Saturday May 29 2010
Janniro perfect in scratch mains
By: Michael Kirby, Journal Speedway Correspondent
Repeating his performance from two weeks ago, Billy Janniro scored his second double win of the season at Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway at the Gold Country Fairgrounds Friday night. Winning the handicap main and his fourth scratch main event of the season Janniro continued to be the man to beat, racing impressively despite hard challenges from some of Fast Fridays’ best riders. In the handicap program, Janniro raced from the 60-yard line and prevailed to win in a crash-marred handicap main that saw several top riders uncharacteristically hitting dirt. In the first lap Devin Defreece, Bart Bast and Janniro all went down, and in the restart two laps later Alex Marcucci and Kelly Kerrigan tangled going down in turn one. Unshaken by the missteps Janniro held off an aggressive challenge by Scott Brant to take the flag. Brant finished second, Bast was third and Defreece was fourth. In the fourth week of exciting racing action at Fast Fridays Janniro, with a target on his back, continued his winning streak in the scratch program to remain unbeaten so far this season. Racing against a talented field in the scratch main Janniro drew lane three, with Bast in outside lane four, Brant in lane two and Auburn’s Tommy Hedden in the inside lane. Having to fight a little for his familiar groove inside on turn one, Janniro locked in and worked the inside and middle ground of the track to fend off again a pesky Brant, looking for his first scratch main event win of the 2010 season at Fast Fridays. Not enough, but showing great racing skills, Brant took second, Bast was third and Hedden fourth in the exciting finale. “The bike working really well, the track was awesome again tonight, and making those starts just makes everything a lot easier,” Janniro said. Brant is fast becoming another force for Janniro to deal with as he gets familiar with the track, and the two put on quite a show in the scratch semi, as they raced side-by-side inches apart around the track with Janniro nudging just a wheel length ahead to take the victory at the finish line as the crowd cheered in approval. Brant finished the night second to Janniro in both main events. “That was a really good race, it’s fun when you can trust someone like that,” Janniro said. “I trust Scott and I think he can trust me, great racing.”. Colfax’s Thomas Reich took top honors in only his second night riding in Division 2. Up from the youth program this year Reich seems to find a way to winner’s podium each week. Auburn’s Cody Cicciarelli was second and Danny Turner was third. Chris Popanz took first in Division 3, Billy Parino was second and Greg Vaughn was third. Youth Division was won by Auburn’s Tanner Kane. As of May 21st Bast was sitting on top of the Fast Friday’s Division 1 points standings with 407, followed closely by Janniro at 393. Turner was on top in Division 2 with 181 and Parino headed Division 3 at 158.