Lodi Short Track
Lodi Cycle Bowl
Story and Photos by David N. Haughs
LODI, CA, JULY 25, 2015
On Saturday, July 25, 2015, some 136 riders descended upon Lodi Cycle Bowl in Lodi, California, to compete for points and trophies on Lodi’s one-quarter-mile short track.
The weather cooperated, barely reaching 90 degrees, with a pleasant delta breeze blowing in that cooled things off a bit. Riders completed registration, rolled their bikes through tech inspection and prepared for practice.
During practice, there was an oil spill that required an extensive clean-up job. The clean-up took a long time, putting the program way behind schedule. Safety is always the priority at Lodi, and the club did an excellent job of making up the lost time throughout the evening.
After practice and the riders’ meeting, heat races were run, followed by the Dash For Cash and the main events.
When the green light came on in the Open B main event, Hunter Graham jumped into the lead. Next into the first turn was Dominic Fabbiani, who was followed closely by Darrel Beardsley.
Beardsley immediately began putting pressure on Fabbiani. He found an opening going into turn one on the second lap and took the inside line away from Fabbiani, who found himself in third place, behind Beardsley, coming out of turn two. Behind Fabbiani were Brian Cobb and Nathan Aimes; Aimes would eventually get by Cobb, securing a fourth-place finish.
On the last lap, Fabbiani made one last attempt to get around Beardsley, going to the outside in turns three and four, but he was unable to get a drive out of the last turn.
In the Open A main event, a bad start brought out the red flag, necessitating a restart. Riders were lined up on the start-finish line and, as he had done in the first start, Cole Crowley sprang off the line and led the field into turn one. In second place was Sean Raggio, followed by Casey Yarrow and Joseph Hernandez.
Unfortunately, after a couple of laps, Yarrow lost his brakes going into turn three. He was just able to get his bike stopped before going up the embankment at the end of the track. Hernandez, who was now sitting in third place, began looking for a way to get around Raggio; he eventually did get by Raggio to capture a second-place finish, behind Crowley.
Behind Hernandez was James Monaco, who was followed by Michael Inderbitzen and Damon Coca, the winner of the Dash For Cash. Coca was taking the high line going into turns one and three in an attempt to get around Inderbitzen and Monaco and move into fourth place. Without adequate traction on the outside, Coca was unable to make the pass, and in the end he had to settle for a sixth-place finish.
By the last lap, Cole Crowley was leading by the length of a straightaway on his way to easily taking the win.
Following the Open A main event, track officials took a long, hard look at some brake fluid left on the track when Casey Yarrow lost his brakes during the race. It was decided that the small droplets of brake fluid were so few and far between that it was safe to continue the program without any further work on the track.
The next scheduled race was the 80/85cc 150R Heads Up main event. Justin Anselmi led the race from the start, followed by Chad Spurgeon, Tyler Raggio, Christian Spurgeon and Dustin Shumate.
Christian Spurgeon tried to get around Raggio on the outside a number of times, but Raggio held his line, protecting the inside, and powered out of the turns, making it impossible for Spurgeon to get by. Anselmi made it look easy as he cruised to a win in this class.
In the Vintage main event, it was the three A riders out in front from the start. Robert McDonnell led the first lap, with Donnie Darrah right behind him. In third place, behind Darrah, was Gary Durbin.
On the second lap, Durbin slipped under Darrah, taking over the second-place position. When McDonnell pulled off the track with mechanical problems, Durbin found himself leading the race.
When the checkered flag came out, Durbin had won the Vintage main event.
Race 15 was the 250cc main event. The field consisted of four C riders and two B riders.
Kyle Raggio took the lead at the start of the race and led the first lap. Christian Spurgeon went outside Raggio going into turn three and took the lead away from him. Hunter Brooks, riding in third place, was able to overtake Raggio as well, capturing second place. Raggio had to settle for a third-place finish.
The next short-track race at the Lodi Cycle Bowl will be held on August 22. The gates will open at 2 p.m.
Lodi Cycle Bowl
Results: July 25, 2015
OPEN C: 1. Nolan Hunter (Hon); 2. Garrett DeLoach (Hon); 3. Josh Thrasher (Yam); 4. Jon Gout (KTM); 5. Garrett LaFevrer (Hon); 6. Courtney Van Viet (Hon); 7. Nick Ledou (Yam); 8. McKenna McCafferty (Hon); 9. Alexandra Fabbiani (Hon); 10. Patrick Brill Jr. (Hon); 11. Kenny Klotovich (Yam).
CLASS 3 DTX PEE WEE (4-8): 1. Cayden Van Houten (Yam).
CLASS 4 DTX PEE WEE HON/YAM: 1. Austin Castaneda (Hon); 2. Elijah Jungeblut (Hon); 3. Jeffrey Wells (Yam); 4. Andrew Griswold (Yam).
OPEN B: 1. Hunter Graham (Suz); 2. Darrel Beardsley (Hon); 3. Dominic Fabbiani (Hon); 4. Nathan Aimes (Yam); 5. Brian Cobb (Suz); 6. Dominic Monaco (Hon); 7. Kenny Wilkinson (Hon).
