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Valley racers dominate San Felipe 200

April 30, 2002|By AARON CLAVERIE

Staff Writer

SAN FELIPE — Imperial Valley racers "kicked butt" at this weekend's CODE Off-Road/ZR.promotions San Felipe 200 off-road race, according to CODE's race director Alfonso Lacarra.

Brawley's Aaron Tuck won the ZR.promotions motocross race, posting a time of 2:16:53 on the 114-mile long course.

Brawley's Miles Wyatt won the CODE off-road class 1 race in 4:13:46.

Buggies, cars and trucks had to make two trips around the race's course, which ran north out of San Felipe, west along the road to Ensenada, south through El Laguna del Diablo, east toward the airport and north back to San Felipe.

Wyatt finished second overall behind a class 10 single-seat buggy driven by Eli Yee of Tijuana. Yee won the overall race in 3:59.

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Holtville's Josh Waddell finished second in class 1 with a time of 4:33:25, averaging about 50 mph, around 4 mph slower than Wyatt's 53.91 mph pace. Waddell finished third overall.

Imperial's Jason Jernigan blasted one of the most competitive fields, winning the class 7 race in 4:38:46. His red Ford truck averaged more than 49 mph to beat 16 other class 7 trucks. He and Imperial's Greg Seals finished fourth overall.

The truck was sponsored by Ryerson Race Shocks, Mad Graphix, BJ Engineering & Surveying, Big O, Tucker Auto Body & Towing, Cousins, A&R Construction and Goodyear Tires.

Heber's David Scaroni won the class 1/2 1600 race with a time of 5:20:01. His uncle Tom Watson of El Centro cruised to the checkered flag after taking over for the 16-year-old at a pit stop 134 miles into the race. When David turned over the wheel the team had a five-minute lead. The SMD Motorsports buggy finished eighth overall.

For motocrosser Tuck the win was his second in as many races on his big Honda XR 650 bike.

He won the motocross race at the recent "Tazmanik Hare ‘N' Hound" race near Superstition Mountain. That race was sponsored by Chula Vista promoter Otis "Fud" Fudpucker.

To win the San Felipe race Saturday, Tuck took advantage of an opportunity. On the home stretch the racer in first place crashed, allowing Tuck to speed by.

Jernigan, meanwhile, passed all the trucks in his class right away. After starting in sixth place off the line, Jernigan said he "passed all the sevens within five miles."

"I amazed myself on that one, too," he said.

Jernigan added: "The first 30 miles is pretty tough. I had my foot into it and then I saw some daylight and passed everyone."

After leaving all of his class 7 competition in the dust, Jernigan had to battle class 8 racers and class 1600 buggies who had started beforehand.

After passing those racers, he closed to challenge some class 1 buggies.

"I was real, real close with Josh (Waddell, class 1 racer)," Jernigan said.

On the way to his fast finish, Jernigan passed the 1600 buggy driven by David Scaroni and the pro truck of David's dad, Steve. Passing David was tougher than passing Steve.

The elder Scaroni failed to negotiate a sharp turn at close to 100 mph and sent his pro truck flying into a gully, according to his son Matt Scaroni.

Steve Scaroni's pro truck, running against class 1 competition, was leading the race by about 5 minutes at the time.

While the end result of the race was disappointing for father, the son's win more than made up for it, the family agreed.

Big brother Matt Scaroni was especially proud.

"It's his first big win in 1600 and there were 15 cars in his class. He flat out out-drove them all."

>> Staff Writer Aaron Claverie can be reached at 337-3419 or claverie7@hotmail.com

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