Southern California Flat Track Association
Round 3: Perris Raceway
By Jamey Blunt
Photos by Janice Blunt
PERRIS, CA, APR. 16, 2011
John Kocinski – yes, the same John Kocinski of road-racing fame – showed up for round three of Southern California Flat Track Association action at Perris Raceway. He’d installed a new engine in his Knight frame, a Bud Askland-tuned CR 250cc air-cooled two-stroke single. Despite losing his brake during practice, Kocinski decided to race anyway, and boy, did he put on a show!
Not only did Kocinski set a track record for a 250cc Class-C motorcycle, he won the 250cc-360cc Vintage Expert main event, turned the overall fastest lap time of the night (at 14.74 seconds –which would have garnered him first place in the Pro main event), and became one of only six racers ever to break the 15-second lap-time marker on this track! Add to all this the fact that no other racer has gone that fast on anything with less than 450cc of displacement beneath them…
David Bush, the 2010 Southern California Flat Track Association Pro champion, notched a victory in the 20-lap Pro main event at round three. Bush, whose fastest lap time around the flat quarter-mile Perris oval was 15.17 seconds, had to chase down early leader Jim Rosa to earn his top spot on the podium.
Once past Rosa, Bush, with a clear track ahead, started to gap the entire field. In the closing five laps, Rosa came under attack from Robert Bush for his second-place position, but he managed to hold Robert off to the finish. At the front, David went on to take the victory with a full straightaway lead.
Stay tuned for more race coverage, results and photos to come from this event – Editor