Rattlesnake Raceway kicked things off with the final two rounds of this year’s IMCA Ironman series.
Fortunately, Mother Nature cooperated with the track, and despite the passing storms Thursday, only suffered from a rain delay that lasted less than an hour.
“It was fun but I was hating every caution we got. The track was racy tonight so I had a real good time,” Zane “Zippy” DeVilbiss said after winning the A modified main.
When the green waved on the 13-car field, K.C. Kubichek led the charge through Turn 1. Then the race got a start-and-stop look as there were three cautions within the first five laps.
Eventually DeVilbiss caught the leader and used an outside pass to grab the point.
Asked about the outside line, he said, “I think they were afraid of it being a little greasy. I had nothing to lose. I tried it and it was good so we got around them there.”
Later Kubichek spun out of contention. Then leading, DeVilbiss was being chased by the duo of Shawn LaRocque and local Chris Neiman.
After the sixth caution, it appeared the race might go all the way until the checkered but that was not to be.
A racing stopping incident occurred after Vincent Evenson’s car got loose. Evenson corrected for the slide and there was contact that sent Dustin Hansen’s car flying through the air.
Fortunately, Hansen wasn’t injured but the same couldn’t be said for his car that had to be towed away. A few laps later, Evenson also retired.
Up front, Jeff Oschowka finally took second but there was no catching the flying DeVilbiss, who took the victory.
The B Mod feature was won by Jimmy Ford but Pete Olsen kept him honest through the entire event. Zach Cail, who is usually a contender, suffered several problems and wasn’t a threat on this night.
As it was, Ford just made it to the finish as his transmission failed when he took the checkered flag.
“Right when I went through the line, going into Turn 1, I blew the transmission and the pieces are inside here now,” he said. “The race was tough and I’m more tired now than I was last night. I knew the No. 9 (Olsen) was right there. I saw him a couple times so motor started laying down and I just never lifted.”
Other winners on Thursday were Mike Olsen in Hobby Stocks as well as Jenson Tenora, Trey Walters, Jacob Dias and Alex Moore, who won their respective Northern Nevada Outlaw Kart races.
On Thursday, the Nevada Dairymen’s Association sponsored the Outlaw Kart racers and all the winners got a special, engraved bottle of milk as their trophy.
•Wednesday night kicked off the two-day show at Rattlesnake Raceway and when the green flew for the 17-car IMCA Main Brody Spanlger and DeVilbiss led the charge.
Soon afterward, contact sent both cars spinning but DeVilbiss was able to hold the lead followed by K.C. Kubichek and Oschowka.
Two cautions later, there was a race-stopping incident when two cars spinning collected many others. Both Vincent Evenson and Missy Natenstedt got the worst of it as their cars were locked together and it took a while to get them separated. Evenson was out and later Natenstedt retired.
When racing resumed, after another quick caution, it was a two-car duel for the win as Oschowka was able to hold off DeVilbiss while Chase Hansen wound up third.
After the race Oschowka, whose mother Edie used to race here, said, “The track’s just a little touchy. Then the 18 car got roughed up on the yellow so it just fell into our place.”
Asked about the race, DeVilbiss said, “We were right there for awhile but the car’s pretty messed up. I got to the lead early and the guy in second took us out. Then the car was kind of weird and I didn’t want to pressure him too hard and wreck us both like what happened to me so I didn’t.”
When the B Mod feature began, Zach Cail jumped into the lead for what started looking like a runaway victory. However, Jimmy Ford soon took second and the chase was on.
Other than two caution periods, it was a duel between the veteran from California and the young Fallon resident. In the end Cail was able to score the victory while Ford had to settle for a close second.
“That was really close and the track was dry slick so it was hard to keep her straight,” Cail said in victory circle.
Then Ford added, “I was making him honest that’s for sure. I thought I had him on the last lap but he pushed no more than I wanted him to so I had to back out of it.”
