March 8, 2015, Del Mar, California, Round 7
Story and Images by Rodney Rutherford
Roland Sands Design and IV League Flat Track Presents the Del Mar Series Finale with round seven on a sunny Sunday at Del Mar. IV completed their seven round series with the final two rounds taking the green flag at the Del Mar Fairgrounds at this beach side weekend. The series lit off at the Imperial Fair Grounds with the first two rounds held on successive days in late 2014. Advancing to the roof enclosed Del Mar arena, IV scheduled three weekends of racing encompassing five races. The first weekend was a double rounder, with rounds three and four held on Saturday and Sunday respectively, round five was raced on Valentine’s day at the multi-use arena.
IV Flat Track’s Katie Griggs, presenting round seven awards to the rapid racer, Travis Petton II.
These last two rounds on the first complete weekend of March had over one-hundred and sixty entries on Saturday and one-hundred and fifty plus on Sunday. IV Flat Track has their awards ceremony for this series scheduled at Roland Sands Designs on June 6TH in Los Alamitos, California. An IV Flat Track race is currently in the works for June 7TH as part of the San Diego County Fair. Please go to IV’s website at : http://www.ivlft.com/ ,for updated information and the the final series points. This coverage is for the final race, round seven, with results from the complete weekend at the end of the article. IV introduced the “Fifty Lap Main Event” on both days. A fifty lap free for all testing racers stamina as well as flat-finesse, more on that later.
Racer Joe Roberts (left) and IV’s Brian Bell after the final 50 Lap Main, which Roberts won for the second time in as many days.
Travis Petton IV and Pa, Travis Petton III, after a successful day at round seven winning two Mains..
Max Mehran going solo for a second in the Youth 50.
Third in the Youth 50 goes to Lamar Reyes.
Gar Wood, despite getting off to a slow start he put the wood down on the Pull Start Mini class. Pulling out to large lead and never looked back for the win.
Ron Wood #3, Noah Bush #37, and Tait Guthrie #99 scrumming for second in the Pull Start Mini. Bush prevailed for the sought after spot with second, Guthrie third and Wood fourth.
Racing in the Pull Start Minis, Hotrodsurf.com’s Walt Mehran, bestrides a machine that was built to have a similar look to the Board Track Racers that raced on board tracks (using planks), known as motodromes experienced a heyday of racing from the 1910’s to the early 1930’s according to sources. Mark Mehran, brought his across tables creativity utilizing an assemblage of parts new, old, and in between to pay homage to those daring track racers of yesteryear with the bike’s comparable appearance .
Pat Neilson #80 road blocked Kevin Neilson #245, for the Minis Big class win with Kevin Neilson second, and Brad Rudy third.
Jake Mitchell #3 leading the Youth 125 Main, eventual winner Conner Hickerson #45 behind him. Avery Modica was the lap one leader but went down. Mitchell inherited the spot but Hickerson led the way soon thereafter railing away for the Youth 125 Main win, Mitchell finished in second.
Travis Petton IV #82, and Grant Holmes #7X in the Youth 450. Holmes was able to hold off his rival for the win, Petton IV and Kenzie Fales third. Petton took the top tier in the Youth 85 Open and Youth 250 Open.
Chris Jones using his hot shoe to the fullest going sideways to the win in the Novice.
Mark Jourban #61, Melissa Paris #413, Justin Hanson #23, and Tyler Harshman #8 in the Novice. Harshman raced on to a third, Paris fourth, Hanson fifth, and Jourban sixth. Paris rode to a win in the Adult 250.
A dominant force in both the Hooligan and Run What Ya Brung ranks in the last few rounds, the former motocrosser Low Brow’s Mark Atkins, reasserted himself winning both classes at this final round, and in round six the night before.
The Hooligan B Main winner, Logan Lackey,flying the winning checkers.
Brian Bell hitching a ride with Dimitri Coste, after Coste’s win in the Twins class.
Coste flew in from France and raced in the Vintage +400cc’s placing eighth. Travis Newbolt struck first talking the holeshot in the Twins, but Coste maintained a passing position. Counter striking, Coste accelerated fast on the inside sliding underneath Newbolt for the win in the Twins Main.
Quite a site with his burgundy colored Western style fringed jacket, Dimitri Coste #67, sliding in second in pursuit of Cristian Olguin #64, in the Reverse class. IV offers a wide assortment of classes, allowing the racers to race with right hand turns is one of them, instead of the traditional counter clockwise left hand turn direction. aptly named the Reverse class. Coste gave it go in the early going pushing the leader Olguin, but Olguin pulled away for the win, with Coste second for his second podium finish of the day. He boarded a plane back to France a few days later, clutching a second place finish and a win from a far off Flat Track land.
