A three-moto format was used and a driver's overall finish for the day was determined by their combined scores. And the closest race of the day came in the final Ultra 4 event.
"We had no second gear after the first lap so we were fighting it uphill every lap but we made it," driver Larry Anderson said. "We earned it as we've had so many DNFs this year and now we're coming back strong."
The race combined both Ultra 4 and Class 1 buggies. When the green waved Anderson, along with co-driver Mike McMenomey, took off with Fernley racer Brad Falin in hot pursuit. At one time Jeremy Hengl made it three-way battle for the lead but Anderson was able to hold the point.
The race was decided in the final charge downhill toward the checkered flag. It was so close both drivers had to check to see who actually won. Anderson's winning margin was three-thousandths of a second.
Asked if he knew, Anderson said, "We called our crew to ask how we did as I knew it was going to be close. We kept fighting back and forth with Falin and it was a great race."
Behind them J.J. Schnarr, from Reno, took the victory in the Class 1 division.
The Group T races use full sized trucks and are usually the fastest racers. Don German was going to drive but didn't feel well so he put his son, Chris, behind the wheel along with grandson, Walker, in the co-driver's seat.
They won the first moto with Sparks driver Jake Povey taking the runner-up spot. The second motos were a full invert from the first race's finishing order.
Bruce Field won the second moto with German placing third.
When the final moto began, Povey took off with German right beside him. At the first hairpin there was some bumping and both trucks got a bit sideways but German came out of it in the lead.
Field was second but fell out of contention with a flat tire that cost him at least a lap to get it changed.
Up front the Germans were in command but under pressure by Povey, who was making a race out of it. Lap after lap they stormed up and down the hills and around the hairpin turn leading to the second uphill section.
In the end, German won the race and the day, while Povey had a day full of second-place finishes.
Asked about early race contact German said, "We kind of got into each other but Jake's been brought up racing by his dad, like my dad. It's just rubbing, racing as we were side-by-side and all of a sudden got tangled up. We were pretty crossed up and I'm surprised we saved it."
Then his son Walker added, "He was waving at us."
Each set of motos began with a Sportsman race and when the first began, the three-abreast row was all women drivers. In fact Tanya Hewett won the race followed by Stephanie Hayos.
The second race was won by points leader Max Baggett, who charged from the back in the first 100 feet of the event. He fell out of contention on the final lap handing the win to Brandon Blanco.
Baggett raced without pressure with the class championship already locked up.
Asked about what happened when he lost the lead during he second race he said, "I was having a lot of fun and on the last lap and I put it into the K rail. But I was having a blast."
During the third moto Baggett grabbed the point and was never headed. Behind him, Hewett finished second and claimed the day's overall victory with Brandon Blanco and Baggett following in the overall standings.
After the dust settled Baggett said, "We got first for the year and we were really looking forward to being here. It's a professional track and the engineers knew what they were doing when they put this together. So when you get a car out here you can pedal-to-the-metal with it, and the track, is just a joy to drive."
The smallest racers were in the Pilot and UTV classes and they ran a combined event. When the green waved for their final event Igor Palagin, originally from Russia but now living in the San Francisco Bay Area, took off but was soon over-hauled by a swarm of UTV's.
Palagin soon dropped to fourth while Gardnerville drivers, Curtis Willing, Elmer Pezzi and Denis Jean dueled for the lead. All during the event the top three weren't far apart but in the end, Willing won and took the day's overall victory.
At the post-race celebration Willing said, "That was fun and I enjoyed it as I won all three today. And I love the track."
For his part, Palagin drove to fourth overall but earned Pilot class overall winner.
"We just finished the car so we needed to test it and that's why we're here. Now we need to tune the car for the track," Palagin said.
Ardan Dennington dominated the Class 10 division as he scored runaway victories in all three of his motos. Tyler Mort was the day's runner-up finisher with Curtis Giaclone finishing third overall.
The day ended with a mechanics, then a powder puff race. Fortunately the weather, which had been almost perfect for racing, held until the end when the winds began to blow, creating a huge dust storm.
