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Mees Top Man at San Jose Indoor Pro Short Track!

| 5 April 2015 12:06 pm

San Jose Indoor Pro Short Track
Santa Clara County Fairgrounds Expo Hall

Story and Photos by Karen Gould/CheckeredFlagPhotography.com
SAN JOSE, CA, MAR. 28, 2015

The ninth annual San Jose Indoor Pro Short Track was another spectacular event promoted by P&D Promotions, which is comprised of Pete and Diane Francini and their team. This year the program changed from a practice on Friday and racing on Saturday to a full day on Saturday.

Welcome to the ninth annual San Jose Indoor Pro Short Track!

Welcome to the ninth annual San Jose Indoor Pro Short Track!

The gates opened at 7:30 a.m. for registration and practice, and the pits quickly filled with riders eager to renew and test their concrete-short-track skills. Some, such as like Tony Alves, only race once a year; for others, the annual San Jose Indoor is the start of a new season of racing; and for still others, it is a day of reminiscing about their racing history that perhaps included riding the San Jose Indoor in years gone by. Whatever the reason they were there, the excitement could be felt throughout the pits inside and the parking lot outside. There was an electric vibe in the air!

Adding to the enjoyment of the day, the Clubman’s All-British Bike Show and swap meet was taking place in the building next door. Jammed full of British motorcycles, parts and enthusiasts, the show also included some racing legends. Dick Mann was on hand to meet and greet the fans, along with Eddie Mulder and several others, all sharing their stories. Attendees were coming and going with their boxes and wagons filled with the finds of the day from the swap meet – motors, sprockets and other treasured parts. Immaculate bikes were proudly displayed, competing for ribbons that would designate them as top competitors in their respective classes.

Meanwhile, practice was under way on the polished-concrete bullring short track, putting down some much-needed rubber and creating a track surface with traction for the evening’s racing. Practice continued into the early afternoon, and then the building was cleared in preparation for the race program. Another practice took place for the riders registered for the evening’s competition, and that was followed by time trials for every class. Ninety-nine riders were registered and ready to race!

Each year, the San Jose Indoor adds a different level of excitement with something new. This year, two classes raced for the first time on the concrete: an electric-bike class and a knobby class. Classes are added when five or more riders register to race. The Electric class included two heats of five riders each, and other than the squeal of the tires on the track and the clanking metal when they bumped one another, this race was silent.

Twenty-three heat races were followed by six semis and two last-chance qualifiers.

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As the racing took place on the track, money was being collected in the stands to be awarded to the winner of the Dash For Cash. On the grid for the Dash were Jared Mees, Mike Rush, Kayl Kolkman and Dominic Colindres. Rush had taken the win in 2014; Mees took it in 2013; and all were eager for the chance to win the cash.

The light went green and the bar-banging, bashing competition began! Mees got the holeshot, but Rush took the lead in a hot minute.

On lap two, Rush lost it coming out of turn two, and now Mees was in the lead.

Dominic Colindres (66) at speed in the Dash For Cash.

Dominic Colindres (66) at speed in the Dash For Cash.

Colindres was on him and had the opportunity he needed to get under Mees on lap three, between turns three and four. Colindres finished the last two laps in front, followed by Mees and Kolkman. Winner takes all in this one, and Colindres was ecstatic to be the winner; he was presented with the winner’s bag of cash – $1,506, thanks to the fans in the stands and other generous sponsors.

Pete and Diane Francini present Dash winner Dominic Colindres with the Cash.

Pete and Diane Francini present Dash winner Dominic Colindres with the Cash.

San Jose Harley-Davidson supports the San Jose Indoor, and their rider Doug Davis finished the Run What You Brung semi, going from pole to pole in front, which gave him a good position on the grid in the main. Mike Mannion led the 150cc class to the checkers, and Bronson Bauman and Ryan Foster earned spots in the Pro main by winning their semis, and Curtis Peebles got to the main by taking the win in the last-chance qualifier win.

Doug Davis and Robert Bacosa Jr. in Run What You Brung action.

Doug Davis and Robert Bacosa Jr. in Run What You Brung action.

The Electric-class main included five riders, all ready to race. Trevor Doniak took the lead from John Armstrong on the first lap. Doniak went on to win, and Armstrong finished third, behind Tim White, who captured the second spot on the white-flag lap.

Trevor Doniak (1) takes the checkers in the Electric class.

Trevor Doniak (1) takes the checkers in the Electric class.

Frank Nye was excited to capture the victory in the new Knobby class after getting around Ken Bergeson. Frankie Nye followed his dad to finish in second.

Frank and Frankie Nye on their way to the checkers in the Knobby class.

Frank and Frankie Nye on their way to the checkers in the Knobby class.

Rod Spencer put on a show for the crowd en route to taking an easy victory in the Legends Open class. Spencer, who had not raced in several years, has not lost any speed or ability during his absence. Spencer won the Pro 230cc class in 2007 and the Vintage class in 2009. Brothers Robert and Larry Silva rounded out the Legends Open podium.

