Saturday Race Results at Willow Springs – Walt James Stadium

Eddie Mulder’s West Coast Dirt Track Series

Willow Springs – Walt James Stadium

Rosamond, CA | Saturday, September 30

For over 20 years Eddie and Jodi Mulder have put their hearts and souls into bringing spectacular racing to venues throughout California.  This year all of their attention was focused on the Cachuma Lake Vintage Motorcycle Rally in the spring and the Willow Springs weekend in the fall.  Willow Springs is a favorite event for riders who come from all over the United States and Canada to ride it.  A well groomed, 3/8 mile decomposed granite, banked smooth track.  Big, fast, fun and lot of money up for grabs in the pro class!

Saturday morning the crew wound their way through the long line of motor homes, vans, trucks and cars to get through the gate and set up for what was to be another exciting and fun filled weekend of racing.  Racer and blade operator Gary Ritchie and Eddie began preparing the track and grounds early in the week, cleaning up the pits, pulling weeds and putting things in good order.  Jodi starts the registration process a month before the race.  Saturday morning registration at the track opens at 8:00 a.m. sharp, the pits come alive, folks meet and greet each other, many whom have not seen one another since the Willow weekend of 2016, and the feeling and passion of racing comes alive.

Practice gets under way, riders and mechanics make adjustments to their tire pressure, suspension, motors and carburetors in the hope of being a winner on the track.  This weekend, like many others, riders show up from other area and arenas of motorcycle racing.  Registered to race was the MotoAmerica champion Tony Elias, who made his debut on the dirt at Willow Springs riding both Saturday and Sunday and finishing respectably in everything he contested.  From his first lap on the dirt Saturday to his last on Sunday, he progressed like he’d been riding dirt all his life.

Some of California’s fastest kids were also in attendance.  Both Travis Petton IV and Grant Holmes earned victories at the 2017 AMA Amateur Nationals.  In the 250 Open class they were competing with each other and put on a show that included competition with Tucker Mount.  Holmes got the hole shot with Petton close enough to keep him honest.  They finished Holmes, Petton and Mount.  Dominic De Mario led the 80 class to and easy victory with Travis Petton’s younger brother, Colin Petton and Blake Ash following to the checkers.  Kage Tadman, on a 65cc was a favorite in this race showing the fans his exceptional talent and skill. Jeff Lessley gave Tom Horton a run for his money leading the the Sr. Vintage through the 4th lap.  Horton took the win followed by James Otelle and Jay Gardner.  Lessley left the race with a mechanical issue.  However, Lessley won the Vet A event followed by Jeff Johnson who took the second spot from Jim Rosa in lap 4.  Rosa finished 3rd.  Johnson took the 500 Support class home.

Racing progressed through the day like clockwork. The fastest rider on the track was AFT Pro rider #23 “The Wizard” Jeffrey Carver riding the Ron Wood prepared Rotax.   Carver won his heat race earning a place in the Terry Otton and Rod Lake Racing dash for cash.  When the green flag flew in the dash Carver took a commanding lead. After getting by Mees in the first lap. He easily won followed by Sammy Halbert, Mees and Bronson Bauman.  The Willow Springs Dash for Cash is always extremely competitive with a big money purse thanks to Rod Lake and Terry Otton who this year, put their funds together to create a $10K dash for cash purse each day.

Favored to win the Digger Pro main event, sponsored by Specialty Fabrications, Inc., Carver again took the lead.  The race was his to win, fastest on the track, smooth and calculating in his skill.  About half way through the race……. Carver’s bike failed due to a clip in the carburetor coming loose.  Carver’s misfortune gave Mees the opportunity to win the main followed by Sammy Halbert and roadracer JD Beach.  Mees took Eddie’s son, Rick, for a victory lap.

The award ceremony follows each day’s racing.  Product giveaways from Motion Pro and Triumph of North America were distributed to those lucky persons in attendance. The top riders received medals for their finishes while all the pro class finishers receive their coveted envelopes of cash!  As always, the Eddie Mulder Family dinner that includes all the track personnel and other special guests took place in town at a local Mexican restaurant.  Lively conversations and swapping of the day’s events made for a personal and memorable dining experience.  Everyone left happy, full and looking forward to Sunday’s racing.

Those camping at the track fired up  their bar b Q’s for dinner, relishing in the great atmosphere of the da, mingling around and discussing how their races went and what they would do different on Sunday.  The track crew cleaned up and put things in order for another day of racing on Sunday, The Joey Brown Memorial.

