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Black Cloud Dumps on CFTA Western Championship Event in Carson City – No Problem

| 25 August 2017 12:37 pm

CFTA California Flat Track Association Western Series Championship
Round 7: Fuji Park

Story and Photos by Kelly Huth
CARSON CITY, NV, AUG. 19, 2017

Despite a darkening sky, swirling winds, and a 90-minute rain delay, the California Flat Track Association put on a dazzling show under the lights at Carson City, Nevada’s Fuji Park. The event was well attended by more than a thousand spectators and nearly 200 entrants.

Emcee “Crazy Chris” Ackerman and former Pro motocrosser Jim Holly entertained the crowd during breaks in the races.

Emcee “Crazy Chris” Ackerman and former Pro motocrosser Jim Holly entertained the crowd during breaks in the races.

The day began with a riders’ meeting at 12:45 p.m., followed by afternoon practice, heat races and main events.

Practice started ominously, with Hunter Brooks’ high-side off turn two, which tore his rotator cuff, and he required a trip to the ER. Fortunately, he returned later that night to acknowledge the crowd’s concern and to say a few words. Without a doubt, he’s one tough 14-year-old.

Hunter Brooks (55Z) dabs a foot into the cushion during practice.

Hunter Brooks (55Z) dabs a foot into the cushion during practice.

While races progressed through the afternoon program, the black clouds boiled overhead and eventually showered the Nevada desert for more than half an hour. After a thorough soaking that left standing water on the track, race director Mike Carli and the two track builders huddled and called a play action fake that appeared to move mud and water into the center of the well-drained track rather than to the outside. It worked, and the track was in shape in time to complete both the afternoon and evening programs safely and on schedule.

Dark clouds moving over Fuji Park.

Dark clouds moving over Fuji Park.

Operators worked the track with heavy equipment after the downpour.

Operators worked the track with heavy equipment after the downpour.

Prize money was generous, with Pro Singles and Women’s All-Star Invitational paying the same purse of $2,500 each. The Dash For Cash paid $1,000 to the winner, the Hooligans contest paid $1,000, and $500 went to the Expert Singles. Steffan Nielson provided a $1,500 purse for the “Running of the Buls.” Supporting classes ranged from the Super Seniors for 60-year-old-plus riders to the 4-year-old Pee Wees.

Kage Tadman (28), a 65cc-110cc Expert and Heads-Up rider, stepping out and getting low as he backs it into the turn.

Kage Tadman (28), a 65cc-110cc Expert and Heads-Up rider, stepping out and getting low as he backs it into the turn.

Pro Singles
In the Pro Singles class, with Hunter Brooks out after his get-off in the practice session, 11 riders would contend for the top prize money and McDonald’s trophy presentation. Having won the Dash For Cash earlier in the evening, Mikey Rush looked confident at the start of the race, and he didn’t disappoint himself or the crowd on his way to a decisive victory.

Mikey Rush (54) swings it sideways during the Pro Singles competition.

Mikey Rush (54) swings it sideways during the Pro Singles competition.

Mikey Rush takes the Pro Singles win!

Mikey Rush takes the Pro Singles win!

Women’s All-Star Invitational
Heats one and two of the Women’s Invitational predicted the finish of the main, but these women showed what tough competitors they are. On-track interviews gave the crowd a chance to see, up close, the women who have the talent, courage and stamina to compete in the sport at this level.

Julia Heess (13Y) getting sideways during practice.

Julia Heess (13Y) getting sideways during practice.

Julia Heess took control early in the race and won in spite of the backmarkers she had to pass in order to keep the persistent Jaycee Jones and Sara Saathoff behind her.

Julia Heess (13Y), Jaycee Jones (33), Sara Saathoff (19) and the rest of the field lose traction at the start of the Women’s All-Star Invitational contest.

Julia Heess (13Y), Jaycee Jones (33), Sara Saathoff (19) and the rest of the field lose traction at the start of the Women’s All-Star Invitational contest.

Expert Singles
In the most competitive race of the evening, eventual winner Stephen Sikorski was dogged by eventual second-place finisher Matt Yapelli for every lap of the race. The only time Matt wasn’t putting a wheel up inside of Sikorski’s bike was when a rider went down inside of turns three and four, forcing Yapelli to take the outside. The two leaders had put nearly a straightaway between themselves and the eventual third-place finisher, Bobby Caldeira, who had a hard time getting around Frank Chesebro. Then Chesebro also lost fourth place to Garry Reynolds on the last lap.

