huge Auburn fan base, the Extreme Sidecars never fail to disappoint, putting on a great show.

Fast Fridays Results for 07-28-18


Scratch Main Event

1-Billy Janniro, 2-Bart Bast, 3-Bryan Yarrow, 4-Tommy Hedden

Handicap Main Event

1-Charlie Venegas, 2-Bart Bast, 3-Ryan Bast

Division II Main Event

1-Rudy Laurer, 2-William McCloskey, 3-Shawn Eldredge

Division III Main Event

1-Casey Cornilsen, 2-Jeff Powell, 3-Dakota VandenBroeder

Youth 250-CC Main Event

1-Cameron Krezman, 2-Anthony Dion, 3-Landon Norton

Youth 250-CC Consolation Main Event

1-Dylan Wagner, 2-Greg Moore, 3-Landon Collins, 4-Logan Hedden

Youth 150-CC Main Event

1-Travis Horn, 2-Colton Nelson, 3-Nick Hohlbein, 4-Charlie Trana

Team SOS Team Challenge Round 4

Team SOS 6 Points-Tommy Hedden 2, Russell Green 2, Bart Bast 2, Blake Borello 0, Eddie Marsalla 0, Daniel Faria 0

Rocklin Harley Davidson 12 Points-Ryan Bast 3, Charlie Venegas 3, Billy Janniro 3, Bryan Yarrow 1, Louie Mersaroli 1, Rick Shafer 1.

Total after Round 4-Team SOS-38 Rocklin HD 37