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Gang Nationals cruise at Fernley
by Dan McGee
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Tribune photo by Dan McGee - Eric Schacht (40) leads the pack through the first turn at Fernley during this weekend's Over The Hill Gang Nationals. The Reno rider was the first member of the local chapter to complete a sweep of all his motos.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee - Eric Schacht (40) leads the pack through the first turn at Fernley during this weekend's Over The Hill Gang Nationals. The Reno rider was the first member of the local chapter to complete a sweep of all his motos.
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Tribune photo by Dan McGee - Showing that the Fernley track is still his house, Scott Stillmock rips away from the pack on his way to winning the weekend's overall victory at the OTHG Nationals.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee - Showing that the Fernley track is still his house, Scott Stillmock rips away from the pack on his way to winning the weekend's overall victory at the OTHG Nationals.
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FERNLEY — The Memorial Day Weekend tradition continued at the Lions Fernley Motocross track as the Reno chapter of the Over The Hill Gang hosted round two of the National series. Despite the weather, the racing was hot as ever as the locals defended their turf against clubs from California.

And the locals did themselves proud as they pulled off several sweeps and other near sweeps for several overall victories.

“It was very good as we won all four motos,” Eric Schacht said after being the first Reno chapter member to finish a sweep. “The track’s holding up pretty good with the rain and stuff that happened. It’s Fernley rough and there’s nothing that replaces just being in shape so I’m holding up as I’ve been training every night at the gym five or six days a week.”

He also added that the howling wind on Sunday could be a problem but noted the track had be designed the jumps so they either faced into or away from the winds.

The sandy track at Fernley has always tested riders, especially those that don’t race on it regularly as the locals do. In years past, either Butch or Scott Stillmock ruled here and this weekend was no exception.

Continuing the family tradition was Scott Stillmock winning all four of the 30 Master motos in dramatic style. Once the starting gate dropped he took off and let the pack follow in his dust.

And his brother Butch, riding in 38 Master didn’t do too bad either as he wound up fourth overall with one runner-up moto to his credit.

“Whew! It was gnarly, real rough but the track’s really good and I’m tired,” Scott said after taking the final checkered flag. “You know we built the track to have the wind at our fronts or backs but it’s still a little bit sketchy in places. I had a bad crash this morning and I’m super sore but it’s been a good weekend.”

Sparks businessman Wade Bone had a near sweep with three wins and coming home second in the 45 Novice final moto. Lee Felch used one runner up and three wins to claim the 38+ Beginner overall.

Both Jim Patterson, in 58 Amateur and Marcus Gentry, in 38 Expert, used a combination of two seconds and two firsts to claim their respective overall finishes.

The trio of A.J. Turnage, Bryan Hammond and Kyle Wyant teamed up to take the first three placed in the overall totals for the 30 Intermediate division.

Two Reno chapter riders that raced in the same races but different classes were Jeramiah Brown, in 30 Novice and 38 Novice Mike McGill. Both won victories but Brown made his a sweep while McGill took three out of four races.

After the dust settled Brown said, “It was awesome, I love Fernley and that’s what makes it, the sand. I got second the first day and got all the rest. And the wind is horrible as I don’t know how to jump in the wind but I had fun and that’s all that matters.”

McGill reversed the order of wins with a second in his final moto but it was enough to secure the overall victory for the weekend.

“I was dead last to start on that last one,” he said. “The track is really rough but this is my first national overall win and I’m excited. I need to thank Wade Bone and Sinnister Racing for their help.”

When the series comes to Fernley the Reno and Sierra Chapters have the advantage, as their members are very familiar with the fast, sandy track. And it showed in the final tally of overall victories.

Reno came out on top with nine overall wins followed by the Sierra chapter with four overalls. Behind them the Bay chapter had three, while the South and Valley shared two overall wins each.

During the weekend four riders were hurt bad enough to require the medics to have them transported to the trauma unit at Renown Medical Center in Reno. Their condition and names were unavailable at the time this report was filed.

•Rattlesnake Raceway was going to celebrate the weekend with a two-day show on the clay oval just outside of downtown Fallon. However Mother Nature had the final say and she washed out Saturday’s main events after all the heat races had been run.

The only paying event Saturday was a Dash for Cash for the only two Pro Stocks that showed up and Gary Nevers won that prize.

Sunday’s show, which was to include the canceled main events from Saturday was rained out so today, beginning at noon, the track is going to try and run those races as well as the full Sunday schedule.

OTHER RACING NEWS

•This weekend the Reno-Fernley Raceway, starting at 6 p.m., hosts another of its shows. Over in Quincy, California, starting at 7 p.m., the American Valley Speedway stages another of its points races featuring IMCA Modifieds as well as the DART Dwarf Cars.

On Sunday the Northern Nevada Kart Club stages its next race with the action beginning around 10 a.m. while Exit 28 ends its Dealer Challenge Race for the Cup series, beginning at 8 a.m., with the final motocross races of that series.

•The Busch brothers spent the weekend at the Charlotte Motor Speedway with Kyle winning Saturday’s Nationwide event. In Saturday’s Coke Cola 600 Kurt Busch managed to finish fourth despite damage to his car while Kyle had worse problems and fell to 32nd at the end.

•On a sad note veteran racer Kenny Knight, who drove a Mod Mini and used to race at the fairgrounds track in Lovelock, passed away last week. This weekend the track will honor his memory.

RESULTS

30+:

- (Beginner) 1. Chad Leroy Silva, 2. Dennis Mattews, 3. Cameron Matthews

- (Novice) 1. Jeramiah Brown*, 2. Kirk Sego*, 3. Brent Dost

— (Intermediate) 1. A.J. Turnage*, 2. Bryan Hammond*, 3. Kyle Wyant*

— (Expert) 1. Jeff Marsh, 2. Tyson Derksen, 3. Jason Shakespeare*

— (Master) 1. Scott Stillmock*, 2. Jesue Puente

38+:

- (Beginner) 1. Lee Felch, 2. Daryl Harmon, 3. Steve Barrios

- (Novice) 1. Mike McGill*, 2. Chris Weathersbee, 3. Kevin Westmoreland

— (Intermediate) 1. Walt Ban Olden, 2. Michael Cossaert, 3. Neil Romero

— (Expert) 1. Marcus Gentry*, 2. Matt Dewson, 3. Kon Baur

— (Master) 1. Steve Nelson, 2. Aaron Mattson, 3. Butch Stillmock

45+:

- (Beginner) 1. Ian Stanton, 2. Michael Thomas, 3. Dave Rosenthal

- (Novice) 1. Wade Bone*, 2. Brian Lynch, 3. Daid MacDonald

- (Intermediate) 1. Eric Schacht*, 2. Chris Cumbo, 3. Dan Jones

— (Expert) 1. Don Clark, 2. John Lombardo, 3. Rick Aldrich

— (Master) 1. Tim Tynan, 2. Randy Blair

52+:

- (Beginner) 1. Dan Burgess, 2. Gilbert Gregg*, 3. Marion Tucker

- (Novice) 1. Joe Stern, 2. Greg Chapel*, 3. Uncle Mike

— (Intermediate) 1. Chris Talbot, 2. Mike Ellis*, 3. Duane Joice

— (Expert) 1. Bruce Ashmore, 2. Rick Wade, 3. Chester Martinimaas*

— (Master) 1. Randy Law, 2. Steve Law

58+:

— (Amateur) 1. Jim Patterson*, 2. LeRoy Francard, 3. Bob Kosovilka

— (Expert) 1. Mike Tucker, 2. Duane Quick*

* - Reno OTHG chapter members.

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