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Portfolio from Round 10 of the SCFTA Championship Series

| 15 December 2017 3:19 pm

Southern California Flat Track Association Championship Series
Round 10: Perris Raceway

Story and Photography by Tom Corley/tcestudios@netzero.net
PERRIS, CA, NOV. 12, 2017

Two is better than one, or so goes the proverb. For example. there’s the In-’n’-Out Double-Double… and there is also the doubleheader flat-track event brought to you by the SCFTA!

That’s right, two days of racing, which was double the fun and worth 10 extra points for those who partook. Camping out Saturday night gave participants an opportunity to meet other participants without their helmets on, light up some firewood and keep warm. Most had motorhomes and trailers, while those who slept in their vans were perfectly toasty, too. Take racer Tom Baugh, who reported after Saturday’s event was done: “It was time to party and eat good food with good friends and then get a good night’s sleep. It was a beautiful Sunday morning and a great start for some flat-track throttle therapy.”

The following portfolio includes impressions from other racers. There’s everything from minis to classic racers, the return of Rolf Greenhill to the track, the always-impressive battle between Travis Petton IV and Grant Holmes, a couple of action shots of riders who took a spill (because that’s part of racing), and the always-most-competitive Pro main. You will have to view all of this presentation to see just who was the Pro main-event winner… and yes, there’s two pictures of well-controlled fires.

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Wakey, wakey! A new day has begun, and with it comes another SCFTA flat-track race. Time to get your breakfast on, and Jaycee Jones is doing some good cooking! Classic racers Joe Pape and Flyn Stone – (yes, we saw you walking around the pits!) – it’s time to change out of those holiday pajamas and get into your race gear…

Wakey, wakey! A new day has begun, and with it comes another SCFTA flat-track race. Time to get your breakfast on, and Jaycee Jones is doing some good cooking! Classic racers Joe Pape and Flyn Stone – (yes, we saw you walking around the pits!) – it’s time to change out of those holiday pajamas and get into your race gear…

Fire! Warm up your throttle hand over the fire (and this photographer’s shutter finger, too)! It was going to be a full day of racing. It was mostly overcast, which kept the track from drying out, though the sun did peak out from behind the clouds now and then. (And there will be another fire picture toward the end of this portfolio…)

Fire! Warm up your throttle hand over the fire (and this photographer’s shutter finger, too)! It was going to be a full day of racing. It was mostly overcast, which kept the track from drying out, though the sun did peak out from behind the clouds now and then. (And there will be another fire picture toward the end of this portfolio…)

The riders’ meeting was held at 9:45 a.m., which was sure early, compared to a normal Saturday, when it’s around 3 p.m. With the races starting so early, the heats and main events were completed before dark. There’s lots of pertinent information at every riders’ meeting, and this time riders were reminded to bring a gift and some good used shoes for the next race, on December 16. The one rider in this picture decided to sit down, and we bet he remembers everything.

The riders’ meeting was held at 9:45 a.m., which was sure early, compared to a normal Saturday, when it’s around 3 p.m. With the races starting so early, the heats and main events were completed before dark. There’s lots of pertinent information at every riders’ meeting, and this time riders were reminded to bring a gift and some good used shoes for the next race, on December 16. The one rider in this picture decided to sit down, and we bet he remembers everything.

Hanging out before the races, friends Rolf Greenhill (left) and Tom Baugh (right) both had nice smiles and interesting hats.

Hanging out before the races, friends Rolf Greenhill (left) and Tom Baugh (right) both had nice smiles and interesting hats.

“I was excited about the two days of racing and camping,” Tom Baugh declared. “Saturday started off great, with my friend Rolf Greenhill racing in the [Over] 50 Amateur class with me, and boy, we were hauling the mail! Rolf was sliding underneath me to take the win, and that was some fun stuff! I went on to win the [Super Senior Over] 60 [Novice/Amateur] class.”

“It felt good to be back in the saddle again after a few months off!” Rolf Greenhill exclaimed.

A turn-one view of Rolf Greenhill (163) on his colorful yellow-and-blue bike.

A turn-one view of Rolf Greenhill (163) on his colorful yellow-and-blue bike.

“I’m excited to have support of my good friend Jim Steet,” said Greenhill. “Racing the custom four-strokes that he builds is an honor. His knowledge and expertise in the sport gives me what it takes to get back on top. Thank you, Jim! You rock!”

Riders surge toward turn one in the Senior Vet Over 50 Amateur contest. Brad Rudy (19R) was runner-up, behind winner Paul Colston (64). Tom Baugh (37T) came in third, and Rolf Greenhill (on the outside) finished fourth.

