Roa, Southern, Juillerat, Hoffman and Holt Get Wins at So Cal Fair Motorcycle Speedway
Brody Roa, Thomas Southern, Steve Juillerat, Trevor Hoffman and Shane Holt were at the top of their respective classes and won the main events when the So Cal Oval Karters closed out the month of June at SoCal Fair Motorcycle Speedway on the SoCal Fair and Event Center in Perris.
The most intriguing story heading into the race involved Hesperia’s Southern. Coming into the afternoon on the first-year track, he was undefeated in club action in both the Yamaha of America KT100 and the Colt Group Open classes. His drive for five in each class only reached fruition in the Open Class as USAC/CRA Sprint Car star Brody Roa of Garden Grove put a halt to his season-long prowess in the KT100’s.
Roa, driving a kart owned by longtime friend Matt Jones, fired the first salvo of the day when he outdistanced Southern by a half straightaway in the first heat race. In the second heat, Roa came from the back but was outdistanced by Thomas Southern’s father, Chris. Thomas placed third in that one.
In the KT100 main, Roa, who finished third later that night in the USAC/CRA Sprint Car main next door at Perris Auto Speedway, outdistanced the younger Southern, who had been fighting a loose kart all day long. Robert Smith, Art Klein from Las Vegas and “Hubcap” Mike Collins from Lake Forest rounded out the top five.
In the Colt Group Open Class main, it was business as usual for Thomas Southern. Then again, maybe not business as usual. In the two previous races, he had to use his KT100 to win when his 500cc Jawa Speedway engine had problems. This time the Jawa performed flawlessly and he swept the show winning both heat races and the main event in convincing style. Collins and Lakewood’s Joe Gibb finished second and third.
In the Burris Racing F200’s, 2016 champion Steve Juillerat of Whittier raced to his second win of the season when he crossed under the checkered flag in front of 2017 class champ Norm Reynolds of San Marcos, Riverside’s Justin Garcia and Banning’s Scott Gaynor. In the most competitive class in the SCOK thus far in 2018, Juillerat and Gaynor have two wins apiece and Reynolds has one. Earlier in the show, Garcia and Reynolds won the two heat races.
Cathedral City racer Trevor Hoffman won one of two heat races and then captured his second main event in the last three races in the Caltrol Incorporated Senior Clones. Wildomar’s Mike Demello was second to the Craig Zimmerman checkered with Jeffrey Butler of San Diego third. Demello won the other heat.
In the Fair Oaks Ranch Junior Clones, Huntington Beach racer Shane Holt captured his first SCOK main event of 2018. Lauren Bishop and Riverside’s Drake Cardey finished in the “place” and “show” spots. Holt, who first raced with the SCOK in 2017, and Bishop won the two heat races. Holt’s win stopped Cardey’s win streak at three.
Youngsters Travis Gaynor of Banning and Nuevo’s Cash Culp were on hand and got in their learning laps in the Ancon Marine Junior/Junior Class.
Going into the next race, which will also be at SoCal Fair Motorcycle Speedway on July 21st, Thomas Southern is on top of the points pile in both the KT100’s and the Open Class. Juillerat leads the F200’s, Butler is on top of the Senior Clones and Cardey heads the points in the Junior Clones.
OneDirt Magazine Editor Bobby Kimbrough attended the race and did a special write up on the SCOK for the magazine. You can view the article at the following link https://www.onedirt.com/event-coverage/dirt-track-kart-racing-visit-socal-oval-karters/
Due to the work of a group of volunteers from the SCOK and the Norco Mowers on July 10th, racers will be greeted by a new and improved racing surface at the July 21st race. The track will remain flat on the inside groove but will have about a 5% grade on the outside of the corners and should provide at least two racing lines. The crew also put a shade on the scorers and the starters stand.
The SoCal Oval Karters would like to thank 2018 series sponsors Yamaha of America, Burris Racing, Caltrol Incorporated, The Colt Group, Fair Oaks Ranch and Ancon Marine for supporting the 2018 championship season. If you or your company would like to join the SCOK as a sponsor, please call Matt Jones at (714) 614-8891 or E-mail him at email@example.com
2018 SoCal Oval Karters Schedule
July 21 – SoCal Fair Motorcycle Speedway – Perris
August 4 – SoCal Fair Motorcycle Speedway – Perris
September 8 – SoCal Fair Motorcycle Speedway – Perris
September 22 – SoCal Fair Motorcycle Speedway – Perris
October 13 – Wheel2Wheel Raceway – Victorville
November 3 – Perris Auto Speedway Road Course – Perris
November 10 – SoCal Fair Motorcycle Speedway – Perris
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The So Cal Oval Karters would like to thank the following sponsors for helping make the championship series possible. Burris Racing, Hubcapmike.com, Perris Auto Speedway and Yamaha of America Racing Engines. If you or your business would like to become a partner of the So Cal Oval Karters, please call or E-mail Matt Jones at (714) 614-8891 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 23 SoCal Fair Motorcycle Speedway Results
Yamaha of America KT100
1. Brody Roa – Garden Grove
2. Thomas Southern – Hesperia
3. Robert Smith
4. Art Klein – Las Vegas
5. Mike Collins – Lake Forest
6. Matthew Johnson
7. Randy Truax – San Diego
8. Chris Southern – Hesperia
9. Ronnie Benton – San Diego
The Colt Group Open Class
1. Thomas Southern – Hesperia
2. Mike Collins – Lake Forest’
3. Joe Gibb – Lakewood
Burris Racing F200
1. Steve Juillerat – Whittier
2. Norm Reynolds – San Marcos
3. Justin Garcia – Riverside
4. Scott Gaynor – Banning
Caltrol Incorporated Senior Clones
1. Tyler Hoffman – Cathedral City
2. Mike Demello – Wildomar
3. Jeffrey Butler – San Diego
4. Tailor Roa – Garden Grove
Fair Oaks Ranch Junior Clones
1. Shane Holt – Huntington Beach
2. Lauren Bishop
3. Drake Cardey – Riverside