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Mees Does It Again on Day Two!

| 26 October 2017 2:27 pm

Eddie Mulder’s West Coast Dirt Track Series
Day 2: Joey Brown Memorial Race at Willow Springs Walt James Stadium

Story and Photos by Karen Gould/Checkered Flag Photography
ROSAMOND, CA, OCT. 1, 2017

This was day two of Eddie Mulder’s West Coast Dirt Track Series at Willow Springs. Sunday morning began with the riders and families gathered again but this time with even more excitement, because there was even more prize money to be won! Also, this was the official Joey Brown Memorial Race.

Congratulation and a salute to the boys in memory of Joey Brown.

Congratulation and a salute to the boys in memory of Joey Brown.

Joey Brown, number 19Z, has been an icon in California motorcycle racing for years. Brown hailed from Paso Robles, California, where he owned and operated Brown’s Cycles, catering to the needs of racers for many years – and he was a pretty successful racer himself. He raised four boys: Ronnie Brown, David Brown, Daniel Brown, and Little Ron. Joe and his sons have all thrown their legs over iron horses since they were youngsters, and they have won many championships and awards through the years, so it was an honor to pay homage to Joey’s legacy after he passed away in October of 2016.

In attendance to pay respects to Joey Brown were event sponsors Mark and Randy Zimmerman, Rod Lake, Terry Otton and Sid Payne Jr. The Paynes generously donated a water truck for the weekend. Also on hand were Mike Haney, a TT winner at the Astrodome; Bill Bartel of Bartel’s Harley-Davidson; Chuck Palmgren; Sammy Tanner; Digger Helm; Jerry Carr; Ron Wood; Steve De Lorenzi, promoter of both the Sacramento and Calistoga events in 2017; actor Barry Weiss; and so many more.

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The riders’ meeting started off the day, followed by two reverse laps for all who cared to join in, led by the Brown brothers and promoter Eddie Mulder, in honor of Joey Brown and all the other riders who have recently passed on. It was a moving tribute, and it was just the first of the day.

Practice got started, and that was followed by the heat races, the Rod Lake Racing and Terry Otton Racing Dash For Cash, the semis and the main events.

Promoter Eddie Mulder (center) has a word with Ronnie Brown (second from left) before the Brown Brothers Memorial Race for their dad.

Promoter Eddie Mulder (center) has a word with Ronnie Brown (second from left) before the Brown Brothers Memorial Race for their dad.

Racing also included a memorial race for the Brown boys to race against one another in honor of their dad. Gathered on the infield were the families, fans, and other riders to offer a salute at the finish line to the winner and at the same time to show their respect for Joey. Being the close family that they are, the brothers gathered coming out of turn four and crossed the finish line together. There was not a dry eye in the house.

Larry Earhardt (16E) topped the Senior Open class, followed by Randy Di Francesco (95).

Larry Earhardt (16E) topped the Senior Open class, followed by Randy Di Francesco (95).

Highlights of the day included Danny Ritchie riding Herbie Wolf’s EM Ltd. Triumph to a strong victory in the Modern 750cc class, in front of Tom Horton and Danny’s brother Gary Ritchie, the Willow Springs master at track preparation.

Rick Reed and Steve Craft battled in the Senior Novice/Super Senior class of 14 rider. Gary Ritchie rounded out this podium, too.

Gary Ritchie aboard the Wolfe EM Ltd. Triumph.

Gary Ritchie aboard the Wolfe EM Ltd. Triumph.

Mark La Due, seated on a 1942 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead 1200, showed the mixed Dinosaur and Classic 250cc classes the fastest way around the track, leading the field from flag to flag. Jim Ottele, piloting a 1937 Indian 750, finished second, followed by Roland Sands, riding a 1941 Indian 750. Both Ottele and Sands had experienced mechanical difficulties on Saturday.

David Brown, proudly riding his dad’s number-19Z Honda 360, beat John Lundgren and Jeff Lesley in the Modern 500cc class. These three rode this race one, two, three from start to finish.

David Brown (19Z) and Jim Lundgren (70) in Modern 500cc action.

David Brown (19Z) and Jim Lundgren (70) in Modern 500cc action.

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Jeff Gonzales, a regular at the Willow Springs races for many years, was happy to see his old friend and competitor from the Chowchilla Barnburner Series, Jason Craven, at Willow – but maybe he was not so happy to finish fourth, behind Jack Jones, Craven and Lundgren in the 500cc Support class.

