Series Round #7 Willow Springs Raceway
Rosamond, Calif.


October 15, 2006

Vizzo Racing Dash-4-Cash

Vizzo Racing Dash-4-Cash

1.     20 Johnny Murphree

2.     51y Steve Bonsey

3.     21 Jared Mees

4.     30z Mike Rush




1.     55 Tom Horton

2.     12e Jeff Lessley

3.     25d Steve Craft

4.     15 Mark Stuckert

5.     43y Tony Herrera

6.     96a Jack Alexander

7.     17q Herb Wolff

8.     38g James Kohls

9.     290m Rick Harrington

Vet “A” Main

Vet “A” Main

1.     42 Bill Kolkman

2.     48y Mike Vital

3.     6 Joe Steffen

4.     12 Dave Ehrhart

5.     8z Gary Evans

6.     571 Mike O’Neil

7.     42 Craig Johnson

8.     52r James Kessler

9.     110 Daniel Kane

10. 146 Bill Wright


Vet “B” Main

Vet “B” Main

1.     58 Robert Bacosa

2.     20z Ray Hensley

3.     28b Jay Gosvenor

4.     68x Lloyd McGregor

5.     45f Tom Sahli

6.     37s Geoff Ball

7.     39y Randy Arrington

8.     54 Dave Reinhard

9.     24 John Werthmann


Sr Novice/Super Sr

Sr Novice/Super Sr

1.     49x Mickey Alzola

2.     68 Ken Barrow

3.     501 Bob Gerberich

4.     209 Cliff Nagatani

5.     96a Jack Alexander

6.     16 Ed Steffen

7.     52c Dave Cheney

8.     27 Ron Alexander

9.     80x Bob Harris



Classic 500

Classic 500

1.     55 Tom Horton

2.     87y Chris Rudy

3.     4r Lenny Rodriguez

4.     97w Alan Shaw

5.     62e Matt Campbell


Classic 250

1.     28z Bruce Reynolds



1.     32 Jim Rosa

2.     3 Mike O’Neil

3.     53 Brent Johnson


Youth 50

Youth 50

1.     80 AJ Alves

2.     88t Tyler Shelter

3.     25 Kody Kessler

4.     45 Tyler Kolkman

5.     2 Brandi Powell


Youth 60

Youth 60

1.     4r Andre Ochs

2.     46 Josh Malaguarnero


Youth 80

Youth 80

1.     4r Andre Ochs

2.     309w Bronson Bauman

3.     33g Geoffery Shelter

4.     313f Evan Diaz


Modern 250

Modern 250

1.     32y Mike Gonzales

2.     12e Jeff Lessley

3.     28z Bruce Reynolds

4.     20 Marc Lyons

5.     12e Jim Steet

6.     24 John Werthmann


Modern 500

Modern 500

1.     17g Shaun Larkin

2.     55 Tom Horton

3.     80 Larry Earhart

4.     209 Cliff Nagatani

5.     57 Keith Speir

6.     52c Dave Cheney

7.     44n Gary Swan


Modern 750

Modern 750

1.     63y Ken Thiebaud

2.     42e AJ Herrera

3.     58y Jim Ottele

4.     49x Mickey Alzola

5.     19 Dave Johnson

6.     57 Keith Speir

7.     48d Joe DiSalvo

8.     290m Rick Harrington

9.     76m Mike Wayne



250 Open

250 Open

1.     18h Tony Davila

2.     55 PJ Osmer

3.     310w Briar Bauman

4.     33e Mikey Avila

5.     45 Kayl Kolkman

6.     59 Patrick McNamara

7.     386v Danielle Diaz

8.     63 Devin Booher

9.     87 Lindsey King

10. 4r Andre Ochs

11. 58 Brandon Bates

12. 170 Nia Pinnow

13. 309w Bronson Bauman

14. 62 Mark McCain

15. 10 Ross Stuckert




500 Support


500 Support

1.     6 Joe Steffen

2.     571 Mike O’Neil

3.     84j Jeff Gonzales

4.     54y Wayne Karcich

5.     96d Jay Gosvenor

6.     19z Joe Brown

7.     54x AJ Neelings

8.     12e Jim Steet

9.     37s Geoff Ball

10. 8 Dave Alexander

11. 55i Dan Iha

12. 70x Greg Sais

13. 221x David Sais


Open Amateur “A” Main

Open Amateur “A” Main

1.     310w Briar Bauman

2.     45 Kayl Kolkman

3.     6 Kris Bunch

4.     15 Garrett Stout

5.     35w Brady Mueller

6.     342w Jesse Sleeper

7.     49m Dustin Pruczinski

8.     33e Mikey Avila

9.     20z Ray Hensley

10. 23 Joe Meyer

11. 68x Lloyd McGregor


Open Amateur “B” Main

Open Amateur “B” Main

1.     18h Tony Davila

2.     2 Patrick McNamara

3.     42 Bill  Kolkman

4.     12 Dave Ehrhart

5.     79 Joey Alves

6.     55 PJ Osmer

7.     170 Nia Pinnow

8.     10 Ross Stuckert

9.     11c Cody Wood

10. 68z Robert Bacosa

11. 62 Mark McCain

12. 14t Ted Hubbard

13. 58y Danny Manthis


