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					The Inside Line                                                      December 2011, Issue Number 10

                                              There’s A New
                                              Number One In

 C M RA • P O   B o x 10 117 7 • F o r t   W o r t h , Te x a s   7 6 18 5   • 8 17 - 5 7 0 - 9 7 7 9
                                                            Central Motorcycle Roadracing Association
                                                                           PO Box 101177
                                                                     Fort Worth, TX 76185-1177
                                                                    Office Phone: (817) 570-9779
                                                                         FAX: (888) 334-0166

2011 CMRA Officers and Staff

John Orchard, President -
Harry Tomlinson, Vice President -
Norm McDonald, Treasurer -
Ted Phillips -
Ty Howard -
Steve McNamara -
Bill Syfan -

Nancy Selleck, Administrator and CMRA Secretary -
Walter Walker, Director of Competition -
Barry Nichols, Chief Corner Working Marshal -
Roxana Nichols, Awards Official -
Kim Walker, Electronic Scoring -
Fred Chapman, Track Chaplain -
Steve McNamara, Riders School Instructor -
Linz Leard, Chief Technical Inspector / Newsletter Editor -

  On the Cover: Celebration time! Mitch McGinnis gives Danny Kelsey a champagne bath after Kelsey wrapped up the
        2011 CMRA Overall Number One plate at Texas World Speedway. Photo: Linz Leard/NineSevenImages.
                         17 – 19 February
                         MSR Houston (MSRH)
                         Angleton, Texas
                         Friday: CMRA Member Practice and CMRA License School
                         Saturday: F4 / Mini Solo 30 (F5, 6 & 7) / ESS / Jr. Motard / 2-Hr Mini Endurance / 5-Hr Big Bike Endurance
                         Sunday: CMRA Sprints
                         24 – 25 March
                         Texas World Speedway (TWS)
                         College Station, Texas
                         Friday: LSTD Track Day and CMRA License School
                         Saturday: F4 / Mini Solo 30 (F5, 6 & 7) / ESS / Jr. Motard / 6-Hr Big Bike Endurance
                         Sun: CMRA Sprints

                         14 – 15 April
                         Eagles Canyon Raceway (ECR)
                         Decatur, Texas
                         Friday: LSTD Track Day and CMRA License School
                         Saturday: F4 / Mini Solo 30 (F5, 6 & 7) / ESS / Jr. Motard / 3-Hr Mini Endurance / 4-Hr Big Bike Endurance
                         Sunday: CMRA Sprints

                         18 – 20 May
                         Hallett Motor Racing Circuit (HMRC)
                         Hallett, Oklahoma
                         Friday: CMRA Member Practice and CMRA License School
                         Saturday: F4 / Mini Solo 30 (F5, 6 & 7) / ESS / Jr. Motard / 2-Hr Mini Endurance / 5-Hr Big Bike Endurance
                         Sunday: CMRA Sprints

                         9 – 10 June
                         MotorSport Ranch (MSR)
                         Cresson, Texas
                         Friday: LSTD Track Day and CMRA License School
                         Saturday: (1.3 mile course) F4 / Mini Solo 30 (F5, 6 & 7) / ESS / Jr. Motard / 4-Hr Mini Endurance
                         (1.7 mile course) group practice / 4-Hr Big Bike Endurance
                         Sunday: CMRA Sprints

                         20 – 22 July
                         Hallett Motor Racing Circuit (HMRC)
                         Hallett, Oklahoma
                         Friday: CMRA Member Practice and CMRA License School
                         Saturday: F4 / Mini Solo 30 (F5, 6 & 7) / ESS / Jr. Motard / 2-Hr Mini Endurance / 5-Hr Big Bike Endurance
                         Sunday: CMRA Sprints

                         25 – 26 August
                         MotorSport Ranch (MSR)
                         Cresson, Texas
                         Friday: LSTD Track Day and CMRA License School
                         Saturday: (1.3 mile course) F4 / Mini Solo 30 (F5, 6 & 7) / ESS / Jr. Motard / 4-Hr Mini Endurance
                         (1.7 mile course) group practice / 4-Hr Big Bike Endurance
                         Sunday: CMRA Sprints

                         29 – 30 September
                         Eagles Canyon Raceway (ECR)
                         Decatur, Texas
                         Friday: LSTD Track Day and CMRA License School
                         Saturday: F4 / Mini Solo 30 (F5, 6 & 7) / ESS / Jr. Motard / 2-Hr Mini Endurance / 5-Hr Big Bike Endurance
                         Sunday: CMRA Sprints

                         10 – 11 November
                         Texas World Speedway
                         College Station, Texas
                         Friday: LSTD Track Day and CMRA License School
                         Saturday: F4 / Mini Solo 30 (F5, 6 & 7) / ESS / Jr. Motard / 2-Hr Mini Endurance / 4-Hr Big Bike Endurance
                         Sunday: CMRA Sprints
                                                     CENTRAL MOTORCYCLE ROADRACING ASSOCIATION
                                                                                    2012 FEE SCHEDULE
  · $145 – Annual; $105 after June 10th; $25 after September 30th
  · $25 – One-Weekend (one time per year)
  · $25 – Junior Motard

  · $70 – Annual; $40 after June 10th

  · $75.00
  · No charge for Junior Motard School

   · First Entry - $80.00
   · Second Entry - $60.00
   · Each Additional Entry - $40.00
   · E Superstock - $55.00

   · Mini Solo 30 - $70.00
   · Formula 4 - $45.00

   · Entry - $15.00

  · Big Bike - $50.00 per hour
  · Minis - $40.00 per hour

  · Saturday practice fees vary depending on venue and available time.
  · Friday - Hallett Motor Racing Circuit (HMRC) - $125.00 full-day; $70.00 after lunch.
  · Friday – MSR Houston (MSRH) - $140.00 full-day; $80.00 after lunch.
  · Practice fees are per racer for sprint; per bike for endurance teams.

   · Purchase - $420
   · Rental - $50.00/weekend ($420 deposit). 50% of rental fees can be applied toward purchase during
     same calendar year. Rental receipts required for discount.
   · Rental - Junior Motard – No Charge ($420 deposit).

   · Expert Sprint Class Champions – $40.00 off one entry for each championship
   · Big Bike Endurance Class Champions – $50.00 off one entry for each championship
   · Mini Endurance Class Champions - $40.00 off one entry for each championship
   · Post-Entry Fee (At-Track Entries) $10.00 per entry form

Note: A Full Membership is the required membership level to race CMRA events and includes all of the perks of an Associate
Membership, plus riding privileges - race number, awards, prize money, etc. Applications are available at race events or request
one via email at You can also download one at

Note: An Associate Membership allows volunteer participation as a race official along with a host of benefits, subscription to The
Inside Line, the CMRA's official newsletter, voting rights and racer discounts at participating local motorcycle shops and with
participating vendors
                                  Board of Directors Election Results Are In!
Thanks to everyone who stepped up to run for the Board of Directors. It is a (mostly thankless) volunteer position that
requires a lot of personal time and sacrifice by those who take on the job. Congratulations to those who won and thanks
again to those who ran. The ballots have been counted and recounted and the results are as follows:

                                                   1. John Orchard - 180
                                                    2. Ty Howard - 169
                                                    3. Ted Phillips - 153
                                                 4. Harry Tomlinson - 102
                                                 5. Craig Montgomery - 93
                                                    6. Bud Johnson - 85
                                                    7. Jesse Davis - 80

Per the amended by-laws, the two who received the most votes (John and Ty) will be serving a three year term, while the
other two (Ted and Harry) will serve a two year term.

232 ballots were received, of those only 228 were eligible. Of the four which were not eligible, one had five boxes checked
instead of four, two had no name or signature and one was a ballot from the 2010 election. That's a first, for sure! Thanks
again to all who took a few minutes to vote for the folks who will be helping to direct the CMRA into the future.

Ted is new to the Board for 2012, Harry is returning after a brief hiatus, and John and Ty have been re-elected to serve
another term. John, Ty, Ted and Harry will be joining our current Board members: Norm McDonald, Steve McNamara and
Bill Syfan. Christopher Corder and Ronnie Hay will be leaving the Board at the end of 2011 and we would like to thank both
of them for their commitment and devotion to the betterment of the CMRA. They continue to be valuable assets to the club
in many areas and especially in their service on the Board of Directors. Thanks, Christopher and Ronnie!

