So Cal Oval Karters Round Four This Sunday at Perris Auto Speedway

The So Cal Oval Karters Club will contest round #4 of the 2021 Championship season this Sunday, July 18th, at world famous Perris Auto Speedway.  The pit gate will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 10.  The pit meeting will be at 10:30 with practice and racing to follow immediately.

Sunday’s race under the sun will include the YOA Racing KT-100s, Rogue Specialties Open Class, Uncle Franks SR L206, Burris Racing F200s, Caymus Vineyards Senior Clones, Junior Clones, Junior LO 206 and Junior/Juniors.  In addition, the Mini Dwarf Cars will be making their third racing appearance this year on the track cut into the infield of the Riverside County speed plant.

Whittier’s Luis Calderon, who won the first race of the year and has finished second in the last two, has a three-point lead over “Hubcap” Mike Collins in the point standings in the YOA Racing Engines KT100 class.  Torrance veteran Bryan Drollinger, who has one win on the year, is currently third with Sam Gentry and  Art Laski Jr. of Temecula rounding out the top five.

The June KT100 main event was wild to say the least.  In fact, the only things hotter than the 106-degree reading on the thermometer was some of the competitors’ tempers. Calderon got the jump on the start to lead over Laski, Collins, Drollinger and Thomas Southern of Hesperia who was making his 2021 SCOK debut.  Calderon led the first three laps but looped it going into turn one on lap four.  He dropped all the way back to seventh and handed the lead to Laski.  Laski’s tenure at the point was short lived as Collins pushed his #04 kart into the lead a few seconds later.  Laski went wide out of four and was passed by Drollinger, Southern and Gary Long of Torrance.  The top three were pretty much nose to tail and unchanged until lap nine when Southern advanced one spot by passing Drollinger on the inside coming off two.  Moments later going into turn three, Drollinger gave Southern a small shot and then got sideways in the corner.  Long tried to go by on the inside but drilled Drollinger sending him into Southern who spun.  That brought out a yellow flag.  The disgruntled Southern drilled Drollinger on the yellow prompting race director Steven Fangmeyer to banish him back to the pits with a black flag.  Fangmeyer also deemed Drollinger the cause of the yellow and sent him to the back.  Once things got back underway, it stayed green to the checkers with Collins posing a convincing win over Calderon, Sam Gentry, Drollinger and Long.  After the checkered ended the race, the action continued in the pit where it momentarily  looked like a hockey game was about to break out before cooler heads prevailed.

Hesperia’s Thomas Southern is perfect after three races in the Rogue Specialties Open Class.  Scott Rogers is second and trails the leader by seven-points.  “Hubcap” Mike is tied for third with El Cajon’s Marty Wolf.  George Wolf heads into Sunday’s race fifth.

Like usual, Southern took his GM to a commanding win in the Open main.  The only thing that slowed him was a lap nine yellow flag.  With that yellow he still won by a full straightaway.  Without it, he probably would have won by ¾ of a lap.  Marty Wolf, Scott Rogers, George Wolf and Bryan King placed second through fifth.

In the Burris Racing F200s.  “The Nicest Guy in Karting,” Norm Reynolds of San Marcos and Bohle are tied for the lead on 58-points.  Banning’s Scott Gaynor, who missed the last race, is third and he is followed by Jason Erickson.

For the second time in three races, Reynolds led the main green to checkered in June.  While he led it all the way, it was not as easy as that sounds.  At one point in the race, Reynolds had a half-straight lead, but Bohle would not give up.  She chipped away at the advantage over the second half of the event and was  within a kart length of Reynolds when the 16-lapper ended.  Erickson ended up third.

Wildomar’s Mike Demello has two wins and a second in the Caymus Vineyards Senior Clones.  He thus enjoys a commanding 20-point lead in the point chase over June’s winner D.J. Villa.  Drollinger is third.  Three drivers, Calderon, Ryan Greco of Palmdale and USAC/CRA Sprint Car regular Verne Sweeney of Torrance, are tied for third.

It looked as though Demello was going to win his third race in a row.  However, just past the halfway point, he spun while trying to lap a pair of slower karts coming off turn four.  By the time he got it aimed in the right direction again, Villa, who had been second, swept by and built a commanding lead.  The only way Demello was going to have a chance was for a yellow flag to fly, but that never happened, and Villa had his first class win of the year over Demello and Sweeney.  On the same track at the time was the Jr. L206 of Bohle and she received the winner’s trophy.

Dylan Young and Abigail Southern from the High Desert were there learning the tricks of the trade and getting their laps in the Junior/Junior Class.

The Mini Dwarf main event was taken by Bradley Brink for the second straight time.

Going into Sunday’s show, San Diego’s Lauren Bishop leads the Junior Clones by two-points over June class winner Tristan Juillerat of Whittier.  Michael Cazaras is only four points behind the leader.  Zate Legend of Riverside is fourth.   In the Uncle Frank’s SR L206, Bohle enjoys a five-point advantage over Mike Erickson.   Michelle Munoz and Michael Cangelosi are tied for third some 21-points behind the leader.

Fans who wish to attend Sunday’s race are urged to bring a chair and a cooler as the main grandstands and concessions will not be open on the day.  Entrance is through the pit gate off turn two of the half-mile oval.

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