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Dwarf cars invade Rattlesnake; NNKC roars at Desert Park
by Dan McGee
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Tribune photo by Dan McGee - Glenn Scarrioni (22d top photo) just escapes the tumbling racer driven by Jeff Sherley during an early heat race for the Dwarf Cars at Rattlesnake Raceway. Despite the wild ride Sherley was uninjured and the car was repaired in time for the two Dwarf feature races.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee - Glenn Scarrioni (22d top photo) just escapes the tumbling racer driven by Jeff Sherley during an early heat race for the Dwarf Cars at Rattlesnake Raceway. Despite the wild ride Sherley was uninjured and the car was repaired in time for the two Dwarf feature races.
FALLON — The DART series for Dwarf Cars invaded Rattlesnake Raceway for their first visit to this banked dirt oval. The heat during the day matched the heat on the track as these little speedsters, as well as the regular classes and Outlaw Karts ripped through their races.

“The problem was that half the track was heavy and slick while the other half was dry, so it was a balancing act,” Jake Holland said after winning the IMCA feature. “The Zero car was holding his line but once he sliped it seemed like his car went away. My car started coming in, we had a quick caution, I keep the tires warm and my car came alive.”

When the IMCA feature began Wade Lumsden led the charge until Roget Donahue used the outside line to take it away from him. Then things slowed at the fourth laps when two cautions bunched everybody up.

Once the green waved again Holland used an inside move to take the point from leader Donahue. Three laps later the pace slowed again for debris on the track.

After that it was Holland’s race as he left everybody once racing resumed. In the end Malen Gonzalez had the runner up spot followed by Donahue and Mark Skender while Lumsden had car problems and slipped to fifth.

Al Bishop was the class of the Gen-X field as he cruised to an easy victory as did Missy Natenstedt, who was never challenged in the Rat Mod feature.

Two attempts were needed to get the Hobby Stock feature rolling but once it did Paul Stephen held the point with Robby Carey giving chase.

Soon Mike Olsen arrived and made short work of both drivers as he shot into the lead. Not too many laps later, he was joined by his brother Pete and the chase was on.

Four cautions slowed the pace but, once he was in the lead, Mike Olsen would rocket to the front and gap te field. In the end he won followed by bother Pete and Chris Neil.

The Dwarf cars followed their usual procedure for DART events by running two main events. Once the first race is completed the field is inverted for their second main.

Earlier things got pretty wild during the heat races when Jeff Sherley, driving for injured Derek Rosse, slammed into the backstretch wall and went for a tumbling ride. Fortunately he wasn’t hurt in the incident and, once back in the pits, several members of other crews jumped in and repaired the car so it could race in the features.

Jason Crosby led the entire first feature. Behind him there was some shuffling around and at the checkered Leroy Kay was second followed by Billy Canham.

The second Dwarf feature began with Chase Nieman on point. A caution on the second lap happened after Canham and Kay spun on the backstretch, which ended both their nights.

When racing resumed Joe Frock charged to the lead then things slowed two laps later for another spin. On the green Frock was away and appeared headed for victory.

With six to go Frock’s motor gave up the ghost although he was able to make it back to the pits. Up front Nieman inherited the lead and roared away to the victory followed by Crosby and Tate Moorhead.

Commenting on that first main, winner Crosby said, “The first race was very tiring, one line and it was hug the bottom. The groove widened out in the second race so you could go four spots but it was still slick.”

During the post race tech inspection, and after winning the second Dwarf main, Nieman said, “It was a good race but I wasn’t going to catch Frock. And the track was real slick.”

The Outlaw Karts put on a good show as they whipped around their track located on the infield. There were several good races and the division features both young drivers as well as 250 and 500cc machines.

•On Sunday, in near perfect weather, the Northern Nevada Kart Club staged another of its points races at Desert Park Raceway. Five classes did battle on this fast, road course.

After having to stop racing last year due to back problems Cody McKinney is back. He won both his heats, despite starting from the back each time, and just ran away with the F80 Shifter main.

Behind him there was a battle for second and at the end Ben Fisher finished ahead of Steve Dow.

“It feels good, the track’s real good, the kart’s real good and I feel good so it’s all good when you win,” McKinney said afterwards. “The kart was just stuck to the track today.”

The F125 Shifter karts put on their usual show of blazing speed during their main event. As usual the Grand Master of the class, Mitch Kennedy won, but he was chased by last year’s champion Todd Thompson, who finished second.

Over the past two years the largest fields have been in the Clone division and this day was no exception as 14 karts took the green. It appeared the race was going to be between last year’s champion Dave Schilt and John Ryckebosch.

