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Kukla and Hartell Dominate Flat Track Weekend

| 9 September 2017 12:18 pm

CALVMX/100% Flat Track Regional Series
Round 4: Camp Lockett Event and Equestrian Facility

Story by Steve Caro
Photos by Kathryn Caro
CAMPO, CA, AUG. 26-27, 2017

Slip-sliding away…

Slip-sliding away…

The flat-track community returned to the Camp Lockett Event and Equestrian Facility (a.k.a. “CLEEF”) for round four of the CALVMX/100% Flat Track Regional Series on a hot August weekend, with the prospect of 100-degree heat for the area. Nevertheless, a healthy turnout of two-, three- and four-wheel racers filled the pit area on both Saturday and Sunday. The warm breezes throughout the weekend kept the track crew busy with regular water-truck sessions and track grooming to keep the oval race-ready.

Rolling Thunder.

Rolling Thunder.

On Saturday, after the heat races to set starting positions, the racers lined up for their class finals under the supervision of chief starter Rudy Gil.

In the Powder Puff Novice division, it was Chris Roysdon, on her 1970s-era Yamaha, vs. Karen Gariepy, on her modern-era Kawasaki KX two-stroke. At the drop of the flag, Roysdon and Gariepy were side by side as they headed down the back straight. The two of them swapped the lead throughout the 10-lap race. Roysdon used the lower center of gravity on her vintage mount to corner in a tighter arc, and she pulled off a final pass to take the checkers ahead of Gariepy.

The Powder Puff Novice contest was a battle between Chris Roysdon (144) and Karen Gariepy (right).

The Powder Puff Novice contest was a battle between Chris Roysdon (144) and Karen Gariepy (right).

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Honda riders Steve Kukla and Jeff Apple topped the field in the Over 50 Expert class. A first-lap melee saw the mixed field of bikes scattering in all directions to avoid several downed bikes, resulting in a red-flag stoppage and a restart.

At the start, Kukla powered into the lead, with Apple close behind. Kukla was able to fend off Apple’s numerous pass attempts as the two powered around the CLEEF oval. Kukla flashed across the finish line with about a two-bikelength lead over runner-up Apple.

Steve Kukla (16) finished first in the Over 50 Expert class…

Steve Kukla (16) finished first in the Over 50 Expert class…

… with Jeff Apple (27) right behind.

… with Jeff Apple (27) right behind.

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Tom Decrescente maintained his control of the Open A Three-Wheeler division, taking the main-event win on Saturday. His main competition was Mathew Carrick, who was ready to challenge Decrescente for the main-event victory.

The start saw them nearly side by side and diving deep into the corners in spectacular broadslides. Bad luck hit Carrick, as he made a slight bobble exiting turn two, slowing his pace. That was all Decrescente needed to pull away for the win.

Mathew Carrick was runner-up in the Open A Three-Wheel class.

Mathew Carrick was runner-up in the Open A Three-Wheel class.

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Yamaha rider Eric Hartell has topped the winners’ list in the Quad Open A class for the past several seasons. His skill with the powerful four-wheeled machines on the oval has been unrivaled. On Saturday, in addition to his usual challengers, three-wheeler champ Tom Decrescente took to the oval on a two-stroke-powered Suzuki. After a tight battle in their heat race, in which Decrescente nabbed the victory, over Hartell, the two lined up for the main event.

Eric Hartell (121K, left) and Tom Decrescente (4Q, right) skirmish in Quad Open A competition.

Eric Hartell (121K, left) and Tom Decrescente (4Q, right) skirmish in Quad Open A competition.

The start saw Yamaha-mounted Mike Weaver leading into turn one, with Hartell and Decrescente close behind. Exiting turn three, Hartell and Decrescente swept into the top two positions, followed by Weaver and Kyle Hearold. Hartell was in perfect form throughout the race, and he held the lead, with Decrescente giving chase. At the finish, it was Hartell with the win, followed by Decrescente and Hearold.

Eric Hartell (121K) was victorious in the Quad Open A contest.

Eric Hartell (121K) was victorious in the Quad Open A contest.

Tom Decrescente was runner-up in the Quad Open A class.

Tom Decrescente was runner-up in the Quad Open A class.

Kyle Hearold came in third in the Quad Open A contest.

Kyle Hearold came in third in the Quad Open A contest.

Not to be outdone by the A-division excitement, series regular Racheal Weaver took a popular win on her Yamaha in the Quad Open B main. Racheal, who also competes in the Kart division, took the lead on the back straight on lap one and used a low-line strategy to hold on to the lead, despite the challenges of Mark Ortiz and Tyson Snyder.

Racheal Weaver (22W) topped the Quad Open B main event.

Racheal Weaver (22W) topped the Quad Open B main event.

Tyson Snyder (1X) was the third-place finisher in Saturday’s Quad Open B main.

Tyson Snyder (1X) was the third-place finisher in Saturday’s Quad Open B main.

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A majority of the competitors stayed for the second day of racing. Track conditions were hampered by the high heat and rapidly drying conditions, despite increased watering sessions by the water truck. Numerous spins and low-side spills occurred during the day, fortunately without injury.

