Mile at the Fair
Expo – Sacramento, CA
by Karen Gould
Holt 33 Ron
Long 46 David Deveau
10 Scroogy 12 David Ehrhart
49x Mickey Alzola 76 Mike
Wayne 87 Lawrence Bertand
49x Mickey 14 Ted
Hubbard 9L Victor McBee
50 Jack Latimer 72
Modern 750 start 9 Victor McBee
47 Jerry Bland 8 Dan McDougall 24
Robert Hansen 44 Robert Bush
33 Ron Long 2 Vince Holt
& Jodi Mulder and their team made the
trip to Sacramento once again this year to make dreams come true for
riders. On the famous mile long track, smooth and well groomed by
Pearson and Craig Scroggins, the riders enjoyed the same dirt as the
riders the night before where Bryan Smith took home his third trophy
buckle and Shayna Texter celebrated her second Sacramento Mile
win. Sunday was perfect from start to finish at the
Amateur mile. With the sights and sounds of the California State Fair
back ground and the weather mild, riders and spectators alike had a
big thank you to several sponsors of the
Sacramento Mile that stepped up to help make this event possible. Scott
Dunlavey/Berkeley Honda-Yamaha generously
donated several pit bikes for use at the track, and on board again this
Triumph of North America. Digger Helm
and Rod Lake, long time supporters of the West Coast Dirt Track Series
with K&N Filters, Motion Pro, Barmett Clutches and Specialty
as Premiere sponsors. Others included A&A
donated 2 tires and provided non-stop service to the riders.
Off Road Magazine, who bring news of the WCDTS events out to the
Brown’s Cycles, Maxima Racing Oils, Works Performance, Coventry Spares,
Plates and many more. At each event there are water bottles, hats,
other goodies all provided by the sponsors, shared with the riders
go to the riders as well. One hundred
and fifty plus entrants rode 17 heats and main events with such care
ambulance never moved from it’s parking spot. Without the invitation of
Bell Motorsports and Bob Bellino, racing the mile at Cal Expo would not
day started with the usual, tech
inspections to be sure the riders and bikes are safe for the day’s
followed by a rider’s meeting. Eddie’s custom of honoring fallen riders
carried out once again with a moment of silence for AJ Herrera who
passed away. He then announced the order of practice, where to find the
postings and how the day is planned. Seasoned riders and past pros were
with many that were riding the mile for the first time. Walking the
excitement could be felt as last minute adjustments were being made to
equipment. Leathers, were hanging on easy ups that had been recently
preparation of the days races and the pits were filled with riders and
families, sharing food, stories and their excitement.
on schedule practice took place. A couple
of seized motors and mechanical mishaps brought the golf cart and
to get riders and bikes back to the pits. Competition in many classes
with heat races determining rider placement on the main event starting
Classes included 250cc Open, through unlimited cc Vet, Vintage, Senior,
and more. The West Coast Dirt Track Series finds a class for every
shows up. Eddie’s love of racing is unquestionable at his events.
first main event on the track included 8 Senior Vintage
riders. Familiar faces on the track, Jim
Monegan aboard a 1972 Honda 481, Steve Craft on the seat of his 1974
750 and Kenny Theibaud powering a 1974 Yamaha 750 battled for position
the third lap when Thiebaud left the race broken. Monegan and Craft put
show turn to turn until Monegan was able to pull away and take the
Galloway from Canada captured the third position followed by Victor
Twelve riders took their places on the line for the 35 and
over Vet A
main. Steve Liberty showed Tom Horton the fastest way around this big
taking over the lead in the first lap. Vince Holt followed them to the
and Wade Boyd moved into the fourth spot in the last lap leaving John
to finish fifth. The Vet B included ten riders. The top three
Long, Jack Jones and AJ Neelings maintained their one, two, three
from flag to flag.
this writers opinion the race of the day was
the Senior Novice/Super Senior class. I’ve been attending and
Eddie Mulder’s events for more than ten years. During those years I
remember ever not seeing #49, Mickey Alzola at the races. Alzola had a
history of precision stunt driving for many movies in Hollywood
Knife, Mega Force, Steel Yard Blues, The First Last Race and many more.
