October 21, 2014- The first annual Unlimited All Stars West Coast Shootout was held Saturday at Dixon Speedway in Dixon California. Hosted by the Nor-Cal UAS, the highly touted event was added for the first time this season to hopefully put an exclamation point to the end of the UAS race season.
Twenty of the west coasts best Unlimited All Star Race teams showed up to battle for bragging rights on the racy 1/5th of a mile Dixon Dirt. Teams from the NW Unlimited All Star and Nor-Cal series arrived on Friday ready to compete in the first “All Star” event including stand outs such as Shane “One Time” Smith, S&W Racing’s Eric “E.S.7”
Stansberry, the “Ironman” Joe Stackman heralded as one of the finest closers in the business, and female phenom Renee Angel just to name a few…and from the south 2014 UAS champion Ryan “The Hitman” Diatte, “Missile” Ron Bolles, aces Stephen Chase, Lonnie Tekaat, Scott Smith, Ford Cook, and former asphalt ace Scott Bohle returning for his re-debut after a 6 month lay off due to injury, and rising star Joe “the Jammer” Gibb…Gibb comes from good blood, his uncle Jason Gibb and his Dad Chris “The Real Deal” Gibb, both former greats in the speedway world.
FRIDAY OCTOBER 17TH: PRACTICE
The stage was set in fine fashion by the Dixon Speedway’s doctor of dirt Jeremy Prince…Friday night the track was just ridiculous, so hooked up and sticky that if your shoes weren’t tied…they were coming off. Nor-Cal UAS administrator Ford Cook put up a “ten second bounty” for qualifying, offering the first driver to qualify under eleven seconds a fresh, crisp, Franklin. Friday night that Franklin was starting inch it’s way out of Cooks wallet as E.S.7 Eric Stansberry from Battle Ground, Washington was
ripper right out of the trailer and in the late stages of practice was putting down consistent laps in the 11.0’s and had everyone’s attention, including current track record holder Stephen Chase, 2014 UAS Champ Ryan “The Hitman” Diatte, and 2014 Dixon Speedway Champ Scott Smith.
All the attention about the speed of E.S.7 turned to sorrow when Stansberry came off of turn two and his monster 428 CRF Honda literally tore the rear axle in half, sending him backwards into the backstretch wall. Thankfully the Chassis was unharmed, but it meant a long night for S&W Racing’s crew chief Jan Wiard, who had a late night replacing the axle and straightening the bent brake rotor.
“Horsepower, torque, and the Dixon traction…replacing a rear axle was definitely NOT on the list of what we had planned for our Friday night” –Jan Wiard Crew Chief for the #7 of Eric Stansberry
Several other teams where getting things figured out as practice went on. The Doctor Injector team of the “Ironman” Joe Stackman and crew chief Art Pipkin were busy
getting quicker and quicker as they re-tuned their chassis and the driver re-tuned himself for the new power plant loaned to him by OneTime Motorsports owner Shane Smith.
By the time practice was winding down Stackman and a host of other teams where right there, lapping in the low 12’s and some down in the mid to high 11’s making it look like Saturdays qualifying was going to be very interesting.
“I’ve watched Joe run for quite awhile with little motors…and he always did awesome, but was always just a little bit short…after last years BK6 when he finished second with a little itty bitty motor, I said I wonder how good he’d run if he had a big motor….So I hooked him up with my back up Jawa to see how he’d do….The Ironman is a great driver and I really wanted to see how he’d do with some real horsepower…It’s just on loan, that way if he get’s to fast I can tell him I need my engine back.”