Travis Newbolt #747 and Kevin Neilson #888 went 1-2 at the checkers in the Vintage Over 400cc.
Tom Ferguson #9 and Chris Apple #95A racing in the Brakeless class. Apple went on to top Ferguson for the win with Ferguson with second at the finish.
John Garcia #41, Brad Rudy #19, and Travis Petton II #82 leaving turn one at the start of the 50+. Petton II put down some fast laps to keep Garcia from taking the top spot, surging away to a two second plus gap by the checkers. Martin in at second and Rudy raced in for third.
Dan Kane #110, Larry Kane #65L, Steve Zoumaras #678, and #16 Steve Kukla with the holeshot in the 60+ Main. Zoumaras made an outside pass on Kane for the lead and win in the 60+. Kane made it a race with second and S & S Off Road’s Kukla third. Zoumaras gamed all day with the younger racers competing in three other classes on the day, with his next best finish being fourth in the 50+.
Jeb Manners #21 and Chad Lesniwski #999 race into turn one at the start of the Quad Main. Lesniwski gained some space after a dice with Manners for the win, Manners placed second.
Open Pro start, Jimmy Gillen #22, Josh Hayes #41, Andrew Luker #95, Colt Foster#84E, and Joe Roberts #27E.
Clayton Williams Racing/Southland Racing/Race Tech’s Andrew Luker hit the inside of the Open Pro Main start. Commandeered the lead from the launch over the cluster of chasers which includes four time American Motorcyclist Association’s (AMA) Superbike Champion Josh Hayes, 6D Helmets/Foster Brothers Racing’s Colt Foster in third after winning the class the night before. Riding a borrowed bike Luker went wire to wire for round seven’s Open Pro win. Foster and Jeremy Toye raced around Hayes for second and third respectively, Hayes raced in for fourth, and Clayton Williams fifth.
Andrew Luker 95 (not Clayton Wiliams as it says on the plate, :}. He borrowed williams bike, williams has the black with yellow shirt. .
Luker was just cuing up for round one of the American Motorcyclist Association’s (AMA) Grand National Championship (GNC) after his Open Pro win here at Del Mar. He surprised the series with a win at Daytona in the GNC2 class, racing to a fourth at round two and is the current GNC2 points leader with round three looming on May 24TH, at the Springfield Mile in Illinois.
Away they go at the start of the enduring 50 Lap Finale to conclude IV’s seven round series. Joe Roberts #27E, Colt Foster #84E, Grant Holmes #7X, Clayton Williams #95, Andrew Luker #95 white plate, and Robert Bush #44. For the second race in a row, IV brought the 50 lap Man Event on the schedule. Racers stayed in the race as long as they were not lapped by the leader. if lapped they were black flagged and out of the race.
Colt Foster #84E having a great time in first but Joe Roberts #27E, has him in his sights. Foster led a reported thirty- eight laps, but after winning the the 50 lap race the night before, Fly/ARMA Energy’s Roberts knew his plan and ride it. Conserving energy he kept Foster in check and finally made his pass after a mistake by the tiring Foster. Once in front Roberts kept it on two wheels for his second 50 Lap Main Event win. Foster stalled out and was eliminated from the race.
Joe Roberts on the prowl hunting down Colt Foster for the 50 lap Main event win at round seven.
Josh Hayes #41 and Rod Lake racing’s Clayton Williams #95 stayed out of the leaders way in the 50 lap race for second and third respectively. This was Hayes second, second place finish in a row in the 50 lap event.
Robert Bush $44, secured the last position in the 50 lap Final, placing fourth after
Scott Podergois offered up strong resistance but was unable to finish.
Wife of the late Rich Caselli, and “Momma” of Kurt Caselli, Nancy Caselli, holding the torch high for the Caselli Family and the “Kurt Caselli Foundation at Del Mar. Promoting safety for riders before, during, and after their racing career. Please go to http://www.kurtcaselli.com for more information.
Please go to http://www.ivlft.com/ for complete information on the awards ceremony and oncoming races.
MARCH 8, ROUND 7, RESULTS:
YOUTH 50: 1. Travis Horn; 2. Max Mehran; 3. Aidan Freerider; 4. Lamar Reyes; 5. Logan
YOUTH 65: 1. Travis Horn; 2. Tanner Richey; 3. Aidan Ferguson.
YOUTH 85: 1. Travis Petton IV; 2. Grant Holmes; 3. Conner Hickerson; 4. Blake Mehran.
