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Kris Kringle ends Rattlesnake Raceway's season
by Dan McGee
Nov 07, 2010 | 1814 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune/Dan McGee - The closest finish at the Kris Kringle race was in the Hobby Stock main where Jerry Allec Jr. (50) managed to hold off a determined Dwight Bolton (27z), who had to settle for second place. They spent the final laps of the race this close together.
Tribune/Dan McGee - The closest finish at the Kris Kringle race was in the Hobby Stock main where Jerry Allec Jr. (50) managed to hold off a determined Dwight Bolton (27z), who had to settle for second place. They spent the final laps of the race this close together.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - Lee Ketten takes the checkered flag to win the Rat Mod feature at Rattlesnake Raceway despite worrying about a left rear wheel that was damaged in an early race incident with second-place John Scherer.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Lee Ketten takes the checkered flag to win the Rat Mod feature at Rattlesnake Raceway despite worrying about a left rear wheel that was damaged in an early race incident with second-place John Scherer.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - After a first-lap crash eliminated half the field, the Gen-X race was still a barn burner as Jesse James (53) pressured winner Doug Hast (333) all the way to the checkered flag.
Tribune/Dan McGee - After a first-lap crash eliminated half the field, the Gen-X race was still a barn burner as Jesse James (53) pressured winner Doug Hast (333) all the way to the checkered flag.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - Russ Cazier (59) was one of two IMCA Modifieds at the Kris Kringle race and dominated that event. Here he's about to put a lap on the modified of Reldon Hatch.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Russ Cazier (59) was one of two IMCA Modifieds at the Kris Kringle race and dominated that event. Here he's about to put a lap on the modified of Reldon Hatch.
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FALLON - The season ending event at Rattlesnake Raceway is the annual Kris Kringle race for charity. It's a chance for the drivers to race for fun, help those less fortunate and while the car counts are usually low the racing is just as spirited as at any other event.

Of course that also means if there's onlyone car in a class that driver gets the trophy no matter where they finish.

After a series of heat races the mains began with the Rat Mods and for John Scherer, driving the car usually piloted by class champion Duncan Lee, the start was exciting as he tore into the pits with a flat.

A restart was ordered and when Scherer returned the green waved again with him in the lead. Exiting Turn 4 he got sideways and was clipped by the car driving by Lee Ketten.

After a short caution the field took off again and Scherer soon was in second and closing on the fleeing Ketten, who was concerned about the health of his car. But in the end, Ketten reached the checkered flag first with Scherer second.

At the trophy presentation Ketten said, "It was a good race, a little bit interesting, got a pretty good hit in the left rear and I thought for sure it was going to go flat on me. Didn't know if the wheel was going to fall off or the axel break but I'm in the lead and that's usually when the ball drops and things go bad. It was good to come out here for charity and it makes proud to do part of that"

He then gave special thanks to his wife Patricia, and his 9-year-old son Lee, who is the crew chief and responsible for Ketten to be at the race. New sponsor Middle Gate Station was mentioned as well as Ed Thomas Enterprises, whose owner put some money into the team's efforts and Rattlesnake president Chris Lumsden, who supplied a motor after one blew up.

Two races gave the fans close finishes with the Hobby Stocks providing the narrowest victory margin.

When the green waved it sent the largest field off and running with Daniel Partelow on point until he spun out of the lead. When racing resumed Dwight Bolton was on point before veteran Jerry Allec Jr. used an outside move to take the lead as they roared down the backstretch.

Two cautions slowed the race's pace but after the final green it was Allec and Bolton for the victory. In the final laps they caught 15-year-old Mason Millard, who recovered from hitting the wall and was trying not to lose a lap.

After a long nose-to-tail duel Allec won the day and reached the finish first with Bolton inches behind him.

Later Allec, a former track champion at Carson City said, "I was just trying to hold on to my spot, doing a little blocking and turning a little sideways. One car in front of me was a little slower than us but I didn't want to push him out of the way and this was my first Fallon main event victory, so I'm going to take it in pride. I also need to thank NAPA of Carson City and Eagle One Carpet Care, that's my company as well as my friends and family that help me race."