Results:

Senior Vintage

  1. Tom Horton; 2. Jim Ottele; 3. Jay Gardner; 4. Darren Pritchett; 5. Jeff Lessley; 6. Ken Netto

Vet A Main

  1. Paul Ott; 2. Jeff Johnson; 3. Jim Rosa; 4. Matt Stoutenburg; 5. LJ Gronek; 6. John Lundgren; 7. Jack Roberts; 8.Curtis Peebles

Vet B Main

  1. Shawn Chamlee; 2. Mark LaDue; 3. Steve Powers; 4. Ronnie Brown

Super Sr. “A” Main

  1. Rick Reed; 2. Ron Lessley; 3. Steve Craft; 4. Gary Ritchie; 5. Jay Gardner; 6. Mike Boal; 7. D-Dan McDougall; 8. Dave Keil; 9. Fred Berger

Sr. Novice “B” Main

  1. Mark Stuckert; 2. Shane Van Sickle; 3. Maury Austin; 4. Charlie Caspary; 5. Herb Wolff; 6. Margo King; 7. Sten Kelley; 8. Ted Hubbard

Youth 50

  1. Gage Morast

Youth 60

  1. Sierra Hickerson

Youth 80

  1. Dominic DeMario; 2. Colin Petton; 3. Blake Ash; 4. Kage Tadman; 5. Sierra Hickerson

Dino

  1. Mark La Due; 2. Jim Ottelle

Classic 250

  1. Fred Berger

Classic 500

  1. Tom Horton; 2. Chris Rudy; 3. Kenny Thiebaud; 4. Jim Ottele; 5. Lenny Rodriguez; 6. Mark La Due; 7. James Kohls; 8. Maury Austin; 9. Joe Pape; 10. Flyn Stone

Modern 500

  1. David Brow; 2. Jimmy Ludgren; 3. Jeff Lessley; 4. Ron Lessley

Modern 750

  1. D-Dan Mc Dougall; 2. Tom Horton

250 Open class

  1. Grant Holmes; 2. Travis Petton IV; 3. Tucker Mount; 4. Zack Earwood; 5. Jacob Cascio

500 Support

1. Jeff Johnson; 2. Jim Lundgren; 3. Jack Jones; 4. Jeff Gonzales; 5. Danny Ritchie; 6. Jason Craven; 7. Rick Reed; 8. Ken Shilling; 9. Jeff Spohr; 10. Erik Bland; 11. Shawn Chamlee

Open Amateur “A”

  1. Maikel Diikstra; 2. Grant Holmes; 3. Travis Petton IV; 4. Julia Hess; 5. Matthew Zacher; 6. Christian Payne; 7. Bronson Pearce ; 8. Daniel Brown; 9. Noah bush; 10 Chris McDougal; 11. Matt Stoutenburg

Open “B” Main

  1. Michael Inderbitzin; 2. Tucker Mount; 3. Matthew Ott; 4. Nick Garcia; 5. Jaycee Jones; 6. Bobby Frankenberger; 7. Stev Poweros; 8. Jojo Lindner

Senior Open

  1. Craig Scroggins; 2. Larry Earhart; 3. Jim Ottele; 4. Erik Bland; 5. Jack Roberts; 6. Joe Danze; 7. Danny Stepens; 8. Barney Stern;9. Dave Keil

Digger Helm Open Pro

  1. Jared Mees; 2. Sammy Halbert; 3. JD Beach; 4. Chad Cose; 5. Briar Bauman; 6. Davis Fisher; 7. Bronson Bauman; 8. Mike Rush; 9. Ryan Wells; 10. Henry Wiles; 11. Nick Armstrong; 12. Kayl Kolkman; 13. Oliver Brindley; 14. Clayton Williams

 

Cycle News Highlights Eddie Mulder’s Big Bear Race 1960

Great article entitled “Big Bear’s Baby-faced Champ” takes a look back on Eddie Mulder’s win from January 1960 and how this young obscure kid went from playing around on his motorcycle in the desert to having his face plastered across motorcycle magazines and win posters.

Credit: Larry Lawrence – CycleNews, October 24, 2017, page 129

http://magazine.cyclenews.com/i/891001-cycle-news-issue-42-october-24-2017/128?m4=

Willow Springs Joey Brown Memorial Full List of Race Results

WOW!!! What a turnout for a spectacular weekend of racing! Road Racing champions, legends of dirt track and sprint cars and some of the biggest names in the industry came to experience the thrills of watching and racing on the primo banked 3/8 cushion of Willow Springs Walt James Stadium. Americans and foreigners alike took to the dirt and all you could see, every where you looked, were ear to ear grins. Many of those who traveled used sponsored rides to compete. Loyal fans of this event bring other like-minded folks and the atmosphere tops any grand national event! Huge pro payouts and the opportunity to share the track with the best in the world are what thrills everyone in attendance. An “Outlaw” event, without sanctions, gives all the monies to the pro racers who qualify for the big money main events and Dashes-for-cash. $55,000 total purse and the racing was evidence of the desire to win a piece of the prize money. Plus youth, amateur and vintage classes as well, all mingling together in the pits for a weekend that won’t soon be forgotten. Friends, families and competitors sharing their passion for racing and the memory of one of the sports’ pioneers who we lost last year, Joey Brown of Brown’s Cycles in Paso Robles. Just awesome!

