Perris, California, Southern California Flat Track Association, Round 1
Article & Photos by Rodney Rutherford
The 2016 Southern California Flat Track Association’s (SCFTA) twelve round Championship series is now on stage at the Perris Raceway Flat Track facility. Over one-hundred and sixty entrants sorted over the buffet of thirty-one classes and over twenty-eight Main events including the Open Novice B Main on the night’s grid.
Vera the gate keeper, has been greeting racers and fans at Perris Raceway for over twelve years and keeps on smiling.
Cody Morin #2, Sierra Hickerson #3, Jasper Heathfield #713 and the 2016 SCFTA season begins with the racers of tomorrow getting the beginning heats rolling. Cody Morin, rolled to the win in the 65cc 2-Stroke Novice. Heathfield and Hickerson finished second and third respectively in the 65-70cc Open. Heathfield rolled to the Main win in the 65-70cc 4-Stroke Beginner.
Kristian Daniel, taking the round one 50cc 4-Stroke Beginner Main.
Hannah Jones #116, railing the outside and Chase Gray #5 angling in to the bar of turn one. Jones rode to a fifth in the 50cc 4-Stroke Beginner, Gray looped the win in the 50cc 2-Stroke Beginner.
Travis Horn, the Motorsports Junkie slider is back to his leading ways, baring down for the 65cc Open Main win.
Travis Petton IV, tacking the inside line out of turn four while Grant Holmes #7X, eyes the line from the front stretch into turn one. Petton prevailed in the 250 Youth Open for his first win of the night. The well promoted scrapper received his second win of the night in the 85cc 2-Stroke Amateur Main, he also placed second in the 85cc Open and third in the 250 Expert in a busy but fruitful night for the preteen.
IV Flat Track League’s Tanner Richey, adapting to the 85cc in 2015 in SCFTA action, after racing in various 85cc classes he finished the last two rounds with a pair of fifths in the 85cc 2-Stroke Amateur. Slowly growing into the taller frame of the 85cc bike, Richey raced to a fourth in the 85cc Amateur at this round one. Richey worked himself into third by lap three of the eight lap Main for an uplifting third in the 85cc Open and he will only get faster.
Conner Hickerson rode in the Beginner classes, but looked more like an Amateur class racer in winning the 85-100cc 2-Stroke and 85-100cc 4-Stroke Beginner. Hickerson with a new found aggression for his 2016 SCFTA run, may be near the front of the 85cc Open class before the season closes.
Rosa Plates racer Jaycee Jones went away with the SCFTA 2015 Woman’s (Powder Puff) title, and judging by her performance at this opening round of the 2016 SCFTA series, she wants another one. While leading she held off Jeanette Griggs and locked up the Woman’s Main win, Griggs second and Monica Gil third.
Chris Osborn #12, Travis Friedrich #26, and Arnie Fry #45 jet into the evening air of the Open Novice “A” Main. Fry freezes the top spot from the opening charge on lap one. Osborn takes up the second slot and Friedrich races in the thirds spot. The leaders remain the same to the last lap as Fry takes the win, Osborn second, and Friedrich third in the Open Novice “A” Main.
“Galloping” Grant Holmes putting it to the competition in his first off ride in the SCFTA Open Expert. The Southland Racing/RM Parks Inc./Paint by Smokey/X-Brand goggles Holmes has been growing enough to nicely fit in his Yamaha YZF250 seat and have good controls on the corners with geometric symbiosis between his body and the Yamaha ride. Holmes sliced the pack and ate it up for his first win in the SCFTA Open Expert in his first attempt. He also won the 85cc Open, second in the 250 Youth Open and second in the 85cc 2-Stroke Amateur. Holmes will be facing a tight 2016 schedule racing the SCFTA,California Flat Track Association, IV Flat Track League, West Coast Dirt Track, American Motorcyclist Association’s Dirt Track Grand Championship, and maybe some Big 6 Grand Prix racing as well.
Woody’s Crane Service’s Byron Kukla #92 breaks the night with Evan Markus #54 at the start of the Open Unclassified. Markus moved into the lead in the early going for the win. Kukla retained the second spot to the finish and LJ Gronek third. Kukla shot to good starts in most of his races and also went on to a fourth in the Open Expert racing in the top two for the first three laps.
Evan Markus finished up his second win of the night, taking advantage of Chris Jones going wide out of turn two on lap two. Markus took the lead in the Open Amateur Main and that was all she wrote for the win. Charlie Vanderlaan weaves his way into second at the checkers, and the always fast Jones for third.
