Eddie Mulders West Coast Dirt Track Series is proud to be this year’s “in between event” when the AMA Grand National series heads West starting Sept 27th at the Calistoga 1/2 Mile.
With the largest payout in Pro purses and Dashes-for-Cash ever offered at Mulders WCDTS, the weekend Championships at Willow Springs 3/8 Mile will be THE place to be Oct 4-5!
Then, the Flat Track Finals in Pomona rounds out the swing Saturday Oct 11.
“We are really excited to be able to offer so much purse money to these professional young men and women. Especially since they will all be over here on the West Coast for the last two Grand Nationals.” Mulder exclaims! “If the racers play their cards right and are able to stay for all three weekends, they could be sitting pretty moneywise for next year. Plus, fans get to partake in three great California race weekends on big, fun, fast tracks. Pure excitement and dirt track racing at its best! No one should miss it”
The money Mulder is speaking of will come from sponsorships from the Zimmermans of Specialty Fabrications, Inc., jacking up their previous Dash-for-cashes from $7,500 to $10,000 for Saturday’s race and to $15,000 for Sunday’s series Championship dash. Only the fastest pros will be battling for that cache. Payouts in the Digger Pro mains will also rise thanks to our longtime, generous sponsor of this class Digger Helm Racing and a gracious bump of $5,000 to Sundays Pro Championship courtesy of Terry Otton of Ramspur Winery. Otton has also contributed a $7,500 WCDTS Pro Point Fund for the top three 2014 series pro points scorers.
Ramspur Winery will be one of the hosts at the legendary Calistoga 1/2 Mile which plans to include a whole weekend in the beautiful Napa Valley of Northern California. The National Saturday night with a Vintage Bike Show and Sunday ride to the winery. Mulder will have the honor of serving as Grand Marshal over the event.For info go to: www.CalistogaHalfMile.com
The Willow weekend is a two-day event with races both Saturday and Sunday starting at 12pm. Sunday will be the thriller being the WCDTS Championship round with double points payout and all that added money. Both days will also feature complete race programs including Vintage classes, Youth and modern support classes. Riders of all ages and abilities run with our own outlaw Pro National.
Watch this site for details or call the Hotline: 661-944-1184
Flat Track Finals in Pomona will close out the AMA Grand National 2014 racing season. Pomona is always a fast, thrilling race and oftentimes the AMA Grand National Championship is decided there! For info: www.FlatTrackFinals.com Info: #-844-323-4625 Tix: #1-888-718-4622
Although the AMA Grand National will now be held at Cal Expo Saturday, July 26, unfortunately the Vintage Mile will not be happening. Could not come to an agreement with the new promoter so no WCDTS Vintage Mile this year. Maybe next year.
Thank you for all the inquiries!
Walt James Stadium, Willow Springs Intl Raceway, Rosamond, CA
The regular West Coast Dirt Track riders know what to expect when they roll up to ride the Willow Springs track. A smooth, cushioned racing surface watered throughout the day, fast banked turns, and a lot of fun. Gary Ritchie works his magic with the blade before, after and between racing his motorcycle, preparing the track surface. Still grading in his riding gear when the riders arrive and leave. The not so welcome surprise this weekend was some really strong wind and a serious chill on Saturday. Sunday the wind calmed down just before racing started, the sun warmed the air. Spectators and riders alike enjoyed a day of fast, competitive racing.
Walking the pits at Willow is a visual extravaganza. Vintage motorcycles over 50 years old pitted side by side with new modern ones and big fast ones! Past champions, Hollywood stuntmen, racers and lifelong dirt track fans mingle amongst the younger generations, all sharing their passion for racing. It’s quite a family atmosphere! Willow Springs employs absolutely the best catering “roach coach”. From the breakfast burritos to their veggie burgers their food is hard to beat. Also in the pits this day were two lovely ladies from Herb-X, Katryn and Margaret, offering 2 minute massages using X-Jow Pain Gel to anyone that asked. At the end of the day a raffle awarded free gifts, a 20 minute massage and tube of the X-Jow pain gel, they had donated. The U.S made X-Jow Chinese herbal pain gel really does work to relieve pain!