For series boss Wes Harbor it's been a good year as earlier in the season he clinched the Class 10 championship. So this day he only drove in one moto and put two other drivers in his buggy for two of the motos.
Asked about the season that just ended, he said, "We started a little slow then we got into the desert season down in Yerington and had 54 cars. The 500 had a little less than that. You know, guys break down and run out of money so it tapers off a little bit.
"Then we had the opportunity to book a new track with Norm Dianda and Kevin Singleton. So we put this out on the website and got 50 entries, which is our second best attendance of the year, especially at the end of the year when a lot of guys broke their stuff."
He added that the Wild West is wider then what racers are used to so the track allows for more lines and side-by-side racing. Since many of the drivers had either seen, or attended the Lucas Oil events at the track, many jumped at the chance to race on the same course.
"Everyone I met keep asked me if we're coming back and I said, 'most definitely.' We're going to get it on the schedule as we have our year-end meeting for the association in two weeks. And I feel this will be on it once or twice."
• Since the event was VORRA's annual Halloween race, Saturday was reserved not only for tech and qualifying. Once the business of racing was over there was a pumpkin carving contest as well as a costume contest for both the youngsters and adults.
OTHER RACING NEWS
• Arenocross is three weeks away but the deadline for pro and amateur riders to get entry discounts ends on Nov. 1. Promoter Robert Hansen said those wanting to take advantage of this need to act fast.
It starts with discounted room rates at John Ascuaga's Nugget. For a pro rider they'll get a promo code and free entry while amateurs will also get a code and receive a $10 discount on their entry fees.
Many times amateurs run multiple classes so the savings will add up.
The event is on Nov. 15-17 with the pros racing Friday and Saturday evenings. After the track is altered for safety, amateurs get their turn Sunday.
• Three of NASCAR's Nevada drivers competed at Matinsville Speedway over the weekend. In Saturday's Camping World Truck race, Brendan Gaughan came from 15th to finish second.
In Saturday's Sprint Cup event Kyle Busch started third but finished 15th while older brother Kurt, started 19th and ended up 18th.
Wild West Motorsports Park - Oct. 27
Valley Off Road Racing Associaton - Round 7
Moto Winners - #1 Tanya Hewett, #2 Brandon Bianco, #3 Max Baggett
Overall - 1. Tanya Hewett, 2. Brandon Blanco, 3. Max Baggett, 4. Stephanie Hayos, 5. Derek Peterson
Moto Winners - #1 Jay Schroeder, #2 Jay Schroeder, #3 Jay Schroeder
Overall - 1. Jay Schroeder, 2. Kurt Schnell, 3. Eric Steiger
Moto Winners - #1 David Meek, #2 David Meek, #3 David Meek
Overall - 1. David Meek, 2. Colin Wiley, 3. Jerry Ornellas
Moto Winners - #1 Joel Counts, #2 Igor Palagin, #2 Igor Palagin
Overall - 1. Igor Palagin, 2. Joel Counts
Moto Winners - #1 Curtis Willing, #2 Curtis Willing, #3 Curtis Willing
Overall - 1. Curtis Willing, 2. Elmer Pezzi, 3. Robert Dalton, 4. Dennis Jean, 5. John Pezzi
Moto Winners - #1 Arden Dennington, #2 Arden Dennington, #3 Arden Dennington
Overall - 1. Arden Dennington, 2. Tyler Mort, 3. Curtis Giaclone, 4. Wes Harbor, 5. Brian Hewett
Moto Winners - #1 Ryan Sargent, #2 J.J. Schnarr, #3 J.J. Schnarr
Overall - 1. J.J. Schnarr, 2 Ryan Sargent, 3. Aaron Osborne
Moto Winners - #1 Brad Falin, #2 Larry Anderson, #3 Larry Anderson
Overall - 1. Larry Anderson, 2. Brad Falin, 3. Jeremy Hengl, 4. Robert Daly
Moto Winners - #1 Chris German, #2 Bruce Field, #3 Chris German
Overall - 1. Chris German, 2. Jake Povey, 3. Silwood Stockwell, 4. Bruce Field, 5. Jason Arnold