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Carver & Halbert Spring to the top at Willow Springs

Location: Willow Springs Walt James Stadium
Race Dates: October 1 & 2 2016
Eddie Mulder’s West Coast Dirt Track Series

The Willow Springs 3/8-mile cushion dirt track in Walt James  Stadium at the Willow Springs International Raceway hosts by far the most exciting 3/8-mile dirt track racing in all of California. Eddie & Jodi Mulder, promoters of the West Coast Dirt Track Series, pull out all the stops during this two-day weekend event. Together with their main sponsors, Mark and Randy Zimmerman of Specialty Fabrications,Inc.and Terry and Nancy Otton of Ramspur Winery, the purse for this weekend was over $50,000.

Driving up the road to the track on Saturday morning the rigs, trucks, trailers and cars were in a long line ready to go racing. Track prep began the week before, the registration staff set up their booth, the tech station was set up, ready to start the bike inspections and the gates opened with a flood of people.
The usual rider’s meeting started off the day but this day was just a little different. A special moment of silence was held to honor the two young riders lost the weekend before, Charlotte Kainz and Kyle McGrane, followed by parade laps of riders led by the water trucks riding two reverse laps, one to honor each of them. Not long after that, practice began. The track was absolutely perfect, smooth and racy as a result of the many hours Gary Richie spent working the dirt.

Over 120 riders rode 19 heat races that included 24 AMA pro riders looking for a piece of the $50,000 purse. Special guests included Barry Weiss of Storage Wars, the Zimmerman’s, Digger Helm, Terry Otton, Rod Lake, Sammy Tanner, Chris Agajanian, Ron Wood, Preston Petty, Dennis Mahan and more. Also in the house was #38 Chuck Palmgren, the first rider to win an AMA GNC mile on a Yamaha 750. That history took place in 1972. The action on the track was fierce with Jeffrey Carver and Chad Cose turning the fastest heat race lap times. Pro heat race winners Carver, Cose, Brad Baker and Jimmy Wood then lined up for the dash for cash. Cose, aboard a Harley, turned heads taking a commanding lead and the win followed by Carver, Baker and Wood. At the trophy presentation, an emotional speech was given by Cose, who traveled for two and one half years with one of the riders lost the weekend before. “I know Kyle was with me and gave me the will to win today in his memory.”

Some fast youngsters included Kage Tadman, winning the 60 class in front of Jack Alexander, Travis Petton IV who made the podium in three classes, including winning the open amateur “B” main and James Ott, a double class winner in the Open Amateur “A” main and the 250 Open classes. Fontana Radiator’s “Fast”Jeff Johnson, aboard Mickey Alzola’s Triumph took the Modern 750 class home. He also won the 500 support class in front of Jack Jones and Jim Lundgren. In the Senior Vintage class Jim Ottele finished third behind Jeff Lesley and Kenny Thiebaud. Ottele came back to win the Senior Open class.

Sixteen pro riders lined up on the grid for the Digger Helm Open Pro main event presented by Specialty Fabrications, Inc. On the front row were, Carver, Baker, Cose, Wood, Briar Bauman and Nick Armstrong. At the green Jared Mees, on the new Indian Scout, tried to get by the pack on the inside but it was Chad Cose to the front for the hole shot. Carver was low in the inside but in the front by the end of lap one. During this 20 lap main event Baker and Halbert switched the second place four times and Carver held the lead all 20 laps. Behind them Henry Wiles was working his way through the pack to finish fourth behind Baker.

As always after the races, a heartfelt trophy presentation with the riders and their crews was held presenting the top riders with medals and cash to the pros for their efforts. Every pro rider in the main was paid a portion of the purse. And following the award ceremony the customary Mexican food dinner, where Eddie and Jodi treat their crew to a wonderful “family dinner”. In addition to a huge thank you to the WCDTS staff Eddie and Jodi are most appreciative to their series sponsors: Mark and Randy Zimmerman of Specialty Fabrications, Inc. Terry and Nancy Otton of Ramspur Winery, Digger Helm, Rod Lake, Motion Pro, Triumph of North America, Coventry Spares, British Customs, Barnett Clutches and Cables, JRC Engineering, Jeff Cole of C&J Racing Frames, Maxima Racing Oils, K&N Filters, Works Shocks, Todays Cycle Coverage, S&S Off Road magazine and Pro Plates.