A whole bunch of youngsters showed up to make a class of 8 on the grid for the Coventry Spares 60/80 cc combined competition. Young Zaden Florez is so small at the young age of seven that he falls over with his 85cc bike on the start line without help to hold his bike up. The youngster to beat today was Grant Holmes who got off the line in front in the heat race and just kept going easily, leading the pack to the finish. Once again Holmes got the hole shot in the main but Jacob Cascio wasted no time overtaking him in the second lap for the win. His first win in this class. Florez had a rough start off the line but rounded out the podium finishing third.
Kenny Thiebaud, a long time West Coast Dirt Track Series rider aboard a beautiful 1970 Triumph 750 took the Penton Race Products Senior Vintage class pole to pole. The youngest bikes in this class were built in 1974, a Bultaco ridden by Tim Skov and a Honda XL ridden by Ron Lessley. Jim Ottele finished second on a 1971 Shell Yamaha and David Krohn piloted his 1970 Triumph 750 into the third position at the finish.
Seven riders took their places at the start of the Motion Pro Vet A main. Donnie Howard got the hole shot and maintained his lead to the finish. Behind him Jack Jones and John Lundgren diced side by side competing for the second spot. Jones completed the pass under Lundgren in the fourth lap to finish second. Rob Bush and Jim Rosa followed Jones finishing third and fourth respectively. Jones returned track side and rode the 500 support class in front from start to finish.
Tom Horton proudly displays his stable of iron horses, always looking pristine at the start of race day. Horton took the Barnett Clutches and Cables Classic 500/750 class home aboard his 1967 Triumph 500 in front of Steve Craft mounted on his 1957 Harley KR 750. Cary Tanner earned the third place medal riding a Haney T 100 Triumph 500. Later in the day Horton suffered a hard, high side crash. At last report Tom was asking about his bike and on the road to recovery. Will Ott took the checkers in front in the modern 250, Jim Lundgren won the modern 500 while Donnie Howard earned the top award in the modern 750 class aboard Cary Tanner’s bike. Tanner also scored his first series win, taking the Coventry Spares Sr Novice/Super Sr main followed by Tim Watters second and 2013 class Champion Herb Wolff third.
Jim Ottele was back on the track and won the Rod Lake Racing Sr. Open Main. Bill Kolkman and Larry Earhart battled through all six laps turn after turn for the second spot. Earhart held Kolkman off until the final lap when Kolkman found the opening he needed to make the pass for a second place finish. Earhart finished third.
Young Clay Williams was hot on the gas this day, winning both the 250 Open main and the Open Amateur main. Williams was also a force to be contended with at the 2013 Willow Springs finals. Brandon Green from Edmonds, Wa. was turning heads in the 250 Open, out riding Jace Callison to finish second. Callison completed the race earning a third place finish. Callison returned to ride the Open Amateur Main and finished it in second In front of Brandon Watters.
Six riders lined up for the Specialty Fabrications Inc., dash for cash. With a $7500 purse at stake, tensions were high. Long time starter for the West Coast Dirt Track Series, Fred Allen, had his work cut out for him as crashes brought out the red flag twice for full restarts. At the final start five riders remained. Sammy Halbert is all about winning and this day he led the pack to the bank. Passing the hat during the rider’s meeting and a generous donation from Jerry Kennedy of Kennedy Trucking increased the Dash for Cash purse by an additional $1500!
The $10,000 Digger Helm Open Pro main brings out some of the nation’s top Grand National and pro riders. Additional cash bonuses for the rider in front at the half way point and one for the winner were also provided by Ramspur Winery’s Terry Otton and Mark Zimmerman, adding a little more sweetness to the ride. The thirteen riders of the final race of the day were ready on the line. “Big Fred” threw the flag and Jared Mees got the hole shot. Sammy Halbert was on the throttle, hot on Mees’ back wheel. Out of turn two Halbert gained ground, passing Mees on the back straight to lead the pack. Halbert put a couple of bike lengths between himself and Mees. Mees closed the gap and Halbert re opened it several more times through lap eight. Two laps to the bonus, Mees closed the gap and got under Halbert for the lead and the Rampspur Winery $1000 bonus. Mees pulled away and Halbert, unable to catch him, finished second. Briar Bauman rode all 20 laps in the third spot in front of Kayl Kolkman.