The new members joined the current members at the Board of Directors meeting on November 12, 2011. An Open
Membership Meeting was held the same day at the Edom City Limits. After the new Board members were seated, officers
were elected. John Orchard returns for another year of being CMRA Board of Directors President, and Harry Tomlinson
was voted into the Vice President position.

                                       Transponder Purchase Information
The CMRA has transponders in stock. If you are interested in purchasing a transponder, please Nancy know as soon as
possible. For those CMRA members who participated in the Rent-To-Own Program this year and wish to use your rental
credit toward purchasing a transponder, your purchase must be made in 2011. Mail your rental receipts to the CMRA office.
Go here to learn more about the Rent-To-Own Program:

                                  Competition License Renewal Information

License renewal forms became available online on Tuesday, November 15th. An email with all information and links was
sent to all 2011 CMRA members when the forms were posted on the website. Unless specifically requested, renewal
1, 2012. In order to retain your 2011 competition number, forms must be received in the CMRA office on or before the
January 1, 2012 midnight deadline. Beginning January 2, 2012, all numbers that have not been renewed by the deadline
become available first-come, first-served based on the date the license application is received in the CMRA office. New
number assignment information will not be available until after January 9, 2012.

TOP-10 EXPERTS (NUMBERS 1 through 10) - The top-10 overall 2011 Experts are encouraged to use number 1
through 10 based on their 2011 final season overall ranking. *If you choose to use your top-10 number in 2012, your
2011 number will be reserved so you can return to that number in the future. For eligibility, please see the 2011 Expert
Overall list at:

Please note that Top-10 number users must still renew their license by the January 1, 2012 deadline to keep your 2011

NUMBERS 11 through 99 - Two digit numbers are reserved for Expert Racers.

NEW EXPERTS - Congratulations to our new 2012 Rookie Experts! Please check the list in the Announcements section
of the Message Board at

TOP-10 ENDURANCE TEAM NUMBERS - The top-10 overall 2011 Teams in each series (Big and Mini) are encouraged
to use number 1 through 10 based on their 2011 overall ranking. *If you choose to use your top-10 number in 2012, your
2011 number will be reserved so you can return to that number in the future. Please note that Top-10 number users must
still renew their license by the January 1, 2012 deadline to keep your 2011 number. Please see the 2011 Big Endurance
Overall list at: or Mini Endurance Overall List at to see if your team is eligible. If team ownership
changes between 2011 and 2012, the team must use the 2011 name for the team to use the earned top-10 number.

COMPLETE ALL FORMS - Read all instructions. Print carefully and legibly. Fill out forms completely. Minor Racers: The
CMRA Minor Release Form requires the notarized signature of both parents. The form has provisions for one parent to
attest if there is only one person with parental rights or only one Guardian of the Person for the minor. Applicants under the
age of 18 at the time of application must include the CMRA Minor Release Form. 10-Year Members receive 50% discount
on license renewal (or free Associate Membership). 15-Year Members receive free license renewal (or free Associate
Membership). If this is your first year to apply for 10 or 15-year membership, proof of paid, continuous membership must
be included with application. This is required. No exceptions.
CONFIRMING RECEIPT OF YOUR FORMS - Please do not email or call asking if your forms have been received. Use the
confirmation page from your FAX machine to ensure that you sent your forms right-side-up and that the page count confirmed
for delivery is correct. Watch the announcements forum on the Message Board for the status of received applications.

WHERE TO GET YOUR LICENSE - License Cards and Rule Books will be available at the track for you to pick up. Our
Insurance Company requires that you must complete a special, 2-color original release form. You will be required to sign
that form when you pick up your license.

MINOR LICENSES - One (NOT BOTH) of the parents who signed the notarized CMRA Minor Release Form submitted with
a minor’s application must also sign an original 2-color minor release at the track when the minor picks up their license.

NOTE: Checks and credit cards will not be deposited/charged until January 2, 2012, so there is no need to delay getting
your renewal in. Please be sure that your card information is current and there is an available balance on January 2nd.
Declined credit cards will move your license renewal out of line and into the pending folder.

NOTE: There are never any available 2-digit numbers after January 2nd. We have over 300 Expert status racers and only
89 2-digit numbers, so they go quickly. There will be a request waiting list for 2-digit numbers well before the January 1st
renewal deadline. If you want one, you will need to send your license renewal in quickly.

   Congratulations to the Following Riders on Their Advancement to Expert Status for 2012!

                                                       Richard Bevis
                                                      Joseph Caruso
                                                     David Canzoneri
                                                      Mike Canzoneri
                                                       Dean Dufrene
                                                  Guillermo A. Gonzalez
                                                        Karl Hansen
                                                        Josh Henke
                                                        Peyton Inge
                                                    Ryan Max Johnson
                                                       Rune Medhus
                                                     Sammy Olivarez
                                                         Carl Price
                                                       Richard Scott
                                                         Jose Silva
                                                      Craig Thomson
                                                     Joseph B. Toner
                                                        Matt Vastine
                                                      Mark Windham
                                                       Eric Williams
The 2011 CMRA Rule Book states that Novice riders finishing in the top five (5) in final season point standings in all CMRA
Novice and Combined (no Expert/Novice differentiation) sprint classes will be considered for promotion to Expert status at
the end of the racing season. In seasons past, the entire top 5 list was posted for review. This caused a fair amount of
confusion among those who appeared on that list and led to a large number of appeals. In an effort to avoid that confusion
this time the BOD decided to trim down this year's list to those riders who are most qualified to be advanced to Expert status.
This list started with the top 5 in all Novice and combined classes. We then applied additional criteria that included individual
finishes, lap times, safety records and the ratio of rider results to the number of competitors in their classes. Both the BOD
and our Director of Competiton believe that this final list of riders is the most deserving of advancement to Expert status for
2012. Please note: Any rider who feels that there were extenuating factors that contributed to their advancement may submit
an appeal per the 2011 CMRA Rulebook. Appeals are to be directed to Do not contact Board
Members or the Director of Competition directly. Novice status riders who were not on the bump list but wish to be moved
to Expert status for 2012 may submit a request to

                      Congratulations to all of the CMRA 2011 Season Champions!
2011 was a long, hot, hard-fought season. There were many
challenges along the way, including weather and the                              2nd Place – NORDCO Racing
economy. Many racers persevered in the midst of it all and                               1. Todd Larson
achieved their goal of winning one (or more) championships.                           2. Michael Rochester
The CMRA thanks all its racers for competing, because                                  3. Brandon Young
without you, there would be no CMRA. The following is a list
                                                                                    3rd Place – WTF Racing
of riders and teams who received awards at the Annual
                                                                                         1. Donny Baker
Awards Party on Saturday, November 12th. Each rider listed
                                                                                        2. Tomas Godula
on an endurance team received an award.
                                                                                     3. Michael Humphries
      EXPERT OVERALL #1 PLATE – Danny Kelsey                                           4. Vincent Riggins
       ROOKIE EXPERT AWARD – Adrian Marquez                                            5. Shane Spencer

               BIG BIKE BIKE ENDURANCE                                                   C SUPERBIKE
                    OVERALL WINNER                                                 1st Place – Village Idiots
                     Quadwealth/SCRC                                                   1. Brandon Cleland
                       1 Ryan Andrews                                                   2. Blake Cochran
                         2 Ty Howard                                                    3. Chris Headley
                      3 Jeremy Louder                                                   4. John Orchard
                      4 Derek Wagnon
                                                                              2nd Place – Lone Star Track Days
                        5 Bryan West
                                                                                        1. Andy Galindo
                       A SUPERBIKE                                                    2. Gabe McClendon
               1st Place - Quadwealth/SCRC                                               3. Mark Niemi
                       1 Ryan Andrews
                                                                                        3rd Place – ST II
                         2 Ty Howard
                                                                                         1. Chris Fields
                      3 Jeremy Louder
                                                                                         2. Kenny Smith
                      4 Derek Wagnon
                        5 Bryan West
            FORMULA 2                          FORMULA 4
     1st Place – Faltless Racing         1ST Place – RG&D Racing
             1. Eric Falt                   1. Dustin Dominguez
         2. Robert Bradlaw                     2. Aaron Gore
             3. Bill Erzal                     3. Austin Gore
           4. Ted Phillips                    4. Alan Phillips
          5. Clayton Schutz                  5. Clayton Schutz

