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Short Track and TT on the Prairie

| 29 August 2013 11:58 am

Short Track and TT Races
Prairie City OHV Park

Story and Photos by Karen Gould/Checkered Flag Photography
RANCHO CORDOVA, CA, AUG. 24, 2013

Rich Cox (5), Tanner Williams (2), Brett Voorhees (12), Chris Smith (314X) and Kevin Holman (24) line up for the start of a DTX heat at Prairie City OHV Park.

Rich Cox (5), Tanner Williams (2), Brett Voorhees (12), Chris Smith (314X) and Kevin Holman (24) line up for the start of a DTX heat at Prairie City OHV Park.

The weather was perfect for racing at the Prairie City OHV Park last Saturday night: not too hot during the day, and by the end of the heats the sweatshirts started coming out. The tracks, both a perfectly groomed short track and a TT track, provided an excellent racing surface for riders ranging from young Lane Redding, at just 5 years old (and already showing a tenacious spirit and whole lot of natural talent), to those over 40 in the Senior Over 40 class. Despite a less-than-abundant rider count, the competition on the track was close and very exciting.

There was a whole array of rewards for the winners, including some wonderful gifts from TLD and Oakley, as well as gift certificates from several local retailers, and trophies for those who wanted them.

Michelle DiSalvo lines the riders up for racing.

Michelle DiSalvo lines the riders up for racing.

The Vet Mini class started the short-track main events, with California riders from Napa, Rodeo, San Rafael, San Francisco and Sacramento filling the ranks. After a third-place finish in the heat race, Chris Smith got the holeshot in the main event and rode in front from pole to pole, in front of Kevin Holman (who’d finished in front in the heat race). Michael Mannion rounded out the podium with his third-place finish.

Kevin Holman (24) and Chris Smith (314X) jockey for position.

Kevin Holman (24) and Chris Smith (314X) jockey for position.

Chris Smith (314X) takes the checkers right in front of Kevin Holman (24) at the finish of the Vet Mini contest.

Chris Smith (314X) takes the checkers right in front of Kevin Holman (24) at the finish of the Vet Mini contest.

Mannion was back on the track to finish first in both the heat and main of the 150cc Production class.

Brett Voorhees, Rylee Gallagher, Wyatt Maes and Bobby Stellfox III rode both the heat and main in that order in the 65/125cc class. Voorhees and Maes then finished one and two in the Youth 85/150cc class, and Voorhees finished second, behind Mannion, in the 150cc Production event.

Wyatt Maes (15), Bobby Stellfox III (114) and Lane Redding (3) in action in a 65/125cc short-track heat race.

Wyatt Maes (15), Bobby Stellfox III (114) and Lane Redding (3) in action in a 65/125cc short-track heat race.

Holman, Smith and Mannion were competing against one another again in the nine-rider 230cc class. After riding the tractor and working the water hose, Brok McAllister joined this competition, too. At the end of 10 laps, Holman was first to cross the finish line, followed by Smith and Mannion. McAllister finished fourth, followed by Steve Coscarelli, after Coscarelli and Wyatt Marshall traded positions three times during the competition.

Gage McAllister (20), Mitch Gallagher (45N) and Brok McAllister (4) lead Chris Smith (314X), Michael Mannion (155), Jeff Corcoran (394) and the rest of the 230cc class.

Gage McAllister (20), Mitch Gallagher (45N) and Brok McAllister (4) lead Chris Smith (314X), Michael Mannion (155), Jeff Corcoran (394) and the rest of the 230cc class.

Competition was fierce in the Open DTX class. Gage McAllister, who is currently also competing in AMA Road Racing aboard a Folsom HarleMity Davidson-sponsored Harley-Davidson XR1200, finished eighth in the Indianapolis GP on August 16. On this night, he took the lead off the start line and stayed in front of heat-race winner Mitch Gallagher to finish first. Gallagher finished behind Gage McAllister. Brok McAllister, Gage’s dad, was also in the money, finishing third. Michael Mannion and three others followed.

Jeff Corcoran (394X) slides out of turn four.

Jeff Corcoran (394X) slides out of turn four.

A short break took place while the track was magically transformed into a stellar TT configuration. Excitement resumed with the 65/125 Youth class, which also included Lane Redding in the lineup, although Redding was riding in his own Pee Wee class, in which he finished first.

Pee Wee Lane Redding (3) was in a class all his own.

Pee Wee Lane Redding (3) was in a class all his own.

During the first lap, young rider Bobby Stellfox III, who’d finished second in the heat race, crashed, bringing out the red flag and a visit from the paramedics. Everyone wishes Stellfox well.

Bobby Stellfox III (114) took a hard crash. Everyone hopes he gets better quickly.

Bobby Stellfox III (114) took a hard crash. Everyone hopes he gets better quickly.

On the restart, Voorhees took the lead again to show Maes and Gallagher the fast way around the track.

Mitch Gallagher (45N) flies over the TT jump.

Mitch Gallagher (45N) flies over the TT jump.

Bill Giltner showed Chris Smith and Anthony Farris the way to the Senior Over 40 checkers.

Steve Coscarelli (2), Brett Voorhees (12) and Bill Giltner (163) get in some practice.

Steve Coscarelli (2), Brett Voorhees (12) and Bill Giltner (163) get in some practice.

