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Riders rip at Honey Lake
by Dan McGee - Special to the Tribune
Oct 22, 2013 | 2244 views | 1 1 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by Dan McGee - During Sunday's motocross at the Honey Lake MX Park, pro rider Tyler Pfeifer (91) had his hands full as intermediate Drake Evans (49), not only won their first encounter, but chased him during their second 250/450 moto. In the end both racers won their respective classes.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee - During Sunday's motocross at the Honey Lake MX Park, pro rider Tyler Pfeifer (91) had his hands full as intermediate Drake Evans (49), not only won their first encounter, but chased him during their second 250/450 moto. In the end both racers won their respective classes.
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Tribune photo by Dan McGee - Matt Bussell (395), a 30+ Pro, is chased by Brian Kuelper (555), an Intermediate rider, during the start of their first moto. After a close finish in their first race, Kuelper led the second lap only to fall and have to retire in their second meeting.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee - Matt Bussell (395), a 30+ Pro, is chased by Brian Kuelper (555), an Intermediate rider, during the start of their first moto. After a close finish in their first race, Kuelper led the second lap only to fall and have to retire in their second meeting.
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Tribune photo by Dan McGee - Jordan Beck heads down a short straight at Honey Lake MX Park on her way to winning her second moto and taking the day's overall victory in the Women's class. In her first moto, she finished a close second to Ashtyn Shepard.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee - Jordan Beck heads down a short straight at Honey Lake MX Park on her way to winning her second moto and taking the day's overall victory in the Women's class. In her first moto, she finished a close second to Ashtyn Shepard.
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MILFORD, CALIF. - The fifth round of SMRA's fall motocross series was held at the Honey Lake MX Park this weekend. Nearly perfect weather set the stage for a day of hard racing on the fast, hilly and technical course.

Although only two pros showed up, they had challengers from the intermediate ranks to keep them honest.

After winning the second 250/450 pro moto Tyler Pfiefer said, "It was fun, the track's really good, had a lot of fun out there. In the first moto (I) didn't do as well because the suspension wasn't working that great but I finally got it tuned in during my other moto so it was just another day at the racetrack."

However when the first moto began, Sparks rider, Drake Evans, was determined to make a race of it. In fact he took the lead and spent the remainder of the moto being chased by Pfiefer.

For Evans, it was a great day after being sidelined three months ago with a badly broken ankle.

When the second moto began Pfeifer assumed command at the first but Evans kept him honest and even briefly took the point a couple of times. Finally Evans decided to ensure his overall victory in the intermediate class and settled for second behind Pfeifer.

Asked about his first victory Evans said, "Didn't quite get a good start but I managed to get around everybody pretty quick. Just having fun, Tyler Pfeier out here was pretty good, just glad to be back on the bike and back out here at Honey Lake."

Right after finishing his second moto, Evans was involved in a freak accident when he was hit by a side-by-side after coming off the track. The impact hit his bad ankle and left him unable to compete in the second race he planned to be in.

He was walked away from the accident.

Pfeifer, who also won the 20+ pro overall, is off to Arizona for a national competition in two weeks. The aim is to gain five points so he can qualify as a pro and possibly compete in the upcoming Supercross season as well as in November's Arenocross event.

Matt Bussell, from Doyle, Calif., also had a good day sweeping both of the 30+ Pro motos. But he was kept honest in his first race as Brian Kuelper chased him the entire distance.

After his first victory, Bussell said, "It was good, got a clean start and just trying to put in a solid five laps, try to keep a smile on your face and have fun."

In their second meeting Kuelper, who led right after the start, went down early in the second lap and was unable to finish. This gave Bussell his second victory for the day.

"Had a good day, a lot of good fun and want to thank Larry and Lisa for putting on the event. Brian (Kuelper) is a good rider and actually got the hole shot but I can't remember when I made the pass. I knew he was going to be right behind me but I didn't hear him so me must have gone down and hopefully he's OK," Bussell said later.

Another Sparks rider who had a good day was Max Case, who swept both 125/250 Beginner motos. He had to work his way past traffic in the second race but the result was the same, victory.

The second 85cc Junior/Intermediate moto was another close race.

At the start Brock Grashuis was in the lead with Julian Domingo, the only intermediate rider, in hot pursuit. Lap after lap both tore around the track with Grashuis coming out on top at the end.

"I could hear him (Domingo) behind me and it seemed pretty close so I just pushed it as hard as I could," Grashuis said. "The track is pretty good but slick in some areas."

Topping the age bracket were Lonnie Madsen and Brian Ford, who won their respective 50+ divisions. At the youngest end, Natkana Domingo, Palmer Knoblock and Lux Turner, who won their respective Pee Wee classes.

The schoolboy race had 22 riders signed up but only 16 were listed as running finishers. Topping the division was Verdi rider Chad Heishman followed by Skyler Lemm and Dylan Galliett.

While the Women's class is thin this year, the racing has been as intense as ever with Jordan Beck and Ashtyn Shepard swapping victories.

The first moto ended with Shepard having the upper hand and when the second race began it appeared to be an encore. However Beck took the point early in the race then hung on to claim the victory.

After the checkered, and a bit out of breath, she said, "The race was really, really gnarly, it was super bad out there with a lot of braking bumps and stuff. I think I made the pass going up that hill, on the lower part of the up. I've won the first three races, got second in Fernley and won this one so I'm leading in points."