     2nd Place – Hellcat Racing          2nd Place – Howlie Boyz
        1. Christopher Corder                 1. Jason Swan
           2. Aaron Gore                        2. Jim Swan
         3. Blaine Johnson                    3. Dean Thimjon
           4. Kier Johnson
                                      3rd Place – Davis Rod and Cycle
           5. Tad Murley
                                             1. Ryan Andrews
3rd Place – Team Kamikaze Lone Star           2. Jesse Davis
         1. Ulug Bayramoglu                 3. Stephen Guynes
           2. Ronnie Hay                     4. Derek Thomas
           3. Bud Johnson                    5. Derek Wagnon
           4. Darrell Ricks
                                               FORMULA 5
         5. Frank Shacklee
                                        1st Place – Top Dog Racing
             CLASSIC                          1. Tim Johnson
      1ST Place – Hypercycle                    2. Joy Size
       1. Gilbert Lee Epperson                3. Sid Shaddock
          2. Hector Garza                     4. Ricky Parker
         3. Rolando Nandin                    5. Taylor Myers
           4. Kelly Weber
         5. David E. Wilson                    FORMULA 6
                                       1st Place – Perpetual Motion
                                             1. Lindsey Leard
                                               2. Jay Newton
           RG&D Racing
                                             3. Derek Delpero
        1. Dustin Dominguez
           2. Aaron Gore
                                               FORMULA 7
           3. Austin Gore
                                        1st Place – Spider Monkeys
           4. Alan Phillips
                                             1. Jonas Valentine
          5. Clayton Schutz
                                            2. Cooper McDonald
        MINI SPRINTS               Ryan Max Johnson
         FORMULA 4                   1st D Superstock
        1. Eric Williams             1st D Superbike
      2. Brandon Altmeyer          1st Lightweight Twins
     3. Ryan Max Johnson              1st Formula 2
                                    2nd E Superstock
         FORMULA 5
        1. Jay Newton                  Peyton Inge
        2. Ryan Warren              2nd A Superstock
        3. Roger Albert             2nds C Superbike
                                     3rd B Superstock
         FORMULA 6
                                     3rd A Superbike
        1. Jay Newton
                                      3rd Formula 1

         FORMULA 7
                                      Patrick Kelly
       1. Dylan Holman
                                     2nd B Superbike

NOVICE CHAMPIONSHIP AWARDS        2nd Heavyweight Twins
                                3rd Formula 40 Heavyweight
           Will Boldt
       3rd C Superstock               Jerrett Martin
                                      2nd Clubman
        Mike Canzoneri
        3rd D Superbike               Rune Medhus
                                  1st Heavyweight Twins
     Randolph Del Greco         1st Formula 40 Heavyweight
     2nd Unlimited Motard            2nd A Superbike
                                      2nd Formula 1
    Guillermo A. Gonzalez
  2nd Formula 40 Heavyweight            Carl Price
       3rd A Superstock           3rd Heavyweight Twins

         Karl Hansen                   Noah Reese
   1st Formula 40 Lightweight        2nd D Superbike
                                  2nd Lightweight Twins
         Josh Henke
                                      3rd Formula 2
         2nd Formula 2
       3rd D Superstock
                                    Frank Rodriguez
     3rd Lightweight Twins
                                    2nd D Superstock
       David Hildebrand         2nd Formula 40 Lightweight
        3rd C Superbike
        Jose Silva                  Ryan Andrews
     1st A Superstock               2nd HW Twins
     1st B Superstock
                                    Conner Blevins
     1st C Superstock
                                    3rd B Superbike
      1st A Superbike
                                    3rd C Superbike
      1st B Superbike
      1st C Superbike              Robert Bradlaw
       1st Formula 1             3rd Unlimited Motard

      Craig Thomson                 J.C. Camacho
     2nd B Superstock                 1st 125 GP
     2nd C Superstock
                                   Brandon Cleland
       David Tipton                 1st C Superbike
    1st Unlimited Motard           2nd C Superstock
 3rd Formula 40 Lightweight        2nd B Superbike
                                   3rd B Superstock
        Mark Wall
      3rd B Superbike                John Deuser
                              2nd Formula 40 Heavyweight
       Eric Williams
       3rd Clubman               Gilbert Lee Epperson
                                 3rd Classic Unlimited

                                       Bill Erzal
      Daniel Adams
                               1st Formula 40 Lightweight
     1st D Superstock
                                 1st Classic Unlimited
      1st D Superbike
       1st Formula 2                   Eric Falt
       2nd LW Twins           2nd Formula 40 Lightweight
                                   3rd D Superstock
      Shawn Adams
     2nd D Superstock                Austin Gore
       3rd LW Twins              1st Lightweight Twins
      3rd D Superbike              2nd D Superbike
       3rd Formula 2
                                    Sean Gurevich
    Brandon Altmeyer               2nd Rookie Expert
     3rd E Superstock
                                  Steven Isenhower
      Ryan Ambrose               2nd Classic Unlimited
       1st Clubman            3rd Formula 40 Lightweight
      Danny Kelsey           JUNIOR MOTARD PARTICIPANTS
     1st A Superstock                Max Black
     1st A Superbike               Gabrielle Harber
      1st Formula 1                   Adin Jose
                                     Brett Munoz
     Carlos Lescale
                                     Logan Roy
     1st B Superbike
                                    Collin Schultz
    2nd B Superstock
                                    Bryce Svatek
     3rd C Superstock
                                     Trey Walker

     Adrian Marquez
    1st Rookie Expert
3rd Formula 40 Heavyweight

    Craig Montgomery
  1st Heavyweight Twins
     3rd A Superbike

      John Orchard
1st Formula 40 Heavyweight

      Alan Phillips
     1st E Superstock

      Darrell Ricks
      2nd Formula 2

      Landon Talley
      3rd Formula 1

     Eddie Thornton
    3rd Rookie Expert

    Harry Tomlinson
     3rd A Superstock

     Derek Wagnon
     1st B Superstock
     1st C Superstock

      Ryan Warren
  3rd Heavyweight Twins
        ‘Tis The Season: 2011
         Season Recap, 2012
            Season Preview
   By John Orchard, President, CMRA Board of Directors
    Our off-season is in full swing and we’ve had a busy
couple of months with a successful TWS season finale, the
annual awards banquet in Ben Wheeler TX, the Progressive
International Motorcycle Show in Dallas and all of the other
‘normal’ CMRA off-season activities such as license
renewals, rule book updates, and the general anticipation of
the upcoming season that goes on!
    First of all, I’d like to welcome the newly elected Board
members, Ted Phillips, (brand new to the Board) and Harry
Tomlinson, joining Ty Howard and myself (both re-elected),
Steve McNamara, Bill Syfan and Norm McDonald. There is
already a great dynamic among this team and I’m looking
forward to working with this group throughout the coming
    The CMRA awards banquet hosted just over 200
members who celebrated the 2011 season together, and
judging from the buzz throughout the evening, everyone had
a good time. Melissa Tomlinson, Marian Orchard and Nancy
Selleck did a fantastic job of organizing the event, but there
were many more volunteers who also stepped up and
assisted to make the event a success. Thank you to everyone
who pitched in and made it possible. Also, thank you to
Brooks and Rese Gremmels for again welcoming the CMRA to Ben Wheeler and for the continued support of the CMRA.
    In December, the CMRA returned to the Progressive International Motorcycle Show in Dallas as part of our effort to ‘get
the word out’ and to continue bringing awareness to local motorcyclists about the CMRA. This was made possible by the
outstanding response from the membership who volunteered throughout the weekend. In fact, the response was so strong,
that not everyone was able to participate. Our target at the IMS was clearly focused on new riders and raising awareness.
Professionally prepared informational folding business cards were put together by Melissa Tomlinson, along with various
other photographs (thank you Barry Nichols and Linz Leard), graphics, signage and material available as handouts. Each
informational card included a discount to the CMRA Licensing School which will enable us to track the number of new racers
the IMS generated. Additionally, Walter Walker held a CMRA classroom style 30 minute informational seminar with
approximately 15-20 attendees who were there to learn more about the CMRA. Again, thank you to the volunteers, along
with Bill Syfan and Harry Tomlinson who helped drive this, along with Walter and Nancy Selleck who made sure everything
went well all three days.
    Finally, on a more serious topic, over the past year or so we’ve seen various racing organizations around the country
struggle with continually declining single digit entries, lower attendance, cancelling scheduled events, in some cases,
cancelling events midway through a weekend and very recently we’ve seen CCS Southwest close its doors for 2012.
    The CMRA has experienced some of the same trends, but to a lesser degree. Our 2011 entries and income decreased
from the 2010 levels. To ensure that appropriate measures are taken prior to reserves levels falling below acceptable levels,
we are aligning our spending with recent income levels. As a result, a comprehensive review of the CMRA operating expenses
is underway with a goal of achieving an appropriate balance of spend without compromising the quality of service and safety
that we are committed to as an organization. Our core objective is to ensure that the CMRA is in good financial health, to
enable us to hold our scheduled races each year. All other aspects of the event weekend will be structured in a manner that
can be scaled up or down as appropriate with our income levels. We’re working hard not to eliminate things our racers enjoy,
but some things that are not core to our race day event, may be scaled back to a degree until further review. These reductions
will be coupled with a moderate $5 per sprint entry and $5 per endurance hour fee increase across all classes.
    I want to emphasize that these steps are being taken as an appropriate precautionary measure, with conservative
assumptions about our projected income. This approach will help us ensure that the CMRA continues to be in a good financial
position, with the appropriate financial flexibility. We will continue our efforts to generate more income opportunities within
the confines of our not-for-profit status, but we will not assume those gains will be realized until they are a reality. An additional
level of detail and communication on this topic is forthcoming on the CMRA Message Board member’s private section within
the next week.
    Thank you again to all of the members who support the CMRA in every way. That level of commitment is critical to our
continued success. Don’t hesitate to reach out to Walter, Nancy or any Board member with questions about the CMRA. I
look forward to a great 2012 season with some new tweaks and adjustments to the race weekend program, designed to
make the CMRA an even better place to race!