RACE DAY, OCTOBER 18TH :
Eat beans, wear jeans, and work all night is the motto used by Jan Wiard crew chief for Eric Stansberry Friday night finally getting Stansberry’s ride back together well after 1 AM. It was off to shower and sleep for the early rise race day morning…A tough night of shut eye for Wiard, when your not really sure what to expect and only a brief race day hot lap/shake down session. Racers arrived to an absolutely beautiful Dixon, California Indian summer day…Crisp early but giving way high 70 degree temps by the time hot laps got under way at 3:45…
Everybody was tuning up for the “10 Second Bounty” that was put up by Ford Cook Designs…A crisp 100 “dolla” for the driver that could qualify his ride 10.99 or under. No doubt that many thought E.S.7 had a shot with the way he rolled off the trailer, having never seen the joint, and putting down laps quicker than the current 11.081 second track record that is held by Stephen Chase. The only question in the minds of some, was it as good AFTER the axle break as it was before…there were several very good race teams in which their driver could put together a 10.99 lap The “Hitman” Ryan Diatte could, Ron Bolles could, he was blazin’ quick and seemed to slip under the radar…For that matter current track record holder Stephen Chase could…Shane Smith could, who thus far had been awful quiet and had many wondering just what he was up too.
Renee Angel was in the same boat as E.S.7 as she had engine problems late in
Friday practice. The Angel Racing team, headed by ace tune up man Shane Biles, did an engine swap putting on the back up for race day Saturday…So the bounty was very much still up for grabs and it was game on! Speaking of quiet, the “Hitman” Ryan Diatte was a no show for Friday nights practice and didn’t roll in ‘till race day Saturday…That’s some insane confidence right there.
Qualifying was a a bit on the different side, it was somewhat on the format of World of Outlaws where groups of 4 go out to qualify, personally I’m old school preferring the straight up 2 lap style…It’s much more of an art that way and much tougher. Who can’t get there best lap when you get 4 or 6 of them? None the less, the drivers pill drew for their qualifying order and drawing the first qualifying spot
was Brandon Shaw…an interesting story, and I had to rub my eye’s at first…Shaw was rolling a F/A Sprint chassis with a PRD and it was in pure sprint form with everything just like it came off the sprint track, only difference were the brand new Burris treaded tires…Pretty sweet, dude wants to race and so he rolls whatever is available…right on Brandon Shaw…I love it!…
Group 1 was Shaw, the “Hitman” Ryan Diatte, Ford Cook, and Tyler Weber. Weber is a young up and coming hot shoe from northern Washington area and is in his freshman season with Unlimited All Stars…and has really done a nice job. It would Diatte setting the number with a12.073…the track was nothing like it was on Friday night,
about .5 off and it was obvious that the 10 second Bounty was not going to happen, unless somebody put up a miracle lap….Group 2 was Todd Sydara, the “Ironman” Joe Stackman, Scott Bohle who was rolling old school with a pair Yamaha KT100 Piston ports, and Shane “OneTime” Smith and the Jawa…..Sydara went a 12.550 good enough for tenth. Stackman who had Shane Smith’s back up Jawa for power put up a 12.481 which was ninth…Bohle and the twin KT’s rolled a 13.243 putting him fifteenth…”OneTime” had the Jawa rolling as he put down a 12.056 snagging the pole from Diatte.
Group three was Stephen Smith, Ron Bolles, Renee Angel, and the “Jammer” Joe Gibb…Chase rolls a 12.156 that put him fifth…Ron Bolles who was just ripper quick goes a 12.106 putting him third quick…Angel now on her back up engine, throws down a 12.293 putting her Sixth….and Joe Gibb on the smallest power plant in attendance, a 100cc open rotary valve qualified in the seventh spot
with a respectable 12.376…Group four was E.S.7 Eric Stansberry, Shane Wiggins, Ed Christensen, Scott Smith, Lonnie Tekaat, and Gil Atkinson Everybody was holding their breath when E.S.7 and the rest of group 4 rolled out, wondering if Stansberry could go the 10.99. ..it was “OneTime” on the pole with a .056, the “Hitman” second quick with a .073, and Bolles third with a 12.106, Chase fourth with a 12.121 and Angel fifth with a 12.293. Christensen goes a 12.900 putting him thirteenth, Wiggins goes 12.714 one ahead of Christensen, Scott Smith goes 12.678 one ahead of Wiggins and Lonnie Tekaat rips off a 12.394 putting him eighth…and E.S.7 with a 12.121, putting him a surprising fourth quick.
