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Roeder Goes Unbeaten at Wauseon Bike Days

| 23 July 2016 11:53 pm

Speedway Long Track National Championship
Wauseon Bike Days
Fulton County Fairgrounds

Story and Photos by Kurt Bauer/dirtbauer.com
WAUSEON, OH, JULY 15, 2016

Welcome to the Fulton County Fairgrounds!

Welcome to the Fulton County Fairgrounds!

The Wauseon National Meet is hosted by the Lake Erie Chapter, the Maumee Valley Chapter, the Ohio Valley Chapter, the River Valley Chapter and the Wolverine Chapter.

More than 500 dealers brought parts and motorcycles that are more than 35 years old. There were field games on Saturday morning, a Saturday night barbecue banquet, and a judged antique bike show on Sunday morning.

After last year’s showers that prevented a full show, this Friday turned out to be really nice, with mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the low 80. The track appeared to be in excellent shape as practice took place on the half-mile cushion.

Hand-Shift winner Terry Vestal (93).

Hand-Shift winner Terry Vestal (93).

It was obvious that there were some serious racers in attendance, as it didn’t take long in practice for them to get used to the track and reach some wicked speeds.

It seemed like whatever bike Chad Rall got on, he would be considered a threat to win from his long-track speedway bike, the 750cc Vintage Twin, or the 500cc brakeless mount on which he was hauling ass in practice.

Matt Walksler (22) was top dog among the Board Trackers.

Matt Walksler (22) was top dog among the Board Trackers.

John Rhodes (26X) and Wayne Albertson (0) came in second and third, respectively, in the Board Track event.

John Rhodes (26X) and Wayne Albertson (0) came in second and third, respectively, in the Board Track event.

Friday night’s 10th annual racing program included classes of bikes that spanned the era of motorcycle racing, starting with the origins of the sport – board-track bikes (from the 1910s through 1928) – and including hand-shift bikes (from 1936 through 1951), lightweight bikes (from 1948 through 1966), brakeless foot-shift bikes (through 1967), 1970s single-cylinder bikes, 1980s single-cylinder bikes, and Vintage Twins (through 1983). Featured races are the Speedway Long Track National Championship, the Max Leathers-Milwaukee Tool Dash, and the Showdown at Sundown exhibition match race between Jay Springsteen and Geo Roeder.

Classes

Board Track
1910-1928
1. No brakes.
2. No gearbox or clutch (if running, transmission must be locked in one gear).
3. Rolling start.

Hand-Shift
1936-1951
1. No brakes and rigid frame.
2. Hand shift and foot clutch.

Brakeless Foot-Shift 250cc
Through 1967
1. No brakes, no aftermarket swing-arm frames.
2. 250cc short track and half-mile machines.
3. Engines produced in 1967 model year and before (examples: Triumph Cub, BSA C-15, Honda Hawk, Bultaco, Metisse).

Brakeless Foot-Shift 500cc OHV–750 SV
Through 1967
1. No brakes and rigid frame.
2. Foot shift and hand clutch.
3. 750cc side valve, 500cc overhead valve.

Spanish Era
Through 1979
1. Rear brake required.
2. Bultaco, Ossa, Montesa, Carabela.
3. Twin shocks.

Vintage 250/360
Through 1981
1. Rear brake required.
2. Air-cooled engines, singles or twins.
3. Two-stroke or four-stroke motors.

1970s Singles
Through 1980
1. Rear brake required.
2. Honda Ascots are legal.
3. Must be a twin-shock frame.

1980s Singles
Through 1989
1. Rear brake required.
2. Air-cooled single.

Vintage Twins
Through 1983
1. Rear brake required.
2. Twin shocks on XR750 and RS750.

Speedway 500cc
1. No brakes.
2. Methanol fuel.
3. 19-inch or 22-inch rear wheel legal.
4. Single or two-speed transmission legal.
5. Speedway or long-track chassis legal.

Lightweight 165
1948-1966
1. Rear brakes required; no front brakes.
2. Harley-Davidsons from 1948 to 1966.

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This year would see the debut of the Max Leather-Milwaukee Tool Dash, which would kick off the Showdown at Sundown. Eight of the “best-dressed” riders in Max Leathers raced all-out in a winner-take-all four-lap dash, vying for a deluxe Milwaukee Tool Kit. Eight couples randomly picked from the fans in the grandstands to choose their favorite rider. The winner of the Dash and the lucky couple that chose the winner all received Milwaukee Tool Kits.

This race proved to one of the best of the night, as Kenny Maxfield edged out Steve Kasten at the finish line after battling handlebar to handlebar on the last few laps.

The final lap of the Max Leather-Milwaukee Tool Dash saw a photo finish for Kenny Maxfield (4M) and Steve Kasten (59K)…

The final lap of the Max Leather-Milwaukee Tool Dash saw a photo finish for Kenny Maxfield (4M) and Steve Kasten (59K)…

…with the checkers going to Kenny Maxfield (4M) in front of a full house.

…with the checkers going to Kenny Maxfield (4M) in front of a full house.

