May 15, 2016, Perris
California, Perris Raceway,
California Flat Track Association's
Series, Round 5
Photos by Cindi Fears
and Rodney Rutherford
Text by Rodney
The conclusion of the Southern California Flat Track
Association's (SCFTA) twelve round double header weekend featuring
Saturday evening's round four, marrying into round five on an overcast
Sunday afternoon. With the lack of direct sunlight the track held
moisture well and developed to a fast surface, that had this reporter
timing Travis Petton IV on an 85cc machine at a sub fifteen seconds, he
had nothing but clean air and put the gas pedal somewhere past the
center of the earth, never letting up for the rest of the day. We had
thirty-five classes filled by one-hundred and fourteen entries on this
second day of consecutive competition, round five with a bit of jive,
Bandit Landers (96) riding outside, and Bailey Richey (27). keeping the
inside locked up in the 50cc 4-Stroke Beginner heat. Richey was able to
build a moderate lead in the main, after shaking a determined Landers
about mid race, and it is Richey for the class win with Landers second.
Chase Gray, sporting a number one plate, and backing it up with a
decisive race win in his inter-class main, and winning the 50cc
4-Stroke Novice class as well.
Sierra Hickerson (3) and Jasper Heathfield (713) racing in a 65cc
class. Hickerson went off at this round in a good way, in the 65cc
4-Stroke Beginner main she took in the back of Heathfield, relentlessly
pushing on the outside. Her persistence paid off, securing a go-by
before the final lap and buffering the attacks from Heathfield to the
finish for the win. Heathfield wrapped up the race with second, and
Isabella "Izzy" Mitchell in third at the end. Hickerson proved to be
major obstacle for the competition winning the 65-70cc Open, going home
with two wins on the day.
The knobbied one, Dominic DeMario (10) carving turn one in the 85cc
4-Stroke Novice heat, Zack Earwood (99), Jacob Cascio (21), and Conner
Hickerson (45) as the players race through turn one on lap one. In the
main, Cascio paved the way as DeMario occupied the drag of the first
two spots, but the race was restarted on lap three. Cascio was back at
the front before the white flag and running Ajax clean to the finish
for the win. Hickerson in second, but DeMario was having none of it
having to work his way back to the top two after the restart, locking
up a last lap pass for second, Hickerson third and Earwood
Jacob Cascio, continues to impress with increasing skill and speed
after spending eleven days of 2015 in an intensive care unit, with burn
injuries that occurred while practicing. But he shows no effect on the
track at this point, and is competing in the Open Expert class to prove
it. Holding his ground against the fast guys like Petton IV, he is now
one of those fast guys of the SCFTA. Besides his victory in the
4-Stroke Novice, he finished up round five with third in the 250 Youth
Open and fourth in the Open Expert.
Dominic DeMario (10), and Tanner Richey (13) entering the front stretch
out of turn four in the 85cc 2-Stroke Amateur. Richey went down hard
just a few minutes before this image was taken, forcing a restart.
Petton IV was the winner of main, DeMario ended in second holding off a
tiger eye Richey to the end, Richey takes third. After being checked
out, Richey was given the go to get back to racing, and doing it with a
bared knuckle tenacity to never give up and get the job
Kevin Jordan (137) in front of fellow Vet over 35 Expert racer, Jim
Rosa (88), in the main. After reeling off a combined eight straight
main wins in the Vet over 35 Amateur and Vet over 50 Amateur, Jordan
was forced to move up to the Expert rank in each age group. He had one
of his toughest test of his 2016 SCFTA series run, in Rosa. Rosa, a
multiple SCFTA title holder in the over 35 Expert initiated Jordan by
going under him in turn two on lap two and the race looked to be done
in favor of Rosa, but the red flag is out after a rider goes down and
we have a new race with approximately three laps remaining. Jordan is
able to get the lead seat after the restart, and despite being all over
Jordan, a frustrated Rosa is unable to make the pass. Jordan for his
first win in the class in his first attempt, as Rosa settles in for
second. Now we have ourselves a series battle, as neither one of these
racers will relent with seven rounds remaining, stay tuned. Jordan also
won the Vet over 50 Expert class, staying undefeated on the season
despite moving up to the Expert ranks in both classes.
Barney Stern (68), John Farmer (13), Mike Boal (14) and Chris Osborne
(12N) launch off for the Senior Vet over 50 Novice race.
Osborne, asserted his leadership role in the over 50 Novice,
commanding the lead early on and pulled away towards the end of the
main, checking in with the win by over three seconds at the checkers.
Boal rode second into the finish, as Farmer made a pass on Stern for
third, and Stern with fourth at the final wave of the flag.