The riders and The West Coast Dirt Track Series team are grateful, proud and honored to accept the generous donations of the many supporters that donate their gifts, time and money to the series. With their donations the series is able to continue supporting riders in their quest for victory as they travel the nation to compete and those who come out for fun. Please support our race sponsors that have graciously sponsored our races and supported us. (Rampsur Winery, Motion Pro, Specialty Fabrications, Barnett Clutches, JRC Engineering, Penton Racing Products, C&J Racing Frames, Brown’s Cycles, Maxima Racing Oils K&N Filters,Todays Cycle Coverage.com, S&S Off Road Magazine, TuffPlates and Works Performance).
The West Coast Dirt Track Series will orchestrate the final two races of the 2014 series October 4th and 5th at the Willow Springs Raceway. With increased prize monies it will surely be the race weekend of the year! Saturdays Specialty Fabrications, Inc. Dash-4-Cash will be $10,000 and for Sundays Championship, $15,000! The largest dash offered to date. Sunday’s Championship, October 5th, the Digger pro purse will be increased by $5,000 thanks to Terry Otton. Plus, it is a double points paying race. This could be the determining race for the winner of the Rampspur Winery $7500 Pro Point Fund. Don’t miss it!
Ken Thiebaud; 2. Jim Ottele; 3. David Krohn; 4. Ron Lessley; 5. Steve Craft; 6. Rick Villanueva; 7. Daryl Hambleton; 8. Tim Skov; 9. Jeff Lessley DNF
Vet A Main
Donnie Howard; 2. Jack Jones; 3. Rob Bush; 4. Jim Rosa; 5. John Lundgren; 6. David Bush; 7. Will Ott; 8. Tom Horton
Vet B Main
Bill Kolkman; 2. James Davis; 3. Curtis Pimental; 4. Brian Harmon; 5. Gary Ritchie; 6. Ron Duarte; 7. Mark La Due; 8. Josh Welch
Senior Novice/Super Senior
Cary Tanner; 2. Tim Watters; 3. Herb Wolff; 4. D-Dan McDougall; 5. Rick Villanueva; 6. Alan Hayden;7. Charlie Caspary; 8. Guy Duckett; 9. Ted Hubbard; 10. Dary Hambleton DNS
Jacob Cascio; 2. Grant Homes; 3. Zaden Florez; 4. Tyler Raggio; 5. James Ott; 6. Matthew OTT; 7. Nathan Agrifoglio DNS
Tom Horton; 2. Steve Craft; 3. Cary Tanner; 4. Lenny Rodriguez; 5. Joe Pape; 6. James Kohls; 7. Matt Campbell.
Will Ott; 2. Tom Horton DNS
Jim Lundgren; 2. Ron Lessley; 3. Jeff Lessley DNS
Donnie Howard; 2. Rob Bush; 3. Tom Horton; 4. Mark LaDue; 5. D-Dan McDougall
Clayton Williams; 2. Brandon Green; 3. Jace Callison; 4. Allison Stacey; 5. James Ott; 6. Nolan Reitz; 7. Grant Holmes; 8. Jacee Jones; 9. John Gronek; 10. Tom Horton
Jim Ottele; 2. Bill Kolkman; 3. Larry Earhart; 4. Jim Medlin; 5. Curtis Pimentel; 6. Greg Powell; 7. Tim Skov; 8. Don Bjornsrud; 9. Kelly Surplice; 10. John Lundgren DNF; 11. Barney Stern DNS
Jack Jones; 2. Jim Lundgen; 3. Rick Reed; 4. Jeff Gonzales; 5. Mark LaDue; 6. Gary Ritchie
Clayton Williams; 2. Jace Callison; 3. Bradon Watters; 4. John Tinsley; 5. Allison Stacey; 6. Jim Medlin; 7. Parket Earhart; 8. David Lucas; 9. Beau Thompson; 10. Josh Welch; 11. Brandon Green
The Eddie Mulder West Coast Dirt Track Series is proud to announce the Ramspur Winery $7,500 Pro Point Fund for 2014! The top three points finishers in the Digger Open Pro class at the end of the season will share the money from the point fund! Big thanks to Mr & Mrs Terry Otton for stepping up to help the series and the pros earn some needed bonus money! Don’t miss round #1 Sunday April 27 where $10,000 is up for grabs thanks to Digger Helm and for the top 2 in each pro heat racing for the Specialty Fabrications, Inc $7,500 Dash-4-Cash! Nice way to open the WCDTS season we have to say!!!
