The series is actually two races happening at the same time. While every individual rider is competing for wins and a class title, they are also earning points for the dealer they are affiliated with.
So at the end, there are trophies for the racers as well as a special trophy for the winning dealership.
Even though Sunday got a cold start, the day was a sunny time for one Reno professional as he swept all his races.
“He (Ryan Ferris) was close but not close enough to make a pass but he’s still riding really good and Nathan Tiearney fell down,” Aaron Siminoe said. “Nathan was the one that got by me after I made a little bobble, couldn’t recover so I came around on the outside and let him by. Then I followed until he made a mistake.”
Like most riders, Siminoe liked the new layout of the course.
“The new course layout is good, flows really good and good momentum through it so I like it,” he said.
Then he expressed his thanks to sponsors: Thousand Oaks Power Sports, Monster Energy Team Green Kawasaki, Fly, Dragon Goggles, Bell Helmets, CD Boots, and LivFast for staging the event.
When the gate dropped for the second 250/450F moto, Siminoe took off with Ferris and Tiearney in hot pursuit. After a few laps the lead changed when Tiearney took the point but his lead was cut short due a mistake in one of the tighter sections of the track.
After that Siminoe took off but not to far behind as Ferris, who had to settle for the runner-up spot while further back Ian Naccarto took third.
Siminoe and Ferris met again in he 125/250F second moto and this time it as Siminoe doing the chasing for the first few laps. Eventually Ferris made a slight mistake, which was all Siminoe needed as he grabbed the lead and roared away for the victory.
While Siminoe and Ferris live in Reno, a trio of Sparks riders, Jesse Sanchez, Dominic Panelli and Seth Pruett pulled off a Rail City triple when they swept the top spots in the 250/450F division.
Sanchez also won the 125/250F intermediate class while defending Dealer’s Cup winner Rich Thorwaldson, who owns Moto Source, scored victories in both 40+ Expert and 30+ Pro divisions.
After competing in the 85cc classes for the past few years, Gavin Clouser has moved into the big bikes. His transition has gone smoothly and he scored a triple winning the Schoolboy (13-17), 125/250F Junior and 2-Stroke Open divisions.
Hope Stillmock was the Women’s winner, while veteran Eric Schacht scored the 50+ victory.
At the other end of the age ladder, Demetre Proutsos, Lux Turner, Dylan Thorwaldson and Casey Carmichael won their respective Pee Wee divisons. In 65cc class winners were Brock Grashuis, Dalton Hoyos, Mike and Danny Hillyer.
Layne Kolbet, a veteran and fixture in the region’s motocross scene, won the 40+ Intermediate Class. Last week, after the track was changed he held a rider’s school at Exit 28.
“It went really well, the course is a little bit more demanding than it was but a very fun layout and it flows really well,” he said. “The school was a huge success and the riders learned a lot.”
Anytime there is hard racing, some riders go down. Most get up, shake it off and continue with the race if their bikes aren’t too damaged.
However, two riders, a youngster and an adult, crashed hard enough to earn a ride to Renown Medical Center in Reno. At deadline their conditions were unknown.
After the final checkered flag waved, promoter Tim O’Brien said, “Well I think the rider count is actually really good compared with the weather we were dealing with so based on that it was fantastic. I think all the dealers are happy, the kids are amped and everybody’s into it so it should be a good series.”
After taking Easter weekend off, the series resumes Sunday, April 18.
OTHER RACING NEWS
•While most series are taking next weekend off, one oval track starts its season Saturday evening. Rattlesnake Raceway in Fallon begins its year with a full slate of divisions and host the debut of the Amsoil Northern Nevada Outlaw Kart series.
The karts run on a 1/8th mile track located on the infield and their heats begin around 4 p.m., after several hot lap sessions, then the cars take to the track and their races begin around 6 p.m.
•The Busch brothers spent the weekend at the paperclip shaped Martinsville Speedway in Virginia. Things could have gone better as Kurt started 40th and finished 33rd while younger brother Kurt ended up 36th after starting eighth.