Corey Bauman, was a 2013 SCFTA Open Amateur Champion and a long time
supporter of SCFTA racing. Bridled with injuries that forced him to
take a break from competition, he is now back and racing as hard as
ever. At round three, Bauman came together with another racer in the
front stretch, he ended up going airborne while his bike decided to
take a nap on the side wall by the start line. After the crash, the
bike was horizontal straddling the wall, Bauman was shaken up but is
now back finishing second on the day in the Senior Vet over 50 Amateur.
He would like to thank Dad Larry, fiancée Martha, Amber and his entire
crew for all their support.
Ron Moore (37), Steve Kukla (3), and Dan Kane (1) feed into turn one
after the Super Senior over 60 Expert start. S & S Off Road's Kukla
suited up looking for his first SCFTA win of the season. Getting in
front of Moore, Kukla just needed to stay on the gas and keep Moore at
bay, easier said than done. ButKukla did it, staying in clean air he
was able to mount a gap of near two seconds over second place Moore,
for his first win of the season, Moore second and Dan Kane third in the
Bomber Experts Jim Lundgren (70) and Joe Steffen, racing first and
second respectively in the inter-class heat, Bomber Amateur Scott
Hanson (65) running third overall. In the main, Steffen turned the
tables blitzing a holeshot as second place Hanson and third place
Lundgren, struggled to stay with the Mr. Ed's racer. Steffen stayed
true with his way out leg style for the race win, Lundgren took over
second overall, while Hanson faded back after appearing to have a
mechanical issue. The Bomber Expert has Steffen taking the class win
and Lundgren with the second notch. The Bomber Amateur was Hanson's
win, Ken Shilling second, and Paul Claybaugh third in class.
Jaycce Jones (33), Barney Stern (68), and Stoney Landers (96) prepare
for turn one of their inter-class heat race. Missing round four, Jones
came in with both guns a blasting getting the holeshot in the combined
Women (Powder Puff) and Open Beginner main. Open Beginner Stern in
second as fellow classmate, Landers rolls in third. Jones gaps out the
chasers for a four second margin at the end over Landers, who slotted
in second past the mid way point. Jones takes the race win as Landers
comes in second. The Woman's class finishes with Jones for the win,
Monica Gil second and Skylar Schnakenberg in third. Landers wins
the Open Beginner as Stern takes second. Cindi Fears image
Open Novice class commencing their main, Parker Earhart (16E), Nick
Garcia (41), Chris Osborne (12N), Justin Hanson (27), Shawn Chamlee
(3B), and Arnie Fry (45E). Chamlee sees nothing but space in front of
him as they exit turn two but plenty of rumbling, and out of the
back-stretch Garcia is setting up a pass and succeeds as they exit turn
four. On lap two we have Garcia in front, Earhart second, Chamlee
third, Hanson fourth and Osborne fifth. The racers maintain that
running order to the checkers, as Garcia gets the win, Earhart second,
Chamlee third, Hanson fourth and Osborne fifth at the finish.
Garcia hurrying out of turn two as Earhart maintains a steady but
fruitless pursuit, the two finished first and second respectively in
the Open Novice.
The Open Unclassified has the green light for Byron Kukla (92), Colt
Foster (84), Clayton Williams (95) and the remainder of the field.
Foster managed to install his machine in the lead into turn one,
Williams in second and Kukla third. Foster went wire to wire for the
win, but Williams made a show of it surging hard near the finish for
second, and Kukla in for third.
In the Open Expert, Clayton Williams, clawed his way off the line and
into the clean air for the lead. On lap three Petton IV extended his
way into his way for second, but that was going to be as far as he was
going. Williams controlled the main for the win, Petton IV second,
Grant Holmes third, Byron Kukla fourth and Jacob Cascio fifth. Notable
mention for Petton IV once again as he won the 85cc Open, 85cc
2-Stroke, and 250 Youth Open.
John Vanderlaan, waving the checker flag of glory as he wraps up a
crazy race win, for his fourth win in four attempts.
A wild and crazy first five laps of the Pro main, Nick Gil nails the
start but Vanderlaan waste no time marking him as they run first and
second respectively. Vanderlaan on the move but Gil is proving to be a
worthy opponent, holding him back as Vanderlaan pulls out his bag of
tricks, inside, outside, he just can't make a pass stick. We go into
lap five they are side by side, and increasing speed as the time for
lap four is 14.60 seconds. Gil and John Vanderlaan were side by side
exiting out of turn four, the push was on and neither was letting up.
Gil exited out of turn four on the outside with Vanderlaan on the
inside, Vanderlaan's bike appeared to float wide resulting with impact
between the two, and through the wall they went. Both tough guys,
recovered and back to the remaining fifteen laps of the main.