Stephen Sikorski (22S) is nudged across the finish line by runner-up Matt Yapelli (44).

Stephen Sikorski (22S) is nudged across the finish line by runner-up Matt Yapelli (44).

Amateur Singles
The largest race of the night, with 23 entrants, was the Amateur Singes final. This was the one to watch if you wanted to see the future of the sport, as well as some of the most talented Amateur adult riders and mechanics.

“Shrek” checks his paperwork as Branden Weller and Brendon Borrego check out Tarren Santero’s starting position (second row, far right).

“Shrek” checks his paperwork as Branden Weller and Brendon Borrego check out Tarren Santero’s starting position (second row, far right).

In an interesting twist to a Northern California rivalry, Tarren Santero started from inside the second row, but he managed to come back to take second place, passing friend and rival Branden Weller on the way.

However, it was Richard Thorwaldson who took the checkered flag first, in front of Santero and Bryan Berna, who took third.

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Hooligans
A cacophony of sounds disturbed the air as the big bikes circled the track, the low rumble of the V-twins clashing with the high-pitched whine of inline fours like a baby screaming at a lawnmower.

From the start, Chris McDougal stayed in front, but the eventual third- and fourth-place finishers diced it up pretty well. Wade Boyde and Chad Valker, who brought up the rear, looked like they were at a disadvantage, given the limited wheel choices on their Japanese machines.

Chris McDougal (14) brings it across the finish line.

Chris McDougal (14) brings it across the finish line.

Winner Chris McDougal (14), runner-up Jordan Graham (47) and third-place finisher Mitch Gallagher (75) collect their trophies for the Hooligan race.

Winner Chris McDougal (14), runner-up Jordan Graham (47) and third-place finisher Mitch Gallagher (75) collect their trophies for the Hooligan race.

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For this photojournalist, the rain was a welcome intermission from a long day on the track carrying 50 pounds of equipment in 90-degree weather. Also, I verified that my new lens passed its weather-seals test without a trace of moisture or fog. Kudos to the CFTA for hosting another fantastic Western Series Championship Flat Track event in Carson City, Nevada!

A gratuitous Jack Jones-going-sideways shot.

A gratuitous Jack Jones-going-sideways shot.

For full results, visit http://www.tracksideresults.com/cfta/class.asp?e=24&c=all.

Fuji Park
Carson City, Nevada
Results: August 19, 2017 (Round 7)

Afternoon Program

PEE WEE (4-6): 1. Colton Shafer; 2. Mark Harris Jr.; 3. Camlin Durelle.

PEE WEE (6-8): 1. Colton Shafer; 2. Paul Freeman; 3. Mark Harris Jr.

PEE WEE (7-8): 1. Paul Freeman; 2. Kaylinn Smith; 3. Diem Durelle.

65-110 HEADS UP: 1. Kage Tadman; 2. Isabella Mitchell; 3. Dalton Hunn.

65-110 EX: 1. Kage Tadman.

85-150 AM: 1. Jonathan Schaefer; 2. Zack Gard; 3. Chase Emerson.

85-150 EX: 1. Chase Saathoff; 2. Branden Weller; 3. Kenny Holland; 4. Bryson Berna.

85-150 HEADS UP: 1. Chase Saathoff; 2. Kenny Holland.

100 MODIFIED/150 STOCK: 1. Wiles Stapp; 2. Reena Manka.

100-230 AM: 1. Nick Ledou; 2. Tim Lampe; 3. Aleksei Simone; 4. Chris Larson; 5. J.J. LaCruze; 6. Wiles Stapp; 7. Chase Emerson; 8. L.D. Chesnut; 9. Denise Berard; 10. Joe Brown.

100-230 HEADS UP: 1. Jonathan Schaefer; 2. Anthony Bonanno; 3. Rochelle Miller.

230 UNLIMITED: 1. Nick Ledou; 2. Rick Ziemer Jr.; 3. Kevin Fox; 4. Rick Ziemer.

250 AM: 1. Tarren Santero; 2. Branden Weller; 3. Mason Olson; 4. Mike Lampe; 5. Bryson Berna.

250 EX: 1. Dominic Dias; 2. Jake Mitchell; 3. Frank Chesebro.

TRIAL/MX AM: 1. Devin Valker; 2. Aeden Veach.