Riders surge toward turn one in the Senior Vet Over 50 Amateur contest. Brad Rudy (19R) was runner-up, behind winner Paul Colston (64). Tom Baugh (37T) came in third, and Rolf Greenhill (on the outside) finished fourth.

“I rode tight in the [Over] 50 Amateur class and finished close to Brad Rudy,” recounted Baugh. “Then [I went] on to win the [Over] 60 Amateur class. It was another great weekend of racing with the SCFTA. They do such a great job, and I’m always looking forward to the next race.”

Brad Rudy had one of those weekends of racing, suffering a mishap on Saturday.

“I was pretty sore after crashing twice Saturday,” he explained. “I dragged myself out of bed, put my head down and raced on Sunday. I was thinking about when Dick Mann sawed off his cast and raced in On Any Sunday. I’ve made several trips to my chiropractor. Thanks to Dr. Bruce at the Lumbar Yard. My crash in the Vet main was the one that hurt. I got bumped on the first turn from the inside, then from the outside. The bars got knocked from hands and wham!

Larry Earhart (16E) raced to a third-place finish in the Senior Vet Over 50 Expert race. Kevin Jordan became the class winner.

Larry Earhart (16E) raced to a third-place finish in the Senior Vet Over 50 Expert race. Kevin Jordan became the class winner.

Classic Vintage racers on the loose in race 10. Taking turn one are Flyn Stone (62) and Mike Boal (51R).

Classic Vintage racers on the loose in race 10. Taking turn one are Flyn Stone (62) and Mike Boal (51R).

Coming off the line in the Classic Vintage contest, Jim Ottele (58Y) pulls his wheel off the ground. Closest to the camera is Flyn Stone (62), then Joe Pape (75) and Mike Boal (51R). Ottele took the overall win aboard his Indian. He was also able to pull a wheelie through the finish.

Coming off the line in the Classic Vintage contest, Jim Ottele (58Y) pulls his wheel off the ground. Closest to the camera is Flyn Stone (62), then Joe Pape (75) and Mike Boal (51R). Ottele took the overall win aboard his Indian. He was also able to pull a wheelie through the finish.

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Now it’s time for some young Mini riders, in contrast to the older guys in that last Classic Vintage picture. This was race three, for the 50cc Four-Stroke racers. Brayden Reed (20) took third in the Beginner class, while hotshoe Owen Williams (04) won the Novice title. Down the back stretch, spectators got to see Reed open up the throttle, starting to show no fear about going faster.

Now it’s time for some young Mini riders, in contrast to the older guys in that last Classic Vintage picture. This was race three, for the 50cc Four-Stroke racers. Brayden Reed (20) took third in the Beginner class, while hotshoe Owen Williams (04) won the Novice title. Down the back stretch, spectators got to see Reed open up the throttle, starting to show no fear about going faster.

While Colin Petton (46) was being coached by his dad, Travis Petton, Braydin Collie (737) was ready to go for race seven. Rocco Landers (96) was the overall winner, with Colin taking second and Collie collaring third.

While Colin Petton (46) was being coached by his dad, Travis Petton, Braydin Collie (737) was ready to go for race seven. Rocco Landers (96) was the overall winner, with Colin taking second and Collie collaring third.

A holeshot for Conner Hickerson (45), ahead of Colin Petton (46) and Rocco Landers (behind Colin Petton).

A holeshot for Conner Hickerson (45), ahead of Colin Petton (46) and Rocco Landers (behind Colin Petton).

Race four featured three riders who each won their respective class: Jasper Heathfield (713), Sierra Hickerson (3) and Travis Horn (25).

Race four featured three riders who each won their respective class: Jasper Heathfield (713), Sierra Hickerson (3) and Travis Horn (25).

Hey, the sun’s out now, and its rays turned the bike and helmet belonging to Ryan Reed (5Z) into a florescent glow. This was race 21, for the Vet Over 35 Experts, in which Kevin Jordan won. Robert Bush (44X) placed fourth and Ryan Reed was third.

Hey, the sun’s out now, and its rays turned the bike and helmet belonging to Ryan Reed (5Z) into a florescent glow. This was race 21, for the Vet Over 35 Experts, in which Kevin Jordan won. Robert Bush (44X) placed fourth and Ryan Reed was third.

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Pro heat racing is when the riders size one another up and get ready for the main. Here, Bronson Pearce (32) holds off Colt Foster (84E), who had taken the Pro main win on Saturday night.

Pro heat racing is when the riders size one another up and get ready for the main. Here, Bronson Pearce (32) holds off Colt Foster (84E), who had taken the Pro main win on Saturday night.

