Saturday Jun 09 2012
Hedden triumphs again at Fast Fridays
By: Michael Kirby Journal Speedway Correspondent
Hedden wins back to back scratch main events
Auburn?s Tommy Hedden is off to a great start at Fast Fridays. Friday night at Auburn?s Gold Country Fairgrounds for the second consecutive week Hedden raced to a first place finish in the Division I scratch main event. Added to a first place finish in the handicap main event in week two and numerous Division I main event appearances in the Fast Fridays handicap and scratch programs is impressive in a racing season that is just five weeks old. In the Division I scratch program Hedden was invincible, winning all his heat races and the main event. Hedden faced the same three veteran riders he faced last week in the scratch main event that included 2011 USA Speedway champion Billy Janniro who was also having a great night, undefeated in both the handicap and scratch programs going into the night?s final race. Stacking the odds even more in his favor for a perfect night with double main event wins, Janniro drew the inside lane one for the scratch main event. Hedden sat in lane three, Bart Bast was in lane two, and Bryan Yarrow was in lane four. The scene was predictable; Janniro got a good gate and was inside after turn one, with Hedden, Bast and Yarrow giving chase. Janniro protected his position inside, not allowing anyone to pass and it looked like Janniro would cruise to another main event win. Hedden made an extremely strong move on the champion with a power move on the outside that caught Janniro by surprise. Hedden passed and never looked back. ?My sponsor Bill Warnock Racing has done some different things with the bikes this year and it?s working great,? Hedden said. Bast finished second, Yarrow was third and Janniro, who spun out wide on the last lap trying to catch Hedden, finished fourth. The Division I handicap main event was also an excellent race which had the near capacity crowd at Fast Fridays on their feet and cheering. Janniro again provided the excitement, racing to an amazing first place finish. Bryan Yarrow riding off the 50-yard line, and Chris Kerr riding off the 40-yard line had great races going as both fought for the lead neck and neck for most of the six-lap race. From third place, Janniro made an exciting move on the final turn, passing both Kerr and Yarrow at the finish line to take the flag. Kerr was second, Yarrow was third. In the Division I season points race after four weeks Bast still leads all riders with 567 points, Hedden is second with 494 points and Bob Hicks is third with 438 points. The Division II main event was won by Derik Denzin who picked up his third main event win of the season. Danny Turner was second and speedway newcomer Paul Sanburn was third. Denzin also leads the Division II in season points with 199 followed by Turner with 173. The Division III main event was won by Colton Duncan, second was Nick Dion and third was Kyle Porteous. In the Division III season points race Shane Szuh leads with 201 points, followed by Nick Dion with 190 points. The Youth Division I was won by Auburn?s Louie Marsaroli, second was his brother David Marsaroli. The Youth Division II was won by Amador Osorio. Nick Dion finished on top in the Run What U Brung program. The Extreme Sidecars Series made its second of five appearances at Fast Fridays thrilling the crowd with their special brand of dirt track racing. The 1100cc, three-wheeled bikes speed around the track with a driver and passenger hanging off the back of the bike. The team of Joe Jones and Jonny Glover won the main event and the team of Dylan Beard and Jimmy Olsen was second. The Extreme Sidecars Series will be back at Fast Fridays on July 6 for round three.