Gibb, Juillerat, Hoffman, Southern and Holt Win SCOK Mains at SoCal Fair Motorcycle Speedway
Chris Gibb, Steve Juillerat, Trevor Hoffman, Thomas Southern and Shane Holt captured the main events under the sun last Saturday afternoon when the SoCal Oval Karters raced at SoCal Fair Motorcycle Speedway on the SoCal Fair and Event Center in Perris.
Saturday’s race featured a new track surface that not only met with the approval of the members of the SCOK, but also with the Norco Mower Racing Organization that also competed on the hot afternoon.
Lakewood’s “Ready to Rumble,” Chris Gibb swept the show in the biggest class on hand, the Yamaha of America KT100’s. After banging his way to the wins in the two heat races, Gibb started on the pole for the 16-lap main event and was never headed. Art Klein of Las Vegas and Hesperia’s Thomas Southern gave chase at the start of the main. However, Southern, who won the first four KT100 main events of the year was shuffled back to fourth before the end of the first circuit.
Out front, Gibb moved a little further away from the pack each lap and by the end of the race, he was a half straight ahead of the competition when he took the checkered for his first SCOK win of the year. Klein, who came into the day second in points to Southern, finished second. Southern, “Hubcap” Mike Collins of Lake Forest and Robert Smith rounded out the top five.
In the Caltrol Incorporated Senior Clones, Cathedral City’s Tyler Hoffman won his third main event in the last four races when he beat San Diego’s Ronnie Benton to the checkered flag. San Diego based Jeffrey Butler, who will soon be moving back to his native North Carolina, and Hoffman split the two heat races. That put them on the front row for the main event. Once the green flag flew to start the race, Butler planted his #00 into the lead with Hoffman in hot pursuit. The lead duo’s running order remained the same until the fifth lap when Hoffman relieved Butler of the lead. The field hung close to the leader’s red #50 kart the remainder of the way. Butler stayed in second until he exited turn four on the last lap when his good friend Benton snuck by. At the checkered It was Hoffman by one kart length over Benton. Butler was directly behind in third. Wildomar’s Mike Demello placed fourth with Jason Bishop fifth.
the Colt Group Open class, it was business as usual for Southern and his powerful 500cc Jawa as he remained undefeated on the year and won his sixth straight main event. However, early on he had his hands full in this one. After sweeping both heat races in the class, Southern was on the pole for the sixteen- lap main event with Nick Argo of Gardena alongside. Southern got the jump at the green flag with Argo, driving a 125 Rotax, hot on his tail. Argo, 30, tried to knife his way inside of Southern for the lead as they exited turn two on the opening go around. Southern was equal to the challenge and maintained the top spot, but Argo would not let him rest. Argo kept the heat turned up on the undefeated leader until they came off turn two on the fifth circuit when he slowed and pulled into the infield with a broken chain. From that point on, Southern was unchallenged and won his sixth straight main by nearly a full lap over Fountain Valley’s Scott Bohle.
2016 champ Steve Juillerat of Whittier went undefeated on the day in the Burris Racing F200’s. After winning both heats he grabbed the lead at the outset of the main event. Banning’s Scott Gaynor, who has wins this year at SoCal Fair Motorcycle Speedway and the infield oval course next door at Perris Auto Speedway, stayed within striking distance of the leader for the first two laps. However, by the end of the fourth lap, Juillerat, had a half straight lead. The 54-year-old maintained that advantage the final three-quarters of the race for his second win in a row and his third of the year. Riverside’s Justin Garcia was third.
In the Fair Oaks Ranch Junior Clones, second-year Huntington Beach karter Shane Holt notched his second straight win and climbed to within one point of the top of the standings heading into the August 4 race at SoCal Fair Motorcycle Speedway. Holt swept the show and led Riverside’s Drake Cardey, Lauren Bishop and recently promoted to the class Cash Culp of Nuevo across the line in the main event.
In addition to the other five classes, the Ancon Marine Junior/Junior class was represented by Riverside’s Zate Legend and first-timer Tyler Warren as they got three sessions of learning laps in.
The SCOK is off this Saturday, July 28th, but will be back in action at SoCal Fair Motorcycle Speedway next Saturday night, August 4th. It will be the first race under the lights at the new track with racing starting at 6:00 P.M.
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June 23 SoCal Fair Motorcycle Speedway Results
Yamaha of America KT100
- Chris Gibb – Lakeside
- Thomas Southern – Hesperia
- Art Klein – Las Vegas
- Mike Collins – Lake Forest
- Robert Smith
- Emma Herzog – Anaheim
- Matthew Johnson
- Ronnie Benton – San Diego
- Norma Weatherbee – Torrance
The Colt Group Open Class
- Thomas Southern – Hesperia
- Scott Bohle – Fountain Valley
- Nick Argo – Gardena
- Mike Collins – Lake Forest’
Burris Racing F200
- Steve Juillerat – Whittier
- Scott Gaynor – Banning
- Justin Garcia – Riverside
Caltrol Incorporated Senior Clones
- Tyler Hoffman – Cathedral City
- Ronne Benton – San Diego
- Jeffrey Butler – San Diego
- Mike Demello – Wildomar
- Jason Bishop
Fair Oaks Ranch Junior Clones
- Shane Holt – Huntington Beach
- Lauren Bishop
- Drake Cardey – Riverside