Lodi Motorcycle Club TT
Lodi Cycle Bowl
Story and Photos by David N. Haughs/www.haughsphotography.com
LODI, CA, OCT. 18, 2014
On Saturday, October 18, the Lodi Motorcycle Club hosted a motorcycle TT race at the Lodi Cycle Bowl. The usual crowd of Northern California flat-track racers competed in several classes for the honor of carrying the checkered flag around the track for a victory lap.
The weather had cooled a bit. The temperature remained in the 80s, which was a very pleasant change for Lodi. Except for a rough scrambles, this would be the last outdoor race of the season.
Riders took their bikes out for practice sessions to get a feel for the track and test their gearing, tires and suspension. If changes had to be made between practice sessions, they were hastily made by the riders and their pit crews, which typically consist of family and friends. As the practice sessions progressed, the bikes raced around the track, putting rubber down and forming the famous Lodi Cycle Bowl “blue groove.” The surface was a bit rougher than normal but not a problem for the riders.
After practice, the riders attended a mandatory riders’ meeting, at which it was announced that there would be four-lap heat races and six-lap main events, except for the Open A Semi-Pro class, which would run six-lap heat races and a 12-lap main event.
During intermission, after the heat races, annual trophies and Ironman awards were presented to the riders. In addition, Doug Douglas presented Lodi club members with a rider-appreciation award on behalf of all of the riders. The riders wanted to thank the club members for all of their hard work throughout the year that makes these races possible.
The Open A Semi-Pro Dash For Cash got under way immediately following the awards ceremony. Dominic Colindres jumped into an early lead and never looked back. In second place was David Jorgenson, who was followed by Sam Cullom in third place.
Following the Dash For Cash came the main events. In the 100cc Youth Stock C main event, Dustin Shumate led early in the race and increased his lead each lap, while Dylan Shumate and Angel Gepford fought over second place. On lap two, the fourth-place rider, Andrew Greenmyer, shot past both of them on the inside going into turn one to grab the second-place spot. Dylan was able to win the battle with Angel for a third-place finish.
At the start of the Open A Semi-Pro main event, Dorry Ingoglia jumped the green and was relegated to a third-row starting position.
On the restart, Joseph Hernandez was the first rider into turn one, and he led the first lap. Dominic Colindres caught Hernandez and was right on his rear wheel by the time they reached the right-hand sweeper. Hernandez led Colindres all the way around the track until the tree turn on lap two, where Colindres slipped by to take the lead.
Meanwhile, in the fourth-place position, Sam Cullom was close behind David Jorgenson and looking for a way around. Trying to overtake Jorgenson and move into third place, he attempted an outside pass going into the right-hand sweeper and got into the turn too hot. He ended up in a tank-slapper and almost went over the top, but he was able to save it. In the process of regaining control, he was passed by Kyle Jones, dropping Cullom back to fifth place.
The Senior A Over 40 class lined up for what turned out to be one of the best races of the evening. Six bikes lined up across the width of the front straightaway on the front row.
At the green, four riders fought for position going into turn one. As they came over the jump and raced toward the first right-hander, it was Joseph Knight in front, followed by Kevin Keeran, with Thomas Knight not far behind.
Keeran followed Joseph Knight for two laps, moving up beside him in the turns, but he was unable to complete the pass. Suddenly, Thomas Knight was past Keeran, and he took over the second-place position. Both Thomas Knight and Kevin Keeran got by Joseph Knight to move him from first to third.
Keeran challenged Thomas Knight for the lead several times, but in the end it was the yellow number-one plate of Thomas Knight that saw the checkers first.
There is always a fierce battle in the 80/85cc class at Lodi, and this night was no exception. These young racers really fly, and the racing is always close and highly competitive. They brought the fans to their feet once again. Evan Souza came out on top, with Justin Anselmi and Jacob Pursell close behind.
Lodi Cycle Bowl
Results: October 18, 2014
CLASS 4 DTX PEE WEE: 1. Andrew Griswold (Yam); 2. Christian Knox (Hon); 3. Kenneth Holland (Yam); 4. Elijah Jungeblut (Hon); 5. Jeffrey Wells (Yam); 6. Eli Souza (Yam); 7. Scott Gilligan (Yam); 8. Giovanni Egger (Hon).
65 A: 1. Dominic Demario (Hon).
65 C: 1. Chad Spurgeon (Yam).
80/85 150R HEADS UP: 1. Evan Souza (Hon); 2. Justin Anselmi (Kaw); 3. Jacob D. Pursell (Hon); 4. Christian Spurgeon (Hon); 5. Dominic Demario (Hon).
85 A: 1. Justin Anselmi (Kaw); 2. Jacob D. Pursell (Hon); 3. Christian Spurgeon (Hon); 4. Evan Souza (Hon); 5. Dominic Demario (Hon).
