CFTA California Flat Track Association King of the Valley Championship Series
Round 1 of 6: Chowchilla Speedway
Story and Photos by Karen Gould/CheckeredFlagPhotos
CHOWCHILLA, CA, APR. 5, 2014
The six-race CFTA California Flat Track Association King of the Valley Championship Series got off to a rough start following a lot of rain in Central California prior to race day. After spending most of the week before the event at the track, the CFTA crew struggled on Friday to bring the track up to race condition. Standing water remained three feet wide around most of the infield. By evening, the surface had smoothed, and riders got in some great practice laps in spite of some pretty cold and windy temperatures.
On Saturday, riders filled the pits as the final touches were being put on the track. Practice took place for the afternoon Amateur program, followed by the main events.
As some of the Amateur riders cleared the pits, the Pro riders took their places. Pro Expert riders were looking for a piece of the $1,500 purse, and 80cc, Vintage, 250cc, Vet and Quad riders were all ready to enjoy a full program of racing.
Dominic Colindres won the Pro main event and was followed onto the podium by James Monaco and Tony Meiring.
The Quad Pro class was won by Mike Zavah. Aaron Darph was runner-up, and Andrew Rogers finished third.
However, sometimes the best story from a race isn’t who passed who and who won the mains but about a rider who stands out among the others. On this night, young Zaden Florez was that rider. This youngster is not only a smooth and fast rider; he has a wonderful attitude both on and off the track. His folks, being his biggest fans, suit up and show up, taking their only son to every flat-track racetrack around California.
Recently, at the California Flat Track Association awards celebration in San Francisco, Zaden was awarded a $500 Dizzy Dee sponsorship, and since then others have also joined his team.
Zaden started riding when he was just 2 ½ years old, racing at Quail Creek in Salinas, California, when he was only 3. He then raced at the Chowchilla Barn Burner when he was 3 and 4. In 2012, at the age of 5, he participated in the Holeshot Nationals, where he took the number-one plate in the 50cc class and then went on to also win the number-one plate in the 65cc Modified class – although he was riding a stock bike.
It would seem that Zaden’s favorite sport would be racing motorcycles, but if the truth be known, Zaden loves basketball. He rides mountain bikes with his folks at least three times a week, up and down steep trails, to stay in shape for racing. There are no local tracks around where Zaden lives, so he doesn’t get to practice riding during the week between races.
Zaden is a good student, earning A’s and B’s in school. His plans this year include racing – lots of racing. On this night, Zaden contested three classes – the 65cc Two-Stroke, 85cc Two-Stroke and 0-230cc Heads Up classes. He won the 85cc contest and the 230cc class – on his 85cc mount.
Too short to reach the ground while sitting on the bike, Zaden was balanced with the help of another person holding the back fender to help stabilize him on his 85cc bike.
When asked who his hero might be, Zaden answered, “Stevie Bonsey.”
The focus of the California Flat Track Association Series is to promote events that encourage and cater to the youngsters, the up-and-coming flat-track riders on motorcycles and quads. Randy and Mary Kremlacek and the CFTA crew spend tireless hours organizing and orchestrating their series, gathering sponsors, and spotlighting the youth of flat track. The Tally family were thrilled to have a track in their area to ride their quads again. They also brought the newest rider to the track to ride a flat-track motorcycle race for the first time.
The next event in this six-race series will take place April 26 at the Chowchilla Speedway.
Results: April 5, 2014 (Round 1 of 6)
65 2-STROKE/110 4-STROKE: 1. Aiden Bromstead; 2. Zaden Florez; 3. Angel Gepford; 4. Dominic De Mario.
85 2-STROKE/150 4-STROKE EX: 1. Zaden Florez; 2. Tyler Raggio; 3. Jacob Cascio; 4. Nathan Agrifoglio.
0-230 4-STROKE HEADS-UP: 1. Zaden Florez; 2. Jacob Cascio; 3. Tyler Raggio; 4. Nathan Agrifoglio.
250 EX: 1. Allison Stacey; 2. Nolan Reitz; 3. Cera Hinton.
OPEN EX: 1. Beau Thompson; 2. Bobby Bolin; 3. Darrell Ponton; 4. Allison Stacey; 5. Scott Anderson.
B MAIN: 1. Dylan Morin; 2. Beau Thompson; 3. Stewart Barber Jr.; 4. Ryan Foster; 5. Chris McDougal; 6. Helder Alvernaz; 7. Chris Corbari; 8. Jimmy McAllister.
PRO MAIN: 1. Dominic Colindres; 2. James Monaco; 3. Tony Meiring; 4. Nick Armstrong; 5. Ryan Foster; 6. Dylan Morin; 7. Shawn Raggio; 8. Kayl Kolkman; 9. Chris Foster; 10. Zachary Lenhof; 11. Jeremy Hannah; 12. Chris Borjas; 13. Dave Sanchez; 14. Brandon Rothell.
VET EX 35+: 1. Anthony Mitchell; 2. Donnie Howard; 3. Helder Alvernaz; 4. Jimmy McAllister.
SR: 1. Donnie Darrah; 2. Rick Villanueva; 3. Rick Reed; 4. Craig Scroggins.
SUPER SR: 1. Harold Raggio; 2. Roger Bowerman; 3. Ray Turner.
VINTAGE LIGHT 0-349 EX: 1. Tim Rott.
VINTAGE HEAVY 350-OPEN: 1. Robert Morris; 2. Rick Villanueva.
QUAD PRO: 1. Mike Zavah; 2. Aaron Darph; 3. Andrew Rogers; 4. Heather Menefee; 5. Kristi Cornelius; 6. Dan Elderbaum; 6. Tom McCarroll.