Young Dominic De Mario took the 80cc class home.

It was Kage Tadman who got to the checkered flag first in the 50cc class.

On Saturday, Grant Holmes had beaten Travis Petton IV in the Open Amateur A class. On Sunday, Petton twisted the throttle just a bit more and won the class. Bronson Pearce finished third.

Hunter Brooks, another fast youngster from California, won the Open Amateur B main.

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Always competitive when the stakes are even higher, Jared Mees topped both the Dash For Cash and the Digger Helm Open Pro main event, sponsored by Specialty Fabrications Inc.

Sammy Halbert (69, left) and Jared Mees (9) skirmish in the Dash.

Sammy Halbert (69, left) and Jared Mees (9) skirmish in the Dash.

Sponsor Terry Otton got a ride after Jared Mees won the Dash For Cash.

Sponsor Terry Otton got a ride after Jared Mees won the Dash For Cash.

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The start of the Open Pro main brought everyone to their feet!

The start of the Open Pro main brought everyone to their feet!

In the Open Pro contest, Sammy Halbert, who is always strong at Willow, held the lead for nine laps. On lap 10, Mees took the lead away and never looked back, winning the race.

Jared Mees (9) at speed.

Jared Mees (9) at speed.

The biggest move of the race came from Jeffrey Carver Jr. After having to qualify for the 16-rider main event, placing in the top two of his semi, he started in the third row. Reeling in riders every lap, Carver raced his way all the way up to a second-place finish!

At the checkers, it was Mees, Carver and Halbert, in that order.

Jared Mees (9) barely held off Jeffrey Carver (23) in the Pro main event.

Jared Mees (9) barely held off Jeffrey Carver (23) in the Pro main event.

The Open Pro podium was comprised of winner Jared Mees (9), runner-up Jeffrey Carver Jr. (23) and third-place finisher Sammy Halbert (69).

The Open Pro podium was comprised of winner Jared Mees (9), runner-up Jeffrey Carver Jr. (23) and third-place finisher Sammy Halbert (69).

In a show of true sportsmanship, Jared Mees and Jeffrey Carver Jr. shake hands after the race.

In a show of true sportsmanship, Jared Mees and Jeffrey Carver Jr. shake hands after the race.

Among the 28 registered entries in Sunday’s Pro class were notable riders such as England’s Oliver Brindley, who has ridden the last half of the AFT Series; Maikel Dykstra, who hails from the Netherlands; and Suzuki rider Toni Elias, the inaugural champion of the Moto2 World Championship and the 2017 MotoAmerica Superbike Champion.

Maikel Dykstra (58) was a flying Dutchman around the track at Walt James Stadium.

Maikel Dykstra (58) was a flying Dutchman around the track at Walt James Stadium.

Tony Elias (24, left) and Dominic Cameron (11D) in an Open semi.

Tony Elias (24, left) and Dominic Cameron (11D) in an Open semi.

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Track-prep guru Gary Ritchie outdid himself once again, as did the flaggers, the scorekeepers, the tech people, John Sides, the water-truck drivers, Eddie and Jodi and their whole staff, who orchestrated another spectacular event. The Joey Brown Memorial weekend was an exciting event filled with passion, emotion and good racing.

Following the racing, Eddie and Jodi, the Zimmermans, Digger Helm and the rest of the West Coast Dirt Track Series team gathered for the awards ceremony that would end an exceptional weekend of racing with reminiscing and time shared with friends. Plaques were presented to the top three in each class, along with the envelopes for the Pros. Comments of appreciation are always made at Willow about the girth of the envelopes presented, and many comments about the whole positive and appreciative vibe of the weekend were shared.

Fred Berger (97) took his classic 250 to the checkers in the Classic 250cc class.

Fred Berger (97) took his classic 250 to the checkers in the Classic 250cc class.

Special thanks to the dedicated sponsors, without whom this event would not happen: Mark and Randy Zimmerman of Specialty Fabrications Inc.; Rod Lake Racing; Terry Otton Racing; Barnett Clutches and Cables; Motion Pro; Digger Helm number 57; Coventry Spares; JRC Engineering; Brown’s Cycles; Maxima Racing Oils; Triumph North America; British Customs; Today’s Cycle Coverage.com; S&S Offroad Magazine; and Pro Plates.

