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Speed, color and burning rubber at Octane Fest
by Dan McGee
Jun 10, 2013 | 2899 views | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by Dan McGee — Payton Ayers whizzes past Anthony Guerra Jr. to win Sunday's 250cc Outlaw Kart feature at Rattlesnake Raceway. The Amsoil Northern Nevada Outlaw Karts were part of this year's Octane Fest in Fallon.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee — Payton Ayers whizzes past Anthony Guerra Jr. to win Sunday's 250cc Outlaw Kart feature at Rattlesnake Raceway. The Amsoil Northern Nevada Outlaw Karts were part of this year's Octane Fest in Fallon.
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Tribune photo by Dan McGee — Part of Octane Fest was a Monster Truck show at the Churchill County Fairgrounds. Here, 15-year-old Rosalee Ramer launched her truck, Detour, over a crush car during one of her races.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee — Part of Octane Fest was a Monster Truck show at the Churchill County Fairgrounds. Here, 15-year-old Rosalee Ramer launched her truck, Detour, over a crush car during one of her races.
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Tribune photo by Dan McGee — Well over 200 dragsters of all types and models journeyed to Top Gun Raceway as part of this year's Octane Fest. Here, Melissa Westerman heats up the tires on her dragster before an elimination run that she won.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee — Well over 200 dragsters of all types and models journeyed to Top Gun Raceway as part of this year's Octane Fest. Here, Melissa Westerman heats up the tires on her dragster before an elimination run that she won.
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Tribune photo by Dan McGee — Using an inside move Nick Isaacson (33) is about to take the lead from Steve Evans (10k} during Saturday afternoon's 500cc race at Rattlesnake Raceway. Isaacson swept both days of the Amsoil Northern Nevada Outlaw Kart meet that was part of Octane Fest in Fallon.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee — Using an inside move Nick Isaacson (33) is about to take the lead from Steve Evans (10k} during Saturday afternoon's 500cc race at Rattlesnake Raceway. Isaacson swept both days of the Amsoil Northern Nevada Outlaw Kart meet that was part of Octane Fest in Fallon.
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FALLON — Octane Fest rolled into Fallon for its annual three-day visit of horsepower, color and speed. A car show, Outlaw Kart racing, Monster Trucks, Freestyle Motocross and the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series were all part of the show.

Rattlesnake Raceway got things rolling Friday evening with an all Amsoil Northern Nevada Outlaw Kart show. The heat and wind made keeping the track moist a huge challenge for the track crew.

While Amanda Olsen and Coupe Urrutia won the Beginner and Box Stock features it was a wild evening for the bigger karts.

"That was really long with a lot of caution laps for sure. Getting a front row seat for the A main was lucky," Nick Isaacson said after starting from the pole and winning the caution filled 250 main. "I do need to thank B&B Steel, Signs Etc, Jean Evans Welding and the Evans family for all they do for me."

The track was really dry and slick when the 500cc karts began their main. It was a start-and-stop affair as there were so many cautions. Up front Isaacson stayed out of trouble, and being up front the carnage happened behind him.

The race was stopped briefly when two karts tangled with one of them rolling over. Fortunately all the kart's safety gear worked and the driver was only shaken up.

At the end, Isaacson was chased across the line by Jacob Bell and Steve Evans.

Waving yellow flags was the story of the 250cc main and the race seemed like it would never end. As soon as the field would get resorted and take off someone would either spin or a couple would tangle.

In the final laps, Zach Cail of from Lovelock, subbing for Jacob Dias, used an inside move to take the point the streak off for the victory. He was followed by Battle Mountain racer Payton Ayers and Axel Smith.

While he raced an Outlaw Kart last year, Cail has been campaigning a Sport Mod this season.

Asked about this he said, "You know it's a lot different as I drive the big car then I come back into this kart and I never realized how much you use your hands. The race did take a long time but it was fun though. And I want to thank Alan and Jacob Dias for letting me drive their 250, I appreciate it."

On Saturday the karts returned for a noon start and, unlike most races, a light field of cars supported the karts.

Once again, Amanda Olsen won the Beginner main, while Cade Maestas topped the Box Stock class. And like Friday, the baking heat began to dry the track in a hurry.

When the green waved for the 250cc feature Josua Lewis led the charge but a kart spinning brought out a caution. After that the leaders starting out, either due to crashes or mechanical problems.

Only four karts were still running in the final laps and at the checkered Ayers won followed by Eric Taylor and early leader Lewis.

Back in the pits Ayers said, "It was all right, everybody just started wiping their selves out so I was just being patient and waiting. I do need to thank my mom, dad and his company Atlas Towing."

By the time the 500cc karts got on the track the surface was really dry, slick and dusty. Steve McGee was on point first with Steve Evans giving chase.

Later, McGee's kart stalled and he fell from lead. Up front Evans and Isaacson swapped the lead several times as they raced through another caution filled event.

In the end, Isaacson was able to take the lead and hang on with Evans having to settle for second ahead of Daniel Thorson.