First out were the first of two heat races for the Unlimited All Stars based on qualifying. Heat number one rolled out Joe “The Jammer” Gibb on the pole with track record holder and ace wheelman Stephen Chase joining on the outside…Row two was the “Missile” Ron Bolles and quick qualifier Shane “OneTime” Smith Row three was the “Ironman” Joe Stackman on the inside and the Scott Smith on the outside…Row four was Ed Christensen on the inside and outside was Scott Bohle and back in Row five was Gil Atkinson.
On the drop of the green “Onetime” wastes no time as he goes from his third starting spot and leads lap one. Just after crossing the stripe, the first caution is out…Thirteen laps later we are back green with Gil Atkinson the benefactor of the first caution, as he gains six spots…On lap four the “Ironman” Joe Stackman wants to see the view from second and he rolls by Atkinson to take it…the “Ironman” checks the view for a couple laps, until Ron Bolles who right now is blazing quick, decides he wants to try the view and rolls by Stackman to take over second.
Stephen Chase meanwhile is doing just that, chasing the number 19 all over the place trying to find some handle and in doing so falls to eleventh and eventually retires on lap 10 after the 450 stuffs an internal gear through the case…he would finish eighth.The “Jammer” Joe Gibb who started on the pole fades back deep and is ninth on lap six, but regroups and picks off a spot a lap and rolls to up fourth..Gil Atkinson the early caution benefactor fades to fifth…”Onetime” goes on to take the checkers .480 seconds over runner up Bolles. Stackman
i third, Gibb with his late race salvage is fourth, Atkinson fifth, Scott Smith sixth, Scott Bohle and the twin KT’s seventh. Ed Christensen who was caught up in the earlier cluster, completes only two laps is ninth. Ron Bolles who right now is the sleeping giant rips a 12.001 /59.557 mph for quick lap of the heat….055 quicker than Shane Smith’s 12.056 fast time.
The second ten lap heat race rolled out with Lonnie Tekaat on the point along with the fastest lady in the west, Renee Angel on his outside…Row two was E.S.7 Eric Stansberry on the inside and the “Hitman” Ryan Diatte…Row three was Todd Sydara on the inside and Scott Wiggins on the outside …Ford Cook did not start due to an emergency, (His wife was involved in an accident and was being taken to the hospital…at the time of this writing no further details are known, we wish Mrs. Cook and full Speedy recovery.) E.S.7 gets a hole shot on the wave of the green…and it is all Stansberry the rest of the way…
Diatte from his fourth spot rolls to second behind Stansberry until on lap five, Renee Angel comes knocking wanting to play as she takes over second from Diatte. The next four laps Angel on the bottom and the “Hitman” on the outside, battle it out side panel to side panel until lap nine when Diatte gets by for good. Lonnie Tekaat faded from the pole and fell to fourth where he stayed. Todd Sydara got by Shane Wiggins for fifth where he would finish…Stansberry crossed the stripe 1.317 seconds ahead of the “Hitman”, with Angel finishing third, Tekaat fourth, Sydara fifth, and Shane Wiggins finishing sixth…Tough luck for Tyler Weber as engine troubles kept him from running, but like the class act that they are, the Baby Guard Pool Fences team of Stephen Chase, offered Weber the chance to run his 250, but had to take it back after the his 450 erupted in the first heat race. Brandon Shaw was a no start.
