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Bauman Proclaimed King Of The Valley!

| 19 May 2013 10:32 am

Slideways Presents King Of The Valley Series
California Championship Series
Rounds 3/2: Chowchilla Speedway

Story by Karen Gould
Photos by Karen Gould/CheckeredFlagPhotography
CHOWCHILLA, CA, MAY 10, 2013

After a couple of days of rain, the Chowchilla Speedway track was flooded when the track-prep guys went out on Wednesday to begin the preparation for Friday’s race. After eight hours of pumping the water off the track, they were able to begin moving the mud and grooming what was to be a perfect racetrack by the time the gates opened for racing. Craig Scroggins and Richard Lopez did an outstanding job of providing an excellent blue-groove, banked surface that proved to be fast and racey. Comments from the riders after the race included “I haven’t ridden a blue groove that good in a long time” and “Are there gonna be more races here?”

Yes. Yes, there are!

This day’s races comprised not only the final event of the three-race King Of The Valley Series but also the second event in the California Championship Series.

The youngsters were excited to go racing during the afternoon while the Pros were filling the pits, getting ready for the evening’s racing. Young Hunter Hanna took the victory in the Pee Wee (4-6) class, Andy Wallace took the Open Amateur win, and Phillip Finelli led the Youth Quad class to the checkers. Series award winners were presented with beautiful trophies with their racing pictures attached.

Phillip Finelli (left) and Hunter Hannah (right) accept their awards for winning the Youth Quad class and Pee Wee (4-6) class, respectively, at the third and final round of the King Of The Valley Series.

Phillip Finelli (left) and Hunter Hannah (right) accept their awards for winning the Youth Quad class and Pee Wee (4-6) class, respectively, at the third and final round of the King Of The Valley Series.

Twenty-five riders were entered in the Pro class. Participants included several AMA Grand National riders looking for easy money and some seat time on the track. As this venue is very close to the same size as the Stockton 99 racetrack that would be hosting the AMA Grand National Half Mile on Saturday, this event provided an opportunity to loosen up for the big race in Stockton.

Michael Inderbitzen (54Z), Shawn Raggio (51Z), Danny Koelsch (93J), Austin Scaggs (95Z), Kale Fisher (14), Shayna Texter (25A) and Kayl Kolkman (98) launch off the line in preliminary Pro-class action.

Michael Inderbitzen (54Z), Shawn Raggio (51Z), Danny Koelsch (93J), Austin Scaggs (95Z), Kale Fisher (14), Shayna Texter (25A) and Kayl Kolkman (98) launch off the line in preliminary Pro-class action.

Four heat races and two semis would determine the positioning on the starting grid for the main event. Sixteen riders would make the main.

Heat-race winners included Grand National riders Rob Pearson and Brad Baker and Pro Singles riders Austin Scaggs and Shayna Texter. The semifinal winners were Briar Bauman and Jethro Halbert. The first three riders in each heat race and the first two from each semi would join the 16-rider grid for the main event.

Charlie Lyles (9), Keith  Roush (175) and Andrew Rogers (4) do battle in the Quad Pro class at Ocean Speedway.

Charlie Lyles (9), Keith Roush (175) and Andrew Rogers (4) do battle in the Quad Pro class at Chowchilla Speedway.

Seven Pro quad riders were on the track for the main event after running two heat races. Heat-race winners were Tom McCarroll and Keith Roush. Roush took the lead from Charlie Lyles on lap four, and Andrew Rogers overtook Lyles on the 10th and final lap.

Roush and Andrews were back in the 10-lap main event, finishing first and second, respectively.

Keith Roush (175) takes a victory lap after winning the Quad Pro class in Chowchilla, California.

Keith Roush (175) takes a victory lap after winning the Quad Pro class in Chowchilla, California.

Kevin Keernan got the holeshot and held that lead for the first two laps of the Open Expert heat race. A.J. Herrera wasted no time finding his way to the front.

Kevin Keernan (61C), Baue Thompson (93Y), Sam Knox (81Z), Andy Wallace (22) and Brandon Watters (558) mix it up in Open Expert action.

Kevin Keernan (61C), Baue Thompson (93Y), Sam Knox (81Z), Andy Wallace (22) and Brandon Watters (558) mix it up in Open Expert action.

In the main event, Keernan again got the holeshot, but it was Herrera who took the checkers, with Sam Knox was not far behind. Andy Wallace finished third.

A.J. Herrera (42H) and Sam Knox (81Z) finished first and second, respectively, in the Open Expert main event.

A.J. Herrera (42H) and Sam Knox (81Z) finished first and second, respectively, in the Open Expert main event.

Anthony Mitchell showed the Vet Expert class the fastest line on the track. Getting the holeshot and riding all 10 laps in the lead, Mitchell won the race. Behind him, Dean Coca went into the first turn in front of Steve Hill and piloted his bike in the second position through the fourth lap. Hill overtook Coca to finish second, followed by Coca to the finish.

After winning the Vet Expert main from wire to wire, Anthony Mitchell (42Z) takes Jason Craven for a victory lap.

After winning the Vet Expert main from wire to wire, Anthony Mitchell (42Z) takes Jason Craven for a victory lap.

After working on the track tirelessly, Craig Scroggins lined up with the other Senior Heads-Up riders to compete for the win. Donnie Darrah was first off the line when the light glowed green and rode all 10 laps in front of his competition. Scroggins held the second position through lap six, when Gene Fitzsimmons was able to get around Scroggins after working his way around Perri Turner on the second lap. This race’s finishing order was Darrah, Fitzsimmons, Scroggins and Perri.