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George Roeder II (left) and Jay Springsteen (right) before the Showdown at Sundown.

George Roeder II (left) and Jay Springsteen (right) before the Showdown at Sundown.

George “Geo” Roeder II and Jay “Springer” Springsteen were anxious to take to the track, because last year, the rains came before the Showdown.

George Roeder II, on his 1948 Indian Chief hand-shift mount, practices for the Showdown.

George Roeder II, on his 1948 Indian Chief hand-shift mount, practices for the Showdown.

Jay Springsteen in practice for the Showdown on his 1954 Harley KR750.

Jay Springsteen in practice for the Showdown on his 1954 Harley KR750.

Springer pulled the holeshot on his 1954 Harley-Davidson KR750, while Roeder was dealing with his hand-shift 1948 Indian Chief. Even though these were some mighty old motorcycles, these guys sure weren’t riding them slow, as these two guys only know one way to ride on a flat track, and that is on the throttle. It didn’t take Roeder long to catch Springsteen, and he finally make the pass for the win.

Roeder would also enter a Norton in the Vintage Twins contest and take that class win, ahead of Chad Rall.

“Springer” (9) absconds with the holeshot as Geo Roeder (66) struggles coming off the line with his hand-shift Indian.

“Springer” (9) absconds with the holeshot as Geo Roeder (66) struggles coming off the line with his hand-shift Indian.

Geo Roeder (66) takes the lead away from Jay Springsteen (9) in the Showdown at Sundown.

Geo Roeder (66) takes the lead away from Jay Springsteen (9) in the Showdown at Sundown.

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Also added to program this year was the Spanish Era class for the Bultacos. Tom Hicks took the win in his heat race and in the feature race aboard his nicely prepped Holmes Racing 1974 Bultaco Astro, beating John Tejchma.

Tom Hicks (52) was the winner of the new Spanish Era contest.

Tom Hicks (52) was the winner of the new Spanish Era contest.

The ’70s Singles class had some heavy hitters. Pennsylvania rider Darryl Jakubowski, who was entered in four different classes, was going up against Thomas “Fear the Beard” Englehart, aboard his 1979 XR500 J-and-M frame mount. Englehart is feared only because he is fast. Englehart took the win, ahead of Cody Toles, on another Honda, and Darryl “Iron Man” Jakubowski completed the all-Honda podium.

Thomas Englehart (73F) won the ’70’s Singles class and placed third in the ’80s Singles class.

Thomas Englehart (73F) won the ’70’s Singles class and placed third in the ’80s Singles class.

Jakubowski ended the evening by taking the win in the 250cc Brakeless class and another victory in the 500cc Brakeless class.

Englehart also placed third in the ’80s Singles event.

Darryl Jakubowski (93B) finished with a third in ’70s Singles competition and won the 500cc Brakeless class.

Darryl Jakubowski (93B) finished with a third in ’70s Singles competition and won the 500cc Brakeless class.

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Jon Massie (77) ran to runner-up in the Speedway B main event…

Jon Massie (77) ran to runner-up in the Speedway B main event…

…while the victory went to John Busler (6).

…while the victory went to John Busler (6).

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Former Long Track Champion Chad Rall (52) at speed in Wauseon.

Former Long Track Champion Chad Rall (52) at speed in Wauseon.

Former Long Track Champion Dan Weicht (30) in action.

Former Long Track Champion Dan Weicht (30) in action.

The Speedway Long Track National Championship saw the return of reigning champion Kyle Legault from Canada to defend his championship. Because of rain, last year’s winner was determined from the heat races. This year would be different, as Rall and Dan Weicht set some fast lap times in practice. Rall said his times on his speedway bike were two seconds faster than his laps on his 750cc flat-tracker. In the A main, it would be Legault, Rall, Weicht, Jeff Tretera, Chris Hathaway and Heath Heston.

Chad Rall (52) rockets through turn four.

Chad Rall (52) rockets through turn four.

Legault took the lead, ahead of Rall and Weicht, as the trio pulled way. Almost all speedway-bike races are four laps, as were all the heat races. As Legault came around for the third lap in the lead, with Rall not too far behind, they were given the green flag; as most racers know, if the green flag is waved, you keep on racing.

On the fifth lap, they were given the white flag. Rall made a spectacular pass on the inside of Legault for what he thought was the win, but the race was scored on the fourth lap, so Legault took the actual win. There were no hard feelings or controversy.

“Man, he [Legault] was fast all day,” Rall said

Legault countered with, “Yes, but you had me on endurance!”

Chad Rall (52) attempts to pass Kyle Legault on lap five…

Chad Rall (52) attempts to pass Kyle Legault on lap five…

… and the pass is completed…

… and the pass is completed…

…but the race was only four laps, so Kyle Legault (11) was the winner the main event.

…but the race was only four laps, so Kyle Legault (11) was the winner the main event.

Brittney Olsen was at the races not to race, as she usually does, but to take notes and to promote her Vintage Flat Track race coming up in Sturgis, North Dakota, on August 27 and 28.

Brittney Olsen, checkin’ out the Vintage races at Wauseon.