"The whole race was pretty wild, I mean it was tough to pass, really dusty, slick track but there at the end we got it," Isaacson said. "Steve (Evans) and I are really good friends and I'm not going to take him out so I'm waiting for him to make a mistake and just capitalized."

After the dust settled some of the karts packed up and headed for the Churchill County Fairgrounds where they were going to put on a demonstration race.

The fairground show began with Freestyle Motocross then Monster Trucks. Then a temporary oval was smoothed out for the karts and they took to the track.

Judging by the crowd's reaction the fans loved seeing the karts rip around the track and over some bumps at one. Jacob Dias won the 250cc race while Jordan Mull was the Box Stock winner.

South of town, at the Top Gun Raceway the fourth round of Division 7's regional races, staged by the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series was underway. Things started on Friday then qualifying the next day followed by final eliminations on Sunday.

All types of sportsman racers were on hand as well as a large field of Junior Dragsters competing in their own divisional event. Two jet cars were also present and raced Saturday and Sunday.

Heat was present during all the days and on Sunday at Top Gun the track temperature was 135 degrees by 11 in the morning.

Late Sunday afternoon high winds covered much of the track with dirt and stopped the final runs for Top Dragster and Super Gas. Due to time constraints those runs were canceled but will be run at the next divisional meet on July 19.

All in all it seemed to be a successful Octane Fest for the town.

OTHER RACING NEWS

•This Saturday, starting at 6 p.m. the car classes at Rattlesnake Raceway will compete in another points race. Supporting the show are the Mud Bogs.

And two motorcycle series will end their spring series this weekend.

The desert racers in MRANN will be in Milford, Calif. to compete in the 4th annual Corey Herring Memorial European Scrambles. On Saturday the Pee Wees get things rolling at 10 a.m. followed by the Mini Bikes, V Women and a Vintage/Bomber event.

Sunday's races, beginning at 8:30 a.m. are timed events. Novice riders go first for an hour then both the Experts and Amateurs get their turns in two hour-long events.

SMRA will be in Hawthorne with Sunday's motocross racing starting about 10 a.m. on the fast, sandy track.

•NASCAR's Las Vegas trio was spread out this weekend. Brendan Gaughan was at Texas in Camping World Truck race on Friday where he finished fifth after getting as high as third.

In Sunday's Sprint Cup event Kyle Busch finished sixth while brother Kurt was right behind him in seventh.

RESULTS

Rattlesnake Raceway

•Amsoil Northern Nevada Outlaw Karts - June 7

Beginners:

Heat Winner - 1. Amanda Olsen

Main - 1. Amanda Olsen, 2. Jolena Ayers, 3. Even Rauscher, 4. Shansen Ternora, 5. Piper Crook

Box Stock:

Heat Winners — #1 Caleb Gonzalez, #2 Steven Schroetlin, #3 Cade Maestas

Main - 1. Coupe Urrutia, 2. Steven Schroetlin, 3. Caleb Gonzalez, 4. McKenna Krshul, 5. Blake Rausher

250cc:

Heat Winners - #1 Payton Ayers, #2 Trey Walters

Main - 1. Zach Cail, 2. Payton Ayers, 3. Axel Smith, 4. Eric Taylor, 5. Dominique Mace

500cc:

Heat Winners - #1 Jacob Bell, #2 Steve Evans, #3 Nick Isaacson

Main - 1. Nick Isaacson, 2. Jacob Bell, 3. Steve Evans, 4. Robby Wickland, 5. Jon Dow

•Saturday, June 8

Outlaw Karts:

Beginners:

Heat Winner - Amanda Olsen

Main - 1. Amanda Olsen, 2. Jolena Ayers, 3. Ryan McGee, 4. Piper Crook, 5. Evan Rauscher

Box Stock:

Heat Winners - #1 McKena Krshul, #2 Jordan Mull, #3 Steven Schroetlin

250cc:

Heat Winner - Jacob Dias

Main - 1. Payton Ayers, 2. Eric Taylor, 3. Josua Lewis, 4. Katelynn Robertson, 5. Dominique Mace

500cc:

Heat Winners - #1 Nick Isaacson, #2 Dillon Lambirth, #3 Steve Evans

Main - 1. Nick Isaacson, 2. Steve Evans, 3. Daniel Thorson, 4. Charles Connell, 5. Jacob Bell

Cars:

* - Due to being a non-points race, results for the cars were not posted.

•Top Gun Raceway - June 9* +

Competition Eliminator - 1. Raymond Martin, 2. Kevin Self

Top Sportsman - 1. Craig Bourgeois, 2. Keith Raftery

Super Stock - 1. Slate Cummings, 2. David Rampy

Stock Eliminator - 1. David Latino, 2. Brenda Grubbs

Super Comp - 1. Alan Savage, 2. Allen Constantine

Super Street - 1. Tony Jones, 2. Norman Griffin

Sportsman Motorcycle - 1. Michael Nash, 2. Frederick Quiett

* - Due to dust storm the final elimination of Top Dragster and Super Gas were canceled and will be run at the next round on July 19. Junior Dragster Results not posted.

+ - Full results for qualifying and elimination runs can be found at www.dragracecentral.com. Open up the LODRS section for the complete information.
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