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August 2, 1986
Mike Faria of Colton led the four-lap scratch main event from wire to wire Friday night, edging Whittier's Keith Chrisco by a half bike length at the finish, to win the speedway motorcycle race before 3,183 at the Orange County Fairgrounds. John Cook of Northern California finished third in the scratch main and Andy Northrup of Ontario was fourth. Jeff Jones of Agoura won the handicap main event, followed by Ronnie Correy of Fullerton, Tuff McBride of Grand Terrace and Chrisco.
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July 15, 2001 | Martin Henderson
The Fair Derby has largely been dominated by a few veterans through the years at Costa Mesa Speedway. But Josh Larsen, a 29-year-old from Monrovia who has been riding at the Orange County Fairgrounds since 1988, delivered a breakthrough performance on Saturday. Larsen made a calculated move underneath Corona's Gary Hicks on the third of four laps, and came away with his first Fair Derby title.
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October 7, 1990 | TOM HAMILTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Speedway motorcyclist Mike Faria ended 12 years of frustration by winning the 22nd U.S. Championship Saturday night before 8,790 at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. The victory for Faria didn't come easily. He defeated Alan Christian in a four-lap runoff after both riders had tied for first with 13 points following five heat races. Faria won a coin toss and elected to start on the inside from the second gate with Christian starting from the fourth gate.
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July 1, 2001 | Martin Henderson
Mike Faria, a 23-year veteran, won the scratch main event and Kitt Nay, 20, won the handicap main Saturday at Costa Mesa Speedway. Faria grabbed the hole shot from the outside gate and held off Norco's Ryan Fisher. Faria got his chance after a fortuitous restart. He was last among five riders on the initial start.
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June 14, 1987 | TOM HAMILTON, Times Staff Writer
Imagine how surprised speedway motorcyclist Sam Ermolenko was when he wheelied across the finish line at Long Beach Veterans Stadium Saturday night with what he thought was a victory in his last heat race, only to see starter Jerry King wave the white flag. Ermolenko thought he had won the race on the quarter-mile track, giving him 19 points and the overall victory in the Nissan American Final in front of an estimated crowd of 8,000.
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March 6, 1988
Costa Mesa's Bobby Schwartz won the main event to pull even with Mike Faria in the points race in a speedway motorcycle racing competition Saturday night in Veterans Stadium in Long Beach. Schwartz finished with 20 points, as did Faria, who won the first heat.
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July 1, 2001 | Martin Henderson
Mike Faria, a 23-year veteran, won the scratch main event and Kitt Nay, 20, won the handicap main Saturday at Costa Mesa Speedway. Faria grabbed the hole shot from the outside gate and held off Norco's Ryan Fisher. Faria got his chance after a fortuitous restart. He was last among five riders on the initial start.
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April 18, 1987
Tom Burba of Garden Grove won the eight-lap handicap main event of the weekly speedway motorcycle racing program in front of 5,108 Friday at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. Burba overcame a 30-yard handicap. Mike Faria of Colton won the four-lap scratch main event breaking a streak by Bobby Schwartz of Costa Mesa who had won five of six such events in the last two weeks.
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April 12, 1986
Shawn McConnell of Brea won the four-lap scratch main event Friday night before a crowd of 5,449 in the weekly Speedway Motorcycle races at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. The win was McConnell's first scratch main event title at Costa Mesa. He also became the third winner of the scratch main event in the three-week-old season. Mike Faria of Colton finished second, Alan Christian of Huntington Beach placed third and Santa Ana's Robert Pfetzing was fourth.
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October 5, 1997 | MARTIN HENDERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At previous U.S. National Speedway Championship nights, Mike Faria would have been celebrating when the heats were done. Faria, of Riverside, had a perfect night leading up to the championship race Saturday at the one-tenth-mile oval at the Orange County Fairgrounds. Five races, five wins, 15 points. But a new scoring system that advanced the top three point-scorers and the winner of a B Main to the final meant Faria had to win one more race. No problem.
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October 3, 1992 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It took Mike Faria more than 15 years to win the No. 1 plate in speedway motorcycle racing, and the 35-year-old veteran is not ready to give it up. Faria will be going for his third consecutive championship in the U.S. Speedway Nationals tonight at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. Only one rider, Mike Bast, has won the nationals three times in a row in the last 24 years. Bast won it seven times, including five in a row from 1975 to 1979.
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June 6, 1992
Mike Faria of Colton won the four-lap scratch main event in front of 3,297 in the weekly speedway motorcycle program at the Orange County Fairgrounds Friday, his fifth victory in the 10-week-old season. Steve Lucero of Riverside was second, Shawn McConnell of Brea third and Bobby Schwartz of Costa Mesa fourth. Faria took the gate, led wire to wire, and was two bike lengths ahead of Lucero at the finish.
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October 7, 1990 | TOM HAMILTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Speedway motorcyclist Mike Faria ended 12 years of frustration by winning the 22nd U.S. Championship Saturday night before 8,790 at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. The victory for Faria didn't come easily. He defeated Alan Christian in a four-lap runoff after both riders had tied for first with 13 points following five heat races. Faria won a coin toss and elected to start on the inside from the second gate with Christian starting from the fourth gate.
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August 19, 1989
Mike Faria of Riverside won the four-lap scratch main event in the weekly speedway motorcycle racing program in front of 3,120 Friday at the Orange County Fairgrounds Billy Hamill of Monrovia was second, Steve Lucero of Riverside was third and Phil Collins of Newport Beach was fourth. In the eight-lap handicap main event, Shawn McConnell of Brea was first, Jim Sisemore of Woodland was second, Brad Oxley of San Clemente was third, Faria was fourth and Bob Hicks was fifth.
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June 17, 1989
Radio personalities Mark and Brian helped attract a crowd of 9,200 to Friday's speedway program at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. More than 1,000 spectators reportedly were turned away. Mike Faria of Colton won the four-lap scratch main event with Steve Lucero of Riverside finishing second, Brad Oxley of San Clemente taking third and Shawn McConnell of Brea taking fourth. Charles Ermolenko of Cypress won the eight-lap handicap main event. Oxley was second, Shawn McConnell from Brea was third and Faria was fourth.
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March 6, 1988
Costa Mesa's Bobby Schwartz won the main event to pull even with Mike Faria in the points race in a speedway motorcycle racing competition Saturday night in Veterans Stadium in Long Beach. Schwartz finished with 20 points, as did Faria, who won the first heat.
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October 1, 1987 | Shav Glick
There have been years when speedway motorcycle rider Mike Faria did everything right all season long, then fell short in the United States Nationals. This season things have pretty much gone all wrong for the 30-year-old rider from Colton, but Saturday night on the tiny Orange County Fairgrounds oval at Costa Mesa, Faria may have his best chance yet to win the elusive national championship. Faria will go into the nationals on a month-long hot streak.
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