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Hard racing and sweeps at Arenacross
by Dan McGee
Feb 20, 2011 | 1731 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune/Dan McGee - This pass, about two-thirds through Saturday's AX main, gave a weekend sweep and series points lead to Tyler Bowers (3). He took the inside line to get around Jeff Gibson (4), who had led from the start.
Tribune/Dan McGee - This pass, about two-thirds through Saturday's AX main, gave a weekend sweep and series points lead to Tyler Bowers (3). He took the inside line to get around Jeff Gibson (4), who had led from the start.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - Another rider having a great weekend at the Arenacross event was Tiger Lacey from Spring Creek, Nevada, who swept both AX Lites West feature races.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Another rider having a great weekend at the Arenacross event was Tiger Lacey from Spring Creek, Nevada, who swept both AX Lites West feature races.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - Vickie Golden, the first female to compete in the AX Lites division, almost made history this weekend but she fell one place short of making the main event on Saturday evening. After almost making it in Denver, she'll try again this weekend at the Arenacross event in Sacramento on Saturday.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Vickie Golden, the first female to compete in the AX Lites division, almost made history this weekend but she fell one place short of making the main event on Saturday evening. After almost making it in Denver, she'll try again this weekend at the Arenacross event in Sacramento on Saturday.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - Sunday was for the amateurs at this weekend's Arenacross event. Here, Sparks rider Weslee Valerio (355) chases Jonah Locks during the Lites Novice main. Both finished fourth and fifth at the end.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Sunday was for the amateurs at this weekend's Arenacross event. Here, Sparks rider Weslee Valerio (355) chases Jonah Locks during the Lites Novice main. Both finished fourth and fifth at the end.
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RENO - Despite Friday's winter weather the annual visit of the Arenacross series rocked the Livestock Events Center. It was a weekend of hard racing for all on a challenging, technical track.

For Kentucky native Tyler Bowers, it was a great weekend although making it a sweep wasn't so easy on Saturday evening.

"I think it was a little bit of luck, there were some windows open and I was ready to jump through them," he said. "I ended up catching Gibson, which I didn't think I was going to do."

When the gate dropped on Saturday's AX main, Jeff Gibson ripped out of the first corner in the lead with Bowers mired in the pack. Soon afterwards Nathan Skaggs took the point only to surrender it to a determined Gibson.

Behind the leaders Bowers found his stride and starting picking off riders ahead of him. Soon he had Skaggs, who was second, in his sights.

Finally Bowers took second but was a distance behind the flying Gibson. Now the chase was on as they tore around the track.

Both leaders had a scare when one lapper went off in the rhythm section and scattered some of the tough blocks. Fortunately for them they managed to avoid those and the gap between them closed.

"One time I was jumping the rhythm section and he (Gibson) didn't," Bowers said. "I didn't think I as going to pass him but the next thing I know, I'm on the inside of him in a turn and had to make the pass."

From that point Bowers focused on riding smart and not making any mistakes, especially when passing lappers.

Behind him Gibson fell to third after Chad Johnson took second.

"It got a little wild but that's Arenacross as its action packed and fun to race," Bowers said.

The victory made it a sweep for Bowers, who ran away with Friday's feature. The left Reno 12 points in the lead with half the season to go and rising confidence.

On Friday all the riders were faced with a very long, aggressive stretch of whoops. In fact it was the undoing of several riders as they tried to negotiate this difficult section.

Even Bowers commented on it but that night track officials altered this section and made it a bit more rider friendly, even though it still took some skill to get through the section fast.

Filling the racing card were the Arenacross Lites West racers. They use 250cc bikes and race 16-lap mains as opposed to the AX riders that face off in 25-lap mains and are mounted on 450cc machines.

The man of this weekend was Tiger Lacey from Spring Creek, Nevada, who swept the Friday and Saturday night features.

When Saturday's Lites main began Tanner Moore was on point in the first turn followed by Chad Cook and Lacey. A few yards later Lacey had grabbed the point and set sail for the victory.

Behind him Cook and Moore were battling for second and it soon turned into a three-way fight when Patrick Massie joined them. Up front Lacey checked on the field and at the end claimed the sweep followed by Cook, Moore and Massie.

The track was a lot easier for sure with the whoops section knocked down," he said. "I got good start and didn't crash. Chad was inside of me as he jumped me so I just threw on the brakes and snuck around on the inside and it worked out for me."

During the race Lacey had to get around lap traffic and he did have some moments.

"Yea, it was actually kind of sketchy some of these guys are pretty squirrelly out there. But you've got to try, be smart and use your head," he said.

Series history was almost made as the first female rider is attempting to qualify for the main events in the West Lites division. Vicki Golden, from Temecula, California, who is the fourth ranked female racer in the country, almost made it during the stop in Denver.

On Friday the whoops seemed to be her undoing but on Saturday she actually held a transfer sport, much to the delight of a cheering crowd during the Last Chance Qualifier race. Unfortunately she was passed on the final lap and once again had to sit on the sidelines for the main.

Her next opportunity is on Saturday night in Sacramento, the series next stop. The technical course did cause some problems for a few riders. Medics transported two on Friday night and one Saturday. At press time their conditions were unknown.

OTHER RACING NEWS

•Special note: Due to a family wedding there will be no racing article on February 28. However, the racing reports will resume on Monday, March 7.

That will cover the first motocross of the year in this area at the Lion's Fernley track on Sunday.

•NASCAR's Nevada Quartet spent this past week at the Daytona International Speedway as their respective seasons began.

