Over the years several women have won feature races at the track but none of them ever won an IMCA Modified main. That all changed on Friday.
"The race was great, had a lot of fun and I've struggled here all year so it's nice to do something and build my confidence up a little bit," Missy Natenstedt said after winning the IMCA feature. "I still know I need to be better but it was a big confidence builder for me."
Starting from the pole Natenstedt was on point as the field roared into Turn 1. Right behind her was a determined Mark Skender.
At the end of the front straight it seemed Skender had the advantage but Natenstedt had a better line through a dry spot in the exit of Turn 2.
"It was slick so you just had to peddle it off and wait for it to catch," she said. "I felt better off Turn 4 but it had a dusty spot."
The Turn 4 area is where she seemed to have an advantage and a better drive off the corner than Skender. Back and forth they went but in the end Natenstedt reached the checkered flag first with Skender a close second.
Behind them, Steve Evenson claimed third after holding off Don and Alex Childs, who took the next two spots.
Later in the pits, Natenstedt gave a special thanks to her husband, Dave Sciarroni, Rob and Marsha as well as sponsors Silverado Casino and Dynamic Diesel.
The Sport Mod event began as a three-way battle between leader Chris Neal, Pete Olsen and Zach Cail. Three laps into the event Olsen spun out of contention.
Once the green waved again, Neal was off with Cail giving chase. Two laps later Neal went wide in Turn 4, which gave Cail the room he needed to dive into the lead and roared to the victory.
Duncan Lee finished a distant second with Olsen behind him.
Back in the pits Cail said, "First of all I want to thank all my sponsors as I couldn't do this without them. The car was really good but I really did had to fight for it as Chris was really, really fast."
While other briefly led the Gen-X event belonged to "Mr. Rabbit," himself, Shawn Hartzell. Once he got in the lead no one was going to catch him and at the finish line the next two places were held Mikki Beauchat and stepdaughter Kali Pope.
The Hobby Stock feature had the largest field of cars for the night. First on point was Charles Hooten with Aaron Benham and Adam Gilmore disputing second place. Four laps later Benham had taken the lead in a car he didn't think would last more than a lap.
However Carl "Fireball" Barlow, who started in the back, was on a mission and after the second caution he was on point. Two more cautions slowed the pace but at the end Barlow claimed the victory followed by Pete Baglin and Royce Goetz.
The Amsoil Northern Nevada Outlaw Karts were racing this night and these youngsters put on a show of their own.
Taking the Box Stock main was Will Evenson, who stayed out of tangles while others didn't. Eric Taylor topped the 250cc field while Shanna Robertson was the 500cc winner.
•On Saturday evening the action moved to Fernley at the RTF Speedway. The night's highlight was two veterans staging another epic race for the victory.
When the green waved to start the IMCA feature Mark Skender took off with Walter Ball in hot pursuit. The race itself had a stop-and-start effect as seven cautions bunched the cars.
Two laps into the event Ball took the point but soon had Josh Ogg tailing him. Behind the leaders both Jake Holland and Shawn Natenstedt were working their way to the front.
The second caution came after a car spun when there was contact with another racer. When the green waved again Holland used the high ling to grab the lead.
Racing was immediately slowed again as there was more contact, this time sending Steve Evenson's car into the outside wall, which ended his night.
After winning Friday at Fallon, things went bad for Missy Natenstedt as a broken brake rotor ended her night. Up front her husband Shawn caught Holland and they began to duel for the lead.
Holland seemed to have the advantage but every time a caution ended Natenstedt dove to the inside in an attempt to wrest the point away. Not far behind the leaders sat Ball ready to pounce if either made a mistake.
At the end, Holland won the battle despite motor problems while Natenstedt had to settle for second head of Ball and Ogg.
"Those cautions were killing me," Holland said back in the pits. "Every single caution is just another one I've got to make up especially as I knew Shawn was behind me and stuff. It's never easy with him on the restarts as he plays just as many mind games as I do.
"The car was awesome but I think we're down about three cylinders or at least two and I started to get a real bad miss about halfway through that race. That's why the highline worked out great for me as I'm not dragging the car down so I was pretty much wide open."
