So Cal Oval Karters Perris Auto Speedway and Barona Speedway Results
The So Cal Oval Karters recently contested races on two new tracks. One was at Perris Auto Speedway on May 18 and the other was at the Barona Speedway on June 1. The races were events five and six on the 2019 championship schedule.
Perris Auto Speedway, May 18
While the SCOK has been appearing on the infield at Perris Auto Speedway for years, the course Rick Fulton laid out for the club was totally new. Named the “Tricky Triangle,” the track mimicked the famous Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania. The layout featured three turns and a long front and back straightaway. Also, like Pocono, there was a small short chute between turns two and three.
The biggest class of the day was the Colt Group Open Class and point leader Jason Bishop of San Diego posted his third win in five starts on the season. Starting on the pole, Bishop jumped into the early lead over Charles Rogers and “Hubcap” Mike Collins of Lake Forest. In a race that was plagued by yellow flags, Bishop managed to stay out of trouble and led every inch of the way. When the Craig Zimmerman checkered ended the race, Bishop was a half straight ahead of second place Rogers and Collins. Matt Switzer and Bryan King rounded out the top five.
The Yamaha of America KT100 class featured a dominating performance by Bryan Drollinger. The San Pedro based karter swept the show winning his heats and the main event. Driving a Shane Holt prepared black #45, he simply ran away and hid from the competition in the main event. San Diego’s Cody Griggs, who has one win on the year, had second wrapped up, but broke a chain on the final lap and finished last. That handed second to point leader and past sprint car driver Robert Smith of Escondido. However, Smith was a full straight behind the long-gone Drollinger at the checkers. Collins took another third. Scott Bassett of Van Nuys was fourth and Griggs got credit for fifth.
The Burris Racing F200s and Caltrol Incorporated Senior Clones ran together on the day and each produced a convincing win. In the F200s, Fountain Valley’s Scott Bohle grabbed the lead when Norm Reynold of San Marcos went wide in turn one and was never headed from that point on. At the finish, Bohle was a full straight ahead of second place Reynolds at the checkered flag for his third win of the year. Banning’s Scott Gaynor was scored third. In the Clones, Mike Demello lapped second place James Kelsey for his fourth straight class win.
In the Dyno Cams Junior Clones, Huntington Beach teenager Shane Holt notched his second win in a row when he outdistanced San Diego’s Lauren Bishop, Tyler Rose Bohle of Fountain Valley and Whittier’s Triston Juillerat.
Barona Speedway June 1
The Barona Speedway race took place before the largest crowd the SCOK has ever raced in front of and was part of a multi-class show that included IMCA Modifieds and Street Stocks. The track was an oval cut into the infield of the longtime San Diego County dirt oval.
As has been the case most of the season, The Colt Group Open Class featured the most entries on the night with nine karts. Billy Baldwin outdistanced the field to win his first ever SCOK main event. Rogers raced to another second-place finish. Bryan King took third and was followed by Marty Wolf and George Wolf. Point leader Jason Bishop, who won three of the first five races of the year, finished ninth, but still has an 11-point lead over George Wolf in the championship standings.
San Diego based Ronnie Benton, who will soon be moving back to his native North Carolina, became the sixth different winner in six 2019 races in the Yamaha of America KT100s. The “Tar Heel” was first across the line ahead of Ted Marshall of Huntington Beach, Robert Smith, Kellee Griggs and Mike Collins.
The finishing order in the Burris Racing F200s was exactly the same as the previous race in Perris with point leader Scott Bohle besting Norm Reynolds and Scott Gaynor for his fourth win of the year.
James Kelsey, who placed second to defending champ and point leader Mike Demello at Perris two weeks earlier, was the first to the checkered in the Caltrol Incorporated main over newcomers Josh Huff and Richard Fitzgerald. Demello missed the race.
Shane Holt made it three in a row in the Dyno Cams Junior Clones when he bested Lauren Bishop and tied her for the point lead in the class heading into the next race at Perris on June 22. Riverside’s Zate Legend and Tyler Rose Bohle rounded out the field.
In the Junior Clone Modifieds Nuevo’s Cash Culp was first to the checkers over Trent Guilano.
Up next for the SoCal Oval Karters will be the first road race of the year at Perris Auto Speedway on June 22.
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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