Heat-race winners Kevin Keeran and Robert Bush finished first and second, respectively, in the Run What You Brung class. Scott Alves finished third. These three maintained their positions from start to finish.

In Brakeless competition, Cary Buck looked like he was just putting around the track, smooth and steady, holding his line turn after turn. On this night, Chris Rudy, who’d won his heat race and led the Brakeless-class main event from the start, bobbled just a bit and left Buck enough room to get under him.

Cary Buck took advantage of the space Chris Rudy gave him in the turn to take the lead.

Cary Buck took advantage of the space Chris Rudy gave him in the turn to take the lead.

Once past Rudy, Buck was not giving the erstwhile leader any chance to win. Dan Phillips and John Figas followed them to the checkers in third and fourth, respectively.

The Brakeless-class podium was comprised of (from left to right) winner Cary Buck, runner-up Chris Rudy and third-place finisher Dan Phillips.

The Brakeless-class podium was comprised of (from left to right) winner Cary Buck, runner-up Chris Rudy and third-place finisher Dan Phillips.

Renee Henault was disappointed when she found no Women’s class to register for on this day, but despite her disappointment, and with some apprehension about riding the concrete for the first time, she signed up to ride with the boys in the 150cc Air-Cooled class.

She showed those boys the fast way around the track in her heat race and then finished third in the 150cc main. Michael Sanchez and Hunter Graham were first and second, respectively. Henault was so excited at the end of the race that she was jumping up and down, waiting for her well-earned third-place plate to be awarded.

Renee Henault (center) was proud to be on the podium in the 150cc Air-Cooled and 230cc Non-Pro classes.

Renee Henault (center) was proud to be on the podium in the 150cc Air-Cooled and 230cc Non-Pro classes.

The Spencers are a racing family, and that was in evidence once again on this day in San Jose. As mentioned earlier, Rod Spencer took the Legends Open class home in front, and later in the program his brother Bradley Spencer won the Vintage Open class.

When the light went green, Bradley was on the gas, taking the lead with the holeshot. Then Paul Herman crashed, bringing out the red flag.

A single-file restart began with Bradley Spencer in the lead again. Robert Bacosa wasted no time staying behind Spencer. Bacosa pushed Bradley, staying within a bikelength of the leader for the remaining laps. Behind them, Don Bailey was bumping and grinding to maintain his third-place spot all the way to the finish.

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The Vintage 250cc class was next up, with seven riders on the grid. It was the Silva brothers, Robert and Larry, in front once again, but this time they took first and second, respectively. Anthony Mitchell rounded out this podium.

Robert Silva (24S) leads Larry Silva (7S) and Anthony Mitchell (42) to the white flag on his way to the Vintage 250cc victory.

Robert Silva (24S) leads Larry Silva (7S) and Anthony Mitchell (42) to the white flag on his way to the Vintage 250cc victory.

Nor Cal Short Track’s Michael Mannion powered off the 230cc Non-Pro start line in the lead, with “Boo Boo” Bob Scally close behind. During the fourth lap, the front riders had begun lapping the last riders, and by lap seven, the field was all mixed up, with the last riders among the front riders, making maneuvering a little more difficult.

Scally patiently rode his race, weaving through the lappers and waiting for an opportunity to get around Mannion and take the lead – and that chance finally came on the ninth lap. Behind them, Henault was holding her own, riding all 10 laps in the third spot.

“Boo Boo” Bob Scally (71Z) took the checkered flag in the 230cc Non-Pro contest. Renee Henault (left) placed third.

“Boo Boo” Bob Scally (71Z) took the checkered flag in the 230cc Non-Pro contest. Renee Henault (left) placed third.

The Spencers were back on the track in the 230cc Pro class, but this time it was a father and son – Rod Spencer and Rodney Spencer Jr. – who lined up. Others on the grid included Jared Mees, Tony Alves, 2014 winner Ricky Rinauro, John Self, Bobby Caldeira and Helder Alvarnez.

Mees was on pole, and he took the lead with the holeshot. Self and Alves followed him into the first turn. Rod Spencer and Ricky Rinauro were battling behind them for the fourth position.

Alves moved Self out of his way on lap two, and Renault remained in fifth, behind Spencer. Meanwhile, Mees was putting very little distance between himself and Alves. Rod Spencer and Rinauro got under Self on lap six, earning themselves the third and fourth positions, respectively. Mees crossed the checkers in front, followed by Alves, Spencer and Rinauro.

Rod Spencer (98) and Ricky Rinauro (429) got under John Self (22) on lap six.

Rod Spencer (98) and Ricky Rinauro (429) got under John Self (22) on lap six.

Nine riders took their places on the grid for the Pro main. The front row had Mees, Kayl Kolkman, Mike Rush and Andrew Luker. Row two was comprised of Shawn Raggio (behind Mees), Colindres, Bronson Bauman, Ryan Foster and Curtis Peebles.

The Pro main event gets under way.

The Pro main event gets under way.

At the green light, Mees and Kolkman were side by side going into the first turn. Peebles tangled with Kolkman, the bikes were stuck together, and the crews had to work to separate them.