Sunday morning the track opened to another crowd of competitors and fans – stay tuned for another story about that.

Saturday race results:

Ramspur Winery $5,000 D-4-C
Chad Cose; 2. Jeffrey Carver; 3. Brad Baker; 4. Jimmy Wood

SENIOR VINTAGE
Jeff Lessley; 2. Kenny Thiebaud; 3 Jim Ottele

VET “A” MAIN
1. Don Howard; 2. Jim Rosa; 3. Kevin Jordan; 4. Paul Ott; 5. Curtis Peebles Jr.; 6. David Bush; 7. John Lundgren; 8. Ryan Reed; 9. Robert Bush; 10. Scott Hanson

VET “B” MAIN
1. Matt Stoutenburg; 2. Bill Kolkman; 3. Andrew Myers; 4. Mark LaDue; 5. Mike Mosby;

SUPER SENIOR NOVICE
Robert Hansen; 2. Gary Ritchie; 3. Shane VanSickle; 4. Dan McDougall; 5. Fred Berger;
6. Herb Wolff

250 OPEN
James Ott; 2. Grant Holmes; 3. Travis Petton IV; 4. Dallas Daniels; 5. Tyler Raggio;  6. Hunter Brooks; 7. Jaycee Jones; 8. Zack Earwood

500 SUPPORT
Jeff Johnson; 2. Jack Jones; 3. Jim Lundgren; 4. Jeff Gonzales; 5. Robert Hansen;  6. Ken Shilling; 7. Larry Hanson

OPEN AMATEUR “A” MAIN
1. James Ott; 2. Hunter Brooks; 3.Julia Rankin; 4. Dallas Daniels; 5. Clayton Williams; 6. Paul Ott; 7.Grant Holmes; 8. Christian Payne; 9. Dominic Cameron; 10. Ryan Reed; 11. David Bush; 12. Michael Hill; 13. Rob Bush;

OPEN AMATEUR “B” MAIN
1. Travis Petton IV; 2. Bronson Pearce; 3. Noah Bush; 4. Stephen Sikorski; 5. Justin Hanson;  K6. Kyle Raggio; 7. Matt Ott; 8. Josh Jackson; 9. LJ Gronek; 10. Andrew Myers; 11. Jaycee Jones

SENIOR OPEN
Kevin Jordan; 2. Jim Lundgren; 3. Jim Ottele; 4. Larry Earhart; 5. Jeff Lessley; 6. Bill Kolkman; 7. Greg Powell; 8. Bill Wright; 9. Barney Stern; 10. Jeff Spohr; 11. Dan Kane; 12. Dan Dowding

CLASSIC 250
Hadley Melton; 2. Fred Berger

CLASSIC 500
Chris Rudy; 2. Jim Ottele; 3. Rick Rockhold; 4. Julian Heppekausen; 5. James Kohls; 6. Joe Pape; 7. Flyn Stone; 8. Matt Campbell

DINO
Jim Ottele

YOUTH 60
Kage Tadman; 2. James “Jr.” Alexander; 3. Conner Hickerson; 4. Sierra Hickerson; 5. Isabellla Mitchell

YOUTH 80
Travis Petton IV; 2. Zaden Flores; 3. Tanner Richey; 4. Dominic DeMario; 5. Blake Ash; 6. Jack Earwood; 7. Eli Souza; 8. Conner Hickerson; 9. Franny Mincham; 10. Sierra Hickerson

