October 5, 1997 |
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.
October 3, 1992 |
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.
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.
October 7, 1990 |
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.
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.
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.