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Papenhasen finally wins Timber Cup
by Dan McGee - Special to the Tribune
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Tribune photo by Dan McGee - Kelsey Wood got a bit more excitement than expected after sliding into the backstretch barrier at American Valley Speedway Sunday. The truck wound up on its side but the 13-year-old was able to race in the feature after it was rolled back on its wheels and received some minor repairs.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee - Kelsey Wood got a bit more excitement than expected after sliding into the backstretch barrier at American Valley Speedway Sunday. The truck wound up on its side but the 13-year-old was able to race in the feature after it was rolled back on its wheels and received some minor repairs.
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Tribune photo by Dan McGee - With his wife, Terri, holding the checkered flag Richard Papenhasen climbs out of his modified after winning the rain-delayed Timber Cup races Sunday afternoon. After years of trying, he finally won the race after leading most of the 25-laps.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee - With his wife, Terri, holding the checkered flag Richard Papenhasen climbs out of his modified after winning the rain-delayed Timber Cup races Sunday afternoon. After years of trying, he finally won the race after leading most of the 25-laps.
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Tribune photo by Dan McGee - While others were spinning and suffering mechanical woes, Brittney Nieman used a steady drive to win Sunday's Mini Stock feature at the American Valley Speedway.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee - While others were spinning and suffering mechanical woes, Brittney Nieman used a steady drive to win Sunday's Mini Stock feature at the American Valley Speedway.
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Tribune photo by Dan McGee - Chase Neiman (3) was able to lead most of the laps to win Sunday's Hobby Stock main at the Timber Cup races. He was chased for most of the race by Dan Ramey (43), who settled for second.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee - Chase Neiman (3) was able to lead most of the laps to win Sunday's Hobby Stock main at the Timber Cup races. He was chased for most of the race by Dan Ramey (43), who settled for second.
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QUINCY, CALIF. - The annual season-ending Timber Cup races were postponed to Sunday afternoon due to morning rain but when the event started, racers were greeted with almost perfect weather and a dry track.

For one Chico driver the delay allowed him to race at one track in California on Saturday then towed to Quincy for Sunday's event where he finally won the trophy after years of trying.

"I finally won, we've led this race many years but always come up short. Either we have brake failure or motor failures or we get into a wreck but we survived today," a delighted Richard Papenhasen said. "At the beginning there was a lot of moisture up top but it was pretty greasy so I was just trying to run around Bill on the outside. Then I saw Jeff poke his head in there so I moved up top and it was pretty fast up there."

When the green waved Bill Pearson took off with Papenhasen and Jeff Olschowka in hot pursuit. A quick caution slowed the pace but soon the drivers were back at full speed.

Around lap 10, after trying for several laps, Papenhasen used an outside move to finally take the lead. Soon after that Olschowka, Pearson and Matt Murphy were disputing second place.

Behind him the IMCA track champion, Erica Harmon-Buhr, was moving through the pack and would eventually take fourth place before motor problems put her on the sidelines.

Up front, Papenhausen carved out a big lead and appeared to be on cruise control with Olschowka running solo in second followed by Pearson.

While most drivers used the low line, Papenhausen was using the highline through turns 3 and 4. Asked about the decision, he said: "Just trying to keep my momentum up and trying to run through there and catching the moisture coming off."

Toward the end, a series of four cautions erased Papenhausen's lead as the cars bunched up. But on every restart he maintained the lead and went on to claim his first ever Timer Cup.

After the checkered flag, when asked if he could have caught the leader, Olschowka said, "No he was a lot faster on the straight away than we were."

Third-place finisher Pearson said: "Just didn't get to the outside quick enough. I figured those guys would stay on the bottom and they didn't."

Supporting the Modifieds were the still developing Hobby Stock and Mini Stock divisions.

The Mini Stock feature was a caution fest as several drivers either spun or had mechanical problems. In fact took several cautions just to get the first lap completed.

