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CFTA Season Opens with a Full Stable

| 24 April 2015 5:14 pm

AMA CFTA California Flat Track Association Championship Series
Round 1: Prairie City SVRA OHV Park

Story and Photos by Karen Gould/Checkered Flag Photography
RANCHO CORDOVA, CA, APR. 18, 2015

The California Flat Track Association’s 2015 AMA-sanctioned Championship Series opened up at the Prairie City SVRA OHV Park on Saturday night, April 18, with an outstanding event promoted by the CFTA in conjunction with Big Time Speedway. The newly configured short track, prepared by Big Time Speedway, not only boasts a new, decomposed-granite racing surface but also slight banking and a back straightaway that sets the riders up for a fast and safe entry into turns three and four and has width enough to easily accommodate racing three-wide.

The riders’ parade gets under way to kick off the 2015 CFTA season.

The riders’ parade gets under way to kick off the 2015 CFTA season.

On this night, the ambulance never moved. The newly constructed aluminum grandstands were occupied by family, friends and fans of racers, all enjoying the perfect racing weather this night. Things were a bit warm in the afternoon, and the track surface required constant attention by the Big Time Speedway crew; when the sun went down and the racing began, the track came into itself – a racy, fast and consistent cushion short track.

More than 120 entries – including the youngest riders on PW50 bikes, riders on vintage bikes and modern bikes, and everything in between – enjoyed the new track and the event organization that was presented to them by the CFTA crew.

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This was the first round of a nine-race series that will take the riders from Prairie City to Lemoore, with stops in between at Cal Expo for an Amateur/ Vintage Mile on May 31, the Salinas Rodeo Grounds on June 13 and 14, and the Chowchilla Fairgrounds Afterburner on July 18 and August 8.The next Championship race on the CFTA schedule will be held on April 25 at Lemoore Raceway, a blue-groove one-fifth-mile short track. The series will race in Lemoore again on the Saturday of the Labor Day Weekend, September 5, and will end with a Youth-only race in Salinas, California, on November 7. Series championship awards will be presented to Premier-class riders at the annual awards banquet at the end of the season.

Branden Weller (left) and Zaden Florez (55) during practice.

Branden Weller (left) and Zaden Florez (55) during practice.

CFTA riders will be scored and earn championship points in eight of the nine scheduled races, as they can throw out one score. However, both the Pro class and the Vintage class are money races at each event. This CFTA AMA Championship Series is possible thanks to the support of sponsors such as Motion Pro, Saddlemen, Rod Lake Racing, Chris Baker Hay Sales, Baker Racing, and many more. They are also working with the Feel Like a Pro Dirt school and will present a one-day school at Prairie City on May 29, the day before the AMA Grand National Sacramento Mile.

On this day, the CFTA was proud to include many new faces – faces from Big Time Speedway and faces that race with the Nor Cal Short Track Series that runs in Ukiah, California – along with many of the familiar faces that we have known and raced with through the years. The CFTA crew – Randy and Mary Kremlacek, racing operations managers Mike and Lynn Carli, starter Scott Zimmerman, the program and scoring team of Angie Schone and Kimmie Gould, Carol Swanson, and the rest anxiously greeted the series’ racers with a warm welcome to the 2015 CFTA racing series.

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As is the usual format, practice started the events of the day. Following practice, the Big Time Speedway principals, Steve Elstins and Steve Stasiefski, prepared the track for the second time, digging it up and smoothing it out for the evening’s racing.

Racing began with the youngest riders aboard PW50s. Kage Tadman, contesting the class for 7- to 8-year-old riders, quickly took the lead, and he never looked back. This little tyke is one to keep an eye on, as his skill and speed were astounding for one so small.

Kage Tadman (228) went to the head of the Pee Wee 50cc (7-8) class.

Kage Tadman (228) went to the head of the Pee Wee 50cc (7-8) class.

In the 150cc Heads-Up class, Nolan Hunter turned heads as he turned the throttle, coming from last place on laps one and two and working his way through the eight other riders in this class to finish first. Clark Miller and Brad Miller finished second and third, respectively.

The 230cc Four-Stroke Modern class created a stir in the stands during the final lap, as Cory Rich stole the win from Michael Mannion coming out of turn four at speed and overtaking Mannion just before the finish line. Mannion had held the front spot from the start but ended up finishing second. Jack Roberts rounded out the top thee.

Michael Mannion (155) and Cory Rich (500) at the finish line in the 230cc Four-Stroke Modern contest.

