Lodi Motorcycle Club Short Track
Lodi Cycle Bowl
Story and Photos by David N. Haughs/www.haughsphotography.com
LODI, CA, MAY 23, 2015
On Saturday, May 23, the Lodi Motorcycle Club hosted a quarter-mile short-track race at the Lodi Cycle Bowl in Lodi, California. This was a makeup race for the previously rained-out short track race that was originally scheduled for April 25, 2015.
At the riders’ meeting, it was announced that there would be six-lap heat races and eight-lap main events in all classes except the Open A class, in which there would be four eight-lap heat races and a 15-lap main event. Winners of those four heat races would go directly to the main event and the Dash For Cash. The winners of the two semifinals would go to the main event and the Dash For Cash. Second-place through fourth-place finishers in the semis would make up the second row in the main event. Pole position would be on the inside of the track.
In the Dash For Cash, Tony Meiring jumped off the line and grabbed the lead going into the first turn. Meiring led out of turn two and down the back straightaway, followed closely by Michael Inderbitzen and Joseph Hernandez.
On the second lap, Hernandez began to drop back, making it a race between Meiring and Inderbitzen; Inderbitzen followed Meiring closely, looking for an opening, but he never got one. In the end, it was Meiring who took the checkered flag and won the Dash For Cash.
When the green light came on at the start of the Open A main event, Tony Meiring got the jump and led the pack into the first turn. Coming out of turn two and down the back straightaway, Meiring led the pack, followed closely by Joe Hernandez. Behind Hernandez were Cole Crowley, Chris McDougal, Michael Inderbitzen and, in sixth place, John Vanderlaan.
It looked like it was going to be Meiring’s night, as he had already won the Dash For Cash and was now leading the main event. During the riders’ meeting, when the Open A riders were asked how many laps they would like to run in the main event, Meiring had jokingly requested four laps. The riders settled on 15 laps – and that was enough for Vanderlaan. On lap three, Inderbitzen and Vanderlaan moved ahead of Crowley and McDougal, and by lap five Vanderlaan had begun his drive toward the front: He moved ahead of Inderbitzen and then began closing the gap between himself and Hernandez.
On lap seven, Vanderlaan got past Hernandez and into second place, behind Meiring.
A couple of laps later, Vanderlaan blew by Meiring on the front straightaway and beat him into turn one. Vanderlaan then easily held the lead until the checkered flag flew on the last lap.
In the Masters Over 60 contest, Chris Sage took the early lead, with Tom Knight right behind, followed by Ron Long. Knight went to the outside in turn three but could not get by Sage. Meanwhile, Long stayed down low on the inside and came out of turn four under both Sage and Knight, taking the lead down the front straightaway.
Knight continued his assault on Sage, trying again and again to get around the outside until he completed the pass.
Knight then moved up on Long’s rear wheel, but he could not find a way around Long and had to settle for a second-place finish.
In the Open C main event, it was Brian Cobb leading the pack through the first and second turns, with Kyle Reggio close behind. When Reggio went outside of Cobb in turn three, the red flag came out and the race was stopped; Michael Satterfield had fallen in turn two.
Kyle Reggio got the jump on the restart and led Brian Cobb and Nolan Hunter through turns one and two. Cobb and Hunter moved up close behind Raggio, and on the next lap Hunter went around Cobb on the outside through turns three and four to move into second-place.
Hunter was right behind Raggio going down the front straightaway and again went outside, going into turn one, passing Raggio and moving into the lead.
Cobb made his move on the last lap, coming out of turn four under both Raggio and Hunter to take the win. Raggio was forced wide and found himself in third place, behind Hunter, at the finish line.
Hanna Powell took first place in the 100cc Youth Stock main event, followed by Dominic Demario and Charles Nichols.
At the start, it was Powell in front, followed by Demario and Charlie Nichols. Demario, the only A rider in the race, immediately started working the outside, trying to get around Powell, but he could not. While Demario was working to get around the outside of Powell, Nichols moved up inside of Demario, and he was able to get by him to take the second-place spot, behind Powell.
Demario then began working the outside line on Nichols. Coming out of turn four, Demario was able to get by Nichols and recapture the second-place position.
On the last lap, Demario went into the third turn outside of Powell, but he was unable to get around her and had to settle for a second-place finish.
Christian Spurgeon led the 85cc A main event from start to finish. Justin Anselmi was right behind Spurgeon as the two ran away from the pack. Spurgeon never gave Anselmi a chance to get by as he charged around the track lap after lap, making no mistakes.
Beautiful weather and great racing action once again made for a good time at the Lodi Cycle Bowl. There is always a fun, family atmosphere at Lodi, with good food, both in the pits and up in the grandstands!
Lodi Cycle Bowl
Results: May 23, 2014
CLASS 2 DTX PEE WEE SR (7-8): 1. Austin Castaneda.
CLASS 3 DTX PEE WEE: 1. Cayden Van Houten; 2. Ethan Salmon.
