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Wind wreaks havoc at Rattlesnake Raceway
by Dan McGee
May 08, 2011 | 2175 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune/Dan McGee - Ripping through the final turn of the Sprint Car main, Adam Walters (4) whips past the slower car of Aaron Gustin (5) and jumps ahead of early leader Tommy Teeters whose nose can be seen to the right. The move earned Walters the victory.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Ripping through the final turn of the Sprint Car main, Adam Walters (4) whips past the slower car of Aaron Gustin (5) and jumps ahead of early leader Tommy Teeters whose nose can be seen to the right. The move earned Walters the victory.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - Shawn Natenstedt (1) takes off with Brian Milburn (14) and Don Childs (41R) in hot pursuit. In the end, Natenstedt, the defending track champion, won the IMCA Modified feature race.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Shawn Natenstedt (1) takes off with Brian Milburn (14) and Don Childs (41R) in hot pursuit. In the end, Natenstedt, the defending track champion, won the IMCA Modified feature race.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - Pete Olsen takes the checkered flag after winning an action-packed Hobby Stock feature race at Rattlesnake Raceway on Saturday evening.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Pete Olsen takes the checkered flag after winning an action-packed Hobby Stock feature race at Rattlesnake Raceway on Saturday evening.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - Heading for the checkered flag and the victory, Mini Mod winner Stephen Crook (25) is chased by Larry Miller as they end a long duel for the lead.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Heading for the checkered flag and the victory, Mini Mod winner Stephen Crook (25) is chased by Larry Miller as they end a long duel for the lead.
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FALLON - Well, the weather man was wrong on Saturday as the winds just increased during the night and the evening of racing at Rattlesnake Raceway ended with a very light rain. However, none of this deterred the drivers from staging a night of hard and wild racing.

And the race of the night was the Sprint Car main that ended with a final turn pass just yards from the checkered flag.

"I knew it was going to be a long race so I thought I'd be patient, take my time to get to the front," Adam Walters said when he got back to the pits. "I knew I could just pick them off one by one if they just kept making mistakes and I was trying not to make any on my way to the front."

When the green waved to start the 25-lap race, Galen Reese was on point followed by Tommy Teeters and the pack. After a spin brought out the first caution, the field resumed roaring around the track.

For the next few laps, Reese was able to hold off Teeters, who finally made his charge to the front and took the lead. Behind him, Walters and Bob Cooney were having a duel of their own for second.

After another caution, Teeters once again led the charge but, six laps later, Walters finally got past Cooney.

"When I was back there with Bob it was starting to worry me as I didn't know if I could get around him," Walters said.

Due to the slick track, Walters then began to use as little throttle as he could to not spin his tires. After he caught Teeters, the chase was on as they dueled for the lead.

Tearing into the final turn, the lead duo caught the car of Aaron Gustin and that's when Walters made his move.

"We came in on the bottom and he (Teeters) chose the high side so I dove into the bottom and onto the infield to try it," he said. "I just barely touched the throttle coming out so I didn't spin my tires and ended up winning it."

After the victory the delighted Walters stopped in front of the stands, climbed on the back of his car's wing and saluted the crowd.

Only six Modifieds were on hand and their main ended the program when there was a very light rain falling. The moisture helped the track that had been rapidly drying with wind that was blowing all during the evening.

Leading the charge was Alec Childs, who was chased by Brian Milburn, Eddie Scarberry and Jeff Elerick. Three laps later, heat winner Shawn Natenstedt had sliced his way forward to claim second.

About that time, Childs seemed to either make a mistake or had a problem that sent him into the wall bringing out a caution. Fortunately he was able to limp into the pits and would return later and several laps down.

When the green waved again, Natenstedt took off with Elerick giving chase. Just a few laps later, Elerick clipped the backstretch wall and he too limped into the pits to have his car checked.

By now it was Natenstedt's race and he roared off to take the victory. Finished second was Milburn followed by Scarberry.

"Alex Childs he made some changes on his car right before the main and he was looking pretty good. I was just cruising there and biding my time as I didn't want to wreck him or I and wanted to get a feel for the track. It looked like he made a little mistake and went high in 4 and I got up underneath him but the track was good, then we got a little bit of ran and the track got even better."

The night's biggest field was the Hobby Stocks and they did put on an action packed show for the fans.

First on point was Pete Baglin with Anthony Del Vecchio giving chase. The first of five cautions came out on lap 4. Back in the pack Carl Barlow was slicing his way through traffic while Rocky Goetz and Richard Italiano were being a bit more patient.

Steve McGee brought out one caution when his car slowed and he limped to the pits. Barlow also had problems as he had to make a quick pit stop to change a flat tire but both men were able to return to the fray.

One duel for second became a brother affair as Pete and Mike Olsen disputed second place for several laps. That is until the final caution, brought out when Goetz, who had a flat, spun after Italiano couldn't avoid hitting his car.

