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Garrison comes home to win at Moon Rocks
by Dan McGee
Oct 31, 2010 | 1799 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune/Dan McGee - Bobby Garrison is hard on the brakes as he slows for the bottom of a hill during Sunday's big bike race at the Moon Rocks area. The Sparks native, who now lives in Southern California, returned home to both race and win the annual MRANN Halloween weekend event.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Bobby Garrison is hard on the brakes as he slows for the bottom of a hill during Sunday's big bike race at the Moon Rocks area. The Sparks native, who now lives in Southern California, returned home to both race and win the annual MRANN Halloween weekend event.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - Levi Hutchings finished second overall in Sunday's MRANN event but only after he was able to get past Irving Powers, who got the hole shot when the expert riders began their race.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Levi Hutchings finished second overall in Sunday's MRANN event but only after he was able to get past Irving Powers, who got the hole shot when the expert riders began their race.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - After taking the checkered flag, D.J. Charles heads for the scoring chute as his 26th overall finish made him the top amateur in Sunday's race at Moon Rocks.
Tribune/Dan McGee - After taking the checkered flag, D.J. Charles heads for the scoring chute as his 26th overall finish made him the top amateur in Sunday's race at Moon Rocks.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - Riders wearing costumes are part of the traditional MRANN race on Halloween weekend. Here, Annette Castillo, dressed as a bumblebee, heads for the scoring chute before starting the second loop in Sunday's event.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Riders wearing costumes are part of the traditional MRANN race on Halloween weekend. Here, Annette Castillo, dressed as a bumblebee, heads for the scoring chute before starting the second loop in Sunday's event.
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MOON ROCKS - The Rim Benders Motorcycle Club staged the traditional MRANN Halloween races at the Moon Rocks OHV area this weekend. And one graduate of the series, who now lives in Hesperia, Calif., proved you could come home again, and win.

Asked how the course was after taking first over all, Bobby Garrison said, "It was pretty good, really wet, pretty tight and fun. One section was pretty virgin when we started so that was fun as well and it's been a while since I was here."

After thanking sponsors Husqvarna and Zip Ty, Garrison said next year he'll focus on the National Hare and Hound as well as the WORCS series. But he might compete in some more MRANN events as well.

Riders in MRANN are grouped into Novice, Amateur or the Expert class, fastest of all. Each class begins the race separately in a "land-rush" style start where the riders form one long line.

When a banner is dropped the riders kick their bikes to life and take off rushing up a slight grade then making a left turn that puts them on the course.

When the experts started, Irving Powers, the 2009 MRANN points champion got a huge hole shot and led the charge. Ross Neely, who usually is a contender, had his race come to a sudden halt when his motor seized only a few hundred yards into the race.

Up front, Levi Hutchings soon joined Powers and they swapped places a few time. But, only a few miles into the race both were caught and passed by the flying Garrison.

After that the race was for second.

The course was two loops; one being 26-miles in length while the second part was only 18-miles long.

The first part ended with a long downhill run into alternate gas where a rider could pick up more fuel before taking off again. Then they circled the second part that led them back to where they had to cross the first loop.

The area both loops crossed each other had a crossing guard to keep everyone from running into each other. Those finishing the second part then headed down the pit lane, through the scoring chute and back onto the course.

After the first loop Garrison was in cruise control as there would be no catching him this day and he would finish with a huge gap in time. Behind him Hutchings, who ended up second overall, was battling with Powers, who eventually faded just a bit due to fatigue.

Ending his second loop, Garrison, who raced in the 4-Stroke class, was sent along a wash then up a short hill to the finish line. By then he was at least three or more minutes ahead of Hutchings and Powers.

"The washes were awesome, the dirt was good and I really like the back 18-miles as it was a lot of fun," Hutchings said after finishing in second and winning the 250 Expert division. "I need to thank my dad, my wife, DH1,

After Powers finished a close third he said, "Basically, a mile after the start, Levi got by me, I got by him back and then a little time went by then Garrison got by, then Tony Evans got by me. We were together the whole race, back and forth then I got way tired as I haven't been on my bike since Elko so I held on as long as I could."

Then Powers expressed his appreciation for the support he gets from McCoy's Off Road, DH1, Dirt Tricks, Morris Ad-air, who put my bike back together, VCMC, No Fear and Dirt Tricks.

Coming fourth was Reece Honea, who was riding a different bike than his usual one.

"It's a TM300 as I got a little deal going for the end of the season," he said. "The bike's working pretty good just in the fast stuff I'm struggling with it a little. The course was really challenging, Dennis does a good job so it was fun.

Larry Wright, a 50+ Expert crossed the line in 16 ahead of Geoff Brownell, the leading 40+ Expert, who ended up 18. D.J. Charles of Sparks was the first amateur to finish both loops with a 26th overall finish.

If there was an Iron Man award that would probably have gone to Josh Wilson, who finished 13th while riding with a broken foot.

Asked about this, he simply said, "It's for points."

In keeping with the Halloween theme some riders wear costumes during the race. While some of the guys had decorated capes another had two large horns on his helmet.