raced sprint cars from 1977 through 1987 and since then has raced
for more than twenty five years. He was a five time rider of the Pikes
Sprint Car class. Today before racing began Alzola told me that
could do any more was have fun. When the riders came to the starting
the 50 and older novice/riders over 60 class. Alzola was aboard
Eddie Mulder SpecialTriumph. Only one other bike was older than the
Fred Berger was piloting his 1965 Triumph 650. Also in the class was
Hubbard, a cancer survivor riding another Eddie Mulder
Special Yamaha 540.
The starter threw the green flag and Canadian D-Dan McDougall got the
on his 74 XR Harley Davidson 750. Mike Wayne on top of a 1971 Yamaha
the lead from
in lap three. Behind them Alzola was
on the move. Moving from the
position in lap one to third by lap four. Alzola was gaining ground.
two laps remaining Lawrence Bertrand had captured the second postion
1973 Triumph 750. The white flag lap gave Alzola time to capture second
the checkers, it was Alzola for the win. Wayne
had recaptured the second spot and Bertrand rounded out the podium. I
know the age of Alzola, maybe 73, but I know that he still “has it”,
enthusiasm and determination to win races along with a huge smile and a
finishing third in the Vet class Holt came
back to win the Senior Open
front of Wade Boyd and Ron Long. Holt powered his 2000 Rotax 660 the
laps in the lead giving it up to vintage road racing champion Paul
Germain on a
Yamaha 750 in lap four and regaining the lead in white flag lap to take
checkers first. Wade Boyd twisted the throttle in the final lap to
followed by Long on a Rotax 600. Germain finished sixth.
Darrah worked the track and his 06 Honda
450 hard riding the SeniorB Main Open main event. Don Galloway was not
it riding his 74 Yamaha 750 in front four of six laps. Darrah rode laps
and five in front but at the end of the race it was all Galloway
mounted on a Honda 450.
the guy most proud of himself this day was
Craig Scroggins. The guy driving the blade earlier in the day to groom
track, Scroggins was not to be beat on his track during racing.
the Sr Open C event Scroggins who said today would be his last mile
the hole shot from the start. David
Ehrhart took that lead for laps two and three but Scroggins was
tenacious riding the final two laps to the finish in front. Lance
PHD and Jim Monegan followed Scroggins to the checkers. Monegan
on the track to win the Modern 500 class in front of Horton and
Latimer took Victor McBee and LloydMcGregor home in the 750 modern
Stacey and Kimi Valentine were competing
with the boys in the 250 Open class. randon Green and Sean Heeney were
and second but Stacey proudly took the third place on the podium.
riders entered the Open Amateur class. Broken into A, B and C mains,
by placement in the heat races. One rider captured my attention when he
that this day was his 29th birthday and the first time he had ridden a
Happy 29th birthday Andy Wallace. Wallace didn’t finish in the top
did capture the fourth position in the Open Amateur B main behind
and Chris Ryan. Davis Fisher, Dylan Morin
and Vaughn McCafferty were the top three in the Open Amateur A main and
captured his second victory of the day in front of Scott Anderson
Robert Curry in the C main.
Eddie Mulder wishes to thank each and
every person who attended this spectacular event for their cooperation
support. The program went off flawlessly, the ambulance never moved and
was great racing, camaraderie and fun all weekend. Racers came from all
North America and Canada for their chance to ride on the famous
Mile. The WCDTS final two 2013 events will take place at Willow Springs
3/8 mile banked cushion October 19th and 20th .