See you at the races!
Story by Peyton Inge                                                First to the grid were the minis with a final two hour
Photos by Barry Nichols/                              marathon between 20 teams to finish the season. Never one
                                                                to keep the field waiting, the starter released the group of
October 22, 2011                                                miniature speed demons, most of whom zinged down the front
Texas World Speedway                                            straight like so many oversized, hyperactive turtles.
College Station, Texas                                              The top two teams once again prevailed - RG&D Racing
                                                                (Aaron Gore, Austin Gore, Dustin Dominguez, Clayton Schutz,
Folks, the fat lady has officially sung at this point, but such Alan Phillips) and Howlie Boyz (Dean Thimjon, Jason Swan,
was not the case at Texas World a few weeks ago. As if on Jim Swan) have both been on fire all season long. Harder
cue, the clouds and wind blew themselves away Friday charger Scarey Racing (Greg Anderson, Sam Carey, Ricky
morning, leaving mild 80 degree temps and clear skies in Parker, Chris Carey, Matt Hall) rounded out the podium. The
their wake – pure racing heaven after the broiler of a results at TWS were a fine season finale, as RG&D Racing
summer. And the timing couldn’t have been more perfect crossed the line only one lap ahead of Howlie Boyz. Overall,
because championship podiums were up for grabs in on the season, RG&D Racing and Howlie Boyz handily nabbed
virtually every endurance division.                             the coveted first and second place championship trophies,
                                                                                                            while Davis Rod and
                                                                                                            Cycle       (Jesse   Davis,
                                                                                                            Ryan             Andrews,
                                                                                                            Stephen Guynes, Derek
                                                                                                            Thomas,              Derek
                                                                                                            Wagnon) got third.
                                                                                                               When asked “why
                                                                                                            minis,” one racer said,
                                                                                                            “Look, it’s the cheapest
                                                                                                            way to race, short of
                                                                                                            daddy buying you a ride
                                                                                                            someplace. It’s a ton of
                                                                                                            fun, wicked cheap, and
                                                                                                            it’s not as tiring as riding
                                                                                                            a big bike. Hell, even
                                                                                                            non-racers love it!” I’m
                                       RG&D Racing (69) completed a stellar season at Texas World
                                        Speedway, by winning the Mini endurance race and staking            sold    –    where’s    my
                                        claim to the Mini endurance championship at the time. Here          mini!? And then came
                                      they lead Davis Rod and Cycle (87), who suffered a bad day at
                                        the track, but still finished third overall in the Mini endurance   the big bikes…
                                                                                             by   the    overall    Big   Bike
                                                                                             Endurance race team each
                                                                                             year,      Dustin     Dominguez
                                                                                             dropped the hammer for Moto
                                                                                             Ace (Joe Prussiano, Shea
                                                                                             Fouchek, Dustin Dominguez)
                                                                                             and settled on Wagnon’s tail
                                                                                             within a lap. By lap three, the
                                                                                             usually unflappable Wagnon
                                                                                             was checking his six to see
                                                                                             where Dominguez was lurking
                                                                                             – yup, about ten feet off ‘yer
                                                                                             tail, good buddy! Dominguez

Howlie Boyz (1) rode hard all year                                                           would steal the lead shortly
long like the champions they are,                                                            thereafter, but lose it just as
but came up just 25 points shy of
 retaining the Number One plate.                                                             fast when he overcooked Turn
    It’s hard to stay at the top.
                                                                                             3. Not to be dissuaded, he
                                                                                             cranked the bike over and took
    In layman’s terms, the phrase holy crap! pretty much the scenic route through the grass parallel to the track in third
sums up the year and TWS was no exception. Twenty-eight gear for 150 yards, clearing an unused portion of the racetrack
teams hit the tarmac for the final 6-Hour Big Bike Endurance in a spectacular jump in the process, before rejoining the rest
event of the season and provided some of the most insane of the field ON the track. Forced to retire by mechanical
racing imaginable for about 11 laps.      Speedster Derek issues a few laps later, the race went on to finish with a
Wagnon took the holeshot for Quadwealth/SCRC (Ty dominating performance by Quadwealth, who also clinched
Howard,     Bryan
West,      Jeremy
Louder,     Derek
Wagnon,         Ryan
Andrews) on the
mighty KTM RC8.
Comically starting
from the back of
the grid, however,
was a heretofore
unseen     GSXR-
1000 rocket ship
piloted    by    yet
another     CMRA
bred AMA rider.
Sporting         the                                                     Derek Wagnon on-board the Quadwealth/SCRC KTM
number one plate,                                                        (35) during the 5-hour endurance race at Texas World
                                                                          Speedway. The team captured not only the race win,
an honor earned                                                             but also the Big Bike endurance championship.
                                                  Village Idiots (2) could muster         The second unsung hero of the season
                                                    only a lowly 87 laps on the
                                                  day, which killed their hopes       was Faltless Racing (Eric Faltless, Robert
                                                   for a shot at the overall title.   Bradlaw, Clayton Schutz, Bill Erzal, Ted
                                                                                      Phillips). Known around the pits for their
                                                                                      good humor, speed, and sportsmanship,
                                                                                      Faltless started on Row 2 outside, an
                                                                                      excellent position. Eric Falt led off on the
                                                                                      RaceworX-tuned machine, and after a great
                                                                                      launch, the bike jumped out of 2nd gear,
                                                                                      twice! Instead of getting into Turn 1 in the
                                                                                      top 10, Faltless entered Turn 1 around 15th
                                                                                      or so. Faltless spent the next three hours
the championship with the win.       Team Ridesmart (Dirk leisurely averaging mid 1:56s on their mighty SV before an
Anderson, Brandt Dillon, William Guthrie, James Caraballo, impromptu rabbit hunting trip caught Clayton Schutz whilst in
John Willenborg) and GMAN Racing (Harry Tomlinson, Garet the middle of a battle with DJ Ricks of The Dirty Heads
Tomlinson, Michael Guillot, Danny Dominguez)
                                                                                                        Team Ridesmart (19) had a
would finish second and third, respectively.                                                           very strong race, grabbing the
    Each of these teams put in stellar                                                                  second step on the podium.

performances         all      year       long.
Quadwealth/SCRC rode in a league of its own
for most of the season. Realistically, only a
bad fuel pump and flawlessly ridden slate grey
R6 could have slowed their roll at most tracks.
Lost in the melee between big names,
however, two teams quietly soldiered on all
season long to finish top six overall. NORDCO
Racing (Todd Larson, Michael Rochester,
Brandon Young) was always a threat to finish on the podium (Michael Humphries, Alexandra Humphries, Alan Phillips,

and managed a solid top 4th place finish on the season.           Matt Vastine, Darrell Ricks). The easy lowside removed the
                                                                                      shifter lever, but Wild Bill Erzal and Rob
                                                                                      Bradlaw managed to bring the now-ragged
                                                                                      (but Faltless!) bike in for a 13th overall finish!
                                                                                      Faltless Racing won the Formula 2
                                                                                      Endurance Championship for 2011 and
                                                                                      managed an amazing 6th overall for the
                                                                                      season. Looks like they get to keep the #6
                                                                                      plate for 2012!     When asked, Eric said,
                                                                                      “Praise the Lord and thanks to our sponsors
                                                                                      that made it all happen.” Well done, guys!