Vet +35 Novice line off with Jim Bandelin #71, Chris Ayers #57, Shawn Chamlee #3 and company in the Main. Bandelin rides out of turn two with nothing but space in front of him, Anders taking in second Chamlee third. Anders takes over the lead, in a ìpredator pounces on prey scenarioî as he tracked and attacked for the lead with less than three laps remaining and riding it out for the win, Bandelin second at the checkers and Chamlee third.
Kevin Jordan raced to Main wins in the Vet +35 Amateur and the Vet +50 Amateur.
Senior Vet +50 Amateur athletes Robert Stettler #57, and John Garcia #84 in the heat race. Garcia finished up fourth in the Main and Stettler following in at fifth.
Joe Steffen #6, Ron Pollock #59, and Jim Medlin #11 get underway in the Senior Vet +50 Expert heat race. Medlin chiseled the lead out by lap two and we have John Dupree and Jim Ottele holding on to the Medlin tow line in second and third respectively. Ottele slides around Dupree and now honing in on Medlin. Locking in behind Medlin on lap six, Ottele was cuffed up as Medlin rode shrewdly keeping the passing lines blocked for Main event win. Ottele right behind Medlin at the finish for second and Dupree hanging on for third.
MuleMotorcycles.net racer Richard Pollock, has a rich history with SCFTA as a former SCFTA Pro Champion many moons ago. Pollock takes up the race while taking off time from building beautiful bikes. On this night he raced to a fifth in the Senior Vet +50 Expert and fourth in the Super Senior +60.
Dwayne Locke racing for a fifth in the Bomber Novice.
Rolf Greenhill shut the field down for the Vintage 250-360cc Main win.
2015 SCFTA Premier Senior +70 Champion Ron Moore and Richard Pollock #59 in Super Senior +60 action. Moore, beginning where he left off, winning, taking the Main event victories in the Super Senior +60 and the Premier, and starting off his 2016 season with a double win night.
Ken Shilling #26B, followed in the leader’s Shawn Chamlee slipstream for the first two laps of the Bomber Novice, knifing inside on lap three Shilling went inside of Chamlee in turn one following through and exiting turn two with the lead. Shilling kept the bike off the dirt for the Main win in the Bomber Novice.
Mike Brooks #672, Ken Shilling #26B, and John Farmer #13. Farmer raced in for a third in the Main and Brooks finished up fourth in the Bomber Novice Main.
John Vanderlaan, came in the 2015 SCFTA season for his first complete run at the SCFTA Pro title and went out with the SCFTA 2015 Pro number one plate. Involved in a serious crash at the very end of the 2015 season, as in crashing into the finish line wall on the checker flag in the last round of the season. Vanderlaan has since recovered and came back for another SCFTA season and possibly a repeat title. Fontana Radiator’s Jeff Johnson, guides his bike off the chalk on the start and into turn one of the 20 lap Main. Vanderlaan not showing a whole lot of respect for former National number Johnson, plowing into the lead past Johnson and screeching into the back stretch and on a mission. Going into the lap eight of the frenzied Main, Vanderlaan has about a twenty bike length over Joe Roberts in second, Dylan Morin, and Foster Brother’s Racing’s Colt Foster at the end of the second through fourth place column.
Joe Roberts #27E and Colt Foster #84E in a Pro heat. They finished second and fifth
respectively in the Pro Main. Riding smooth as glass Vanderlaan goes into the zone and leaves the pack behind for the win. Roberts closes out second with an unrelenting Dylan Morin in third at the checkers. Foster’s teammate Alex Crosby was not so brotherly beating out Foster near the finish for fourth, Foster closes out the top five of the Pro Main.
After competing regularly at SCFTA events, Dylan Morin, took some time off but raced in the last two rounds of the 2015 SCFTA Pro class and looks to be back for 2016. Morin is looking better than ever at Perris and raced to a third in the Main on this night.
Please go to SCFTAracing.com for schedule information as we race into the round two on March 12. Riders, please check the list on the web site for riders that did not pass the sound check.
2016 SCFTA ROUND 1 RESULTS:
*50cc 2-STRK BEG: 1. Chase Gray.
50cc 2-STRK NOV: 1. Rachel Schnakenberg.
50cc 4-STRK BEG: 1. Kristian Daniel Jr.; 2. Makaela Broad; 3. Brianna Jones; 4.Bailey Richey; 5. Hannah Jones.
50cc 4-STRK AMAT: 1. Travis Horn.
65-70cc 2-STRK BEG: 1. Sierra Hickerson; 2. Rachel Schnakenberg.
65-70cc 2-STRK NOV: 1. Cody Morin.
