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Dateline Perris: Preview of SCFTA Round Nine

| 23 September 2013 4:29 pm

Southern California Flat Track Association
Round 9: Perris Raceway

By Jamey Blunt
Photos by Janice Blunt/Jamey61@verizon.net
PERRIS, CA, SEPT. 21, 2013

Yet another “first” happened at Perris Raceway during the ninth round of Southern California Flat Track Association action. Seventeen-year-old Dylan Morin from Simi Valley, California, earned his first Pro main-event victory on the quarter-mile Perris oval.

Riding a 450cc Kawasaki for Simi Valley Kawasaki once seen under National number 98m Kayl Kolkman, Morin has long been a contender in the Pro ranks and has finished second many times in a Pro main event. But on this night, Dylan stepped up his game, leading every lap of the Pro main event to take the checkered flag more than two seconds in front of second place. This race also saw what is probably the best start Dylan has gotten to date.

On another note, of the 111 riders on the score sheets who filled the 21 heat races and 18 main events, those in the Bomber class always provide some of the best racing of the night. In just the heat race, which only counts for starting position in the main event, the action was bar to bar and wheel to wheel – literally, as Danny Perking lost his rear brake (flat-track bikes don’t run front brakes) and couldn’t help slamming into Travis Petton on the entrance to turn one, putting both of them on the ground. When Travis was asked about the incident later, all he had to say was, “It was just a racing accident – rubbin’ is racin’!”

This class definitely has some of the best sportsmanship in dirt track, without exception! All these riders really care about one another.

Here are some photos to whet your appetites, and full race coverage, results, and more photos will be posted soon…

Dylan Morin (26E) has finished second in the Pro main event several times, but at round nine he stepped it up to lead each and every lap of the Pro final for his first Pro main-event victory.

Dylan Morin (26E) has finished second in the Pro main event several times, but at round nine he stepped it up to lead each and every lap of the Pro final for his first Pro main-event victory.

Simi Valley Kawasaki’s Dylan Morin’s fastest lap time was 15.24 seconds. Here, Dylan takes a victory lap after his hard-earned win.

Simi Valley Kawasaki’s Dylan Morin’s fastest lap time was 15.24 seconds. Here, Dylan takes a victory lap after his hard-earned win.

Travis Petton II (82E) rarely makes it through a night’s program without hitting the dirt. Sometimes it’s not his fault, though. Danny Perkins (89), , due to a brake failure, came into turn one way too hot...

Travis Petton II (82E) rarely makes it through a night’s program without hitting the dirt. Sometimes it’s not his fault, though. Danny Perkins (89), , due to a brake failure, came into turn one way too hot…

Here, Petton (outside) and Perkins (89, inside) come together hard. Nothing good can result from this...

Here, Petton (outside) and Perkins (89, inside) come together hard. Nothing good can result from this…

Petton and Perkins hit the turn-one crash wall. Keep in mind that this was just heat-race action! The Bomber class always provides a show.

Petton and Perkins hit the turn-one crash wall. Keep in mind that this was just heat-race action! The Bomber class always provides a show.

Note that Perkins (89) still has his clutch lever pulled in, while Petton (82E) has his left hand off the handlebar because at this point it has already been injured. Nevertheless, both riders made it into the main event!

Note that Perkins (89) still has his clutch lever pulled in, while Petton (82E) has his left hand off the handlebar because at this point it has already been injured. Nevertheless, both riders made it into the main event!

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