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.
July 28, 2013
Cal Expo – Sacramento, CA
Story by Karen Gould
Checkered Flag Photography
Eddie & Jodi Mulder and their team made the trip to Sacramento once again this year to make dreams come true for amateur riders. On the famous mile long track, smooth and well groomed by Dennis Pearson and Craig Scroggins, the riders enjoyed the same dirt as the GNC pro riders the night before where Bryan Smith took home his third trophy belt buckle and Shayna Texter celebrated her second Sacramento Mile win. Sunday was perfect from start to finish at the Sacramento Amateur mile. With the sights and sounds of the California State Fair in the back ground and the weather mild, riders and spectators alike had a great day.
A big thank you to several sponsors of the Sacramento Mile that stepped up to help make this event possible. Scott Dunlavey/Berkeley Honda-Yamaha generously donated several pit bikes for use at the track, and on board again this year, Triumph of North America. Digger Helm and Rod Lake, long time supporters of the West Coast Dirt Track Series along with K&N Filters, Motion Pro, Barmett Clutches and Specialty Fabrications, all as Premiere sponsors. Others included A&A Racing who donated 2 tires and provided non-stop service to the riders.
www.TodaysCycleCoverage.com and S&S Off Road Magazine, who bring news of the WCDTS events out to the public, Brown’s Cycles, Maxima Racing Oils, Works Performance, Coventry Spares, Tuff Plates and many more. At each event there are water bottles, hats, T-shirts and other goodies all provided by the sponsors, shared with the riders during the award ceremony.
Thanks go to the riders as well. One hundred and fifty plus entrants rode 17 heats and main events with such care that the ambulance never moved from it’s parking spot. Without the invitation of Circle Bell Motorsports and Bob Bellino, racing the mile at Cal Expo would not be possible.
Race day started with the usual, tech inspections to be sure the riders and bikes are safe for the day’s events followed by a rider’s meeting. Eddie’s custom of honoring fallen riders was carried out once again with a moment of silence for AJ Herrera who recently passed away. He then announced the order of practice, where to find the event postings and how the day is planned. Seasoned riders and past pros were joined with many that were riding the mile for the first time. Walking the pits the excitement could be felt as last minute adjustments were being made to equipment. Leathers, were hanging on easy ups that had been recently cleaned in preparation of the days races and the pits were filled with riders and their families, sharing food, stories and their excitement.
Right on schedule practice took place. A couple of seized motors and mechanical mishaps brought the golf cart and trailer out to get riders and bikes back to the pits. Competition in many classes was close with heat races determining rider placement on the main event starting lines. Classes included 250cc Open, through unlimited cc Vet, Vintage, Senior, Novice and more. The West Coast Dirt Track Series finds a class for every rider that shows up. Eddie’s love of racing is unquestionable at his events.
The first main event on the track included 8 Senior Vintage riders. Familiar faces on the track, Jim Monegan aboard a 1972 Honda 481, Steve Craft on the seat of his 1974 Harley XR 750 and Kenny Theibaud powering a 1974 Yamaha 750 battled for position through the third lap when Thiebaud left the race broken. Monegan and Craft put on a show turn to turn until Monegan was able to pull away and take the win..Don Galloway from Canada captured the third position followed by Victor McBee. Twelve riders took their places on the line for the 35 and over Vet A main. Steve Liberty showed Tom Horton the fastest way around this big track taking over the lead in the first lap. Vince Holt followed them to the checkers and Wade Boyd moved into the fourth spot in the last lap leaving John Lundgren to finish fifth. The Vet B included ten riders. The top three finishers, Ron Long, Jack Jones and AJ Neelings maintained their one, two, three positions from flag to flag.