Three of the four raced Friday night in the Camping World Truck event where Kyle Busch started 21st and finished fifth. Brendan Gaughan started and finished 26th while T.J. Bell returned to the series but an accident dropped him to a 31st place finish.

Busch also drove in Saturday's Nationwide race where he finished seventh after starting eighth. He finished eighth in Sunday's Daytona 500, after starting 10th.

Older brother Kurt Busch had a great Speedweek after winning the Budweiser Shootout and his Duel 150 race. Then he led the first lap of the Daytona 500 and finished fifth after starting third.

•Jim Anderson and his team spent the weekend competing at The Battle of Prim in Southern Nevada. Driving his Class 5 Unlimited car he was first in his class in a heat as well as the main race where he wound up fourth overall.

RESULTS

Arenacross Series - Reno Livestock Events Center

•Saturday, Feb. 19

AX Main (25 Laps) - 1. Tyler Bowers, 2. Chad Johnson, 3. Jeff Gibson, 4. Kelly Smith, 5. Zach Ames, 6. Gray Davenport, 7. Nathan Skaggs, 8. Kevin Johnson, 9. Daniel Aulseybroo, 10. Cory Green

AX Lites, West (16 Laps) - 1. Tiger Lacey, 2. Chad Cook, 3. Tanner Moore, 4. Patrick Massie, 5. Aviery Hickey, 6. Joel Fittro, 7. Tanner Young, 8. Jake Locks, 9. Travis Smith, 10. Noa Quinabo

85cc 9-15 - 1. Jonah Locks, 2. Jacob Kennedy, 3. J.T. Blattman, 4. Dustin Kennedy, 5. Gavin Clouser, 6. Jake Newman, 7. Nick Decarli, 8. Allyson Miller, 9. Austin Black, 10. Dawson Newby

65cc 7-11 - 1. Austin Black, 2, Kilikai Ahuna, 3. Antonio Calavano, 4. Hunter Miller, 5. Max Case, 6. Julian Corridori, 7. Hunter Reynolds, 8. Reed Westwood

•Friday, Feb. 18

AX Main (25 Laps): 1. Tyler Bowers, 2. Cole Siebler, 3. Chad Johnson, 5. Zach Ames, 6. Kelly Smith, 7. Nathan Skaggs, 8. WillyBrowning, 9. Gray Davenport, 10. Kevin Johnson

AX Lites, West Main (16 Laps) - 1. Tiger Lacey, 2. Patrick Massie, 3. Joel Fittro, 4. Tanner Moore, 5. Travis Smith, 6. Tanner Young, 7. Jake Locks, 8. Morgan Burger, 9. Jonathon Withrow, 10. Chad Cook

85cc 9-15 Main - 1. J.T. Blattman, 2. Jonah Locks, 3. Jake Newman, 4. Dustin Kennedy, 5. Javier Loera, 6. Jacob Kennedy, 7. Dawson Newby, 8. Allyson Miller, 9. Austin Black, 10. Gavin Clouser

65cc 7-11 Main - 1. Kilikai Ahuna, 2. Austin Black, 3. Antonio Clavano, 4. Hunter Miller, 5. Max Case, 6. Reed Westwood, 7. Hunter Reynolds

•Sunday, February 20 - Amateur Day

Pro Sport - 1. Kelly Smith, 2. Joel Fittro, 3. Daniel Aulseybroo

Expert - 1. Daniel Aulseybrook, 2. Joel Fittro, 3. Jonathon Withrow

AX:

Nov - 1. Jonah Locks, 2. Riley Richardson, 3. Travis Burrough

Interm - 1. Tanner Sisson, 2. Jake Mohnike, 3. Billy Carpenter

AX Lites:

Nov - 1. Travis Burrough, 2. Reid Snyder, 3. Anthony Amos

Interm - 1. Jake Mohnike, 2. Jesse Janco, 3. Brandon Gravley

Beginner - 1. Jace Skaggs, 2. Chris Ireland, 3. Hagen McGill

Schoolboy - 1. Jake Mohnike, 2. Anthony Amos, 3. Travis Burrough

Collegeboy 16-24 - 1. Tanner Sisson, 2. Michael Staben, 3. Cory Reed

Over 25 - 1. Darin Connet, 2. Beau Judge, 3. Ryan McElfish

Over 30 - 1. Darin Connet, 2. Ryan McElfish, 3. Ron DeJesus

Over 35 - 1. Jason Labare, 2. Steve Thinger, 3. Bobby Deason

Over 40 - 1. Bobby Deason, 2. Patrick Vaccieri, 3. Gary Westwood

Women - 1. Tiana Falls, 2. Victoria Seamans, 3. Ryann Bradley

Girls 7-13 - 1. Ryann Bradley, 2 Amaanda Westwoc, 3. Kaylie Willis

85cc:

12-15 - 1. J.T. Blattman, 2. Jake Newman, 3. Nick DeCarli

7-11 - 1. Austin Black, 2. Kilikai Ahuna, 3. Antonio Calavano

Super Mini - 1. Jacob Kennedy, 2. J.T. Blattman, 3. Nick Decarli

65cc:

6-11 - 1. Austin Black, 2. Kilikai Ahuna, 3. Antonio Calavano

7-9 - Reed Westwood, 2. Trever Tellez, 3. Travis Whitwam

50cc:

4-6 - 1. Ty Freehill, 2. Damon Lovell, 3. Nathan Von Miller

7-8 - 1. Wade Huffman, 2. Chandler Jones, 3. Dalton Hoyos

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