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Portfolio from Round Nine of the SCFTA Championship Series

| 9 December 2017 12:06 pm

Southern California Flat Track Association Championship Series
Round 9: Perris Raceway

Story and Photography by Tom Corley/tcestudios@netzero.net
PERRIS, CA, NOV. 11, 2017

Flat-track racers got two chances to “Feel the Beat”… “Feel the Pulse”… “Feel the Excitement!” as the SCFTA hosted a doubleheader for rounds nine and 10 of its Championship Series, and those who camped out and participated in both days’ racing earned a 10-point bonus. Were there plenty of racers and classes? Oh yes, there sure were, with 28 classes on Saturday for the ninth round, and that is what will be feature in this Part One of our Portfolio coverage.

One might ask, Were two days of racing too challenging for some?

Track hotshoe Travis Petton IV reported: “The two-day racing didn’t affect me at all, and I wasn’t sore or tired.”

One might conclude that it was just plain double the fun!

Starting off this portfolio is a tribute to the legendary Tom White, who was a flat-track racer at long tracks such as Ascot Park. Following that are plenty of action shots from both heat races and main events, including the Pro main event, in which Colt Foster took top honors – and the cash, too. Colt gives his detailed account of his unforgettable winning night of racing. Topping things off are three of the awards winners who received plaques emblazoned with images of two champion flat-track aces.

This portfolio is best enjoyed on a full-screen computer…

This day’s participants took a backward lap, as the motorcycle community lost a true ambassador with the passing of Tom White. This entrepreneur, who started White Brothers, was also a very good flat-track racer.

This day’s participants took a backward lap, as the motorcycle community lost a true ambassador with the passing of Tom White. This entrepreneur, who started White Brothers, was also a very good flat-track racer.

Jaycee Jones (left) and the SCFTA officials.

Jaycee Jones (left) and the SCFTA officials.

Jaycee Jones explained why she was with the other officials at the announcing tower: “At the riders’ meeting, I was announcing that I will be doing multiple fund raisers throughout the next couple months to raise money for the Amateur Nationals I will be racing in July 2018.”

This is one beautiful bike, which Jaycee Jones (33) raced to a third-place finish in the Open Amateur event.

This is one beautiful bike, which Jaycee Jones (33) raced to a third-place finish in the Open Amateur event.

“I’m still getting used to the new bike and making adjustments on it and was having trouble with it during the night,” Jones explained, “so the Southland Racing crew was hurrying in between mains to get it taken care of. I’m trying to get as much seat time as I can before the Nationals. I felt like I rode good all day; just a couple of things to work on. Can’t thank my team and these sponsors enough: Rosa Plates, Southland Racing, G&G Racing, Douglas Motorcycles, and Mom.”

Who is this cool little guy whose head is matching colors with his KTM bike? That’s Brayden Reed from Whittier, California. (Why, that just happens to be the same city this reporter lives in!) Let’s see how Brayden does out on the track…

Who is this cool little guy whose head is matching colors with his KTM bike? That’s Brayden Reed from Whittier, California. (Why, that just happens to be the same city this reporter lives in!) Let’s see how Brayden does out on the track…

Brayden Reed (20) takes turn one on his KTM, and as you can see, he is wearing a real helmet now. On the day, he placed third in the 50cc Four-Stroke Beginners class and took fourth in the 50cc Two-Stroke Beginner race.

Brayden Reed (20) takes turn one on his KTM, and as you can see, he is wearing a real helmet now. On the day, he placed third in the 50cc Four-Stroke Beginners class and took fourth in the 50cc Two-Stroke Beginner race.

You’re never too old to get on a minibike or scooter! Just take a look at these two men. Of course, they are just having fun and not going out on the track. You would have to be in a Hell On Wheels event to do that, guys.

You’re never too old to get on a minibike or scooter! Just take a look at these two men. Of course, they are just having fun and not going out on the track. You would have to be in a Hell On Wheels event to do that, guys.

Bobby Tocco went from racing Adult Minis in motocross to flat-track racing. He already had the mini in his collection for Men’s Open Four-Stroke racing, but he had to buy a bigger bike from Southland Cycle to race in the Vet Over 50 Amateur event. How did he do? This wasn’t his night, as he humbly admitted that he needs to get in more practice to compete with these hotshoes. Bobby will be back!

