October 15, 2016, Perris
California, Perris Raceway,
California Flat Track Association's
Series, Round 10
and text by Rodney Rutherford
Can you hear the squeaking of the pulleys, as the curtains
begin to close on the 2016 Southern California Flat Track Association's
(SCFTA) twelve round Championship series. We have now finished up round
ten and launching into the last two races of the 2016 season, with
round eleven on November 5TH, followed by the crowning and final round
twelve the next day. We have Southland Racing's John Vanderlaan riding
a seven race winning streak in the Pro class, with eight race wins
total after sitting out round two. His undefeated 2016 season is on the
line with Kawasaki of Simi Valley's Kayl Kolkman, running hot after a
second place at IV League Flat Tracks Pro main the previous weekend.
Riders express their Sympathies, Condolences, and Respects in a reverse
Memorial lap for fallen racers John Farmer, Charlotte Kainz and Kyle
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The 50cc 2-Stroke Beginner was Chase Chalecki's race at the onset of
the four rider class. Drake Conner, on the second seat was just getting
warmed up and looking for his fourth class win in four attempts. Conner
was just too powerful, and swooped by Chalecki on the outside for the
lead. Drake kept the pace high and flew away for the main win, his
fourth of the 2016 season. After dropping back to second, Chalecki
stayed the course for second, Kensei Matsudaira third, and Chanel
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Kristian Daniel Jr. and Owen Williams rode their 50cc 4-Stroke Beginner
bikes to the red line, but the leader Daniel has just been too hot to
handle in the class. Scraping hard on the final lap, Williams looked to
the outside to make the pass for the win but went too wide and Daniel
brought home the victory for his seventh win in seven tries. Williams
rails in at second, Bailey Richey third, Conner fourth and Matsudaira
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Jasper Heathfield, roared away from the pack for the 65cc 4-Stroke
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The multi talented, Travis "Corner Speed" Horn, blitzed the field for
wins in the 65cc 2-Stroke Amateur and 65cc Open. Currently leading the
65cc Open series by fifteen points over Colin Petton, Horn has won all
nine rounds he has raced in the class and should clinch the title on
the final weekend.
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Zack Earwood (99), Jacob Cascio (21), and Conner Hickerson (3) in the
85cc 4-Stroke Novice heat race.
Conner Hickerson, was elevated to the 85cc 4-Stroke Novice after racing
the first three rounds in the Beginner ranks and has adapted just fine.
Hickerson got off the chalk in quest of his first Novice win, and he
made the right slide in that direction peaking on lap one with the
lead, Zack Earwood second, Jacob Cascio, and Horn fourth. Hickerson in
front with Earwood and Cascio grouped together behind him and it is on.
Hickerson in tunnel vision, keeping the passing alleys closed and
having enough speed out of the corners to prevent Earwood or Cascio
from making a run at him in the straightaways. Hickerson remained icy
under pressure as the two fire breathers gassed their machines right
behind him but unable to get the pass. Hickerson rides one of his best
races this reporter has witnessed and gets the win, Cascio secures a
pass for second and Earhart takes third as the speedy cluster of three
navigate through the checkers, Horn rolls in at
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The inter-class Bomber Amateur/Novice gets underway with Larry Hanson
(65), Paul Claybaugh (83), Ken Shilling (26B), Dwayne Locke (3S), and
Shawn Chamlee (3B), there were two restarts required that had two
Novice racers topping the overall standing at the finish. On the first
restart Bomber Novice Locke went down hard taking Shilling with him,
both racers appeared to be shaken up but motoed up and got back on the
chalk for restart two. Locke came on like a banshee racing to the
overall win despite his earlier slam to the turf. Locke takes the
Bomber Novice win, Chamlee second and Hanson third. The faster Amateurs
seemed to be in survival mode placing further back behind Locke with
Shilling taking first in class and Claybaugh riding in at second.
Senior vet 50 expert
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Kevin Jordan, has had a very good year in his first complete SCFTA
series, and it continued on this evening with the holeshot and nothing
but space as he hammered the pack for his third consecutive win win in
the Senior Vet Over 50 Expert. Jordan should be a sure bet to win the
main, needing just five points to wrap it up on the final
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Super Senior Over 60 Amateur/Novice heat race featuring Paul Claybaugh
(83), Greg Powell (420), and Gary Lane (68).
Dirt Diggers Motorcycle Club member, former assistant to living legend
Preston Petty, owner of Enerlon and proud sponsor of John Vanderlaan,
Greg Powell's moto history runs deep into the fabric of Southern
California racing, he also has a bit of quickness mixed in there.
Racing against the young at heart Paul Claybaugh, in the Super Senior
Over 60 Amateur/Novice class. Powell had his work cut out for him after
first place Claybaugh raced into the clean air for the first four laps.