Another Franklin was put up by Ford Cook Designs for the winner of the dash…”Onetime” Shane Smith and the “Hitman” Ryan Diatte were on the front row. Row two was Ron Bolles and E.S.7 Eric Stansberry and Row three was Stephen Chase and Renee Angel…on the drop of the green, it’s the “Hitman” off from the outside of row 1 and he is blazing quick as he goes an 11.925/59.937mph on lap one….there would
be no second lap for Diatte as off of turn two, it’s a broken clutch for Diatte who coasts off and back to the trailer to get busy…once again it’s ALL the blue and yellow of E.S.7 the rest of the way. “Onetime” Shane Smith retires after only one lap when his JAWA got a little cranky…and got taken back to the trailer for a little time out….It’s Stansberry, Angel, Bolles and Chase until lap three when Bolles turns up the wick and gets by Angel for second… and that is how it would stay with Stansberry taking the win .803 seconds ahead of Bolles…Diatte’s first and only lap held up for quick lap and Stansberry also ran better than he qualified, going 12.071 on lap 5.
Thus far E.S.7 was looking like he was guy to beat with rock solid, consistent performances thus far…the pole was was the only thing that he hadn’t won and he has been long overdue for a big win…Those who didn’t know who Stansberry was before he arrived at Dixon, most certainly knew him now…after his performance thus far at the 1st annual west coast shootout.
The stage was set…the crew chiefs and crews had done their jobs…the set up was the set up. It was all in the hands of Lady luck and the respective drivers as E.S.7 Eric Stansberry and Ron Bolles led 15 very fine UAS machines down for the green flag (A note of interest…there were six cautions for 48 laps and it took 73 laps to complete 25.)
On the drop of the green it was Stansberry with a killer start and the lead as the field heads into turn one…as they cross the stripe Stansberry runs an 11.849 and it looks like the pace is going to be blistering…Renee Angel is Second, Diatte third, Bolles fourth and Shane Smith sixth…As Stansberry leads the field of bullets down the back chute, there is trouble in turn one bringing out the first caution.
Back green and its E.S.7 picking up where he left off with another sweet restart and rolling into turn one…Bolles shows a little speed as he rolls by both Diatte and Angel re-takes second…coming for lap three…Caution number two, under caution fifth place Shane Smith pulls into the hot pit to deal with his cranky JAWA, dropping him to tenth… Chase and the “Ironman” Joe Stackman get a treat each moving up a position. Gibb looking like he might be the only smart one, biding his time where he started in the eighth spot.
On the restart, Stackman moves around Chase for fifth…on lap four Shane Wiggins and Chase trade spots as Chase really had his hands full with his “bucking bull” and falls to eleventh Wiggins snags four spots and moves to seventh…Tekaat saying thank you very much, rolls up one to sixth…Back up front on lap five, Stansberry is continuing his rampage and leading the way, while Diatte snags Bolles to take over second, and Renee Angel is just cruising in fourth. “OneTime” Shane Smith picks up three spots putting him back to the sixth spot…Move Tekaat, Wiggins, and Gibb all back one.
Ditto everything up front when the caution number three arrives on lap 7, Smith again dives into the pits to let his JAWA know that it is very close to another time out if the back talk doesn’t stop, once again dropping him back to the ninth spot. Gibb takes advantage of Smith’s stop and moves to sixth. Restart, Stansberry is Ala Ron Hornaday with a another ripper restart…Smith once again jumps three spots back to sixth…until lap 9, Caution number four…this would end the nights of Joe Gibb (Broken drive belt), Shane “OneTime” Smith (Time out for the back talking JAWA), and Stephen Chase who had had enough bull riding for one night (Handling)
Back green Stansberry once again is money on the restart with the “Hitman” having issues and falling back to twelfth…Bolles is second and Angel third..Lap 10 is caution number five…Can you say fuel mileage?. On the re-start, like a broken record it’s E.S.7 having his way with things….until on lap 11, Stansberry gets in to three to hot (the one and an only mistake he
made all night) allowing the “Hitman” to get underneath coming off of four with the lead…Stansberry regroups and falls back into second, Angel like a stealth bomber quietly rolls third, the “Ironman” Joe Stackman (who showed up basically blind when he arrived on Friday,with a zero laps driven new engine package, and first laps ever on the race track were Friday nights practice laps) fourth, Ron Bolles fifth, and Shane Wiggins who had “Willed” his machine to the sixth spot, by just plain ROLLING it…and I mean rolling…
The order would stay this way until lap 16 when Wiggins developed issues and retired, tough luck for the show that he put on…and most definitely gets the ProSoundAudioServices hard charger of the race. The sixth and final caution comes on lap seventeen. Stansberry was absolutely relentless in his pursuit of the “Hitman” Ryan Diatte who’s right rear tire was giving up the ghost forcing the “Hitman” down into the gutter, where there was still a small tack strip. Stansberry at times, was back pedaling to keep from drilling Diatte coming off turn four. Stansberry, tried everywhere but the parking lot to find a way around the “Hitman”, but to no avail, Diatte took the checkers 65 hundredths of a second over E.S.7.
