SCFTA Round 3
March 15th, 2014
Photos by Janice Blunt
Article by Jamey Blunt
#95 Clayton Williams topped the Youth 250cc Open field. #07 Allison Stacey gives chase and finished second.
85 Open-#12 James Ott has really stepped it up this season, Ott
turned a 15.51 second lap on his way to victory in the 85cc open
-#13 Dylan Frost won the 50cc beginner main event with #20 Andrew Preciado finishing second.
Nov #12 James Ott was on his way to two victories at round
three. But on the run to the checkered flag Ott threw it all away,
with #7x Grant Holmes in the right place to pick up the win.
Frank Flores a tough competitor at Perris took out
two sections of crash wall at round two. He broke his
arm, but is healing at a fast pace and has the cast off,
with only a brace in it's place.
#84 Colt Foster is another rider who has raised his game, Colt had a 15.10 second lap time on his way to winning
the Open Unclassified main event.
Oil's Gary Lane #68, had a good night at Perris, here he leads the
start of the Premier Senior +70 class (which he won) over #0
Preston Petty, #672 Mike Brooks, and #37 Wm. Morgan.
#68 Ron Buccieri "SPARKY" won the 50+ Novice main event. His fastest lap time was 15.94 seconds.
start of the Open Novice class was wild! Winner #6 Aaron Guidanan,
#4 Henry Canan, #68 Ron Baccieni, #44 Scott Hanson, #52 Cody Van
Dyke, #218 Gabe Alvarez, #33 Jaycee Jones, #77 Joseph Herro, #74
Monty Watowa, & #23 Justin Hanson.
"Wild Man" Rich Hanson always finds his way to the front. Here he
beat #558 Brandon Watters for the win in the Open Amateur final.
Hanson's fastest lap was 15.42 seconds.
Pro class champion A Jay Hateley hadn't been to Perris in some
time. But he made his return to racing count as he took the
victory in the twenty lap Pro Main.
John Kocinski made an appearance at Perris in the Vet +35
class. Even though he rode "ELSIE" his 250cc 2-stk bike,
Kocinski kept his undefeated streak alive.
Another shot of John at work.
A Jay Hateley didn't lead from the start, rather he took the lead
by the half way point. The last rider for him to pass was #28z
Zachery Lenholf. Here Hateley makes the pass for the lead and the
win in the pro main event.
the last half of the pro main this is what the other riders saw,
minus the checkered flag... A Jay Hateley takes his well earned
Found in the pits at Perris was national #98 John
Hateley's Trackmaster Triumph seen in the movie "On Any
Sunday". This was the first Big Back Boned Trackmaster
Triumph frame and sported Hateley's amatuer #43r plates still on
the bike. John poses with his famous ride.
that the Trackmaster Triumph at Perris was indeed John Hateley's
was found on the steering head where "LIL John" had been welded
just for John.
The "Pit Puppy" award for round three goes to ROCKETT. Often seen in the pits and always well behaved.
Travis Petton the 2nd may have only raced his new Triumph
once, but that didn't stop him from winning the main event from a
different time zone. The rest of this class is in for a rough
John Perez returned to Perris a newly married man. He hasn't lost
any of his speed though as he topped #58y Jim Ottele, #42 Will
Ott, and #110 Dan Kane in the +50 expert class with a fastest lap
time of 15.63 seconds.
S.C.F.T.A. Round #3
Photos by Janice Blunt
Article by Jamey Blunt
start of the AMA Grand National flat track season kicked off in Daytona
Beach Fl. the Thursday and Friday before round three of the S.C.F.T.A.
at Perris. Sammy Halbert who attended rounds one and two at Perris left
Florida with the point's lead having been the combined highest placed
rider over the two events. Perris is fast establishing itself as one of
the great race tracks where riders can get valuable seat time as they
follow the circuit. Even with many of the veteran pros and the new
hopefuls missing from round three, some one hundred twenty four entries
still filled the grids. A true testament to the fine program ran by
Donna and Freddie Edwards, and Vince Graves.
Williams stole the start in the youth 250cc main event. Alex Crosby
dropped in behind Williams in second with Allison Stacey away in third
and Jaycee Jones fourth. On the second lap Williams had an incident
between turns three and four that he saved as Stacey moved past Crosby
into second. By lap three Justin Hanson and Travis Petton the 4th were
on a march forward that would in the end drop Jones all the way back to
sixth. By the end of lap four Stacey had closed the gap to Williams and
had turned the fastest lap time of the race at 15.39 seconds to
Williams 15.52. Crosby was in a no mans land in third with Hanson some
1.2 seconds behind him. Coming to the white flag Petton shot up the
inside of Jones to take fifth position away as they crossed the stripe.