Michael Mannion (155) and Cory Rich (500) at the finish line in the 230cc Four-Stroke Modern contest.

Zaden Florez and Tucker Mount rode all 10 laps of the 85/150cc class in the first and second spots, respectively. Behind them, Branden Weller got around Nathan Agrifoglio to take the third spot.

Weller was back on the track in the 85cc Expert event, leading the class home from the start. After a battle for the second spot, Zaden Florez, Tucker Mount and Nathan Agrifoglio finished second, third and fourth, respectively.

Zaden Florez (55), Tucker Mount (37Y) and Nathan Agrifoglio (115W) in 85cc Expert competition.

Zaden Florez (55), Tucker Mount (37Y) and Nathan Agrifoglio (115W) in 85cc Expert competition.

Branden Weller also won the 65cc Expert class, this time ahead of Dominic DeMario and Chad Spurgeon.

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Brad Spencer has been a fast and competitive contestant on cushion short tracks for years. He showed the other eight Vintage Heavyweight riders the fast way around this this track. Spencer earned the largest portion of the $500 bounty for this win. Behind him, Jack Jones and Jeff Gonzales were putting on their own show while battling for the second spot. At the end of 10 laps, the final order was Spencer, Jones and Gonzales.

Brad Spencer (32) leads the Vintage Heavyweight riders, including Jeff Gonzales (84), Rob Lanoy (53), Mitch Gallagher (45), Jack Jones (11) and Cory Rich (500).

Brad Spencer (32) leads the Vintage Heavyweight riders, including Jeff Gonzales (84), Rob Lanoy (53), Mitch Gallagher (45), Jack Jones (11) and Cory Rich (500).

Jeff Gonzales (84) and Jack Jones (11) battle in the Vintage Heavy Expert contest.

Jeff Gonzales (84) and Jack Jones (11) battle in the Vintage Heavy Expert contest.

Dylan Shumate was proud to carry the checkered flag on a victory lap after winning the 85/150cc Amateur Youth class. Blake Clark and Kristopher Clark finished second and third, respectively.

Dylan Shumate also headed up the 100cc Youth Heads-Up class.

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Mike Pitchner, Mark Hunter and Armando Miranda powered through the 10 laps of the Senior Amateur class in that order.

Robert Curry led the Senior Expert class to the finish line for the win, followed by Chris Baker and Ted Tamagni.

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Kevin Keeran didn’t get the holeshot at the start of the Open Expert class, but it didn’t take him long to take the lead – he got it on the first lap and then he just kept going. Ted Tamagni was not far behind at the checkers. Chris Baker rounded out the class.

Keeran finished in front of Baker again in the Vet Expert Over 35 class later in the program, and Michael Mannion took the checkers first in the 250cc Expert class.

Kevin Keeran (61C) leads Chris Baker (90G), Rick Goldrup (55G), Mitch Gallagher (45), Frankie Eubanks (5) and the rest of the pack off the Vet Expert Over 35 start.

Kevin Keeran (61C) leads Chris Baker (90G), Rick Goldrup (55G), Mitch Gallagher (45), Frankie Eubanks (5) and the rest of the pack off the Vet Expert Over 35 start.

A red flag in the Open Amateur class prompted a single-file restart, with Blake Thompson at the front of the line. Darrel Beardsley was behind him but lost that spot to Brad Miller and finished third.

Daniel Clark, Paul Tinoco and Mike Pitchner filled the Vet Amateur podium.

Evan Anders checks to see where the pack of riders are in the Pro heat race.

Evan Anders checks to see where the pack of riders are in the Pro heat race.

And the money race, the Pro Expert class, included 14 riders on two rows. Tony Meiring rode his own race in the front for the 20-lap Pro money race. Behind him, a battle ensued for the next three positions. At the checkers, it was Meiring with the win, followed by Shawn Raggio and Beau Thompson.

Tony Meiring (56Y) rode his own race to take the win in the Pro money class.

Tony Meiring (56Y) rode his own race to take the win in the Pro money class.

Ryan Foster (23Y), Shawn Raggio (51Z) and Beau Thompson (93, behind Raggio) compete for the second, third and fourth positions in the Pro money race.

Ryan Foster (23Y), Shawn Raggio (51Z) and Beau Thompson (93, behind Raggio) compete for the second, third and fourth positions in the Pro money race.

Tony Meiring (56Y) takes the checkers out for an airing after winning the Pro Main.

