Fans got to enjoy hard, action-packed racing that ended with a caution-filled feature event for the IMCA Modified racers. But in the end a Medford, Ore. driver picked up the big prize as he avoided the carnage behind him.
After the year's final checkered flag waved, winner Monte Bishoff said: "The car was great, it was just hard to be consistent on every restart. Once we got the rhythm and some green flag racing going it was easy to maintain. But every time the yellow came out you had to just start all over."
And there were several cautions during the race that took nearly an hour to complete 25 green-flag laps.
When the green waved on the 24-car field Bishoff jumped into the lead with the pack giving chase. By the eighth lap there had been three cautions and Cory Sample from Winnemucca was holding down second.
Behind them, track champion Shawn Natenstedt was moving toward the front until a broken brake rotor ended his night.
There were so many cautions, 10 or 11, the officials finally cut the race from 30 laps to 25, and had the field use single file restarts.
Through the start and stops of the event, Bill Pearson moved into third and spent over half the race holding off Jeff Olschowka and James Thibodeaux. They finished third, fourth and fifth respectively.
At the front, Sample contented to try to catch Bishoff but to no avail was forced to settle with finishing runner-up.
In the awards ceremony Sample said, "We were there but I like to race clean and door to door. Second place pays pretty good, its kind of disappointing to come home second but my car ran good."
Asked if he knew how close Sample, was Bishoff said: "I could hear him, especially at the end."
The Pro Stock main was a nail biter that wasn't decided until the final two laps.
First on point was Jim Klopp chased by Ken Gotchal and Travis Peterson. Four cautions slowed the pace and Klopp eventually faded to fourth at the finish.
At the front, Ken Gotchal took over the lead with Peterson right behind him. Lap after lap they tore around the track with Brian Johnson running a close third.
In the final laps Peterson saw his chance, made a banzai dive into Turn 4 and came out in the lead. From there to the checkered the top three were nose to tail with Peterson taking first just head of Gotchal and Johnson.
Back in the pits Peterson said: "That was a fun race, we made some changes then went out there and gave it everything we had. I bided my time, knew we could get by him just didn't know when it was going to happen so was hoping it was before the checkered and it was. "We waited just about long enough then there was some dust down the backstretch, he went right and I went left and it was a good move."
When the Hobby Stock main began Carl "Fireball" Barlow jumped into the lead and soon gapped the field. This all disappeared as two cautions wiped out any advantage.
Eventually he and Randy Boyd staged a long side-by-side battle as each driver raced for the lead. Eventually Boyd faded to third while Dwight Bolton finished second but no one was going to catch Barlow as he notched another victory.
"That one was fun, especially when the 18 got up on the outside of me. Six, seven or eight laps and I was not going to let him go," Barlow said later.
The Dwarf Cars were out in force and 24 of these little speedsters took the green. Up front Derrek Rosse jumped into the lead with the pack in hot pursuit.
Sparks driver Joe Frock was moving forward and at one time was second but then began to fade. Up front Rosse was leaving everyone in his dust as second was being disputed by the trio of Chance Damron, Josh King and Bob Brown Jr.
In the end there would be no catching Rosse as he had a full straightaway lead at the checkered flag.
"It was wire to wire, man," Rosse said. "In our fast dash Reece (Wilson) got a jump on me coming off 4 for the green. So I was making sure I was going to do the same as he was so coming to the green, I punched it and the car was on a rail."
Rosse dedicated the race to his two friends Ed Christensen and Leroy Kay that lost their lives in the spring during a wreck at the track. He also expressed his appreciation to Christensen's wife Kari, who has continued to support the Dwarf Car community.
When the Mod Mini feature began David Paine led but soon was sent to the pits after his car began to smoke. This put Galen Hainline's car on point and he just left everyone in his dust as he roared away to the victory.
At the awards ceremony Hainline, who is a Fernley resident, said: "That was a good race Mark (Serchio) and I need to thank Bracee Langevin as they came down, let me use their car for tonight so have to give thanks to them. I'm just happy I got into the winner's circle without tearing it up."
Mark Serchio Jr. grabbed the point when the Pure Stock main began only to lose it when he spun in Turn 4. Taking this gift was Shawn Burton who eventually won the race.
Serchio charged back to finish second but ran out of time. He was followed by third- and fourth-place, Jesse James and Danielle Paine.
• Friday's part of the Shootout was reserved for heat races to set Saturday's girds. With so many cars competing both the Dwarf Car and IMCA Modifieds ran qualifying races.
• Early Friday evening track operator Dan Simpson explained a major change that happened two weeks ago.
Several years ago he took over heading the King of the West Sprint Car series after it was faltering. Now that's it's healthy control has passed to promoter John Prentice from Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, Calif.
Simpson indicated it was time for this to happen.
Prentice stated in a press release the series will be focused on racing in California and as a result may not return to the Fernley 95A Speedway next year.
This change also meant the cancellation of the KWS race at Fernley 95A Speedway on Nevada Day weekend.
Simpson added next year's focus is to improve the existing road course as well as the oval track. He also has plans for more concerts in the future.
OTHER RACING NEWS
• This weekend Rattlesnake Raceway closes its season with the annual Dirt Track Championships. Racing begins at 5 p.m. Saturday and the second session begins at 1 p.m. Sunday.
