2016 SCFTA Southern California Flat Track Association Championship Series
Story and Photos by Rodney Rutherford
PERRIS, CA, APRIL 14, 2017
The 2017 Southern California Flat Track Association’s 10-round Championship Series is now rolling into the third round; after round-two action on April 8, round three will be held on May 13. This article continues an overview of the 2016 series with Part Two and will cover the Women’s final round and the Men’s Four-Stroke class, so let’s race on…
Putting the banner up for one the top supporters of SCFTA sliders, G&G Racing, Jaycee Jones came from behind in points after missing rounds four and five to win her second Women’s (Powder Puff) title in a row. Monica Gil became the points leader after winning round four. Jones re-entered the series at round six 14 points behind Gil. The Foster Brothers/ Rosa Plates/ Douglas Motorcycles-backed Jones was a single point behind Gil entering round 11; she won that round and therefore had a two-point lead over Gil going into round 12, with just one more race to decide the title.
The final round of the 2016 series was held on a sunny Sunday, and Jones went to work right off the gate and glided to a lead by the midway part of the main, gluing her wheels to the aggregate-clay mix and taking the checkered flag for the win. Gil came in second, and Dee Kilroy was third.
Jones, now a two-time Women’s champion after winning round 12, will be going for her third title in 2017. She thanked Clayton Williams Motorsports, all her supporters, and her beautiful and loving mom, Nichole.
Monica Gil has slowly used her experience to transform into a viable contender for the Women’s title, grasping the points lead for more than half the season until the 2015 champion Jones wrested it away for the title. The Malcolm Smith Motorsports employee saw the series through for the second spot and laid the groundwork for a promising 2017 with some of her best career performances in 2016.
Racing in the Open Novice class and missing only one round, Gil finished off her season fifth in the points chase in one of the most competitive classes on the SCFTA clipboard. She thanked her family, friends, and all of her SCFTA family. Racing select rounds in 2017, she will be on hand to always cheer on her SCFTA friends as she balances her career and her love for racing.
Alyssa Flores, along with her brother Frank and her mom and dad, has been a part of the SCFTA family for years. She engaged in an abbreviated schedule in 2016 but proved with those pigtails dangling out of her helmet and waving in the wind that she can put her bike in front of almost any SCFTA Amateur racer.
In the Women’s class, Flores won four of the last five rounds raced and came in at third in the points.
In the Youth 250cc class, which posts of some of the fastest Amateur SCFTA times on event day, Flores was third at round one and fourth in standings.
At round eight, she came in third in the Open Novice main, executing corner exit speed and straightaway speed as well as anyone in class.
The silent sentry, Dee Kilroy, is a major part of the SCFTA family, always watching out for everyone and willing to lend a hand. She missed most of the season after going through chemotherapy. A highly skilled carpenter, wake boarder, flat-tracker and caregiver, suddenly this energetic and benevolent person was floored after being diagnosed with breast cancer more than a year ago.
Dusting herself off, she fed the hammer back into the tool belt, filled up the nail pouch, climbed the ladder of survival and got to work. With her hot plate on, she was back at the track for the last two rounds of 2016, hooking up with two third-place finishes in each round and looking great as she keeps on sliding. Welcome back, Dee!
Brad Rudy was tied for points in the 2015 Men’s Four-Stroke title run, so he wanted to make sure there was no such question as to who is the title holder for 2016. Also the 2015 Over 50 Amateur title winner, the high school teacher and football announcer showed nothing but class in a complete domination of the 2016 Four-Stroke class.
Rudy received a heavy dose of youthful competition in the fearlessness of Zack Earwood. Earwood signed his paper into the class rather late in the series, but he was immediately the loud noise right behind Rudy as they flew out of the corners in the early going of several mains.
Rudy was able to dim any hopes of Earwood passing him in 2016, as Rudy ended the with nine straight main-event victories, despite having started the class at round three after recovering from injuries that slowed his entry into 2016. Rudy won the crown by 14 points over the second-place rider in the series, James Rust.
As for James Rust, he rode hot initially in the Men’s Four-Stroke class, winning round one. He then rode to three second-place finishes and one third-place finish through the next four rounds. Earwood burst into the class at round six and made the top three that much harder to penetrate. Rust pierced the top three for his last time in the class at round eight, but he stuck to the series and finished up fifth at the last round, and his diligence paid off for a well-deserved 2016 Men’s Four-Stroke number-two plate.