It was a battle of the Collies in the Youth (16 and Up) Intermediate final, as Honda-mounted Braydin Collie squared off against his brother, Kawasaki jockey Larry Collie. Using a perfect start, Braydin powered into the lead and kept Larry at bay on his way to a flag-to-flag victory.

Braydin Collie (737) was best in show in the Sunday’s Youth (16 and Up) Intermediate class.

Braydin Collie (737) was best in show in the Sunday’s Youth (16 and Up) Intermediate class.

Larry Collie (17A) was runner-up in Sunday’s Youth (16 and Up) Intermediate contest.

Larry Collie (17A) was runner-up in Sunday’s Youth (16 and Up) Intermediate contest.

Sunday’s Open Bike Expert finale featured Byron Kukla against his main challengers and fellow Honda riders Jeff Apple and Daltin Collie. Kukla led the pack at the start of the final, followed by Daltin and Apple. Lap two saw Apple move into second, behind Kukla, with Daltin riding in third. Kukla never faltered on the rapidly changing track surface and powered his way to the win, followed by Apple and Daltin Collie.

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Drifts, with a chance of dust.

Drifts, with a chance of dust.

A potpourri of karts was on hand on Sunday, with the largest class being the Four-Stroke Open A class. In the main event, Dan Brown grabbed the lead following the pace lap and used a smooth style to keep his racer pointed in the right direction and out of the hay bales to take a flag-to-flag victory, followed by Craig Crossland and Danny Gay.

Dan Brown was golden in Sunday’s Kart Four-Stroke Open A class.

Dan Brown was golden in Sunday’s Kart Four-Stroke Open A class.

Craig Crossland (101) crossed the line in second in the Kart Four-Stroke Open A class.

Craig Crossland (101) crossed the line in second in the Kart Four-Stroke Open A class.

Sunday’s most spectacular final was in the Quad Open A class. Eric Hartell again faced a determined class of challengers, including a second two-stroke Suzuki, this one ridden by series regular Kevin Ellsworth, joining Tom Decrescente’s “stroker.”

In the main, Hartell absconded with the holeshot at the start, followed by Decrescente and Ellsworth. Midway through the race, the close-quarters battle of the leaders resulted in the cones that mark the inside corners being scattered across the track, leading to a red flag.

Kevin Ellsworth was runner-up in Sunday’s Quad Open A finale.

Kevin Ellsworth was runner-up in Sunday’s Quad Open A finale.

On the restart, Hartell took the lead, pursued by Decrescente and Ellsworth. Hartell began to stretch out his lead while, behind him, Ellsworth, whose riding style utilizes an extreme amount of body English on his “Quadzilla,” powered his way into second, followed by Decrescente. Essentially unchallenged, Hartell wrapped up his second win on the weekend, followed by Ellsworth and Decrescente.

Quad quadrille.

Quad quadrille.

Other main-event winners included Yamaha-mounted Mathew Carrick, in Three-Wheeler 250cc A action; Honda rider Dayna Dunn, in the Three-Wheeler Women’s A class; Yamaha rider Daniel Guermero, in ’70’s Singles Novice competition; and Honda-mounted Mathew Savoy, in the Open Novice (12 and Under) division.

Dayna Dunn got the deed done in the Three-Wheeler Women’s A class.

Dayna Dunn got the deed done in the Three-Wheeler Women’s A class.

Mathew Savoy won the Open Novice (12 and Under) contest.

Mathew Savoy won the Open Novice (12 and Under) contest.

Round five of the six-event Flat Track Series is scheduled for the weekend of September 23 and 24 at Camp Lockett. As with all CALVMX events, classes will be offered for all ability levels and machines.

For further information on Vintage Motocross racing, see calvmx.net and ahrma.org.

Camp Lockett Event and Equestrian Facility
Campo, California
Results: August 26-27, 2017 (Round 4 of 6)

Saturday

POWDER PUFF BEG: 1. Summer Kukla (Hon).

POWDER PUFF NOV: 1. Chris Roysdon (Yam); 2. Karen Gariepy (Kaw).

YOUTH (0-12) BEG 0-51: 1. Curtis Nugent (Cob).

YOUTH (0-12) BEG 0-100: 1. Mathew Savoy (Hon); 2. Landyn Antoine (Qui).

YOUTH (0-12) BEG: 1. Curtis Nugent (Cob).

YOUTH (0-12) EX: 1. Colin Petton.

ADULT MINI 100 INT: 1. Bill Lyons (Kaw).

OPEN NOV: 1. Josh Tovar (Yam); 2. Karen Gariepy (Kaw).

OPEN INT: 1. Shawn Chamlee (Hon); 2. Braydin Collie (Hon).

OPEN EX: 1. Byron Kukla (Hon); 2. Travis Petton III (Hon); 3. Jeff Apple (Hon).

OPEN KNOBBY INT: 1. Ted Kukla (KTM); 2. Brent Wilkinson (Yam).

YOUTH (16+) 0-101: 1. Colin Petton (KTM).

YOUTH (16+) BEG ANY SIZE: 1. Luke Apple (Hon).