“I had a lot of fun and worked on a lot of things,” Bronson Pearce commented, “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!”

More Pro heat racing, with Colt Foster (84E) and Julia Heess (13Y) digging around turn one. These two would be having an even tougher race together in the Pro main.

More Pro heat racing, with Colt Foster (84E) and Julia Heess (13Y) digging around turn one. These two would be having an even tougher race together in the Pro main.

Julia Heess made some changes to her Honda.

“I decided to try the Mitas tires out for the first time,” Heess explained, “and I really liked the feel of them. I felt fast in practice and in the Pro heat.”

Nick Garcia (97) perfects the art of sliding in race 14, for the Open Unclassified racers. Jake Mitchell (3) is in the lead. On this day, it was André Ochs (46) garnering the victory.

Nick Garcia (97) perfects the art of sliding in race 14, for the Open Unclassified racers. Jake Mitchell (3) is in the lead. On this day, it was André Ochs (46) garnering the victory.

A colorful line-up of racers took to the start of the Open Novice race. Nine riders started out, including Shawn Chamlee (3B), Daltin Collie (91) and Daniel Layton (79). What could possibly go wrong…?

A colorful line-up of racers took to the start of the Open Novice race. Nine riders started out, including Shawn Chamlee (3B), Daltin Collie (91) and Daniel Layton (79). What could possibly go wrong…?

Coming out of turn three, Shawn Chamlee (3B) and another rider were scraping paint, which resulted in Chamlee going down. There was no place for Jake Mitchell (3) to go, and he smacked into the downed rider’s bike. It looks like just about every track official on hand, along with friends, were there to pull the bike away from Chamlee, who was scraped up but escaped serious injury. As for Jake, he broke his pinky – and you need that to race a motorcycle.

Coming out of turn three, Shawn Chamlee (3B) and another rider were scraping paint, which resulted in Chamlee going down. There was no place for Jake Mitchell (3) to go, and he smacked into the downed rider’s bike. It looks like just about every track official on hand, along with friends, were there to pull the bike away from Chamlee, who was scraped up but escaped serious injury. As for Jake, he broke his pinky – and you need that to race a motorcycle.

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This three-man class is called the Open Expert “Non-Pro” class, with Travis Petton IV (1) on the inside, his Blu Cru teammate Grant Holmes (1N) in the middle, and Byron Kukla (92) on the outside.

This three-man class is called the Open Expert “Non-Pro” class, with Travis Petton IV (1) on the inside, his Blu Cru teammate Grant Holmes (1N) in the middle, and Byron Kukla (92) on the outside.

The “Travis Train” (1) is starting to take off, and here you can see it happening with Petton leading the equally fast Grant Holmes (1N).

The “Travis Train” (1) is starting to take off, and here you can see it happening with Petton leading the equally fast Grant Holmes (1N).

Now for the Pro section of our coverage. One outstanding rider at this track who seldom misses a race is André Ochs (46). Here, he is going up against the very fast Nick Gil (17E). Both of these riders are capable of winning the Pro main event.

Now for the Pro section of our coverage. One outstanding rider at this track who seldom misses a race is André Ochs (46). Here, he is going up against the very fast Nick Gil (17E). Both of these riders are capable of winning the Pro main event.

On this day, we learned that André Ochs does another form of racing, yet by no means does he neglect his flat-track career.

“I’d have to say this Sunday was perhaps the most action-packed day I’ve ever had,” Ochs recounted. “I showed up at Elsinore for the GP and raced that after 10 a.m. After stalling the bike [his KTM] twice, I managed to finish second. From there, we headed to Perris to finish up the weekend.”

Going wide open on the front stretch and headed toward turn one are Colt Foster (84E) and André Ochs (46).

Going wide open on the front stretch and headed toward turn one are Colt Foster (84E) and André Ochs (46).

“I missed the Unclassified heat and just made it for the Pro heat,” Ochs continued regarding his adventures on Sunday. “I pulled a good start and stayed in second the whole race. In the Unclassified main, I was on the second row, on the outside. I got another good start and was in third by the first corner. I made some deep passes and ended up winning it.”

Let’s see what happens in the Pro main…

Time for the Pro main, race fans! Star rider John Vanderlaan (12), André Ochs (46) and the rest of the field launch off the line.

Time for the Pro main, race fans! Star rider John Vanderlaan (12), André Ochs (46) and the rest of the field launch off the line.

“In the Pro main,” Ochs reported, “I got another good start, but a couple of riders went down. On the second restart, I didn’t get as good of a launch as I wanted to, but I was in second. I battled with another rider about halfway, though I stayed to finish in second. Doing so, I clinched the Pro championship!”