Marc Heathfield keeps busy keeping his son Jasper’s bike ready for the green, but he manages to squeeze in some sliding action himself. A colorful character, Heathfield was once a significant part of the Bay Area punk-rock scene back in the mid- to late 1980s. He was the lead singer for the San Francisco band Short Dogs Grow, a group that reportedly started in 1984 and disbanded in 1989. He rekindled the force of punk with a rising improvement of his skills late in the season, which, he said bluntly, he had been forced to do or get left behind by his son. He finished up with a third at round 12 – and the number-three plate in the Men’s Four-Stroke class.
Zack Earwood rode in seven rounds, accumulating five runner-up finishes, and was fourth in the Men’s Four-Stroke class in the series’ final points tally. He also took the number-two plate for the Open Beginner class to cap off his 2016 season. Hickerson tore up the harmony of the Men’s Four-Stroke class, crashing the party at the last two rounds. He sat on the second step at round 11 and was fourth at round 12.
Round three of 2017 SCFTA action will be held on May 13. Please go to Scftaracing.com for the 2017 schedule information and results.
Results: November 6, 2016 (Round 12)
50 2-STROKE BEG: 1. Kensei Matsudaira.
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. Sierra Hickerson; 5. Isabella Mitchell.
65-70 OPEN: 1. Colin Petton; 2. Travis Horn; 3. Jasper Heathfield; 4. Sierra Hickerson; 5. Isabella Mitchell.
85-100 2-STROKE NOV: 1. Conner Hickerson; 2. Colin Petton.
85-100 4-STROKE BEG: 1. Sierra Hickerson.
85-100 4-STROKE NOV: 1. Zack Earwood; 2. Conner Hickerson; 3. Jacob Cascio; 4. Travis Horn.
85 2-STROKE AM: 1. Travis Petton IV; 2. Tanner Richey.
85 OPEN: 1. Travis Petton IV: 2. Tanner Richey; 3. Conner Hickerson; 4. Larry Collie; 5. Brayden Collie.
4-STROKE: 1. Brad Rudy; 2. David Seminario; 3. Joe Pape; 4. Conner Hickerson; 5. Zack Earwood, 6. Marc Heathfield; 7. James Rust.
250 YOUTH OPEN: 1. Grant Holmes; 2. Travis Petton IV; 3. Jacob Cascio; 4. Jake Mitchell.
WOMEN POWDERPUFF: 1. Jaycee Jones; 2. Monica Gil; 3. Dee Kilroy.
OPEN BEG: 1. Jake Mitchell; 2. Daltin Collie; 3. Zack Earwood.
OPEN NOV: 1. Chris Osborn; 2. Nick Garcia; 3. Shawn Chamlee; 4. Andrew Myers; 5. Arnie Fry; 6. Monica Gil; 7. Jeanette Griggs.
OPEN UNCLASSIFIED: 1. Clayton Williams; 2. Kayl Kolkman; 3. Colt Foster; 4. Evan Markus; 5. Byron Kukla; 6. Kevin Neilson; 7. L.J. Gronek.
OPEN AM: 1. L.J. Gronek; 2. Kevin Neilson; 3. Jaycee Jones; 4. Robert Stettler.
OPEN EX: 1. Evan Markus; 2. Grant Holmes; 3. Travis Petton IV; 4. Byron Kukla; 5. Jacob Cascio.
PRO: 1. John Vanderlaan; 2. Dylan Morin; 3. Kayl Kolkman; 4. Nick Armstrong; 5. Colt Foster; 6. Clayton Williams.
VET 35+ NOV: 1. Shawn Chamlee; 2. Andrew Myers.
VET 35+ EX: 1. Ryan Reed; 2. Jim Rosa; 3. Kevin Jordan.
SR VET 50+ NOV: 1. Chris Osborn.
SR VET 50+ AM: 1. Ken Shilling; 2. Arnie Fry; 3. Robert Stettler; 4. Jim Kesler.
SR VET 50+ EX: 1. Kevin Jordan; 2. Jim Lundgren; 3. Brad Rudy; 4. Jim Ottele.
SUPER SR 60+ NOV/AM: 1. Bill Wright; 2. Paul Claybaugh.
SUPER SR 60+ EX: 1. Steve Kukla; 2. Ron Moore; 3. Dan Kane.
PREMIER SR 70+: 1. Allan Girdler.