The series ends next Sunday at the Stead Motocross Track. Practice is on Saturday while the racing begins around 10 a.m. on Sunday as riders vie for points positions and the remaining championships.

OTHER RACING NEWS

• Rattlesnake Raceway in Fallon hosts its annual Kris Kringle races beginning at noon on Saturday. This annual charity race ends the track's racing until next year.

Then at 6 p.m., the track has its annual awards banquet at the Fallon Convention Center.

• VORRA ends its season with the annual Halloween Races at the Wild West Motorsports Park north of the Mustang exit on I-80. Saturday is for qualifying and a costume contest while racing begins at 10 a.m. Sunday as each division has three motos during the day ending with a Women's and Mechanic's race before the award ceremonies.

• Exit 28 hosts its weekend practice sessions from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

• Three of NASCAR's Nevada drivers were at Talladega Speedway this weekend.

In Saturday's Camping World Truck race Kyle Busch had at least a top six finish until he was collected in a melee just before finish line. He was uninjured and ended up 10th while Brendan Gaughan finished 11th.

On Sunday, in the Sprint Cup event, Kyle started 27th and charged his way to a fifth place finish while older brother Kurt Busch wound up 18th after starting 30th.

RESULTS

Honey Lake MX Park - Oct. 20

SMRA Fall Series - Round 5

50cc:

— (Beg.) 1. Palmer Knoblock, 2. Connoer Gaarenstroom, 3. Landen Williamn, 4. Adam Glaster, 5. Michael Hatch

— (Jr.) 1. Nakana Domingo, 2. Chase Cannizzaro, 3. Lawson Williams, 4. Lala Turner, 5. Drake Lanning

— (Open) 1. Luc Turner, 2. Lala Turner, 3. Chase Cannizzaro

65cc:

— (Beg.) 1. Lawson Williams, 2. Nakana Domingo, 3. Isaiah Johnson, 4. Isaiah Frandsen, 5. Evan Lewis

— (Jr.) 1. Casey Carmichael, 2. Demetre Proutsos, 3. Lux Turner, 4. Ethan Lewis, 5. Hayden Fagundes

— (Open) 1. Demetre Proutsos, 2. Hayden Fagundes, 3. Aren Duncan, 4. Ryder Scwardt, 5. Caleb Placek

85cc:

— (Beg.) 1. Wyatt Smith, 2. Benjamin Knoblock, 3. Cole Petrrosky, 4. Blayne Herrera, 5. Ethan Lewis

— (Jr.) 1. Brock Grashuis, 2. Andy Fahey, 3. T.J. Taylor, 4. Casey Carmichael, 5. Mikey Hillyer

— (Intr.) 1. Julian Domingo

— (Supermini) 1. T.J. Taylor, 2. Brock Grashuis,3. Kayden Metz, 4. Mikey Hillyer, 5. Jaron Thompson

50+:

— (Jr.) 1. Lonnie Madsen

— (Intr./Exp.) 1. Brian Ford, 2. Larry Brown

40+:

— (Jr.) 1. Jim Gray, 2. Lonnie Madsen, 3. James Halsey, 4. Keith Serpa

— (Intr.) 1. Glen Tantum, 2. Scott Averill, 3. Brian Ford

— (Exp.) 1. Anthony Fagundes, 2. Emmet Ramirez

30+:

— (Beg.) 1. Saer White, 2. Robert Belinger, 3. Jim Ferris

— (Jr.) 1. Bill Soderquist, 2. Sam Glaster, 3. Joe Gatie, 4. Scott Simmons, 5. Jonathan Remien

— (Intr.) 1. Anthony Fagundes, 2. Scott Averill, 3. Brian Kuelper

— (Pro.) 1. Matt Bussell, 2. Tommy Jean

20+:

— (Beg.) 1. Robert Gibson

— (Jr.) 1. Jeffrey Butler, 2. Trevor Scottish, 3. Brendan Borreyo, 4. Garrett Spoor, 5. Scott Simmons

— (Intr.) 1. Brian Kuelper

— (Pro.) 1. Tyler Pfeifer

Women - 1. Jordan Beck, 2. Ashtyn Shepard, 3. Denise Schwartz

Schoolboy/Open - 1. Chad Heishman, 2. Skyler Lemm, 3. Dylan Galliett, 4. Caleb Frandsen, 5. Chris Miller

125/250F:

— (Beg.) 1. Max Case, 2. Chet Maner, 3. Dylan English, 4. Jacob Perrine, 5. Nicholas Gaches

— (Jr.) 1. Chad Heishman, 2. Collin McHaney, 3. Mason Olson, 4. Alex Jacaway, 5. Cole Carmichael

— (Intr.) 1. Caleb Frandsen, 2. Brad Maga, 3. Skyler Lemm, 4. William Lee. 5. Drake Evans

250/450F:

— (Beg.) 1. Bryson Borino, 2. Bristol Minnillio, 3. Robert Gibson, 4. Adam Pavlu, 5. Ryan Tantum

— (Jr.) 1. Dylan Evans, 2. Keefer Sabol, 3. Jeffrey Butler, 4. Sam Hutton, 5. Dalton Smith

— (Intr.) 1. Drake Evans, 2. Brian Kuelper, 3. Dylan Galliett, 4. Caleb Frandsen, 5. Cody Powning

— (Pro.) 1. Tyler Pfeifer
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James Stewart
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November 02, 2013
Matt rides with jet fuel and pushes people off the track. Good race though.
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