Starks, Bast win main events at Fast Fridays

By: Michael Kirby, Journal Sports Correspondent
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The fourth meeting of the 2009 season at the Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway in Auburn held a few exciting surprises for racing fans Friday night. Making a “one-night only” comeback was popular rider Bobby Hedden, who once tore up the Gold Country Fairgrounds track each week as a regular-season rider at Fast Fridays before being injured in 2005. Showing they had not forgotten one of their favorite riders, the Fast Fridays crowd welcomed Hedden back as he proved he has not lost a bit of his riding skills during his four-year absence. Hedden took second place in the Handicap Main Event, just ahead of his brother Tommy Hedden. “Just for tonight, two of my three kids are racing Pee Wees, and I thought it would be good for them to be out here racing with them,” Bobby Hedden said. Bryce Starks of Auburn won the Handicap Main Event. The 17-year-old never saw the backs of any riders, taking the checkered flag in all three of his handicap races. Also making a surprise visit to his old stomping grounds was “Flyin’” Mike Faria, another crowd favorite who now lives in Southern California and plans to make all the big races at Fast Fridays this season. Auburn’s Bart Bast took first place in the Scratch Main Event, topping a field with a nearly perfect ride. The riders Bast defeated include “Flyin’” Mike Faria, a crowd favorite who now lives in Southern California and plans to make all the big races at Fast Fridays this season; 2008 USA National Speedway Champion Billy Janniro; and Foresthill’s Kenny Ingalls, who won the Scratch Main Event on May 22. Bast had his work cut out for him in the nights finale. “I missed the start, but everyone went wide and it was clear sailing from then on,” Bast said. Bast ended up inside with Ingalls on his tail feverishly trying to pass and Janniro looking for an opportunity to overtake them both. Janniro eventually overtook Ingalls and then, waiting to make his move, watched for a Bast miscue that never came to make. “For the start I had I never should of won that race. I got lucky,” Bast said. Janniro took second, Ingalls third and Faria fourth. Steve Lewotsky won the Division 2 Main Event, with Doug Geist coming in second and Mike Achilles third. Casey Cornilsen was the winner in the Division 3 Main Event, followed by Kjell Lovlien and Mark Legarra. The winners of the Youth Main races were Cody Ciciarelli in Division 1 and Jamison Dilkey in Division 2. Thomas Reich and Tyler Warren placed second and third, respectively, in Division 1. P.J. Byrne was second in Division 2, while Gage Geist was third.