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Keeran Tries for Three at Nor Cal ST

| 28 May 2014 7:15 pm

Nor Cal Championship Short Track Series
Round 3: Prairie City Dirt Track

Story and Photos by Karen Gould/Checkered Flag Photography
RANCHO CORDOVA, CA, MAY 18, 2014

Kevin Keeran (1) had hopes of three wins at round three of the Nor Cal Championship Short Track Series.

Kevin Keeran (1) had hopes of three wins at round three of the Nor Cal Championship Short Track Series.

Another fabulous day of competitive racing took place at the Prairie City Dirt Track in Rancho Cordova, California. This third round of the Nor Cal Championship Short Track Series brought together more than 100 racers to ride the well-groomed eighth-mile short track. The track was well groomed, having recently been topped with a new layer of decomposed granite, and it was ready for racing! The weather was perfect – not too hot and not cold, and sunny enough for Carol Swanson to celebrate her birthday and getting a pretty serious sunburn.

The mandatory riders’ meeting.

The mandatory riders’ meeting.

Two rounds of practice started off the day’s events. The organization and smooth flow of the program was impressively well orchestrated by the Nor Cal Short Track Championship team led by Michael Mannion, an active flat-track rider himself. Prairie City Dirt Track manager Brok McAllister and his team tended to the track, watering it throughout the day to combat the drying effects of the sun and the light breeze. McAllister, who is also an active racer, participated in the day’s racing.

Sixteen main events included one lawnmower class and an Open DTX class, as well as the other usual flat-track classes. Six-lap heats provided the line-ups for the 10-lap main events.

Part of the California Flat Track Association team at the Prairie City Dirt Track.

Part of the California Flat Track Association team at the Prairie City Dirt Track.

The main events started with the Vintage class. Sixteen riders took their places on the grid, and when the green flag was thrown, Dale Hansen immediately took the lead, followed by Robert Lanoy. Behind them, Mitch Gallagher worked his way past the two riders in front of him to take over third place on the ninth lap, earning his place on the podium.

Brenden Ketelsen gave Brok McAllister a run for his money in the Formula 140 class. McAllister spent the first five laps trying to catch and overtake Ketelsen, and he then claimed the front spot on lap six. Brad Miller rode all 10 laps in third.

Rylee Randel led the 50cc Pee Wee race off the line and through the first two laps, but Chase Bellotti wasn’t going to let a girl beat him. Bellotti got around Randel to finish on top of the podium in this one.

Chase Bellotti (112Q) won the 50cc Pee Wee class, in front of Rylee Randel (311F).

Chase Bellotti (112Q) won the 50cc Pee Wee class, in front of Rylee Randel (311F).

Kevin Keeran showed the boys the fast way around the track in the Over 40 class, leading from pole to pole. Chris Baker worked hard to catch Keeran, though without success; he finished second. To the rear of them, Ted Tamagni, who finished lap one in sixth, picked off riders one by one to finished in third.

Mayhem off the start of the Over 40 contest.

Mayhem off the start of the Over 40 contest.

Kevin Keeran (1) topped the Over 40 field.

Kevin Keeran (1) topped the Over 40 field.

Brenden Ketelsen led Dylan Shumate, Bobby Stellfox III and Dustin Shumate to the checkers in the 65/125cc class.

After finishing the Vintage Open contest in fifth, Jim Cole was back on the track in the Vintage Lightweight class, battling with Logan Orsini for the lead. Orsini held Cole off through lap six, when Cole was finally able to take the lead, while Orsini was out of the race. Cory Rich and Mark Topping followed Cole to the finish.

Jim Cole (58) and Cory Rich (500F) battle in the Vintage Lightweight contest.

Jim Cole (58) and Cory Rich (500F) battle in the Vintage Lightweight contest.

The California Flat Track Association’s Randy Kremlacek, riding a flat-track race for the first time in eight years, stayed close to Frank Young through all the laps of the 150cc Production class. Kremlacek and Young competed side by side through the turns, with Young pulling away slightly on the straights.

The riders in the 150cc Production class start to spread out.

The riders in the 150cc Production class start to spread out.

At the finish, Young was a mere bikelength in front as they crossed the finish line. Chris Gray finished third, Brad Miller was fourth, and Prairie City’s own park employee Eric finished in the fifth position.

A little mayhem on the 230cc Modified start.

