March 12, 2016, Perris California, Perris Raceway,
California Flat Track Association's
Series, Round 2
and text by Rodney Rutherford
The sliding season hits second gear and dialing up the
energy, as we proceed into the second round of the twelve
round 2016 Southern California Flat Track Association's (SCFTA)
Championship series. Earlier rains had threatened the Saturday
racing date, but the rain stopped well in time for the typical
dialed in conditions of the Perris Raceway playground to take hold. For
this round two, we have several classes bursting at the brim with over
twenty-six Main events. Over one hundred and sixty entrants spread out
across forty classes. Next two rounds will be on April 9,
Saturday evening, and the following day, April 10, Sunday.
Chris Real (right) and Jaycee Jones (left), testing the sound of her
machine in 2015, and a reminder that your muffler sound needs to be at
96 decibels very soon, if not at this point. There is a leniency of 100
decibels at this time, but the target test level is 96 decibels or
lower, so we can have happy neighbors and an open track. Lower that
sound to keep SCFTA around.
Dee Kilroy, a valued member of the SCFTA family will be unable to
compete for 2016, but she is in our thoughts. Barney Stern
(imaged here), exemplifies that by painting his hot plate pink, in
honor of Kilroy with her number 24 clear and large in the foot
of the action. Hang tough Dee!
Jacob Cascio, bringing his game up a notch after his harrowing eleven
day stay in an intensive care unit (ICU) in 2015. Required after he was severely
burnt when unconscious after going down in a practice, he has since
recovered and he is flying. Racing in 85cc 4-Stroke Novice, Cascio rode
out second in the inter class Main, and first in class. He had an
excellent ride in the 250 Youth Open staying in the top three, until he
ran into problems near the end and finished up seventh. Remarkably,
Cascio entered the Open Expert and was in second in the first two laps
and held on for an impressive fourth.
Bailey Richey, with her curly mane whipping from under her helmet, went
for a second in the 50cc 4-Stroke Beginner.
Owen Williams, looking snazzy on his way to a second in the 50cc Open.
He was third in the 50cc 4-Stroke Beginner.
We have an inter-class heat with Travis Horn (25) on the bead for the
clean air. Colin Petton (46), Sierra Hickerson (3), and Jasper Heathfield all engaged
in the 65-70cc Open. Team Motorsports Junkie's Horn, lead out to comfortable gap while Petton
and Heathfield went at it. Horn paced out to the checkers for his second win in the class this
season. Petton and Heathfield continued to race within five bike lengths of each other to the
finish, finishing second and third respectively.
Rachel Schnakenberg (5), holds the inside line over Sierra Hickerson
(3), in the 65-70cc 2-Stroke Beginner. Schnakenberg takes the class
win with Hickerson second. The feisty Sierra Hickerson went on to win the 65cc 4-Stroke
After winning the Open, Horn also rode to a third in the 85-100cc
Travis Petton IV, earns a lot of press due his uncanny ability to win
multiple Mains on the same day, and the pre-teen did it again. Placing second in
the 250 Youth Open, Petton IV went on to win the 85cc Amateur four races later. Another four races
later he was back on his scooter in the 85cc Open. Working into lead by lap three, an unfamiliar
name in the SCFTA results page was serving notice he can lay down the speed, Dominic Dias, in
second and Grant Holmes third. Petton IV brings home the win, Holmes
ambushes Dias on last lap in the last turn for the pass and second
place, Dias rocking the locals takes third.
Evan Souza, making the trip south from the Northern California town of
Lockeford, about twenty miles north by north-east of Stockton, California, he had the
slide going on. Racing against a group a racers that have been attacking the Perris flat for
years, the Northern Californian brought game racing to a third in the 250 Youth Open. He also rode
off to the victory in the 85cc 4-Stroke Beginner.
Dominic Dias, coming down from Lodi near Evan Souza's hometown of
Lockeford. He went to work for a win in the 85cc 2-Stroke Novice. He
also raced to an eye catching third in the 85cc Open, after an intense
mano a mano scrum with Grant Holmes.
A mostly "A" student, IV Flat Track League's Tanner Richey, has always
had the speed to rattle the top of the box and has. Racing for only three seasons,
he has won his share of 50cc and 65cc races. He is currently racing in the SCFTA 85cc Amateur and
85cc Open classes. He also races across the state from Northern California to the South in San
Diego county. Healthy and feeling more comfortable on the 85cc machines after slowly working
into the class in 2015, he is looking poised and able to maneuver better with the elite SCFTA
85cc classes. He rode to a fourth in the 85cc Amateur and a fifth in the 85cc Open.
Zack Earwood (99), has the upper hand over Tanner Richey
(13), in an inter-class heat. Earwood went on to win the 4-Stroke 100-125cc Youth.
Conner Hickerson, looks to be pushing up the clouds with his helmet, as
the colors from the clouds and his equipment seem to blend, in symphony. The
determined racer rode to a second in the 85cc 2-Stroke Beginner, second in the 85cc 4-Stroke
Beginner, and seventh in the 85cc Open in a busy night for the youngster.
