2002 North America Speedway History
Part 3 Northern California
2002 Part 1 -
2002 Part 2
Chris Kerr gets Shurtech sponsorship.
Dave Shurtz of Shurtech is providing sponsorship for the
2003 season to a young Northern California rider, Chris Kerr. Chris, a former Youth
Speedway rider since the age of eight, moved up to ride a 500 during the 2000 season.
Chris had a good season in 2002, but continually struggled to keep his machinery
competitive. Now on a brand new Shurtech bike, could the 2003 season be Chris's big
breakthrough in US Speedway? He is already seen by many as one of the next generation of
Americans to join the procession across to Europe. Shurtech is also providing sponsorship
to Northern California rider Billy Hiles and Southern California Youth rider, Tim Gomez.
Dave Shurtz first got involved in Speedway when Doug Sparks
of SECO Racing sent him tickets to the 2001 AMA National Championships in
Auburn. Dave really enjoyed the show and decided to recruit Doug Sparks to implement
Shertech's involvement into Speedway for the 2002 season. So for the 2002 season
Shurtech sponsored Youth National Champion, T.J. Fowler. In their second season they have
increased their number of riders and expanded the levels of support. Shertech, who is a
firm believer in mentoring programs, has also made a commitment to stay involved with
the Youth and Peewee programs to assist the future champs of Speedway.
Chris Kerr and Billy Hiles will be participating in all
Fast Fridays events with the option of participating in the Coors Light National
Championships in Costa Mesa if either of them qualifies. As for San Bdoo,
it depends on the existence of this venue. They would make any trip to be a part of a
Charlie Venegas promoted venue. Shertech is happy to announce that they have
picked up a Southern California Youth rider for the 2003 season. Tim Gomes of
Hesperia, California is the latest addition to the Shertech Racing Team. Being part
of the Youth program is very important to the Shurtech organization.
What does Shurtech do?
Shurtech Mechanical Services is a Northern California based
Heating and Air-Conditioning Sales and Service Company. Shurtech offers Environmental
Management Services to commercial facilities by means of Preventive Maintenance
Programs for their Environmental Comfort Systems as well as unit replacement. Being
electronically tied into building management systems allows Shurtech to monitor,
diagnose and control Building Management Systems from their office. Remote
communication saves both time and money for Shurtech and their customers making this
technology a win- win situation. For the home owner, Shurtech
offers residential Preventive Maintenance Programs, unit replacement and new home
installation featuring various brands of Heating and Cooling systems from all price
ranges to fit anyone's budget. For the Speedway fan, Shurtech offers an additional 10%
off all service calls and repairs. Shertech's customers range from
property owners, building management groups, home owners, city government
buildings, restaurants, computer rooms, any location requiring comfort and/or
Shurtech has sixteen employees and has an annual revenue of about 2 million dollars.
I would like to say a big thank you to Shurtech, for their
support to Chris, Billy and Tim specifically and to Speedway in general. It is guys
like Shurtech who keep Speedway alive in the USA.
September / October Update
Speedway books can be found at the tracks or order HERE!!!
Turn One Magazine information can be
found at HERE!!!
After my return from Europe on Monday we now have a great
line up of world class riders coming to Auburn California's Fast Fridays Motorcycle
Speedway, Friday night, November 1st. You won't want to miss this event! Perhaps the best
lineup of speedway talant in America.
The World Team:
Andy Smith - Great Britian
Bartek Bardecki -Poland
Armando Castagna - Italy
Joachim Kugelmann - Germany
Ronnie Pedersen - Denmark
Tony Kasper - Czech Republic
Robert Sawina - Poland
Kenneth Bjerre - Denmark
Race format will be like North Vs South. 20 heats with two Mains.
The local weather forcast: cool nights with warm clear days.
Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway
The World Team:
> Andy Smith - Great Britian - British Grand Prix star and currently in the top 20 in
> Bartek Bardecki -Poland - Has been running the courses in California with pretty
decent success. Has more short track experience than the rest of the World team.
> Armando Castagna - Italy - One of the nicest guys in speedway. Italian champ many
times, has raced at Auburn last year and won the Argentine challenge this past winter.
Also British Premire League experience at Reading.
> Joachim Kugelmann - Germany - German long track specialist, possibly also runs in the
Danish leagues. 7th in last year's German Championship.
> Ronnie Pedersen - Denmark - some GP experience, Danish leagues and probably has
Polish or Swedish League experience.
> Tony Kasper - Czech Republic - Has ridden for Eastbourne in British Elite League and
I think has some GP experience. 17th in the world in 2000. Also rides for Masarna in
Sweden and Gniezno in Poland.
> Robert Sawina - Poland - Teammate of Billy Hamill's at Smederna in Swedish Leagues.
Teammate of Tony Rickardsson on the Polish League Team - Torum. Sawina had the 20th
highest points per match average (7.26) in the Polish league. R.Sullivan had the highest
> Kenneth Bjerre - Denmark - British Premire League with an 8+ average at Newcastle. Is
described as an 18 year old Danish sensation, which makes his 8+ league average for
Newcastle even more impressive. He also finished 9th in this years Under 21 Championship.