Bobby Tocco went from racing Adult Minis in motocross to flat-track racing. He already had the mini in his collection for Men’s Open Four-Stroke racing, but he had to buy a bigger bike from Southland Cycle to race in the Vet Over 50 Amateur event. How did he do? This wasn’t his night, as he humbly admitted that he needs to get in more practice to compete with these hotshoes. Bobby will be back!

Perfection in sliding is what you see here, as Nick Garcia (97) takes turn one. Nick took first place in the Open Amateur class, which made coming up from San Diego worthwhile.

Perfection in sliding is what you see here, as Nick Garcia (97) takes turn one. Nick took first place in the Open Amateur class, which made coming up from San Diego worthwhile.

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Here come the Classic Vintage bikes, which might be the most interesting ones out on the track. Some of these bikes go back to the 1940s and 1950s. When you check out these bikes in the pits and talk to their owners, they gladly share decades of knowledge and stories about racing. Here, Flynn Stone (62) leads his rival and buddy Joe Pape (75). Indian-mounted Jim Ottele from Redlands, California, was the champion of the class.

Here come the Classic Vintage bikes, which might be the most interesting ones out on the track. Some of these bikes go back to the 1940s and 1950s. When you check out these bikes in the pits and talk to their owners, they gladly share decades of knowledge and stories about racing. Here, Flynn Stone (62) leads his rival and buddy Joe Pape (75). Indian-mounted Jim Ottele from Redlands, California, was the champion of the class.

At the other end of the age groups that are racing, a young Drake Conner (95) takes to the inside of turn one. For Drake, it was a night on which he took home three plaques.

At the other end of the age groups that are racing, a young Drake Conner (95) takes to the inside of turn one. For Drake, it was a night on which he took home three plaques.

We’ve been following the racing adventures of Braydin Collie (737) from motocross on the other side of the Perris fence to here on the flat track. He’s good at both sports.

We’ve been following the racing adventures of Braydin Collie (737) from motocross on the other side of the Perris fence to here on the flat track. He’s good at both sports.

“The two days [of racing] didn’t really affect [me], other than the track [being] amazing Saturday night to being dryer on Sunday,” Braydin Collie reported. “It wasn’t too difficult. I tried out the Petton Racing number 82 – 250cc – and it was definitely a learning curve. In fact, I think that was the hardest part – adjusting from bike to bike – which I believe affected my performance a little bit on the 80cc. Don’t get me wrong; it was an absolute blast, though I can’t wait for 2018. I didn’t get the best results, but coming into the make-up round December 16, I will just be focusing on the best I believe I can do.”

Travis Horn (25) and Braydin Collie (737) duel in 85cc Open racing. Conner Hickerson (who has already gone past in this photo) became the winner, and Rocco Landino was the runner-up. Horn placed third, and Collie took fourth.

Travis Horn (25) and Braydin Collie (737) duel in 85cc Open racing. Conner Hickerson (who has already gone past in this photo) became the winner, and Rocco Landino was the runner-up. Horn placed third, and Collie took fourth.

Braydin Collie made sure to remember his friends: “Thanks to all my sponsors behind me who have gotten me here: HRP Hose and Rubber Products, Woody’s Crane Service Racing, Mom and Dad, Bryce’s Tractor Service, Thor MX, Maxima Racing Oils, Niceride Clothing and Apparel, Atlas Pumping, S&S Offroad, Bornman Plastering, I-8 Dezert Racers, Burns and Sons Trucking, and the Man up above.”

Super slider André Ochs (46) takes the inside in race 11, with Jake Mitchell (3) on the outside. This was the Open Unclassified event, which is always fun and competitive.

Super slider André Ochs (46) takes the inside in race 11, with Jake Mitchell (3) on the outside. This was the Open Unclassified event, which is always fun and competitive.

André Ochs had a rather eventful Saturday.

“We headed to the Elsinore GP and did a couple of practice laps out there,” Ochs explained. “From there, we went to the Perris Flat Track. Practice went well. We were trying some new electronics but couldn’t really tell if they changed the bike. In the Unclassified heat, I didn’t get the start I was looking for but made a few passes and finished third. In the Pro heat, I was on the outside, so I did what I could to get to the front as soon as possible. I made my way to third and couldn’t make up any more ground. Then the mains rolled around and I got a decent start in the Unclassified main and made my way to finish second, behind Travis Petton IV. In the Pro main, I got a decent start and stayed in third the whole race. Either way, it was a great day, and we learned some new things that we changed on Sunday.”

