"I'm feeling good, this Pearson Realty built car that B.J. worked on was nice and easy to drive," Malen Gonzalez said after winning the big prize.
When the green waved, Fred White took the point with Robby Grace, Jesse Gonzalez, Ed Goss and Malen in hot pursuit.
The first caution came when Al Goss almost hit the front straight wall but got stopped in time. When the green waved again, White took off but this time he was under attack from Jesse Gonzalez.
The three-way duel for the lead led to contact on Lap 7, which sent Grace into the backstretch wall, but all he needed was to replace a flat tire.
Going to the green, White led with the Gonzalez brothers lined up right behind him. Once racing resumed, Malen used his "Nuclear Banana" yellow car to sweep into the lead and leave everyone in his dust.
A spin by Ed Goss bunched the field and it became a family duel with Malen just holding off his brother, Jesse. That duel ended when the drive shaft in Jesse's car fell off.
From then on, the race was Malen's as he stormed away to claim the big prize.
The race itself had a dramatic finish when Ed Goss arrived in the pits to find his car was on fire. Frantic and quick work soon got things under control.
Once the dust settled, car owner Pearson said, "The car's fantastic but it's faster than I am and that's why Malen is driving it. The set up and suspension I designed and it just goes."
Then Malen said, "You know there were awesome cars here, we had the Goss brothers, we had Robby Grace and my brother Jesse. All those guys are top contenders and it just happened to work out my way. And I've got to congratulate the car owner for giving me such a great piece."
Gonzalez added that his season would have been over as his own car has a blown engine so he appreciated Pearson giving him this drive.
Later, in a gesture of sportsmanship, Jesse Gonzalez gave Ed Goss his prize money for coming out to race and to help with repairs to his car.
A quartet of IMCA Modifieds took the green with Alec Childs on point. Shortly after that, it became a two-car duel as a determined Missy Natenstedt began a relentless attack.
Lap after lap, she challenged Childs but he managed to hang on to the lead and scored a narrow victory.
The Hobby Stock feature quickly became a place-swapping duel that lasted almost the entire race.
Annette Rinehart, the "Flying Grandmother," was first on point until Eddie Scarberry took it, only to surrender the lead to Steve Foster.
A caution slowed things when Rinehart had to pit with first of two flat tires. On the restart, Aaron Benham used the outside line to grab the point only to lose it to Foster, who then surrendered the lead to Chris Neal.
Behind the leaders, Mike Olsen had been working his way to the front and after a short duel with Neal, took the point with four to go and claimed the victory.
"It was iffy as they were running two-wide in front me and couldn't pass so had to be a little patient," Olsen said. "Neal had the high line, he finally got loose and I got past him. And I need to thank my family and my wife for letting me do this."
Duncan Lee had things all his way in the Rat Mod feature until he spun out of the lead. Fortunately he didn't lose a lap and was able to regain the lead and take the win.
Back in the pits Lee said, "Just a little not paying attention really. There was a dry-slick spot developing between Turn 3 and 4, I noticed it, knew it was there and it kept getting worse and worse. I saw the 37 car and thought I probably could put him a lap down but wasn't thinking and got a bit over enthusiastic."
The Gen-X feature was all Shawn Hartzell once he got past Al Bishop. Coming home third was young Cody Ketten, who is moving from the Outlaw Karts to racing a car.
OTHER RACING NEWS
•The four oval tracks in this region will host races this weekend.
Starting at 6 p.m. Saturday, the Fernley 95A Raceway hosts another of its points races in a show featuring the IMCA Modifieds. An hour later Lovelock Speedway ends its season with all the regular classes.
That same night at 7 p.m. Diamond Mountain Speedway in Susanville ends its season. Further east, starting at 7 p.m., Battle Mountain Raceway has a special event in its schedule, the Silver Cup Race featuring Pro Stocks racing for a $3,000 to win payout.
Straight-line racers also end their regular season at the Top Gun Raceway, located south of Fallon. Qualifying begins at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday as those racing in the ET, Junior Dragster and All Star series finish their year.
The new RMA motocross organization stages the first round of its fall series, starting around 10 a.m., on Sunday at the Exit 28 track.
•Both Busch brothers competed in two NASCAR events this weekend at Richmond. In Friday's Nationwide event Kurt started 17th and raced his way to a third-place finish.
Things didn't go so well for them in Saturday's Sprint Cup event with Kurt ending up 30th, while younger brother Kyle was eliminated from this year's Chase as he finished 16th in the rain-delayed event.
•This week the local motocross and air racing families are mourning the loss of two veteran competitors.
For many years, Tim Dyer was a fixture at local motocross events but sadly he passed away last week. Dyer was a well-liked and respected racer.
Just before the weekend, practicing for an upcoming air show, Robert "Bob" Odegaard perished in the crash of a Super Corsair he helped restore. That aircraft apparently won the Thompson Trophy at one of the historic post WWII Cleveland Air Races and competed in last year's event.
We at the Tribune offer our condolences to their personal and extended racing families.
Rattlesnake Raceway - Sept. 8
Heat #1 - 1. Malen Gonzalez, 2. Robby Grace, 3. Al Goss, 4. Rick Zeiter
Heat #2 - 1. Jesse Gonzalez, 2. Ed Goss, 3. Fred White
Main - 1. Malen Gonzalez, 2. Robby Grace, 3. Al Goss, 4. Rick Zeiter, 5. Ed Goss. 6. Jesse Gonzalez, 7. Fred White
Heat - 1. Missy Natenstedt, 2. Robert Mull, 3. Jerry Crowley, 4. Alec Childs, 5. Wade Lumsden
Main - 1. Alec Childs, 2. Missy Natenstedt, 3. Jerry Crowley, 4. Robert Mull, 5. Wade Lumsden
Heat - 1. Duncal Lee, 2. Scott Hammond, 3. Mark Rios, 4. Steve Young, 5. Lee Ketten, 6. John Shearer
Main - 1. Duncan Lee, 2. Scott Hammond, 3. Mark Rios, 4. Lee Ketten, 5. Steve Young
Heat #1 - Pete Olsen, 2. Aaron Benham, 3. Steve Foster, 4. Wes Washburn, 5. Annette Rinehart
Heat #2 - 1. Chris Neal, 2. Rob Carey, 3. Sandy Clark, 4. Eddie Scarberry
Main - 1. Mike Olsen, 2. Chris Neal, 3. Steve Foster, 4. Rob Carey, 5. Sandy Clark, 6. Eddie Scarberry, 7. Wes Washburn, 8. Aaron Benham, 9. Annette Rinehart
Heat - 1. Shawn Hartzell, 2. Al Bishop, 3. Cody Ketten
Main - 1. Shawn Hartzell, 2. Al Bishop, 3. Cody Ketten