"The track was good man, another phenomenal Fernley," Shawn Natenstedt said after winning the race. "I have to give thanks to sponsors and an awesome wife. I had to take the lead from her in both the heat and main but she makes little mistakes and is learning from them."
Earlier in the evening, his wife Missy led for most of their heat race until Shawn was finally able to take the lead in the final laps due to a small error on Missy's part.
When the feature began, Missy took off from the front row while Shawn had to start from the back. Up front, Walter Ball was in pursuit of the leader.
After working his way through the pack, Natenstedt was once again chasing his wife as she held him at bay despite his best efforts. Finally, she made a small mistake that opened the door and Shawn used an inside move to grab the lead.
From there, he just took off and ran away with the victory. However, Missy and Ball then began a duel that lasted until the final laps.
Firstly, she led the nose-to-tail chase until Ball took second. Then after the second caution, Missy returned the favor, took second back and held it to the checkered.
"The race was good," Missy said during the awards ceremony. "I just make mistakes still and Shawn got me. Then I lost second to Walter, but I got him back right after the restart as I just pushed him a little high going into the corner. The track was nice, dry slick and smooth so it doesn't tear up stuff."
The night didn't start out well for Travis Peterson when a rear seal in his transmission failed during the heat race, which was won by Maylen Gonzalez. A quick trip to a local auto parts store and hard work by his pit crew, got him out in time for his feature race.
When the green waved, Peterson took off with David Rauscher in hot pursuit. Soon afterwards, heat race winner Malen Gonzalez claimed third. Up front, Peterson's car began to leave a trail of smoke, but that didn't slow his run to the victory.
In the closing laps, Gonzalez was able to take second, dropping Rauscher to third.
"Our transmission had a little bit of a seep we'll call it, but that was a great run for us, went from green to checkered," Peterson said. "The guys had to replace a transmission seal during intermission … The car marches forward, I've never driven a car that marches forward like this and the track was smooth as it could be."
The largest field of the night was in the Hobby Stock division. When the green waved on their main, Rocky Goetz took off with Dwight Bolton and Rick Miller giving chase.
Just before a caution around lap 11, Carl "Fireball," Barlow was on the move after starting in the back. He found the outside groove to his liking and was picking off cars one by one on his way to the front.
After the first caution ended, there was a three-way battle for the lead with Goetz and Bolton exchanging the point while Barlow was lurking right behind them. After a second caution, Bolton briefly held the lead again until Barlow used an outside move in Turn 2 to claim the lead for good.
There was one more caution, with two to go, but in the end, Barlow reached the checkered flag first followed by Bolton, Goetz and Miller.
"Everybody was riding together so I put it on the outside and got going," Barlow said later. "The track was good at the start, then it went dry-slick."
Two other races had green-to-checkered victories for a pair of drivers.
The first was in the Mod Mini main where Justin Busch was the class of the field. However only three cars were left running at the end due to a variety of mechanical issues.
In the awards ceremony Bush commented on being up front and not exactly sure where his competition is.
"It's different when you don't know where they are so you just keep your foot into it and my secret was keeping my head clear and keep driving," he said.
One delighted driver was Danielle Paine as she led the entire distance to score her first ever feature race victory.
"The track was perfect for me tonight but I had a little trouble in one and two but finally figured out what line I needed to be in, drove and went for it," she said.
• VORRA staged its annual night race, the "Night Vision 250," east of Fallon on Saturday. The top racers were separated by just a few minutes as they ran through the dark in the Salt Wells area.
At the end, series boss Wes Harbor, in his Class 10 racer, completed the six laps and reached the finish line first, ahead of Steve Laroza and Justin Silkwood, who led earlier in his Group T vehicle. Fourth and fifth place finishers were Dave Schnieder and Joe Maqliano driving Ultra 4 racers.
OTHER RACING NEWS
• Rattlesnake Raceway in Fallon hosts another of its points races starting at 6 p.m. Saturday evening. Highlighting the racing will be the IMCA Modifieds as well as the Northern Nevada Outlaw Karts.
Kids rides, during the intermission are an added feature to the night's racing.
• Once again the motocross track at Exit 28 will be hosting practice sessions. The current schedule is Sunday, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. and on Wednesday from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. or dusk.
• This week NASCAR returns to its roots as the Camping World Truck Series takes to the dirt at Eldora Speedway on Wednesday night. And, if it proves successful, this event might pave the way for both the Nationwide and eventually the Sprint Cup series to include a dirt track race in their schedules.
Nevada native Brendan Gaughan will compete in his truck while Kyle Busch is putting dirt track ace Scott Bloomquist in his. The non-points event will be broadcast by Speed starting at 4 p.m.
RTF Speedway - July 20, 2013
IMCA Modifieds: Heat Winner - Shawn Natenstedt. Main - 1. Shawn Natenstedt 2. Missy Natenstedt, 3. Walter Ball, 4. Paul Stephens, 5. Leo Mayfield. Pro Stocks: Heat Winner - Malen Gonzalez. Main - 1. Travis Peterson, 2. Malen Gonzalez, 3. David Rauscher, 4. Conner Tatum, 5. Dody Hopper. Hobby Stocks: Heat Winners - #1 Carl Barlow, #2 Royce Goetz. Main - 1. Carl "Fireball," Barlow, 2. Dwight Bolton, 3. Rocky Goetz, 4. Tom Haxall, 5. Rick Miller. Mod Minis: Heat Winners - #1 John Burch, #2 Richard Scott. Main - 1. Justin Busch, 2. Richard Scott, 3. Kenny Martin, 4. Justin McIlvain*, 5. John Burch.* Pure Stock Minis: Heat Winner - Justin Schilling. Main - 1. Danielle Paine, 2. James Edwards, 3. Bracee Langevin, 4. Justin Schilling, 5. Anthony Adams … * - Did Not Finish. Outlaw Karts: Beginner - 1. Ryan McGee, 2. Jensen Tenora, 3. Evan Rausher Box Stock - 1. Shansen Tenora, 2. Cole Reid, 3. Blake Tauscher, 4. Sarah Anderson, 5. Grasen Tenora. 250cc - 1. Katelyn Robertson, 2. Jozay Hartman, 3. Madison Robertson. 500cc - 1. Shaun Tenora, 2. Shayna Robertson, 3. Lisa McGee
• VORRA - Night Vision 250
Overall Finish - 1.Wes Harbor, Class 10, 2. Steve Laroza, Group T, 3. Justin Silkwood, Group T, 4. Dave Schnieder, Ultra 4, 5. Joe Magliano, Ultra 4, 6. Leo Caballos, Group T, 7. Trevor Hausman, Sportsman, 8. Forest Creasy, Class 9, 9. Aaron Osborne, Class 1, 10. Shelby Hall, Full Metal, 11. Matt Myres, Full Metal, 12, Jeff Eveler, Sportsman, 13. Max Baggett, Sportsman, 14. Dennis Jean, UTV, 15. Jake Povey Group T