MINI BIG: 1. Pat Neilson; 2. Kevin Neilson; 3. Brad Rudy; 4. Melissa Paris; 5. Travis
Hayes; 6. Dustin Lacroix; 7. Ivan Gambo.
MINI SMALL: 1. Liana Vitale; 2. Andre Ochs; 3. Shawa Chamlee; 4. Michelle Parden.
PULL START MN: 1. Gar Wood; 2. Noah Bush; 3. Tait Guthrie; 4. Ron Wood; 5. Pat Hogan; 6. Walt Mehran; 7. Thaddeus Robles; 8. Mikey Ratt; 9. Will Fairfield.
YOUTH 125: 1. Conner Hickerson; 2. Jake Mitchell; 3. Brett Cooke; 4. Avery Modica.
YOUTH 250: 1. Travis Petton IV; 2. Grant Holmes; 3. Noah Bush.
YOUTH 450; 1. Grant Holmes; 2. Travis Petton IV; 3. Kenzie Rae Fales.
ADULT 250: 1. Melissa Paris; 2. Mark Jourban.
BEGINNER: 1. Ken Shilling; 2. Noah Bush; 3. Andrew Myers; 4. Mac Speedworthy; 5. Melissa Paris; 6. Mark Jourban; 7. Dan Sharp.
NOVICE: 1. Chris Jones; 2. John Garcia; 3. Tyler Harshman; 4. Melissa Paris; 5. Justin
Hanson; 6. Mark Jourban.
INTERMEDIATE: 1. Keith Williams; 2. Scott Hanson; 3. Andy Wood; 4. Rich Hanson; 5. Phil Ranum; 6. Clayton Williams; 7. Chris Wiggins; 8. Terry Graham; 9. Steve Zoumaras.
KNOBBIES: 1. Shaun Chamlee; 2. Douglas Pope; 3. John Leard; 4. Timothy Beaty; 5. Dustin Lacroix; 6. Travis Hayes; 7. Brandon Doering; 8. Lucas Dunev.
REVERSE: 1. Cristian Olguin; 2. Dimitri Coste; 3. Geoff Cain; 4. Ken Reid; 5. Jeremy
HOOLIGAN A: 1. Mark Atkins; 2. Chris Wiggins; 3. Jason Dudley; 4. Freerider Omelina; 5. Brandon Foley; 6. Brandon Gonzalez; 7. Buddy Suttle; 8. Shaun Guardado; 9. Cam Brewer; 10. Sean Delshi.
HOOLIGAN B: 1. Logan Lackey; 2. Aaron Guardado.
RUN BRUNG: 1. Mark Atkins; 2. Helder Alvernaz; 3. Logan Lackey.
BRAKELESS: 1. Chris Apple; 2. Tom Ferguson.
35+: 1. Josh Hayes; 2. Jeremy Toye; 3. Helder Alvernaz; 4. Scott Podergois; 5. Robert
Bush; 6. Kevin Keeran; 7. Keith Williams; 8. Steve Zoumaras; 9. Chris Jones.
50+: 1. Travis Petton; 2. John Garcia; 3. Brad Rudy; 4. Steve Zoumaras; 5. Mark Joubran.
60+: 1. Steve Zoumaras; 2. Dan Kane; 3. Steve Kukla; 4. Larry Han.
VINT UND 400cc: 1. Quinn Cody.
VINT +400cc: 1. Travis Newbolt; 2. Kevin Neilson; 3. Pete Lawson; 4. Geoff Cain; 5.
Roland Sands; 6. Julian Heppenkausen; 7. Randy Arrington; 8. Dimitri Coste.
TWINS: 1. Dimitri Coste; 2. Travis Newbolt; 3. Geoff Cain; 4. Julian Heppenkausen.
PRO: 1. Andrew Luker; 2. Colt Foster; 3. Jeremy Toye; 4. Josh Hayes; 5. Clayton
Williams; 6. Jimmy Gillen; 7. Chris Jones; 8. Phil Ranum; 9. Joe Roberts.
50 LAP MAIN EVENT: 1. Joe Roberts; 2. Josh Hayes; 3. Clayton Williams; 4. Robert Bush.
QUAD: 1. Chad Lesniwski; 2. Jeb McManners; 3. Sammy Burrola.
MARCH 7, ROUND 6, RESULTS:
YOUTH 50: 1. Travis Horn; 2. Aidan Freerider; 3. Max Mehran; 4. Seth Ciancanelli.
