Gene Romero’s West Coast Flat Track Series
Round 3: Antioch Speedway at the Antioch Fairgrounds
Story by Amanda A. Haughs
Photos by David N. Haughs
ANTIOCH, CA, JULY 12, 2014
With a good turnout of riders and race fans alike, the banked, clay, three-eighths-mile racetrack at Antioch Fairgrounds provided spectators a night of exciting flat-track action.
Pro Singles rider Dominic Colindres scored the win over Grand National Championship rider Mikey Rush at Saturday night’s West Coast Flat Track Series round-three race. Promoted by Gene Romero, the race took place at the Antioch Fairgrounds in Antioch, California.
Mikey Rush was quick off the starting line at the flash of the green flag in the Open-class main event, and he led the first two laps of the race on his Kawasaki, with Dominic Colindres holding close behind on his Honda. The two riders played cat-and-mouse through the start of the race, with Colindres inching up on Rush but then falling back several times before finally getting under Rush in turn one on lap three.
Colindres sustained the lead through the remainder of the main event on his Honda, lapping several riders before taking the checkered flag, with Mikey Rush not far behind. Ryan Foster rode strong to take third place. Tony Meiring, who was fast-time qualifier, came in a close fourth.
It was tough riding with less-than-ideal track conditions on Saturday; track personnel noted that the track would become slick if watered late in the day, so riders had to race on a dry and dusty track. Bikes threw up excessive dust and dirt, and with strong winds blowing all that dirt around, visibility was at a minimum going into turns three and four. Riders spoke of near misses with hay bales and their fellow racers due to the dusty conditions at that end of the track.
Despite the challenges presented by the track, riders put on a good show for the Antioch crowd. Fans enjoyed Trophy Dashes in both the Open class and the Saddlemen Vintage class. Main events included the Saddlemen Vintage main, the Classic Open main, the Top Gun 450cc main and the Open-class A and B mains.
In the Open B main event, Damon Coca found the groove in turn one off the start, ahead of Michael Inderbitzen and Jesse Sanchez. Both Inderbitzen and Sanchez were able to get by Coca, though, to finish first and second, respectively, in the event, with Coca finishing third.
In addition to winning the Open A main, Dominic Colindres took the win in the Open-class Trophy Dash, ahead of Tony Meiring and Jimmy Monaco.
Robert Lanoy snagged the Saddlemen Vintage-class Trophy Dash victory, with Donnie Darrah coming in a close second.
Vintage-class heat-race winners Donnie Darrah and Dom de Mario kept their momentum going and battled it out in the Saddlemen Vintage-class main event. De Mario attempted to get around the outside of Darrah several times, but in the end, Darrah rode hard to secure the Vintage-class win, with de Mario coming in second, and Vintage Time Trial winner Jeff Corcoran taking third place.
The Classic Open class was led by Curtis Peebles Jr. on his Honda, while Robert Bacosa came in second and Mike Fowler a close third.
The Top Gun 450cc-class excitement started in the heat races, when Michael Rodriguis shot up from the third spot past Sean Jones and Kevin Keeran to take the first-place position.
In the main event, though, it was Keeran who was able to overtake both heat-race winners, Rodriguis and Thompson, for the win.
Antioch Speedway at the Antioch Fairgrounds
Results: July 12, 2014 (Round 3)
OPEN A MAIN: 1. Dominic Colindres (Hon); 2. Mike Rush (Kaw); 3. Ryan Foster (Hon); 4. Tony Meiring (Hon); 5. Jimmy Monaco (Hon); 6. Michael Inderbitzen (Hon); 7. Chris Corbari (Hon); 8. Stewart Barber (Hon); 9. Jesse Sanchez (CCM); 10. Sean Jones (Hon); 11. Chris McDougal (Kaw); 12. Michael Rodriguis (Hon); 13. Damon Coca (Hon); 14. Brandon Pate (Hon); 15. D.W. Sanchez (Hon).
OPEN B MAIN: 1. Michael Inderbitzen (Hon); 2. Jesse Sanchez (CCM); 3. Damon Coca (Hon); 4. D.W. Sanchez (Hon); 5. Robert Bacosa (ATK); 6. John Vanderlaan (Hon); 7. Beau Thompson (Hon); 8. Brent Tiernan (Hon); 9. Kevin Keeran (Kaw); 10. Danny Giguere (Hon); 11. Dennis Trentman (Hon); 12. Vaughn McCafferty (Hon).
OPEN TROPHY DASH: 1. Dominic Colindres (Hon); 2. Tony Meiring (Hon); 3. Jimmy Monaco (Hon); 4. Mike Rush (Kaw); 5. Chris Corbari (Hon); 6. Michael Rodriguis (Hon).
SADDLEMEN VINTAGE A MAIN: 1. Donnie Darrah (Yam); 2. Dom de Mario (Hon); 3. Jeff Corcoran (Yam); 4. Gary Durbin (Yam); 5. Rick Shafer (Yam); 6. Mitch Gallagher (Yam); 7. Robert Lanoy (Yam); 8. Gene Fitzsimmons (Yam); 9. Rich Dermody (Hon); 10. Kevin Smith (Yam); 11. Jimmy Clarke (Yam); 12. Tim Niles (Tri).
SADDLEMEN VINTAGE TROPHY DASH: 1. Robert Lanoy (Yam); 2. Donnie Darrah (Yam); 3. Jeff Corcoran (Yam); 4. Dom de Mario (Hon).
TOP GUN 450 A MAIN: 1. Kevin Keeran (Kaw); 2. Beau Thompson (Hon); 3. Michael Rodriguis (Hon); 4. Sean Jones (Hon); 5. Dennis Trentman (Hon); 6. Danny Giguere (Hon); 7. Darrell Beardsley (Hon); 8. Frank Young (Yam); 9. Travis Schwank (Hon); 10. Donnie Darrah (Hon); 11. Hunter Graham (Hon); 12. Robert Bacosa Jr. (Hon); 13. Jamie Lee Knox (Hon); 14. Vaughn McCafferty (Hon).
CLASSIC OPEN A MAIN: 1. 1 Curtis Peebles Jr. (Hon); 2. Robert Bacosa (Rtx); 3. Mike Fowler; 4. Chris Larson (Hon); 5. Bud Riddle (Yam); 6. Kenny Klotovich; 7. Mike Pitschner (Hon); 8. Josh Klotovich; 9. Ralph Ribera (Hon); 10. Tim Skov (Hon); 11. Patrick Brill; 12. Ray Turner (Rtx).