65 C: 1. Robert Stellfox (Hon); 2. Dominic Diaz (Yam); 3. Kenneth Holland Jr. (Yam); 4. Dylan Powell (Yam); 5. Jeffrey Wells (Yam).
250 AM (12-29) B/C: 1. Hunter Brooks (Hon); 2. Kyle Raggio (Hon); 3. Jared Jensen (Kaw); 4. Jacob Pursell (Hon).
VET 30+ A: 1. Robert McCarty (KTM).
VET 30+ C: 1. Nick Ledou (Yam).
CLASS 2 DTX PEE WEE SR (7-8): 1. Austin Castaneda (Hon).
MINI AM: 1. Andrew Griswold (Yam); 2. Jeffrey Wells (Yam).
80/85 150R HEADS UP: 1. Justin Anselmi (Kaw); 2. Chad Spurgeon (Yam); 3 Tyler Raggio (Suz); 4. Christian Spurgeon (Hon); 5. Dustin Shumate (Kaw).
100 MODIFIED SPORTSMAN A: 1. Christopher Kruseman (Hon).
100 MODIFIED SPORTSMAN B: 1. Kosta Achin (Hon).
100 MODIFIED SPORTSMAN C: 1. Robbie Nichols (Hon); 2. Daniel Borjas (Hon); 3. Peter Green (Hon).
WOMEN: 1. Kimi Valentine (Hon).
VET AM: 1. Darrel Beardsley (Hon); 2. Brian Cobb (Suz); 3. Robert Shumate (Hon); 4. Garrett LaFevrer (Hon); 5. Mark Hunter (Hon); 6. Ken Kutaka (Cam); 7. John Laster (Hon).
100 YOUTH STOCK C: 1 Dominic Diaz (Yam); 2. Robert Stellfox III (Hon); 3. Hanna Powell (Yam).
100 YOUTH MODIFIED A: 1. Justin Anselmi (Kaw); 2. Kameron Broyles (Kaw).
100 YOUTH MODIFIED B: 1. Dylan Shumate (Kaw).
100 YOUTH MODIFIED C: 1. Charlie Nichols (Hon); 2. Zane Kannal (Hon).
VINTAGE A: 1. Gary Durbin (Yam); 2. Donnie Darrah (Hon); 3. Robert McDonnell (Yam).
VINTAGE B: 1. Ken Kutaka (Cam).
VINTAGE C: 1. Kenny Klotovich (Yam); 2. Patrick Brill Jr. (Hon).
VINTAGE 50+ A: 1. Ralph E. Lee (Hon).
85 A: 1. Justin Anselmi (Kaw); 2. Christian Spurgeon (Hon); 3. Tyler Raggio (Suz); 4. Chad Spurgeon (Yam); 5. Kameron Broyles (Kaw); 6. Dustin Shumate (Kaw).
85 C: 1. Robert Stellfox III (Hon); 2. Zane Kannal (Hon); 3. Casey Yarrow Jr. (Yam).
85 B: 1. Dylan Shumate (Kaw).
SUPER SR 50+ A: 1. Joseph Knight (Yam); 2. Donnie Darrah (Hon); 3. Ron Kilby (Tri); 4. Thomas Knight (Yam); 5. David Crivello (Hon).
SUPER SR 50+ B: 1. Jim Monaco (Yam).
SUPER SR 50+ C: 1. Paul Tinoco (Yam); 2. Mark Hunter (Hon).
250 C: 1. Christian Spurgeon (Hon); 2. Kyle Raggio (Hon); 3. Jared Jensen (Kaw).
250 B: 1. Hunter Brooks (Hon); 2. Jacob Pursell (Hon).
JUNKYARD (0-250): 1 Michael Lopez (Hon); 2. Manny Fernandez (Hon); 3. Dennis Schoessow (Hon); 4. Casey Fernandez (Hon); 5. Garland Powell (Yam).
MASTERS 60+ A: 1. Thomas Knight (Yam); 2. Terry Graham (Hon); 3. Harold Raggio (Hon); 4. Ron Kilby (Tri); 5. Bud Riddle (Yam); 6. Dennis Cameron (Rtx).
VINTAGE TWINS HEADS UP: 1. William McDonnell (Hon); 2. Josh Klotovich (Yam).
MASTERS 60+ B: 1. Chris Sage (Yam); 2. Kosta Achin (Hon).
MASTERS 60+ C: 1. John Laster (Hon).
SR 40+ A: 1. Thomas Knight (Yam); 2. Jimmy Sanchez (Hon); 3. Donnie Darrah (Hon); 4. Scott Whitaker (Hon); 5 David Crivello (Hon).
OPEN AM (14-29) B/C: 1. Hunter Graham (Suz); 2. Nathan Aimes (Yam); 3. Nolan Hunter (Hon); 4. Jon Gout (KTM); 5. Kenny Wilkinson (Hon); 6. Courtney Van Viet (Hon); 7. McKenna McCafferty (Hon).
OPEN A SEMI-PRO: 1. Cole Crowley (Hon); 2. Joseph Hernandez (Hon); 3. Sean Raggio (Hon); 4. James Monaco (Hon); 5. Michael Inderbitzen (Hon); 6. Damon Coca (Hon); 7. Beau Thompson (Hon); 8. Michael Rodrigues (Hon); 9. Casey Yarrow (Yam).