Crew members work to untangle the bikes of Kayl Kolkman (98) and Curtis Peebles (25Z).

Crew members work to untangle the bikes of Kayl Kolkman (98) and Curtis Peebles (25Z).

On the restart, Kolkman was in the back, with Peebles. Going into turn one for the second time, Mees and Rush were one and two, with Andrew Luker a close third. Another red flag came out when Peebles hit the hay bales and went over the handlebars, stopping the action.

On the second restart, going into the first turn first were Mees and Rush, side by side, and again, Luker was right on them. Luker dropped back after a fall, and Colindres slipped into the third spot. Riders were falling, getting up and riding again, and Mees was pulling away from Rush. At the end of 20 laps, there had been two restarts; five of the nine riders had been lapped; Bauman, one of the few riders who had fallen, had slid out on the last lap; and Mees had ridden over Bauman’s bike to take the win.

When Mees pulled his helmet off, he was commenting on the mayhem of fallen riders, slippery gas, and the challenge of riding to the victory.

Jared Mees (9) comments on the mayhem.

Jared Mees (9) comments on the mayhem.

The San Jose Indoor Pro main-event podium: (from left to right) third-place finisher Dominic Colindres (66), runner-up Mike Rush (54) and winner Jared Mees (9).

The San Jose Indoor Pro main-event podium: (from left to right) third-place finisher Dominic Colindres (66), runner-up Mike Rush (54) and winner Jared Mees (9).

Mike Rush with his trophy girl Savannah.

Mike Rush with his trophy girl Savannah.

A world of thanks go out to our fans, and to the many generous sponsors for the gifts that were given to toss into the crowd, as well as those who supported the Pro purse by placing ads in the event program. Also, thanks to the volunteers who give selflessly of their time and energy to be a part of the orchestration of the event. Thank you to Mike Rooney for his tireless announcing and commentary, and to Bob Bacosa for singing the national anthem. Thank you to the riders for being a part of a wonderful show for the crowd, and to Rod Lake for providing the event’s awards. And last but far from least, thank you to Pete and Diane Francini of P&D Promotions for promoting this wonderful event.

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As the building was being cleaned at the end of the night, the chatter had already begun about what would take place in 2016 at the 10th annual San Jose Indoor Pro Short Track, which will take place at the end of March, 2016. Watch the website at www.SanJoseIndoor.com for information.

Santa Clara County Fairgrounds Expo Hall
San Jose, California
Results: March 28, 2015

ELECTRIC: 1. Trevor Doniak; 2. Tim White; 3. John Armstrong; 4. Dylan Armstrong.

KNOBBY: 1. Frank Nye; 2. Frankie Nye; 3. Ken Bergeson; 4. Zachery King; 5. Steve Chevelle.

LEGENDS OPEN: 1. Rod Spencer; 2. Robert Silva; 3. Larry Silva; 4. Robert Bacosa; 5. Roy Taboada; 6. Rick Schafer; 7. John Larson; 8. Adam Sabedra; 9. Tony Sigala.

RUN WHAT YOU BRUNG: 1. Kevin Keeran; 2. Robert Bush; 3. Scott Alves; 4. Brandon Tinoco; 5. Michael Mannion; 6. Paul Tinoco; 7. Doug Davis; 8. Robert Bacosa Jr.; 9. Michael Dukes.

BRAKELESS: 1. Cary Buck; 2. Chris Rudy; 3. Dan Phillips; 4. John Figas.

150 AIR-COOLED: 1. Michael Sanchez; 2. Hunter Graham; 3. Renee Henault; 4. Chris Larson; 5. Michael Mannion; 6. Yuri Barrigan; 6. Bill Hermant; 7. Harry Kunsman; 8. Renee Gardner.

230 NON-PRO: 1. Bob Scally; 2. Michael Mannion; 3. Renee Henault; 4. Yuri Barrigan; 5. Jack Roberts; John La Rocca; 6. Steffen Nielsen; 7. Renee Gardner; 8. Doug Davis.

230 PRO: 1. Jared Mees; 2. Tony Alves; 3. Rod Spencer; 4. Ricky Rinauro; 5. John Self; 6. Helder Alvarnez; 7. Robert Caldeira; 8. Brad Spencer.

DASH FOR CASH: 1. Dominic Colindres; 2. Jared Mees; 3. Kayl Kolkman; 4. Mike Rush.

PRO MAIN: 1. Jared Mees; 2. Mike Rush; 3. Dominic Colindres; 4. Shaun Raggio; 5. Ryan Foster; 6. Andrew Luker; 8. Bronson Bauman; 9. Curtis Peebles; 10. Kayl Kolkman.

VINTAGE 250: 1. Robert Silva; 2. Larry Silva; 3. Anthony Mitchell; 4. Robert Bush; 5. Chris Rudy; 6. Ted Jaime; 7. John LaRocca.

VINTAGE OPEN: 1. Brad Spencer; 2. Robert Bacosa; 3. Rick Shafer; 4. Paul Herman; 5. Tony Sigala; 6. Tim Rott; 7. Jeff Rankin; 8. John Larson.

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