Donnie Darrah (48H) and Craig “Scroggy” Scroggins (10Y) went one and two in the Senior Heads-Up class.

Donnie Darrah (48H) and Craig “Scroggy” Scroggins (10Y) went one and two in the Senior Heads-Up class.

Perri was back on the track to finish second in the Vintage Heavy class, behind Gary Durbin and in front of Mitch Gallagher. Fitzsimmons was fourth in this contest, followed by Mike Fowler and the other four competitors.

Gary Durbin (925H) and Jack Jones (11J) lead Robert Morris (7A), Perri Turner (44C, partially hidden behind Jones), Mitch Gallagher (45N) and the rest of the Vintage Heavy field.

Gary Durbin (925H) and Jack Jones (11J) lead Robert Morris (7A), Perri Turner (44C, partially hidden behind Jones), Mitch Gallagher (45N) and the rest of the Vintage Heavy field.

Fowler had ridden earlier in the Vintage Light class, taking the win in front of Tim Rott.

Mike Fowler (13V) and Tim Rott (45) finished first and second, respectively, in the Vintage Light contest.

Mike Fowler (13V) and Tim Rott (45) finished first and second, respectively, in the Vintage Light contest.

The Pros took their positions on the starting grid for the most exciting race of the night. Their starting positions had been determined by the results of the heats and semis.

At the green light, there was no stopping Briar Bauman, as he took the lead and just kept going, riding all 20 laps in the front of the pack. Behind him, Baker, Pearson and Ryan Foster were waging a dogfight for the second spot. Baker claimed the second position on lap eight and began chasing down Bauman.

Brad Baker (12) and Briar Bauman (10Z) battle in the Pro main event.

Brad Baker (12) and Briar Bauman (10Z) battle in the Pro main event.

On lap 14, Bauman overtook the leader – but consequently suffered the misfortune of blowing up his bike. Bauman was now again in the lead, with Pearson and Foster following him to the finish.

Bauman finished the first King Of The Valley event in second place at Chowchilla Speedway, behind Shayna Texter. Andrew Luker claimed the round-two victory at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds in Turlock, and now Bauman had claimed the victory in Chowchilla again at round three, earning the “Slideways King Of The Valley” title. Ryan Foster was second in points.

Briar Bauman (10Z) takes his tuner Ronnie Brown for a victory lap.

Briar Bauman (10Z) takes his tuner Ronnie Brown for a victory lap.

Winner Briar Bauman (10Z), runner-up Rob Pearson (27) and third-place finisher Ryan Foster (23) celebrate with Amber Phillips of Racey Promotions on the Pro podium in Chowchilla.

Winner Briar Bauman (10Z), runner-up Rob Pearson (27) and third-place finisher Ryan Foster (23) celebrate with Amber Phillips of Racey Promotions on the Pro podium in Chowchilla.

Round three of the California Flat Track Association will take place June 15 in Prairie City, California. Information about the series can be found at www.californiaflattrack.com.

Chowchilla Speedway
Chowchilla, California
Results: May 10, 2013 (Round 3 of 3/Round 2)

PEE WEE 50 (4-6): 1. Hunter Hannah; 2. Bradon Fanelli.

85-150 EX: 1. Clayton Williams; 2. Nolan Reitz; 3. Tyler Raggio.

230 AM: 1. Nolan Reitz.

250 EX: 1. Clayton Williams.

OPEN AM: 1. Andy Wallace; 2. Sam Cullom; 3. Mitchell Green; 4. Nick Garner; 5. Beau Thompson.

OPEN EX: 1. A.J. Herrera; 2. Sam Knox; 3. Andy Wallace; 4. Sam Cullom; 5. Kevin Keernan; 6. Beau Thompson; 7. Brandon Watters.

PRO: 1. Briar Bauman; 2. Rob Pearson; 3. Ryan Foster; 4. Cory Texter; 5 Dominic Colindres; 6. Shayna Texter; 7. Jethro Halbert; 8. Mikey Martin; 9. James Manaco; 10. Austin Scaggs; 11. Kayl Kolkman; 12. Ryan Kearns; 13. Kale Fisher; 14. Damon Coca; 15. Jeremy Hannah; 16. Brad Baker.

VET EX 35+: 1. Anthony Mitchell; 2. Steve Hill; 3. Dean Coca; 4. Kevin Keernan.

SR HEADS-UP: 1. Donnie Darrah; 2. Gene Fitzsimmons; 3. Craig Scroggins; 4. Gary Cordeiro; 5. Perri Turner; 6. Mike Fowler; 7. Roger Bowerman; 8. Brenton Tatom.

VINTAGE LIGHT: 1. Mike Fowler; 2. Tim Rott.

VINTAGE HEAVY 350-OPEN EX: 1. Gary Durbin; 2. Perri Turner; 3. Mitch Gallagher; 4. Gene Fitzsimmons; 5. Mike Fowler; 6. Tim Waters; 7. Alan Shaw; 8. Robert Morris; 9. Jack Jones.

QUAD YOUTH: 1. Philip Fanelli; 2. Trent Jarvis; 3. Trent Fanelli; 4. Jax Jarvis.

QUAD NOV: 1. Steve Talley.

QUAD PRO: 1. Keith Roush; 2. Andrew Rogers; 3. Tom McCarroll; 4. Greg Kathner; 5. Brian Talley; 6. Charlie Lyles; 7. Clay Nixon.

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