For more information on
Dirt Track Series go to: http://www.eddiemulderswcvdts.com/schedule.html
Jim Monegan; 2. Steve
Craft; 3. Don Galloway;
4. Victor McBee; 5. David Krohn; 6. D-dan McDougall; 7. Rick
Kenneth Thiebaud; 9. David Atheron; 10. Robert Hansen; 11. Mickey
Lawrence Bertrand; 13. Greg Lightfoot; 14. Peter Thomson
Liberty; 2. Tom Horton; 3. Vince Holt; 4. Wade Boyd; 5. John Lundgren;
Germain; 7. Robert Morris; 8. Roger Andree; 9. Kenneth Holland; 10. Joe
Johnson; 11. Chris Baker; 12. Robert Bush; 13. Peter Lee; 14. Jeff
15. David Deveau
Long; 2. Jack Jones; 3. A.J. Neelings; 4. Chad Valker; 5. Joe Brown; 6.
Settler; 7. Justin Barnett; 8. Chris Larson; 9. Brad Raymond; 10. Zane
Novice, Super Senior
Alzola; 2. Mike Wayne; 3. Lawrence Bertand; 4. D-dan McDougall; 5. Herb
6. Victor McBee; 7. Maury Austin; 8. Fred Berger; 9. Ted Hubbard; 10.
Rasmussen; 11. Peter Thompson; 12. John Deatherage
Horton; 2. Chris Rudy; 3. Rodd Lighthouse; 4. Allen Brugger; 5. Roy
Vince Holt; 2. Wade
Boyd; 3. Ron Long; 4. David
Deveau; 5. Gene Fitzsimmons; 6. Paul Germain; 7. John Lundgren; 8.
McGregor; 9. Joe Johnson; 10. Roger Andree; 11. Peter Lee; 12. Robert
Open B Main
Don Galloway; 2.
Donnie Darrah; 3. Perry Smith;
4. Greg Lightfoot; 5. Bud Riddle; 6. Nick Theroux; 7. Robert Curry; 8.
Fowler; 9. Dave Keil; 10. Barry Hiatt; 11. Brad Raymond; 12. David
Open C Main
Craig Scroggins; 2.
Lance Harris; 3. Jim
Monegan; 4. Tim Skov; 5. Ray Turner; 6. Tim Lampe; 7. MikeRankin; 8.
Villanueva; 9. David Ehrhart; 10. Peter Thomson
Jim Monegan; 2. Tom
Horton; 3. Don Galloway; 4.
Steve Craft; 5. Mike Wayne; 6. Mark Jensen; 7. Thad Wolff
Jake Latimer; 2.
Victor McBee; 3. Lloyd
McGregor; 4. Robert Hansen; 5. Jerry Bland; 6. D-dan McDougall; 7.
8. Maury Austin; 9. Steve Liberty; 10. Perry Smith
Brandon Green; 2. Sean
Heeney; 3. Allison
Stacey; 4. Clayton Williams; 5. Kimi Valentine
Ron Long; 2. Don
Galloway; 3. Jack Jones; 4.
Robert Hansen; 5. Jeff Corcoran; 6. Perri Turner; 7. Mike Fowler; 8.
Gonzales; 9. Jim Lundgren; 10. Robert Morris
Support B Main
Terry Graham; 2. Gary
Ritchie; 3. Barry Hiatt;
4. Justin Barnet; 5. Jack Harwood; 6. Dillon Allen; 7. Mike Keith; 8.
David Fisher; 2. Dylan
Morin; 3. Vaughn
McCafferty; 4. Tony Souza; 5. Allison Stacey; 6. Adam Hernandez; 7.
Luker; 8,. David Bush; 9. Caleigh Ryan; 10. David Deveau; 11. Kale
Amateur B Main
Sean Heeney; 2. Wade
Boyd; 3. Crris Ryan; 4.
Andy Wallace; 5. Laramie Bystedt; 6. Kenneth Holland; 7. Beau Thompson;
Cullon; 9. Cody Van Dyke; 10. Brian
Schmeltz; 11. Chris Baker; 12. Nick Theroux
Amateur C Main
Vince Holt; 2. Scott
Anderson; 3. Robert Curry;
4. Dillon Allen; 5. Darrell Beardsley; 6. Brad Raymond; 7. Mitchell
David Valentine; 9. Keith Eusebio Jr; 10. Chris Geilfuss; 11. Zane Amaro