85 C: 1. Chad Spurgeon (Yam); 2. Dustin Shumate (Kaw).
MINI AM: 1. Raymond Lugo (Hon); 2. Eli Souza (Yam); 3. Jeffrey Wells (Yam); 4. Andrew Griswold (Yam); 5. Dylan Powell (Yam); 6. Christian Knox (Hon); 7. Jayden Cox (KTM); 8. Zachary Meidinger (Kaw).
100 YOUTH STOCK A: 1. Kameron Broyles (Kaw).
100 YOUTH STOCK C: 1. Dustin Shumate (Kaw); 2. Andrew Greenmyer (Hon); 3. Dylan Shumate (Kaw); 4. Angel Gepford (Yam); 5. Michael Meidinger (Hon); 6. Hana Powell (Yam).
100 YOUTH MODIFIED C: 1. Jennifer Jensen (Kaw); 2. Zayne Kannal (Hon); 3. Raymond Lugo (Hon).
100 MODIFIED SPORTSMAN A: 1. Christopher Kruseman (Hon).
100 MODIFIED SPORTSMAN C: 1. Jon Gaut (KTM); 2. Jessi Moseley (Hon).
150 MODIFIED 233 MAX AIR-COOLED: 1. Robert J. Curry (Hon); 2. Stephen Dukes (Suz); 3. Robbie Nichols (Hon).
250 AM (12-29) B/C: 1. Jared Jensen (Kaw); 2. Jacob D. Pursell (Hon).
250 B: 1. Jacob D. Pursell (Hon).
250 C: 1. Johnathan J. Pierce (Hon); 2. Kyle P. Raggio (Hon); 3. Jared Jensen (Kaw); 4. Renee Gardner (Yam).
OPEN AM (14-29) B/C: 1. Darrel Beardsley (Hon); 2. Michael Dukes (Yam); 3. Jamie Knox (Hon); 4. Kenny Wilkinson (Hon); 5. Mike Jones (Kaw); 6. Nolan Hunter (Hon).
OPEN A SEMI-PRO: 1. Dominic Colindres (Hon); 2. Joseph Hernandez (Hon); 3. David Jorgenson (Suz); 4. Kyle Jones (Hon); 5. Sam Cullom (Suz); 6. Justin Jones (Hon); 7. Kevin S. Keeran (Kaw); 8. Jeff Spohr (Yam); 9. Tyler Pfeifer (Kaw); 10. James Ingoglia (Hon); 11. Dorry Ingoglia (Yam).
OPEN B: 1. Hunter Graham (Suz); 2. Michael Rodrigues (Hon); 3. Darrel Beardsley (Hon); 4. A.J. Jorgenson (Suz); 5. Dominic Fabbiani (Hon); 6. Michael Dukes (Yam).
OPEN C: 1. Caleb Clinton (Hon); 2. Nolan Hunter (Hon); 3. Kenny Wilkinson (Hon); 4. Jamie Knox (Hon); 5. Jon Gaut (KTM).
WOMEN: 1. Jennifer Jenson (Kaw); 2. Courtney Van Viet (Hon).
VET AM: 1. Mike Pitschner (Hon); 2. Robert Shumate (Hon); 3. Paul Ferroni (Hon); 4. Mark Hunter (Hon); 5. Renee Gardner (Yam).
VET A 30+: 1. Kevin S. Keeran (Kaw); 2. Jon Eichelbaugh (KTM); 3. Brian Bartlow (Kaw).
SR A 40+: 1. Thomas G. Knight (Yam); 2. Kevin S. Keeran (Kaw); 3. Joseph Knight (Yam); 4. Jon Eichelbaugh (KTM); 5. Brian Bartlow (Kaw); 6. Jeff Spohr (Yam).
SUPER SR A 50+: 1. Robert J. Curry (Hon); 2. Thomas Knight (Yam).
SUPER SR B 50+: 1. Frank Pfeifer (Kaw); 2. Dave Keil (Hon).
SUPER SR C 50+: 1. Mike Pitschner (Hon); 2. John Laster (Hon); 3. Mark Hunter (Hon); 4. Stephen Dukes (Suz).
MASTERS C 60+: 1. John Laster (Hon); 2. Michael Rankin (Hon).
MASTERS B 60+: 1. Kosta Achin (Hon).
MASTERS A 60+: 1. Ron Kilby (Tri); 2. Thomas Knight (Yam); 3. Ralph E. Lee (Hon).
VINTAGE A: 1. Robert McDonnell (Yam); 2. Randy A. Martin (Hon); 3. Gary Durbin (Yam); 4. William J. McDonnell (Hon); 5. Mike Fowler (Yam).
VINTAGE C: 1. Garrett La Fever (Hon); 2. Ken Kutaka (Cam).
VINTAGE TWINS HEADS UP: 1. Mike Fowler (Yam).
JUNKYARD 250 MAX: 1. Josh Thrasher (Yam); 2. Bud Riddle (Yam) 3. Garland Powell (Yam).