Racing in second, he kept close to Claybaugh and was able to break
through for the lead with less than two laps remaining, then keeping it
close at hand for his second win of the season, Claybaugh runs through
the checkers in second, and Gary Lane third.
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Chris Osborn (12) holds the clean air over second place Nick Garcia
(41) in the Open Novice "A" main, producing a battle field of nine
sliding soldiers. Osborn locked the lead for the majority of the main,
as Garcia held on tight with the hope a passing lane would open up.
Justin Simons in third and Noah Bush in fourth. Bush, vastly improving
in the last two season worked his way into third, going under Simons in
turn two on lap two for the position, and Simons now in
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Josh Jackson (424) and Simons (51) grapple out of turn four in an Open
Novice heat race. They finished ninth and fourth respectively in the
"A" main. Garcia stayed on to Osborn throughout the six lap main,
waiting for a lane to open up, and his patience paid off as Osborn
raced out of turn four on the final lap. Appearing to come out of the
turn too fast Osborn swung wide and Garcia saw blood, squaring the turn
hard he went under Osborn nipping him at the checkers by what seemed
less than a half a bike length for the win, Osborn second. Bush takes
third, Simons fourth and Matt Ott fifth.
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Byron Kukla (92) exiting out of turn four as Travis Petton IV (82)
works the inside rail in the Open Expert heat race, Grant Holmes (7X),
a few bike lengths back of Petton IV. Kukla has poured out his racing
soul trying to beat the SCFTA wunderkind kids in Petton IV and Grant
Holmes, even taking a hard fall in an earlier round. Racing in his
first complete SCFTA season, his best finish was a second at round
eight, but he gave himself his best chance of a 2016 main win on this
night. Ripping to the holeshot Kukla into the lead, Holmes second and
the corner rail scrapper in Petton IV third. Petton IV pushes inside of
Holmes for second and just a matter of time before he tries the same on
Kukla. As we near the end Kukla is doing all he can to lock out Petton
IV, not having to go to work on Monday may be the difference, as Petton
IV banzais into turn one and forces his way inside of Kukla for the
lead, Holmes goes by as well as the checkers near. Heart break for the
determined Kula but he gave it his best as Petton IV brings it home for
his second Open Expert win of the year, Holmes second and Kukla
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John Vanderlaan (12Y) and Kayl Kolkman (98) racing at full bore in the
eleven racer Pro main.Vanderlaan has been on a roll winning all eight
rounds he has raced in the 2016 SCFTA season. His nemesis Kolkman, was
not exactly coming in without credentials after placing second in IV
League's Flat Track half mile event the previous weekend at Perris Auto
Speedway. A seasoned Pro, Kolkman was ready to pull the six guns out,
brimming with confidence could Kolkman have revenge on his mind after
losing to Vanderlaan at round seven?
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Nick Gil (17E) with the young mighty might in James Ott nipping at his
hotshoe, they raced to a fifth and fourth respectively. Regardless we
have ourselves a shoot out and at the trip of the green the twenty lap
Pro main is underway. Braapshop Yamaha's Nick Armstrong was near the
front at the start but lost his heels early forcing a restart. Dylan
Morin in the point, Kolkman second and Vanderlaan third on the restart.
That order is reduced to rubble by lap three. Vanderlaan now in the
lead, Kolkman in his roost at second, Morin, Nick Gil fourth, Clayton
Williams fifth and James Ott sixth.
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Mine, mine, mine, Kolkman at the task of finishing out his win after
seizing the lead in the Pro main.Inside, outside, Kolkman stalking
Southland Racing's Vanderlaan and there is no escape for the Salinas
racer. Staying within three bike lengths or less of the leader, Kolkman
makes his move just past the ten lap point and the lead is his,
Vanderlaan in second as the gritty Morin moves in on Vanderlaan.
Kolkman is at home on the Perris loop after racing there for many years
and focuses on extending his lead. Vanderlaan in second, Morin third
and we now have James Ott in fourth, Gil in fifth. Kolkman powers it
home for the win and breaks Vanderlaans seven win race streak in the
process, but Vanderlaan rides in at second and still has a sure grip on
his second SCFTA Pro title as the last two rounds approach. Morin
captures third with a strong ride, James Ott takes an impressive
fourth, and Gil the quiet tiger once again races to a top five finish
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Kolkman takes his first SCFTA victory lap of the season, turning it in
to a ride of euphoria, hammering the first victory lap at full speed,
and then taking time to spin a donut or two on the following lap for
well earned first place fiesta. He would like to thank 6D Helmets,
Jettuning.com, Dreamscape Engraving, and B & L Plumbing.
Please go to SCFTAracing.com for schedule information for the 2017
season, also the 2016
results and point standings.
2016 SCFTA ROUND 10 RESULTS:
50cc 2-STRK BEG: 1. Drake Conner; 2. Chase Chalecki; 3. Kensei
Matsudaira; 4. Chanel Merwin.
