San Jose Indoor Short Track Championship
Santa Clara County Fairgrounds
Story by Karen Gould
Photos by Karen Gould/Checkered Flag Photography and
David N. Haughs
SAN JOSE, CA, MAR. 29, 2014
really was a packed house, as spectators filled the grandstands and
also stood between them to watch another bar-banging indoor short-track
event at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds. Promoted by Pete and Diane
Francini and their P&D Promotions team, the eighth annual San
Indoor event was held in a pavilion that was used back in the 1960s for
short-track racing, and it was once again outfitted with cyclone
fencing around a polished-concrete short track the same size as was
used back then.
Graham (98T) fought his way to a fourth-place finish in the Legends B
main event at the eighth annual San Jose Indoor extravaganza! Photo by
David N. Haughs
On Friday afternoon, open practice was held to
lay down rubber on the track to provide the tacky surface needed for
Saturday’s racing. Eighty entrants registered to ride nine classes on
Saturday. Some classes were split into A and B divisions to accommodate
all the riders. Event sponsors included Rod Lake, San Jose
Harley-Davidson, Motion Pro and Motor Café, among others. The major
Dash For Cash sponsors were Jerry Kennedy of Kennedy Trucking, Rod
Lake, John Gardner, Ralph Coulter of Matco Tools, and Ronal McRae. The
Open Pro Dash For Cash winner, Jared Mees, took home $2,561, which
included the generous donations from the fans in the stands. The 230cc
Pro-class winner, John Self, earned $200.
The Dash For Cash
riders – Jared Mees, Mikey Rush, Dominic Colindres and Ryan Foster –
were the winners of each of the four Pro heat races. Mees was the man
to beat in this five-lap dash, however, because as hard as the others
rode, no one else was able to accomplish that quest, and Mees took the
victory and the cash.
Jared Mees (9) leads Mikey Rush (54) in the Dash For Cash. Photo by
Mees (9) would have to settle for a second-place finish in the Pro main
event, but he was successful in taking all the money in the Dash For
Cash. Photo by Karen Gould
Jared Mees loves the cash! Here, he celebrates with
promoters Pete and Diane Francini. Photo by Karen Gould
is the custom at most public sporting events, the Star-Spangled Banner
was performed, this time sung by Robert Bacosa Sr., who was clothed in
a special patriotic red-white-and-blue shirt.
Bacosa Sr. sings
the Star-Spangled Banner. Photo by Karen Gould
riders’ parade and
event announcements followed.
Photo by Karen Gould
had been held earlier in the day, laying more rubber down on the track.
races included four riders, while the main events included a maximum of
except for the Pro main, which included 12. The top two finishers of
four heat races
and two semis made the 12-rider Pro main event.
start of the Vintage
main event had Dana Perri (54) leading Brad Spencer (7M), Jim Lewis
Following are David Bush (37P), Roy Taboada (27), Michael Dobbs (97D),
Shafer (26B, behind 7M), Paul Herman (68) and Tim Rott (45). Photo by
Perri had spent a
good amount of time picking himself and his bike up off the track
Friday’s practice, but on Saturday, when it counted, Perri rode
the 10-rider Vintage main. He moved up from fourth position on lap
finish second at the end of lap 10. Jimmy Lewis and Roy Taboada
Perri (54) carried
the checkers twice: the first time following his win in the Legends A
event, and then again after his victory in the Vintage-class main
by David N. Haughs
race coordinator for the Nor Cal Short Track Series, easily won the
Non-Pro class, getting the holeshot off the line and avoiding the chaos
was happening behind him. Todd Mello and Brian Garrahan finished second
third, respectively. Seventy-year-old Theroux finished fourth. Earlier
evening, Theroux had tangled with another rider in the heat race,
Theroux to face-plant and that race to be restarted.
at the front of the restart of the 230cc Non-Pro contest. Photo by
also carried the checkered flag twice: He won both the 150cc main event
230 Non-Pro main event. Photo by David N. Haughs
rider John Self has been trying to win the San Jose Indoor 230cc Pro
a few years now. This year, he attained that goal. While the front
changed three times after a couple of restarts, the second position
times. By the 10th lap, four riders of the eight who had started had
lapped, and several had crashed but continued to race. Rod Lake and
Bob Scally followed Mannion to the finish.
in the 230cc Pro
contest: Ricky Rinauro and Tony Alves. Photo by Karen Gould
Lake (98) captured a
second-place finish in the 230cc Pro main event. Photo by David N.