Eddie Mulder’s WCDTS Willow Springs Results Sunday Oct. 1, 2017

ROD LAKE RACING/TERRY OTTON RACING $10,000 D-4-C

9 Jared Mees
69 Sammy Halbert
54 Mikey Rush
67 Davis Fisher

SENIOR VINTAGE

55 Tom Horton
12e Jeff Lessley
58y Jim Ottele
17n Jay Gardner

VET

25z Curtis Peebles
54 Bryan Berna
44 Rob Bush
12 LJ Gronek
45e John Lundgren
24 Toni Elias
26u Jack Roberts
87n Chad Valker
3B Shawn Chamlee
781 Steve Powers
11j Jack Jones dnf

SUPER SR/SR NOVICE

59y Rick Reed
25d Steve Craft
28d Ron Lessley
17n Jay Gardner
28b Gary Ritchie
22n Dave Keil
51r Mike Boal
13 Shane VanSickle
97 Fred Berger
8 D-Dan McDougall
78 Charlie Caspary
87 Sten Kelley
14t Ted Hubbard dnf

YOUTH 50

12 Gage Morast

YOUTH 60

28 Kage Tadman
3 Sierra Hickerson

YOUTH 80

10 Dominic DeMario
199 Ryder Di Francesco
40 Blake Ash
46 Colin Petton
28 Kage Tadman
45 Conner Hickerson

CLASSIC 250

97 Fred Berger

CLASSIC 500

55 Tom Horton
87y Chris Rudy
63y Kenny Thiebaud
58y Jim Ottele
4r Lenny Rodriguez
10 Roland Sands
62 Flyn Stone
14 James Kohls
57 Maury Austin
75z Joe Pape
68n Mark LaDue dnf

DINO

68n Mark Ladue
58y Jim Ottele
10 Roland Sands
53 Brent Johnson

MODERN 250

N/A

MODERN 500

19z David Brown
70L Jim Lundgren
12e Jeff Lessley
28d Ron Lessley

MODERN 750

1 Danny Ritchie
55 Tom Horton
28b Gary Ritchie
45e John Lundgren
51r Larry Earhart
22 Brian Cassara
45x Ross Stuckert
8 D-Dan McDougall
48 Mark La Due
78 Charlie Caspary

250 OPEN

1n Grant Holmes
1 Travis Petton IV
37y Tucker Mount
21 Jacob Cascio
45 Conner Hickerson
54 Bryson Berna

500 SUPPORT

11j Jack Jones
77v Jason Craven
70L Jim Lundgren
84j Jeff Gonzales
59y Rick Reed
97y Danny Ritchie
22q Jeff Spohr
3B Shawn Chamlee
33 Erik Bland
26B Ken Shilling
51r Mike Boal
78 Lucas Dunev

OPEN AMATEUR “A”

1 Travis Petton IV
1n Grant Holmes
32 Bronson Pearce
15B Matthew Zacher
13y Julia Heess
19z Daniel Brown
37y Tucker Mount
2m Michael Hill
10f Vaughn McCafferty
97x Nick Garcia
33 Jaycee Jones

OPEN AM “B” MAIN

55z Hunter Brooks
11d Dominic Cameron
54 Bryan Berna
78 Lucas Dunev
21 Matthew Ott
97 Bobby Frankenberger
781 Steve Powers
X25 Bruce Vucik dnf

SENIOR OPEN

16e Larry Earhart
95 Randy Di Francesco
58y Jim Ottele
26u Jack Roberts
22 Brian Cassara
42y Scott Reed
33 Erik Bland
13L Barney Stern
15j Joe Danze

DIGGER Open Pro

9 Jared Mees
23 Jeffrey Carver
69 Sammy Halbert
17 Henry Wiles
37 Bronson Bauman
95 JD Beach
94 Ryan Wells
14 Briar Bauman
67 Davis Fisher
49 Chad Cose
60 Nick Armstrong
12e James Ott
98 Kayl Kolkman
58 Maikel Dykstra
12 John Vanderlaan
54 Mike Rush dnf