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The Wizard Works His Magic at Perris Short Track

| 17 October 2017 4:21 pm

SCFTA Pro-Am Short Track
Southern California Flat Track Association Championship Series
Round 8: Perris Raceway

Story and Photos by David N. Haughs
PERRIS, CA, OCT. 6, 2017

In 2015, Jeffery Carver Jr. came halfway across the country to compete in the AMA National Championship season finale at the Los Angeles County Fairplex in Pomona, California. The night before the National, he won both the Dash For Cash and the Pro main event at Southern California Flat Track Association’s Perris Short Track.

He returned to Perris to compete in this year’s American Flat Track Championship finale at Perris Motor Speedway. The night before the AFT Championship finale, he scored his second win on SCFTA’s beautifully groomed cushion track. Carver wasted no time getting down to business, as he slid under Kyle Kolkman going into the first turn on the second lap of his heat race to take the lead.

Jeffrey Carver Jr. (23) was second off the line, behind Kyle Kolkman (98), at the start of the Pro heat race.

Jeffrey Carver Jr. (23) was second off the line, behind Kyle Kolkman (98), at the start of the Pro heat race.

Carver was in second place off the line and followed Kolkman, waiting for an opportunity to take over the lead.

On the second lap, Carver set himself up on the inside of Kolkman going into turn one, and the two riders slid into the turn just inches apart. They made contact as Carver took the inside line – and the lead – away from Kolkman, pushing him to the outside.

Jeffrey Carver Jr. (23) made contact with Kyle Kolkman (98) as he slid under the leader on the second lap of the heat race, taking the point position away from Kolkman.

Jeffrey Carver Jr. (23) made contact with Kyle Kolkman (98) as he slid under the leader on the second lap of the heat race, taking the point position away from Kolkman.

Carver led the remainder of the heat race, drifting into the turns and powering out, pulling away from the rest of the field. After Carver took the checkered flag, the fans came alive, showing their appreciation for Carver’s impressive ride.

After taking the lead, Jeffrey Carver Jr. (23) slid into the corners and powered out of them flawlessly until the checkered flag flew.

After taking the lead, Jeffrey Carver Jr. (23) slid into the corners and powered out of them flawlessly until the checkered flag flew.

Jeffrey Carver Jr. (23) waves at the appreciative crowd after taking the checkered flag in his heat race.

Jeffrey Carver Jr. (23) waves at the appreciative crowd after taking the checkered flag in his heat race.

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In the 65cc-70cc Open class, Travis Horn fought his way to the front of the field to win the main event, followed by Sierra Hickerson and Jasper Heathfield.

Travis Horn (25) powers around the outside of Sierra Hickerson (3) to take the lead in the 65-70cc Open main event.

Travis Horn (25) powers around the outside of Sierra Hickerson (3) to take the lead in the 65-70cc Open main event.

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In the Classic Vintage 500-750cc class, Jim Ottele was able to move from third place going into the first turn of the race to a win in the main event. Gio Takamine was able to capture a second-place finish, ahead of Joe Pape.

Flyn Stone (62) and Gio Takamine (5X) battle for position in the Classic Vintage 500-750cc class, followed by Jim Ottele (58Y).

Flyn Stone (62) and Gio Takamine (5X) battle for position in the Classic Vintage 500-750cc class, followed by Jim Ottele (58Y).

In the Framers Only class, Jeff Johnson led everyone into the first turn and held that lead all the way to the checkers for the win. Randy Bergman, aboard his 360cc Bultaco Astro, successfully worked the outside cushion to overtake traffic and garner a second-place finish. Jim Lundgren finished the event in third place.

Three-wide going into turn one at the start of the Framers Only main event were (from left to right) Jeff Johnson (37), Randy Bergman (4P), Joe Steffen (6), Jim Lundgren (70L), Ken Shilling (26B) and Shawn Chamlee (3B).

Three-wide going into turn one at the start of the Framers Only main event were (from left to right) Jeff Johnson (37), Randy Bergman (4P), Joe Steffen (6), Jim Lundgren (70L), Ken Shilling (26B) and Shawn Chamlee (3B).

Randy Bergman (4P) was able to work the outside cushion to capture a runner-up finish in the Framers Only class.

Randy Bergman (4P) was able to work the outside cushion to capture a runner-up finish in the Framers Only class.

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Kevin “Goon” Lambert (1) topped the podium in the Vet Over 35 Amateur class.

Kevin “Goon” Lambert (1) topped the podium in the Vet Over 35 Amateur class.

Larry Collie (92X) dives into the first turn ahead of Bobby Frankenberger (97) and Tom Sahli (4) at the start of the Open Beginner main event.

Larry Collie (92X) dives into the first turn ahead of Bobby Frankenberger (97) and Tom Sahli (4) at the start of the Open Beginner main event.

Larry “Iceman” Collie (92X) is on the gas going into turn one on his way to being top gun in the Open Beginner class.