Willow Springs Raceway 3/8 mile cushion was once again the venue for round 5, the final round of Eddie Mulder’s 2013 West Coast Dirt Track series. Being a double points paying day, the stakes were higher for the riders competing for championship points. And, for the Digger Helm Open class the purse was also increased to $12,000. One of the highlights of the day came during the rider’s meeting. Eddie worked his magic as he is known to do, to increase the dash for cash purse. Saturday’s Specialty Fabrications dash for cash purse was $5,000, the same as it started with today. Eddie then asked for any donations from the stands to increase the purse. The Zimmerman Brothers handed Eddie $2,000 more, Ramspur Winery called in another thousand on the phone, others dug deep into their pockets, and when he was done Eddie had almost doubled the dash for cash purse to $9,500 thanks to the generosity of the folks in the stands, the Zimmerman Bros., Ramspur Winery and others.
It was another day of near perfect weather. Cool first thing in the morning as the Mulder crew showed up at the track greeting the folks that had camped out overnight after racing concluded Saturday night. By mid afternoon it had warmed up nicely to the mid eighties and still no wind. Stories were being told about fixing bikes that had failed on Saturday, while bench racing was exciting to listen to, always faster and more exciting that the actual race.
Many thanks again to Digger Helm and his family, the Zimmerman Brothers, Rod Lake, Ramspur Winery, Triumph of America, K&N, Motion Pro, Tuff Plates, Conventry Spares and more. These folks help support the series and the riders. Today’s Cycle Coverage and San Diego offroad get the word out about the West Coast Dirt Track Series races. Thanks too to the fans, the riders and their families. Without all of these folks we would not have a series to enjoy. And thanks to the staff that work hard to help Eddie keep things moving along safely on race day.
Practice was underway at 10 am following sign ups, tech inspections and the rider’s meeting. Heat race line ups were posted and racing began. Halbert’s bike, blown up Saturday during the main had been repaired. Bronson Bauman found a bike to rider after both his failed the day before. Alison Stacey’s dad had procured parts and her 250 was back on the track, tires were changed and the line was long at the catering truck for some delicious track food.
The senior vintage main finished very close to the way it started Kenneth Thiebaud, Jeff Lessley, Ron Lessley Steve Craft and Rick Villanueva. Steve Craft and Ron Lessley switched positions in lap 3. Donnie Howard and Jeff Johnson continued their competition on the track in the Vet main. Today Johnson got the hole shot oboard his 76 Yamaha 500 but Howard, piloting a Rotax 600 didn’t waste any time taking the lead in lap 3. Jack Jones rode all six laps in the third position. Although Herb Wolfe finished the first lap of the Sr Novice/Super Senior main in the fifth position he wove his way through the field to take the front position in lap five. Four riders held the second position throughout the six laps but at the checkers it was Tim Watters second and Alan Hayden rounding out the podium.
Grant Holmes seemed to pick up where he left off on Saturday leading the 60cc class from the green to the checkers. Behind him Tyler Raggio was riding hard to maintain his position however, Jacob Cascio maneuvered his machine into the second position in the final lap leaving Raggio to finish third.
Chris Rudy once again gave Tom Horton a run for his money in the classic 500 750sv class. Rudy, riding a 1962 Harley Davidson 750 and Horton piloting a Wilburn Triumph 500 crossed the finish 1, 2 in front of Steve Craft. Craft aboard a 1957Harley KR 750 finished third. Fred Burger and Stacie London were evenly matched both riding 1967 Bultaco 250’s. Burger took the lead from the green flag and maintained it to the checkers. London finished second. Mark LaDue claimed the Dinosaur class victory riding his 1942 Harley Davidson 1200. Riding turn after turn smoothly, as if he were out for a casual Sunday ride, Jeff Lessley continued to win and win and win all weekend. Today he led Will Ott and Mark Davis to the Modern 250 checkers. Tom Horton took the Modern 500 main home in front of Jim Lundgren, Ron Lessley and Steve Craft.