Joy Lewis, racing to a fourth in the Woman's (Powder Puff) class.
Jaycee Jones took the Woman's win, Monica Gil second, and Alyssa Flores rebounding
from a first round crash in another class for third.
Chris Osborn (12N), and Matt Ott (21), two abreast in an Open Novice
heat. Osborn won the Senior +50 Novice. Two races later he hops into the Open
Novice Main with eleven other racers, likely all are much younger than him..Undeterred, he sally
forth for the Open Novice Main an his second win on the night. Arnie
Fry second, Parker Earhart third, Justin Simons fourth, and Matt Ott
closing out the top five.
This Open Novice heat, has Matt Ott, spearing the clear air. Parker
Earhart (16E), Nick Garcia (41), and Chris Osborn (12N) rubbing the corner marker.
Justin Simmons (51), pushing the outside of the inside running Noah
Bush (17), in an Open Novice heat.
Marc Heathfield (313), holds the early lead over John Girdler (411), in
the early laps of the 4-Stroke race. Heathfield kept the first through the
half way mark of the eight lap Main, then Girdler took over the lead on lap five and carried it
clean to the finish for the win. James Rust able to get around Heathfield for second, and
Heathfield third in the 4-Stroke.
Southland Racing's Jim Wood, is normally a flurry in
the pits helping racers prepare, answering and assisting with technical questions and helping with
suspension set ups and whatever else is needed. He gets to rip the slide every so often,
entering the Super Senior +60 Expert at this round he found himself in first, after Donnie Moore went wide
coming out of turn two on the start and Wood took the lead. Keeping the bike clean he roared to the
win, Moore second and Jim Medlin third in the Main.
Bill Wright, another member of the SCFTA that has volumes of racing
history in his past. Heavy into the motocross scene between 1973-1980, arguably the hey
day for Southern California dirt biking. He has ridden at Hopetown, Muntz (Valley Cycle Park), and
was part of the High School motocross scene of the 1970's that pitted teams from High Schools
against each other. Racing on the flat for the past nine years, Wright is currently racing in the
Super Senior +60 Amateur. Racing on this night, Wright into the lead by
turn one, lap one, and never looked back for the win in the Super
Senior +60 Amateur. Gary Moore takes second and Paul Claybaugh third.
Wright would like to thank all his Family and Friends for their
Clayton Williams, top of the Open Expert pack in the Main, Cascio
continuing to marvel with his performance on this night in second. Williams working
hard to check out, but James Ott around Cascio for second and bridging up to Williams in a
hurry. Williams fends off James Ott for the Main win, James Ott second, Petton IV, and Cascio with a
spectacular fourth and Grant Holmes fifth.
Wheels in Motion/Fly Racing/Bell Helmet's racer Joe Roberts, loves to
get in some flat racing in between his road racing gig in the Super Sport class.
Foster Brothers Racing, Colt Foster, separates slightly from the pack taking the hole-shot
and lead on lap one. Roberts in second and stalking a line to get around Foster. Paul Ott in
third, Foster's teammate Alex Crosby in fourth. Roberts tucks hard inside coming into turn two and
Crosby sweeps wide, Roberts holds the inside and sneaks into the lead on lap four. At that point,
Roberts rode smooth with the lead finishing out twenty laps for his SCFTA Pro win. Crosby made a last
lap pass on Foster for second, Foster third, Paul Ott fourth, and Chris McDougal fifth.
Foster Brothers Racing's Alex Crosby did it
again to his teammate, Colt Foster, making a race ending pass for second on Foster, going on to second in the
Pro Main. This finish is Crosby's best to date in the SCFTA Pro class, and he should get a Main win
before the season is over.
Colt Foster, once again he was engulfed in a gritty battle with Crosby,
and coming out at the losing end getting passed for second. Regardless
he finished third in the Pro Main, and will be back to battle for the
top as the season progresses.
The number 12E flown by James Ott, also occasionally takes a spin with
his fast flating Father, in the way of Paul Ott. Most of the time, Paul is normally
busy running the pits for his sons Matt and James. Combining to race in four or more classes
between them, there is little time for the multi-tasking Patriarch to scratch some flat himself. When he does
Paul can bring it on, racing to a very respectable fourth in the Pro Main. With racers likely
ten years or more younger than him.
Fontana Radiator's Jeff Johnson (87), leads eventual Pro Main winner
Joe Roberts (27) in an earlier heat. Jonson as usual, ripped out another win
in the Bomber Expert class for the second consecutive round. Unfortunately his Pro ride did not
go as well, unofficially finishing eighth in the last race of the night.
Please go to SCFTAracing.com for schedule, results, point standings,
as we go into round three and four on April ninth and tenth.
2016 SCFTA ROUND 2 RESULTS:
50cc 2-STRK BEG: 1. Chase Gray.
50cc 4-STRK BEG: 1. Kristian Daniels Jr.; 2. Bailey
Richey; 3. Owen Williams.