Larry “Iceman” Collie (92X) is on the gas going into turn one on his way to being top gun in the Open Beginner class.

Kevin Jordan (137) slides into turn one on his way to a victory in the Senior Vet Over 50 Expert class.

Kevin Jordan (137) slides into turn one on his way to a victory in the Senior Vet Over 50 Expert class.

Jon Nunes (71M) was the first one to the checkers in the Vet Over 35 Expert class, followed by Kevin Jordan and Keith Williams.

Jon Nunes (71M) was the first one to the checkers in the Vet Over 35 Expert class, followed by Kevin Jordan and Keith Williams.

Jim Lundgren (70L) fought for a first-place finish with Joe Steffen (6), the second-place finisher in the Bomber Expert class.

Jim Lundgren (70L) fought for a first-place finish with Joe Steffen (6), the second-place finisher in the Bomber Expert class.

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Randy Di Francesco led the rest of the field around the track to take the win in the Open Novice main event. Shawn Chamlee came from fourth place, working his way through traffic, to capture a second-place finish, behind Di Francesco. Daltin Collie was able to hold on to the third-place position, ahead of Justin Simons, who finished fourth.

Randy Di Francesco (95), on the gas coming out of turn four, is on his way to a win in the Open Novice class. He is being chased by Daltin Collie (91), Justin Simons (51) and Shawn Chamlee (behind Collie).

Randy Di Francesco (95), on the gas coming out of turn four, is on his way to a win in the Open Novice class. He is being chased by Daltin Collie (91), Justin Simons (51) and Shawn Chamlee (behind Collie).

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At the end of the evening, 15 professional riders lined up for the Pro main event. When the green flag flew, it was Jeffrey Carver Jr. and then Kyle Kolkman shooting into the first turn, with 13 hungry Pros close behind. John Vanderlaan emerged out of the pack to join Carver and Kolkman as the three front-runners.

With four of the first five riders being previous Pro-class winners at Perris, and any one of them being capable of winning at any time, the racing was fierce!

Vanderlaan was followed by Nick Armstrong, André Ochs and Oliver Brindley.

Nick Armstrong (60), on his way to a sixth-place finish in the Pro main event.

Nick Armstrong (60), on his way to a sixth-place finish in the Pro main event.

It was hard to keep track of the bar-banging action as they began lapping slower riders. Kolkman and Vanderlaan kept the pressure on Carver the entire race, but Carver was perfect lap after lap, making no mistakes.

Jeffrey Carver Jr. (23) led the Pro main event, but Kyle Kolkman (98) and John Vanderlaan (12) kept the pressure on throughout the entire race.

Jeffrey Carver Jr. (23) led the Pro main event, but Kyle Kolkman (98) and John Vanderlaan (12) kept the pressure on throughout the entire race.

Kyle Kolkman (98) in pursuit of Jeffrey Carver Jr., followed by John Vanderlaan (12), Nick Armstrong (60) and Oliver Brindley (124).

Kyle Kolkman (98) in pursuit of Jeffrey Carver Jr., followed by John Vanderlaan (12), Nick Armstrong (60) and Oliver Brindley (124).

Just missing a spot on the podium was Oliver Brindley from England. Brindley rode a great race, passing both Armstrong and Ochs to garner a fourth-place finish.

Oliver Brindley (124) gets traction out of turn four to get by Nick Armstrong (60) and move into fourth place.

Oliver Brindley (124) gets traction out of turn four to get by Nick Armstrong (60) and move into fourth place.

John Vanderlaan (12) was under pressure from Oliver Brindley (124, behind Vanderlaan), who was looking for a way to take over the final podium position.

John Vanderlaan (12) was under pressure from Oliver Brindley (124, behind Vanderlaan), who was looking for a way to take over the final podium position.

When the checkered flag came out, it was Carver who crossed the finish line first, followed by Kolkman and Vanderlaan.

Jeffrey Carver Jr. (23) stayed mistake-free lap after lap.

Jeffrey Carver Jr. (23) stayed mistake-free lap after lap.

Following the Pro main event, joining victor Jeffrey Carver Jr. (23) in the winners’ circle were runner-up Kyle Kolkman (98) and third-place finisher John Vanderlaan (12).

Following the Pro main event, joining victor Jeffrey Carver Jr. (23) in the winners’ circle were runner-up Kyle Kolkman (98) and third-place finisher John Vanderlaan (12).

Perris Raceway
Perris, California
Results: October 6, 2017 (Round 8)

50 2-STROKE BEG: 1. Drake Conner; 2. Kensi Matsudaira; 3. Brayden Reed.

50 4-STROKE BEG: 1. Drake Conner; 2. Kensi Matsudaira; 3. Brayden Reed.

50 4-STROKE NOV: 1. Owen Williams.

50 OPEN: 1. Drake Conner.

65-70 2-STROKE NOV: 1. Jasper Heathfield.

65-70 4-STROKE BEG: 1. Kensi Matsudaira; 2. Madison Simons.