Championship draw for round 3 National Championship
September 20th. Auburn, California
5 T Hedden
9 Q 1
13 Q 2
20 B Hedden
2002 Final Northern California AMA Points
We are having speedway races at the Missoula Fairgrounds in
Missoula, Montana on Sep 7 and 8. R aces on both half mile and short track (1/10th mile).
|Sep 7 - 8 am - 2 p.m.
||1/2 mile practice
|Sep 7 - 7 p.m.
|Sep 8 - 12 p.m.
I know you are a million miles away in California, but I
thought I would let you know in case there are some speedway nuts out your way who would
like to do the half mile.
The track is as near to perfection as you will ever find, super
smooth cushion track. We have raced speedway on it 5 times within the last two years.
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org phone 406-777-5161
The Moran Brothers book will be available from the Fast
Fridays T shirt shop tomorrow night. $25 plus tax.
Written by Brian Burford, it tells the story of Shawn and Kelly's lives and the pleasure
they brought everyone around them.
National Series Results are here
Fast Fridays announced that the wildcards for the
These same riders will be the wildcards for all 3 rounds. A pre event qualifier will
determine which riders fill the 15th and 16th slots in the National Round event.
After the first rounds the 15th and 16th finishers will go back into the wildcard pool for
the second round and finishers 1-14 go straight to the National Second Round event.
The same process will be used to fill the 15th and 16th slots for the third round.
The Northern California Youth Speedway Committee
is proud to announce the competitors for the Youth National
Speedway Championship, which will be hosted by Fast Fridays at Auburn,
California on August 30.
The competitors are:
Ricky Adams, Chicago Park
Justin Boyle, Long Beach
Mark Carrillo, Newark
Krystal Kramer, Newport Beach
Danny Easley, Loomis
Ricky Felicio, Orangevale
TJ Fowler, Palermo
Tom Fuhrman, Newcastle
Tim Gomez, Hesperia
Mitchell Johnson, Auburn
Paul Johnson, Auburn
JT Mabry, Santa Rosa
Alex Marcucci, Grass Valley
Hunter Morris, Carmichael
Jay Ricketts, Sacramento
Ricky Wells, Yorba Linda
Bruce Bast, Auburn
RJ Becerra, Concord
Starting position draw held
for 2002 AMA National Speedway Series
On July 17 AMA Sports conducted the "draw" for starting positions in round one
of the 2002 AMA National Championship Speedway Series, and riding numbers have been
assigned accordingly to the first 14 riders who have accepted invitations to compete in
The riding numbers for the August 14 opening round of the series are as follows:
No. 1 - Billy Janniro, Vallejo, CA
No. 2 - Bart Bast, Auburn, CA
No. 3 - Greg Hancock, Balboa Island, CA
No. 4 - Eddie Castro, Ojai, CA
No. 5 - Chris Manchester, Reno, NV
No. 6 - Ryan Fisher, Norco, CA
No. 7 - Josh Larsen, Monrovia, CA
No. 8 - Eric Carrillo, Newark, CA
No. 9 - Bobby Schwartz, Costa Mesa, CA
No. 10 - Gary Hicks, Riverside, CA
No. 11 - Scott Brant, Riverside, CA
No. 12 - Bobby Hedden, Folsom, CA
No. 13 - Billy Hamill, Monrovia, CA
No. 14 - Mike Faria, Reno, NV
No. 15 - TBD
No. 16 - TBD
The 15th and 16th riders for the field, along with two reserve riders, will be determined
by a five-heat pre-qualifying round. Pre-qualifying will open the action when the 2002 AMA
National Championship Speedway Series kicks off on Wednesday, August 14, at Arrowhead
Speedway at the Orange Show Fairgrounds in San Bernardino, California.
The series will continue on Friday, August 16, at Fast Fridays Speedway in Auburn,
California, which will also host the series finale on September 20.
ASSOCIATION NATIONAL SPEEDWAY CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES GETS UNDERWAY AUGUST 14, 2002
PICKERINGTON, Ohio - AMA sports, in cooperation with Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway and
Arrowhead Speedway, has announced expansion of its National Speedway Championship program.
The 2002 AMA National Speedway Championship - historically a season - ending,
ONE Night event will adopt a tripleheader format, with two events in August ant the series
finale in September.
The 2002 AMA National Championship Speedway Series will open on Wednesday evening, August
14, at San Bernardino, California. Round two of the series will take place 48 hours later,
on Friday, August 16 at Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway in Auburn, California. The series
finale will also be staged in Auburn, September 20, which for several seasons has hosted
the AMA's premier Speedway events.
"We are delighted to be working with two premier Speedway venues to launch this
exciting new series," said AMA Vice president Bill Amick. The traditional
sudden - death format or our championship is undeniable exciting, but the series
format will be fairer to the riders and also allows us to showcase their talents in the
sport's premier markets of Northern and Southern California.
Speedway Motorcycle Racing is one of the oldest forms of motorcycle competition, and
features powerful, methanol - burning dirt track machines on short dirt ovals. The
machines are lightweight and have no brakes, which makes for spectacular broadsides as
riders negotiate tight corners in frantic four - lap sprints.
