Eddie Mulder's W.C.V.D.T.
Article by Jamey Blunt
Round two of Eddie
Mulder's West Coast Vintage Dirt Track
series, like a well oiled circus machine came into town at the
Riders over the
age of fifty on mounts from 1974 or earlier
make up the A&A Racing/ ARD Ignitions Senior class. Tom Horton on a
Triumph bested Bob Scally also Triumph mounted into turn one. Gary
White on a
Panther framed Triumph ran third with Ken Thiebaud aboard a Champion
fourth. Mark Stuckert all the way from
Twenty nine riders made up the C&J Racing Frames/Berkeley Yamaha Vet class, consisting of riders over the age of thirty five on any year or size machine. The top twelve made it to the "A" final where Joe Steffen and Mike Vital hit turn one side by side. Down the back straight for the first time Steffen took point with Vital dropping in at second. Tony Harrell settled in at third with Craig Johnson fourth, and Mike O'Neil fifth. Lap three Steffen posted an 18.42/100 second time as he tried to get away from Vital. Harrell was raw meat and Johnson a pit bull all over him for the third place spot, while O'Neil slipped backward to sixth allowing Anthony Mitchell up to fifth, which is how they would finish.
Mickey Alzola hasn't won every heat race in the Barnett/Ron Wood Racing Super Senior/Senior Novice class, but he digs deep and comes on stronger in the mains. Roy Burris put his Champion Yamaha up front off the line with Mark Stuckert second, and Alzola away in third. Entering turn three for the first time Alzola shot past Stuckert and Burris like they were tied to a hitching post for the lead, Cliff Nagatani aboard a Bultaco ran fourth with Dave Cheney Triumph mounted in fifth. With four laps gone, Alzola too had disappeared at the front and turned his best lap time of 20.94/100 seconds in the process. Exiting turn four to the white flag Nagatani made a run at Burris and took over the third place position. The final order was "Dancing" Alzola, Stuckert, Nagatani, Burris, and Cheney.
Performance/Mr.Ed's Modern 250 class while
sometimes small has some very talented riders. Mike Gonzales from
Cycles/San Diego off Road 500 Support main event
had fifteen riders poised and rearing to go as the green flag flew from
Fred Allen. Mr. Ed's Joe Steffen and Mike O'Neil entered turn one at
time with Jay Gosvenor in tow. By turn two Gosvenor put a wheel under
and took second away while Steffen was already six bike lengths clear
lap completed. Entering turn one for the second time Wayne Karcich made
spectacular save but dropped well off the pace from the effort as his
stalled. With one lap to go the order was Steffen, Gosvenor, O'Neil,
Ritchie, and from a poor start Art Guilfoil. On this last trip around
Filters/Motion Pro 250 Open main event is
largely a youth class. This is not to imply the racing isn't intense,
Michael Avila led into turn one while behind him Devin Booher threw it
taking Lindsey King and Ross Stuckert with him. King taking the hardest
bravely made the full restart minus Stuckert. This time Kayl Kolkman
start followed by King and
Twenty six riders entered the Maxxis Tires/Flat Track Illustrated Open Amateur class, but only twelve would see the "A" main event. Dillon Allen nailed the start to lead into turn one followed by Jesse Sleeper, and Garrett Stout. Kayl Kolkman away in fourth made a move through turns one and two on the next lap that would see him up to second. Stout bobbled to drop him to fifth, while Tony Davila moved up to fourth. With all this jockeying for position going on Allen at the front was getting away and turned his fastest lap of 19.24/100 seconds on lap four. Just after the white flag, Stout found a second wind and leap forged into second with Davila getting a drive out of turn four to the stripe to snatch third away from Kolkman, while Sleeper all alone came home in fifth.
The Digger Helm Pro 600 was a fifteen lap affair with fourteen making the final from a field of twenty one. Stevie Bonsey hit turn one first with Jimmy Wood by his side, and Mikey Rush on their tail. Down the back straight Wood ran it past Bonsey to take the lead away entering turn three. Tony Davila ran fourth with Alex Wood in fifth, once up front Wood was trying to get away but Bonsey was having none of it and Super-Glued himself to Wood's rear wheel. Lap five had Alex Wood find his rhythm and pick up the pace easily passing Davila for fourth. At the half way point Garrett Stout's march forward would net him a sixth, while the running order was Wood, Bonsey, Alex Wood, and Mikey Rush. Wood's fastest lap of 18.20/100 seconds Bonsey could match, but finding a way past was another story. As they came upon lappers a glimmer of hope was in Bonsey's eyes. Bonsey closed to within a bike length as the white flag came out. With four lappers in front of them on the final go round the tension built. Exiting turn four Bonsey made a run on Wood that came up only inches short of the victory, Alex Wood finished third with Rush fourth.
EDDIE MULDER'S W.C.V.D.T.
Article by Jamey Blunt
Round one of Eddie
Mulder's West Coast Vintage Dirt Track
Series was held at the
The ARD Ignitions/A&A Senior Main kicked things off. Bob Scally and his Triumph lead Steve Craft and Gary White into turn one. Craft had a scary moment exiting turn two, but saved it, dropping back to last place. Jack Alexander from a mid pack start worked his way forward to third by the two lap point. Mark Stuckert had Bob Graves on his heals in fifth. Scally long gone at the front put in a 21.03/100 second lap the third trip around. On lap four Jeff Lessley who wasn't a factor came out of nowhere to take second place, and was gaining on Scally. On the last lap entering turn three Lessley ran into Scally's back wheel and went down hard, making the finishing order Scally, Alexander, Stuckert, White and Graves.