65-70 4-STROKE NOV: 1. Jasper Heathfield; 2. Sierra Hickerson; 3. Owen Williams.

65-70 OPEN: 1. Travis Horn; 2. Sierra Hickerson; 3. Jasper Heathfield.

85-100 4-STROKE NOV: 1. Travis Horn.

85-100 4-STROKE AM: 1. Conner Hickerson.

85-100 2-STROKE BEG: 1. Jadon Schroeder.

85-100 2-STROKE AM: 1. Ryder Di Francesco; 2. Conner Hickerson; 3. Braydin Collie; 4. Colin Petton.

85-100 4-STROKE BEG: 1. Sierra Hickerson; 2. Isabella Mitchell; 3. Jadon Schroeder.

85 OPEN: 1. Colin Petton; 2. Ryder Di Francesco; 3. Conner Hickerson; 4. Braydin Collie; 5. Travis Horn; 6. Sierra Hickerson.

250 YOUTH OPEN: 1. Travis Petton IV; 2. Grant Holmes; 3. Zack Earwood; 4. Jake Mitchell; 5. Conner Hickerson.

BOMBER AM: 1. Shawn Chamlee; 2. Paul Colston; 3. Paul Claybaugh.

BOMBER EX: 1. Jim Lundgren; 2. Joe Steffen; 3. Ken Shilling; 4. Anthony Mitchell; 5. D. Locke.

OPEN UNCLASSIFIED A MAIN: 1. Travis Petton IV; 2. André Ochs; 3. Grant Holmes; 4. Evan Markus; 5. Dan Lowther; 6. Tony Elias; 7. Bronson Pearce; 8. Nick Garcia; 9. James Ott.

OPEN UNCLASSIFIED B MAIN: 1. Matthew Zacher; 2. Robert Bush; 3. Daltin Collie; 4. Jaycee Jones; 5. Aiden Brown; 6. Larry Collie; 7. Daniel Layton.

OPEN BEG: 1. Larry Collie Jr.; 2. Bobby Frankenberger; 3. Tom Sahli.

OPEN NOV: 1. Randy Di Francesco; 2. Shawn Chamlee; 3. Daltin Collie; 4. Justin Simons; 5. Jake Mitchell; 6. David Layton; 7. Jim Brown.

OPEN AM: 1. Nick Garcia; 2. Neal Hartman; 3. Jaycee Jones; 4. Chris Osborn; 5. L.J. Gronek; 6. Justin Hanson; 7. Kevin Neilson.

OPEN EX: 1. Travis Petton IV; 2. Matthew Zacher; 3. Evan Markus; 4. Grant Holmes.

PRO: 1. Jeffrey Carver Jr.; 2. Kayl Kolkman; 3. John Vanderlaan; 4. Oliver Brindley; 5. André Ochs; 6. Nick Armstrong; 7. Rob Pearson; 8. Clayton Williams; 9. Colt Foster; 10. Bronson Pearce; 11. Dan Lowther; 12. Maikel Dykstra; 13. Dawson Schieffer; 14. Toni Elias; 15. Aidan Brown.

FRAMERS ONLY: 1. Jeff Johnson; 2. Randy Bergman; 3. Jim Lundgren; 4. Shawn Chamlee; 5. Ken Shilling; 6. Jim Bandelin; 7. Joe Steffen.

POWDER PUFF: 1. Sierra Hickerson; 2. Isabella Mitchell.

MEN’S OPEN 4-STROKE: 1. Brad Rudy; 2. Conner Hickerson; 3. Marc Heathfield; 4. John Girdler; 5. Tim Dughman.

VET 35+ AM: 1. Kevin Lambert; 2. Shawn Chamlee; 3. L.J. Gronek; 4. Kevin Neilson.

VET 35+ EX: 1. Jon Nunes; 2. Kevin Jordan; 3. Keith Williams; 4. Robert Bush.

SR VET 50+ NOV: 1. Randy Di Francesco; 2. Paul Colston; 3. Barney Stern; 4. James Brown.

SR VET 50+ AM: 1. Brad Rudy; 2. Neal Hartman; 3. Tom Baugh; 4. Chris Osborn; 5. Fred Armenta; 6. Mike Mosby.

SR VET 50+ EX: 1. Kevin Jordan; 2. Larry Earhart; 3. Randy Bergman; 4. Jim Ottele.

SUPER SR 60+ NOV/AM: 1. Tom Baugh; 2. Gary Lane; 3. Mike Boals; 4. Bill Wright; 5. Barney Stern; 6. Paul Claybaugh; 7. Greg Powell.

SUPER SR 60+ EX: 1. Jim Kessler; 2. Dan Kane.

PREMIER SR: 1. Gary Lane; 2. Allan Girdler.

CLASSIC VINTAGE 500-750: 1. Jim Ottele; 2. Gio Takamine; 3. Joe Pape; 4. Flyn Stone; 5. Fred Berger.

[Stay tuned for more from this event to be posted soon on Today’s Cycle Coverage… Editor]

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