A little mayhem on the 230cc Modified start.

Nor Cal Championship Series race manager Michael Mannion piloted his Honda 230 to victory in the 230cc Modified class. Mannion took this one from pole to pole, followed by Brian Pecore and Steve Coscarelli.

Michael Mannion (155G) ran the event – and also won the 230cc Modified class.

Michael Mannion (155G) ran the event – and also won the 230cc Modified class.

Keeran was back for another victory in the 450cc class. Keeran contended with the vigor and skill of Brian Bartlow in this one, managing a precise pass on the third lap and eventually putting some ground between himself and Bartlow in the final laps. Keeran took the checkers first, followed by Bartlow and Tamagni.

Kevin Keeran (1) and Brian Bartlow (29) compete for the top spot in 450cc action.

Kevin Keeran (1) and Brian Bartlow (29) compete for the top spot in 450cc action.

Bartlow finished second for a second time in the 250cc class, behind road racer Jason Lauritzen and in front of Travis Schwank.

Jason Lauritzen (4) won the battle with Brian Bartlow (rear) for the 250cc win.

Jason Lauritzen (4) won the battle with Brian Bartlow (rear) for the 250cc win.

After a 20-year Pro road-racing career, Brian Bartlow (29) is riding dirt – and teaching others.

After a 20-year Pro road-racing career, Brian Bartlow (29) is riding dirt – and teaching others.

Lauritzen’s wife, Jennifer, also a road racer, finished the Women’s class in first place.

Jennifer Lauritzen (619) leads the ladies home in the Women’s contest.

Jennifer Lauritzen (619) leads the ladies home in the Women’s contest.

Baker and Lanoy rode the Over 50 contest in the one and two spots, respectively, for all 10 laps. Rich Dermody waited until the final lap to get around Tamagni for the third spot on the podium.

Chris Baker (90G), Robert Lanoy (53H) and Ted Tamagni (behind Lanoy) riding the Over 50 class.

Chris Baker (90G), Robert Lanoy (53H) and Ted Tamagni (behind Lanoy) riding the Over 50 class.

Rich Dermody (265N) rounded out the podium, taking third in the Over 50 class.

Rich Dermody (265N) rounded out the podium, taking third in the Over 50 class.

Brothers Dustin and Dylan Shumate rode the 85/150cc event in that order, followed to the checkers by Branden Weller.

Brothers Dustin Shumate (199H) and Dylan Shumate (198D) finished one and two in the 85/150cc contest.

Brothers Dustin Shumate (199H) and Dylan Shumate (198D) finished one and two in the 85/150cc contest.

Hoping to win three of three, Keeran was contesting the Open DTX class to win. Getting off the line a little slower than Joe McCoy or Gage McAllister, Keeran found himself in third, behind McAllister, for the first six laps.

On lap seven, McAllister got around McCoy, and Keeran followed him on lap eight during the pass of a lapped rider. McAllister finished first, followed by Keeran and McCoy.

Gage McAllister (in yellow, on the outside) and Kevin Keeran (1) battle wheel to wheel in the Open DTX event.

Gage McAllister (in yellow, on the outside) and Kevin Keeran (1) battle wheel to wheel in the Open DTX event.

Brian Pecore, Nick Ledou and Mike Fowler finished the Spec 230 contest one, two, three, respectively. Eric Kondo came in fourth.

Prairie City’s own Eric Kondo (6) competes with Mike Fowler (13) in the Spec 230 class.

Prairie City’s own Eric Kondo (6) competes with Mike Fowler (13) in the Spec 230 class.

Andy Foster and Bob Newman enjoyed their lawnmower race. Newman was hanging back, playing with Foster, but finally took the checkers first.

Lawnmower man Bob Newman (29N) playing with Andy Foster.

Lawnmower man Bob Newman (29N) playing with Andy Foster.

Participating riders came from all over California and Nevada to enjoy the competition. The next races in the Nor Cal Championship Series will take place on June 8 and August 2 at Delberts Memorial Raceway in Lakeport, California; on June 29 and September 7 at Ukiah Speedway in Ukiah, California; and on August 24 and October 19 at the Prairie City Dirt Track. The October 19 event will be the final race of the series.

More information about the Nor Cal Championship series can be found at www.norcalshorttrack.com.

Information about the Prairie City Dirt Track, including other events being held at this venue, is available at prairiecitydirttrack.com.