On this night, the 230cc class had the biggest rider count on the start line. Holman rode like a Pro to stay in front of Gage McAllister after capturing the lead on the first lap. Marshall rode in third place through lap three, when Brok McAllister was able to secure the third spot after getting around some carnage that left Marshall in the ninth position. Smith held fourth place for all eight laps to finish in front of Gallagher.

Gage McAllister (20) leads Brok McAllister (4), Wyatt Marshall (7), Evan Prado (75), Chris Smith (314X) and the rest of the 230cc field through the first turn.

Gage McAllister (20) leads Brok McAllister (4), Wyatt Marshall (7), Evan Prado (75), Chris Smith (314X) and the rest of the 230cc field through the first turn.

Kevin Holman (24) leads Gage McAllister, while Brok McAllister (4, at left) gets through the mayhem.

Kevin Holman (24) leads Gage McAllister, while Brok McAllister (4, at left) gets through the mayhem.

Kevin Holman (24) leads Gage McAllister (4) and Brok McAllister (4, behind Gage) to the checkers in the TT 230cc event.

Kevin Holman (24) leads Gage McAllister (4) and Brok McAllister (4, behind Gage) to the checkers in the TT 230cc event.

Smith completed the Supermoto class at the front of the pack.

Voorhees continued his trophy march, earning top honors in the three TT classes.

The Open DTX event was exciting. At the green light, Gage McAllister left the start in front. His dad, Brok, was right on him through all 10 laps, working the track, looking for an opportunity to take the front spot. Behind them, Marshall was pushing through the turns to maintain his third position while hoping for a chance to move closer to the lead. Joey Hrenko held tight, piloting his machine in fourth from laps two through 10. Gage and Brok finished first and second, respectively, with Marshall rounding out the podium.

Holman also earned another first place in the Vet Mini class

Kevin Holman (24) and Chris Smith (314X) compete in the TT Vet Mini class.

Kevin Holman (24) and Chris Smith (314X) compete in the TT Vet Mini class.

While the spectators were watching the racers, Lucy was watching the spectators…

While the spectators were watching the racers, Lucy was watching the spectators…

The next event at this venue will be on September 7. It will be a 9/11 tribute race, as well as a Harley Night with Big Time Speedway, featuring speedway, Pee Wees, flat track, karts, quads and mowers. A special Harley class will take place on the oval track.

The next DTX race on these tracks will be held on September 14.

Information for the tribute race can be found at www.BigTimeSpeedway.com.

Information for the next DTX race is available at http://prairiecitydirttrack.com/racing/.

Both promoters also have Facebook pages of information.

Prairie City OHV Park
Rancho Cordova, California
Results: August 24, 2013

Short Track

65/125 YOUTH: 1. Brett Voorhees; 2. Rylee Gallagher; 3. Wyatt Maes; 4. Bobby Stellfox III; 5. Lexi Guidera.

85/150 YOUTH: 1. Brett Voorhees; 2. Wyatt Maes.

150 PRODUCTION: 1. Michael Mannion; 2. Brett Voorhees; 3. Tanner Williams.

230 MONEY: 1. Kevin Holman; 2. Chris Smith; 3. Michael Mannion; 4. Brok McAllister; 5. Steve Coscarelli; 6. Wyatt Marshall; 7. Brett Voorhees; 8. Rick Cox; 9. Tanner Williams.

OPEN DTX: 1. Gage McAllister; 2. Mitch Gallagher; 3. Brok McAllister; 4. Michael Mannion; 5. Joey Hrenko; 6. Evan Prado; 7. Chris Smith; 8. Jimmy McAllister.

VET MINI: 1. Chris Smith; 2. Kevin Holman; 3. Michael Mannion; 4. Steve Coscarelli; 5. Rick Cox.

SR 40+: 1. Jeff Corcoran; 2. Bill Giltner; 3. Chris Smith; 4. Anthony Farris.

VINTAGE: 1. Jeff Corcoran.

TT

PEE WEE: 1. Lane Redding.

65/125 YOUTH: 1. Brett Voorhees; 2. Wyatt Maes; 3. Rylee Gallagher; 4. Bobby Stellfox III.

85/150 YOUTH: 1. Brett Voorhees; 2. Wyatt Maes.

FORMULA 125: 1. Brett Voorhees; 2. Tom Griffith.

150 PRODUCTION: 1. Brett Voorhees; 2. Tanner Williams.

230 MONEY: 1. Kevin Holman; 2. Gage McAllister; 3. Chris Smith; 4. Brok McAllister; 5. Mitch Gallagher; 6. Rick Cox; 7. Wyatt Marshall; 8. Steve Coscarelli; 9. Brett Voorhees; 10. Tanner Williams; 11. Neal Jones.

OPEN DTX: 1. Gage McAllister; 2. Brock McAllister; 3. Wyatt Marshall; 4. Joey Hrenko; 5. Chris Smith; 6. Jimmy McAllister; 7. Neal Jones; 8. Evan Prado.

OPEN SUPERMOTO: 1. Chris Smith; 2. Anthony Farris; 3. Bill Giltner.

VET MINI: 1. Kevin Holman; 2. Chris Smith; 3. Steve Coscarelli; 4. Rick Cox; 5. Tom Griffith.

SR 40+: 1. Bill Giltner; 2. Chris Smith; 3. Anthony Farris.

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