• MRANN's next race, The Flying Chucker 100, will be staged in the Purgatory Peak area east of the north end of dry lake Winnemucca. Saturday's racing begins with the Pee Wees at 11 a.m. and continues with the Mini Bikes, V Women as well as Vintage/Bomber bikes.
The big bikes get their chance on a longer course beginning at 10 a.m. Sunday.
• Area motocross racers will journey to Winnemucca to compete in the next round of SMRA's fall series. Racing will begin around 10 a.m. Sunday.
• NASCAR's Nevada Trio spent the weekend in Kansas. Kyle Busch ended up 4th in Saturday's Nationwide event while Sparks native T.J. Bell was caught in a wreck and ended up 33rd.
In Sunday's Sprint Cup event older brother Kurt Busch started 19th and finished 2nd while Kyle was involved in a wreck that dropped him to 34th.
• Fernley 95A Speedway - Two Day Shootout
• Saturday, Oct. 5
B Main #1 -1. Jeff Olschowka, 2. Will Zinn, 3. MarkCarrell, 4. Melissa Natenstedt, 5. Steve McKellup
B Main #2 - 1. Shawn Natenstedt, 2. Russell Rosrio, 3. Jesse Bailey, 4. James Thobodeaux, 5. Paris Archie
Fast Dash Winners - #1 Cory Sample, #2 Monte Bischoff
Main (30-Laps*) -1. Monte Bischoff 2. Cory Sample, 3. Bill Pearson, 4. Jeff Olschowka, 5. James Thobodeaux
* - Race was shortened to 25-laps
Main (25-Laps) -1. Travis Peterson, 2. Ken Gotchal, 3. Brian Johnson, 4. Jim Klopp, 5. Forryst Carnett
Main (25-Laps) - 1. Carl "Fireball" Barlow, 2. Dwight Bolton, 3. Randy Boyd, 4. Rick Miller, 5. Tom Haxall
Northern Nevada 360 Sprint Cars:
Main (20-Laps) - 1. Shaun Ternora, 2. Buddy Kofoid, 3. Danielle Simpson, 4. Arron Gustin, 5. Dan Simpson
B main - 1. Fred Hayes, 2. Issac Martin, 3. Austin Weiland, 4. Kyle Fletcher, 5. Glenn Sciarani
Fast Dash - Reece Wilson
Main (30-Laps) -1, Derrek Rosse, 2. Chance Camron, 3. Josh King, 4. Bob Brown Jr., 5. Darren Brent
Main (20-Laps) - 1. Galen Hainline, 2. Shawn Merritt, 3. Dustin McIlvain, 4. Jesse James, 5. Skip Wise
Main (20-Laps) - 1. Shawn Burton, 2. Mark Serchio, 3. Dave Raber, 4. Danielle Paine, 5. Rich Innis
• Friday, Oct. 4
Heat #1 - 1. Will Zinn, 2. Don Childs, 3. Cory Sample, 4. Wade Deburg, 5. Dan Smith
Heat #2 - 1. Monte Bischoff, 2. Shawn Natenstedt, 3. Matt Murphy, 4. James Thobodeaux, Jesse Bailey
Heat #3 - 1. Matt Murphy, 2. Melissa Natenstedt, 3. Jeff Olschowka, 4. Bill Pearson, 5. Mike White
Heat #4 - 1. Mark Wauge, 2. Dave Duste, 3. Robert Miller, 4. James Jurad, 5. Paris Archie
Qualifier #1 - 1. Cory Sample, 2. Don Childs, 3. Bill Pearson, 4. Mitch Murphy, 5. Steve McKellup
Qualifier #2 - 1. Mark Wauge, 2. Monte Bischoff, 3. Dave Duste, 4 Josh Off, 5. Robert Miller
Heat #1 - 1. Ken Gotchal, 2. John Hall, 3. Al Goss, 4. Rob Fitzsimmons, 5. Forryst Carnett
Heat #2 - 1. Jim Klopp, 2 Travis Peterson, 3. Gordon Russell, 4. Donald Bandfield, 5. Conner Tatum
Norther Nevada 360 Sprint Cars:
Heat - 1. Buddy Kofoid, 2. Shaun Ternora, 3. Danielle Simpson, 4. Brandon Ternora, 5. Dan Simpson
Heat #1 - 1. Dwight Bolton, 2. Rick Miller, 3. Tom Haxall, 4. Chris Barnett, 5. Randy Boyd
Heat #2 - 1. Mikki Beuhat, 2. David Woods, 3. Carl Barlow, 4. Max McAffee, 5. Ronny Goetz
Heat #1 - 1. Bob Brown Jr., 2. Dave Mosier, 3. Chance Damron, 4. Issac Martin, 5. Austin Weiland
Heat #2 - 1. John Isabella, 2. Derrek Rosse, 3. Fred Hay, 4. Joe Fock, 5. Sam Marson
Heat #2 - 1. Reece Wilson, 2. Darren Brent, 3. Josh King, 4. Santiago Villanueva, 5. Rodney Sweet
Qualifier - 1. Bob Brown Jr., 2 Dave Mosier, 3. Chance Damron, 4. Darren Brent, 5. Josh King
Heat - 1. Shawn Merritt, 2. Galen Hainline, 3. Dennis Crook, 4. David Paine, 5. Will Ritchey
Heat - 1. Mark Serchio Jr., 2. Shawn Burton, 3. Danielle Paine, 4. Rick Innis, 5. Dave Raber