Article by Jamey Blunt
Photos by Jessyca Blunt
The ARD Ignitions/
Johnson Cams Senior main event started
the sixteen mains. Of the seventeen riders over the age of fifty it was
Scally who lead into turn one. Jeff Lessley on a pristine Bultaco ran
with Steve Craft in third and
would square off in the A&A Racing/ Mr.
Ed's Vet final where riders over the age of thirty five ride any
their choosing. Mike Vital started from pole and held point as Mike
settled in behind him with Bill Kolkman third and Lloyd McGregor and
Craven fighting over fourth. Three laps in saw Vital with a full
lead over O'Neil while McGregor had a mechanical handing fourth to
meanwhile was closing on O'Neil only to surrender the ground he had
made up due
to a mistake of his own doing on lap six leaving O'Neil secure in
Kolkman third, Craven fourth, and Gary Ritchie coming through the field
Vital who hails from Tulare used a very potent C&J framed honda for the victory.
The Barnett/ K & N Filters Super Senior/Senior Novice main event is becoming the Mickey Alzola showcase as no one seems capable of stopping Alzola. But Steve Lacey on his 350cc Honda took the lead off the line and looked as though he just might have something for Alzola. Ken Barrow starting from the second row quickly moved into second position down the back straight displacing Alzola to third. On the second time through turn two Barrow went down hard bringing out the red flag making for a restart which Barrow could not make. On the restart Lacey and Alzola hit turn one side by side with Lacey shutting off last for the lead. Lacey would lead for three laps with Alzola matching his pace waiting for a mistake which came in turn three where Alzola took over at the front. Lap four was Alzola's fastest at 20.61/100 seconds as he put Bob Harris the oldest racer in the program at 83, a lap down. On the final lap Alzola had a full straight lead over Lacey as he also sailed past Ted Hubbard making his return to racing aboard one of the cleanest C&J framed TT-500's on the planet, put together by Eddie Mulder himself. Alzola took the victory with Lacey second, Rod Peyron quietly slipped into third and Ron (Mohawk) Alexander fourth.
#41 Jay Gosvenor showed that the twin cylinder two strokes aren't dead
as he took the victory in the Modern 500 main event aboard his 350cc
Yamaha twin with a fastest lap time of 20.24/100 seconds.
Honda/Yamaha Modern 500 class marked a return
to racing for the newly married Brad Rudy, somehow this has given Rudy
speed as he lead into turn one over Jay Gosvenor with Ron Lessley third
Lake fourth. Down the back straight Gosvenor used the horsepower of his
360cc two stroke twin to shoot past Rudy's Honda 350. Up the front
#37 Jeff Johnson made one of his rare appearances, and showed the Modern
750cc class how it's done!!! Johnson still has what it takes as he puts the Triumph on top of the box.
The war of the big bikes is the Motion Pro/Works Performance Modern 750 class, which marked another return to racing in this series from Jeff Johnson. All eyes were on Johnson and Paul Herman a past 750cc champion as they squared off for the main.
nailed the start to lead into turn one but was
quickly swallowed up by Johnson while Herman went down between turns
two collecting Joe Suebert who had no where to go but over Herman. As
lay in the middle of the track there was no choice but to bring the red
out calling for a full restart. This time Johnson nailed the start with
White in second and Herman with a taped on gas tank third. Herman made
work of White for second but Johnson already had a nine bike length
lead at the
front. Speir and Bob Scally followed Herman's move past White as well
third and fourth. Working the inside of turn two Scally took third from
only to have Speir come back at him and regain the position on the next
down the back straight. Then on lap four Speir went down without injury
two handing third back to Scally. This causing Johnson to run way wide
Herman to take the lead, Johnson now just more motivated put his head
quickly caught Herman with the two making contact in turn three. Herman
lead for another lap before surrendering the lead to Johnson, but
finished yet as he made a run at Johnson and they crossed the line side
with the scoring crew giving the nod to Johnson by inches.
#33e Young Mikey Avila just keeps getting faster and faster. At
18.95/100 seconds he was the only Modern 250cc rider to break the 19
second lap time barrier. Avila handily won the Modern 250cc class!!!
Joe Steffen is the
rider to beat in the Tuffplates/Maxxis
Tires 500 Support class this, a war of the Yamaha tt-500 machines in
states of finish. Off the line Steffen and Clay Chambers were side by
turn one with Steffen taking the lead on the exit of turn two leaving
second with Mike O'Neil third, Jimmy Abrams fourth, and Jeff Gonzales
the completion of one lap the red flag came out stopping the race for
fallen riders, Doug Cohon, Dave Simmerman and Ron Moore, who all
were fine. On the restart Steffen would lead with Gonzales in hot
O'Neil ran third, Abrams fourth Jim Ottele fifth and Gary Ritchie
Steffen and O'Neil were the only two riders capable of lapping under
with Steffen's fastest lap of 19.54/100 three tenths ahead of O'Neil's.
four Gonzales, O'Neil and Abrams were all together in turn two when
pushed Gonzales wide leaving a huge door for O'Neil to go through into
On the next trip through turn one Abrams got by Gonzales for third and
his sights on O'Neil. With one lap remaining Steffen had a full
lead, while Abrams was challenging O'Neil for second. On the final run
stripe out of turn four Abrams came up short with O'Neil riding
second, Abrams third, Gonzales fourth, and Ottele alone in fifth. Oh,
Steffen, he was long gone at the front!
Joe Steffen (with Jared Mees number plate) was the class of the field in the 500 support "A" Main.
The largest class of the day was the AGV Helmets/C&J Racing Frames Open Amateur. Some twenty four riders attempted to make one of only twelve spots in the "A" final. Garrett Stout leads the field into turn one followed by Kris Bunch, Jesse Sleeper, Briar Bauman, and Kayl Kolkman. Two and a half laps in the books saw Bunch get a drive and pass Stout for the lead going down the back straight. The next go round had Kolkman advance past Bauman for fourth while Sleeper was alone in third some ten bike lengths back of Stout. At the finish Bunch would win by six lengths over Stout with Sleeper third, Kolkman fourth, and Bauman fifth.
National #20 Johnny Murphree on the Vizzo Racing Honda won the opening
round Digger Helm Pro 600 main event in convincing style leading the
last seven laps of the twenty lap final for the victory.
Four heat races
and two semis determined which fourteen pros
filled the grid for the twenty lap Digger Helm Pro 600 final. With the
heat, national number 21 Jared Mees sat on pole with Daytona short
and national number 54 Mikey Rush along side. Slotting on the outside
front row was national number 20 Johnny Murphree on a new Ron Wood
Racing Honda. Murphree had the initial jump off the line but upon the
turn two both Kris Bunch and Mees were past with Murphree third and
fourth. On the entrance to turn one starting lap three Mees shot
Bunch for the lead with Murphree following suit dropping Bunch to third
still held fourth with Brandan Bergen fifth, and Garrett Stout sixth.
start of lap five Mees had a five bike length gap at the front and Rush
way around Bunch for third. On the next go round
The awards ceremony immediately following the races saw a happy 60cc main event winner Tyler Shelter take home a brand new top of the line AGV helmet, and Modern 750cc participant Joe Suebert score a new MAXXIS tire from these series sponsors.
Article by Jamey Blunt
Photos by Jessyca Blunt