BOMBER NOV: 1. Shawn Chamlee.
BOMBER AM: 1. Ken Shilling; 2. Paul Claybaugh.
BOMBER EX: 1. Joe Steffen.
VINTAGE 360: 1. J. Mathes.
2016 SCFTA Final Series Points Standings
50 2-STROKE BEG: 1. Kensei Matsudaira (124).
50 4-STROKE BEG: 1. Kristian Daniel Jr. (235); 2. Owen Williams (187); 3. Kensei Matsudaira (147).
65-70 2-STROKE BEG: 1. Sierra Hickerson (210).
65-70 2-STROKE AM: 1. Colin Petton (279).
65-70 4-STROKE BEG: 1. Jasper Heathfield (296); 2. Sierra Hickerson (200); 3. Kristian Daniel Jr. (192).
65-70 OPEN: 1. Travis Horn (282); 2. Jasper Heathfield (260); 3. Colin Petton (219).
85-100 2-STROKE BEG: 1. Jake Mitchell (169).
85-100 4-STROKE BEG: 1. Sierra Hickerson (135).
85-100 4-STROKE NOV: 1. Conner Hickerson (262); 2. Jacob Cascio (251); 3. Zack Earwood (244).
85 2-STROKE AM: 1. Travis Petton IV (310); 2. Tanner Richey (256); 3. Dominic De Mario (122).
85 OPEN: 1. Travis Petton IV (307); 2. Tanner Richey (247); 3. Conner Hickerson (229).
4-STROKE: 1. Brad Rudy (257); 2. James Rust (243); 3. Marc Heathfield; 4. Zack Earwood.
250 YOUTH OPEN: 1. Grant Holmes (288); 2. Travis Petton IV (284); 3. Jacob Cascio (244).
WOMEN POWDERPUFF: 1. Jaycee Jones (248); 2. Monica Gil (243); 3. Alyssa Flores (142).
OPEN BEG: 1. Barney Stern (180); 2. Zack Earwood (128); 3. Jake Mitchell (93).
OPEN NOV: 1. Nick Garcia (261); 2. Chris Osborn (246); 3. Arnie Fry (218); 4. Shawn Chamlee (194); 5. Monica Gil (144).
OPEN UNCLASSIFIED: 1. Clayton Williams (256); 2. Byron Kukla (185); 3. L.J. Gronek (126).
OPEN AM: 1. L.J. Gronek (249); 2. Jaycee Jones (143); 3. Evan Markus (142).
OPEN EX: 1. Travis Petton IV (263); 2. Grant Holmes (253); 3. Byron Kukla (227); 4. Jacob Cascio (193).
PRO: 1. John Vanderlaan (282); 2. Colt Foster (219); 3. Nick Gil (163); 4. Nick Armstrong (128); 5. Colt Foster (99).
VET 35+ NOV: 1. Shawn Chamlee (149); 2. Andrew Myers (130).
VET 35+ AM: 1. Ryan Reed (132); 2. Scott Hanson (131).
VET 35+ EX: 1. Kevin Jordan (265); 2. Jim Rosa (239); 3. Joel Kath (102).
SR VET 50+ NOV: 1. Chris Osborn (216); 2. Barney Stern (179); 3. John Farmer (128).
SR VET 50+ AM: 1. Arnie Fry (252); 2. Ken Shilling (224); 3. Robert Stettler (198).
SR VET 50+ EX: 1. Kevin Jordan (260); 2. Brad Rudy (186); 3. Jim Ottele (153); 4. Joe Steffen (146); 5. Larry Earhart (144).
SUPER SR 60+ NOV/AM: 1. Bill Wright (262); 2. Paul Claybaugh (219); 3. Gary Lane (210).
SUPER SR 60+ EX: 1. Steve Kukla (259); 2. Ron Moore (257); 3. Dan Kane (210).
PREMIER SR 70+: 1. Allan Girdler (168); 2. Gary Lane (164); 3. Mike Brooks (132).
BOMBER NOV: 1. John Farmer (175); 2. Shawn Chamlee (171).
BOMBER AM: 1. Ken Shilling (169); 2. Paul Claybaugh (163).
BOMBER EX: 1. Jeff Johnson (150); 2. Joe Steffen (128); 3. Travis Petton II (115).
[For more from the final SCFTA round of 2016, please see “2016 SCFTA Championship Series Wrap-Up, Part One” by Rodney Rutherford… Editor]