                                            Lone Star Track Days (4) narrowly             2011 may be over, but 2012 is gonna be
                                         missed the overall podium in the race,       a barn burner! See ya there!
                                           claiming 4th place, but the team still
                                         finished first in the C Superbike class.
Story by Peyton Inge                                        were up for grabs, technically or otherwise, and folks turned

Photos by Nichols                          out with a vengeance to contest the final few points available
                                                            on the season.

October 22 and 23, 2011                                         Saturday morning kicked off with surprisingly speedy Mini

Texas World Speedway                                        racing. Eric Williams, Collin Schultz and Taylor Myers all

College Station, Texas                                      managed to capture overall wins in the Road and Track
                                                            Suspension Formula 4, K&N Motorcycles Junior Motard, and
    Racers of all ages traipsed into Collage Station two the OnRoad OffRoad Suspension Formula 5 events,
weeks ago to attend the CMRA season finale, hosted at respectively. Each young star has distinguished himself over
Texas World Speedway. And grand it was as riders of all the course of the season – Lord knows what records they’ll be
ages took turns blazing through the challenging 1.8 mile breaking next year! Williams, in particular, is one to watch.
(Mini) and 2.9 mile (Big Bike), 12 turn road courses. The After roughly half a season on a Suzuki SV650, he is now a
track offers a bit of everything – high speed, flowing corners, serious contender in any Twin event, a fact he proved on
a double apex ‘er two, and a nifty section of whoop-sized Sunday by winning the Fastline Motorcycle School D
bumps in the backfield that would do any dirt track owner Superbike and Road and Track Suspension Formula 2 events.
proud. A favorite with a majority of the CMRA faithful, Texas (More on the success of the CMRA’s twins guys later.)
World was a fitting battleground for the multitude of           In the Expert divisions, Danny Kelsey would reign
championship dogfights (easy there, Vic) that unfolded over supreme, on the season that is. While Kelsey was winless on
the course of the weekend. More than half of the events the weekend, he earned sufficient points over the course of
                                                                                                             the season to
                                                                                                             capture       the
                                                                                                             number       one
                                                                                                             plate, reserved
                                                                                                             for the Expert
                                                                                                             who earns the
                                                                                                             most cumulative
                                                                                                             points. Entering
                                                                                                             the       season,
                                                                                                             many      thought
                                                                                                             that      perhaps
                                                                                                             Darrell      “DJ”

                                                                          Bill Guthrie leads over Danny      Ricks      would
                                                                      Kelsey, Billy Gonzalez and Brandt      challenge
                                                                      Dillon in the Formula 1 Expert race.
                                                                        Guthrie would win the race, but      Kelsey for the
                                                                        Kelsey would get a podium and
                                                                         claim the class championship.       plate; however,
                                                                                                      Superbike         events,
                                                                                                      posting a weekend best
                                                                                                      time of 1:43:410, an
                                                                                                      awesome time, but off
                                                                                                      the      motorcycle    lap
                                                                                                      record      (owned     by
                                                                                                      Howard) of 1:41.415 at
                                                                                                      TWS, set back in 2009.
                                                                                                       Derek           Wagnon
                                                                                                      captured a race win on
                                                                                                      the day, clinching a
                                                                                                      championship      in   the
                                                                                                      process. Wagnon was
Brandon Cleland (5) leads from Ryan Andrews                                                           unstoppable      in    the
 (481) and Carlos Lescale (224) in the Island
Racing Services C Superbike Expert race. The                                                          212Decals B Superstock
  trio would cross the finish line in this order                                                      event, where he posted
        covered by only 0.364 seconds.
                                                                                                      a     1:44:653   on    his
it was not to be as a mid-season crash, closely followed by RaceworX-tuned GSX-R600. Though he finished off the
the demands of work, slowed DJ’s roll towards the top. In the podium once on the weekend (in the South Central Race
end, Kelsey’s speed and work ethic left his would-be rivals Center C Superstock race, Wagnon handily won the B and C
far behind in the points chases. But as soon as the TWS Superstock Championships.
weekend was completed and a big Number One affixed to                  Brandon Cleland and Carlos Lescale have provided race
Kelsey’s bikes, one could already hear war drums in the fans with numerous memorable battles over the course of the
distance for next year.                                            season. These two are literally neck-and-neck at most tracks
     As you might expect, Ty Howard (who, incidentally, – TWS was no exception. Entering the weekend, only a
returns to the Board of
Directors for another
stint),   turned    in     a
dominating performance
for the weekend. Similar
to DJ Ricks, Howard is a
strong favorite in every
race he enters – you’ve
just got to convince him
that racing is more fun
than gainful employment
testing the latest and
greatest KTM monster!
Anyway, Howard handily         Craig Thomson (141) leads from Jose
won the RaceworX A               Silva (704) in the Moto Liberty C
                                Superstock Novice race. Thomson
Superstock               and    would win this race, but Silva would
                               capture the championship in this, and             A          six other Novice classes.
                                                                                                              season (unless my
                                                                                                              protest is granted, of
                                                                                                              course). Fate too,
                                                                                                              took a hand in the
                                                                                                              melee, by blowing
                                                                                                              motors and jamming
                                  Bill Erzal (129) and Eric Falt (8)                                          K a w a s a k i
                                      duke it out in Formula 40
                                  Lightweight. Erzal would win by                                             transmissions. Said
                                  a little more than two seconds.
                                                                                                              Rune Medhus, a
                                                                                                              victim of a blown
                                                                                                              motor in his front
                                                                                                              line racer, a Ducati
                                                                                                              1198s,          “The
                                                                                                              definitely got stiffer
David Rice (140) leads a group of racers that
include Hunter Morgan (59) and Briar Baum                                                                     at TWS. I would like
 (197) in the B Superstock
                Expert race.                                                                                  to have seen what
                                                                                                              would           have
handful of points separated the pair in the B Superbike unfolded if my motor [1198] hadn’t blown in practice [on
championship. Lescale would capture the race win, as well Friday].” Medhus had to employ his B bike, a relatively stock
as the championship, but lose to Cleland in the C Superbike and, these days, somewhat dated Ducati 999, to race on
event. Cleland hounded Lescale all weekend and managed Sunday. Medhus’ dead 1198s may have allowed Guillermo
to claim a solid win the Island Racing Services C Superbike A. Gonzalez, who was smokin’ on the weekend, to sneak past
race as well.                                                          Medhus in the Formula Geriatric, er, Formula 40 Heavyweight
       In the Novice divisions, a plethora of unknown (to the race. Medhus still managed to do pretty well on the season,
CMRA, anyway), freakishly fast Provisional Novices however, claiming wins in the Heavyweight Twins and
descended on the
weekend to ruin
best laid plans
a         n        d
hopes for some
CMRA regulars.
Call           them
slackers,       late-
comers, or track
specialists if you
will, but there is
no question that a       Ryan Ambrose (275) drag races
                         Randolph Del Greco (784) in the
few of these guys          combined Clubman/Unlimited
are quick enough        Motard race. Ambrose would DNF
                        with a flat rear tire while Del Greco
to win titles next          would card a third in class.
Formula                      40
Heavyweight events.
    In the end, Jose
Silva cleaned house.
Silva won six races on
the day, clinching seven
championships in the
process             on       his
Kawasaki.                Intoned
Silva,    “I     think      I’ve
learned as much as
possible        [from        the
Novices]            and      am
looking        forward        to
moving         up    [to     the
Expert         ranks]       next    Thomas Delaney (552) leads Patt Hagens
season. They better                    (206) and others in the Formula 40
                                    Heavyweight Novice race. Hagens would
look       out!”           Craig   eventually get around Delaney to finish 7th.
                                        Delaney would finish in 10th spot.
Thomson was the only
racer who could have prevented Silva from claiming seven Superstock race (which he lost to the crafty Silva by a slim
titles, but he won the wrong race; Thomson won the Moto 0.268 seconds).
Liberty C Superstock novice race (by a scant 0.057 seconds)                   Also finishing the season in Silva-like form, resident
when he should have won the Lone Star Track Days B CMRA dentist Ryan Max Johnson took the weekend off to
                                                                                                              relax and enjoy his D
 Few people have more fun racing                                                                              Superstock,            D
 than Lori Miller (954). She’s been
MIA for much of 2011, but made a                                                                              Superbike, Lightweight
much welcomed appearance at the                                                                               Twins, and Formula 2
 last round of the season at TWS.
                                                                                                              championships, which
                                                                                                              he had sewn up prior
                                                                                                              to TWS. When asked
                                                                                                              for a comment on his
                                                                                                              success       on     the
                                                                                                              season,        Johnson
                                                                                                              shrugged             his
                                                                                                              shoulders and simply
                                                                                                              said “that’s how I roll.”
                                                                                                              Well said, Sir!
                                                                                                                 Speaking of hauling
                                                                                                              butt, Johnson, Eric
                                                                                                              Williams, and DJ Ricks
                                                                                                              flat out dominated the
Ross Vivion (884), brother of CMRA racer Scott Vivion, is one of the
 feel-good stories of the year in the CMRA. Vivion was diagnosed
 with cancer late in 2010, but with aggressive treatment, has so far
beaten the disease. Too sick to ride most of the season, he felt well
 enough to race at TWS, so his family flew him into Texas from his
home out of state. Unfortunately Vivion’s bike suffered a mechanical
during the day, causing him to DNS some of his races. Regardless,
          Vivion’s smile could not be erased from his face.

