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Portfolio from SCFTA Championship Series Round 11

| 6 February 2018 5:23 pm

SCFTA Southern California Flat Track Association Championship Series
Round 11: Perris Raceway

Story and Photography by Tom Corley/tcestudios@netzero.net
PERRIS, CA, DEC. 16, 2017

There is more happiness in giving than there is in receiving. Members of the Southern California Flat Track Association believe in this truism, and with this day’s inaugural Toy Drive, each member brought with them a new, unwrapped toy as a gift of hope to a needy child. Then the club delivered these gifts to the Salvation Army’s Giving Tree Program. What a great bunch of riders; this is a giving club that helps others in need.

The day was somewhat chilly for Southern California, and by nighttime some riders came out to race with additional warmth by wearing plaid, long-sleeved shirts. Though there was a definite chill in the air, the racing was as hot as ever!

What did the riders have to say about their racing on this evening?

“The last race of the SCFTA 2017 season was definitely one to remember,” said Jaycee Jones. “That was my last Amateur race. From now on, I’ll be in with the Experts.”

“It was a nerve-wracking night that started off smooth,” said Tom Baugh, “with me winning both my heat races, which gave me pole position into the main.”

“The last race at Perris was my best race all season,” said Braydin Collie. “It was my last race on the 85, so I went out there to do nothing but win!”

“The final race of the season went very well,” said Brad Rudy, “despite [his having to overcome] a few obstacles.”

“The last round of the SCFTA series was a good one,” said André Ochs. “The track was mint and super fast. Everything seemed to be working out for us.”

“The Pro main race was an incredibly intense battle between me and a good friend of mine, Colt Foster,” said John Vanderlaan.

“I would like to say that the track was awesome that night,” noted John Henkes. “No complaints whatsoever. it was a lot of fun and very fast. I always look forward to traveling [from Mesa, Arizona] to Perris Raceway. It is definitely my favorite track.”

There you have it, race fans – the riders were elated with the track and the entire final event for this year. Coming up in this portfolio, we have pictures that portray this event… and we asked the riders what their goals are for the upcoming 2018 season.

Enjoy this presentation, which is best seen on a laptop or large-screen computer…

The final riders’ meeting of the year showed a lot of heart.

The final riders’ meeting of the year showed a lot of heart.

At the last riders’ meeting of the season, announcer Chris Ackerman said: “We’ve got two [big boxes of toys] today, and we’re very, very excited. I see these kids who don’t get anything…”

Well, now, with the help from this club, many of those kids won’t go without a toy this holiday season. The officials ended the meeting by saying: “Thank you, guys, for showing up. Now get on out there and turn left!”

One of our favorite Classic-class riders, Joe Pape, adds something to the mound of gifts. Why, it’s a grabber claw! “No object can withstand the grasp of the Robot Hand” says the label.

One of our favorite Classic-class riders, Joe Pape, adds something to the mound of gifts. Why, it’s a grabber claw! “No object can withstand the grasp of the Robot Hand” says the label.

Shake a hand, make a friend: Longtime Classic-class competitor Joe Pape finally meets young champion Travis Petton IV, who holds an AMA number-one plate.

Shake a hand, make a friend: Longtime Classic-class competitor Joe Pape finally meets young champion Travis Petton IV, who holds an AMA number-one plate.

Everyone at the track expects Travis Petton IV to win almost every race he enters, because he is that good. When Joe Pape met the young man, he simply encouraged Travis by saying, “Let your talent unfold with each lap.” This was a good example of one rider meeting another. It seems that at this track, there are those who park along turn three and four who have never met those parked all the way to turn one. It’s a good thing to say hello to other riders!

The light is low and shadowy and soon those bright track lights will be turned on. Travis Petton IV gets his practice laps in before he goes out to compete.

The light is low and shadowy and soon those bright track lights will be turned on. Travis Petton IV gets his practice laps in before he goes out to compete.

“My goals for 2018 is simply to dominate and show perfection in every heat and main,” Petton declared. “I’m also super excited for the Nationals once again this year, and I’m gonna try and grab all three championships. Thank you to Thousand Oaks Powersports, Yamaha Motor USA, Fontana Radiator Johnson, AM Ortega, Kali Protectives, Rod Lake, #BFMC Racing, Competitive Sheet Metal, Kayl Kolkman Suspension, Karl Kahn, and my family.”