Dealer’s Cup Series- Round 1
Exit 28 - April 1
— (4-6) 1. Lux Turner, 2. Chase Cannizzaro, 3. Lala Turner, 4. Palmer Knoblock, 5. Ryder Thomaselli
— (Auto Clutch) 1. Dylan Thorwaldson, 2. Oliver Bonner
— (7+) 1. Casey Carmichael, 2. Wyatt Brixey, 3. Demetre Proutsos, 4 Cody Zimmer, 5. Ripley Shakespeare
— (Open) 1. Demetre Proutsos, 2. Lux Turner, 3. Wyatt Brixey, 4. Jimmy Tracey, 5. Ripley Shakespeare
— (Beg.) 1. Dalton Hoyos, 2. Chandlar Sheleby, 3. Logan Anderson, 4. Kyle Zimmer, 5. Hayden Fagundes
— (Jr.) 1. Danny Hillyer, 2. Brock Grashuis, 3. Casey Carmichael, 4. Mitchell Keen, 5. Cole Petrosky
— (Intr.) 1. Mikey Hillyer
- (Open) 1. Brock Grashuis, 2. Casey Carmichael, 3. Mitchell Keen, 4. Ethan Lewis, 5. Dylan Thorwaldson
— (Beg.) 1. Zane Clarke, 2. Andrew Fahey, 3. Chance Bauer, 4. Liam Knoblock, 5. Jayson “Peanut” Davis
— (Jr.) 1. Austin Johnson, 2. Josh Lee, 3. Austin Lewis, 4. Jacob Baldwin, 5. Vincent Del Barba
— (Intr.) 1. Callion McHaney, 2. Mason Olson, 3. Garrett Darby, 4. Dallas Dussault, 5. Mason Stone
Supermini - 1. Callion McHaney, 2. Jacob Baldwin, 3. Justin Davis, 4. Dallas Dussault, 5. Jacob David
50+ - 1. Eric Schacht, 2. Chester Martinmaas
- (Jr.) 1. Mike Fillmore, 2. Russ Petrosky, 3. Jeff Perrine, 4. Bill Webb, 5. David Bissell
— (Intr.) 1. Layne Kolbet, 2. Chris Leone, 3. Eric Schacht
— (Exp.) 1. Rich Thorwaldson, 2. Chester Martinmaas, 3. Anthony Fagundes
— (Beg.) 1. Jamie Bonner, 2. Joe Young, 3. Mark Held, 4. Shalie Thorwaldson
— (Jr.) 1. Sonny Snodgrass, 2. Josh Thomaselli, 3. Coby Madewell, 4. Kelly Hilbert
— (Intr.) 1. Jeramiah Brown
— (Exp.) 1. Jeff Simas, 2. Jason Shakespeare, 3. Aaron Bissell
— (Pro.) 1. Rich Thorwaldson, 2. Pete Cannizzaro, 3. Nathan Tiearney, 4. Kenn Bell
Club - 1. Jeff Simas, 2. Jason Shakespeare, 3. Layne Kolbet, 4. Chester Martinmaas, 5. Anthony Fagundes
Women - 1. Hope Stilmock, 2. Shalie Thorwaldson, 3. Samantha Monzo
Schoolboy (13-17) - 1. Gavin Clouser, 2. Jesse Sanchez, 3. Zack Zito, 4. Joshua Davis, 5. Billy Adams
2-Stroke Open - 1. Gavin Clouser, 2. Daniel Pearce, 3. Ethan Reddick, 4. Trent Cocking
Big Bike Open (18+) - 1. Seth Pruett, 2. We Gilmore, 3. Kyle Habberstad, 4. Zach Parker
— (Beg.) 1. Justin Lydick, 2. Andrew Williams, 3. Jesse Simmons, 4. Brendon Borrego, 5. Jeff Brewer
— (Jr.) 1. Gavin Clouser, 2. Dylan Galliett, 3. Ethan Hoffman, 4. Deven Force, 5. Caleb Duster
— (Intr.) 1. Jesse Sanchez, 2. Billy Adams
— (Pro.) 1. Aaron Siminoe
— (Beg.) 1. Andrew Williams, 2. Jonathan Stamper, 3. Louis Loutas, 4. Brendon Borrego, 5. Joe Young
— (Jr.) 1. Ethan Hoffman, 2. Zach Parker, 3. Gavin Clouser, 4. Dylan Galliett, 5. Caleb Duster
— (Intr.) 1. Jesse Sanchez, 2. Dominic Panelli, 3. Seth Pruett, 4. Billy Adams
— (Pro.) 1. Aaron Siminoe, 2. Ryan Ferris, 3. Ian Naccarto, 4. Nthan Tiearney, 5. Wayne Appleton