At the checkered flag Stacey had closed in on Williams but ran out of
time as Williams rode smart and took the win, making the final order
Williams, Stacey, Crosby, Hanson, Petton, and Jones.
moon, the water he's drinking, whatever the case James Ott has really
put in some impressive rides of late. Ott is displaying true talent. In
the youth 85cc open final Ott led from the pole through turns one and
two with Travis Petton the 4th in second, Evan Harich third, and Grant
Holmes in fourth. With two laps complete Ott and Petton were leaving
the field behind and Alyssa Flores was moving forward from a poor
start. Ott's fastest lap time was 15.51 seconds to Petton's 15.95 as
the two maintained about a four bike length gap between them. As the
field started lap four Holmes had found his rhythm and had caught up to
the back side of Petton making it a three way battle at the front. At
the white flag Ott still led over Petton and Holmes and Flores had
dropped Harich to fifth as she took over the fourth place spot. On the
final run down the back straight Holmes dove under Petton to take
second position away and held it to the checkered flag. A tremendous
last lap and some heads up racing from Holmes. Ott was never challenged
for the victory, Holmes as stated took second over a close Petton with
Flores fourth, and Harich fifth.
The youth 85cc 2-stk
novice main event had pretty much the same players as the 85cc open
class. The biggest difference was Ott, as he had displayed was more
than capable of winning on this night only fate or a mistake cost him
the victory. On the final exit from turn four to the checkered flag Ott
threw it all away and was lucky to escape injury just missing slamming
the front straight crash wall as Grant Holmes, just a few bike lengths
behind rode past for the victory over Alyssa Flores, Travis Petton the
4th, and Zaden Florez.
John Kocinski is undefeated on the
Perris ¼ mile oval. On this night Kocinski entered his Knight framed
Honda 250cc 2-stk mount "Elsie" in the Vet +35 class. In his heat race
Kocinski didn't lead every alp in fact it took him a few laps to get
past Jim Rosa for the heat race victory. One would think this might
have given hope to the other riders, or at least Rosa, but for Kocinski
it only made him more determined. On the start of the final Kocinski
shot from pole into the lead in front of Rosa, Helder Alvernaz, and
Will Ott. With three laps down Kocinski held a full straightaway lead
and had turned a 14.72 second lap time no one could match. Brad Rudy
had pulled high between turns three and four and appeared to have a
mechanical problem and left the race. At the white flag Ott had found
his way past Alvernaz into third and Jess Flores was running fifth. As
Kocinski took the checkered flag he held a 3.36 second gap over Rosa in
second, who is no slouch as he was turning 15.14 second lap times. This
victory keeps Kocinski's undefeated streak alive and running, one that
started over four years past.
Travis Petton the 2nd has
been building a 750cc Triumph for years. Well at round three it made it
first appearance in a race program as he participated in the Vintage
750cc class. Not much to say other than Petton was consistently 8/10ths
to a full second a lap faster than the rest of the field and handily
won the main event.
In the 50+ Novice final Greg Powell was
left sitting at the start line as the rest of the field thundered into
turn one. New comer to Perris Jim Medlin led the pack off the line and
through turns one and two. Fred Berger was away in second with Ron
Buccieri in third. On the exit from turn two on the second lap Buccieri
took second away from Berger and set his sights on Medlin a few bike
lengths ahead. At this point Mike Boal had worked his way into fourth
as Buccieri turned the fastest lap of the race at 15.94 seconds. Then
entering turn three for the third time Buccieri shot to the inside and
went under Medlin to take over at the front. Medlin's fastest lap of
16.45 seconds was just not good enough to stay with Buccieri on this
night as Buccieri stretched it out all the way to the finish.
the Open Novice final Aaron Guidanan got a bit of a jump at the start
which starter Rudy Gil deemed close, and let the race continue. Henry
Canan (who stepped up to big bikes this year) was away in second with
Ron Baccieri third, Scott Hanson fourth, and Cody Van Dyke fifth. Even
though Guidanan was given a gift on the start he did stretch out his
lead and pulled away from the field of thirteen, which displayed that
the start didn't really matter. However Canan did have the fastest lap
of the race at 15.80 seconds, he only needed to run this pace for the
entire main event and perhaps the finishing order might have been
different, or at least a battle up front for the victory.