65 C: 1. Robert Stellfox III; 2. Chad Spurgeon; 3. Dominic Diaz; 4. Dylan Powell.
250 AM (12-29) B/C: 1. Hunter Brooks; 2. Jared Jensen.
OPEN AM (14-29) B/C: 1. Hunter Graham; 2. Darrel Beardsley; 3. James Ott; 4. Kyle Raggio; 5. Courtney Van Vliet; 6. McKenna McCafferty; 7. Matt Ott.
VET A 30+: 1. Joseph Knight; 2. Kevin Keeran; 3. Paul Ott; 4. Anthony Mitchell; 5. Robert McCarty; 6. Tony Meiring.
VET B 30+: 1. Jack Roberts.
VET C 30+: 1. Brian Cobb.
OPEN B: 1. Hunter Graham; 2. Darrel Beardsley; 3. Dominic Monaco; 4. Blake Thompson.
MINI AM: 1. Eli Souza; 2. Andrew Griswold; 3. Jeffrey Wells.
100 YOUTH MODIFIED A: 1. Justin Anselmi; 2. Evan Souza; 3. Kameron Broyles.
100 YOUTH MODIFIED B: 1. Devin Konnoff.
100 YOUTH MODIFIED C: 1. Zayne Kannal; 2. Dustin Shumate; 3. Raymond Lugo.
100 MODIFIED SPORTSMAN C: 1. Renee Henault; 2. Austin Guinn; 3. Jon Gaut.
100 MODIFIED SPORTSMAN B: 1. Achin Kosta.
100 MODIFIED SPORTSMAN A: 1. Jim Nichols; 2. Christopher Krauseman.
150 MODIFIED 0-233 AIR-COOLED: 1. Robbie Nichols.
CLASS 4 DTX PEE WEE HON/YAM: 1. Jeffrey Wells; 2. Austin Castaneda; 3. Andrew Griswold; 4. Eli Souza.
80/85 159R HEADS UP: 1. Christian Spurgeon; 2. Justin Anselmi; 3. Evan Souza; 4. Zaden Florez; 5. Tyler Raggio; 6. Dominic DeMario; 7. Chad Spurgeon; 8. Dustin Shumate.
MASTERS A 60+: 1. Ron Long; 2. Thomas Knight; 3. Bud Riddle; 4. Ron Kilby
MASTERS B 60+: 1. Chris Sage; 2. Achin Kosta; 3. Al King.
MASTERS C 60+: 1. John Laster.
OPEN C: 1. Brian Cobb; 2. Nolan Hunter; 3. Kyle Raggio; 4. Michael Satterfield; 5. Courtney Van Vliet; 6. McKenna McCafferty; 7. Kenny Klotovich; 8. Garrett Fitzsimmons.
100 YOUTH STOCK A: 1. Dominic DeMario.
100 YOUTH STOCK C: 1. Hannah Powell; 2. Charlie Nichols.
SUPER SR A 50+: 1. Joseph Knight; 2. Robert Curry; 3. Donnie Darrah; 4. Thomas Knight; 5. Gene Fitzsimmons.
VINTAGE B 50+: 1. Ray Holt Jr.
SUPER SR C 50+: 1. Roger Kilby; 2. John Laster.
SUPER SR B 50+: 1. David Crivello; 2. Mike Pitschner; 3. Vic Fanelli.
85 A: 1. Christian Spurgeon; 2. Justin Anselmi; 3. Zaden Florez; 4. Evan Souza; 5. Tyler Raggio; 6. Dominic Demario; 7. Kameron Broyles; 8. Dustin Shumate.
SR A 40+: 1. Joseph Pineda; 2. Thomas Knight; 3. Jimmy Sanchez; 4. Kevin Keeran; 5. Donnie Darrah; 6. Jeff Spohr.
85 B: 1. Kevin Konnoff.
85 C: 1. Chad Spurgeon; 2. Dylan Shumate; 3. Zayne Kannal.
VET AM: 1. Robert Shumate; 2. Renee Gardner; 3. David Crivello; 4. Roger Kilby; 5. Mike Pitschner; 6. Jack Roberts; 7. Ken Kutaka.
VINTAGE A: 1. Gary Durbin; 2. Robert McDonnell; 3. Donnie Darrah; 4. Mike Fowler; 5. Terry Graham.
VINTAGE TWINS HEADS UP: 1. Josh Klotovich; 2. Vic Fanelli.
250 B: 1. Hunter Brooks; 2. James Ott.
250 C: 1. Christian Spurgeon; 2. Jared Jensen; 3. Renee Gardner.
JUNKYARD 0-250: 1. Garland Powell.
VINTAGE C: 1. Ken Kutaka; 2. Kenny Klotovich; 3. Josh Klotovich; 4. Patrick Brill Jr.
OPEN A SEMI-PRO: 1. John Vanderlaan; 2. Tony Meiring; 3. Joseph Hernandez; 4. Michael Inderbitzen; 5. Cole Crowley; 6. David Jorgensen; 7. Shawn Raggio; 8. Vaughn McCafferty; 9. Michael Rodriguez; 10. Joe Roberts; 11. Chad Valker; 12. Chris McDougal.