Then he gave thanks to sponsors, Tech Equipment, Granite Propane, Lucky 7 Graphics and realtor Paula Erle.
Attrition cut the Pro Stock field down to only four cars but the battle for the lead was intense at first. When the green waved Russ Cazier took off with Malen Gonzalez, driving B.J. Pearson's Nuclear Banana car, in hot pursuit.
Two laps things came to an abrupt halt as officials stopped the race so they could deal with an oil fire in Darrick Rauscher's car. Once that was cleaned racing resumed.
Eventually Gonzalez took the lead and stormed off to the victory with Cazier taking second head of Dean Cichowicz.
Back in the pits Gonzalez said, "First of all I want to thank B.J. Pearson for giving me the opportunity to drive it for him. If it wasn't for him, we probably wouldn't be doing much racing at all.
"Once we got going I saw the C4 on the side of that car I thought, 'man that's Russ Cazier's number,' but when they dropped the green flag I knew it was as he took off. He was gas on and he made me work, and work, and work.
"Finally the track came in as we were starting to run out of tear offs and we finally we got him in the latter stages of the races. But I want to thank him for racing me super clean, hard even if we would have bumped and rubbed that would have been even better but it was a great race."
Then he thanked track owner Dan Simpson for keeping the facility open and giving him a place to race.
When the Hobby Stock feature began Dean Clark led with the pack in hot pursuit. Those chasing him soon found the former class champion was very reluctant to give up the point.
First past and into the lead was Randy Boyd, who then left everyone in his dust as he raced to the victory. Behind him Rocky Goetz claimed second with Carl Barlow third.
When the green waved on the Dwarf Car main, Jeff Shurley took off and led the charge. Two laps later debris caused a caution that was short lived.
There would be one more caution but the rest of the race was the usual high-speed chase these little cars are known for. Eventually Tate Morehead took the point and swapped it a couple of time with Shurley.
Then Sam Marson took the lead with Calvin Ryle in second followed by Morehead and Cody Gibson.
In the final corner there was a scramble and Ryle wound up leading Morehead to the flag followed by Gibson and Shurley.
Michael Edwards was first on point when the Mini Stock main began. Mikki Beuchat held second followed by Justin Schilling and Bracee Langevin. However after a few laps Travis Barr, a North Valleys High School junior and class champion began his run to the front.
Eventually Beuchat would take the lead only to surrender it to Barr when he used an outside pas. From it was Barr's race with Beuchat ending up second ahead of Schilling.
"I took a little bit of thinking to get up through the pack," Barr said later. "It was rough in Turn 2 but most of the track was pretty smooth. Turn 2 was where we made a lot of our passes tonight."
The Northern Nevada Outlaw Karts also raced and their finishes are listed in the results.
OTHER RACING NEWS
•This weekend the fire breathing 410 sprint cars from the King of the West series makes its first stop at the Reno/Tahoe/Fernley Speedway. Action begins at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday as racers battle each other on the clay oval.
Supporting the show on Friday will be the KWS Lites sprint cars, Mod Minis and Dwarf Cars. Then on Saturday the Lites return along with the Pro Stocks and Hobby Stock.
Thursday evening the KWS sprint cars will be on display at Victorian Plaza as the teams are staying at the Nugget.
Down in Quincy, Calif. on Saturday, the American Valley Speedway hosts another of its races featuring the IMCA Modifieds, DART Dwarf Cars as well as Mini Stocks and Hobby Stocks.
The Reno chapter of the SCCA hosts two days of solo competition at the Stead airport in front of the Air Race bleachers. A solo event is where drivers compete against the clock.
•The Busch brothers, both Las Vegas natives, spent Friday and Saturday nights at NASCAR's first super speedway, the Darlington Raceway.
In Friday night's Nationwide race Kyle started on the pole and won the race. Then in Saturday's Sprint Cup event, Kyle finished sixth while older brother started on the pole but was 14th at the end.
