While the length of their loops differed by quite a bit, both courses tested the competitor’s resolve, stamina and skill.
The major attraction Sunday was the Eldorado Reno 500 staged by the High Desert Racing Association. Drivers faced 81-mile loops over rough terrain, soft dirt and hills, not to mention the weekend heat.
It took over nine hours for the fastest racers to complete five laps. Hedging their bets, the winning truck used two drive and co-driver teams.
“Larry (Roeseler) started third off the line and I believe he took over the lead on the first lap,” Tim Herbst said after taking the overall victory. “He ran dust free and I drove the second half. You had to be patient as those rocks were big and ugly out there.
With over 80 rough miles to cover, Roeseler covered the first loop with a time of one hour, fifty-one minutes and a few seconds. By then he was almost three minutes faster than second-place Juan Carlos.
As the hours wore on, many were unable to complete the full race but up front the Trophy Trucks soldiered on. Once they began to catch the slower traffic, dust was a problem but desert racers are used to that condition.
Fifth of the starting line, was the team of Justin Davis and co-driver Troy Holes. By the end of the first lap, they were about three minutes behind the flying Roeseler and the chase was on.
Some time during the event, Davis had a huge mishap but was able to recover from that.
“We just smashed a wheel and everything. Every lap the rocks were in different places so we just came around and clipped one,” he said.
Limping back into the pits, repairs were made and they took off after the Herbst truck. At the finish, Davis was able to make up most of the time and ended up just over a minute behind the winning truck.
Once the dust settled he said, “It was a real technical race and we were doing good until I hit that rock. We were down 12-minutes by the time we pulled into the pits. So we made up 11-minutes and gave the Herbst guys a run for their money, but today they came out on top.”
Trophy Trucks are the fastest class but behind them were the class one buggies. Richard Boyle won that group with a time of 11:25:51. His winner was almost three hours slower than the fast trucks.
One local driver was Sparks’ auto shop owner Clayton Scudder. His buggy seemed to be a contender but his race ended just before the nine-hour mark putting him fourth in Class 1.
The only other local in the field was Chad Hall, driving in the TT Spec Class but he dropped out after the six-hour mark while Clyde Stacy won that class with a time of 10:45:58.
Even though it was a hot day, spectators had some shade they could use as well as food and drink that were at the main spectator area. Since the course loops around and on itself, a large part of the course was easily seen.
Another attraction for at least three divers is the connection HDRA head Roger Norman made with the Dakar Rally, now held in South America. If all goes well, at least one of the drivers racing in the HDRA/SCORE series will help represent the U.S. in January when the Dakar is run again.
•Running concurrently with the Reno 500 was a round of the AMA National Hare and Hound motorcycle series.
While the course wasn’t as long as the HDRA one, only 20-miles, it was just as tough on the riders. The start began on a hill. Once at the bottom, riders were faced with a steep and long uphill climb before joining the course.
More than a few riders stalled out going up that first hill and took some time finally reaching the top. Then they had other hills and canyons to negotiate as well.
Part of the course actually crossed the one HDRA was using and the bikes had to yield to the four-wheel desert racers.
When the green flag launched, the pros Jacob Argubright took off on the right side of the line while teammates Kurt Caselli and Ivan Ramirez, riding for Team KTM, were giving chase.
Part of the course ran below the HDRA spectator area where the riders had to climb a very steep, rocky section to reach the scoring chute where the eventual finish line was.
Several MRANN riders were in the race, and at the end, Irving Powers, Levii Hutchings and Dan Capparelli claimed sixth through seventh place in the Pro division. Robert Underwood was also in the race and even got as high as third until he suffered mechanical failure and wasn’t able to finish.
At the end, an exhausted Argubright made the climb to the finish and took the victory with an elapsed time of 2:23:19 for the three laps.
“The course was super, super gnarly and there were a couple of hills that were just super bad but I never left off,” he said. “It was blazing in the canyons, but most of the time, if you kept moving, the air got to you, but in the canyons it was hot, especially dog paddling up those hills.”
Finishing second, a bit over two minutes later, was Caselli, whose elapsed time was 2:25:22. His teammate Ivan Ramirez ended up third.
After taking the checkered flag, Caselli said, “I got a good start but just didn’t know how it was going to be. Argubright got around me and I just kind of followed him the first loop but really didn’t have anything for him today. But my hat’s off to Jacob, he rode really well, kicked my butt and obviously that means we still get to race for the championship at the next round.
“Jacob is in second, not far behind so I still have to do my homework and work my butt off. For me, it’s almost the end of the championship so I need to just focus on that and not worry too much about winning but just being consistent.”
Other locals winning their classes were Sean Berryman, in A450 and young Caleb Frandsen in A200.