In this writers opinion the race of the day was the Senior Novice/Super Senior class. I’ve been attending and photographing Eddie Mulder’s events for more than ten years. During those years I don’t remember ever not seeing #49, Mickey Alzola at the races. Alzola had a long history of precision stunt driving for many movies in Hollywood including Jack Knife, Mega Force, Steel Yard Blues, The First Last Race and many more. Alzola raced sprint cars from 1977 through 1987 and since then has raced motorcycles for more than twenty five years. He was a five time rider of the Pikes Peak Sprint Car class. Today before racing began Alzola told me that all he could do any more was have fun. When the riders came to the starting line in the 50 and older novice/riders over 60 class. Alzola was aboard his 1966 Eddie Mulder SpecialTriumph. Only one other bike was older than the Alzolas. Fred Berger was piloting his 1965 Triumph 650. Also in the class was Ted Hubbard, a cancer survivor riding another Eddie Mulder Special Yamaha 540. The starter threw the green flag and Canadian D-Dan McDougall got the hole shot on his 74 XR Harley Davidson 750. Mike Wayne on top of a 1971 Yamaha 750 took the lead from
McDougall in lap three. Behind them Alzola was on the move. Moving from the sixth position in lap one to third by lap four. Alzola was gaining ground. With only two laps remaining Lawrence Bertrand had captured the second postion riding a 1973 Triumph 750. The white flag lap gave Alzola time to capture second and by the checkers, it was Alzola for the win. Wayne had recaptured the second spot and Bertrand rounded out the podium. I don’t know the age of Alzola, maybe 73, but I know that he still “has it”, the enthusiasm and determination to win races along with a huge smile and a delightful personality.
After finishing third in the Vet class Holt came back to win the Senior Open class in front of Wade Boyd and Ron Long. Holt powered his 2000 Rotax 660 the first four laps in the lead giving it up to vintage road racing champion Paul Germain on a Yamaha 750 in lap four and regaining the lead in white flag lap to take the checkers first. Wade Boyd twisted the throttle in the final lap to finish second followed by Long on a Rotax 600. Germain finished sixth.
Donnie Darrah worked the track and his 06 Honda 450 hard riding the SeniorB Main Open main event. Don Galloway was not having it riding his 74 Yamaha 750 in front four of six laps. Darrah rode laps four and five in front but at the end of the race it was all Galloway followed by Perry
Smith mounted on a Honda 450.
Maybe the guy most proud of himself this day was Craig Scroggins. The guy driving the blade earlier in the day to groom the track, Scroggins was not to be beat on his track during racing. Competing in the Sr Open C event Scroggins who said today would be his last mile race got the hole shot from the start. David Ehrhart took that lead for laps two and three but Scroggins was insistant and tenacious riding the final two laps to the finish in front. Lance Harris, PHD and Jim Monegan followed Scroggins to the checkers. Monegan was back on the track to win the Modern 500 class in front of Horton and Galloway. Jake Latimer took Victor McBee and LloydMcGregor home in the 750 modern class.
Allison Stacey and Kimi Valentine were competing with the boys in the 250 Open class. randon Green and Sean Heeney were first and second but Stacey proudly took the third place on the podium. Thirty six riders entered the Open Amateur class. Broken into A, B and C mains, determined by placement in the heat races. One rider captured my attention when he shared that this day was his 29th birthday and the first time he had ridden a mile. Happy 29th birthday Andy Wallace. Wallace didn’t finish in the top three but did capture the fourth position in the Open Amateur B main behind Heeney, Boyd and Chris Ryan. Davis Fisher, Dylan Morin and Vaughn McCafferty were the top three in the Open Amateur A main and Holt captured his second victory of the day in front of Scott Anderson and Robert Curry in the C main.