50cc OPN: 1. Kristian Daniels Jr.; 2. Owen Williams.
65-70cc 2-STRK BEG: 1. Rachel Schnakenberg; 2. Sierra
Hickerson. 65-70cc 2-STRK AMAT: 1. Colin Petton.
65-70cc 4-STRK BEG: 1. Sierra Hickerson; 2.Jasper
Heathfield; 3. Isabella Mitchell.
65-70cc OPN: 1. Travis Horn; 2. Colin Petton; 3. Jasper
Heathfield; 4. Sierra Hickerson; 5. Isabella Mitchell.
85-100cc 2-STRK BEG: 1. Jake Mitchell; 2. Conner
Hickerson; 3. Eli Souza.
85-100cc 4-STRK BEG: 1. Evan Souza; 2. Conner
Hickerson; 3. Eli Souza.
85-100cc 2-STRK NOV: 1. Dominic Dias.
85-100cc 4-STRK NOV: 1.Jacob Cascio; 2. Dominic
DeMario; 3. Travis Horn.
85-100cc 2-STRK AMAT: 1. Travis Petton IV; 2. Grant
Holmes; 3. Dominic DeMario; 4. Tanner Richey.
85cc OPN: 1. Travis Petton IV: 2. Grant Holmes; 3.
Dominic Dias; 4. Dominic DeMario; 5. Tanner Richey; 6. Conner
Hickerson; 7. Jake Mitchell.
4-STRK YOUTH: 1. Zack Earwood.
4-STRK: 1. Jon Girdler; 2. James Rust; 3. Marc
250cc YOUTH OPN: 1. James Ott; 2. Travis Petton
IV; 3. Evan Souza; 4. Alyssa Flores; 5. Noah Bush;
6. Grant Holmes; 7. Jacob Cascio.
WMN PWDRPF: 1. Jaycee Jones; 2. Monica Gil; 3. Alyssa
Flores; 4. Joy Lewis; 5. Rachel Schnakenberg.
OPN BEG: 1. Shawn Chamlee; 2. Barney Stern; 3. Skylar
OPN NOV: 1. Chris Osborn; 2. Arnie Fry; 3. Parker
Earhart; 4. Justin Simons; 5. Matthew Ott; 6. Travis
Friedrich; 7. Noah Bush; 8. Chris Anders; 9. Alyssa Flores; 10. Nick
Garcia; 11. Monica Gil; 12. Andrew Myers.
OPN UNCLAS: 1. Colt Foster; 2. James Ott; 3. Clayton
Williams; 4. Chris McDougal; 5. Evan Markus;
6. Byron Kukla; 7. LJ Gronek; 8. Scott Hanson; 9. Matt
Ott; 10. Jaycee Jones.
OPN AMAT: 1. Evan Markus; 2. LJ Gronek; 3. Frankie
OPN EXP: 1. Clayton Williams; 2. James Ott; 3. Travis
Petton IV; 4. Jacob Cascio; 5. Grant Holmes; 6. Byron Kukla;
7. Chris Campos.
PRO: 1. Joe Roberts; 2. Alex Crosby; 3. Colt Foster; 4.
Paul Ott; 5. Chris McDougal; 6. Troy Johnson; 7. Robert Bush.
VET +35 NOV: 1. Chris Anders; 2. Shaun Chamlee; 3.
VET +35 AMAT: 1. Kevin Jordan; 2. Frankie Eubanks; 3.
Robert Skittler; 4. Scott Hanson.
VET +35 EXP: 1. Jim Rosa; 2. Jon Nunes; 3. John Dupree;
4. Robert Bush; 5. Chris Campos; 6. Joel Kath.
SR VET +50 NOV: 1. Chris Osborn; 2. Barney Stern; 3.
SR VET +50 AMAT: 1. Kevin Jordan; 2. Ken Shilling; 3.
Corey Bauman; 4. Arnie Fry; 5. Robert Stettler.
SR VET +50 EXP: 1. Steve Minter; 2. Jim Medlin; 3. Joe
Steffen; 4. Jim Ottele; 5. Larry Earhart; 6. Jim Lundgren.
SUP SR +60 AMAT/NOV: 1. Bill Wright; 2. Gary Moore; 3.
Paul Claybaugh; 4. Greg Powell.
SUP SR +60: 1. Jim Wood; 2. Ron Moore; 3. Jim Medlin;
4. Steve Kukla; 5, Dan Kane.
PREM SR +70: 1. Gary Lane; 2. Allan Girdler.
BMBR NOV: 1.John Farmer; 2. Shawn Chamlee; 3. Dwayne
BMBR AMAT: 1. Ken Shilling; 2. Monty Watowa; 3. Paul
*BMBR EXP: 1. Jeff Johnson; 2. Steve Miller; 3. Jim
Lundgren; 4.Joe Steffen; 5. Dominic DeMario; 6. Travis Petton
VINT 250 NOV: 1. Lucas Duner; 2. Joy Lewis.
CLSC VINT: 1. Jim Ottele; 2. Lenny Rodriguez; 3. Joe