Clayton Williams rode his final ride aboard his Honda 85 today, moving into the 250 class going forward. He left the 85 class at the top of his game winning both Saturday and Sunday. Grant Holmes was no slouch finishing second and Michael Hill finished third. Brandon Green, who raced his Honda 450 for the first time this weekend, finished the 250 class in front today switching places with Allison Stacey after a back straight battle in lap four. Green captured the lead once again in the final lap followed by Stacey and Sean Heeney who rode all six laps in the third position.
D-dan McDougall and Lawrence Bertrand, all the way from Canada, brought up the rear of the Modern 750 class leaving them with the desire to return to Willow next year with the hope of finishing closer to the front. Tom Horton won the race, Dylan Morin and Robert Bush followed. Jack Jones was beside himself after winning the 500 Support class. Jeff Gonzales and Steve Nichols battled for position in lap two when Nichols got around Gonzales for second. Gonzales finished third. Behind them Jay Grosvenor and Jim Lundgren were also switching positions for the fourth place finish. Grosvenor won that battle.
David Jorgensen took the fourteen rider field of Open Amateurs to the checkers. Austin Scaggs, aboard a Suzuki twin, new to him this weekend, finished second and Brandon Green racing in the Ameteur class for only the second time aboard a Honda 450 finished third. Green took this class home on Saturday.
Donnie Howard showed the boys the fast way around the track once again in the Sr. Class. Lloyd McGregor captured the second spot and Robert Morris was on the gas to get around John Lundgren in lap two to take the third spot.
The six dash for cash riders were well aware of the money gathered for the purse that was at stake. Jared Mees called “The Money Man” by Eddie, had his eye set on finishing first after handling and counting all that cash in the rider’s meeting. Briar Bauman was in front out of turn one, with Mees on his right, and Brad Baker directly behind him. Mees was on the move on the back straight taking the front followed by Baker and Bauman. Halbert chased Bauman down to finish lap two in third and got around baker in lap three. Shayna Texter made her move around Rob Person in the final lap. At the finish it was Mees, Halbert, Baker, Bauman, Texter and Pearson.
Fifteen riders lined up for the Digger Open Pro, all wanting the biggest portion of the $12,000 purse. The front row, Bauman on pole followed by Mees, Baker, Halbert, Pearson and Texter. By the first turn Mees was in the front, Bauman was on him. On the back straight Mees began pulling away and Halbert came along side Bauman on the inside. At the end of lap two Mees had put some distance between himself and Halbert who had taken over the second position. Halbert was gaining ground, closing the gap. Mees went high in lap five and Halbert took full advantage moving past him into the lead. They rode side by side and wheel to wheel through lap fourteen. With six laps to go they battled. This time Mees was the one to get under moving back into the lead. Halbert chased keeping Mees on his game, waiting for the opportunity to take the lead again. The opportunity never happened and Mees rode the six laps in front to victory. Digger proudly carried the checkered flag for Mees riding the victory lap.
The final award ceremony at the West Coast Dirt Track Series is always special. Eddie works with the youngsters helping them to give thanks to those that have helped them. He gives gifts out that were donated by the sponsors mentioned above and each class is awarded for the day’s racing results. On this day there were special moments. The plaques all with a picture of Eddie, #12 created an immediate bond between Eddie and the new Grand National Champion Brad Baker who also rides with the #12. And an emotional moment was shared when Eddie honored Ted Hubbard, a very long time rider of the West Coast Dirt Track Series, with a special plaque for his devotion to flat track racing. Ted has battled cancer on and off for the past several years and in spite of his chemo treatments and illness has almost never missed a race. Ted doesn’t win, he doesn’t usually even finish in the top three but he always has a smile, a kind word and a great sense of humor.
As the 2013 season comes to an end we have wished God Speed to some. We have congratulated others. We have said prayers, laughed and shed a tear together. We have shared some wonderful moments as a dirt track family and we wish you all a wonderful holiday season and winter. Thank you for your participation and sharing another season with us.