Brittney Olsen, checkin’ out the Vintage races at Wauseon.

This event featured some great racing on a really nice track, thanks to all the effort put in by Scotty Brown and all the people who help make this event so great!

Fulton County Fairgrounds
Wauseon, Ohio
Results: July 15, 2016

BOARD TRACK: 1. Matt Walksler (H-D); 2. John Rhodes (EXC); 3. Wayne Albertson (EXC); 4. Bob Timmons (H-D); 5. Michael Lange (H-D); 6. Kurt Mertens (H-D); 7. Kenneth Curtis (H-D); 8. Kris Thompson (H-D); 9. Kory Postotnik (H-D).

HAND-SHIFT: 1. Terry Vestal (H-D); 2. Devon Sixt (H-D); 3. Doug Horner (Ind); 4. Brandon Snider (H-D); 5. Atsushl Yasul (H-D); 6. Brian Golden (H-D); 7. John Rhodes (EXC); 8. Eric Floeck (H-D); 9. Frank Rich (H-D); 10. Greg Giesey (H-D); 11. Rob Dick (H-D).

LIGHTWEIGHT H-D 165: 1. Wayne Albertson (H-D); 2. Jim Quinlan (H-D); 3. Larry Gillespie (H-D); 4. Alan Lyons (H-D).

250 BRAKELESS: 1. Darryl Jakubowski (Tri); 2. John R. Bova (Bul); 3. Rich Coates (Hon); 4. Barry Baker (Bul); 5. Mike Eller (H-D); 6. Brian Dickinson (BSA); 7. Randy Hassler (BSA); 8. Joe Barnes (Bul); 9. Ray Prince (Kaw).

500 BRAKELESS: 1. Darryl Jakubowski (Tri); 2. Chad Rall (H-D); 3. Terry Vestal (H-D); 4. Gene Atherton (Tri); 5. Jake Zender (Tri); 6. Danny Vrana (H-D); 7. Paul Bailey (Tri); 8. Alan Lonneville (Tri); 9. Ron Atherton (Tri).

SPANISH ERA: 1. Tom Hicks (Bul); 2. John Tejchma (Bul); 3. James Kerestes (Bul); 4. Doug Horner (Bul).

VINTAGE 250/360: 1. Dan McRoberts (C-A); 2. Jeff Bullington (Bul); 3. Zachery Kerestes (Yam); 4. Lonnie Vanderpool (Yam); 5. Johnny Bova (Kaw); 6. Neil Perry.

’70s SINGLES: 1. Thomas Englehart (Hon); 2. Cody Toles (Hon); 3. Darryl Jakubowski PA (Hon); 4. Nathan Long (Yam); 5. Tom Hicks (Bul); 6. Judson Linder (Hon); 7. Dan McRoberts (Hon); 8. Dennis Goyer (Yam); 9. Gregory Boyd (Yam); 10. Larry Soles (Yam); 11. Colton Soles (Hon); 12. Lonnie Vanderpool (Yam); 13. Tom Lewis (Hon); 14. Steve Heilman (Hon); 15. Adam Kirian (Yam); 16. Chris Wityk (Yam); 17. Roger Falasco (Hon).

’80s SINGLES: 1. Danny Murre (Rtx); 2. Steve Kasten (Yam); 3. Thomas Englehart (Hon); 4. Dave Woods (Rtx); 5. Clint Erickson (Rtx); 6. Jeff Bullington (Rtx); 7. Gregory Lupica (Rtx); 8. Tim Hagar (Rtx); 9. Joseph Maher (Rtx); 10. Jeff Hiers (Rtx); 11. David Malloy (Hon); 12. Neil Perry (Rtx); 13. Kirt Emerick (Rtx); 14. Brad Haas (Rtx); 15. Dennis Goyer (Rtx); 16. Darryl Jakubowski (Hon); 17. Dusty Vestal (Rtx); 18. Nick Evans (Rtx).

VINTAGE TWINS: 1. George Roeder II (Nor); 2. Chad Rall (Tri); 3. Steve Kasten (Yam); 4. Eric Kolenda (Tri); 5. Clint Erickson (H-D); 6. Skip Wertz (Tri); 7. Kenny Maxfield (Yam); 8. Chris Patterson (Yam); 9. Kletus Murin (H-D); 10. Jake Zender (Tri); 11. Eugene Quiram (Yam); 12. Devin Pfeiffer (Yam); 13. Tony Giorno (Yam); 14. Peter Wajda (Nor); 15. Bill Dunlap (Yam); 16. Justin Thomas (Yam); 17. Steve Murray (Yam); 18. Matt George (H-D).

SPEEDWAY B MAIN: 1. John Busler (Jaw); 2. Jon Massie (Jaw); 3. Michael Callen (Jaw); 4. Michael Dechamlain (Jaw).

SPEEDWAY LONG TRACK NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP A MAIN: 1. Kyle Legault (GM); 2. Chad Rall (Jaw); 3. Daniel Weicht (Jaw); 4. Jeff Tretera (Jaw); 5. Chris Hathaway (Jaw); 6. Heath Heston (Jaw).

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