For complete local racing results, check out our website at: www.dailysparkstribune.com.
OTHER RACING NEWS
•This week, three tracks will be running. The Valley Off Road Racing Association (VORRA) is staging its annual night race Saturday, the Night Vision 250 out at Fallon. The Limited vehicles will start at 6 p.m. while it's a 7 p.m. start for the other classes.
The location is east of Fallon at Salt Wells where the windmill is and south of that point.
Further east the Lovelock Speedway hosts another of its points races as does the RTF Speedway in Fernley with a 6 p.m. Saturday start time for both tracks. Down in Feather River country, the American Valley Speedway in Quincy hosts the DART Dwarf Cars and that track also begins its program at 6 on Saturday.
•The Busch Brothers spent the weekend at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. On Saturday Kyle started from the pole and won the Nationwide event.
In Sunday's Sprint Cup race Kurt had a good run going until he was involved in an accident that dropped him to 31st at the finish. Younger brother Kyle started fourth and finished second in that event.
• Eldorado Reno 500 - July 13
HDRA - Round
+Trophy Truck - 1. Tim Herbst/Larry Roseler, 9:25:10, 2. Justin Davis, 9:26:40, 3. Juan Carlos, 9:47:10, 4. B.J. Baldwin, 5. Sergio Salgado
+ Class 1 - 1. Richard Boyle, 11:25:51 2. Cody Parkhouse, 3. Chad Dohrman, 4. Clayton Scudder*, 5. Dustin Miller*
+ Class 10 - 1. Peter Hajas, 2. Matt Cullen, 3. Mikey Lawrence, 4. Andrew Myers, 5. Mike Shaffer
+ Class 1/2 1600 - 1. 1. Lucas J. Knecht, 2. Chris H. Jones*, 3. Kevin Price*
+ Class 5/1600 - 1. Donald Harper, 2. Clyde Stacy, 3. Stuart Hersey*
+ Class 7 - 1. Josh Quintero, 2. Jonathan Brenthel, 3. Steve Kovachm, 4. Jon Lee*, 5. Al Hogan*
+ Class 7SX/7S - 1. James Burman, 2. Elias Hanna
+ Heavy Metal - 1. Bill Belansky*
+ Class 8 - 1. Derek Fletcher*
+ Sptsmn Ltd Truck - 1. Andrew McCarthy*, 2. Brian Ostrom*
+ Sptsmn Unl Truck - 1. Cronus Dillard*
+ Class 3000 - 1. Ryan Frisby, 2. Reid Rutherford, 3. Mike Frisby*
+ Stock UTV - 1. Sean K. Cook*, 2. Douglas McCrady*, 3. Paul Broughton*, 4. Robert Dalton*, 5. Bill E. Hermant*
+ Baja Challenge - 1. Johnny Buss, 2. Jon Largent, 3. Alan Butler*, 4. Antonio Marmolejo Cali*, 5. Dan Elkins*
+ TT Spec Class - 1. Clyde Stacy, 2. Chad Hall*
* - Did Not Finish
• AMA National Hare and Hound - July 13
+ Pro - 1. Jacob Argubright, 2. Kurt Caselli, 3. Ivan Ramirez, 4. Justin Morrow, 5. Nick Burson, 6. Irving Powers, 7. Levii Hutchings, 8. Dan Capparelli, 9. Skyler Howes, 10 Robert Underwood*
+ Pro 2-Stroke - 1. Axel Pearson, 2. Nic Garvin, 3. Ryan Smith, 4. Austin Keys, 5. Kevin Murphy
Other Class Winners:
+ A450 - 1. Sean Berryman
+ A250 - 1. Brendan Crow
+A200 - 1. Caleb Frandsen
+A Veteran 30+ - Craig Thompson
+ A Senior 40+ - Paul Krause
+ A Super Senior 50+ - John Kearney
+ A Masters 60+ - Larry Kleinschmidt
+ B 450 - Alec Fiscalini
+ B 250 - Blake Guyse
+ B 200 - Sammy Bangert
+ B Veteran 30+ - Brian Schuster
+ B Senior 40+ - Darran Falcone
+ B Super Senior 50+ - Jon Johnson
+ B Women - Meg Blackburn
+ C 450 - Charles Brown
+ C 200 - Matthew Krenik
+ C Veteran 30+ - John Randsdell
+ C Senior 40+ - Kent Choma
+ C Women - Dawnell Unsworth
+ Class 22 - Baja - Justin Morgan
+ Class 20 - Baja - Chad Broughton
+ Class 30 - Baja - Justin Miller
+ Class 40 - Baja - Les Lehigh
* - Did not finish.