So Cal Oval Karters at SoCal Fair and Event Center – Patton Raceway Results

The So Cal Oval Karter club will contest round #2 of its championship season this Saturday, April 13th, at the SoCal Fair Motorcycle Speedway, in the shadows of Perris Auto Speedway, on the SoCal Fair and Event Center in Perris.  Gates will open at 9:00 A.M. on Saturday with practice at 11:00  and racing at noon.  Soon after Saturday’s SCOK show ends, fans can stroll a couple of hundred feet for the USAC/CRA Sprint Car race at The PAS.

The SCOK kicked off the 2019 campaign two weeks ago at the Patton Raceway.  Perched at more than 5,500 feet in Warner Springs east of Temecula, it was the SCOK’s first appearance at the finally manicured 1/6 of a mile banked, dirt oval.  Tim Erickson, Scott Bohle, Ronnie Benton, Lauren Bishop, Jason Bishop and Tristin Juillerat took home the winner’s trophies from the mountain track.

For Erickson in the Yamaha of America KT100’s, it was back to back main event victories going back to the last race of 2018.  After winning the second heat race, Erickson, who resides in Anaheim, started fifth in the main event.  When the Craig Zimmerman green flag waved to start the finale for the class, Robert Smith, a former sprint car driver who lives in Escondido, was the first to turn one.  Las Vegas karter Art Klein was second on the start with Cody Griggs third.  Klein, who broke a chain after winning the first heat race, broke another one on lap two of the main and was done for the day.

Erickson, 34, was up to second on the third circuit.  He stayed in the runner-up spot until he muscled his way inside of Smith in turn three on the 11th lap for the lead.  Once out front, there was no stopping the tall karter who pulled away and won the race by nearly a half track.  Smith maintained the second-place spot the rest of the way and Scott Bassett of Van Nuys recorded his best ever SCOK finish when he took third.

The Burris Racing F200 main was all Scott Bohle.  The 41-year-old, who was debuting a brand-new Mike Burris built engine, started on the pole for the main and led every inch of the way.  Two-time and defending class champion Steve Juillerat of Whittier and Illinois native Norm Reynolds gave chase on the start.  However, Bohle methodically moved away and went unchallenged.  Reynolds stayed close to Juillerat until the middle of the race, but the defending champ eventually pulled away from Reynolds for the second-place spot.  At the end, Bohle had a full straight advantage over Juillerat.  Reynolds ended up third and Banning’s Scott Gaynor, who won the first heat race, was fourth.

In the Caltrol Incorporated Senior Clones, San Diego based Ronnie Benton won one of the heat races and took a convincing win in the main event.  While Benton won with room to spare, the battle early on was hard with 2018 class champion Mike Demello of Wildomar.   Demello, who landed at the airport after a week working in Alaska just hours before the race, put his pretty #34 into the lead on the start.  Las Vegas racer Christina Klein was second on the start with Benton third.  Benton took the second spot from Klein on lap two and went one spot better when he relieved Demello of the lead in turn one on lap three.  However, Demello took the lead back before the end of the lap.  The battle seemed set to rage on when Benton reclaimed the lead coming off turn two on the fourth lap.  But, once he reclaimed the top spot, he immediately started to stretch out his advantage.  Klein raced into second when she took Demello on lap seven.   By that time Benton had over a half straight lead.  At the checkered, Benton had increased his lead to nearly a half track.  Klein came across the line in second in only her fourth SCOK race and defending champ Demello took third.

In the Colt Group Open Class, pole sitter Charles Rogers jumped into the lead ahead of San Diegan’ Jason Bishop and George Wolf.  Rogers held the top spot until Bishop snuck by on the inside coming off four on the second lap.  The new leader led the remainder of the way and took the win with lots of room to spare.  Rogers and Wolf took second and third.

In the Dyno Cams Junior Clones, it was San Diego’s Lauren Bishop leading it from green to checkers.  She won by three-kart lengths over last year’s champion Shane Holt of Huntington Beach.

Whittier’s Tristin Juillerat got the trophy in the Junior/Junior Class.  In addition, he outdistanced his dad Steve in a match race on the picturesque San Diego County track.

After Saturday’s race, the SCOK will be back in action on April 27th at the same SoCal Fair Motorcycle Speedway on the SoCal Fair and Event Center in Perris.

The SoCal Oval Karters would like to thank the following sponsors for being part of the 2019 season.   Yamaha of America, Burris Racing, Caltrol Incorporated, The Colt Group, Fair Oaks Ranch, Ancon Marine and Dyno Cams.  If you or your company would like to join the SCOK as a sponsor for 2019, please call Matt Jones at (714) 614-8891 or E-mail him at

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