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Oct 26, 2016

Pascarella Claims AFM Crown With Race Victory At Season Finale At Buttonwillow

Joey Pascarella (52) leads Bryce Prince (26R) and Steve Rapp (15X) at Buttonwillow Raceway Park. Photo by Max Klein/oxymoronphotography.com

STACKED FORMULA PACIFIC RACE DELIVERS AT BUTTONWILLOW

Buttonwillow Raceway Park hosted the final round of the AFM Series on the weekend of October 22-23. The stage was set for a classic showdown in the Dunlop Race Tire Services Formula Pacific race, but the week leading up to the race would prove to add a level of drama and chaos that could not have been predicted.

There were just six points separating Joey Pascarella from Wyatt Farris for the number one plate after the action packed round six. Farris could take the plate from the defending Pascarella; however, he would not only need to cross the finish line in front, he would need to put at least a rider between them. The entry list favored this possibility, with guest appearances from a handful of reciprocity riders, including MotoAmerica Superstock 600 Champion Bryce Prince and Daytona 200 winner Steve Rapp. The guest racers were not the biggest variable heading into the weekend, though.

Days before the race weekend, the trailer that was transporting Pascarella's Kawasaki ZX-10, along with the bike of multi-class champion Lenny Hale, was involved in a multi-vehicle pile up. The accident left the trailer upside down and buckled, with the bikes inside supporting the frame of the trailer. An effort to extract the bikes from the wreck and repair them for the weekend went into high gear.

Saturday was used for practice and qualifying and would quickly reveal two things: Pascarella's bike was up to the task and Prince was there to win. The race, originally slated for 12 laps, was also bumped up to 15 laps per a racer vote at the rider's meeting.

19 racers gridded up for the final race of the year. When the green flag dropped, Pascarella charged to Turn One in first place, only to be overtaken by Prince on his Yamaha YZF-R1 in the back section of the track. Rapp, riding his recently converted streetbike, an Aprilia RSV4, was working his way up through the grid. At the end of the first lap, it was Prince leading Pascarella. Devon McDonough and Wyatt Farris, both on Kawasaki ZX-10Rs followed while Rapp crossed in fifth. Chris Siglin, astride his BMW S1000RR, rounded out the top 6.

Rapp worked his way into third place and formed part of the three-bike breakaway up front as Prince, Pascarella and Rapp all dipped into the 1:44s. Lap after lap, the leaders raced close together with Prince showing the way. On lap five, Pascarella passed Prince to take the lead while Siglin worked his way around McDonough to take fifth on the next lap. Siglin, with McDonough in tow, would stalk Farris for the next four laps, finally overtaking him on lap 10. Back up front, the order was still Pascarella, Price and Rapp until Pascarella ran a little wide, allowing Price to retake the lead on lap 11. Siglin and Farris continued to battle it out for fourth place, with Farris taking back the position on lap 13, only to have Siglin take it back the next lap. Meanwhile, Cory Call, who had been pacing in seventh place on his BMW S1000RR, started to pick off riders and join into the battle for fourth.

On the final lap, Pascarella built upon a great drive out of Turn Seven to make a pass into Turn Nine. With only the esses and Turn 11 left to go, Pascarella put the hammer down and took the checkered flag for the win. Prince followed closely behind and then Rapp in third. Siglin fought off Call to secure fourth place while McDonough edged out Farris for sixth place.