WERA Grand National Final Championships the weekend racer finished in first or second place all weekend in the three
after TWS. Williams and Johnson did so well that no WERA Novice SV classes. Williams won one race and RMJ won two.
                                                                                                      DJ Ricks, of course, won all
                                                                                                      of his Expert races. Said
                                                                                                      Eric’s Williams’ dad, Mitch
                                                                                                      Williams, “It was awesome to
                                                                                                      watch the CMRA guys on
                                                                                                      their busted up bikes (Eric’s
                                                                                                      was covered in duct tape and
                                                                                                      spray paint) top the local
                                                                                                      WERA favorites.”
                                                                                                       Looking      back   over   the
                                                                                                      season, we’ve seen some
                                                                                                      awesome racing, in both the
                                                                                                      expert and novice divisions,
                                                                                                      and one can only wonder
                                                                                                      what next season holds. One
                                                                    Kansas City, Missouri resident,
                                                                    John Deuser (671) closed out      thing is for sure, though - it’s
                                                                     his season with a win in the     gonna be a blast! Come be a
                                                                    Formula 40 Expert class on his
                                                                         Suzuki GSX-R 750.            part of it!
The ‘Racers Write’ column is intended for racers, or family          to forego the last round of the endurance series, but Jay would
members of racers, such that they can provide a first person         still get Mini endurance seat time onboard the Team Green
perspective of their racing activities. The ‘Racers Write’ column
is open to any racer who wants to submit a thoughtful, well-         Machine Ninja 250 in the Formula 4 Mini endurance class.
worded story about their race day activities. The Inside Line
encourages racers to submit race day reports, and will, at its           The weather Friday was unlike anything experienced all
discretion, publish any story it deems worthy of print as long as    season, and was welcomed by all the participants – for a
content minimums (more than a few sentences, in story form,
somewhat entertaining, etc.) and submission deadlines (not later     change it wasn’t scorching hot or unbearably humid. The
than seven calendar days after the event) are met. I’ll even
include photos of you if I have some, or you can submit your own,    breezy, cooler air carried over into Saturday, and made for a
just be sure to credit the photographer. You can mention             pleasant race day. Again, Jay opted to run only the little Ninja
sponsors in your write up, but pure press release formats will not
be accepted. You can submit your first-hand perspective at           during race day warm-up, and looked right at home on the I can’t guarantee that you
will get published in The Inside Line if you do submit an article,   newest addition to his race bike stable. He stated that he felt
but I can guarantee that you won’t get published if you don’t        he could run in the upper half of the ESS class, but before he
submit an article. - Ed.
                                                                     would have a chance to show his mettle in ESS, Jay had the
                                                                     F5 and F6 Mini races to deal with. After the CMRA’s opening

       Racers Write                                                  ceremonies, the call to the grid came for the F4/F6 Mini sprint
                                                                     classes. Jay took to the track for the sighting lap, placed his
                                                                     NSF on the pole spot on the grid, and launched to a great start
                                                                     with the wave of the flag; he was riding quite well, and running
                    By James Newton, Photos by Linz Leard            down some F4 bikes ahead of him. Jay and good friend, Taylor
                                                                     Myers, who was riding his Honda RS65, had a great battle
      The CMRA rounded out its 2011 season at Texas World
                                                                     going on between them until they came upon lapped traffic. It
Speedway the weekend of October 22 - 23, and with several
                                                                     was here that Jay used his track savvy to make his way through
championships on the line in many classes, the stage was
                                                                     the traffic quicker than Myers, and forged forward to take the
set for some epic racing action. Lone Star Track Days kicked
                                                                     checkered flag, 1st in class and 7th overall out of a combined
off the weekend by hosting their usual Friday practice day,
                                                                     field of 17 riders. It was an exceptional way to end his F6
and Jay Newton used the LSTD day to put in some seat time
                                                                     season. Jay knew, however, that he would have a tougher
on his new Kawasaki Ninja 250, on which he would make
his    E   Superstock       debut
                                     Jay Newton (314) made his last
during the Saturday race             appearance on his quick Honda
program.      Having      already       NSF100 at Texas World
                                         Speedway in October.
secured his Formula 5 and
Formula       6    Mini     sprint
championships          at     the
previous round at ECR, Jay
opted to leave his trusty,
modified Honda NSF100 on
the stands until the races the
next       day.     Additionally,
Perpetual         Motion,     the
Formula 6 Mini endurance
team Jay rides for, had
mathematically captured that
championship, and decided
battle on his hands in the F5 race as he noted how quick stripe. At first it was Jay who would be declared the victor by
Myers’ Honda RS65 was. Additionally one can never count the CMRA’s electronic scoring, but a number of officials noted
out Ryan Warren on his own Honda RS65 Formula 5 bike.           how close the finish was, and the CMRA deferred to manual
    After the F6 race, Jay would have a few minutes to relax scoring. Ultimately race officials reversed the decision, citing
while the Jr. Motard racers were on the track, but he was that Myers’ 17-inch front tire crossed the finish line before the
thinking of what he would need to do in the F5 race, and smaller 12-inch front tire on Jay’s bike did. Not agreeing with
where he would need to do it. This was to be Jay’s last race the decision, but respecting it, Jay settled for second place,
on the NSF, and after the sighting lap, he placed his Honda which allowed Myers the win by a difference of only .004
on the pole position for the combined F5/F7 race. As the seconds according to the official results. The margin of victory
green flag flew, Jay wheelied a bit too much, which was not created further controversy. After all, how is a margin of
the start he needed. Myers was well ahead of him by Turn 1, victory determined when electronic scoring is overruled by
but Jay made up ground in Turns 1 and 2 and went by Myers manual scoring?
and into the lead by Turn 3. Myers, however, would latch onto       Next on the agenda for Jay was his race debut in the ESS
Jay’s rear wheel and together these two young racers would class. With no time between the F5 and ESS race, Jay and
make this a race to remember for those watching. The two his crew were in a hurry to get him on his Ninja 250 and back
were neck and neck the entire race, and traded turns at the out onto the track. In the rush, Jay’s crew forgot to switch the
front several times. With Ryan Warren’s RS65 running poorly, transponder from one bike to the other, but luckily Jay realized
and the rest of the field being well off the pace as well, this this and came back to his pit to have it put on. This,
race became a two-man battle for the win. As the pair of unfortunately, made him late for last call, and he was unable
youngsters came out of the last turn on the last lap, Jay was to get his warm-up lap. Jay went straight to his spot on the
only slightly ahead of Myers, with Myers well into Jay’s draft. grid, which was the last row, and waited for the remainder of
It was a literal drag race down the front straight as Myers the class to grid up. When the flag waved, he got a good start,
slingshot from the draft to pull virtually even with Jay at the settled in, and rode a solid race, crossing the line in the 5th