Digger Pro 600


Digger Pro 600

1.     20 Johnny Murphree

2.     21 Jared Mees

3.     51y Steve Bonsey

4.     28 Shaun Russell

5.     30z Mike Rush

6.     26x Steve Murray

7.     34 David Brown

8.     17y Brandan Bergen

9.     4 Nick Moore

10. 18h Tony Davila

11. 19e Daniel Brown

12. 48 Jim Rosa

13. 6 Kris Bunch

14. 45 Kayl Kolkman


Shaun Russell, Ron Wood, Johnny Murphree and Elliott Iverson

Eddie Mulder's W.C.V.D.T. Series

Round  7 Willow Springs

Walt James Stadium

Rosmond, Calif.

Oct. 15, 2006

Article by Jamey Blunt


Clear skies and warmer temperatures greeted the riders for round seven, as well as a perfectly groomed race track. Johnny Murphree, Jared Mees, Shaun Russell, and Steve Murray were all in transit from LAX having made the trip from Ohio after the final twins national. The "Vizzo Racing" Dash for Cash, where the four pro heat race winners squared off started the main events. Seated by fastest heat time were Johnny Murphree, Stevie Bonsey, Jared Mees, and Mikey Rush. Mees got the jump off the line but was in the middle of the track in turn one where Murphree and Bonsey slipped underneath to settle in first and second. Two laps in had Murphree and Bonsey ten bike lengths away from Mees with Rush falling off the pace. Lap three Murphree turned the fastest lap of the day at 20.80 seconds (the track record is 20.65 seconds set by Kevin Varnes) as he inched away from Bonsey. Final tally was Murphree, Bonsey, Mees, and Rush.

Twenty four riders fought for one of twelve spaces in the A&A Racing/Saddleman Vet "A" main event. Mike Vital shot to the front off the line with Joe Steffen, Gary Evans, Bill Kolkman, and Mike O'Neil in tow. On lap two Kolkman made a run down the back straight that carried him all the way to the front by turn three. Craig Johnson ran sixth, James Kessler seventh and Dave Ehrhart on the move in eighth. By lap five Kolkman on a mission had broken away, Ehrhart was up to fifth, and with a last lap push would get by Evans making the finishing order Kolkman, Vital, Steffen, Ehrhart, Evans, and O'Neil.

The Megacycle Cams Super Senior/Senior Novice class is the Mickey Alzola show. Just when someone steps up to the plate and can match the speed of Alzola something always happens. Sometimes it's just as good to be lucky as it is to be good. Off the line, surprise, Alzola was at the front with Cliff Nagatani by his side. Ken Barrow was away in third with Bob Gerberich making the trip west from Ohio in fourth. Entering turn one for the third time Tom Howard raced past Barrow (who had his hand in the air) on the outside and clipped a hay bale going down hard. The race was stopped while Howard was attended to; thankfully he was fine with just the wind knocked out of him. On the re-start minus Howard, Alzola picked up where he left off at the front. Ed Steffen ran second with Nagatani third, Barrow fourth, Gerberich fifth, Ron Alexander sixth, and Dave Cheney seventh. By the end of lap two Barrow had moved into second, Nagatani was in third, Steffen was fading and Gerberich was charging hard. Between turns one and two on lap four Gerberich made his move into fourth and wasn't finished. A lap later Gerberich was into third and gaining on Barrow, while Alzola turned his fastest lap at 24.17 seconds. On the final go round Gerberich came up just short of Barrow to finish second, this race giving Alzola yet another championship, bringing his total to nine.

There were a few double winners over the weekend but only one rider captured four victories. At just ten years old Scorpion EXO Helmet's Andre Ochs used his Kawasaki to top the Motion Pro/Tuffplates Youth 65cc class, and his Honda to win a hard fought battle over Bronson Bauman in the Barnett/Maxima Racing Oils Youth 85cc final.

