SCFTA Southern California Flat Track Association Championship Series
Round 11: Perris Raceway
Story and Photos by Rodney Rutherford
PERRIS, CA, NOV. 5, 2016
It is February of 2017, and we are now on the cusp of the Southern California Flat Track Association’s 2017 season. Caught in a mystifying swirl of a myriad of words and lethargy, this reporter apologizes for the extreme tardiness of this coverage of the close of the last SCFTA season.
With this 2017 season, there is now a mandatory 98-decibel sound limit at Perris Raceway’s SCFTA facility; after extensive testing and notices during the past two seasons, there is no longer a grace period. Please ensure your motorcycle is in compliance at “exactly” 98 decibels or less. The 98-decibel limit applies to all motorcycles riding at the flat-track facility anytime, including practice, private sessions, and racing events. Please contact Vince Graves at 951/443-7622 regarding any questions on the mandatory sound level of 98 decibels or less for the 2017 season.
In the scope of SCFTA racing since 2014, Isabella “Izzy” Mitchell has been an effervescent personality who can usually be found in the northwest pits of the SCFTA homeland. With colorful Mohawks adorning her helmet, Mitchell depends entirely on herself when on the track. Mitchell moves into her sliding Zen zone, where she is able to focus without distractions and get the job done.
Mitchell encouraged her family to get into SCFTA racing, after being influenced by and former Pro and still active racer Danny Perkins. The lively Mitchell gets A’s and B’s in school, and declares Physical Education as her favorite school activity.
Mitchell finished fifth in the 2016 65cc Open-class points and fourth in the 65-70cc Four-Stroke Beginner ranks. She thanked her mom, Lisa; her dad, Chris; and her brothers Garrett, Jake and Christian for all their support. She also gave a shout-out to her sponsors, Perkins Racing, K&N Filters, and Lucas Oil.
The 2015 Women’s (Powder Puff) champion, Jaycee Jones, was ready for a rematch against her bosom buddy Monica Gil. Gil was one point up in the series chase for the title, but Jones negated that by winning the main at round 11 and taking a two-point lead over Gil for the series lead going into the final round.
Carving holeshots regularly in the Senior Over 50 Amateur class throughout the 2016 SCFTA season, Chris Osborn was back to his habit of shooting into the lead in the main, towing second-place rider Jim Kesler and third-place rider Robert Stettler behind him. Osborn finished the main with more than a three-second gap for the win. Kesler brought it in for second after scuffling with Stettler throughout most of the main. Stettler was third, Arnie Fry finished fourth, and Jim Bandelin came in fifth.
Jim Lundgren took the lead in the Senior Vet Over 50 Expert main event. Kevin Jordan, having clinched the title at round 10, buckled down and took over second place in the main. Brad Rudy secured third and Richard Pollock was riding in fourth.
Lundgren went wide in turn four, and the eager-to-pass Jordan took the inside gap for the lead and held on to score the win. Lundgren, racing sharp, came in at second. Rudy, who is always one of the fast guys, came in third. Former SCFTA Pro series winner Pollock was fourth and Joe Steffen finished fifth.
The Senior Over 60 Expert-class series points title would be decided by the best performance between reigning Over 60 Expert champion Ron Moore and S&S Offroad’s Steve Kukla. Advantage went to Kukla with three points over Moore in the second-to-last main of the season.
Southland Racing’s Jim Wood was the pop of the main, setting up in the shadow of the leading Moore while riding in second. Wood came hard inside late in the race to pin a turn-four pass on Moore. Wood then craftily glided away with artful cornering for the win – his third in four rounds raced. Moore came in second after fending off the third-place rider, Pollock, at the end. Kukla finished fourth, and Dan Kane was fifth.
Moore gained four points on Kukla and would race into the final round with a one-point lead over Kukla for the series title. Stay tuned…
Drew Massa Trucking/ Amaro Farms/ G&G Racing-sponsored racer John Vanderlaan sailed into the round-11n Pro main needing a fourth-place-or-better finish to secure his second SCFTA Pro title in as many years. Vanderlaan made no qualms about it, as he clicked through the gears going into turn one and secured the holeshot on lap one. B&L Plumbing’s Kayl Kolkman tucked in behind Vanderlaan. In third was a solid slider by the name of Dylan Morin.
After losing his first SCFTA Pro main of the year at round 10, Vanderlaan moved into his safe space with plenty of clean air by lap four, inching away from the nearest competition. Kolkman was running in second, with Morin third. Riding in fourth is André Ochs.
Riding firm, confident and fast, Vanderlaan was in full tunnel-vision mode as he nailed the lines out of the corners, creeping away from Kolkman in the runner-up slot.
As for the 6D Helmets/ Jettuning.com/ Dreamscape Engraving’s Kolkman, he was performing another great execution of racing professionalism, freeing himself from any threats as he was now soloing in second. He was able to put the bead on Vanderlaan without distractions. Vanderlaan kept the skates to the ice for his ninth win of the season. Kolkman, in a bubble, was crushing second in workman like fashion.