Dana Perri have a long history of battling on the track. On this night,
Legends A battle also included seven others. Brothers Larry and Robert
probably two of the smallest men racing in San Jose, are fast – but
not fast enough to win this class on this night. Turn after
McDonnell battled with Larry Silva until lap five, when Silva was able
under McDonnell for the pass. McDonnell was then in the position to try
chase down the leader, Perri. Running out of laps, McDonnell had to
a second-place finish, behind Perri. Larry Silva and Brad Spencer
third and fourth, respectively.
McDonnell (1) is
on his way to a second-place finish in the Legends A main event. Photo
Silva and Larry
Silva finished one and two in the Vintage 250cc class, following a bold
the inside by Robert. Chris Rudy took third place in this one.
riders line up for
the start of the Vintage 250cc main event: (from left to right) John
(56), Dennis Cameron (31Z), Chris Rudy (87M), Robert Silva (24S), Larry
(7S). Photo by David N. Haughs
Silva brothers – Larry (7S) and Robert (24S) – compete. Photo by
Silva (24S) carries the checkered flag after his win in the
Vintage 250cc main event. Photo by David N. Haughs
Lake took his spot
on the Brakeless-class starting line. The green light lit up, the flag
and Lake was on his way to his first victory on his brakeless machine.
everything he could to catch Lake, coming up on his rear wheel on each
he was unable to make the pass. Behind them was Carry Buck, who makes
look easy; as smooth as glass, Buck looks like he’s coasting around the
In reality, slow and smooth is the fast way around this concrete track.
in the program,
Lake had been honored with a new old-school-style helmet.
Run What You Brung
field included seasoned riders and some youngsters. David Bush took the
from the start, with Evan Anders in the second spot. Anders, who is
years old, doesn’t yet have the experience to be smooth, but he is
Anthony Torres held on to third until the last lap, when he slid out,
Robert Bush the chance he needed to round out the podium.
Anders (32) took second-place honors in the Run What You
Brung main event. Photo by Karen Gould
San Jose Indoor
program’s ads help to provide the funds for the Pro main-event purse.
to major ad sponsors Top Oil, Steven’s Creek Toyota, Z-Con Specialty
Santa Clara Riders Unlimited, BG Labels and Tees, Road Rider, Mission
Motorcycles, Garrahan Off Road Training, Unlimited Motorsports, Road
SlabSides, Concrete Ready Mix Inc., Alex Bouja.com (real estate
Little D’s Muffler & Brake, Stenberg-Sunseri Law (representing
motorcyclists), and many more. With these sponsors’ ads, the main-event
winner’s purse was $2,500 and the runner-up’s purse was $1,500, and
went to the top 10 riders.
riders lined up
in three rows for the Open Pro class. Heat-race winners and the winner
fastest semi were on row one, with Mees on the pole. The race would be
other this night.
Pro riders launch
off the line in their main event. Photo by Karen Gould
Bonsey (80) dives
into turn one, followed closely by Kyle Kolkman (98), in the Pro main
Photo by David N. Haughs
Colindres (66) leads Jared Mees (9) and Shawn Raggio (51Z)
into turn one in the Pro Main Event. Photo by David N. Haughs
got the holeshot.
