ROK Sonoma Presented by Titanium Sports Nutrition Completes Round Six

It was a combined ROK Sonoma Presented by Titanium Sports Nutrition and ROK Cup USA ROK Fest West program as the local series completed round six in conjunction with the national campaign. Competing on the legendary national layout at the Simraceway Performance Driving Center on the grounds of the Sonoma Raceway, ROKKER’s battled tooth and nail for race wins and podium results as the series progressed through the 2022 season.

“It was great to have our friends from ROK Cup USA join us on a ROK Sonoma weekend,” explained Steve Cameron. “As everyone is aware, the ROK program is growing around the country. I think our racers were able to see this as they battled for some serious prizes. It was great to have a combined weekend to help limit costs for all involved and to assist in making ROK Fest West even bigger.”

With ROK Fest West coming to town, there was a ton on the line for race winners including cash, tickets to ROK Vegas for podium winners, ROK Vegas Tire Packages, ROK SuperFinal tickets, and more.

Prize packages included:
Competitors in the ROK Micro, VLR Junior, VLR Senior, VLR Masters, ROK Masters and ROK Shifter Masters classes will be vying for prizes that include:

ROK Fest West Champion – $1000 and ROK Vegas Ticket including entry, tires, fuel, and oil*
ROK Fest West Vice Champion – ROK Vegas Entry Ticket
ROK Fest West 3rd place – ROK Vegas Tire Package
*ROK Masters and ROK Shifter Masters class Champions also have the option to choose ROK Cup Superfinal Ticket

Competitors in the ROK Mini, ROK Junior, ROK Senior, and ROK Shifter categories will be racing for prizes that include:
ROK Fest West Champion – $2500 and ROK Vegas Ticket including entry, tires, fuel, and oil OR ROK Cup Superfinal Ticket
ROK Fest West Vice Champion – ROK Vegas Entry Ticket
ROK Fest West 3rd place – ROK Vegas Tire Package

125cc Shifter LTD presented by Altwell

Pat Beckly was once again the driver on top of the results sheets in the 125cc Ltd class as he flexed his muscles and scored another win. On route to a 2.709-second victory, Beckley turned the fastest lap of the race as he beat Travis Bowles to the win. Bowles crossed the line in the second position ahead of Steve Piggott in third, Trevor Geter in fourth, and Samuel Gluss in fifth.

Junior & Master 100cc

While Anthony White earned the pole position in the Junior 100cc class, it was Stephen Eisert who took control once the wheel-to-wheel racing commenced. Slotting himself at the front of the field, Eisert scored two heat race wins before the big main event victory just ahead of Alex Rantala and Preston Lambert in second and third. Christian Cameron added his second top five of the weekend in fourth while Max Altman was fifth.

Josh Buttafoco was the driver to beat in the master 100cc class, but nobody was up for the challenge as he swept the day’s official on-track sessions. Earning the pole position early in the day, Buttafoco went on to take a pair of heat race wins before securing the fastest race lap in the final and the main event victory. Daniel Rivera kept Buttafoco honest over the eighteen-lap final to finish second while Michael Ting joined them on the podium in third. Scott Formanek and David Kao crossed the line fourth and fifth respectively.

Mini & Micro ROK presented by SSI Racing

In the combined Micro and Mini ROK class it was Turner Brown who would take home the overall and Mini ROK victory. Making a name for himself on the national karting trail, Brown put his experience to use during round six and claimed a big win. Mateo Calderon finished eight seconds in arrears of Brown to stand on the second step of the podium just ahead of Gabby Guidera in third. Brother Matt Guidera was fourth while Carson Hodge was P5. On the Micro ROK side of the program, it was Landon Cordero-Dolph who dominated the days proceedings including the fifteen-lap main event in which he was the victor by more than seventeen seconds. Jimmy Fogarty and Kylie joined him on the podium in second and third.

Senior 100cc presented by OPI Builders

Early on it looked as if Eddie Shimmon was going to have his way with the Senior 100cc class as he scored the pole position on heat one victory. Heat two would see the rise of Christopher Martin as he claimed the checkered flag and carried that momentum to the final to top the podium. Dylan Wilkes was a distant 3.511 behind Martin as he narrowly edged Roman Madrigal who slotted into third. Shimmon would end his day fourth after a promising start, just ahead of Yashom Kapoor in the fifth position.

Pro ROK Shifter & Master ROK Shifter presented by Altwell

More than twenty ROK Shifter drivers would hit the track for the Pro Shifter and Master Shifter divisions, but none were faster than Brian Keck in the end. Improving from his qualifying position throughout the day, Keck drove to the win, just ahead of pole position winner Hunter Pickett. While Keck and Pickett were the class of the field, Jacob Gulick was the best of the rest in third as he narrowly beat Kyle Wick to the line. Ryan Martin found himself in the fifth position when the day concluded. On the Master Shifter side of the program, it was Adam White that claimed the victory and the fastest lap of the race. Alan Morte and Jim Kidd rounded out the podium in second and third while Jonathan Vitolo and Kevin Woods finished fourth and fifth.

Senior ROK & Master ROK

Perennial front-runner and the ageless Billy Cleavelin took the Master ROK to win by 2.581 over Carlos Calderon to add another win to his results resume. Calderon was able to secure the second position on the track as well as the second fastest lap of the race, just ahead of Curtis Morte in third. Hunter Hagenbuch pushed his equipment to a P4 finish, just ahead of David Palic in fifth. In Senior ROK, it was Gino Sandoval that took a commanding win as he outpaced Colin McGrath to the checkered flag by more than ten seconds while Daniel Fellows joined them on the podium in third. Christian Cameron earned top honors in the ROK Junior class.

Round #7 in the 2022 ROK Sonoma Powered by Titanium Sports Nutrition will be over the September 23-25 weekend.

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