So Cal Oval Karters: Round Two Report
The So Cal Oval Karters made their 2019 debut on their home track, SoCal Fair Motorcycle Speedway, on Saturday, April 13th. The big winner on the day was USAC/CRA Sprint Car star Brody Roa, who before going next door to race his sprint car at Perris Auto Speedway, swept both the Yamaha of America KT100 Class and the Colt Group Open Class. Other winners on the day were Scott Bohle in the Burris Racing F200’s, Mike Demello in the Caltrol Incorporated Senior Clones and Lauren Bishop in the Dyno Cams Junior Clones.
Roa started his sweep of the day by winning each of his heats in the KT100’s and Opens. That put the 28-year-old from Garden Grove on the pole for both main events. Once starter Craig Zimmerman threw the green flag for the KT100 main event, Roa put on a clinic. Ted Marshall and Santa Ana’s “Hubcap” Mike Collins gave chase at the start. Tanner Smith of Los Angeles took the second spot by the end of the first lap, but by that time Roa was long gone. He advanced his lead every lap and by the time the checkered ended the race, he was nearly a half-track ahead of Smith. Another sprint car driver, Robert Smith of Escondido, finished third with Collins and Marshall rounding out the top five.
The Open main event was nearly a carbon copy of the KT100’s. Roa started on the pole and ran away from the field. Brian King and George Wolf gave the initial chase, but by the halfway point, Roa had more than a full straightaway advantage. However, that lead was wiped out by a yellow flag. That did not deter Roa with still a half of the race to go. He simply drove away again and was almost a half track ahead at the finish.
While Roa was walking away, there was good action with plenty of passing in the pack. Charles Rogers raced his way to second on the 12th lap and stayed there for the duration. Collins got his second top five of the day by finishing third. Fourth and fifth went to King and Marty Wolf.
Like Roa in the KT100’s and Opens, Bohle, who lives in Fountain Valley, was perfect in the F200’s. After winning both heats he started on the pole in the main and led every inch of the way. Banning karter Scott Gaynor challenged briefly on the second circuit, but from that point on, Bohle moved away and won the race by a full straight. Gaynor placed second. Two-time class champion Steve Juillerat of Whittier, who dropped out just past the halfway point, was third.
In the Senior Clones it was 2019 class champion Mike Demello of Wildomar scoring his first win of the year. Christina Klein of Las Vegas started on the pole after winning both heat races. The second generation karter led the first 2 laps before bringing out a yellow when she got into the turn four berm on the second lap. For the restart, it was Demello out front followed by James Kelsey and Klein. Klein raced her way back to second and Close the gap on the leader. She got close a few times but, in the end, it was Demello by three kart lengths. Klein finished 2nd with Kelsey third.
San Diego’s Lauren Bishop, who won the season opener for the Juniors at the Patton Raceway in March, swept the show in the Junior Clones. Cash Culp had a good-sized lead when mechanical gremlins bit him. That gave the lead to Bishop who went on to win in the closest finish of the day over Holt. Riverside’s Zate Legend, Tristan Juillerat of Whittier and debuting Tyler Rose Bohle of Fountain Valley comprised the remainder of the top five.
The SoCal Oval Karters return to action at SoCal Fair Motorcycle Speedway on May 11th. They follow that up with their first appearance of 2019 on a track cut into the infield of the world-famous Perris Auto Speedway on May 18th.
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 mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
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