A total of twelve riders made up the C&J Racing Frames/Maxxis Tires Vet "A" main event. A total of three heat races separated the men from the boys so to speak, as "The Man" Mike Vital shot to the front from pole position. Mr. Ed's Joe Steffen was in hot pursuit not wanting Vital to get away. Marshall Lapp ran in third with Tony Harrell away in fourth. A lap and a half in the red flag came out for a fallen rider between turns three and four. The field staged for a full restart, with Lapp and Vital hitting turn one side by side this time. Down the back straight Vital took over at the front with Steffen in third and Harrell fourth. By the second lap Vital posted a 19.74/100 second lap as he, Lapp and Steffen separated themselves from the field. Vital's pace could be matched, but Lapp and Steffen couldn't find a way around, and waited for a mistake that never came. On the last lap Steffen showed Lapp a wheel, and pulled along side but couldn't make it stick. Harrell finished fourth, with Anthony Mitchell fifth, and Wayne Karcich sixth.
Riders over the age of sixty make up the K&N Filters/Motion Pro Super Senior class. Mickey Alzola who has more wins in this class than years he is old, put his Eddie Mulder C&J framed Triumph in front from the start. Mark Stuckert having enough of Alzola's winning ways, was pushing hard on his B.S.A. and took over the lead between turns three and four on the first lap only to have Alzola return the move exiting turn two. While this war raged at the front, ten bike lengths back Tom Howard ran in third with Rich Dominguez and Ken Barrow nipping at his back side. Lap four saw Alzola put in a 21.33/100 second lap as he pulled clear of Stuckert. On the last lap Cliff Nagatani made a move on Dave Cheney to take away sixth to complete the finishing order.
The Brown's Cycles/Barnett 250 Open main event had something special happen, at least for Lindsey King. She not only won her first ever main event at an Eddie Mulder race, she did it in convincing style. King led each and every lap of the final over a field of seasoned males. Try as they might they couldn't shake her resolve for a victory. Riding flawlessly King held off the attacks of Kayl Kolkman, Devin Booher, Tony Davila, and Michael Avila who all followed her across the stripe.
In the Bartels/Johnson Cam's Modern 750 main Bob Scally nailed the start with Gary White close behind. Derek McCowan ran third with Jim Ottele fourth. A lap and a half in McCowan shot past White with Ottele glued to his rear wheel, dropping White to fourth in the blink of an eye. Out of turn four on the next lap Ottele got around McCowan on the outside for second. Within another lap Ottele was up to Scally, who couldn't hold off the advances of the charging B.S.A. from Doug Douglas Motorcycles. At the finish Ottele was gone, McCowan pushed through to second, Scally stayed in third, and Keith Speir from a dead last start worked his way up to fifth.
Another huge class
is the Works Performance/Megacycle Five
Hundred Support, having twenty six riders fighting for one of twelve
the "A" main. Joe Steffen wasted no time putting his Honda up front,
followed by Mike O'Neil in second and "The Living Legend" Ron Moore
in third. Exiting turn four for the first time Moore took away second
not quite up to the pace was under attack from Wayne Karcich who one
would drop O'Neil another position. On lap two Steffen turned a
second lap while O'Neil lost yet another position to Jay Gosvenor who
was on his
own march forward. Moore stayed just two bike lengths back of Steffen,
from a poor start Jesse Sleeper was coming through the pack and would
eventually finish a hard fought fifth dropping O'Neil yet another spot
sixth. On the final lap Gosvenor had gotten by Karcich for third, and
The JRC Engineering/Tuffplates Open Amateur was the biggest class of the day with twenty eight entries. As the "A" main thundered off the line Dillon Allen and Garrett Stout hit turn one side by side. Exiting turn two Stout took the lead Allen, Kris Bunch, and Marshall Lapp dropped in behind. Entering turn one for the second time Lapp went down hard bringing out the red flag. Lapp ran up the back of Bunch jerking the bars out of his hands leaving him with little options. On the full restart minus Lapp, Stout once again was up front, but this time Allen was buried in the pack. Bunch was away in second with Jesse Sleeper third, Cody Greer fourth, and Allen fifth. Exiting turn two on lap two, Greer got by Sleeper for third, while from a seventh place start Kayl Kolkman put his head down and was on the move forward. Lap three had Stout post a 19.45/100 second lap as he disappeared at the front. With a lap remaining Kolkman's advance stopped at fourth moving Sleeper back to fifth. Bunch made a run at Stout but came up eight bike lengths short for second, and Greer was alone in the third place position, with Allen fading back to sixth.
For the Digger
Helm twenty five lap pro main, fourteen
earned starting spots from a field of twenty, coming through three heat
and a semi. Stevie Bonsey led off the line only to have Jimmy Wood take
entering turn three on the first go round. Big D's put up an extra $100
leader of the first lap, resulting in no wasted time in Wood's move to
front. Wood instantly opened a six bike length gap while Bonsey settled
second with Alex Wood third. Chris Canepa ran fourth; Mikey Rush was
with Brandan Bergen in sixth. Five laps in had Kris Bunch running
though he would fade to tenth at the end. This lap also had Wood break
track record by lowering the lap time to 17.32/100 seconds. By the half
point Rush was under attack from