Eddie Mulder's West Coast Dirt Track Series

Round 5 - Willow Springs

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

Saturday's Racing

Sundays Pros

Sunday Sportsman Photos

Specialty Fabrications Dash-4-Cash

Specialty Fabrications D-4-C

1.    7    Sam Halbert

2.    12    Brad Baker

3.    10z    Briar Bauman

4.    98    Kayl Kolkman

5.    12g Jared Mees

6.    30    Bronson Bauman

Pro Heat 1

12g Jared Mees - 7 Sam Halbert - 26 Brandan Bergen

Pro Heat 2

12 Brad Baker - 30 Bronson Bauman - 95z Austin Scaggs

Pro Heat 3

10z Briar Bauman - 27 Rob Pearson - 98  Kayl Kolkman

Pro Semi

 80 Stevie Bonsey - 94j Kyle Jones - 38 Nick Armstrong


Pro Main



Digger Open Pro

1.    7    Sammy Halbert

2.    12    Brad Baker

3.    10z Briar Bauman

4.    1    Jared Mees

5.    98    Kayl Kolkman

6.    30    Bronson Bauman

7.    80    Stevie Bonsey

8.    26    Brandan Bergen

9.    38 Nick Armstrong

10.  94j Kyle Jones

11.    95z Austin Scaggs


Saturday's Racing

Sundays Pros

Sunday Sportsman Photos

  Eddie Mulders West Coast Dirt Track Series Double Header Finale

 Willow Springs October 20-21, 2012.