Patti Henning came dressed in a striped costume that looked like something out of a prison while Annette Castillo was dressed like a Bumblebee, complete with small wings.

The Moon Rocks event begins Saturday when the youngsters get their chance to race, compete in a costume contest and enjoy trick or treating through all the campsites after everyone enjoyed a group dinner.

In Pee Wees, the winners were Kai Kapahee, Aleea Howe and Brieanna McAuliffe while Ty Tremaine was the Mini Bike winner. Taylor Kemp won the Saturday, or V Women's expert race.

All in all it's a festive time when MRANN comes together to celebrate the holiday as well as race.

The next MRANN event, staged by the UTA club, will be outside of Fallon on the weekend of November 13-14.

OTHER RACING NEWS

•This week the final oval track event of the year happens starting at noon as Rattlesnake Raceway hosts the annual Kris Kringle event. This charity race isn't for points but a way for drivers to have fun as well as help those in need.

•On Sunday the Sierra MX series visits the Nevada Motocross Park in Gardnerville for round 8 of its fall series. All classes race on the same day with a 9:30 a.m. start for the first motos.

•Only two of NASCAR's Nevada Trio were in action this weekend as two series raced on the famed Talladega track. Kurt Busch won Saturday's Camping World Truck race but in Sunday's Sprint Cup crash marred event he finished 25th while older brother Kurt found bad luck and ended up 30th.

RESULTS*

Moon Rocks OHV Area, MRANN Round 10

•Oct. 31

Big Bike Overall - 1. Bobby Garrison, 4-Stroke Exp., 2. Levi Hutchings. 250 Exp., 3. Irving Powers, Open Exp., 4. Reece Honea, 5. Dan Capparelli, 30+ Exp., 6. Seth Johnson, 7. Zakk Audnried, 8. Jason Alosi, 9. Kyle Townsend, 10. Reese Barker, 11. Steve Arcouette, 12, Tayler Dahlberg, 13. Josh Wilson, 14. Ben Barnes, 15. Eric Amacker, 200 Exp., 16. Larry Wright, 50+ Exp., 17. Brandon Henning, 18. Geoff Brownell, 40+ Exp., 19. Jason Stelzriede, 20 Robert Nelson, 26. D.J. Charles, 4-Stroke Ama.

• Oct. 30

6 & Under - 1. Kai Kapahee, 2. Chris Slobogin, 3. Camaron Murphy, 4. Walker McGreal, 5. Bryce Termaine

7 & Older - 1. Aleea Howe, 2. Aidan Howe, 3. Jake Madson, 4. Ezra Belingheri, 5. Jesse White

7 & Older, 4-Stroke - 1. Brieanna McAuliffe, 2. Nathan Rust, 3. Connor Gephor, 4. Taylor Prater, 5. Amanda Ross

65 Beginner - 1. Tony Barron, 2. Talon Schwall, 3. Alek Simone, 4. Max Case, 5. Caleb Farley

7& Older/65 Beg. Overall - 1. Slrrs zhoer, 2. Aidan Howe, 3. Tony Barron, 4. Jake Madson, 5. Talon Schwall, 6. Ezra Belingheri, 7. Alek Simone, 8. Max Case, 9. Caleb Farley, 10. Jesse White

65 Ama. - 1. As Howe, 2. Max Madsen, 3. Levi Thompson, 4. Jonas Thissen, 5. Benjamin Niles

100 Nov. - 1. Chris Martin, 2. Hunter Pitts, 3. Dusten Baldwin, 4. Dylan Dziminski, 5. Austin Wilson

100 Ama. - 1. Zane Roberts, 2. Ed Sellers, 3. Blake McLaren, 4. Dillon Boyson, 5. Liam Price

100 Exp. - 1. Ty Tremaine, 2. Dean Berg, 3. Marcus Loll, 4. Samuel Jacobus, 5. Corey Fletcher

Mini Bike Overall - 1. Ty Tremaine, 2. Dean Berg, 3. Marcus Loll, 4. Samuel Jacobus, 5. Zane Roberts, 6. Corey Fletcher, 7. Colton Crist, 8. Ed Sellers, 9 Blake McLaren, 10. Dillon Boyson

V Women Nov. - 1. Melyssa Armstrong, 2. Mackinze Dingley, 3. Sue Harris, 4. Denise Schwartz, 5. Brittany Hutchins

V Women Ama. - 1. Katie Rosenquist, 2. Lacey Sexson, 3. Laura Lockridge, 4. Kim Polimeni, 5. Joanna Mitchell

V Women Exp. - 1. Taylor Kemp, 2. Julianne Zotter, 3. Danielle Rosenquist

V Women Overall - 1. Taylor Kemp, 2. Julianne Zotter, 3. Danielle Rosenquist, 4. Katie Rosenquist, 5. Lacey Sexson, 6. Laura Lockridge, 7. Kim Polimeni, 8. Joanna Mitchell, 9. Laurie Clark, 10. Leslie Crawford

•Full Results will be posted on www.racemrann.com later this week.
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