With the victory, Pascarella successfully defended his #1 plate


Oct 22-23, 2016 @Buttonwillow - Results


Dunlop Race Tire Service Formula Pacific

1. Joey Pascarella (Kaw ZX-10R)

2. Bryce Prince (Yam YZF-R1)

3. Steve Rapp (Apr RSV1000)

4. Chris Siglin (BMW S1000RR)

5. Cory Call (BMW S1000RR)

6. Devon McDonough (Kaw ZX-10R)


Pacific Track Time Open SuperBike

1. Lenny Hale (Kaw ZX-10R)

2. Cory Call (BMW S1000RR)

3. Wyatt Farris (Kaw ZX-10R)

4. Devon McDonough (Kaw ZX-10R)

5. Robert Perez (BMW S1000RR)

6. Jason Lauritzen (Kaw ZX-10R)


Novice Open SuperBike

1. Szymon Dziadzia (BMW S1000RR)

2. Romell Rogers (Yam YZF-R1)

3. Richard Conway (Tri Daytona)


San Jose BMW Open Production

1. Bryce Prince (Yam YZF-R1)

2. Joey Pascarella (Kaw ZX-10R)

3. Wyatt Farris (Kaw ZX-10R)

4. Devon McDonough (Kaw ZX-10R)

5. Hollis Adams (BMW S1000RR)

6. Curt Biegel (Yam YZF-R1)


Novice Open Production

1. Szymon Dziadzia (BMW S1000RR)

2. Daniel Velazco (BMW S1000RR)


Fast Line Cycles Open Grand Prix

1. Cory Call (BMW S1000RR)

2. Chris Siglin (BMW S1000RR)

3. Steve Rapp (Apr RSV1000)

4. Robert Perez (BMW S1000RR)

5. Jason Lauritzen (Kaw ZX-10R)

6. Jordan Edginton (Yam YZF-R1)


Novice Open GP

1. Szymon Dziadzia (BMW S1000RR)

2. Romell Rogers (Yam YZF-R1)

3. Daniel Velazco (BMW S1000RR)


Galfer Brakes Formula 1

1. Ricardo Villegas (Yam YZF-R6)

2. Yovany Alvarez (Suz GSX-R600)

3. Patrick Murphy (Yam YZF-R6)

4. Robert Pierce (Yam YZF-R6)

5. Ilya Roytman (Yam YZF-R6)

6. Valentine Welch (Suz GSX-R600)


Novice Formula 1

1. Fabian Fernandez (Yam YZF-R6)

2. Steve Habura (Suz GSX-R750)

3. Deivide DaSilva (Yam YZF-R6)


600 SuperBike

1. Deion Campbell (Yam YZF-R6)

2. Brandon Crawford (Yam YZF-R6)

3. Andy DiBrino (Yam YZF-R6)

4. Brian Morris (Yam YZF-R6)

5. Thomas Montano (Hon CBR600RR)

6. Robert Pierce (Yam YZF-R6)


Novice 600 SuperBike

1. Fabian Fernandez (Yam YZF-R6)

2. Deivide DaSilva (Yam YZF-R6)

3. Myron Bergstrom (Yam YZF-R6)


Keigwins@theTrack 600 Production

1. Deion Campbell (Yam YZF-R6)

2. Brandon Crawford (Yam YZF-R6)

3. Brian Morris (Yam YZF-R6)

4. Thomas Montano (Hon CBR600RR)

5. Oscar Covarrubias (Kaw ZX-6R)

6. Robert Pierce (Yam YZF-R6)


Novice 600 Production

1. Fabian Fernandez (Yam YZF-R6)

2. Deivide DaSilva (Yam YZF-R6)

3. Steve Habura (Kaw ZX-6R)


Open Twins

1. Brendan Walsh (Duc 1098)


Novice Open Twins

1. Donyel Jones-Williams (Duc 1198S)

2. Ruben Soto (KTM RC8R)

3. Clifton Ramsdell (Duc 1198S)


750 SuperBike

1. Andy DiBrino (Yam YZF-R6)

2. Brandon Crawford (Yam YZF-R6)

3. Ricardo Villegas (Yam YZF-R6)

4. Ilya Roytman (Yam YZF-R6)

5. Oscar Covarrubias (Kaw ZX-6R)

6. Zach Harrington (Yam YZF-R6)


Novice 750 SuperBike

1. Steve Habura (Suz GSX-R750)

2. Harm Jansen (Duc 848)

