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Surprise modified winner highlights Lovelock racing
by Dan McGee
Jun 24, 2012 | 1875 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune/Dan McGee - A delighted Jeffrey Macedo takes a victory lap after his surprise victory in the IMCA Modified feature at the Lovelock Speedway on Saturday evening.
Tribune/Dan McGee - A delighted Jeffrey Macedo takes a victory lap after his surprise victory in the IMCA Modified feature at the Lovelock Speedway on Saturday evening.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - A small mistake of slightly too much gas and not enough brake sends the car of J.D. Jurad (4X) sliding sideways while Mark Skender (33) avoids him on the high side. This small mistake cost Jurad the victory in the IMCA feature race.
Tribune/Dan McGee - A small mistake of slightly too much gas and not enough brake sends the car of J.D. Jurad (4X) sliding sideways while Mark Skender (33) avoids him on the high side. This small mistake cost Jurad the victory in the IMCA feature race.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - Dickie Sousa takes a victory lap after winning the B Mod feature Saturday night. Even though he led the entire race, Sousa had to be careful on the dry-slick surface.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Dickie Sousa takes a victory lap after winning the B Mod feature Saturday night. Even though he led the entire race, Sousa had to be careful on the dry-slick surface.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - During the Dwarf Car feature, eventual winner Rodney Sweet (10) gives early leader Shand Stannard (51w) a gentle nudge to let him know someone is on his back bumper.
Tribune/Dan McGee - During the Dwarf Car feature, eventual winner Rodney Sweet (10) gives early leader Shand Stannard (51w) a gentle nudge to let him know someone is on his back bumper.
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LOVELOCK ­­— Despite the cool winds, racing was as fast and furious as ever. And for one driver, his victory came as an almost complete surprise.

“I might have gotten him (J.D. Jurad) if I had a little more traction up top. Up high it was loose but tonight it was a two-groove track,” Jeffrey Macedo said after winning the IMCA Modified feature.

Helping expand the field was Wade Lumsden, who was late but managed to get his car ready and towed out from Fernley.

When the Modified race began, Jurad jumped into the lead with Macedo giving chase. Further back Adam Walters, after a quick duel with Mark Skender, began to charge toward the front.

Lap after lap, Macedo tried to get around Jurad as they tore around the track Around the half-way point Macedo finally grabbed the point with an outside move, which was countered by an inside move by Jurad when he retook the lead.

By now Walters had caught the leaders and made it into a three-way, nose-to-tail duel.

Unfortunately for Jurad, he made just a little mistake tearing into Turn 3 with two-laps to go. Jurad’s car turned sideways and collected the racers of Macedo and Walters.

Fortunately the impacts were light so Macedo and Walters took off while Jurad was left behind stuck on the berm.

At the checkered, the delighted Macedo picked up the victory while Walters was glad he ended up second. Following them were Skender, Jurad and Lumsden.

Asked about his mistake a disappointed Jurad said, “Isn’t that something, just one little bobble.”

Macedo explained that when he suddenly found Jurad sidways in front of him, “I hit the brakes. I tried to miss him as J.D. is a good competitor but luck was on my side tonight. And I need to thank Larry Shaw Racecars, my wife, kids and grandparents.”

Waiting for his car to be checked after the event, Walters said, “I could have caught him and could have passed him but my brakes went out about a quarter the way into the race. So I ran without brakes and it seemed to work but we got into that tangle and I just couldn’t go forward any more.”

Luck, and in one case some fast work, played a part in two victories.

Dickie Sousa seemed to have things go his way in the B Mod event. However, earlier in the late afternoon he spun onto the infield and just missed a tire used to mark the inside of the track.

By the time his feature race began the track had gone dry-slick so he had to drive a fast and careful race.

“The race was good and I was lucky,” Sousa said back in the pits. The track was better but rough in the corners. And I need to thank my wife, KB as she’s my best friend.”

When the 360 Sprint Cars ran their heat race Robert Cooney began to spin coming out of Turn 2. Contact, with Bob Cooney, sent him into the wall ruining his front suspension.

Using all the time he had between that race and the feature, Cooney rebuilt the destroyed suspension.

In the feature Cooney took off when the green waved and for several laps was challenged to Bob Cooney, who eventually fell back, which allowed Jeffrey Macedo to take second.

Back in the pits Robert Cooney, who had no time to even take a hot lap or two to see if the repairs were going to work, said, “It was pretty loose out of corner 2 and I just tried to not spin out. We redid the front end and got out there so were pretty lucky.”

Even though three Dwarf Cars took the green, they put on a display of speed and some close racing.

First on point was Shane Stannard, who was soon passed by Bobby Gibson. A spin by Rodney Sweet, while he was trying to pass for second, slowed the pace for a couple of minutes.

