Racers in this series affiliate with a dealer and they all score points toward winning that sponsor a class championship.
Aron Harvey, a Carson City pro, had a wonderful day as he swept all of his motos in two different classes.
After winning the second 125/250 pro moto he said, “Was trying to ride smart and check out the track for my next race. The track is holding up pretty good, not too rough and there are some good lines.”
During that race, Harvey was chased by the duo of Coty Loudenburg and Tyler Pfeifer and they finished in that order.
There was an odd turn of events in the 250/450 motos as one rider forgot to register and wasn’t scored. When veteran pro Nate Tiearney arrived he was so involved with helping a younger rider he forgot to sign up.
While Harvey ran away with both motos, Tiearney actually finished second. However, he wasn’t scored and the spot, in the official results, went to Ryan Ferris followed by Wayne Appleton and Rich Thorwaldson.
After the final checkered flag Harvey said, “It went good and I won all four. It’s a little bit harder when you get the hole shot because you don’t know where everyone is but it helps you get out of the roost and stuff.”
Then he thanked Michaels Reno, Def Family (a glove maker) and Factory Connection.
The Supermini race became a two-way battle between Dylan Evans and Drake Evans. Lap after lap they chased each other and ended up very close at the checkered with Dylan winning.
Another close finish was in the final 85cc beginner race, when Wesley McMullen, from Reno, just managed to hold off Sparks rider Christopher Bradshaw. The women’s winner was Shalie Thorwaldson, while Jesse Gore topped the schoolboy division,
Ending the day was the final Quad Mini race won by Jeramiah-Pnut Evans followed by Indy Gesselman and Chandler Beveridge.
Only a few riders crashed during the day but two were seriously hurt. One young racer was transported to the hospital while the other injured rider was taken by his family.
Their conditions weren’t known at press time.
¥This weekend Al Lockett combined his Off Road Expo with two other shows at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. Among the vendors was one track and three series that were offering previews to the upcoming racing season.
The track is Reno-Fernley Raceway, which is now NASCAR sanctioned and reopens on April 23. J.N. Hodges, the Events Coordinator and promoter for the oval track, who was instrumental in bringing the Whelen series to Fernley, was on hand to explain their plans.
“We got NASCAR out here and we’re the first dirt track to be sanctioned in Nevada,” he said. “The response has been great at the show, as we brought in about 8,000 flyers and we’re down to about 500 (By Saturday afternoon). Everybody is excited, presently we have about 50 sponsors and are bringing more on every day.”
Over the summer there will be at least 14 NASCAR weekends as well as special shows during the upcoming season, which begins April 23. Among the special events will be the Western All Star Late Model series, Aug. 13-14 and the Golden State 410 sprint cars on Sept. 17-18.
“Fernley itself has been amazing, everybody in town is providing sponsorships, discounts if you have a NASCAR license and if you have a Fernley stamped card,” he said. “We have events all summer and every Saturday.”
Hodges also added that some of the Whelen nights are for double points with the goal of having at least one driver making then national championship event.
“If we can get one of our guys into the nationals at Daytona or up in North Carolina, that’s like sending someone to the Olympics,” he said.
The track’s Web site is www.reno-fernleyraceway.com.
The Northern Nevada Kart Club was also represented with a nice display that included Mike McMullen and his new kart he will campaign in TAG Masters this year. He explained the club has over 80 possible entries this season and the popular Clone division might be up to 29 karts.
Desert Park Raceway, NNKC’s home track, is due to be resealed when it gets warm enough and that should increase some of the speeds. The club’s website is, www.nnkc.com.
Weather permitting two over oval tracks will open their season in April. The Lovelock Speedway begins its season at 1 p.m. on the 9th, while Rattlesnake Raceway in Fallon kicks off their racing year on the 16th, as does the Top Gun Raceway.
And April ends with the American Valley Speedway opening its season on the 30th, while closer to home, the 40th annual Virginia City Grand Prix takes to the Comstock with the pros racing Saturday and the amateurs getting their turn Sunday, May 1.
Also in attendance was the Reno Region of the SCCA, which had a display of several types of racing cars. Its solo season starts on April 30/May 1 at the Stead Airport by the Air Race bleachers.
Another group looking forward to their season was Cal-Neva Extreme, which is a series for rock crawlers. Two of their events will at the Exit 28 Motorsports Park followed by two at Donner Ski Ranch,
Promoter Glen Bonner explained while it might not be the fastest form of racing it can be very exciting. Drivers have a time limited to complete a course and rollovers are part of the game.
“Sometimes a competitor will land on their sides but be able to get their racer moving so it flops back on its wheels,” he said.
Their Web site is www.Cal-NevaExtreme.com.