3. Amir Okanovich (Suz GSX-R750)


750 Production

1. Brandon Crawford (Yam YZF-R6)

2. Ricardo Villegas (Yam YZF-R6)

3. Yovany Alvarez (Suz GSX-R750)

4. Robert Pierce (Yam YZF-R6)

5. Oscar Covarrubias (Kaw ZX-6R)

6. Keir Leonhardt (Yam YZF-R6)


Novice 750 Production

1. Fabian Fernandez (Yam YZF-R6)

2. Steve Habura (Kaw ZX-6R)

3. Deivide DaSilva (Yam YZF-R6)


Formula 4

1. Bradley Champion (Suz SV650)

2. Aaron Tulchinsky (Yam FZ07)

3. Justus Hoffman (Duc 649)

4. Martin Sullivan (Suz SV650)

5. Joshua Davies (Suz SV650)

6. Ian Smith (Suz SV650)


Novice Formula 4

1. Chad O'Hara (Kaw EX650R)


650 Twins

1. Bradley Champion (Suz SV650)

2. Martin Sullivan (Suz SV650)

3. Aaron Tulchinsky (Yam FZ07)

4. Joshua Davies (Suz SV650)

5. Michael Souza (Suz SV650)

6. Sam DeAugustine (Suz SV650)


Novice 650 Twins

1. Chad O'Hara (Kaw EX650R)


700 Production

1. Joshua Davies (Suz SV650)

2. Martin Sullivan (Suz SV650)

3. Aaron Tulchinsky (Yam FZ07R)


Formula 2

1. Roger Baker (Yam TZ250)

2. Sergio Morales Galvan (Yam TZ250)

3. Norbert Katona (KTM 690SM)


Spears Racing Formula 3

1. Cory Ventura (KTM RC390)

2. Norbert Katona (KTM 690SM)

3. Patryk Buchcik (Kaw EX300)

4. Paul Johnson (Kaw EX300)

5. Sean Corbin (Tig 426)

6. Austin Guinn (Kaw EX300)


Novice Formula 3

1. Mark Fitzsimmons (Hon NSF250R)

2. Andrew Park (Kaw EX300)

3. Trevor Daniels (Kaw EX300)


Lightweight Twins

1. Cory Ventura (KTM RC390)

2. Paul Johnson (Kaw EX300)

3. Patryk Buchcik (Kaw EX300)

4. Austin Guinn (Yam YZF-R3)

5. Brett Voorhees (Yam YZF-R3)

6. Jay Kinberger (Yam YZF-R3)


Novice Lightweight Twins

1. Mark Fitzsimmons (Hon 250)

2. Marc Edwards (Kaw EX250)

3. Clifton Ramsdell (Yam YZF-R3)


250 Production

1. Wesley Lakis (Kaw EX250)

2. Steve Driscoll (Kaw EX250)

3. Paul Sturges (Kaw EX250)

4. David Seyl (Kaw EX250)


Novice 250 Production

1. Marc Edwards (Kaw EX250)

2. David Tucker (Kaw EX250)

3. Troy Duncan (Kaw EX250)


Catalyst Reaction 250 SuperBike

1. Dave Moss (Hon CBR250RR)

2. Paul Johnson (Kaw EX300)

3. Austin Guinn (Yam YZF-R3)

4. Patryk Buchcik (Kaw EX300)

5. Brett Voorhees (Yam YZF-R3)

6. Gordon Pull (Kaw EX300)


Novice 250 SuperBike

1. Mark Fitzsimmons (Hon NSF250R)

2. Clifton Ramsdell (Yam YZF-R3)

3. Marc Edwards (Kaw EX250)


450 SuperBike

1. Patryk Buchcik (Suz GSX-R450)

2. Dave Moss (Yam YZF-R4.5)

3. Valentine Welch (Suz GSX-R450)

4. Ian Smith (Suz GSX-R450)

5. Greg Clouse (Yam YZF-R4.5)

6. Paul Johnson (Yam YZF-R4.5)


Novice 450 Superbike

1. Charles Coyston (Yam YZF-R4.5)

2. Curt Schacker (Yam YZF-R4.5)

3. Mark Fitzsimmons (Hon NSF250R)


450 Production

1. Dave Moss (Yam YZF-R4.5)

2. Patryk Buchcik (Suz GSX-R450)

3. Valentine Welch (Suz GSX-R450)

4. Ian Smith (Suz GSX-R450)

5. Paul Johnson (Yam YZF-R4.5)