Crystal Kontny, a high school junior whose father usually handles tech inspection at Rattlesnake and Lovelock drove the only Bomber in the race and was out gunned by the Bombers that kept lapping her.

Asked about the race she said, "It was a lot of fun, exciting but since the Hobby's are faster than the Bombers I wasn't out there to win but to have fun. And I need to thank my mom Shawna and dad John Kontny."

The Gen-X also had a close finish as well as a pretty nasty looking wreck on the first lap.

When the green waved Doug Hast took off with the pack in hot pursuit. However Logan Cologna ended the first lap by spinning and stalling on the front stretch.

Aaron Berham, exiting Turn 4 didn't see her and slammed into the stalled car.

The race was stopped as medics and official raced to check on Cologna, who was uninjured.

She and Berham were able to limp back to the pits as well as Shawn Hartzell, whose car also had problems. Only three carswere left when racing resumed but Jesse James made it close as he chased winner Hast to the checkered flag.

"The race was wonderful," Hast said, "I didn't get into the wreck so I'm good. There was one good line, luckily I was in the front and got to take it the whole time. And I need to thank my whole crew, Jim, my wife Carissa and my daughter."

Two IMCA racers and one Pro Stock had their own race that was dominated by Russ Cazier but the Pro Stock was chased all race long by Reldon Hatch in his IMCA car.

At the end winner Cazier said, "Actually it was fun, we come out here to help support the charity this race is about and I was very grateful to be able to win it last year and again this year. Now I don't throw this out lightly but first of all I have to thank God as he provides everything for this car to be able to run, I'm a privateer, have no sponsors so we're self supporting through all of that.

"I also need to thank my partner Jan Pemberton, she is my crew chief and loves racing so much, there's been many times I've been tired, thought about quitting but she just won't let me give it up, she loves racing and for that I'm grateful."

The pro stock winner, finishing second in that race, was Antonio Aragon, who said, "The race was quite challenging knowing the car was pushing so I just had to work with what I had. And I'd like to thank my mom and dad Rita and Jesus Vasquez as well as my baby sister Zigana."

Only two sprint cars were on hand and while Larry Olivera led early it was all Arnie Martin after he took the lead and gave a demonstration of power sliding through the turns. The season ended with a three-car demolition derby that was won by Wayne "Flash Gordon," Garcia.

During the breaks several track officials and the medics, took turns storming through the huge puddle that covered over half the infield. And Wayne Kramer brought his Racing for Wishes ride-along IMCA out to give raffle winners thrilling rides around the track.

•On Friday evening Rattlesnake Raceway hosted its awards banquet at the Fallon Convention Center. It was a night of gifts, food, a goodtime and a chance to celebrate the end of a long season.

Local racer Jay Sears got a special, Longest Flight Award, due to an incident that sent his car sailing through the air. Fortunately he emerged with minor injuries, was able to get another racer, come back and ended up second in championship points for the IMCA Modified class.

Anther local making a come back after a spectacular wreck was Josh Ogg, who barrel rolled his car one night. He got it repaired, won the Pro Stock feature the following week and ended up second in points for his class.

One driver not able to make the recent Dirt Track Championships was Mod Mini champ Will Ritchey, who will be in a Hobby Stock next season.

Reflecting on the season past he said, "This is my first championship in life and I'm 42-years old and it's so awesome. It's more than I expected this as I just expected to have fun and with the support of my family and my friends, the Crooks (Brothers Stephen and Dennis) it just doesn't get any better."

At the end of the night track president Chris Lumsden mentioned there are improvements coming to the facility over the winter.

OTHER RACING NEWS

•This weekend two different motorcycle series take center stage.

South of Fallon, the United Trails Association stages a two-day MRANN race. Saturday, beginning around 9 a.m., is for the Pee Wees, Mini Bikes and V Women while the big bikes get their chance Sunday with a 10 a.m. start time.

The Nevada GFI series will be at the new motocross track at Chilcoot, Calif, about a 30-minute drive north of Reno. Saturday is for practice and Sunday, beginning around 10 a.m., is when the first moto should begin.
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