Oh no – another fall on this day! This was the Pro main, and that’s Julia Heess (13Y) to the left and Colt Foster (84E) down on the right.

Oh no – another fall on this day! This was the Pro main, and that’s Julia Heess (13Y) to the left and Colt Foster (84E) down on the right.

“In the Pro main,” Heess explained, “I got hooked on a bike and went down in turn one. I was okay, but I wear eye contacts and they fell out after that happened. When the race got restarted, I fell again behind Colt Foster and broke my shifter. Paul Ott was nice enough to let me borrow his race bike. Since it’s set up completely different than mine, I had a lot of fun – and can’t wait until the final round at Perris!”

What are these two guys doing here in the middle of the track? Are they going to roast marshmallows? Not! That’s flagger Jimmy (left) and finish flagger Rudy (right), and they just lit on fire all that gas from the downed riders. That’s the best way to get rid of it.

What are these two guys doing here in the middle of the track? Are they going to roast marshmallows? Not! That’s flagger Jimmy (left) and finish flagger Rudy (right), and they just lit on fire all that gas from the downed riders. That’s the best way to get rid of it.

This guy knows how to slide: John Vanderlaan (12) won the Pro main more than once this season, and he could do it again! Vanderlaan acknowledged his sponsors: Enerlon, RC Bush Roofing, Lucas Oil, Mitas Tires, Drew Massa Trucking, Southland Racing, Jim Wood, G&G Racing, SCFTA. Okay, let’s see who the winner will be – Colt Foster? John Vanderlaan? André Ochs…?

This guy knows how to slide: John Vanderlaan (12) won the Pro main more than once last season, and he could do it again! Vanderlaan acknowledged his sponsors: Enerlon, RC Bush Roofing, Lucas Oil, Mitas Tires, Drew Massa Trucking, Southland Racing, Jim Wood, G&G Racing, SCFTA. Okay, let’s see who the winner will be – Colt Foster? John Vanderlaan? André Ochs…?

And the Pro main winner is – John Vanderlaan! Now for a parade lap with the checkered flag. And that concludes our presentation... no, wait... we’ve got some pictures of a few riders with their winners’ plaques.

And the Pro main winner is – John Vanderlaan! Now for a parade lap with the checkered flag. And that concludes our presentation… no, wait… we’ve got some pictures of a few riders with their winners’ plaques.

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Daniel Layton sure likes his third-place plaque for racing in the Open Novice class.

Daniel Layton sure likes his third-place plaque for racing in the Open Novice class.

Paul Colston had a big smile after winning the Senior Vet Over 50 Novice contest.

Paul Colston had a big smile after winning the Senior Vet Over 50 Novice contest.

The Powder Puff class is always a good race. Dee Kilroy took second place tonight and expressed herself: “My first race after beating cancer. Thank you, SCFTA family, for all the support!”

The Powder Puff class is always a good race. Dee Kilroy took second place tonight and expressed herself: “My first race after beating cancer. Thank you, SCFTA family, for all the support!”

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Perris Raceway
Perris, California
Results: November 12, 2017 (Round 10)

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

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

50 4-STROKE NOV: 1. Owen Williams.

50 OPEN: 1. Drake Conner.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

85 4-STROKE AM: 1. Conner Hickerson.

85 4-STROKE NOV: 1. Travis Horn.

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

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

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

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

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

OPEN BEG: 1. Zack Earwood; 2. Larry Collie; 3. Dan Daughenbaugh; 4. Rich Silva.

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

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

OPEN EX: 1. Travis Petton IV; 2. Grant Holmes; 3. Bryan Kukla.

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

POWDER PUFF: 1. Sierra Mitchell; 2. Dee Kilroy; 3. Isabella Mitchell; 4. Marisa Silva; 5. Sara Wristen.

BOMBER AM: 1. Shawn Chamlee.

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

SR VET 35+ AM: 1. L.J. Gronek; 2. Jess Flores.

VET 35+ NOV: 1. Dan Daughenbaugh.

VET 35+ EX: 1. Paul Ott; 2. Kevin Jordan; 3. Ryan Reed; 4. Robert Bush; 5. Scott Hanson; 6. Bryan Berna.

SR VET 50+ NOV: 1. Mike Boal.

SR VET 50+ AM: 1. Paul Colston; 2. Brad Rudy; 3. Tom Baugh; 4. Rolf Greenhill.

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

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

SUPER SR 60+ EX: 1. John Garcia; 2. Rick Reed; 3. Dan Kane.

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

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

VINTAGE 750: 1. Jim Ottele; 2. Andy Hardin; 3. Patrick Hayes; 4. John Clayton.

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