Plans are in the works for the Lake Cachuma Vintage Bike Rally, slated for June 1 through 4 in 2018. Stay tuned to the West Coast Dirt Track Facebook page and website for news as it becomes available.

Willow Springs Walt James Stadium
Rosamond, California
Results: October 1, 2017 (Day 2)

YOUTH 50: 1. Gage Morast.

YOUTH 60: 1. Kage Tadman; 2. Sierra Hickerson.

YOUTH 80: 1. Dominic De Mario; 2. Ryder Di Francesco; 3. Blake Ash; 4. Colin Petton; 5. Kage Tadman; 6. Conner Hickerson.

250 OPEN: 1. Grant Holmes; 2. Travis Petton IV; 3. Tucker Mount; 4. Jacob Cascio; 5. Conner Hickerson; 6. Bryson Berna.

MODERN 500: 1. David Brown; 2. Jim Lundgren; 3. Jeff Lessley; 4. Ron Lessley.

MODERN 750: 1. Danny Ritchie; 2. Tom Horton; 3. Gary Ritchie; 4. John Lundgren; 5. Larry Earhart; 6. Brian Cassara; 7. Ross Stuckert; 8. D-Dan McDougall; 9. Mark La Due; 10. Charlie Caspary.

500 SUPPORT: 1. Jack Jones; 2. Jason Craven; 3. Jim Lundgren; 4. Jeff Gonzales; 5. Rick Reed; 6. Danny Ritchie; 7. Jeff Spohr; 8. Shawn Chamlee; 9. Erik Bland; 10. Ken Shilling; 11. Mike Boal; 12. Lucas Dunev.

OPEN AM A: 1. Travis Petton IV; 2. Grant Holmes; 3. Bronson Pearce; 4. Matthew Zacher; 5. Julia Hess; 6. Daniel Brown; 7. Tucker Mount; 8. Michael Hill; 9. Vaughn McCafferty; 10. Nick Garcia; 11. Jaycee Jones.

OPEN AM B: 1. Hunter Brooks; 2. Dominic Cameron; 3. Bryan Berna; 4. Lucas Dunev; 5. Matthew Ott; 6. Bobby Frankenberger; 7. Steve Powers.

DASH FOR CASH: 1. Jared Mees; 2. Sammy Halbert; 3. Mikey Rush; 4. Davis Fisher.

OPEN PRO: 1. Jared Mees; 2. Jeffrey Carver Jr.; 3. Sammy Halbert; 4. Henry Wiles; 5. Bronson Bauman; 6. J.D. Beach; 7. Ryan Wells; 8. Briar Bauman; 9. Davis Fisher; 10. Chad Cose; 11. Nick Armstrong; 12. James Ott; 13. Kayl Kolkman; 14. Maikel Dykstra; 15. John Vanderlaan.

VET: 1. Curtis Peebles; 2. Bryan Berna; 3. Rob Bush; 4. L.J. Gronek; 5. John Lundgren; 6. Toni Elias; 7. Jack Roberts; 8. Chad Valker; 9. Shawn Chamlee; 10. Steve Powers.

SR OPEN: 1. Larry Earhart; 2. Randy Di Francesco; 3. Jim Ottele; 4. Jack Roberts; 5. Brian Cassara; 6. Scott Reed; 7. Erik Bland; 8. Barney Stern; 9. Joe Danze.

SUPER SR/SR NOV: 1. Rick Reed; 2. Steve Craft; 3. Ron Lessley; 4. Jay Gardner; 5. Gary Ritchie; 6. Dave Keil; 7. Mike Boal; 8. Shane Van Sickle; 9. Fred Berger; 10. D-Dan McDougall; 11. Charlie Caspary; 12. Sten Kelley.

SR VINTAGE: 1. Tom Horton; 2. Jeff Lessley; 3. Jim Ottele; 4. Jay Gardner.

CLASSIC 250: 1. Fred Berger.

CLASSIC 500: 1. Tom Horton; 2. Chris Rudy; 3. Kenny Thiebaud; 4. Jim Ottele; 5. Lenny Rodriguez; 6. Roland Sands; 7. Flyn Stone; 8. James Kohls; 9. Maury Austin; 10. Joe Pape.

DINO: 1. Mark La Due; 2. Jim Ottele; 3. Roland Sands; 4. Brent Johnson.

[For more from day one of this doubleheader, please see “Mees Takes the Pro Win at Willow!” by Karen Gould… Editor]

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