Then on the final restart Pete Olsen jumped into the lead followed by Lance Roberts, Mike Olsen and early leader Baglin. Back in the pack Italiano was forced wide and hit the wall damaging his suspension.

Two laps later, there was a melee involving Barlow, McGee, Del Vecchio and another car.

In the final sprint to the checkered Pete Olsen claimed the victory followed by Lance Roberts, Mike Olsen, Baglin and Barlow.

Back in the pits Pete Olsen said, "It was a lot of fun, I got to race door-to-door with my brother and drive up front. The restarts were key as my car does really well and that's where I was able to capitalize. The race seemed like it went on for a long time and you're always praying for the white flag when you're in front."

The Mini Mod featured began as a duel between Justin McIlvain and Stephen Crook as they ran nose-to-tail for several laps. Behind them Larry Miller was slowly gaining on the leaders and caught them around the halfway mark.

Finally Crook used an inside move on the back straight to claim the point then had to content with a determine charge from Miller. By this time they had put a gap between themselves and Steve McGee, who is usually a contender.

In the final charge to the checkered flag Crook used the preferred line and reached the finish first just head of Miller. Not a bad performance for Crook who almost blew us his motor during a heat race when the oil drain plug fell out of it.

Fortunately the officials noticed this and sent Crook to the pits before he could damage the motor, which actually belongs to his brother.

"It felt good because I needed that as I've been having some real bad luck," Crook said. "Miller likes to run the bottom so I just moved down, which wasn't as fast for me but I knew if I was there he probably wasn't going to try and go around. So I just kind of played a little chess and went to the bottom and hoped that Steve McGee wasn't coming."

Lee Kettin scored a runaway victory in the Rat Mod feature. Once the green waved the Gabbs resident just took off and flew around the track. At the end Scott Hammond finished a distant second followed by heat winner Glen Lee.

After the race Kettin said, "It worked out pretty good, had a few problems in the heat race but we did some suspension adjustments. The track was pretty nice, smooth, I was able to keep the speed up as my car likes the high speed and was running good."

Cody Thunder won the Gen-X main followed by points leader Jesse James and Kevin Reuter.

OTHER RACING NEWS

•Two area oval tracks will be in action this weekend with Lovelock starting at 6 p.m. with its usual divisions. The Reno-Fernley Raceway Oval begins another NASCAR night of racing a 7 p.m. and those racing Division 1 Modifieds will face off in their first double points event.

On Sunday, motocross racers will visit Winnemucca for the next race in the SMRA spring series. Up at Desert Park Raceway in Lemmon Valley, starting around 10 a.m., the Northern Nevada Kart Club stages its next points race.

•At the most recent IKF race at Redding, Calif., NNKC Tag Senior driver Chelsi Wagner won both of her races.

•Three Nevada drivers spent the weekend at Darlington Raceway, also know as, "The Lady in Black."

Despite getting several Darlington Stripes, when he slid along the Turn 4 wall, Kyle Busch came from 18th to win Friday night's Nationwide event. On Saturday night, in the Sprint Cup event Kyle wound up 11th, while older brother Kurt Busch ended up 27 and Sparks native T.J. Bell, in what might have been his first cup start, had a bad night finishing 38th.

RESULTS

Rattlesnake Raceway - May 7

IMCA Modifieds:

Heat Winner - Shawn Natenstedt

Main (20 Laps) - 1. ShawnNatenstedt 2. Don Childs, 3. Eddie Scarberry, 4. Wade Lumsden 5. Brian Milburn

Hobby Stocks:

Heat Winners - #1 Richard Italiano, #2 Wes Washburn, #3 Rocky Goetz

Main (30 Laps) - 1. Pete Olsen, 2. Lance Roberts, 3. Mike Olsen, 4. Pete Baglin, 5. Carl Barlow

360 Outlaw Sprints:

Heat Winners - #1 Tommy Teeters, #2 Jeff Macedo

Main (25 Laps) - 1. Adam Walters, 2. Tommy Teeters, 3. Bob Cooney, 4. Jeff Macedo, 5. Galen Reese

Rat Mods:

Heat Winner - Glenn Lee

Main (15 Laps) - 1. Lee Ketten, #2 Scott Hammond, 3. Glenn Lee, 4. Marry Lumsden, 5. Steve Young

Mini Mods:

Heat Winner - Larry Miller

Main (20 Laps) - 1. Stephen Crook, 2. Larry Miller, 3. Steve McGee, 4. Justin McIlvain, 5. Steve Singley

Gen-X:

Heat Winners - #1 Yolanda Kaster, #2 Jesse James

Main (25 Laps) - 1. Cody Thunder, 2. Jesse James, 3. Kevin Reuter, 4. Yolanda Kaster, 5. Kali Pope
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