The K&N Filters/Works Performance 500 Support class is made up of Yamaha TT-500 machines, Mike O'Neil, Joe Steffen, and Jeff Gonzales all hit turn one three wide with O'Neil taking the lead out of turn one by being on the inside line. Steffen settled in at second, with Gonzales third, Jay Gosvenor fourth, Wayne Karcich fifth, and Jim Steet sixth. Into turn one Steet almost collected himself a hay bale but saved it and dropped to ninth. On the next trip through turn four Gonzales bobbled and Karcich moved up to third. At the front Steffen turned a 22.52 second lap as he checked out on the field. Lap four saw Gonzales fight back to take third from Karcich, who still had some fight in him as well. As the white flag came out Joe Brown who had been quietly working his way forward was now in sixth where he would stay. Steffen would win by a large margin, with Gonzales passing O'Neil twice on the last lap for second only to have O'Neil putting in a solid ride take it back for the third time exiting turn four making the finishing order Steffen, O'Neil, Gonzales, Karcich, Gosvenor, and Brown.

A.J. Herrera launched into the lead in the Shelly Ward ENT. /Coventry Spares Ltd. Modern 750cc main event. Mickey Alzola riding the class for the first time was away in second, with Jim Ottele third. Getting pinched off on the outside was Kenny Thiebaud running a high line and spectacular to watch as he charged forward. Going around Horton who was in third at the time, wide open on the throttle was Thiebaud as he made the pass and set off after Herrera. By lap three Alzola was back in Fifth with Dave Johnson sixth, and Keith Speir seventh. Lap four had Thiebaud make a mistake running his high line costing him valuable real-estate. With two laps remaining Horton abandoned the race making the order Herrera, Thiebaud, Joe Suebert, Alzola, Ottele, Johnson and Speir. With a lap and a half to go Suebert was wide in turn two and took himself out of the race, Thiebaud with the fastest lap of 22.42 seconds caught and passed Herrera, who at 22.93 seconds was fast in his own right. On the final lap Alzola was holding off Ottele for third but with only two turns remaining Ottele slipped under Alzola for third making the finish Thiebaud, Herrera, Ottele, Alzola, Johnson and Speir.

From the outside of the front row P.J. Osmer put his Kawasaki in the lead in the C&J Racing Frames/San Diego off Road 250 Open main event. Tony Davila with the fastest heat race lap time at 21.96 seconds made short work of Osmer and took over the lead. Before the first lap was over Mikey Avila and Patrick McNamara both dropped Lindsey king from her third place position. Briar Bauman was charging forward from a mid pack start, and with three laps gone was up to fourth with Kayl Kolkman on his back side, while King slipped even further back into eighth. Two seconds out front Davila was gone, but Osmer, Avila, Bauman, Kolkman, and McNamara were all swapping paint for the second place position. On the last lap second place was still anyone of these riders for the taking, but whether luck, or just the way it played out, the finishing order was, Davila, Osmer, Bauman, Avila, Kolkman, McNamara and Danielle Diaz getting by King on the last lap for seventh.  

Fourteen riders made it through the four heat races and a semi for the twenty five lap Digger Helm Pro 600 main event. With the fastest heat race time Johnny Murphree sat on pole, along side him were Stevie Bonsey, Jared Mees, Mikey Rush, David Brown, and Shaun Russell. Into turn one Murphree and Brown were side by side with Bonsey cutting underneath in third. Exiting turn two Murphree led with Bonsey putting Brown back to third with Mees and Russell right behind. Entering turn three for the first time Mees and Russell both shot past Brown and went after Bonsey. Entering turn one Bonsey made a mistake and went wide giving Mees an easy pass, which he took. Mikey Rush ran fifth, Steve Murray sixth, Brown back to seventh, and Nicky Moore eighth. As things settled in Murphree was keeping around a six bike length gap between himself and Mees, with Bonsey six lengths behind them. However Bonsey had Russell nipping at his heals, and any mistake would be costly. Lap after lap Mees studied Murphree inching his way closer and closer. Then on lap fourteen the leaders hit lappers, with Murphree choosing to pass Chris Bunch on the outside while Mees chose correctly and passed him on the inside and took over the lead as well on the exit of turn four. This lap also saw Murray get past Brown for the sixth place position. Murphree was all over Mees with five laps to go looking for a way around, which came with four laps remaining, entering turn three Murphree dove to the inside to take over the lead. With two laps remaining it seemed Mees had a small problem as Murphree was pulling away to the victory. Mees would come home second, Bonsey third holding off the hard charging Russell, Rush fifth, Murray sixth, and Brown a well deserved seventh. Thus ending a perfect season and weekend with Bonsey and Murphree the big money winners.