MODERN 250
David Ehrhart

MODERN 500
Brian Filo; 2. Julian Heppekausen; 3. Jamin Mathis

MODERN 750
1. Jeff Johnson; 2. Paul Herman; 3. Lloyd McGregor

DIGGER OPEN PRO by Specialty Fabrications, Inc.
Jeffrey Carver; 2. Sammy Halbert; 3. Brad Baker; 4. Henry Wiles; 5. Jarod Vanderkooi;6. Chad Cose; 7. Briar Bauman; 8. Jared Mees; 9. Davis Fisher; 10. Nick Armstrong;  11. Kayl Kolkman; 12. Jimmy Wood; 13. Dylan Morin; 14. Danny Eslick; 15. John Vanderlaan;
16. Bronson Bauman

Willow Springs Doubleheader Is On!

All systems are go for the Eddie Mulders West Coast Dirt Track Series doubleheader October 3-4. The water is available and we are going ahead with the event. Pre-entry forms are posted for printing, completing and mailing in with your entry fees. One for each day please. If you need assistance, please call the hotline 661-944-1184 and leave a message so I can call you back. Pre-entering saves money and time at registration so you can get in the pits faster and get your spot!  Pre-entry cutoff is Sept 27th. Heats are lined up by postmark date. Pros draw for heat positions at sign-ups but still save money by pre-entering! Membership numbers are no longer required to enter.

We are getting questions about the pro purse payouts. Here is a rough breakdown of how we will be doing it. Note! This is subject to change! Saturday Oct 3: Specialty Fabrications Dash-4-Cash is $10,000. We usually take the top 2 from each heat and pay all places so how many depends on how many heats. !st place gets about 35% and last place 5%. The Ramspur Winery Open Pro purse Saturday is $15,000. Willow can take 14 riders for the main event but again it depends on how many heats and semis. We pay the top 10 finishers:

  • 1st  24%
  • 2nd 18%
  • 3rd 15%
  • 4th 13%
  • 5th 10%
  • 6th 8%
  • 7th 5.5%
  • 8th 3.5%
  • 9th 2%
  • 10th 1%

Sundays Specialty Fabrications D-4-C is $20,000 and the Digger Helm Open Pro purse is $30,000. Percentages are the same.

Note! If you are from out-of-state (non-California) we take 9% state taxes from your winnings after the first $1,000 earned and all pros must complete a W-9 form with your tax ID# or Social Security number upon entering. No exceptions so have that info when you sign up please!

Eddie is looking to get some purse money together if we have a bunch of pro racers to run a “B” Main Sunday only. It won’t be nearly as much as for the regular mains but at least it will be something for those who don’t make the main. We will have more info on that come race weekend. Please remember this is subject to change!

Pit passes are $20 per day for all non-riders, we have two-day wristbands for $40 to avoid hassles. Kids 12 and under are free. Willow Springs charges $10 per person to get through the front gate. Consider this your camping fee 🙂 their wristband is good all weekend but you need a WCDTS pit pass to enter our event. Friday camping is available until 6pm then we lock the gates and pit gates open both Sat and Sun at 8am to get in. Registration is from 8-10am. Practice starts at 10:30 am after the riders meeting and races start at 12pm noon both days.

If you have any questions please call the Hotline at 661-944-1184.

Please Pre-enter if you can, it makes things SO much easier for you and us 🙂 Thanks!! Click to Download the Entry Forms Today

Total Purse Raised to $75,000

The total purse was raised to $75,000 on August 18, with an additional contribution from Terry and Nancy Otton/Ramspur Winery of $15K for the Digger Helm/Ramspur Winery Pro Main Events. Eddie is still waiting to hear about the water approval.

MANY THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS – Specialty Fabrications, Digger Helm, Terry and Nancy Otton, Barnett Clutches and Cables, Motion Pro, Rod Lake Racing, Brown’s Cycles, C&J Racing Frames, Coventry Spares, JRC Engineering, K&N Filters, Maxima Racing OIls, Penton Racing Products, S&S Offroad, Today’s Cycle Coverage, Tuff Plates, Works Performance and more.

WCDTS Total Purse $75000
WCDTS Total Purse $75000