YOUTH 65: 1. Tanner Richey; 2. Travis Horn; 3. Aidan Freerider; 4. Hans Mehran; 5.
Cameron Ciancanelli; 6. Isabella Mitchell; 7. Regina Leard; 8. Sierra Hickerson.
YOUTH 85: 1. Travis Petton IV; 2. Grant Holmes; 3. Blake Mehran; Kari Ciacanelli.
MINI SMALL: 1. Andre Ochs; 2. Weston Whitmore; 3. Randy Ross.
MINI BIG: 1. Matt Stoutenburg; 2. Claton Williams; 3. Pat Neilson; 4. Kevin Neilson; 5. Melissa Paris; 6. Ken Reid; 7. Jeremy Snyder; 8. Randy Ross; 9. Cameron Zweifel; 10. Mike Cincanelli.
PULL START MN: 1. Noah Bush; 2. Gar Wood; 3. Tait Guthrie; 4. Thaddeus Robles; 5. Ron
Wood; 6. Mikey Ratt; 7. Will Fairfield; 8. Pat Hogan; 9. Walt Mehran; 10. Chuck Albney; 11. Ted Swank. Walt Mehran; 7. Thaddeus Robles; 8. Mikey Ratt; 9. Will Fairfield.
Youth 125: 1. Conner Hickerson; 2. Avery Modica; 3. Jake Mitchell; 4. Brett Cooke.
YOUTH 250: 1. Clayton Williams; 2. Travis Petton IV; 3. Grant Holmes; 4. Noah Bush.
YOUTH 450; 1. Clayton Williams; 2. Grant Holmes; 3. Travis Petton IV.
ADULT 250: 1. Melissa Paris; 2. Richard Pollock.
BEGINNER: 1. Michael Gilbert; 2. Melissa Paris; 3. Andrew Myers; 4. Noah Bush.
NOVICE: 1. Chris Jones; 2. John Garcia; 3. Chris Wiggins; 4. Michael Gilbert; 5. Melissa Paris; 6. Tyler Harshman.
INTERMEDIATE: 1. Clayton Williams; 2. Keith Williams; 3. 50E; 4. Phil Ranum; 5. Scott
Hanson; 6. Robbie Hannah; 7. Cam Brewer; 8. Terry Graham; 9. Geoff Cain; 10. Mike Ranum.
KNOBBIES A: 1. Matt Stoutenburg; 2. Nathan Cernicky; 3. Holden Pruitt.
KNOBBIES B: 1. Douglas Pope; 2. John Leard; 3. Marty Harris.
REVERSE: 1. Jeff Apple; 2. Chris Apple; 3. Tom Ferguson; 4. Randy Arrington.
HOOLIGAN: 1. Mark Atkins; 2. Chris Wiggins; 3. Ed Subias.
RUN BRUNG: 1. Mark Atkins; 2. Helder Alvernaz; 3. Logan Lackey; 4. Shaun Guardado; 5.
BRAKELESS: 1. Jeff Apple; 2. Chris Apple; 3. Tom Ferguson; 4. Randy Arrington.
35+: 1. Jeremy Toye; 2. Helder Alvernaz; 3. Josh Hayes; 4. Keith Williams; 5. Robert
Bush; 6. Kevin Keeran; 7. Chris Jones; 8. Steve Zoumaras; 9. Scott Podergois.
50+: 1. Travis Petton; 2. Richard Pollock; 3. Steve Zoumaras; 4. John Garcia.
60+: 1. Richard Pollock; 2. Dan Kane; 3. Steve Zoumaras; 4. Steve Kukla; 5. Del
VINT UND 400cc: 1. Mike Ranum; 2. Nevin Potious; 3. Matt Welsh.
VINT +400cc: 1. Phil Ranum; 2. Dimitri Coste; 3. Kevin Neilson; 4. Jake Latimer;
5.Travis Newbolt; 6. Ken Shilling; 7. Pete Lawson; 8. Randy Arrington; 9. Monty Watowa.
TWINS: 1. Dimitri Coste; 2. Travis Newbolt; 3. Scott Toepfer; 4. Julian Heppenkausen.
PRO: 1. Colt Foster; 2. Josh Hayes; 3. Joe Roberts; 4. Alex Wood; 5. Jimmy Gillen; 6.
Cristian Olguin; 7. Scott Hanson.
50 LAP MAIN EVENT: 1. Joe Roberts; 2. Josh Hayes; 3. Helder Alvernaz; 4. Kevin Keeran;
5. Travis Petton IV.
QUAD: 1. Chad Lesniwski; 2. Jeb McManners; 3. Danny Prather.