50cc 4-STRK BEG: 1. Kristian Daniel Jr.; 2. Owen Williams; 3. Bailey
Richey; 4. Drake Conner;
5. Kensei Matsudaira.
65-70cc 2-STRK BEG: 1. Sierra Hickerson.
65-70cc 2-STRK AMAT: 1. Travis Horn; 2. Colin Petton.
65-70cc 4-STRK BEG: 1. Jasper Heathfield; 2. Kristian Daniel Jr.; 3.
Sierra Hickerson; 4. Owen
Williams; 5. Isabella Mitchell.
65-70cc OPN: 1. Travis Horn; 2. Jasper Heathfield; 3. Colin Petton; 4.
Sierra Hickerson; 5.
85-100cc 2-STRK BEG: 1. Jadon Schroeder.
85-100cc 2-STRK NOV: 1. Conner Hickerson.
85-100cc 4-STRK BEG: 1. Sierra Hickerson; 2. Madison Simons; 3. Jake
85-100cc 4-STRK NOV: 1. Conner Hickerson; 2. Jacob Cascio; 3. Zack
Earwood; 4. Travis Horn.
85cc 2-STRK AMAT: 1. Travis Petton IV; 2. Tanner Richey.
85cc OPN: 1. Travis Petton IV: 2. Tanner Richey; 3. Conner Hickerson.
4-STRK: 1. Brad Rudy; 2. Zack Earwood; 3. Jake Mitchell; 4. Andre`
Ochs; 5. James Rust; 6. John
Girdler; 7. Jason Aguilar; 8. Marc Heathfield; 9. Jim Joseph; 10. Joe
250cc YOUTH OPN: 1. Grant Holmes; 2. Travis Petton IV; 3. Jacob Cascio;
4. Jake Mitchell; 5.
Alyssa Flores; 6. Frank Flores.
WMN PWDRPF: 1. Alyssa Flores; 2. Jaycee Jones; 3. Monica Gil.
OPN BEG: 1. Zack Earwood; 2. Frank Flores; 3. Barney Stern; 4. Jake
OPN NOV A: 1. Nick Garcia; 2. Chris Osborn; 3. Noah Bush; 4. Justin
Simons; 5. Matt Ott; 6.
Shawn Chamlee; 7. Arnie Fry; 8. Andrew Myers; 9. Josh Jackson.
OPN NOV B: 1. Travis Friedrich; 2. Chris Wiggins; 3. Alyssa Flores; 4.
Monica Gil; 5. Jeanette
OPN UNCLAS: 1. Kayl Kolkman; 2. Clayton Williams; 3. Nick Gil; 4.
Andre` Ochs; 5, Christian
Payne; 6. Ryan Reed; 7. Noah Bush; 8. Nick Garcia; 9. Byron Kukla; 10.
Chris Wiggens; 11.
OPN AMAT: 1. Evan Markus; 2. Christian Payne; 3. LJ Gronek; 4. Jaycee
OPN EXP: 1. Travis Petton IV; 2. Grant Holmes; 3. Byron Kukla; 4. Jacob
PRO: 1. Kayl Kolkman; 2. John Vanderlaan; 3. Dylan Morin; 4. James Ott;
5. Nick Gil; 6. Andre`
Ochs; 7. Clayton Williams; 8. Nick Armstrong; 9. Paul Ott; 10. Colt
VET +35 NOV: 1. Shawn Chamlee; 2. Josh Jackson; 3, Andrew Myers.
VET +35 AMAT: 1. Ryan Reed.
VET +35 EXP: 1. Jim Rosa; 2. Kevin Jordan; 3. Paul Ott.
SR VET +50 NOV: 1. Chris Osborn; 2. Mike Boal; 3. Jim Bandelin; 3.
Dwayne Locke; 4. Barney
SR VET +50 AMAT: 1. Arnie Fry; 2.Ken Shilling.
SR VET +50 EXP: 1. Kevin Jordan; 2. Jim Lundgren; 3. Larry Earhart; 4.
Brad Rudy; 5. Jim
SUP SR +60 AMAT/NOV: 1. Greg Powell; 2. Paul Claybaugh; 3. Gary Lane;
4. Bill Wright; 5. Wayne
SUP SR +60 EXP: 1. Ron Moore; 2. Steve Kukla; 3. Dan Kane; 4. Dennis
PREM SR +70: 1. Ron Moore; 2. Gary Lane; 3. Allan Girdler.
BMBR NOV: 1.Dwayne Locke; 2. Shawn Chamlee; 3. Larry Hanson.
BMBR AMAT: 1. Ken Shilling; 2. Paul Claybaugh.
BMBR EXP: 1. Jeff Johnson; 3. Travis Petton; 3. Jim Lundgren.
VINT 360: 1. David Seminario.
CLSC VINT: 1. Jim Ottele; 2. Mike Boal; 3. Joe Pape