                                                                                                                     Jay’s final
                                                                                                                  duty of the day
                                                                                                                  would    be     to
                                                                                                                  ride the second
                                                                                                                  leg of the 2-
                                                                                                                  hour          Mini
                                                                                                                  race    on    the
                                                                                                                  Team     Green
                                                                                                                  Machine Ninja
                                                                                                                  250 with team
                                                                                                                  owner    David
                                                                                                                  Tiede         and
                                                                                                                  teammate Nick
                                                                                                                  Doolan. Each
                                                                                                                  rider would see
                                                                    Jay Newton (314) and Taylor Myers (112)
                                                                     had a titanic battle in the Formula 5 race   a 40 minute
                                                                      that was literally decided by a wheel.
session.                                                                                                          ECR round,
The      first                                                                                                    Jay      was
stint    was                                                                                                      ready      to
manned by                                                                                                         ride. Again,
David, who                                                                                                        he       had
put in the                                                                                                        several
fastest lap                                                                                                       friends and
of the day                                                                                                        family who
for the team                                                                                                      had     come
b e f o r e                                                                                                       out        to
turning over                                                                                                      watch, and
the controls                                                                                                      he did not
to Jay. At                                                                                                        want       to
the      one                                                                                                      disappoint
hour     and      Jay Newton (85) drives through Turn 3                                                           them.
                 during his stint in the Mini endurance race
t w e n t y            for the Green Machine team.                                                                 The call to
m i n u t e                                                                                                       the grid for
point, Jay pitted, letting Nick finish the race for the team. All the Formula 2 Novice class was announced, and Jay rolled
the team members rode well, and they were able to place his TZ out of the paddock and fired up the 2-stroke machine.
themselves in the number seven spot out of a 20 bike starting Taking his spot on the grid, Jay got a great start, but the race
field.                                                          was soon red flagged due to a crash in Turn 1. On the re-start,
      With his race day being done, Jay would change from young Jay got his best start by far this season on his 125 GP
racer to spectator, and watch as the big bikes would finish machine, but the little bike was no match for the top end speed
their season with a 5-hour Big Bike endurance race, and he of the Suzuki SV650s also in the class. At the checkers, Jay
was wishing he could be out there. At the end of the day and was only able to garner an 11th place finish, and said after the
after the awards ceremony, Jay spent time relaxing with family race that his bike seemed to be down on power. With a couple
and friends who had come to watch him race, and had a great of hours before the 125GP race, Jay’s pit crew inspected the
time at the pit party in Garage 3, but he was also getting his bike and discovered that the spark plug was backed out
mind on his Sunday sprint classes.                              partially causing a loss of compression and power. The crew
    Jay awoke Sunday morning to dreary gray skies, and the was puzzled, as this had never happened before. Remedied
threat of rain was looming in the air. He skipped the first by a new spark plug, the bike was again ready to go.
lightweight practice session to allow his tires more time on Additionally, gearing changes were made for better top end
the warmers. Watching the skies closely, he went out in speed on the long front straight at TWS. Now confident that
practice session two, but came back into the pits shortly his bike was ready, Jay spent some time with those who came
thereafter and said that it was raining a bit harder on the back to watch him that day, and to grab some lunch.
half of the track than on the front half. Jay’s Yamaha TZ125           Jay had been anticipating this 125GP race for a couple
was wearing full slicks and, Jay said, this led to no grip at all. of weeks, mainly because he likes the long track at TWS, and
So the bike went back on the warmers in hopes that the because this too, was to be his last race on the TZ125 as it
weather would clear up, and before the third practice session, was scheduled to be sold after the event. Lining up with some
it would; the track was completely dry by the time the first race tough competition, and being the only Yamaha in a field of
was called. Though he did not get much track time that Hondas, did not faze Jay at all. At the start, he rocketed off
morning, and this was the first time on his TZ125 since the
of the front row to an even better start than he had in his and he reflected on realizing his goals of winning the Formula
previous race, and led the first lap. He was able to stay in 5 and Formula 6 Mini sprint championships, the Formula 6
very close proximity with James Camacho and Rodney Mini endurance class championship, and a 3rd place finish in
Barkalow the first half of the race, and they traded spots
                                                                 the 125 Grand Prix class, as well as a solid 8th place finish in
between the three of them. However, as they came up on
                                                                 the Formula 2 Novice class, he was pleased with his results
some backmarkers, Camacho and Barkalow were able to get
                                                                 for 2011, and has already started preparing for 2012. While
through, but Jay ended up getting pinched off in Turn 3,
                                                                 Jay’s plans for the Sunday Big Bike sprint program are still
allowing the other two riders to gap him. Once through the
                                                                 undecided, Jay does plan on running in Formula 4 and E
slower riders, Jay tried his best to catch Camacho and
                                                                 Superstock during the Saturday Mini program next season.
Barkalow again, but once he lost his momentum, there was
                                                                 Jay is also hoping that his accomplishments this season have
too much distance to make up. Though he ran his personal
                                                                 caught the eye of an F4 endurance team seeking a rider.
best lap time, he would cross the line in the third spot after
                                                                      This has been an outstanding season, and Jay would
Camacho and Barkalow respectively. There was, however,
                                                                 like to thank all the CMRA staff and all the corner workers for
a decision made by the race officials to disqualify Camacho
                                                                 their dedication to the sport. He would also like to thank his
from the race after he supposedly put an aggressive passing
                                                                 fellow racers for the great competition throughout the year.
move on Barkalow just before the finish line. This would
                                                                 The last mentioned, but certainly the most important, a huge
change the standings by moving Barkalow to the number one
                                                                 thanks to all his sponsors for their fantastic support in 2011.
spot and placing Jay in second place. When asked about the
                                                                 Jay looks forward to an even better 2012.
scoring decision and the race, Jay commented, “It was a
                                                                      ALCO Automotive, Apex Manufacturing, Arai Helmets,
close race until I got held up. I think I had the pace to hang
                                                                 Bridgestone Tires, Hercules Sealing Products, Impact Armor,
with them, but it just did not work out for me. I hated to see
                                                                 Jay's Trackside Gear, OnRoad OffRoad Suspension, South
JC (Camacho) get disqualified. I did not think that any of the
                                                                 Central Race Center, The Holeshot, WRW Racing, Motul, VP
passes were too close, even the finish line pass, but I was
                                                                 Race Fuel, P1 Racing, Yamaha, Next Moto Champion,
back a bit by then. I think he was just trying to keep the other
                                                                 GoPro Cameras, Safer Moto Vest, Arlen Ness and Colin
guy from getting a draft. I passed him (Camacho) in almost
                                                                 Edwards’ Texas Tornado Boot Camp.
the same spot in the same
way in an earlier lap. As for
me, I trust JC, and he has
never done anything for me
not to trust him. He is a
friend, and has taught me
a lot on the GP bike.”
Barkalow, too, reportedly
commented that he had no
issue with the pass, either.
Ultimately the decision had
no impact on the season
points, and JC Camacho
still won the 125 Grand Prix
                                  Jay Newton’s (314) first
    As the season finale
                                foray into the E Superstock
came to an end for Jay,            class was a solid one.
The ‘Racers Write’ column is intended for racers, or family          was not a conscious decision on my part but a subtle change
members of racers, such that they can provide a first person         in my psyche. I sold my Ducati ST3 because my wife and I are
perspective of their racing activities. The ‘Racers Write’ column
is open to any racer who wants to submit a thoughtful, well-         not in the proper stage in life to be taking off on trips. We have
worded story about their race day activities. The Inside Line
encourages racers to submit race day reports, and will, at its       two children who require us to be around on a regular basis.
discretion, publish any story it deems worthy of print as long as    It turns out that it is fine because my wife Dawn enjoys riding
content minimums (more than a few sentences, in story form,
somewhat entertaining, etc.) and submission deadlines (not later     on the track too. I am a lucky guy.
than seven calendar days after the event) are met. I’ll even
include photos of you if I have some, or you can submit your own,             I started attending track days because a good friend
just be sure to credit the photographer. You can mention             of mine – Mark Andrews, who owns The Euroshop of Waco,
sponsors in your write up, but pure press release formats will not
be accepted. You can submit your first-hand perspective at           told me that I might like it. That’s when it started – two years I can’t guarantee that you
will get published in The Inside Line if you do submit an article,   ago. I attended my first track day on my ST3 and my female
but I can guarantee that you won’t get published if you don’t        instructor in the novice group said, “Follow me, I’ll go real slow.”
submit an article. - Ed.
                                                                     I thought she was crazy as fast as she took off, and she
                                                                     disappeared around a corner. Several more sessions of round