Promoter Eddie Mulder wishes to thank each and every person who attended this spectacular event for their cooperation and support. The program went off flawlessly, the ambulance never moved and there was great racing, camaraderie and fun all weekend. Racers came from all over North America and Canada for their chance to ride on the famous Sacramento Mile. The WCDTS final two 2013 events will take place at Willow Springs on the 3/8 mile banked cushion October 19th and 20th . For more information on Eddie Mulder’s Dirt Track Series go to: http://www.eddiemulderswcvdts.com/schedule.html
More pictures are acvailable at http://checkeredflagphotos.smugmug.com/FlatTrackRacing/Sacramento-Amateur-Mile-1/30794222_Q6jW5w
- Jim Monegan; 2. Steve Craft; 3. Don Galloway; 4. Victor McBee; 5. David Krohn; 6. D-dan McDougall; 7. Rick Villanueva; 8. Kenneth Thiebaud; 9. David Atheron; 10. Robert Hansen; 11. Mickey Alzola; 12. Lawrence Bertrand; 13. Greg Lightfoot; 14. Peter Thomson
- Steve Liberty; 2. Tom Horton; 3. Vince Holt; 4. Wade Boyd; 5. John Lundgren; 6. Paul Germain; 7. Robert Morris; 8. Roger Andree; 9. Kenneth Holland; 10. Joe Johnson; 11. Chris Baker; 12. Robert Bush; 13. Peter Lee; 14. Jeff Corcoran; 15. David Deveau
- Ron Long; 2. Jack Jones; 3. A.J. Neelings; 4. Chad Valker; 5. Joe Brown; 6. Roert Settler; 7. Justin Barnett; 8. Chris Larson; 9. Brad Raymond; 10. Zane Amaro
Sr. Novice, Super Senior
- Mickey Alzola; 2. Mike Wayne; 3. Lawrence Bertand; 4. D-dan McDougall; 5. Herb Wolff; 6. Victor McBee; 7. Maury Austin; 8. Fred Berger; 9. Ted Hubbard; 10. Don Rasmussen; 11. Peter Thompson; 12. John Deatherage
Classic 500 750sv
- Tom Horton; 2. Chris Rudy; 3. Rodd Lighthouse; 4. Allen Brugger; 5. Roy Taboda
- Vince Holt; 2. Wade Boyd; 3. Ron Long; 4. David Deveau; 5. Gene Fitzsimmons; 6. Paul Germain; 7. John Lundgren; 8. Lloyd McGregor; 9. Joe Johnson; 10. Roger Andree; 11. Peter Lee; 12. Robert Settler
Senior Open B Main
- Don Galloway; 2. Donnie Darrah; 3. Perry Smith; 4. Greg Lightfoot; 5. Bud Riddle; 6. Nick Theroux; 7. Robert Curry; 8. Mike Fowler; 9. Dave Keil; 10. Barry Hiatt; 11. Brad Raymond; 12. David Valentine
Senior Open C Main
- Craig Scroggins; 2. Lance Harris; 3. Jim Monegan; 4. Tim Skov; 5. Ray Turner; 6. Tim Lampe; 7. MikeRankin; 8. Rick Villanueva; 9. David Ehrhart; 10. Peter Thomson
- Jim Monegan; 2. Tom Horton; 3. Don Galloway; 4. Steve Craft; 5. Mike Wayne; 6. Mark Jensen; 7. Thad Wolff
- Jake Latimer; 2. Victor McBee; 3. Lloyd McGregor; 4. Robert Hansen; 5. Jerry Bland; 6. D-dan McDougall; 7. Robert Bush; 8. Maury Austin; 9. Steve Liberty; 10. Perry Smith
- Brandon Green; 2. Sean Heeney; 3. Allison Stacey; 4. Clayton Williams; 5. Kimi Valentine
- Ron Long; 2. Don Galloway; 3. Jack Jones; 4. Robert Hansen; 5. Jeff Corcoran; 6. Perri Turner; 7. Mike Fowler; 8. Jeff Gonzales; 9. Jim Lundgren; 10. Robert Morris
500 Support B Main
- Terry Graham; 2. Gary Ritchie; 3. Barry Hiatt; 4. Justin Barnet; 5. Jack Harwood; 6. Dillon Allen; 7. Mike Keith; 8. Gene Fitzsimmons
- David Fisher; 2. Dylan Morin; 3. Vaughn McCafferty; 4. Tony Souza; 5. Allison Stacey; 6. Adam Hernandez; 7. Andrew Luker; 8,. David Bush; 9. Caleigh Ryan; 10. David Deveau; 11. Kale Fish; 12. Damon Coca
Open Amateur B Main
- Sean Heeney; 2. Wade Boyd; 3. Crris Ryan; 4. Andy Wallace; 5. Laramie Bystedt; 6. Kenneth Holland; 7. Beau Thompson; 8. Sam Cullon; 9. Cody Van Dyke; 10. Brian Schmeltz; 11. Chris Baker; 12. Nick Theroux
Open Amateur C Main
- Vince Holt; 2. Scott Anderson; 3. Robert Curry; 4. Dillon Allen; 5. Darrell Beardsley; 6. Brad Raymond; 7. Mitchell Green; 8. David Valentine; 9. Keith Eusebio Jr; 10. Chris Geilfuss; 11. Zane Amaro