Tony Meiring (56Y) takes the checkers out for an airing after winning the Pro Main.

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The series will next move to the Lemoore Raceway one-fifth-mile blue groove on April 25 for round two of the nine race series.

Prairie City SVRA OHV Park
Rancho Cordova, California
Results: April 18, 2015 (Round 1)

PEE WEE 50 (4-6): 1. Chase Bellotti; 2. Ryder Darrigo; 3. Hunter Hannah.

PEE WEE 50 (7-8): 1. Kage Tadman; 2. Shane Tinoco.

PEE WEE HEADS UP: 1. Jacob Jimenez; 2. Christian Jimenez.

65 AM/110 4-STROKE: 1. Kaden Clark; 2. Kage Tadman.

65 EX: 1. Branden Weller; 2. Dominic De Mario; 3. Chad Spurgeon.

85 AM/150 AM YOUTH: 1. Dylan Shumate; 2. Blake Clark; 3. Kristopher Clark; 4. Aiden Bromstead.

85 EX: 1. Branden Weller; 2. Zaden Florez; 3. Tucker Mount; 4. Nathan Agrifoglio; 5. Dustin Shumate; 6. Dominic De Mario; 7. Christian Spurgeon; 8. Tyler Raggio.

100 YOUTH HEADS UP: 1. Dylan Shumate; 2. Alexis Agrifoglio; 3. Cameron Krezman.

150 YOUTH HEADS UP: 1. Zaden Florez; 2. Tucker Mount; 3. Branden Weller; 4. Nathan Agrifoglio; 5. Dustin Shumate.

150 HEADS UP: 1. Nolan Hunter; 2. Clark Miller; 3. Brad Miller; 4. Joe Hernandez; 5. Jon Gaut; 6. McKenna McCafferty.

230 4-STROKE MODERN: 1. Cory Rich; 2. Michael Mannion; 3. Jack Roberts; 4. Tim Lampe; 5. Armando Miranda; 6. Renee Henault; 7. Rylee Gallagher.

250 AM: 1. C.J. Mattos; 2. Michael Burns.

250 EX: 1. Michael Mannion; 2. Christian Spurgeon; 3. Kyle Raggio.

OPEN AM: 1. Blake Thompson; 2. Brad Miller; 3. Darrel Beardsley; 4. Kenzie Rae; 5. Nolan Hunter; 6. Laramie Bystead.

OPEN EX: 1. Kevin Keeran; 2. Ted Tamagni; 3. Chris Baker; 4. Rick Goldrup; 5. Jake Silva; 6. Robbie Hannah.

PRO MAIN: 1. Tony Meiring; 2. Shawn Raggio; 3. Beau Thompson; 6. Kevin Keeran; 7. Ryan Foster; 8. Evan Anders; 9. Chris Ran; 10. Michael Rodrigues; 11. Jimmy McAllister; 12. Nathan Amies; 13. Lonnie Pauley.

VET AM: 1. Daniel Clark; 2. Paul Tinoco; 3. Mike Pitchner; 4. Jack Roberts; 5. Dana Benson.

VET EX 35+: 1. Kevin Keeran; 2. Chris Baker; 3. Mitch Gallagher; 4. Rick Goldrup; 5. Frankie Eubanks; 6. Jimmy McAllister; 7. Ted Tamagni.

SR AM: 1. Mike Pitschner; 2. Mark Hunter; 3. Armando Miranda; 4. Tim Lampe; 5. David Keil; 6. Ric Konnoff.

SR EX: 1. Robert Curry; 2. Chris Baker; 3. Ted Tamagni; 4. Rob Lanoy; 5. Cory Rich.

VINTAGE HEAVEYWEIGHT AM: 1. Ted Jaime; 2. Justin Heidt; 3. Greg Howell; 4. Roger Kilby; 5. Tim Doda.

VINTAGE HEAVYWEIGHT EX: 1. Brad Spencer; 2. Jack Jones; 3. Jeff Gonzales; 4. Jeff Spohr; 5. Mitch Gallagher; 6. Rob Lanoy; 7. Cory Rich; 8. Gene Fitzsimmons.

VINTAGE MODERN AM: 1. Jim Alderson.

VINTAGE MODERN EXPERT: 1. Bradley Spender Jr.

QUAD AM KIDS: 1. Christian Jimenez; 2. Kendra Young.

QUAD PRO: 1. Sandy Bagger; 2. Cody Nixon; 3. Chad Lesniewski.

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