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Racers roll the dice at 95A's shootout
by Dan McGee
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Tribune/Dan McGee - Brian Johnsen, from Oregon, streaks across the finish line to win Sunday's feature Pro Stock race at the 95A Speedway.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Brian Johnsen, from Oregon, streaks across the finish line to win Sunday's feature Pro Stock race at the 95A Speedway.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - Rich Miller (88) uses the high groove to take the lead away from Carl Barlow (27n) in the Hobby Stock main on Sunday. The move gave Miller his first victory this year but ended Barlow's almost perfect season.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Rich Miller (88) uses the high groove to take the lead away from Carl Barlow (27n) in the Hobby Stock main on Sunday. The move gave Miller his first victory this year but ended Barlow's almost perfect season.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - Scoring a runaway victory in the Pure Stock Mini division. Travis Barr takes the checkered flag, ending a championship season at the 95A Speedway. He and many other drivers raced in the season-ending event this weekend.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Scoring a runaway victory in the Pure Stock Mini division. Travis Barr takes the checkered flag, ending a championship season at the 95A Speedway. He and many other drivers raced in the season-ending event this weekend.
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FERNLEY — The 95A Speedway ended its racing year with a two-day shootout that brought local drivers as well as some from Oregon and California to this clay oval.

Sunday was the money round and the final race, featuring the IMCA Modifieds, went right down to the wire.

"It's been a long time, almost two years since I won here," Robert Miller said after winning the IMCA feature. "We put new brakes on the front and it wanted to spin out. But about halfway through, they seated in and it started working better. It looked like Natenstedt's car was going away while we got better at the end."

After a B main to set the final 10 cars into the 20-car field, the final race of the year began. On the green, Shawn Natenstedt jumped into the lead followed by Miller and Jake Holland.

Soon Holland held second with Adam Walters and Miller following along with Tom Purcell.

Around Lap 18, everything came to a halt when several cars tangled at he end of the front straight. After that was cleaned up, and five cars were towed, racing resumed.

Two more cautions slowed the race's pace but up front the battle was intense for second as Natenstedt seemed in command. In the final laps, Holland fell out of contention when he had to pit for a new tire.

Then with two to go, Natenstedt made an uncharacteristic error as he used a slightly high line going through Turns 3 and 4. This allowed Miller and Walters to duck under him.

At the line, a delighted Miller took the checkered flag followed by Walters and a disappointed Natenstedt.

Back in the pits Walters said, "That was a fun event out there, ran everybody clean and we've been working on this car all season long. It's finally starting to kick in and we ran good."

He then added that if the gap wasn't so large at the end, he might have gotten around Miller.

Asked about his mistake, Natenstedt simply said, "I messed up."

The Pro Stock main was a runaway as Oregon based driver Brian Johnsen just took off and left everyone in his dust. After a race-long duel between veterans, Al Goss finished second just ahead of Gary Nevers.

"I had a bad draw yesterday so I started deep in the field in my heat race but finished fourth," Johnsen said later. "Today I got to start on the front row, led all 25 laps, so that's a good feeling."

Carl Barlow had pretty well dominated the Hobby Stock division and it appeared he was on his way to scoring another victory. But this day, another driver had a different finish in mind.

On the green, Barlow and Randy Boyd took off down the front straight. Going into Turn 2, Boyd had the advantage until a quick caution slowed things down.

On the restart, Boyd took off again, but then the race came to an abrupt halt when Derreck Ramthun spun and stopped with an engine fire. The emergency crew made quick work of that and Ramthun's car was towed to the pits.

Up front, Rick Miller had managed to take the lead from Boyd and Barlow but it would take two attempts to get the race going again. Then eight laps later, Ramthun, who had returned to the race, broke part of his front suspension and stopped with another engine fire, which briefly halted racing.

From that point on, it was Miller's race as no one could get close enough to mount a challenge. Barlow and Boyd ended up second and third while Brian Moore came home fourth.

All the marbles were on the table trying to beat Carl and it took us a season but we did it," Miller said back in the pits. "We let the pressure down a bit on the tires because we knew it was going to go dry slick and I just drove my butt off."

The Dwarf Car main was a runaway for Oregon driver C.J. Putnam, who really liked the track.

"It was a good race and I haven't been on a track that smooth all year," he said. "So it was a good track and the car worked pretty good."

When the Mod Mini feature began Stephen Crook was on point with Will Ritchey giving chase. The race appeared to be all Crook's until his engine began to have problems, which led to a small oil fire.

As Crook exited the track he was chased by the emergency crew into the pits where they made sure the fire was out.

Back on the track, Ritchey inherited the lead and just sped away from everybody else.

Later Ritchey said, "It's my first A main event win in Fernley and my buddy Dennis Crook helped me out otherwise I wouldn't be able to do this. I've won them at Fallon and Susanville but never here, so this was special."