       Racers Write                                                  robin did nothing to ameliorate my terror! Later on that day, I
                                                                     ran off the track but did not go down as I have been riding
                                                                     motorcycles in some form or fashion since I was little. As a
                                                                     side note, I have been riding motorcycles on the street since
                                                                              I joined the CMRA as an Associate Member earlier
                                                                     this year with racing as a distant but persistent thought. I first
                         Story and photos by David Sprague           arrived at the track in February at TWS with Ryan Andrews
        Hi, my name is David and I’m a track addict. My last and the Pierobon F042 for fun but started realizing that I would
day on the track was Sunday, 23 October at Texas World like to participate. However, I didn’t want to race because I am
Speedway. It is now the
                                                                                                          David Sprague suits up for a
Friday after and I am                                                                                  track day. The thrill of track days
                                                                                                         led Sprague to get his CMRA
reflecting on what led up
                                                                                                              competition license.
to this moment. I rode
into work today on my
Ruckus - the one with all
the stickers on it, which I
use for a pit bike at track
days    and     races.     I
stopped at the corner
store for a drink and
noticed that people look
at me funny. What they
don’t know is that to get
the same rush on the
street like I get on the
track would lead either to
the hospital or jail. This
so slow and did not want to upset anyone while on the track. seat time. Now my bike was nekkid! I wanted to make sure
How many times have I heard negative comments about that LSTD’s man in charge, Steve McNamara, knew I didn’t
some Provisional Novice getting in the way or not holding a crash but that my body panels had just come off. I later heard
line or some other thing? And usually that is followed up by from another instructor that it was impressive watching me
a comment from one of the more experienced members that, down the straight when all of a sudden, BLAM! Pieces went
“…that’s racing. Move on and get over it.” Another reason I everywhere! He said it was cool looking and I replied that I
wanted to participate is to support the CMRA. I love this club. was happy he got such a kick out of it. The strange and scary
I have met some really nice people here and it really feels like thing about it was that I had no idea until much further down
a family.                                                                   the track. I was way more than embarrassed now. I am slow,
          I finally took my CMRA licensing class with LSTD the I don’t have any clothes on, and I don’t have my yellow t-shirt.
day before TWS (but didn’t get a yellow shirt due to some                          At risk of being ridiculed by my friends and peers but
m     i   s     s     e    d
communications on
my part). To further
add to my standing
out I a crowd was
that I was getting
faster on the track
and went fast enough
on my 2006 Ducati
999s          that        my
excessive            speed
ripped        the    fairing
right off the bike on
the main straight! It
wasn’t until Turn 3
when      I    wondered         David Sprague on his Ducati at a track
                               day. Sprague hesitated to get his CMRA
what that strange              racing license for a while, but eventually
                                   decided he’d simply give it a go.
scraping noise was; I
looked down right
before Wheelie Hill. “Holy crap!” I said. “My fairing is dragging in homage to honesty and openness, previous to this outing
the ground! I’m that sound!” An instructor passed me and at TWS, my best time was 2:27. In the first session this time
furiously waved at me and I wanted to give him the finger out however, my best lap was a 2:22. Now, later in the day, my
of sheer embarrassment! I pulled off the right side of the track best time was a 2:14. Man, I couldn’t believe that I was going
at Turn 4 and looked down to see what the heck was going so fast! After my last session, I went back to the pits and was
on.                                                                         quickly shooed away by my pit help, Ryan Andrews, Jesse
          It turns out that I had forgotten to install fasteners at Davis, and Lauren Woodruff, because the mock race was
the top of the fairing and they were only being held in by the going to start. Jesse told me that it was like this: “You race,
press in tabs. Now the fairing was torn and there was no hope we mock!” Haha!
of fixing it. So I started stomping. The cornerworker looked                       I made my way to the pit out area and completed the
somewhat confused as I started kicking the plastics off the warm-up lap. I made my way to the grid and was promptly
bike. I wanted to get back on the track and get some more halted by Ryan Rutkowski, a CMRA official, who asked what
                                                                       It’s true that David Sprague is a motorcycle enthusiast, but
                                                                        he also has a day job. He’s the Chair of the Biotechnology
                                                                       Department at the Texas Bioscience Institute. Like all of us,
                                                                        Sprague has other interests when away from the track as
                                                                       well. In this photo, Sprague is traveling with his son William
                                                                          in Scotland. Sprague says, “We were outside of Doune
                                                                       Castle where they filmed a lot of Monty Python and the Holy
                                                                       Grail! We played with the coconuts available in the Castle!”

the heck I was doing there. I told him I was a Prov Nov without time there because every time previously I had gone in too
a shirt and he should to talk to Steve. I was eventually let onto slow to the Gravity Cavity. I went in faster and caught up with
the grid and the race was about to begin. I had never the other Prov Nov rider and was on his tail by the Horseshoe.
performed any starts before and quite a few bikes got past We wound our way around and it was a sprint to the finish
me at the beginning. I remembered that there may be some line. I was moving down the banking and pushed the naked
bunching up around the first corner so I took an outside line 999s as fast as it would go. The bike hit the rev limiter, and I
to pass some people and settled in to no one in front of me. had a brain fart – I forgot how to shift! Wow! What a rush!
I had no idea where I was on the track. Was I last because I              Something changed that moment. I felt calm beyond
certainly wasn’t first? I just kept going until I saw someone on calm. I was so calm in fact that the guys were asking me if I
my last lap. He was just going towards the transition when I were okay. I said that I didn’t know and it took me a while to
was getting onto the straight from the last turn. Then it figure out what I was feeling. There wasn’t jubilation at my
happened. Target acquired.                                       position on the track although my best lap time had dropped
        All of a sudden a neural pathway opened up which to a 2:06. I wasn’t jittery from overly pushing myself or the
had not been used since my equestrian days in my teens and bike. There was just a pleasant empty calm of completion and
bicycle racing in my 20s. With clarity I saw how I could go the realization that this was only the beginning.
faster without risking anything by making more efficient use              Why do I want to race? It’s pretty simple – to learn to
of the track. I knew I could catch my prey. We made our way be a better rider and to support an organization I believe in.
to the back straight and I knew I could make up significant
I thought it might be fun to include, when time, space and material permits,
something from the past that helps illustrate the rich history that the CMRA has
enjoyed since its inception in 1974. This “something” may be educational,
                                                                                           The Fine Art of Looping a
informative, whimsical or just plain kooky fun, but its intent is to provoke
reflection, thought and, hopefully, paint a better picture of where we’ve been
so we can better know where we’re going. If you have something from the
past, especially a photo, and you’d like to submit it for the Flashback feature,
please send it to and make sure you                 The Inside Line doesn’t travel back in time very far for this
provide details regarding the item (the who, what, when, where stuff). I can’t
guarantee that you will get published in The Inside Line if you do submit a
                                                                                    month’s Flashback, only going back to August of 2010. But
“something”, but I can guarantee that you won’t get published if you don’t submit   that doesn’t mean the content isn’t educational, informative
a “something”. So return with us now to, as they say, to those thrilling days
of Yesteryear and, unlike when you were in the 7th grade, enjoy some history!       and, to some, slightly embarrassing. The location is Hallett
- Ed.
                                                                                    Motor Racing Circuit and it’s the end of Race 11, the
combined Heavyweight Twins Expert / Road and Track Suspension - Heavyweight Twins Novice race. Ronnie Hay, mounted
on a Ducati 1098, edged out Craig Montgomery’s Triumph Daytona 675 triple by a mere 0.822 seconds at the finish line.
After taking the checkers on the front straight, Montgomery and Hay were virtually side by side coming over Hallett’s Wheelie
Hill when it struck Montgomery to perform a stand-up wheelie in celebration of a hard-fought race. The trouble began soon
after when Montgomery lofted the front end of his Triumph a bit too much and, at the crest of Wheelie Hill, looped the bike
in spectacular fashion. Rene’ Vivion was on-hand to capture the action, much to the chagrin of Montgomery (who was, by
the way, unscathed
in the incident). Craig
Triumph 675, sightly
worse for wear, was
parted out soon after
this crash, but his
pride      was       only
bruised, not broken,
and       Montgomery
continues to race
with the CMRA. In
fact,     Montgomery
won the Heavyweight
Twins             Expert
championship            in
2011. Anyway, on to
the visuals and thank
you Rene’ Vivion for
submitting         these

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