Prairie City Dirt Track
Rancho Cordova, California
Results: May 18, 2014 (Round 3)

50 PEE WEE: 1. Chase Bellotti; 2. Rylee Randel.

65/125: 1. Brenden Ketelsen; 2. Dylan Shumate; 3. Bobby Stellfox III; 4. Dustin Shumate; 5. Branden Weller; 6. Jesse Debaca; 7. Derin Konnoff.

85/150: 1. Dustin Shumate; 2. Dylan Shumate; 3. Branden Weller; 4. Bobby Stellfox III; 5. Derin Konnoff; 6. Jesse Debaca; 7. Cory Ventura.

FORMULA 140: 1. Brok McAllister; 2. Brenden Ketelsen; 3. Brad Miller; 4. Trevor Brown; 5. Paul Johnson; 6. Clark Miller; 7. Jessie Moseley; 8. Eric Kondo; 9. Cale Richardson; 10. Sarah Preston.

150 PRODUCTION: 1. Frank Young; 2. Randy Kremlacek; 3. Chris Gray; 4. Brad Miller; 5. Eric Kondo; 6. Travis Schwank; 7. Trevor Brown; 8. Paul Johnson; 9. Daniel Torres; 10. Bryan Davis; 11. Cory Ventura; 12. Clark Miller; 13. Sarah Preston; 14. Cale Richardson.

SPEC 230: 1. Brian Pecore; 2. Nick Ledou; 3. Mike Fowler; 4. Eric Kondo; 5. Daniel Fletcher; 6. Bryan Davis.

230 MODIFIED: 1. Michael Mannion; 2. Brian Pecore; 3. Steve Coscarelli; 4. Nick Ledou; 5. Cory Rich; 6. Jennifer Lauritzen; 7. Rick Kerrigan; 8. Rob Prather; 9. Rylee Gallagher.

250: 1. Jason Lauritzen; 2. Brian Bartlow; 3. Travis Schwank; 4. C.J. Mattos; 5. Jason Leazer; 6. Steve Coscarelli; 7. Daniel Fletcher; 8. Rob Prather.

450: 1. Kevin Keeran; 2. Brian Bartlow; 3. Ted Tamagni; 4. Frank Young; 5. Andy Strode; 6. Jimmy Clarke.

OPEN DTX: 1. Gage McAllister; 2. Kevin Keeran; 3. Joe McCoy; 4. Chris Baker; 5. Frank Young; 6. Michael Mannion; 7. Ted Tamagni; 8. Brian Bartlow; 9. Jeff Spohr; 10. Any Strode; 11. Jason Lauritzen; 12. Jimmy McAllister; 13. Brok McAllister; 14. Cody Berry.

LADIES: 1. Jennifer Lauritzen; 2. Sarah Preston; 3. Rylee Gallagher.

40+: 1. Kevin Keeran; 2. Chris Baker; 3. Ted Tamagni; 4. Jason Lauritzen; 5. Mitch Gallagher; 6. Robert Shumate; 7. Brian Bartlow; 8. Jimmy McAllister; 9. Mike Pitschner; 10. Eric Kondo; 11. Jennifer Lauritzen; 12. Brad Raymond; 13. A.J. Neelings; 14. Jason Leazer; 15. Don Crouch.

50+: 1. Chris Baker; 2. Robert Lanoy; 3. Rich Dermody; 4. Ted Tamagni; 5. Rick Reed; 6. Mike Pitschner; 7. Rick Kerrigan; 8. Brian Pecore; 9. Mark Topping; 10. Cory Rich; 11. David Tishma.

VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHT: 1. Jim Cole; 2. Cory Rich; 3. Mark Topping; 4. Tim Niles; 5. Dennis Schoesson; 6. Don Crouch; 7. Logan Orsini.

VINTAGE OPEN: 1. Dale Hansen; 2. Robert Lanoy; 3. Mitch Gallagher; 4. Jimmy Clarke; 5. Jim Cole; 6. Dana Fletcher; 7. Ryan Ledou; 8. Steve Beretta; 9. Mike Fowler; 10. Logan Orsini; 11. Dirk Stanley; 12. Anthony Monteleone; 13. Mark Topping; 14. Rick Reed; 15. Tim Niles; 16. Patrick Moore.

LAWNMOWER: 1. Bob Newman; 2. Andy Foster.

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