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Does racing get any closer than this? If it did, somebody would be down on the track! Just look at Craig Peyron (26C), whose leg is about to be treaded on by Nick Gil (17E). It didn’t happen, but it looked mere inches away from happening. This was the Framers class, in which Fontana Radiator’s Jeff Johnson was victorious, over Gil and Peyron.

Does racing get any closer than this? If it did, somebody would be down on the track! Just look at Craig Peyron (26C), whose leg is about to be treaded on by Nick Gil (17E). It didn’t happen, but it looked mere inches away from happening. This was the Framers class, in which Fontana Radiator’s Jeff Johnson was victorious, over Gil and Peyron.

In the Open Unclassified event, there was more tight racing with Nick Gil (17E), this time against Evan Markus (54) and Bryon Kukla (92). Travis Petton IV was the winner, over André Ochs and Nick Gil.

In the Open Unclassified event, there was more tight racing with Nick Gil (17E), this time against Evan Markus (54) and Bryon Kukla (92). Travis Petton IV was the winner, over André Ochs and Nick Gil.

Off the line with a few wheels lifting up a bit, here we go in the Open Unclassified class, featuring Travis Petton IV (1) and Grant Holmes (1N).

Off the line with a few wheels lifting up a bit, here we go in the Open Unclassified class, featuring Travis Petton IV (1) and Grant Holmes (1N).

Now we are into the Travis Petton IV portion of our coverage. He summed up his night: “I won all three heats and mains on Saturday in the 250cc Expert, Open Expert and Unclassified [classes].”

Grant Holmes stood out and photographed well with that bright new jersey he wore, courtesy of Fly.

“I really like racing two days, although it can wear you out,” Holmes confided. “I was lucky to get sponsored by Fly. They always keep me looking good with the latest gear.”

Grant Holmes (1N), garbed in his new stand-out jersey from Fly, takes the holeshot.

Grant Holmes (1N), garbed in his new stand-out jersey from Fly, takes the holeshot.

Though Holmes did so well with this start, he continues to push himself and not be too satisfied.

“The weekend didn’t go as planned,” Holmes confessed. “I didn’t get the results I wanted.”

This is the way to slide, and Grant Holmes shows how it’s done. If you look closely, you can see that there’s another bike behind Grant; sure enough, that’s Travis Petton IV, and these two are evenly matched.

This is the way to slide, and Grant Holmes shows how it’s done. If you look closely, you can see that there’s another bike behind Grant; sure enough, that’s Travis Petton IV, and these two are evenly matched.

Holmes has a lot of sponsors behind him, and he thanked every one of them: “Yamaha Motor USA, 6D Helmets, DT1 Filter Service, XBrandrt, NJK Leathers, Paint by Smokey, Mika Metals, 2X Promotions, Jimmy Wood 37, Topowersports, Dirt Digits, Real Rod Lake, Bryan “Too Cold” Holmes, Hope Holmes, Blu Cru Yamaha, RM Parks Inc., Southland Racing, Jimmy Wood Suspension, Fontana Radiator, and Gene and Gail Cummings.”

Somehow, Travis Petton IV (1) worked his way around Grant Holmes (1N) to win the Open Unclassified race.

Somehow, Travis Petton IV (1) worked his way around Grant Holmes (1N) to win the Open Unclassified race.

While Grant Holmes stands out with his bright new jersey, Travis Petton IV (1), wearing a black outfit, sort of blends in with the background. Still, he separates himself from the rest by getting great starts and taking wins, as he did on this night. This is the Open Unclassified class, and here Travis takes the first turn ahead of Jake Mitchell (3).

While Grant Holmes stands out with his bright new jersey, Travis Petton IV (1), wearing a black outfit, sort of blends in with the background. Still, he separates himself from the rest by getting great starts and taking wins, as he did on this night. This is the Open Unclassified class, and here Travis takes the first turn ahead of Jake Mitchell (3).

Here are some guys with colorful outfits that separate them from the black of the night. This is the Vet Over 35 Expert contest, with Kevin Jordan (137) on the outside and Scott Hanson (44) going to the inside.

Here are some guys with colorful outfits that separate them from the black of the night. This is the Vet Over 35 Expert contest, with Kevin Jordan (137) on the outside and Scott Hanson (44) going to the inside.

Kevin Jordan expressed his appreciation for those who have helped his racing effort: “I would like to thank Jon Nunes and Ryan Reed for helping me step up my game. I love the competition, and thanks to all the hard-working people that run the track, allowing us old folks to line up.”