Another runaway victory was when North Valleys High School student Travis Barr led from green to checkered as he picked up another victory in the Pure Stock Mini division. Al Bishop tried to make a race of it but ended up a distant second.

"It was pretty easy starting up front. Once I saw them halfway across the track, I started to slow down a bit," Barr said later.

While things ran reasonably smooth on Sunday it was a bit different Saturday evening. In fact, there were many crashes during the heats and main events.

With so many IMCA cars on hand, there was a B main to set the A main field on both days.

On Saturday evening, those that finished in the first 10 places were automatically transferred into Sunday's main. Then on Sunday, that B main filled the final 10 spots on the grid.

Sunday afternoon ended with a trophy ceremony where winners' checks and trophies for the first three finishers in all divisions were handed out.

Now the track is dark until spring where new changes are apparently going to be in place. One of them will being the King of the West sprint car series coming to the facility for at least two visits.

OTHER RACING NEWS

•This weekend, only one event is on tap as the RMA motocross series visits the Honey Lake Motocross Park in Milford, Calif. After practice, the first moto should leave the starting gate around 10 a.m.

•NASCAR'S Nevada Trio was busy this weekend at two different tracks. The Camping World Trucks were at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday evening and hometown boy Brendan Gaughan started sixth and finished fourth.

Both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup series raced at the Monster Mile in Dover, Del.

In Saturday's Nationwide event Kyle Busch started seventh and finished fifth while Sparks native T.J. Bell started 31st but had to drop out and ended up 41st. In Sunday's Cup series event Kyle ended up seventh, brother Kurt finished 23rd and T.J. Bell ended up 33rd after starting 41st.

RESULTS

Fernley 95A Speedway - Shootout

•Sunday, Sept. 30

IMCA Modifieds:

B Main (20 Laps) - 1. John Osgood, 2. Mark Skender, 3. Chris Nienman, 4. Unlisted, 5. Alec Childs, 6. Missy Natenstedt, 7. Tom Purcell, 8. David Johnson, 9. Unlisted, 10. Walter Ball

Main (30 Laps) - 1. Robert Miller, 2. Adam Walters, 3. Shawn Natenstedt, 4. Richard Papenhausen, 5. Monte Schoff

Pro Stocks (25 Laps) - 1. Brian Johnsen, 2. Al Goss, 3. Gary Nevers, 4. Jesse Gonzalez, 5. Scott Deutsch

Hobby Stocks 25 Laps) - 1. Rick Miller, 2. Carl Barlow, 3. Randy Boyd, 4. Brian Moore, 5. Pete Baglin

Pure Stock Mini (20 Laps) - 1. Travis Barr, 2. Al Bishop, 3. Shawn Burton, 4. Justin Schilling, 5. Bracee Langevin

Mod Minis (20 Laps) - 1. Will Ritchey, 2. Justin Busch, 3. Galen Hainline, 4. Jesse James, 5. Dennis Crook

Dwarf Cars (20 Laps) - 1. C.J. Putnam, 2. Shane Ramthun, 3. Unlisted, 4. Roy Peterson, 5. Tate Morehead

• Saturday, Sept. 29

IMCA Modifieds:

Heat Winners - #1 Erica Harmon, #2 Robert Miller, #3 Shawn Natenstedt, #4 Adam Walters

B Main (15 Laps) - 1. Tom Purcell, 2. Unlisted, 3. Monte Schoff, 4. Mark Skender, 5. John Osgood

A Main (20 Main) - 1. Shawn Natenstedt, 2. Robert Miller, 3. Adam Walters, 4. Jake Holland, 5. Jim Murphy

Pro Stocks:

Heat Winners - #1 Al Goss, #2 Jesse Gonzalez

Main (20 Laps) - 1. Brian Johnsen, 2. Gary Nevers, 3. Al Goss, 4. Jimmy Klopp, 5. Rob Grace

Hobby Stocks:

Heat Winners - #1 Carl Barlow, #2 Dean Clark, 3. Royce Goetz

Main (20 Laps) - 1. Carl Barlow, 2. Randy Boyd, 3. Rick Miller, 4. Royce Goetz, 5. Dean Clark

Dwarf Cars:

Heat Winner - C.J. Putnam

Main (15 Laps) - 1. C.J. Putnam, 2. Glenn Sciarrani, 3. Vuki Wilson Jr., 4. Tate Morehead, 5. Roy Peterson

Mod Minis:

Heat Winners - #1Justin Busch, #2 25

Main (15 Laps) - 1. Stephen Crook, 2. Will Ritchey, 3. Dennis Crook, 4. Justin Busch, 5. Justin McIlvain

Pure Stock Minis:

Heat Winner - Justin Schilling

Main (15 Laps) - 1. Travis Barr, 2. Bracee Langevin, 3. Justin Schilling, 4. Loghan Cologna, 5. Al Bishop
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