•Tanner Leach, a 16-year-old from Fernley, raced in this weekend's Road To Mammoth qualifier at Parris, Calif. He won the overall in the 250C, 450C and Open C divisions and the AMA King of the West title so he'll have the red number one plate when he races at Mammoth in June.
Sparks rider Zach Kisman also raced at Perris and finished in the top five for the classes he competed in.
In two weeks, Leach heads back to Southern California for a Loretta Lynn qualifier.
•Rattlesnake Raceway - May 10
Heat Winners - #1 18 Mark Skender, #2 40r
Main - 1. Missy Natenstedt, 2. Mark Skender, 3. Steve Evenson, 4. Don Childs, 5. Alec Childs
Heat Winer - Zachary Cail
Main - 1. Zachary Cail, 2. Duncan Lee, 3. Pete Olsen
Heat Winners - #1 Wes Washburn, #2 Pete Baglin
Main - 1. Carl "Fireball" Barlow, 2. Pete Baglin, 3. Royce Goetz, 4. Aaron Benham, 5. Mike White
Heat Winners - #1 7 Kali Pope, #2 Mikki Beauchat
Main - 1. Shawn Hartzell, 2. Mikki Beauchat, 3. Kali Pope, 4. Steve Eisele, 5. Christy Rasmussen
Amsoil Northern Nevada Outlaw Karts:
Box Stock -1. Will Evenson, 2. Cade Haystack Maestas, 3. Kolbie Mace, 4. McKenna Krshul, 5. Shansen Ternora
250cc - 1. Eric Taylor, 2. Katelynn Robertson, 3. Jacob Dias, 4. Trey Walters, 5. Dominique Mace
500cc - 1. Steve McGee, 2. Brandon Ternora, 3. Shaun Ternora, 4. Jozay Hartman
•RTF Speedway* - May 11
Heat Winners - #1 Shawn Natenstedt, #2 Mark Skender
Main - 1. Jake Holland, 2. Shawn Natenstedt, 3. Walter Ball, 4. Josh Ogg, 5. Wade Deburg
Heat Winner - Jack Randall
Main - 1. Malen Gonzalez, 2. Russ Cazier, 3. Dean Cichowicz, 4. Derrek Rauscher
Heat Winners - #1 Rick Miller, #2 Royce Goetz
Main - 1. Randy Boyd, 2. Rocky Goetz, 3. Carl Barlow, 4. Royce Goetz, 5. Dean Clark
Heat Winners - #1 Sam Marson, #2 Tate Morehead
Main - 1. Calvin Ryle, 2. Tate Morehead, 3 Cody Gibson, 4. Jeff Shurley, 5. Sam Marson
Heat Winners - #1 Bracee Langevin, #2 Justin Schilling
Main - 1. Travis Barr, 2. MikkiBeuchat, 3. Justin Schilling, 4. Michael Edwards, 5. Bracee Langevin
Beginner - Evan Rauscher
Box Stock - 1. Cade Maestas, 2. Will Evenson, 3. Sarah Anderson, 4. Blake Rauscher, 5. McKenna Krshul
250cc - 1. Jacob Dias, 2. Katelynn Robertson, 3. Madison Robinson
500cc - 1. Shawna Robertson, 2. Jozay Hartman
* - RTF results unofficial and subject to change.
• Lovelock Speedway:
Heat Winner - Jerry Crowley
Main - 1. Don Childs, 2. Jeff Elerick Jr., 3. Alec Childs, 4. Jim Jurad, 5.Jerry Crowley
IMCA Northern Sport Mods:
Heat Winner - Zach Cail
Main (20 Laps) - 1. Zach Cail, 2. Chad Christiansen, 3. Butch Seals
Heat Winners - #1 Bryce Phillips, #2 Loren Bianchi
Main (20 Laps) - 1. Tim Russell, 2. Bryce Phillips, 3. Michael Ellison, 4. Tim Carr, 5. Loren Bianchi
360 Sprint Cars:
Heat Winners - #1 Shaun Ternora, #2 Bob Cooney
Main - (20 Laps) 1. Bob Cooney, 2. Jeffrey Macedo, 3. Mike O'Conner, 4. Robert Cooney