Morin was challenged for third by Rod Lake Racing’s Clayton William for the first half of the 20-lap Pro main but gained a small separation as the race neared the end, and Morin would close out the podium with third. Rookie SCFTA Pro Williams would end up finishing fourth. André Ochs took the last top-five spot after racing just a couple of bikelengths off the battle between Morin and Williams in the early portion of the main.
With this round-11 win, Vanderlaan concluded his successful quest for his second consecutive SCFTA Pro title. Congratulations, Mr. Vanderlaan, on one of the most dominating Pro series title runs in SCFTA racing!
Please go to SCFTAracing.com for 2017 schedule information, and the final 2016 points standings.
Results: November 5, 2016 (Round 11)
50 2-STROKE BEG: 1. Kensei Matsudaira; 2. Chanel Merwin.
50 4-STROKE BEG: 1. Kristian Daniel Jr.; 2. Owen Williams; 3. Kensei Matsudaira.
65-70 2-STROKE BEG: 1. Sierra Hickerson.
65-70 2-STROKE AM: 1. Colin Petton.
65-70 4-STROKE BEG: 1. Jasper Heathfield; 2. Kristian Daniel Jr.; 3. Owen Williams; 4. Isabella Mitchell.
65-70 OPEN: 1. Travis Horn; 2. Sierra Hickerson; 3. Jasper Heathfield; 4. Colin Petton; 5. Isabella Mitchell.
85-100 4-STROKE BEG: 1. Sierra Hickerson; 2. Jager Paulson; 3. Madison Simons.
85-100 4-STROKE NOV: 1. Zack Earwood; 2. Travis Horn; 3. Conner Hickerson; 4. Jacob Cascio.
85 2-STROKE AM: 1. Travis Petton IV; 2. Tanner Richey; 3. Conner Hickerson.
85 OPEN: 1. Travis Petton IV; 2. Tanner Richey; 3. Conner Hickerson.
4-STROKE: 1. Brad Rudy; 2. Conner Hickerson; 3. Marc Heathfield; 4. Zack Earwood; 5. James Rust; 6. John Girdler; 7. Joe Pape; 8. James Joseph.
250 YOUTH OPEN: 1. Grant Holmes; 2. Jacob Cascio; 3. Travis Petton IV; 4. Jacob Cascio; 5. Jake Mitchell.
OPEN BEG: 1. Daltin Collie; 2. Jake Mitchell; 3. Zack Earwood.
OPEN NOV: 1. Justin Simons; 2. Nick Garcia; 3. John Garcia; 4. Chris Osborn; 5. Shawn Chamlee; 6. Andrew Myers; 7. Monica Gil; 8. Arnie Fry.
OPEN UNCLASSIFIED: 1. Clayton Williams; 2. Kayl Kolkman; 3. Colt Foster; 4. André Ochs; 5. Byron Kukla.
OPEN AM: 1. L.J. Gronek; 2. Robert Stettler; 3. Jaycee Jones.
OPEN EX: 1. Grant Holmes; 2. Travis Petton IV; 3. Byron Kukla; 4. Jacob Cascio; 5. Chris Campos.
PRO: 1. John Vanderlaan; 2. Kayl Kolkman; 3. Dylan Morin; 4. Clayton Williams; 5. André Ochs; 6. Colt Foster; 7. Nick Armstrong.
WOMEN POWDERPUFF: 1. Jaycee Jones; 2. Monica Gil; 3. Dee Kilroy.
VET 35+ NOV: 1. Shawn Chamlee; 2. Andrew Myers.
VET 35+ AM: 1. Ryan Reed.
VET 35+ EX: 1. Jon Nunes; 2. Kevin Jordan; 3. Jim Rosa; 4. Ryan Reed; 5. Chris Campos; 6. Rich Hanson.
SR VET 50+ NOV: 1. Mike Mosby; 2. Dwayne Locke.
SR VET 50+ AM: 1. Chris Osborn; 2. Jim Kesler; 3. Robert Stettler; 4. Arnie Fry; 5. Jim Bandelin; 6. Ken Shilling.
SR VET 50+ EX: 1. Kevin Jordan; 2. Jim Lundgren; 3. Brad Rudy; 4. Richard Pollock; 5. Joe Steffen.
SUPER SR 60+ NOV/AM: 1. Bill Wright; 2. Gary Lane; 3. Paul Claybaugh.
SUPER SR 60+ EX: 1. Jim Wood; 2. Ron Moore; 3. Richard Pollock; 4. Steve Kukla; 5. Dan Kane.
PREMIER SR 70+: 1. Gary Lane; 2. Allan Girdler.
BOMBER NOV: 1. Shawn Chamlee; 2. Dwayne Locke.
BOMBER AM: 1. Paul Claybaugh; 2. Ken Shilling.
BOMBER EX: 1. Jeff Johnson; 2. Joe Steffen; 3. Travis Petton II.
VINTAGE 360: 1. David Seminario.
CLASSIC VINTAGE: 1. Jim Ottele; 2. Joe Pape.