One of the closest races of the day involved two brothers, Steve and Mike Ryckebosch. In fact, most of those that finished the TAG Masters main were part of the Ryckebosch clan.
"That was a lot fun and it was my brother Mike I was battling with," Steve Ryckebosch said after the race. "It was back and forth as we're so even that if you make just one little mistake, he's around you. The secret is to just be consistent, don't mess up. Hit your lines and you've got it made."
Although he won the race, the victory appeared doubtful in the opening laps of the TAG Masters race. When the green waved NNKC president Brian Rivera was off and running with everyone else playing catch up.
After a few laps, the Ryckeobsch brothers caught and passed Rivera, who eventually retired with mechanical problems. After that is was a brother/brother affair. Lap after lap, they tore around the circuit, usually with only inches separating them. Several times during the event they would swap places but in the end Steve reached the finish before his brother Mike.
The Junior and Senior Clone racers ran a combined main and it turned to be another hard fought duel for the victory. On the green, David Schilt took the point and led the charge with Dean Andrews, driving a Jr. Clone, and another senior racer Milas Mills right behind him.
Finally, Schilt waved his two young rivals past and they began their own private duel as they left the pack in their dust. Andrews had the clear advantage but both bunched up when they caught a lapper.
Andrews got around first and had clear sailing while Mille was slightly held up. And they finished in that order.
"Gosh, that was really exciting, had a lot of fun racing Milas and Dave," Andrews said. "They're both really good drivers and it's hard to get past them."
The Senior Clone winner, and runner up was Milas Mills from Elk Grove, Calif.
"It seemed like Dave got slowed up or something happened then both me and the 21 got by him," Mills said. "And after that it was just a race between us."
Very few 125 shifters were on hand due a variety of factors. Then, after their second head, with only two still running, both drivers opted to skip their main. In the end, John Morgan was awarded the Senior win while young Garrett Dixon the Junior victory.
During those heat races it appeared the F80 shifter main might be a dogfight but things turned out differently in the main. On the launch, Mark Nason took off with Cody McKinney, Steve Dow, Gerry Williams and Jeff Wamre giving chase. However Nason had a clear advantage and just checked out on the pack.
"I chased this mechanical for months with Mitch (Kennedy) and without him I wouldn't have ever been able to get it figured out," Nason said. "We got it sorted it out and honestly Cody and the rest of the guys keep me motivated. Today was my reintroduction but I have to work hard to stay ahead of these guys and that was obviously a day when things went my way."
Asked about the heat, especially for the drivers as most wear fire suits, he added, "The track's good but the physical exhaustion from the heat you can't ignore and as the track heats up it goes away for everybody. So you adapt and adjust to that condition."
The TAG Junior/Novice race looked like it would be the race of the day. Soon after the start, Richard Stock made a gutsy pass at the top of the hill to take the lead from Isaac Wyett.
The race was between these two young drivers. A few laps later, Wyett used a draft down the front straight to take back the lead then Stock made a mistake and spun off the track, and out of the race while going through Turn 3.
That handed the lead to Wyett and he was unchallenged for the rest of the race. Turbo Sombatsire took second ahead of Kurt Holm and Kelly Morley.
Only three kids kart drivers were on hand and Ryan Beeler led from green to checkered to take the victory.
The next NNKC event will be on July 13.
Other Racing News
•Race fans will have a feast during the next two weeks.
The upcoming weekend begins, at 6 p.m., with a Wednesday/Thursday show at Rattlesnake Raceway in Fallon. The IMCA Iron Man series will visit this bullring for two days of modified racing.
In addition, the Sportmods will help round out the show while the Gen-X cars fill the intermission on Wednesday and the Hobby Stocks do the same on Thursday.
As an added treat, the track is the site of the town's July 4th fireworks show on Thursday.
Then the action switches to the RTF Speedway in Fernley for a Friday/Saturday show with the action also beginning at 6 p.m. on both days.
The headliners are the King of the West Outlaw Sprint Cars series and the KWS Lites division. In addition to the sprint, there is a two-day Cherry Bomb Invitational for Dwarf Cars and on Saturday the IMCA Modifieds help fill the racing card.
•A week later, July 10-12, the HDRA hosts the Dirt Live Expo in downtown Reno. Featured will be the off-road racers that will compete on July 13 in the Eldorado Reno 500 race.
In addition, a round of the AMA National Hare and Hound race for motorcycles is set for that weekend on a separate course. All racing is at the end of U.S.A. Parkway located east of Sparks.
For further information should check, www.hdrarace.com or www.dirtliveexpo.com.
•NASCAR's Las Vegas Trio was at the Kentucky Speedway this weekend. At the end of Thursday night's Camping World Truck race, Kyle Busch ended up third while Brendan Gaughan started fourth but problems dropped him to a 27th place finish.
In Saturday's rain-shortened Nationwide race although Kyle Busch led for many laps, a bad pit stop kept him fifth at the finish. Both Busch brothers were in Sunday's Sprint Cup event with Kyle ending up fifth, one spot ahead of older brother Kurt.
Desert Park Raceway - June 30
Northern Nevada Kart Club - Round 4
Kids Karts - 1. Ryan Beeler, 2. Dani Martinez, 3. Matthew Sifling. Box Stock Clone/Jr 1-2. - 1. Dean Andrews (Jr. 1-2), 2. Milas Mills, 3. Dennis Hill, 4. David Schilt, 5. Christian Cerceau. Tag Novice/Jr. - 1. Isaac Wyett (Jr.), 2. Turbo Sombatsiri (Jr.), 3. Kurt Holm (Nov.), 4. Kelly Morley (Nov.). Tag Masters - 1. Steve Ryckebosch, 2. Mike Ryckebosch, 3. John Ryckenbosch, 4. Dan Harris, 5. Randy Ryckebosch.
F-80 Sr. - 1. Mark Nason, 2. Steve Dow, 3. Gerry Williams, 4. Jeff Warmre, 5. Cody McKinney. Stock 125* - 1. John Morgan, 2. Garrett Dixon (Jr.)
*Only raced in their heat races.
Lovelock Speedway - June 29
Hobby Stocks: Heat Winners - #1 Bryce Phillips, #2 Tim Russell. Main (20-Laps) - 1. Ray Quinn, 2. Tim Carr, 3. Michael Ellison, 4. Loren Bianchi, 5. Joey Diaz. 360 Sprints: Heat Winner - Bob Cooney Main (20-Laps) - 1. Robert Cooney, 2. Jeffrey Macedo, 3. Bob Cooney, 4. Loren Cooney. IMCA Northern Sportmods: Heat Winner - Butch Seals. Main (20-Laps) - 1. Zachary Cail, 2. Butch Seals, 3. Shirley Reeves. IMCA Modifieds: Heat Winners - #1 Jerry Crowley, #2 Shawn Natenstedt. Main (20-Laps) - 1. Jeff Elerick Jr., 2. Russ Cazier, 3. Shawn Natenstedt, 4. Fred White, 5. Don Childs.