It was a fun weekend here at Dixon, qualified fourth after and oil down, won the heat, won the dash, and came home second to Diatte in a hard fought nose to tail battle…I’m very proud of Eric for a great drive…He’s been fighting some health issues as of late, and I hope this encourages him. Thanks to the Dixon crew and thanks to Tim Chase for his support of this event” -Jan Wiard crew chief of the #7 of Eric Stansberry
Special shout out to the Dixon Speedway for allowing me to call the action, it was an a honor to be a part of such a great event…and to ALL the competitors, without question you are some of the best at what you do! Looking forward to seeing all of you at the BK7 January 30th & 31st 2015 at the Salem Speedway. Please stop by and and give me a review on my ProSoundAudioServices page on Facebook and please show your appreciation by liking or commenting on this article….Until next time, I’m Terry Bridges,and thanks for reading!
Fast Time: Shane “OneTime” Smith 12.056/59.285 mph
Dash for Ca$h:1. Eric Stansberry 2. Ron Bolles 3. Renee Angel 4. Stephen Chase 5. Ryan “The Hitman” Diatte 6. Shane “OneTime” Smith Time of race: 4:27.637 QL: Diatte 11.925/59.937 mph
HEAT #1: 1. Shane “OneTime” Smith 2. Ron Bolles 3. Joe “The Ironman” Stackman 4. Joe “The Jammer” Gibb 5. Gil Atkinson 6. Scott Smith 7. Scott Bohle 8. Stephen Chase 9. Ed Christenson Time of Race: 7:46.895 QL: Bolles 12.001/59.557 mph
HEAT #2: 1. Eric Stansberry 2. Ryan “The Hitman” Diatte 3. Renee Angel 4. Lonnie Tekaat 5. Todd Sydara 6. Shane Wiggins 7. Brandon Shaw 8. Tyler Weber 9. Ford Cook Time of Race: 2:02.026 QL: Stansberry 12.033/59.399 mph
1st ANNUAL WESTCOAST SHOOTOUT: 1. Ryan “The Hitman” Diatte (25) 2. Eric Stansberry (25) 3. Renee Angel (25) 4. Joe “The Ironman” Stackman (25) 5. Ron Bolles (25) 6. Scott Smith (25) 7. Lonnie Tekaat (25) 8. Todd Sydara (25) 9. Scott Bohle (23) 10. Ed Christenson (17) 11. Shane Wiggins (16) 12. Stephen Chase (10) 13. Shane “OneTime” Smith (9) 14. Joe “The Jammer” Gibb (9) 15. Gil Atkinson (DNS) 16. Brandon Shaw (DNS) 17. Tyler Weber (DNS) 18. Ford Cook (DNS) Time of Race: 27:06.514 QL: Stansberry 11.746/60.850 mph Cautions: 6 for 48 laps Total laps to complete 25: 73
Written By: Terry Bridges for the Northwest Race Report/October 2014
Photo’s By: Action Captured Images, Linda Martens Stansberry, Jan Wiard