YOUTH (16+) INT ANY SIZE: 1. Larry Collie (Kaw); 2. Braydin Collie (Hon).

VET 35+ INT: 1. Shawn Chamlee (Hon).

VET 35+ EX: 1. Byron Kukla (Hon).

SR VET 50+ EX: 1. Steve Kukla (Hon); 2. Jeff Apple (Hon).

SPORTSMAN 250 EX: 1. Phil Hall (Hon).

SPORTSMAN 60+ NOV: 1. Luke Sayer (BSA).

OPEN SUPER SR 60+ INT: 1. Tom Ferguson (Yam).

CLASSIC 250 NOV: 1. Geoff Patrick (Tri).

’70S SINGLES NOV: 1. Kyle Apple (Hon).

’70S SINGLES INT: 1. Ken Shilling (Yam); 2. Shawn Chamlee (Hon); 3. Bruce Mayfield (Yam).

’70S SINGLES EX: 1. Brad Roysdon (Yam).

’70S 2-STROKE EX: 1. Phil Hall (Hon).

POST-VINTAGE 250 EX: 1. Travis Petton IV.

POST-VINTAGE 600 NOV: 1. Josh Tovar (Yam).

POST-VINTAGE 600 INT: 1. Shawn Chamlee (Hon); 2. Bruce Mayfield (Yam).

POST-VINTAGE 600 EX: 1. Travis Petton IV (Hon).

3-WHEEL OPEN A: 1. Tom Decrescente (Hon); 2. Mathew Carrick (Hon).

PULL-START NOV: 1. Cody Brown (Tac); 2. Michael Foley (Tac).

PULL-START EX: 1. Dan Brown (Hon).

KART KP2 PIPE B: 1. Racheal Weaver.

KART OPEN 125 A: 1. R. Marcus.

4-STROKE KART ADULTS: 1. Jason Bishop; 2. Dan Brown; 3. Craig Crossland.

KIDS KART: 1. Curtis Nugent.

QUAD OPEN A: 1. Eric Hartell (Yam); 2. Tom Decrescente (Suz); 3. Kyle Hearold; 4. Mike Weaver (Yam).

QUAD OPEN B: 1. Racheal Weaver (Yam); 2. Mark Ortiz; 3. Tyson Snyder (Yam).

Sunday

YOUTH (0-12) 0-51 BEG: 1. Curtis Nugent (Cob).

YOUTH (0-12) 0-101 NOV: 1. Mathew Savoy (Hon).

YOUTH (16+) INT: 1. Braydin Collie (Hon); 2. Larry Collie (Kaw).

4-STROKE JR (8-14) OPEN: 1. Lauren Bishop.

4-STROKE (16+) OPEN: 1. Allyson Von Yokes.

OPEN BEG (0-12): 1. Curtis Nugent (Cob).

OPEN NOV (0-12): 1. Mathew Savoy (Hon).

OPEN NOV: 1. Josh Tovar (Yam).

OPEN INT: 1. Braydin Collie (Hon).

OPEN EX: 1. Byron Kukla (Hon); 2. Jeff Apple (Hon); 3. Daltin Collie (Hon).

OPEN KNOBBY NOV: 1. Joshua Sharp (Hon).

OPEN KNOBBY INT: 1. Tanner Pies (Kaw); 2. Larry Collie (Hon).

VET 35+ EX: 1. Byron Kukla (Hon).

SR VET 50+ EX: 1. Steve Kukla (Hon); 2. Jeff Apple (Hon).

’70S SINGLES NOV: 1. Daniel Guermero (Yam); 2. Kyle Apple (Hon).

POST-VINTAGE 600 NOV: 1. Josh Tovar (Yam).

3-WHEEL WOMEN OPEN A: 1. Dayna Dunn (Hon).

3-WHEEL 250 A: 1. Mathew Carrick (Yam); 2. Mike Dunn (Hon).

3-WHEEL 250 B: 1. Chandler Dunn (Hon).

3-WHEEL OPEN A: 1. Tom Decrescente (Hon).

3-WHEEL OPEN B: 1. Julian Hoefert (Hon); 2. Ric Mahlmeister (Hon).

KIDS KART (5-7) A: 1. Shane Holt.

KIDS KART (5-7) B: 1. Curtis Nugent.

KART 4-STROKE OPEN: 1. Dan Brown; 2. Craig Crossland; 3. Danny Gay; 4. George Wolfe; 5. Jason Bishop.

KART KPV JR A: 1. Shane Holt.

KART KPV 2 PIPE: 1. Racheal Weaver.

KART KPV 4 SR A: 1. Karl Von Yokes.

KART OPEN 100 B: 1. Rick Elderer.

KART OPEN 125 B: 1. R. Marcus.

QUAD OPEN A: 1. Eric Hartell (Yam); 2. Kevin Ellsworth (Suz); 3. Tom Decrescente (Suz); 4. Kyle Hearold (Yam); 5. Mike Weaver (Yam).

QUAD OPEN B: 1. Steve Kerchner (Yam); 2. Tracy Kerchner (Yam); 3. Rachael Weaver (Yam).

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