On this night, Petton went on to win the 250cc Youth Open class and place second in the Open Unclassified race, behind André Ochs.

This is Joe Pape on his Triumph, though he wears a Harley-Davidson leather jacket to keep warm. Yes, Joe has a vintage 1953 Harley that he brings for a back-up bike. On this night, Indian jockey Jim Ottele was the winner of the Classic Vintage class, in which Joe Pape placed fifth.

This is Joe Pape on his Triumph, though he wears a Harley-Davidson leather jacket to keep warm. Yes, Joe has a vintage 1953 Harley that he brings for a back-up bike. On this night, Indian jockey Jim Ottele was the winner of the Classic Vintage class, in which Joe Pape placed fifth.

This is the side view of a real vintage motorcycle, Jim Ottele’s 1939 Indian 650. It looks like someone went crazy with the drill to lighten it up. Ron Wood installed a 38mm Dell’Orto, and a Mr. Ed Pipes addition gives it some extra back pressure, but it still passes the sound check. It now has an Edison magneto, but it was even faster; Ottele claimed, “This thing used to pull the wheel off the ground at every corner when I had the ARD magneto on it.”

This is the side view of a real vintage motorcycle, Jim Ottele’s 1939 Indian 650. It looks like someone went crazy with the drill to lighten it up. Ron Wood installed a 38mm Dell’Orto, and a Mr. Ed Pipes addition gives it some extra back pressure, but it still passes the sound check. It now has an Edison magneto, but it was even faster; Ottele claimed, “This thing used to pull the wheel off the ground at every corner when I had the ARD magneto on it.”

Taking turn one is Jim Ottele, on his Indian, which is the oldest bike on the track -and the fastest when it came to the Classic Vintage event. Ottele took a clean win, over Steve Ferguson.

Taking turn one is Jim Ottele, on his Indian, which is the oldest bike on the track -and the fastest when it came to the Classic Vintage event. Ottele took a clean win, over Steve Ferguson.

Braydin Collie – a.k.a. “Bubba” – stands out in his flamboyant orange jersey.

Braydin Collie – a.k.a. “Bubba” – stands out in his flamboyant orange jersey.

“I won both of my heat races and won my first main [the 85cc Open main event],” reported Braydin Collie, “and while leading the second main [in the 85-100cc Two-Stroke Amateur class], Rocco Landers made a great pass and he took the win. I am still super stoked on how I did, and I cannot wait to see what 2018 brings on the 250s!”

What happened here? Apparently, Daltin Collie, Braydin’s brother, took a fall – but it was nothing serious. The ladies from Emergency One Response, Maria (left) and Caity (right), took care of his scrapes.

What happened here? Apparently, Daltin Collie, Braydin’s brother, took a fall – but it was nothing serious. The ladies from Emergency One Response, Maria (left) and Caity (right), took care of his scrapes.

“I ended up fourth in the Open Novice race,” said a somewhat bruised Daltin Collie. “Overall, I tied for second in points, but the tie goes to the better position in the last race, so I got third. My goals for the upcoming season are to work my way up out of [the] Novice [ranks] and to keep moving to higher skill-level classes, and I also want to work on techniques so I can get faster to compete with the guys in Open Unclassified.”

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Race 22 was for the Super Senior Over 60 Amateur and Novice riders. On the night, it was Tom Baugh with the win over Lucas Oil rider Gary Lane. Barney Stern tallied a Did Not Start; unfortunately, in race 19, for the Senior Over 50 Amateur and Novice riders, Stern took a serious fall; apparently, he hit the back of Paul Colston’s bike and fell. (We saw the scrapes on Paul’s rear fender.) Stern was taken to the hospital, but that was the worst thing that happened on this night.

Kevin Jordan also took a bad spill before turn four but got back on his feet. Announcer Chris Ackerman shouted out, “Come on, folks, let’s give it up one more time for Kevin Jordan!”

Lucas Oil rider Gary Lane (68) skirmishes with Tom Baugh (37T) in the center and Barney Stern (13).

Lucas Oil rider Gary Lane (68) skirmishes with Tom Baugh (37T) in the center and Barney Stern (13).

