Saturday Jun 16 2012
Janniro win both mains at Fast Fridays
By: Michael Kir Journal Speedway correspondent
Champ wins handicap and scratch programs
Tommy Hedden had another excellent night pushing the limits at Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway at the Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn. The Auburn resident has performed well all season and coming off back to back scratch main event wins at Fast Fridays, he looked like he was on his way to a three-peat Friday night. Heading into the night?s main events Hedden was undefeated in all his heat and semifinal races in both the handicap and scratch programs. But then in the main events Hedden ran into reigning USA National champion Billy Janniro, who was having a good night of his own and picked up wins in both the Division I handicap and scratch main events for the first time this season. In the scratch main event Janniro lined up as he did last week in the number one lane with the familiar group of veteran riders that had worked their way into the scratch main event for the third week in a row. This week Bryan Yarrow was in lane two, Bart Bast was in lane three and Hedden was outside in lane four. As the gate went up Janniro jumped out front as expected into turn one, with Hedden moving outside on the track to pass as he did last week. This week though Janniro was prepared and pushed Hedden further out while still protecting the inside line against a hard charging Yarrow. Janniro had his hands full with this cagey group of skilled riders each one of them ready to pounce on the champion?s slightest mistake. Hedden continued to try the outside and Yarrow and Bast kept working the inside track but Janniro?s experience held out and he was first to the finish line. Yarrow was second, Bast was third and Hedden was fourth. Bast still leads all division one riders in the seasons points race with 711, Hedden is second with 634. It seemed like whatever beginning of the season bugs Janniro needed to work out, he did and he has regained his dominance at Fast Fridays. He repeated last week?s victory in the Division I handicap main event riding off the 60-yard line. Hedden rolled a bit on the start and was penalized to the 60-yard line with Janniro. Even from the back yardage, Janniro moved through traffic with ease and into the third lap assumed the familiar lead position. Bast gave chase but could not catch Janniro and finished second, Hedden was third and Yarrow was fourth. In the third round of the Challenge Elimination Series, Greg Hooten grabbed the third spot and will join Bob Hicks and Hedden in the championship round on Aug. 31, with the winners of round four and five. In a crowd pleasing show of sportsmanship, Janniro stopped and waited on the track on the final lap of the two-lap finale for Hooten who had fallen to restart and resume the race. Hooten was able to take Janniro on the final lap and win the race. Division II rider Derik Denzin has been on a tear with back to back main event wins, bringing his total to four out of six wins for the season. Look to see Denzin, who is winning off the 30-yard line, bumped up to Division I in the near future if his winning ways continue. In Friday night?s main event George Snodgrass was second, and Nick Dion was third. Denzin also tops the the Division II season points with 262, followed by Paul Sanburn with 197. Kyle Marsalla won the Division III main event, his first of the season. Shane Szuh was second and Glen Scott was third. Szuh leads the Division III in season points with 248, followed by Dion with 248. In the Youth Division I Jeremy Faria was first, Joseph Hernandez was second and Louie Mersaroli was third. The Youth Division II saw newcomer Sterling Martin, up from the pee-wee division in his first race on a speedway bike, win the main event. Winning in the pee-wees in past seasons and along with his brother Alex, the 7-year old twins from Salinas will make a definite impact in the youth divisions.