This year’s Octane Fest in Fallon, June 9-12, will feature the first two IMCA Ironman Challenge races at Rattlesnake Raceway, while Top Gun Drag Strip hosts the Lucas Oil Series Drags and the Superlite Invitational will returns. More information can be found at, www.Octanefest.com.
OTHER RACING NEWS
•The Lions Fernley Motocross Track will be in action Sunday, starting around 10 a.m. as local motocross racers tackle the fast and sandy course. However some riders might be in Marysville, Calif. for a Loretta Lynn Qualifier at the E Street Motocross track.
•The Busch brothers spent the weekend at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. Kyle had the best results winning Saturday night’s Nationwide event and finishing second in Sunday’s Sprint Cup race where older brother Kurt wound up 17th.
LivFast Dealer Challenge for the Cup - Round 2
Exit 28 Motorsports Park - March, 27
(Beg.) 1. Demetre Proutsos, 2. Lux Turner, 3. Wyatt Brixey, 4. Greg Bradshaw, 5. Cody Zimmer (Jr.) 1. Casey Carmichael, 2. Andy Fahey, 3. Dalton Hoyos, 4. Kole Krautstrunk, 5. Benjamin Knoblock
(Open) 1. Casey Carmichael, 2. Dalton Hoyos
Quad Mini - 1. Jeramiah-Pnut Evans, 2. Indy Gesselman, 3. Chandler Beveridge
(Beg.) 1. Jaron Thompson, 2. Chase Durick, 3. Mitchell Keen, 4. Kole Krautstrunk, 5. Dylan Thorwaldson
(Jr.) 1. Tyler Gunn, 2. Trever Tellez, 3. Danny Hillyer, 4. Jacob Hofer, 5. Andy Fahey
(Intr.) 1. Mikey Hillyer
(Open) 1. Mikey Hillyer, 2. Danny Hillyer, 3. Trever Tellez, 4. Travis Whitwam, 5. Brock Grashuis
(Beg.) 1. Wesley McMullen, 2. Christopher Bradshaw, 3. T.J. Taylor, 4. Jacob Hofer, 5. Zac Bradshaw
(Jr.) 1. Dallas Dussault, 2. Auggie Roefer 3,Tony Giusti,4. Garrett Hueftle, 5. Mason Olson
(Intr.) 1. Gavin Clouser, 2. Dylan Evans, 3. Austin Walton
(Open) 1. Gavin Clouser, 2. Dylan Evans, 3. Dallas Dussault, 4. Austin Walton, 5. Mason Olson
Supermini - 1. Dylan Evans, 2. Drake Evans, 3. Gavin Clouser, 4. Tony Giusti, 5. Mason Olson
(Jr.) 1. Michael McGill, 2. James Halsey, 3. Mike Fillmore, 4. Todd Hill, 5. David Brewer
Ñ (Intr.) 1. Harry Trainer
(Beg.) 1. Lee Felch, 2. Shalie Thorwaldson, 3. Mark Held
(Jr.) 1. Patrick Griffith
(Exp.) 1. Jason Shakespeare, 2. Aaron Bissell
(Pro.) 1. Eric Gillen, 2. Rich Thorwaldson
(Jr.) 1. Jeramie Romero, 2. Dennis Buckmeyer
(Intr) 1. Mitch Bellamy
(Beg.) 1. Tyler May, 2. Hunter Doyle, 3. Brandon Brown, 4. Quinn Santana, 5. Jonathan Stamper
(Jr.) 1. Billy Adams, 2. Jeramie Romero, 3. Justin Minsch, 4. Drake Evans, 5. Daniel Mills
(Intr.) 1. Jesse Gore, 2. Kort Johnson
(Pro) 1. Aron Harvey, 2. Coty Loudenburg, 3. Tyler Pfeifer
Women - 1. Shalie Thorwaldson, 2. Samantha Monzo
Schoolboy - 1. Jesse Gore, 2. Alex Ficco, 3. Billy Adams, 4. Drake Evans, 5. Caleb Duster
(Beg.) 1. Tyler May, 2. Hunter Doyle, 3. Adam Munoz, 4. Jonathan Stamper, 5. Scott Chandler
(Jr.) 1. Jeramie Romero, 2. Daniel Mills, 3. Billy Adams, 4. Patrick Olson, 5. Robert Tanner
(Intr.) 1. Mitch Bellamy, 2. Jesse Gore, 3. Alex Ficco, 4. Justin McVay, 5. Jason Shakespeare
(Pro.) 1. Aron Harvey, 2. Ryan Ferris, 3. Wayne Appleton, 4. Rich Thorwaldson, 5. Seth Johnson