“I had already clinched the [Over] 60 Amateur title,” Tom Baugh reported, “so that was going to be no problem. The [Over] 50 Amateur was a stacked class that night, and I needed to finish sixth or better to win the title, and I blew the start and went down in turn three, which put me on the back row for the restart. I was able to fight my way back to lead the pack, which put me in fourth, and I was happy to stay right there to win the championship, and boy, I was happy that was over! As for the 2018 season, Oceanside Cycle Supply has offered to support me in a big way, and I look forward to another fun-filled, action-packed season with the SCFTA. Not bad for my first year flat-tracking!”

Race 10, and more Classic Vintage action. “Hot Rod” Lenny Rodriguez (4R) had the inside line, with Joe Pape (75Z) trying to challenge him.

Race 10, and more Classic Vintage action. “Hot Rod” Lenny Rodriguez (4R) had the inside line, with Joe Pape (75Z) trying to challenge him.

Classic Vintage racing – it’s where you might be when you get older! Flyn Stone (62) is on his Triumph, which Joe Pape keeps running just right. Steve Ferguson (28S) holds to the outside.

Classic Vintage racing – it’s where you might be when you get older! Flyn Stone (62) is on his Triumph, which Joe Pape keeps running just right. Steve Ferguson (28S) holds to the outside.

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Race 16 is for the Framer class, and Booze Fighter Motorcycle Club rider Shawn Chamlee (3B) has a determined Nick Gil (17E) right behind him. On the night in this class, it was Jeff Johnson with the victory, over Gil.

Race 16 is for the Framer class, and Booze Fighter Motorcycle Club rider Shawn Chamlee (3B) has a determined Nick Gil (17E) right behind him. On the night in this class, it was Jeff Johnson with the victory, over Gil.

Shawn Chamlee (3B) raced in three classes on the evening. This is the start of the Open Novice contest, and Chamlee has the lead, with and Daltin Collie (91) right behind him, though later he took a mild crash. Justin Simon became the class winner.

Shawn Chamlee (3B) raced in three classes on the evening. This is the start of the Open Novice contest, and Chamlee has the lead, with and Daltin Collie (91) right behind him, though later he took a mild crash. Justin Simon became the class winner.

Jon Nunes (71M) styles around turn one like a winner – and that he was, in race 21, for the Vet Over 35 Experts.

Jon Nunes (71M) styles around turn one like a winner – and that he was, in race 21, for the Vet Over 35 Experts.

“The December 16 race was intense!” Jon Nunes reported. “My chain derailed in the first practice session. Thankfully, my friend Charlie Vanderlaan was there to help and get me back on the track, and I was able to win both my heats and both my mains! What started out pretty stressful ended up really well! My plans for the new year are still in the works. I just want to get to as many races as I can and do my best at each of them!”

The second event in which Nunes was victorious was race 18, for the Senior Vet Over 50 Experts.

Race 19 takes off, with Brad Rudy (19R) ahead of Paul Colston (64).

Race 19 takes off, with Brad Rudy (19R) ahead of Paul Colston (64).

Race 19 was the Senior Over 50 Novice and Amateur main event, in which Barney Stern took his bad fall as he edged against Paul Colston.

Rudy gave us details about his night of racing and his future,

“I had been sick at home for two days with the bug that had been going around and came to the track feeling bad,” Brad Rudy said. “On top of that, my shoulder was still sore from the two spills I took the month before. Somehow, I rallied to win both my mains and clinch the points title in both classes [230cc Four-Stroke and Vet Over 50 Amateur]. This season, I plan on racing most of the events on the schedule but will focus more on having fun and less on points. I would like to thank my sponsors, Cycle Gear, O’Neal, Spy, Factory Backing and, most importantly, Dad.”

Racers have much respect for Billy Katkov (151), shown here on this Honda. This rider has one arm yet stays right with everyone else (when his bike runs right!) and has been seen passing others in previous events.

Racers have much respect for Billy Katkov (151), shown here on this Honda. This rider has one arm yet stays right with everyone else (when his bike runs right!) and has been seen passing others in previous events.

“I was in a waterskiing accident at 20,” Billy Katkov recounted. “I use a thumb throttle I rigged up from an old hot-start lever. I use the regular clutch and standard foot brake. The track was great! The heat went well, but the main went terrible. Like usual, I got a bad start. The bike continued to lose power lap after lap until finally the engine let go on the back stretch. I’d like to thank Huntington Beach Honda for helping me over the years, and my lifelong friends for showing up to watch a race.”