Williams the youngest rider on the smallest displaced machine in the
Open Amateur main nailed the start to lead into turn one only to have
Rich Hanson slip underneath Williams to take the lead away on the exit
from turn two. Then on the second run through turn one Brandon Watters
went under Williams as well to take away the second place position.
Allison Stacey another youth class racer on a 250cc mount was running a
solid fourth just behind Williams with Alex Crosby in fifth. Up front
Hanson turned a 15.42 second lap, but it was Watters who had the
fastest lap of the race at 15.37 seconds. Watters appeared in the
closing laps to have a problem with turn four as he got very sideways
and had to check up to save it twice. Of the 250cc machines in the
field Williams had the fastest lap at 15.74 seconds but third was the
best he could do on this night. Hanson took the victory with Watters
second, Stacey a solid fourth and Crosby fifth.
twenty lap pro main event there were a few past pro class champions of
the S.C.F.T.A. David and Robert Bush along with A Jay Hateley all made
it through the heat races to earn a spot in the final. David Bush
looked especially strong all night as did Zachery Lenholf. Making a
return to Perris after some foot surgery that required a few screws to
hold the ball at the back of the foot on, was A Jay Hateley stating
"I'm good to go, no problems." At the first flash of green, or just
before it went green Casey Cahoon launched off the second row and
almost nailed the rider in front of him causing everyone to re-stage
with Cahoon on the third row penalty line along with Colt Foster who
followed Cahoon, nice try though. This time the light flashed green and
Austin Scaggs nailed the start with David Bush right behind and Hateley
running third. On the first trip through turn four John Tinsley threw
it away as David Bush took over the lead on the first run up the front
straight. As the leaders came around the second time Tinsley re-joined
the field in front of the leaders which should have brought out a blue
flag for Tinsley. At this point Lenholf moved up into second with
Hateley still in third looking like he needed to find his rhythm. It
didn't help Hateley that Tinsley was fighting with him slowing his
progress from a rider a lap down. On the fourth entrance to turn three
Lenholf pushed David Bush wide and took over the lead. Then on the next
trip through turn two Hateley who had dropped Tinsley was showing David
Bush a wheel as well. By lap six Tinsley had faded and Colt Foster had
advanced to fifth with Scaggs still in fourth. At the front Lenholf and
Hateley had started to separate themselves from David Bush who now had
Foster to deal with as Foster had dropped Scaggs a spot. Lenholf had
the overall fastest lap of the race at 14.96 seconds but Hateley's
consistency was paying off. On lap nine as they crossed the start
finish line Hateley took the lead. Once up front Hateley settled into
his pace at 15.02 seconds and Foster was showing David Bush a wheel
every lap attempting to take away third. Also working his way forward
from a so/so start was Ian Foulds who would finish sixth. By the start
of lap fourteen Hateley held a two second gap over Lenholf who seemed
to have settled for second by this point. On lap fifteen lappers came
into play and remember Foster who had started from the third row
penalty line was all over David Bush not ready to give up a shot at a
podium position yet. Foster on lap sixteen still turned a 15.15 second
lap time displaying his fitness. When the white flag came out Hateley
held a full straight away lead over Lenholf with the battle for third
going to be decided on the last lap with Foster taking the last rung of
Round four of the S.C.F.T.A. has been slated for April fifth, but as always if in doubt, call before you haul.
Round #3 March 15. 2014
Noah Bush DNS
Moncia Gil DNS
Travis Petton IV
50 cc 2 Stk Nov
Anthony Salaberrios DNS
50cc 4 Stk Nov
50 cc 2 Stk Beginner
50cc 4 Stk Beginner
85cc 2 Stk Novice
Travis Petton IV
85cc 4 Stk Beginner
85cc 4 Stk Novice
65cc 2 Stk Beginner
65cc 2 Stk Novice
Super Senior + 60
Jim Lundgren DNS
Vet’s + 35
Men’s 4 Stroke
Premier Senior + 70
Classic Vintage 500-750
50 + Novice
Vintage 250cc 2 Stk. Amateur
Vintage 250cc 2 Stk Expert
Vintage 360cc 2 Stk. Novice
Cody Van Dyke