•The RTF Speedway was slated to have two days of racing with the King of the West 410 Sprint Cars as the main attraction. However, Mother Nature had other ideas as Thursday’s storms flooded both the oval and main parking area.
After a huge effort by the track crew, the track was ready to go Saturday. Although, then the track crew was faced with high winds that kept drying out the racing surface. Despite that the drivers felt it was pretty good.
In qualifying, the fast lap was set by Sacramento driver Kyle Hirst with a time of 15.888 seconds while Richard Brace Jr., won the dash.
There were 26-cars entered, and after the heat races, three members of the Nevada Posse, Mike Monahan, Mark Tabor Jr. and Adam Walters all transferred into the main event.
After the traditional four-wide formation to salute the crowd, the field got in order and took off when the green waved. Up front, Brace led the charge as the field roared into Turn 1.
After the first of three cautions, Brace led with Hirst, Bobby McMahan, Carl Droivold and Willie Croft giving chase. A few laps later Croft had driven into the third spot as the top three closed up.
At the end, a pair of cautions held up finishing the final three laps. But in the end, Hirst was able to take the lead and victory with Croft second and Brace, whose tires had given out, coming home third.
“Your never know if you’re going to get him (Brace) but the opportunity came and we slipped in,” Hirst said after scoring his second victory of the season.”
As for Croft, he seemed pleased as he started in the pack but was able to finish in the runner-up position.
“We started seventh and got up to second. You can pass and we had a good car,” he said. “I like coming here and it’s a lot better than the first time.”
For Brace, who led most of the laps, it was a David vs. Goliath performance, and if his tires hadn’t given up, he just might have won.
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“You know what, for coming out here and racing against the big dogs, with the big money and all that, I’m happy,” he said. “We’ve got one car, one motor and we had an old set of tires we threw on because we couldn’t find any new ones to put on it. You know what, this is for the small guys.”
The KWS Lites were also on hand but this time the Lovelock Posse fell to bad luck and mechanical problems. When the final caution ended, young Michael Kofid ran away but forgot to report to the Tech pad after taking the checkered flag. He was disqualified, giving the victory to Dan Simpson.
Supporting the sprint cars were the Dwarf Cars and IMCA Modifieds. When the checkered fell on the Dwarf Car feature, Doug Martin claimed the victory followed by Cody Gibson and Tate Morehead.
When the IMCA feature began, Shawn Natenstedt used the pole position to grab the lead but Jeff Oshowka and Steve Evenson were close behind.
Seven cautions slowed the pace for the 20-lap event. But Natenstedt held the point on every lap. However, around the one-third point it appeared as though his wife Missy, a championship driver in her own right, might overtake him.
In the end, Shawn Natenstedt was able to hang on and reached the checkered flag first, just ahead of Robert Miller while Missy ended up third just ahead of Oshowka.
OTHER RACING NEWS
•This week will be another feast for motor sports fans. On Saturday evening, starting at 6 p.m., Rattlesnake Raceway in Fallon hosts another of its points races.
The Northern Nevada Kart Club stages another points race on Saturday, this time with the action beginning around 10 in the morning.
The biggest event is off U.S.A. Parkway, Exit 32, east of Sparks. The Eldorado HDRA 500 and a round of the AMA Hare and Hound National series will be run concurrently but on separate tracks.
During the week, starting on Thursday, race trucks and freestyle motocross will be featured around the arch in downtown Reno. Racing for the desert competitors begins at 9 a.m. Saturday as racers face the challenge of 80-mile loops.
Then at noon, the AMA motorcycle racers begin their racing, which features several classes and uses a 25-mile long loop.
•NASCAR returned to its roots this weekend at the Daytona International Speedway and both Busch brothers competed on both days.
In Friday evening’s Nationwide draft fest, Kyle ended up 11th while older brother Kurt overcame some early challenges to finish fourth. Then in the Saturday night Sprint Cup event, Kyle, who started on the pole, finished 12th while Kurt was sixth.