Well, we all have much respect for Billy for racing in the Men’s Four-Stroke class, though he didn’t place well on this particular evening. And those friends of his are coming up in the next picture…

These are the lifelong friends of whom Billy spoke so highly. From left to right are Osheen Karamians, Billy Katkov, Tony Minassian and Dan Cruz. The next time you see Billy in the pits, be sure to say hello to him – and take a look at his Honda.

These are the lifelong friends of whom Billy spoke so highly. From left to right are Osheen Karamians, Billy Katkov, Tony Minassian and Dan Cruz. The next time you see Billy in the pits, be sure to say hello to him – and take a look at his Honda.

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The chill of the night was present in the hills of Perris, which meant that the riders put on more clothing, such as this plaid shirt that Travis Horn (25) and two others chose to wear. On the night, Horn won two classes.

The chill of the night was present in the hills of Perris, which meant that the riders put on more clothing, such as this plaid shirt that Travis Horn (25) and two others chose to wear. On the night, Horn won two classes.

Jaycee Jones (33) had to keep warm by putting on a plaid shirt. It’s a lot colder when you are out in the wind. On the night, Jaycee placed first in the Open Amateur class.

Jaycee Jones (33) had to keep warm by putting on a plaid shirt. It’s a lot colder when you are out in the wind. On the night, Jaycee placed first in the Open Amateur class.

“I’m going for the Arizona Copper State Championship,” Jaycee Jones declared, “and I will be racing the Amateur Nationals. I’m excited for what me and my team will do this year. Couldn’t do it without Rosa Plates, G&G Racing, Douglas Motorcycles and Southland Cycles.”

While it was a hot race for André Ochs (46) while leading Travis Petton IV (1) in the Open Unclassified contest, it was also getting cold, so André put on his plaid, long-sleeved shirt and went on to win the race.

While it was a hot race for André Ochs (46) while leading Travis Petton IV (1) in the Open Unclassified contest, it was also getting cold, so André put on his plaid, long-sleeved shirt and went on to win the race.

“The day started off immediately strong,” said André Ochs. “I was fast in practice and won both Open Unclassified and Pro heats. I got a good start in the Unclassified and Pro heats. I also got a good start in the Unclassified main and came home with the win.

“In the Pro main,” he continued, “I didn’t get as good of a start and was third going into turn three, and I was in the middle of a couple of riders who collided. I ended up stalling the bike, so I pulled off the track. I re-entered the track, because even though I was in last, I still wanted to ride and have fun, so I battled it out with some of the guys on the track. Either way, the whole day was a blast! I can’t thank the people who support me and help me continue racing enough: Jeremy and Gina Horn, Alarm Co. Security Systems, and TMJ Racing.”

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And now, race fans, it was time for the hottest race of the night, and the one that pays the money – the Pro main!

James Ott (12E) and the rest of the Pros launch of the Pro main. At the far end of the grid and getting the best start is Arizona’s John Henke.

James Ott (12E) and the rest of the Pros launch of the Pro main. At the far end of the grid and getting the best start is Arizona’s John Henke.

The Pro main featured a tough field of riders, so John Henke from Mesa, Arizona, didn’t win, but he had a good time!

“I would like to thank my wonderful wife for always supporting me,” Henke said. “I would also like to thank Don ‘B.J.’ Bjornsrud for introducing me to this great sport of flat track four years ago.”

Pro main-event action with star rider John Vanderlaan (12) leading Colt Foster (84E).

Pro main-event action with star rider John Vanderlaan (12) leading Colt Foster (84E).

Who would be the winner of the Pro main? First, let’s hear what John Vanderlaan had to say about this match…

“We exchanged lead positions over and over again, dogging each other out for the whole race,” Vanderlaan said. “I let Nick Armstrong catch up to us a little bit because we were having so much fun swapping positions.”

He went on to discuss his plans about the upcoming racing year: “My goals for this new year are to get back on my feet financially after a long year. I will run select events but will not be competing for points in that series for at least another year. I’m going to work on myself and my relationships with everyone in the racing community and try to make a better name for myself.”

After winning the Pro main event and taking the checkered flag, Colt Foster enjoyed a parade lap with his girlfriend, Andréa Gelb.