However at the end Schilt won followed by Stephanie Lienay and Mike Holmes.

“I didn’t know how close Ryckeobsch was and it’s hard as no body tells me,” Schilt said after the race. “The track was OK my kart is working well but I broke a seat strut so I had to rig it just to get those last 14-laps in and apparently it worked.”

Dan Harris just ran away with the Tag Masters main but behind him there was a three-way duel for second between Randy Ryckebosch, Mike Ryckeobsch and Eric Westernberg. Lap after lap this trip ran almost nose-to-tail.

With just a few to go it became a two-driver duel between Randy and Mike Ryckeobsch that were so close to each other a large blanket would have covered their karts. At the checkered they finish that close together.

After the checkered flag waved, drivers came in and everyone headed for the awards ceremony.


•July begins with a bang for area race fans with oval tracks, off road racing and the return of the North Nevada Rally.

On July 4th, starting at 5 p.m., Rattlesnake Raceway hosts its traditional Independence Day show that features Outlaw Karts, IMCA Modifieds as well as the town’s fireworks display.

To the north of Reno, the track at Susanville is also in action on the 4th with a program that begins at 7 p.m.

One major race is the Eldorado Firecracker 500, and it uses a 100.1 mile, clover leaf shaped course off U.S.A Parkway. Qualifying, which uses only a short part of the long course, starts at 1 p.m. Thursday.

The race itself begins at 9 a.m. Saturday and is expected to run from 10- to 20-hours depending on the type of racing vehicle used. The course design means buggies and trucks will be going either past or through the pits every hour or so.

Late Friday afternoon, this side of Lovelock, the North Nevada Rally returns running four stages in the daylight then, going the opposite way on the course, doing four more at night.

About 12:30 p.m. Saturday the competitors race through four stages around Purgatory Peak at the north end of Winnemucca Dry Lake. Then after a service break, they’ll run those same stages in the opposite direction.

Also on Saturday night, starting at 6 p.m. the Lovelock Speedway and 95A Speedway in Fernley host their regular shows.


•Rattlesnake Raceway - June 30

IMCA Modifieds:

Heat Winner - Jake Holland

Main - 1. Jake Holland, 2. Malen Gonzalez, 3. Roger Donahue, 4. Mark Skender, 5. Wade Lumsden

Hobby Stocks:

Heat Winners - #1 Aaron Benham, #2 Chris Neal

Main - 1. Mike Olsen, 2. Pete Olsen, 3. Chris Neal, 4. Paul Stephen, 5. Wes Washburn

Rat Mods:

Heat Winner - Missy Natenstedt

Main - 1. Missy Natenstedt, 2. Mark Rios, 3. Scott Hammond, 4. Steve Young

DART Dwarf Cars:

Heat Winners - #1 28d, #2 Joe Frock

Main #1 - 1. Jason Crosby, 2. Leroy Kay, 3. Billy Canham, 4. Dave Richardson, 5. Tate Moorehead

Main #2 - 1. Chase Nieman, 2. Jason Crosby, 3. Tate Moorehead, 4. Dave Richardson, 5. Jeff Sherley


Heat Winner - Al Bishop

Main - 1. Al Bishop, 2. Kyle Babb, 3. Shawn Hartzell, 4. Unlisted

Amsoil Outlaw Karts:

Beginners - 1. Dale Creiglow, 2. Sara Anderson, 3. McKenna Kirshol

Box Stock - 1. Jacob Dias, 2. Lacey Richardson, 3. Lee Ketten Jr. 4. Marissa Rogers, 5. Cole Reid

250cc - 1. Zack Wilkinks, 2. Joe Owen, 3. Eric Taylor

500cc - 1. Nick Rogers, 2. Mark Dempsey, 3. Kyle Dargert

• Desert Park Raceway - July 1

Northern Nevada Kart Club - Round 2

Tag Novice - 1. Gary Guzelis, 2. Don Faris, 3. Kelly Morley

Box Stock Clone - 1. David Schilt, 2. Steph Lienay, 3. Mike Holmes, 4. Dean Andrews (Jr. class), 5. Christian Cerceau

Tag Masters - 1. Dan Harris, 2. Randy Ryckebosch, 3. Mike Ryckebosch, 4. Eric Westernberg, 5. Marty McNew

Tag Novice - 1. Gary Guzelis, 2. Don Feris, 3. Kelly Morley

F80 Sr. - 1. Cody McKinney, 2. Ben Fisher, 3. Steve Dow, 4. Greg Jime, 5. Mike Roes

Formula 125 - 1. Mitch Kennedy, 2. Todd Thompson, 3. John Morgan, 4. Alex Gray

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