6. Chris Reed (Hon CBR450RR)


Novice 450 Production

1. Charles Coyston (Yam YZF-R4.5)

2. Miguel Correa (Suz GSX-R450)

3. Curt Schacker (Yam YZF-R4.5)


Feel Like a Pro 350 Production

1. Cory Ventura (KTM RC390)

2. Paul Johnson (Kaw EX300)

3. Patryk Buchcik (Kaw EX300)

4. Austin Guinn (Yam YZF-R3)

5. Brett Voorhees (Yam YZF-R3)

6. Michael Kim (Kaw EX300)


Novice 350 Production

1. Marc Edwards (Kaw EX300)

2. Clifton Ramsdell (Yam YZF-R3)

3. Andrew Park (Kaw EX300)


Formula Singles

1. Greg Clouse (KTM)

2. Norbert Katona (KTM 690SM)


Super Dino

1. Guy Hyder (Yam YZF-R1)

2. Roger Baker (Kaw ZX-7R)

3. Jose Quintanar (Suz SV650)


Vintage

1. Paul Kieffer (Suz GS100E)

2. Jon Bawden (Hon CB900F)


MC Technologies AFemme

1. Jennifer Lauritzen (Kaw ZX10R)

2. Paige McKinnon (Yam YZF-R6)

3. Daniela Fredrick (Yam YZF-R6)


MC Technologies AFemme

1. AJ Jacobsen (Tri 675)

2. Patricia Bubner (Suz GSX-R750)


JPH Suspension Formula 40 Heavyweight

1. Cory Call (BMW S1000RR)

2. Jason Lauritzen (Kaw ZX10R)

3. Hollis Adams (BMW S1000RR)

4. Fabrice Vilder (Yam YZF-R1)

5. Sahar Zvik (Kaw ZX10R)

6. Brian Evans (Yam YZF-R1)


Novice Formula 40 Heavyweight

1. Szymon Dziadzia (BMW S1000RR)

2. Ken Rose (Hon CBR1000RR)


JPH Suspension Formula 40 Middleweight

1. Thomas Montano (Hon CBR600RR)

2. Stephen Rue (Hon CBR600RR)

3. Tom Wilbert (Yam YZF-R6)

4. Michael Diadiw (Kaw ZX-6R)


Novice Formula 40 Middleweight

1. Harm Jansen (Duc 848)

2. Myron Bergstrom (Yam YZF-R6)

3. Ed Siemer (Tri 675R)


JPH Suspension Formula 40 Lightweight

1. Kevin Winter (Yam TZ250)

2. Dave Moss (Duc 649)

3. Aaron Tulchinsky (Yam FZ07R)

4. Justus Hoffman (Yam YZF-R4.5)

5. Jose Quintanar (Suz SV650)

6. Greg Clouse (Yam YZF-R4.5)


40 Lightweight

1. Curt Schacker (Yam YZF-R4.5)


Formula 50

1. Steve Zoumaras (BMW S1000RR)

2. Tom Wilbert (Suz GSX-R1000)

3. Henrik VonButtlar (Yam YZF-R6)

4. Joe Hittner (Kaw ZRX400R)


Legacy Heavy

1. Christian Diegelman (Suz GSX-R1000)

2. Greg Sharp (Suz GSX-R1000)


Novice Legacy Heavy

1. Clifton Ramsdell (Apr RSV1000R)


Legacy Middle

1. Alex Corstorphine (Yam YZF-R6)

2. Greg Sharp (Suz GSX-R600)


Novice Legacy Middle

1. Steve Habura (Suz GSX-R600)

2. Sam Buckhalter (Tri 675R)

3. Moua Vang (Hon CBR600RR)


Legacy Lightweight

1. Justus Hoffman (Yam YZF-R6)

2. Guy Hyder (Duc 649)

3. Patrick Carroll (Suz SV650)


Novice Legacy Lightweight

1. Chad O'Hara (Kaw EX650)


Clubman Heavyweight

1. Szymon Dziadzia (BMW S1000RR)

2. Carmelo Lopez (Yam YZF-R1)

3. Brian Evans (Yam YZF-R1)


Clubman Middleweight

1. Fabian Fernandez (Yam YZF-R6)

2. Steve Habura (Suz GSX-R750)

3. Harm Jansen (Duc 848)


Clubman Lightweight

1. Chad O'Hara (Kaw EX650R)

2. Charles Coyston (Yam YZF-R4.5)

3. Miguel Correa (Suz GSX-R450)