Gil (17E) leading Vanderlaan (12), and Alex Crosby (88) in the early
going of the Pro main, before they rearranged the wall. After the wall
was patched up, Vanderlaan put up a fifteen bike lead over Gil for the
Pro win, Gil second, Colt Foster third, and Alex Crosby fourth. Cindi Fears image
Foster Brother's racer Alex crosby, has had a good run in the past few
years with the SCFTA, winning multiple titles and advancing his way up
from the youth classes to the SCFTA Pro ranks. He now has a bigger
purpose in life, joining the United States Marine Corp (USMC) to serve
his country and further his life. This reporter wishes him well and
thanks him for serving our country.
2016 SCFTA ROUND 5 RESULTS:
50cc 4-STRK BEG: 1. Bailey
Richey; 2. Bandit Landers.
50cc 2-STRK NOV: 1. Chase Gray.
50cc OPN: 1. Bandit Landers.
65-70cc 2-STRK BEG: 1. Rachel
Schnakenberg; 2. Sierra Hickerson.
65-70cc 2-STRK AMAT: 1. Colin
65-70cc 4-STRK BEG: 1. Sierra
Hickerson; 2. Jasper Heathfield; 3. Isabella Mitchell.
65-70cc OPN: 1. Sierra
Hickerson; 2. Colin Petton; 3. Jasper Heathfield; 4. Isabella Mitchell.
85-100cc 2-STRK BEG: 1. Jake
85-100cc 4-STRK BEG: 1. Roslyn
85-100cc 2-STRK NOV: 1. Rocco
Landers; 2. Conner Hickerson.
85-100cc 4-STRK NOV: 1. Jacob
Cascio; 2. Dominic DeMario; 3. Conner Hickerson; 4. Zack Earwood.
85-100cc 2-STRK AMAT: 1. Travis
Petton IV; 2. Dominic DeMario; 3. Tanner Richey..
85cc OPN: 1. Travis Petton IV:
2. Rocco Landers; 3. Dominic DeMario; 4. Conner Hickerson; 5. Tanner Richey; 6. Jake Mitchell.
4-STRK: 1. Brad Rudy; 2. James
Rust; 3. Marc Heathfield.
250cc YOUTH OPN: 1. Travis
Petton IV; 2. Grant Holmes; 3. Jacob Cascio.
WMN PWDRPF: 1. Jaycee Jones; 2.
Monica Gil; 3. Skylar Schnakenberg.
OPN BEG: 1. Stoney Landers; 2.
OPN NOV: 1. Nick Garcia; 2.
Parker Earhart; 3. Shawn Chamlee; 4. Justin Hanson; 5. Chris Osborn; 6. Arnie Fry; 7. Monica Gil; 8. Andrew
Myers; 9. Troy Cunningham.
OPN UNCLAS: 1. Colt Foster; 2.
Clayton Williams; 3. Byron Kukla; 4. Justin Hanson; 5. LJ Gronek; 6. Stoney Landers; 7. Jaycee Jones.
OPN AMAT: 1. Charlie Vanderlaan;
2. LJ Gronek; 3. Jaycee Jones.
OPN EXP: 1. Clayton Williams; 2.
Travis Petton IV; 3. Grant Holmes; 4. Byron Kukla;
5. Jacob Cascio.
PRO: 1. John Vanderlaan; 2. Nick
Gil; 3. Colt Foster; 4. Alex Crosby.
VET +35 NOV: 1. Shawn Chamlee;
2. Stoney Landers; 3. Andrew Myers; 4. Patrick Vesey.
VET +35 AMAT: 1. Scott Hanson;
2. Ryan Reed.
VET +35 EXP: 1. Kevin Jordan; 2.
SR VET +50 NOV: 1. Chris Osborn;
2. Mike Boal; 3. John Farmer; 4. Barney Stern.
SR VET +50 AMAT: 1. Arnie Fry;
2. Corey Bauman; 3. Ken Shilling.
SR VET +50 EXP: 1. Kevin Jordan;
2. Joe Steffen; 3. Jim Lundgren; 4. Jim Ottele; 5. Larry Earhart;
6. Brad Rudy.
SUP SR +60 AMAT/NOV: 1. Andy
Hardan; 2. Paul Claybaugh; 3. Bill Wright; 4. Patrick Hayes.
SUP SR +60 EXP: 1. Steve Kukla;
2. Ron Moore; 3. Dan Kane.
BMBR NOV: 1.Shawn Chamlee; 2.
John Farmer; 3. Curtis Sorenson.
BMBR AMAT: 1. Scott Hanson; 2.
Ken Shilling; 3. Paul Claybaugh.
BMBR EXP: 1. Joe Steffen; 2. Jim
CLSC VINT BRKLESS: 1. Jim
Ottele; 2. Flynn Stone; 3. Joe Pape.
VINT 750: 1. Jim Ottele; 2. John
Clayton; 3. Andy Hardan.