After winning the Pro main event and taking the checkered flag, Colt Foster enjoyed a parade lap with his girlfriend, Andréa Gelb.

“I’m not sure how many times John Vanderlaan and I passed each other,” Colt Foster confessed, “but it seemed like we were going back and forth two to three times a lap. Nothing is better than battling that hard and clean with a good friend!

“As for this year,” he added, “I plan to travel a bit more for races. I’d like to do a few Nationals as well. I’d like to thank Jim Wood at Southland Racing Products, 6D Helmets, and the Mitchell family.”

Riding with the number-68 plate, Gary Lane won the Senior Over 70 contest and took home this great plaque with Pro main-event winner Colt Foster’s image emblazoned on it.

Riding with the number-68 plate, Gary Lane won the Senior Over 70 contest and took home this great plaque with Pro main-event winner Colt Foster’s image emblazoned on it.

Brayden Reed waves the checkered flag after receiving his award for winning the 50cc Two-Stroke Beginner class.

Brayden Reed waves the checkered flag after receiving his award for winning the 50cc Two-Stroke Beginner class.

Our last picture is one of André Ochs, carrying a huge Minnie Mouse that must have gone to some lucky child. Yes, André is holding his award for winning the Open Unclassified contest.

Our last picture is one of André Ochs, carrying a huge Minnie Mouse that must have gone to some lucky child. Yes, André is holding his award for winning the Open Unclassified contest.

In the words of the SCFTA officials: “We were all in a giving spirit tonight. Thanks to all who participated. We greatly appreciate you!”

Perris Raceway
Perris, California
Results: December 16, 2017 (Round 11)

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

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

50 4-STROKE NOV: 1. Owen Williams.

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

65-70 4-STROKE BEG: 1. Kensei Matsudaira.

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

65-70 OPEN: 1. Travis Horn; 2. Sierra Hickerson; 3. Colin Petton; 4. Jasper Heathfield.

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

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

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

85 4-STROKE NOV: 1. Travis Horn.

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

250 YOUTH OPEN: 1. Travis Petton IV; 2. Zack Earwood; 3. Conner Hickerson.

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

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

BOMBER EX: 1. Joe Steffen; 2. Ken Shilling; 3. Shawn Chamlee; 4. Jim Bandelin.

FRAMERS: 1. Jeff Johnson; 2. Nick Gil; 3. Joe Steffen; 4. Shawn Chamlee; 5. Rolf Greenhill; 6. Ken Shilling.

OPEN BEG: 1. Zack Earwood; 2. Larry Collie Jr.; 3. Johnnie Crean.

OPEN NOV: 1. Justin Simon; 2. Shawn Chamlee; 3. Daniel Layton; 4. Daltin Collie; 5. Jeanette Griggs.

OPEN AM: 1. L.J. Gronek; 2. Chris Osborn.

OPEN UNCLASSIFIED: 1. André Ochs; 2. Travis Petton IV; 3. Nick Gil; 4. James Ott; 5. John Henkes; 6. Jaycee Jones; 7. Daniel Layton; 8. Daltin Collie; 9. Larry Collie Jr.

PRO: 1. Colt Foster; 2. John Vanderlaan; 3. Nick Armstrong; 4. James Ott; 5. John Henkes; 6. Nick Garcia; 7. André Ochs.

VET 35+ AM: 1. Shawn Chamlee; 2. L.J. Gronek.

VET 35+ NOV: 1. Johnnie Crean.

VET 35+ EX: 1. Jon Nunes; 2. Ryan Reed; 3. Scott Hanson.

SR VET 50+ EX: 1. Jon Nunes; 2. Jim Ottele.

SR 50+ AM: 1. Brad Rudy; 2. Rolf Greenhill; 3. Paul Colston; 4. Tom Baugh; 5. Chris Osborn.

SR 50+ NOV: 1. Danny Manthis.

SUPER SR 60+ NOV/AM: 1. Tom Baugh; 2. Gary Lane.

SUPER SR 60+ EX: 1. Richard Pollock; 2. Steve Ferguson.

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

CLASSIC VINTAGE: 1. Jim Ottele; 2. Steve Ferguson; 3. Lenny Rodriguez; 4. Flyn Stone; 5. Joe Pape.

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