Jordan finished the main in first place. Jon Nunes was runner-up, Ryan Reed came in third, and Scott Hansen placed fourth.

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In Pro heat racing, these guys really want to take the lead – and, eventually, the cash – in the Pro main. Here, Bronson Pearce (32) takes the lead to the inside, ahead of John Vanderlaan (12) and Nick Gil (17E).

In Pro heat racing, these guys really want to take the lead – and, eventually, the cash – in the Pro main. Here, Bronson Pearce (32) takes the lead to the inside, ahead of John Vanderlaan (12) and Nick Gil (17E).

“I had a lot of fun and worked on a lot of things,” Bronson Pearce confided, “so, overall, it was a good weekend. I like to try new things every time I’m on the bike to try and better my riding abilities.”

Now, this is some close racing in the first turn, between Jim Kesler (52) and John Garcia (41) as they compete for the Super Senior Over 60 Expert title.

Now, this is some close racing in the first turn, between Jim Kesler (52) and John Garcia (41) as they compete for the Super Senior Over 60 Expert title.

“We raced to the first turn,” Jim Kesler recounted about the Super Senior Over 60 Expert contest. “John Garcia got around me on the inside and got me. On the back straight, I pulled up alongside of him, and on the second lap I got underneath him and held him off to the finish.”

Great racing, Jim and John! Kesler took the overall win, with Garcia as the runner-up.

Colt Foster (84E) doesn’t just slide; he drifts.

Colt Foster (84E) doesn’t just slide; he drifts.

“I’ve been getting more and more comfortable on my new bike, and the things a rocket!” exclaimed Colt Foster.

And the Pro Main winner is – Colt Foster!

And the Pro Main winner is – Colt Foster!

There’s nothing better than getting a detailed report on how the race went from the winner’s perspective, so let’s let Colt tell all!

“I got the holeshot in the main,” Foster said, “which is the greatest boost of confidence you can find! I knew I had to ride hard to stay out front, so I rode my butt off for 10 laps while focusing on smooth, mistake-free laps. I didn’t look back until the halfway point. I felt myself start to tire a bit and knew I had to conserve energy to put up a fight with John Vanderlaan, who I thought would catch me. I was excited to see at the end that I maintained a good lead ahead of John.”

And who is the girl riding with Colt on his victory lap?

“The girl is Andrea Gelb – my girlfriend,” Colt said.

Great win, Colt! Now enjoy the Pro purse money!

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Now it was time for the awards, and first up we’ve got a plaque bearing an image of Jeffrey Carver, held by Bakersfield, California’s Bobby Frankenberger, who took first place in the Open Beginner contest.

Now it was time for the awards, and first up we’ve got a plaque bearing an image of Jeffrey Carver, held by Bakersfield, California’s Bobby Frankenberger, who took first place in the Open Beginner contest.

Simi Valley, California’s Matthew Savoy won the 85cc Two-Stroke Beginner class, and here he holds a plaque emblazoned with an image of Travis Petton IV.

Simi Valley, California’s Matthew Savoy won the 85cc Two-Stroke Beginner class, and here he holds a plaque emblazoned with an image of Travis Petton IV.

You’ve seen Drake Conner from Lancaster, California, out on the track in our portfolios before, but now you get to see him without a helmet. He’s a busy little guy: He placed in three classes on this day, and that’s why he’s holding three plaques. Drake has sponsors such as Bowen Precision, Cycle Gear and, yes, Wienerschnitzel. Just look at his hat!

You’ve seen Drake Conner from Lancaster, California, out on the track in our portfolios before, but now you get to see him without a helmet. He’s a busy little guy: He placed in three classes on this day, and that’s why he’s holding three plaques. Drake has sponsors such as Bowen Precision, Cycle Gear and, yes, Wienerschnitzel. Just look at his hat!

A sunset at Perris Raceway always seems to be one of the best. But wait, the beat, pulse and excitement were all going to happen again the very next morning, as this was a doubleheader!

A sunset at Perris Raceway always seems to be one of the best. But wait, the beat, pulse and excitement were all going to happen again the very next morning, as this was a doubleheader!

Stayed turned for Part Two of our coverage of this special event, to be posted soon on Today’s Cycle Coverage…

Perris Raceway
Perris, California
Results: November 11, 2017 (Round 9)

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

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

50 4-STROKE BEG NOV: 1. Owen Williams.

50 OPEN: 1. Drake Conner.

65-70 4-STROKE BEG: 1. Kensei Matsudaira; 2. Madison Simons; 3. Austin Hill.