SUPER SR 60+ OPEN: 1. Dave Keil; 2. Tom Baugh; 3. Jay Gardner; 4. Mark Hunter; 5. Tim Niles; 6. Wade Boyd; 7. Mark Topping; 8. Donald Rasmussen.

SR 50+ OPEN: 1. Sid Reed; 2. Henry Hayes; 3. David Ehrhart; 4. Scott Reed; 5. Brad Raymond; 6. Jack Roberts; 7. Tom Baugh; 8. Joe Danze; 9. Joel Huskey; 10. David Gengenbach; 11. Mark Hunter; 12. Eric Lindauer; 13. Tim Rott; 14. Tim Lampe; 15. Rich Holland; 16. Tony Witherspoon; 17. Gene Fitzsimmons; 18. Gregory Nichols.

VINTAGE LIGHT HEADS UP: 1. Rick Ziemer Jr.; 2. Dave Keil; 3. Jay Gardner; 4. Alan Johnson; 5. Rick Ziemer.

VINTAGE MODERN: 1. Greg Gilmore; 2. Perry Smith; 3. Jack Jones.

VINTAGE HEAVY AM: 1. Tim Doda; 2. Tim Rott; 3. Riley McKee; 4. John Retta; 5. Chris LaCruze.

VINTAGE HEAVY EX: 1. Jack Jones; 2. Mitch Gallagher; 3. Thor Drake; 4. Mark Topping; 5. Scott Whitaker; 6. Gene Fitzsimmons; 7. Gregory Nichols.

OPEN HEADS UP: 1. Bryan Berna; 2. Craig Reynolds; 3. Wade Boyd.

OPEN TRIAL/MX AM: 1. Collin McHaney; 2. Brendon Borrego; 3. James Holly; 4. David Gengenbach; 5. Aaron Wishart.

OPEN TRIAL/MX EX: 1. T-Mo Moore; 2. Trevor Arden; 3. Jake Porter.

AM SINGLES: 1. Richard Thorwaldson; 2. Tarren Santero; 3. Bryan Berna; 4. Riley McKee; 5. Brendon Borrego; 6. Dominic Dias; 7. Craig Reynolds; 8. Jake McHaney; 9. Kenjiro Tsuji; 10. Craig Reynolds; 11. Morris Bell; 12. Lance Smith; 13. Mikaela Nichols-Lionetti; 14. Samantha Berry; 15. Miranda Soderstrom.

VET AM: 1. Richard Thorwaldson; 2. Nick Ledou; 3. Sid Reed; 4. Perry Smith; 5. Jack Roberts; 6. Shane Bell; 7. Matt Marinsik; 8. Chris Larson; 9. Craig Reynolds; 10. Kamsey Durelle; 11. Chris LaCruze.

VET EX: 1. Ricky Henson; 2. A.J. Kirkpatrick; 3. Chad Valker; 4. Bryan Berna; 5. Frank Chesebro; 6. Nicholas Baugh; 7. Brad Raymond.

Evening Program

FEMALE OPEN 150+: 1. Julia Rankin; 2. Jaycee Jones; 3 Sara Saathoff; 4. Makenna Hiatt; 5. Chrystal Ponsock; 6. Kamsey Durelle; 7. Shasta L’Heureux; 8. Samantha Berry; 9. Reena Manka; 10. Mikaela Nichols-Lionetti; 11. Annie Wyman; 12. Miranda Soderstrom.

PRO SINGLES: 1. Mikey Rush; 2. John Vanderlaan; 3. Josh Mott; 4. James Monaco; 5. Chris McDougal; 6. Colt Foster; 7. Ricky Henson; 8. Brad Miller; 9. Chris Corbari; 10. Sean Jones; 11. Michael Rodrigues.

DASH FOR CASH: Mikey Rush.

HOOLIGAN 750 EX: 1. Chris McDougal; 2. Jordan Graham; 3. Mitch Gallagher; 4. Thor Drake; 5. Wade Boyd; 6. Chad Valker.

EX SINGLES: 1. Stephen Sikorski; 2. Matthew Yapelli; 3. Bobby Caldeira; 4. Garry Reynolds; 5. Frank Chesebro; 6. Conor Odgen; 6. Julia Rankin; 7. Chad Valker; 8. David Ehrhart; 9. Jordan Graham.

RUNNING OF THE BULS EX 35+: 1. James Monaco; 2. Dominic Monaco; 3. Michael Rodrigues; 4. Jordan Graham; 5. Matthew Yapelli.

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