By Chris Johnson

 It was the weekend after the final round of the AMA flatrack half-mile finale at Pomona in Rosamond, Ca where we had great weather with the typical afternoon wind at the Willow Springs International Raceway Walt James 3/8 mile dirt track. Many of the National Pro and expert racers stuck around to grab the largest pro money purse for a non-National dirt track racing event in California history, a grand total of over $30,000!  Digger Helm, Bakersfield's famous flattrack racer from the fifties and sixties came up with $23,000 for the Pro mains (both Saturday and Sunday) and Mark and Randy Zimmerman through Specialty Fabrications, Inc of Simi Valley came up with another $7,000 for the Dash for cash on both days with an additional $1,000 from three other contributors at the track. The racing action we saw on the perfectly groomed cushion was as exciting as any National in addition to great racing from the WCDTS amateur competitors that also put on a great show both days all going for the final annual Series championship positions. Special thanks to racer, Gary Ritchie for his great work on the grader between races!  Awesome action both days in the Senior class main events as Reno, Nv Triumph mounted Rick Reed took the win on Saturdays program closely followed by Kingman, Az's Keith Bryant, and Californian, Jim Ottele on his 1971 750 Shell/Yamaha finishing in third. The finish order was switched for Sundays main as Ottele took the win over Reed in some great back and forth senior action for both of these series regulars. Reed took the Series Championship.  One of the largest classes of competitors, the fifteen rider Vet class was not shy on action both days either, as Hesperia racer Jim Rosa (Honda) undisputedly won on Saturday over a hard charging Paul Ott from Simi Valley on his Kawasaki. These racers battled back and forth for several laps but Ott would succumb to Rosa's persistence to settle for the second award on Saturday.   The Vet racing action continued on Sunday as both Steve Nichols from Tulsa, Ok (Rotax) and Rob Bush from Acton, CA (Honda) had an awesome battle for the lead and second place until Rosa stormed through from a fifth place start to win another Vet main event with Nichols finishing second and Bush in third but first for the Series #1 plate.  The foundation of this sport had a strong showing as well in the 80cc Youth class. The youngsters filled the program with ten racers. Saturdays action saw the two KTMs of the Goodwin brothers from Keensburg, Co battle for the lead - the older of the two, Austin, taking the win over his younger brother Hunter and Bakersfield's Clay Williams on his CR85 finishing in the third slot.  Before Sunday's 80cc main event, promoter Eddie Mulder had a pep talk with the #95 Clay Williams. The result? The holeshot! Austin Goodwin would be in the second slot until one of the other riders went down to trigger a restart. After the restart, Austin swung wide and went off course in the same spot off the back straight twice while the younger Goodwin put a charge on and almost caught the race leader Williams. He could not get by so Williams would take home the gold and clinch the Series 80cc Championship. Hunter Goodwin took second and Nolan Reitz from Madera, Ca. finished with the bronze podium spot to take third in the series.  Saturdays Pro heats with sixteen pros making the main event including Brad Baker (XR750 / Chelhalis, WA), Briar Bauman (TL1000 / Salinas, CA) and Slammin Sammy Halbert (XR750 / Graham, WA) set some very fast lap times. Unfortunately, the newly crowned AMA Grand National Champion Jared Mees (Clio, MI) started the weekend off with mechanical failures as both of his XR 750s had difficulties even making the program and he was borrowing and wrenching on bikes all day long.  Starting off the Main event action, the Specialty Fabrications Dash for Cash ($2,000) on Saturday highlighted 2012 AMA National Rookie of the Year, Briar Bauman's skills as he took an early lead on the Ronnie Brown tuned Suzuki TL, with the hard charging duo of Sammy Halbert and Brad Baker battling for second followed by Jared Mees, Bronson Bauman and Kyle Jones - By race end, Baker would grab the advantage over Halbert for second place after conflicts with lappers moved Sammy to the third spot - leaving Briar Bauman a richer man for winning the dash and Jared Mees overcoming his woes to fourth for the final payout position.   Sundays' Specialty Fabrications Dash for Cash ($6,000) heated up as fast time was set by Halbert, Baker only two tenths of a second off and Bauman four tenths of a second from Sammy's pace. Kayl Kolkman scored the holeshot with Halbert, Baker and Bauman in tow but could not hold off the hard charging XRs and TL and ended up finishing fourth behind eventual dash winner Halbert, Baker in second and Briar Bauman third. Fifth place went to Jared Mees on Steve Nichols' Rotax and the final payout spot went to Bronson Bauman in sixth.   Saturdays Digger Open Pro Main, Brad Baker and Sammy Halbert would switch lead four times until again, approaching slower racers, Halbert would get into several tangle sessions almost going down twice, getting fourth place. Brad Baker victorious in this battle and Saturday Dash winner Briar Bauman came home in second followed by National #98 Kayl Kolkman taking the final podium spot for third.   For Sundays Digger Open Pro Main with 12 riders, Halbert and Baker would pick up where they left off distancing themselves from Bauman and Jared Mees (600 rotax). Mees was battling with the TL of Bauman for that third spot when eventual winner Halbert seem to find another gear and just pulled away from everyone - Brad Baker coming in second and Bauman coming in third for the last podium spot.  Other noteable events included #17q Herb Wolff back to back wins in the Super Senior/Sr Novice (riders 60 plus/50 plus novice) class and 2012 Series Championship on his 72 Triumph. The Modern 750 vintage class had #38 Lloyd McGregor, hit the dirt Sat but still come back to take a fourth place finish then Sunday, lead it from start to finish to clinch the Series #1 plate. Jeff Gonzales(84j), Jack Jones(11j) and Rick Reed(59y) battled all weekend in the 500 support class. Gonzales won Saturday, Jones won Sunday with Reed a close second. They finished 1,2,3 in the Series. El Segundo's Sean Heeney #117 won the Youth 150 class and the 250 Open class championships.  The end of season trophy presentation was a very special event as Promoter, Eddie Mulder personally hands out all of the custom trophy number plates from Tuffplates, talks with the winners and poses for photos while sharing racing stories, laughs and tears. Another fantastic weekend of racing, camaraderie and bench racing add to the atmosphere while we all look forward to the up and coming 2013 season.  Special thanks to Digger Helm, Mark and Randy Zimmerman, Rod Lake Racing, Motion Pro, K & N Filters, Barnett Clutches, Coventry Ses, JRC Engineering, Megacycle Cams, Penton Racing Products, Browns Cycles, Maxima Racing Oils, A & A Racing, Todayrquote s Cycle Coverage, S & S Offroad Magazine, Works Performance.