There were so many cautions the officials finally flew the checkered flag when the race ran over the time limit. It had taken 15 minutes to get in four green flag laps.

Lance Bain did challenge and briefly took the lead before spinning out of contention. None of this bothered Brittney Neiman, who motored on to claim the victory.

Outlaw Kart grad Jacob Dias finished second followed by Bain and Kelsey Wood, who had an adventure in her heat race when she hit the back straight wall and rolled her truck on its side.

Fortunately the truck was repaired and the 13-year-old completed her second ever race.

At the awards ceremony Nieman said: "It was a good race but the track was rough and slick, very slick."

The track is developing a Hobby Stock class and six cars took the green flag. Up front the race was between Chase Neiman and Chris Bernett.

They did swap the lead then Ramey spun dropping him to the back. After that Dan Ramey took up the chase but could not get by Nieman, who roared away to victory.

He, like many, expected the track to be very different but it actually was very dry slick despite many trips by the water truck.

When the dust settled Nieman said, "Yeah I had to work for it. I expected the track to be damp and grippy, especially since it was cool and we yesterday but it was dry slick."

Now the track goes dark until next spring when drivers will once again take up the challenge the paper-clip-shaped circuit offers them.

• Rattlesnake Raceway in Fallon also suffered a rain out Saturday evening. As it was the final points race of the season the event was postponed until Sunday.

Unfortunately the results weren't available at the time this report was posted.

OTHER RACING NEWS

•The first weekend of fall has four different events on tap.

The weekend begins above Toulon, located just west of Lovelock as ASA District 36 and MRANN combine for the Wild Horse and Wild Pony Enduro. Action begins at 8 a.m. Saturday when the Pee Wees take to the course followed by family enduro racing on a 50-mile course.

On Sunday, the big bikes start at 8 a.m. as riders face off on a 100-mile course.

The Northern Nevada Kart Club ends its season, starting around 4 p.m., at Desert Park Raceway. It's the annual Rick Jerome Memorial Night race that will settle any championships that are still undecided.

Further east, starting at 6 p.m., the RTF Speedway in Fernley hosts its final points race of the season with all the car classes.

Then on Sunday the Over the Hill Gang hosts round three of the SMRA fall motocross series at the Sandbox, or the Fernley Lion's Motocross Track located just west of the Veteran's Cemetery. The first moto has a 9 a.m. start time.

And as usual, Exit 28 is open for those only wishing to practice from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

•Three of NASCAR's Nevada Quartet were racing this weekend. Sparks native T.J. Bell was at Kentucky Speedway where he started 37th but transmission problems dropped him to 38th.

The Busch brothers raced at Louden, New Hampshire where Kyle started 12th and ended up 2nd while older brother Kurt didn't so well as he started 4th but finished 13th.

RESULTS

American Valley Speedway - Sept. 22

Timber Cup Races

IMCA Modifieds:

Heat Winners - #1 Bill Pearson, #2 Matt Murphy, #3 Richard Papenhasen

Main (25-Laps) 1. Richard Papenhasen, 2. Jeff Olschowka, 3. Bill Pearson, 4. Chris Nieman, 5. Bobby Higgins, 6. Matt Murphy, 7. Wil Zinn, 8. Justin Saltel, 9. Paris Archie, 10. Steve Gordon, 11. Erica Harmon-Buhr, 12. Leo Mayfield

Mini Stocks:

Heat Winners - #1 Brittney Nieman, #2 Lance Bain

Main - 1. Brittney Nieman, 2. Jacob Dias, 3. Lance Bain, 4. Kelsey Wood, 5. Trey Walters, 6. Jacob Frederickson

Hobby Stock:

Heat Winners - #1 Chris Bennett, #2 Chase Nieman

Main - 1. Chase Nieman, 2. Dan Ramey, 3. Chris Mett, 4. Dana Gordon, 5. Joe Blackwell

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