For one young lion it was a very special day as he just turned pro right after his 16th birthday.
"The race was good, got the hole shot and kind of ran my own race," Brian Sjogren said after winning the second 4-Stroke pro moto. "It's my first pro race and I kind of wanted to go with a bang."
In that class he did just that leading from starting gate to checkered as he ran away with the victory. Behind him Aaron Siminoe scored the 250 pro victory while Tim Nobles was the 30+ pro victor.
Sjogren's next race wasn't a cake-walk as he had company, namely a determined Aaron Siminoe.
When the gate dropped they took off and began to tear around the somewhat tight track. Lap after lap both were never more than a couple of seconds apart and usually less than that.
In the end, Sjogren made it a sweep while Siminoe had to settle for a very close second.
"Aaron was on me the whole time so it was a close race," Sjogren said, "So we won in the 4-Stroke Pro and won the 450 Pro so I couldn't ask for anything more."
Sjogren wasn't the only rider to score doubles during the day as Ty Siminoe won both 250 Intermediate and the Schoolboy division. Tyler Lewis won two different Quad races while Gavin Clouser raced to victory in three different 85cc classes.
MRANN champion and this year's winner at Virginia City, Ross Neely was on hand and left the field as he roared to victory in the Collegboy class. This winter he intends to race over at Marysville at in the E Street winter series.
The 450 Novice second moto has a special holiday treat as Santa Claus, actually Tyler Arturp, was in that race. And the Jolly Old Elf ended up fourth after a race long duel with Ethan Hoffman, who finished fifth.
Asked if those that passed Santa would get anything, he said with a laugh, "Well they might get a candy cane but I don't know yet. Still it's cool as they beat Santa."
Despite a day of hard racing there was only one race-stopping incident when a rider had a hard get off after going over a jump. Track officials and medics rushed to the stricken rider, who was taken to the ambulance where his parents decided they would take him to be checked by a doctor.
Earlier in the day promoter Shane Kisman announced that, after a meeting with local authorities both the town of Chilcoot and Plumas Country liked the facility and wanted it to stay. He added that a Sierra Country Supervisor elect also liked the idea and might try to find land for a track in that country.
One problem the track, now known as the Plumas Motorsport Center has is water. The California water authorities won't allow Kisman to draw it from another source.
However, help came in the form of Nathinal Leach and his son/partner who operate Leach Drilling in Silver Springs, Nevada as they agreed to drill a well just for the track's use. So Kisman's water problems will be solved when the spring series begins.
Kisman also announced that young Dalton Hoyos would receive the Volve scholarship, which pays for graphics, entry fees and parts, for the upcoming spring series.
Now that the final race for the region is in the books riders will be waiting for the spring series when they can once again take to the area's motocross tracks.
•The Northern Nevada Kart Club held its annual awards banquet at the Grand Sierra Hotel on Saturday. It was a night of pizza, bowling and good-natured ribbing as competitors and award winners enjoyed the evening.
Outgoing president Brian Rivera was given a special honor when he was named the Karter of the Year by the club. Newly elected president Jess Petersen made that presentation.
Long time member Ed Diederich, who was honored for his involvement, praised Rivera for his efforts over the past years to help the club.
Rivera, early in the evening, remarked that the club has gone through a resurgence and averaged 62 karts for every race, a feat that most clubs in Northern California were hard pressed to equal.
Now all the racers get a few months off until the sprint practice race signals the start of the 2011 season.