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

65 OPEN: 1. Sierra Hickerson; 2. Travis Horn; 3. Kristian Daniel Jr.

85 2-STROKE BEG: 1. Matthew Savoy; 2. Jadon Schroeder.

85-100 2-STROKE AM: 1. Conner Hickerson; 2. Braydin Collie; 3. Rocco Landers; 4. Colin Petton.

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

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

85 4-STROKE NOV: 1. Travis Horn.

85 4-STROKE AM: 1. Conner Hickerson.

85 OPEN: 1. Conner Hickerson; 2. Rocco Landers; 3. Travis Horn; 4. Braydin Collie; 5. Colin Petton; 6. Sierra Hickerson; 7. Matthew Savoy.

YOUTH 250 OPEN: 1. Travis Petton IV; 2. Grant Holmes; 3. Jake Mitchell; 4. Zack Earwood; 5. Frank Flores; 6. Conner Hickerson; 7. Alyssa Flores; 8. Braydin Collie.

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

OPEN UNCLASSIFIED: 1. Travis Petton IV; 2. André Ochs; 3. Nick Gil; 4. Evan Markus; 5. Byron Kukla; 6. Grant Holmes; 7. Nick Garcia; 8. Daniel Layton; 9. Jaycee Jones; 10. Jake Mitchell; 11. Larry Collie; 12. Daltin Collie.

OPEN BEG: 1. Larry Collie; 2. Bobby Frankenberger; 3. Jason Stopher; 4. Rich Silva; 5. David Meyer.

OPEN NOV: 1. Justin Simons; 2. Shawn Chamlee; 3. Daniel Layton; 4. Jake Mitchell; 5. Matthew Ott; 6. Daltin Collie; 7. Alyssa Flores; 8. Frank Flores; 9. Dan Daughenbaugh; 10. Bryon Berna.

OPEN AM: 1. Nick Garcia; 2. L.J. Gronek; 3. Jaycee Jones; 4. Justin Hanson; 5. Chris Osborn.

OPEN EX: 1. Travis Petton IV; 2. Evan Markus; 3. Grant Holmes; 4. Byron Kukla; 5. Robert Bush.

PRO: 1. Colt Foster; 2. John Vanderlaan; 3. André Ochs; 4. Nick Gil; 5. James Ott; 6. Bronson Pearce; 7. Julia Heess.

POWDER PUFF: 1. Sierra Hickerson; 2. Isabella Mitchell; 3. Marissa Silva.

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

BOMBER EX: 1. Jeff Johnson; 2. Craig Peyron; 3. Jim Lundgren; 4. Ken Shilling; 5. Joe Steffen; 6. Rick Reed; 7. Bryan Berna.

VET 35+ AM: 1. Shawn Chamlee; 2. L.J. Gronek; 3. Jess Flores; 4. Dan Daughenbaugh.

VET 35+ EX: 1. Kevin Jordan; 2. Jon Nunes; 3. Ryan Reed; 4. Scott Hanson; 5. Robert Bush; 6. Bryan Berna; 7. Rich Hanson.

SR VET 50+ NOV: 1. Paul Colston; 2. Mike Boals.

VET 50+ AM: 1. Rolf Greenhill; 2. Tom Baugh; 3. Chris Osborn; 4. Brad Rudy.

SR VET 50+ EX: 1. Jon Nunes; 2. Kevin Jordan; 3. Jim Ottele; 4. Larry Earheart; 5. John Clayton.

SUPER SR 60+ NOV/AM: 1. Tom Baugh; 2. Gary Lane; 3. Patrick Hayes; 4. Wayne Warrington.

SUPER SR 60+ EX: 1. Jim Kesler; 2. John Garcia; 3. Dan Kane.

PREMIER SR 70+: 1. Gary Lane; 2. Allan Girder.

FRAMERS: 1. Jeff Johnson; 2. Nick Gil; 3. Craig Peyron; 4. Jim Lundgren; 5. Shawn Chamlee; 6. Joe Steffen; 7. Rolf Greenhill; 8. Ken Shilling; 9. Jim Bandelin; 10. Bryan Berna.

CLASSIC VINTAGE 500-750: 1. Jim Ottele; 2. Go Takamine; 3. Lenny Rodriguez; 4. Flyn Stone; 5. Mike Boal; 6. Joe Pape.

VINTAGE 750: 1. Jim Ottele; 2. John Clayton.

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