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Neely rockets to Woolly Camel 100 victory
by Dan McGee
Nov 14, 2010 | 1572 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune/Dan McGee - As UTA member Vickie Hooser holds the checkered flag, Ross Neely coasts into the scoring chute after winning Sunday's Woolly Camel 100 race staged near a bombing range outside of Fallon.
Tribune/Dan McGee - As UTA member Vickie Hooser holds the checkered flag, Ross Neely coasts into the scoring chute after winning Sunday's Woolly Camel 100 race staged near a bombing range outside of Fallon.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - Irving Powers (1) chases, and is almost beside, Levii Hutchings, who get the hole shot and led the expert line up the hill at the start of Sunday's MRANN race. At the end they finished second and third.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Irving Powers (1) chases, and is almost beside, Levii Hutchings, who get the hole shot and led the expert line up the hill at the start of Sunday's MRANN race. At the end they finished second and third.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - Jesse Melendy, who was allowed to play hooky from his job as a firefighter, rips around a turn on his way to winning the amateur class at Sunday's MRANN race.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Jesse Melendy, who was allowed to play hooky from his job as a firefighter, rips around a turn on his way to winning the amateur class at Sunday's MRANN race.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - Flying down a dirt road, Reno resident Chris Mumme not only competed in his first race after two years, but won the novice class at the Woolly Camel 100 outside of Fallon.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Flying down a dirt road, Reno resident Chris Mumme not only competed in his first race after two years, but won the novice class at the Woolly Camel 100 outside of Fallon.
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FALLON - The UTA (United Trails Association) hosted this weekend's MRANN race south of Fallon. After being in deep freeze last year, riders welcomed the cool morning and mild day.

In the end one of the young lions, Chester, Calif. resident Ross Neely, not only won the race but he apparently clinched the MRANN points championship for this year.

Asked about the start, Neely said, "Levii (Hutchings) was in front with Irving Powers then Larry Wright and I stuck with him. It ended up when Levii pulled off on the wrong trail but I went on the road and then he was behind me. I did get lost once but got back on the trail.

After a banner, which indicates the start, was dropped, Hutchings took off with Powers almost right beside him as the field roared up a slight grade then took a hard left as the riders headed down a road and past the pits.

The 50-mile loop wound around several hills, through washes and even had some high-speed sections. Neely added that the fifth gear parts, where his throttle was pegged weren't his favorites.

"Other than the rocks, it was a fun course but there were some washes with some hidden rocks you had to watch out for," he said.

Neely finally took the point after catching Powers and rocketed away. About a half mile before the pits he had an over two and a half minute lead.

Powers on the other hand had to deal with the loss of his rear brake as it came apart. This meant a mental adjustment and his having to really focus on the job at hand.

In the end, Neely would win with an over six-minute margin of victory while Powers nursed his ailing bike to a strong second place.

After taking the checkered Neely received the winner's trophy and thanked sponsors Carson Motorsports, Dirt Tricks, Dicks Racing and Moose Racing, which supplies him with riding gear.

After Powers reached the finish he said, "Levii got the hole shot but I got him on that road before the second corner, then he got me back, Neely got by me and I was in third following them. The Levii made a mistake and from then on I didn't see him but Neely started leaving me a little bit, I started catching him really close and then he left me,

Then he added that about five to 10-miles into the second loop is when he lost his rear brake and then focused on keeping things together until the finish.

"It was to basically to be safe as on these fast roads there are a lot of rock," Powers said. "I had a great time but my aim was to be consistent and no big mistakes. And I want to congratulate Ross on the Number 1 plate this year, good job."

Then he listed his sponsors, Morris Ag-Air, McCoy's Off Road, DH-1, Desert Inferno, MX Trophies, No Toil, No Fear, FMF and Dirt Tricks.

The battle for third and fourth place was very close with Hutchings finishing just 19-second ahead of Tayler Dahlberg.

"I wadded up in a rock canyon and it went downhill after that as my stomach cramped up until about three quarters through the second loop," Hutchings said. "Then I got lost but I did all right and those washes were blast. And I need to thank my dad, my family, my wife, DH-1 and Fifth Gear Motorsports."

As in any MRANN race many riders choose to do only one of the loops but they all get finisher pins for the effort.

Behind the leaders there were two other races, for the amateur and novice victories.

Completing two loops and topping the Over 30 Amateurs was Fallon resident and fire fighter, Jesse Melendy, who said, "This is my first race in about 10 or 11 years and I'm playing hooky from work today. I had no idea I was in the lead and didn't see anybody during the second lap and that was it."

Then after a laugh he expressed thanks to his father Robert and to his boss that allowed him to be off and race on this day.

The Novice riders start last at any MRANN race and they too rode for their class victory. At the finish is it was Christopher Mumme, whose father John raced until injuries put him on the sidelines.

"The course was great, some rocks, some fast stuff, technical and finished it up with some sand, it was good," he said. "And this is my first MRANN race in two years but I knew I was in the lead as I got the hole shot. I need to thank my dad, who wants me to keep racing, my family, friends and my girl friend for showing up at the races."