65-70cc 4-STRK BEG: 1. Jasper Heathfield; 2. Kristain Daniels; 3. Sierra Hickerson; 4. Isabella Mitchell.
65-70cc OPN: 1. Travis Horn; 2. Jasper Heathfield; 3. Sierra Hickerson; 4. Isabella Mitchell.
85-100cc 2-STRK BEG: 1. Conner Hickerson; 2. Jake Mitchell.
85-100cc 4-STRK BEG: 1. Conner Hickerson.
85-100cc 4-STRK NOV: 1. Zack Earwood; 2. Travis Horn.
85-100cc 2-STRK AMAT: 1. Travis Petton IV; 2. Grant Holmes; 3. Dominic DeMario; 4. Tanner Richey; 5. Frank Flores.
85cc OPN: 1. Grant Holmes; 2. Travis Petton IV: 3. Tanner Richey; 4. Dominic De Mario; 5. Frank Flores; 6. Jake Mitchell; 7. Conner Hickerson.
WMN PWDRPF: 1. Jaycee Jones; 2. Jeanette Griggs; 3. Monica Gil; 4. Rachel Schnakenberg.
4-STRK: 1. James Rust; 2. David Wada; 3. James Kohls; 4. Marc Heathfield; 5. David Seminario; 6. Dan Mock; 7. Alex Mock.
250cc YOUTH OPN: 1. Travis Petton IV; 2. Grant Holmes; 3. Jacob Cascio; 4. Alyssa Flores.
BMBR NOV: 1. Ken Shilling; 2. Shawn Chamlee; 3. John Farmer; 4. Mike Brooks; 5. Dwayne Locke; 6. Paul Hartman.
OPN BEG: 1. Shawn Chamlee; 2. Barney Stern; 3. Dale Broad; 4. Dan Mock; 5. Alex Mock; 6. Joseph Hierro; 7. David Wada; 8. Zack Earwood; 9. Skylar Schnakenberg.
OPN NOV A: 1. Arnie Fry; 2. Chris Osborn; 3. Travis Friedrich; 4. Parker Earhart; 5. Nick Garcia; 6. Jeanette Griggs.
OPN NOV B: 1. 1. Chris Anders; 2. Ron Duarte; 3. J. Simons; 4. Hayden Earwood; 5.Monica Gil; 6.
OPN UNCLAS: 1. Evan Markus; 2. Byron Kukla; 3. LJ Gronek; 4. Travis Wyman; 5. Jaycee Jones.
OPN AMAT: 1. Evan Markus; 2. Charles Vanderlaan; 3. Chris Jones; 4. LJ Gronek; 5. Cody Van Dyke.
OPN EXP: 1. Grant Holmes; 2. Chris Campos; 3. Travis Petton IV; 4. Byron Kukla.
PRO: 1. John Vanderlaan; 2. Joe Roberts; 3. Dylan Morin; 4. Alex Crosby; 5. Colt Foster; 6. Nick Armstrong; 7. Jeff Johnson; 8. Travis Petton II; 9. Nick Gil; 10. Casey Cahoon.
VET +35 NOV: 1. Chris Anders; 2. Jim Bandelin; 3. Shaun Chamlee; 4. Alex Mock; 5. David Wada; 6. Dan Mock.
VET +35 AMAT: 1. Kevin Jordan; 2. Scott Hanson; 3. Chris Jones; 4. Ryan Reed; 5. Paul Tigeco.
*VET +35 EXP: 1. Jim Rosa; 2. John Dupree; 3. Christopher Campos; 4.Matt Stoutenberg.
SR VET +50 NOV: 1. Jim Bandelin; 2. Chris Osborn; 3. Mike Boal; 4. John Farmer; 5. Barney Stern.
SR VET +50 AMAT: 1. Kevin Jordan; 2. Arnie Fry; 3. Corey Bauman; 4. John Garcia; 5. Robert
Stettler; 6. Rolf Greenhill; 7. Ken Shilling; 8. Paul Tinoco.
SR VET +50 EXP: 1. Jim Medlin; 2. Jim Ottele; 3. John Dupree; 4. Larry Earhart; 5. Richard
SUP SR +60: 1. Ron Moore; 2. Bill Wright; 3. Jim Medlin; 4. Richard Pollock; 5. Steve Kukla; 6. Greg Powell; 7. Dan Kane.
PREM SR +70: 1. Ron Moore; 2. Mike Brooks; 3. Preston Petty; 4. Allan Girdler.
VINT 250-360cc: 1. Rolf Greenhill; 2. Tom Ferguson.
CLSC VINT: 1. Jim Ottele; 2. Lenny Rodriguez; 3. Joe Pape.