•Nevada GFI Volvo Series - Dec. 12
Chilcoot, Calif. - Plumas Motorsports Park
— (4-6 Stock) 1. Cody Zimmer, 2. Wyatt Whitwam
— (7-8 Stock) 1. Kole Krautstrunk, 2. Wyatt Brixey, 3. Breydon Worthington, 4. Dalton Hoyos
— (Open) 1. Dalton Hoyos, 2. Wyatt Brixey, 3. Breydon Worthington, 4. Wyatt Whitwam
— (Beg.) 1. Julian Corridori, 2. Talon Schwall, 3. T.J. Taylor, 4. Kole Krutstrunk, 5. Kyle Zimmer
— (Nov.) 1. Trever Tellez, 2. Gage Knecht, 3. Andy Fahey, 4. Travis Whitwam, 5. Chase Knecht
— (Open) 1. Trever Tellez, 2. Gage Knecht, 3. Julian Corridori, 4. Andy Fahey, 5. Talon Schwall
Quad Mini - 1. Jeramiah Evans, 2. Christopher Willing, 3. Indy Gesselman
Quad Mini Nov. - 1. Tyler Lewis, 2. T.J. Taylor, 3. Jeramiah Evans, 4. Indy Gesselman
Quad Open - 1. Davis Miles, 2. Dylan Maes
— (Beg) 1. Caleb Duster, 2. Dillon Dycus, 3. Drew Hagen, 4. Gage Knecht, 5. Winston Reugebrink
— (Nov.) 1. Dallas Dussault, 2. Trent Cocking
— (Intr) 1. Gavin Clouser
— (Open) 1. Gavin Clouser, 2. Dallas Dussault, 3. Hunter Doyle, 4. Winston Reugebrink
Supermini - 1. Gavin Clouser, 2. Hunter Doyle, 3. Trent Cocking, 4. Dallas Dussault
- Beg. 1. Steve Arcouette
- (Pro) Tim Nobles
35+ Nov. - 1. Bill Webb
- (Intr.) 1. Kurt Zimmer, 2. Bill Webb
-(Beg.) 1. Reese Fye, 2. Dillon Dycus
— (Nov.) 1. Tanner Leach, 2. Garrett Brehler, 3. Gavin Clouser
Schoolboy (15 & Under) 1. Ty Siminoe, 2. Tanner Leach, 3. Danile Mills, 4. Blake Hopkins, 5. Garrett Brehler
Collegeboy (16-24) - 1. Ross Neely, 2. Zach Parker, 3. Chris Manzini, 4. Darin Zamboni, 5. Zack Kisman
— (Beg.) 1. Nate Block, 2. Caleb Duster, 3. Preston Reugebrink, 4. Patrick McCarthy
— (Nov.) 1. Ethan Hoffman, 2. Daniel Mills, 3. Kody Jackson, 4. R.J. Tanner, 5. David Catalina
— (Intr.) 1. Ty Siminoe, 2. Ross Neely, 3. J. Ayers
— (Pro) Aaron Siminoe
-(Nov) 1. Hunter Doyle
- (Pro) 1. Brian Sjogren
— (Beg.) Nate Block, 2. Mathew Tormino
— (Nov.) 1. Zach Parker, 2. Sedric Robinson, 3. Danile Mills, 4. Tyler Artrup, 5. Ethan Hoffman
— (Intr) 1. Jonathon Ayers
— (Pro) 1. Brian Sjogren, 2. Aaron Siminoe, 3. Chris Manzini
•Northern Nevada Kart Club Awards
Grand Sierra Hotel and Casino - Dec. 11
Kids Kart - 1. Gavin Van Cott, 2. Nolan Wyman and Bank Sombatsiri*
Junior 1-2 - 1. Jeremy Kay, 2. Isaac Wyett, 3. Connor Van Cott, 4.
Garrett Dixon, 5. Turbo Sombatsiri
Senior Box Stock Clone - 1. Terry West, 2. Dave Schilt, 3. Becky Knapp, 4. Jamie West, 5. Travis Look
TAG Novice - 1. Matt Koerner, 2. Tom Koerner, 3. Don Faris
TAG Masters - 1. Brian Rivera, 2. Dan Harris, 3. Curt Baker
F80 Senior - 1. Mike Botelho Jr., 2. Mark Nason, 3. Gerry Williams
F80 Masters - 1. Mark Nason, 2. Gerry Williams, 3. Cody McKinney
F125 - 1. Mitch Kennedy, 2. John Morgan, 3. Rich Adams
Most Improved Drivers of the Year - (Jr.) Jeremy Kay, (Sr.) Gerry Williams
Rookies of the Year - (Jr.) Issac Wyett, (Sr.) Matt Koerner
Volunteer of the Year - Bill Dement
Workers of the Year - Shari Dow, Sandy Diederich and Chelsi Wagner
Special Thanks - Dave Brant (Flagging), Glenn McKinnon (Race Directing), Ed Diederich (Race Directing and Tech)