Speedway is viewed as a niche motor sport in America, and there are only about 100
"first division" riders racing domestically. But the US makes up in quality what
it lacks in quantity, and has an impressive record in international competition. Since
1980, US riders have won five speedway World Championships. Two of those champions,
Californians Billy Hamill (1996) and Greg Hancock (1997) will headline a stellar field for
the 2002 AMA National Champion Speedway Series.
Hancock and Hamill are among the world's elite Speedway competitors, and will take
time from their Grand Prix and league commitments in Europe to return home for the AMA
- sanctioned series. Invitations have also been issued to a pair of exciting young
American internationals, Billy Janniro and Ryan Fisher, who are Hamill's teammates at
Coventry, England Elite Speedway league.
The European - based contingent will be formidable, but will have their hands full
with home - based riders such as former National Champions Mike Faria, Bobby
Schwartz, Bart Bast and Chris Manchester.
Under a new format developed for the 2002 AMA Championships, 14 riders will be seeded into
a 16 - rider field for the series opener. The final two positions, plus two reserve
positions, will be awarded to the top finishers in a "first half" pre-qualifying
Once the field has been trimmed to 16 riders, there will be a series of 20 qualifying
heats with four riders in each heat. Each rider will race five times and will meet each of
the other 15 riders once.
Points earned in the 20-race qualifying rounds will determine seeding into the
championship round, where the winner of the "A" main will be the overall event
winner. AMA National points will be awarded to all riders who qualify for the championship
round at each of the three AMA Nationals
Friday night July 19th is the annual Civil War.
The North team comprises:
1n Bart Bast
2n Billy Janniro
3n Mike Faria
4n Chad Felicio
5n Bobby Hedden
6n Tommy Hedden
7n Bryan Yarrow
8n Chris Kerr
Riding for the South will be:
1s Josh Larsen
2s Bobby Schwartz
3s Chris Manchester
4s Eddie Castro
5s Gary Hicks
6s Randy Difrancesco
7s Scott Brant
8s Charlie Venegas
Gates open at 6.30, the first race is at 8pm
2002 AMA National Championship
This year the AMA National Championship will be determined, not by a one
night event as has been the case in the past, but by a 3 round series.
The dates are:
Aug 14 Arrowhead Speedway, San Bernardino, Round 1
Aug 16 Fast Fridays, Auburn, Round 2.
Sep 20 Fast Fridays, Auburn, Round 3.
Each round will comprise 14 nominated riders plus 2 qualified riders, plus 2 qualified
The qualification process for the 2 qualified riders and 2 qualified reserves is as
There will be 2 heat races each comprising 5 riders, the winner transferring to a main,
the second and third going to a semifinal. Top 2 out of the semi final go to the main.
Winner and runner up of the main take slots 15 and 16 in the championship event. 3rd and
4th place riders are reserves to the championship event.
The championship event will be a regular 16 rider 20 heat, championship format, followed
by A B C and D main event races.
Rider selection is by invitation. The first four invitations have been sent out to Messers
Hamill, Hancock, Janniro and Fisher. Hamill and Hancock have confirmed acceptance and will
attend all 3 rounds.
More details to follow.
As the start of the season gets closer, there is good news and bad news. The good news is
that May 10 is the opening night at Fast Fridays. The bad news is that currently, Fast
Fridays is the only track to run in Northern California. The return on Sideways Saturdays
to Dixon did not happen. We desperately need more Speedway up here, but for the time
being, we will have to wait.
The line up for Fast Fridays opening night certainly has a pleasant surprise. Remember
Alan "Crazy" Christian? Rumor is, he is making a come-back and will be riding an
Ed Rose bike on opening night. Alan's son will also be making his appearance in third
Awards Banquet Notes:
The junior riders did a great job, selling raffle tickets. There was a bunch of raffle
prizes that were very generously donated and I understand over $1000 was raised.
There were so many prizes that Dave Joiner and Mitchell
Johnson (junior rider) continued giving prizes all the time through dinner.
Rider points fund checks were given to Fast Friday's top 10
riders in each of the three divisions, totaling over $4000.
2001 Rookie of the Year - Bryan
2001 Most Improved Rider of the Year - Tom Adams
2001 Sportsman of the Year - Gary
Bobby Hedden's mum did a great job in organizing the food.
It was excellent, there was more than enough crab. Dinner was served by
junior speedway riders. Altogether it was a very enjoyable evening out.
Northern California Speedway racing kicks off again on May
10 at Fast Fridays in Auburn.
Sideways Saturdays is working with the
Dixon Fairgrounds board to resurrect Speedway in Dixon on Saturday nights from June 1 to August 17.
2002 will be
an interesting season for Junior Speedway. We now have more kids in the program than
at any time in the past, and its time to make some changes. Look out for a total
re-vamp of the Junior National Championship. More details on that later.
Fast Fridays Annual Award Banquet was held
on January 26 and was the biggest ever.
On April 7 Fast Fridays
will hold their Spring Fling, where riders can sign up for
the new season.
The season opener at Fast Fridays will take
place on May 10. See you all there!