Despite all the speed and rocks, only two riders were transported, with one of them flown to Renown Medical Center by Care Flight while the other may have been taken to the local hospital in Fallon. Their conditions were unknown when this article was filed.

•On Saturday the youngest riders, plus those women and vintage bike racers competed on short courses.

Adam Thissen won the Bomber class and first overall, while second overall Chrystal Ponsock took the V Women's victory. Samuel Jacobus was the Mini Bike winner while Pee Wee riders Bryce Tremaine, Jake Madson, Brieanna McAuliffe and Max Case won their respective classes.

OTHER RACING NEWS

•Double track champion and Fernley resident Shawn Natenstedt raced at this week's Duel in the Desert at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. When the dust settled after the final IMCA Modified race, he ended up third overall after running second for much of the event.

His finish was quite an accomplishment for such a small team that competed against a couple of hundred teams the event drew.

•NASCAR'S Las Vegas Trio was at Phoenix International Raceway. Kyle Busch started fourth and finished second in Friday's Camping World Truck race.

In Saturday's Nationwide event Kyle Busch ended up 16th, after starting fifth while Brendan Gaughan started 36th and finished 27th. Both Busch brothers had their problem in Sunday's Sprint Cup race as older brother Kurt ended up ninth while Kyle was 13th at the finish.

RESULTS*

MRANN Moose Racing Series - Woolly Camel 100

•Sun, Nov. 14

Big Bike Overall - 1. Ross Neely, 2:32:42, 2. Irving Powers, 2:38:02, 3. Levii Hutchings, 2:44:03, 4. Tayler Dahlberg, 2:44:24, 5. Ryan Toomey, 2:24:41, 6. Zakk Audenried, 7. Jason Alosi, 8. Larry Wright, 9. Robert Nelson, 10. Kyle Fenner, 11. Cliff Townsend, 12. Mark Dowers, 13. Kyle Townsend, 14. Reese Barker, 15. Josh Wilson, 16. Jesse Meterdy, 17. Jason Stelzriede, 18. Ryan Hamel, 19. Geoff Brownell, 10. Jim Minesiri

•Sat., Nov. 13

Pee Wee Overall - 1. Jake Madson, 2. Aidan Howe, 3. Max Case, 4. Bryce Tremaine, 5. Aleea Howe, 6. Riley Harvey, 7. Anthony Edberg, 8. Brandon Niles, 9. Kelby Brownell, 10. Kai Kapahee

6 & Under - 1. Bryce Tremaine, 2. Kai Kapahee, 3. Colin Hutson, 4. Nakana Domingo, 5. Chris Slobogin

7 & Older - 1. Jake Madson, 2. Aidan Howe, 3. Aleea Howe, 4. Anthony Edberg, 5. Brandon Niles

7 & Older, 4-Stroke - 1. Brieanna McAuliffe, 2. Connor Gephart, 3. Cody Schlefstein, 4. Amanda Ross

65 Beg. - 1. Max Case, 2. Riley Harvey, 3. Seth Ramsay, 4. Alek Simone, 5. Devon Anderson

Mini Bike Overall - 1. Samuel Jacobus, 2. Max Belcher, 3. Ryan Roseman, 4. Zane Roberts, 5. Marcus Loll, 6. Drew Chattin, 7. Ed Sellers, 8. Evyn Smith, 9. Dillon Boyson, 10. Liam Price

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

100 Exp. - 1. Samuel Jacobus, 2. Ryan Roseman, 3. Marcus Loll, 4. Drew Chattin, 5. Colton Crist

100 Ama. - 1. Max Belcher, 2. Zane Roberts, 3. Ed Sellers, 4. Evyn Smith, 5. Dillon Boyson

100 Nov. - 1. Dusten Baldwin, 2. Austin Wilson, 3. Dylan Dziminski, 4. Jacob Ayala, 5. Tyler Spelts

V Women/Bomber (B) Overall - 1. Adam Thissen (B), 2. Chrystal Ponsock, 3. Brandon Thompson (B), 4. Danielle Resenquist, 5. Julianne Zotter, 6. Brad Bolton (B), 7. Taylor Kemp, 8 Lacey Sexson, 9. Katie Rosenquist, 10. Tim Hill (B)

V Women:

Exp. - 1. Chrystal Ponsock, 2. Canielle Rosenquist, 3. Julianne Zotter, 4. Taylor Kemp

Ama. - 1. Lacey Sexson, 2, Katie Rosenquist, 3. Kelsey Selfridge, 4. Leslie Crawford, 5. Laurie Clark

Nov. - 1. Danielle Mesich, 2. Brittany Hutchins, 3. Sue Harris, 4.Mackinze Dingley

Bomber - 1. Adam Thissen, 2. Brandon Thompson, 3. Brad Bolton, 4. Tim Hill, 5. Keith Hill

* - Unofficial results, final results will be posted at: www.racemrann.com this week.
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