Stevie Bonsey was hit coming out of one, stalling his bike. Dominic
held second, behind Mees, through lap four, when Mikey Rush got around
Colindres was hit by another rider; the other rider went down but
held on, though he lost time. Ryan Foster, who still has double vision
bad accident last season, took advantage of the mishap with Colindres,
over the third spot, while Colindres fell back to sixth.
lap eight, Rush took
the lead from Mees when Mees was knocked into the infield, though Mees
to keep the bike on two wheels and got back onto the track. Foster was
JethroHalbert held fourth.
Mees (9) and Mikey Rush (54) battle in the Pro main. Photo
by Karen Gould
Mees and Rush split, Foster continued in third, and JethroHalbert was
lap 19, Halbert went
out in a crash with Bronson Bauman, while Foster got past Mees.
the final lap, Rush
was still in front. Mees got back around Foster. Brandon Bergen
fourth, followed by Colindres. The other seven riders were no longer on
Rush (54) topped
the tough Pro main. Photo by Karen Gould
Foster (23Y) was
smooth and fast en route to placing third in the Pro main event. Photo
Bergan (26) finished in fourth place in the Pro main
event. Photo by Karen Gould
Rush, Jimmy Woods,
Tandra Rush and Ronnie Brown – along with some of their biggest fans.
addition to enjoying
the racing on the track, a whole section of spectators in the
celebrating the 60th birthday of number 80Y, Butch Cochran. Happy
Birthday, Butch! Photo by Karen Gould
racing, a young man collapsed in the stands and was attended to by the
EMTs. He was transported to the hospital, where it was discovered that
suffers from a heart condition that he was unaware of. At last report,
and Diane, and the rest of the team look forward to the ninth annual
Indoor event (the date will be announced soon), and they thank the
supporters, fans, volunteers and fairgrounds personnel for their part
another successful indoor event.
March 29, 2014
Michael Mannion; 2. Frank Young; 3. Bill
Hermant; 4. Kenneth Martin; 5. Travis Schwank; 6. Leah Martin.
1. Michael Mannion; 2. Tedd Mello; 3. Brian
Garrahan; 4. Nick Theroux; 5. Anthony LaRocca; 6. Harry Kunsman.
1. John Self; 2. Rod Lake; 3. Bob Scally; 4.
Tom Alves; 5. Dante D’Ambruoso; 6. Ryan Chambers; 7. Ricky Rinauro; 8.
Pucio; 9. Randy Freeman.
1. Jared Mees; 2. Mikey Rush; 3. Dominic
Colindres; 4. Ryan Foster.
1. Mikey Rush; 2. Jared Mees; 3. Ryan Foster;
4. Brandon Bergen; 5. Dominic Colindres; 6. Bronson Bauman; 7. Shawn
James Monaco; 9. Rodney Spencer Jr.; 10. JethroHalbert; 11.Curtis
1. Dana Perri; 2. Brad Spencer; 3. Jimmy Lewis;
4. Roy Taboada; 5. Don Bailey; 6. David Bush; 7. Rick Shafer; 8.
9. Paul Herman; 10. Tim Rott.
1. Robert Silva; 2.Larry Silva; 3.Chris Rudy;
4.John LaRocca; 5.Larry Greene; 6. Randy Freeman.
WHAT YOU BRUNG:
1. David Bush; 2. Evan Anders; 3. Robert Bush;
4. Brian Garrahan; 5. Kevin Keeran; 6. Anthony Torres; 7. John Larson;
Tinoco; 9. Scotty Alves; 10. Jimmy McAllister.
1. Rod Lake; 2. Chris Rudy; 3. Carry Buck.
1. Dana Perri; 2. Robert McDonnell; 3. Larry
Silva; 4. Brad Spencer; 5. Robert Silva; 6. Harold Raggio; 7. Bob
Bill McDonnell; 9. Dennis Cameron.
1. Don Bailey; 2. Roy Taboada; 3. Nick Theroux;
4. Terry Graham; 5. Larry Green; 6. John LaRocca; 7. Rick Shafer; 8.
Riddle; 9. Bill Hermant.