Once he returned, Sweet got on the wheel and charged to the front with an inside move as they roared down the front stretch. In the end Sweet won followed by Gibson and Stannard.

Physical was one way to describe the Hobby Stock feature.

It took two attempts to get the race started and when things got rolling Michael Ellison held the point with Sandy Clark giving chase.

Back in the pack there was a lot of contact, and five laps into the race, there was a caution for a car that spun.

Now Ellison and Royce Goetz, who had charged through the pack was second.

When racing resumed both drivers took off with Goetz trying the high line and Ellison holding him off on the low line.

Five laps later contact send Ellison onto the infield, where his car went right over a large rock. That ended his night while Goetz paid the pits a short visit to have is car checked.

This time Audie Peterson and Clark were first and second when the green waved again. Ellison, realizing that his car was damaged went over the berm then headed for the pits.

Then Ricky Ellison brought out the next caution when his car stalled and he needed to be pushed into the pits.

On the green Goetz used an outside move to grab the lead and would run away to the victory followed by Peterson and Clark.

However due to the amount of contact that happened while he was charging toward the front, several protests were filed and the official results won’t be known until late Monday.

One driver that was happy after the Hobby Stocks ran was Tim Russell, who drove his car to its and his first finish this season.

OTHER RACING NEWS

•This weekend three Nevada NASCAR drivers competed in two very different road races.

Both Kurt Busch and T.J. Bell were at the classic Road America course at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Busch managed to finish eighth after almost being taken out when another car hit his, Bell wound up 37th when his car suffered mechanical problems and he wound up in a gravel trap.

On Sunday the Busch brothers races at what used to be known as Sears Point but was called Sonoma Raceway Park. After the race over this fast and very hilly course ended Kurt Busch had raced his way to third while younger brother Kyle ended up 18th.

Racing this weekend begins at Fallon’s Top Gun Raceway when the drag strip hosts another of its Fast Friday session. Then on Saturday, beginning at 9:30 a.m. the track staged Round 9 of its Summit ET series and Round 8 of the Junior Dragster series.

On Saturday, starting at 6 p.m., Rattlesnake Raceway in Fallon stages another points race that will feature both the Amsoil Outlaw Karts as well as the first visit by the DART series Dwarf Cars.

Then on Sunday, around 10 a.m., the Northern Nevada Kart Club takes to Desert Park Raceway in Lemmon Valley for another of its point’s races.

On Wednesday, staring at 5 p.m., Rattlesnake Raceway stages its traditional 4th of July races. And as usual the track is also the site of Fallon’s fireworks show.

Two special events are also slated for this area on the weekend of July 6th and 7th.

The first event is the Eldorado Firecracker 500, which starts Saturday with an all-day off road racing expo in Sparks.

Then after pre-running the course, located off U.S.A. Parkway, the race itself begins Saturday, July 7th at 9 a.m. and the fastest racers are expected to finish the 500 miles anywhere from 10 to 14 hours.

Further east the North Nevada Rally returns for its annual race against the clock.

On Friday, starting around 5 p.m. the cars will run the first of eight stages running on dirt roads from Toulon to Trinity. The last four stages will be at night.

Then on Saturday, beginning at 12:30 p.m., the cars will be at the north end of Winnemucca Dry Lake as they tackle an additional 8 stages run in both directions around Purgatory Peak.

RESULTS*

Lovelock Speedway - June 24th

IMCA Modifieds:

Heat Winner - J.D. Jurad

Main (20 Laps) - 1. Jeffrey Macedo, 2. Adam Walters, 3. Mark Skender, 4. J.D.Jurad, 5. Wade Lumsden

B Mods:

Heat Winner - Damon Tupa

Min (20 Laps) - 1. Dickie Souza, 2. Loren Bianchi, 3. Chad Christiansen, 4. Shirley Reeves, 5. Damon Tupa+

360 sprints:

Heat Winner - Bob Cooney

Main (12 Laps) - 1. Robert Cooney, 2. Jeffrey Macedo, 3. Bob Cooney

Hobby Stocks:

Heat Winner - Michael Ellison

Main (20 Laps) - 1. Royce Goetz, 2. Audie Peterson, 3. Sandy Clark, 4. Tim Russell, 5. Dahna Ellison, 6. Ricky Ellison+, 7. Michael Ellison+, 8. Kevin Libbe+

Dwarf Cars:

Heat Winner - Rodney Sweet

Main 10 Laps) - 1. Rodney Sweet, 2. Bobby Givson, 3. Shane Stannard, 4. Frank Hinds+

* - All results are unofficial until they are reviewed Monday

+ - Did not finish the race.
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