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New course, long day at Fernley
by Dan McGee
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Tribune/Dan McGee - On his way to sweeping both 250/450 pro motos, Nate Tiearney (173) leads Seth Johnson (822), who was the runner-up, at the start of their final race on Sunday.
Tribune/Dan McGee - On his way to sweeping both 250/450 pro motos, Nate Tiearney (173) leads Seth Johnson (822), who was the runner-up, at the start of their final race on Sunday.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - Chad Heishman was the runaway victor in the Supermini races at Fernley. After the start, he just checked out on the field.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Chad Heishman was the runaway victor in the Supermini races at Fernley. After the start, he just checked out on the field.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - Not all the starts at Fernley were a success in Sunday's motocross races. As one spectator watched, several riders piled up when the final 125/250 beginner moto began. Fortunately all were able to continue.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Not all the starts at Fernley were a success in Sunday's motocross races. As one spectator watched, several riders piled up when the final 125/250 beginner moto began. Fortunately all were able to continue.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - The club moto turned out to be a family duel as brothers-in-law Scott Stillmock (777) and Rich Thorwaldson swapped the lead several times. In the end, Stillmock was the victor.
Tribune/Dan McGee - The club moto turned out to be a family duel as brothers-in-law Scott Stillmock (777) and Rich Thorwaldson swapped the lead several times. In the end, Stillmock was the victor.
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FERNLEY — Riders competing in Sunday’s round of the SMRA spring series found they had a new course to contend with. Now after the start they made a left turn and headed west onto the new circuit.

The Pee Wees and beginning 65cc racers also had a new course that is longer and has more banked turns for these youngest racers. And it was set up so everyone started from the same gates.

Topping the pros was veteran racer Nate Tiearney, who said, “I’m getting a little tired at the end of these motos as I haven’t been riding enough so I’m kind of paying for it. But that moto felt a little better. I think this new course is pretty good, some of the straight-aways are a little too long and too fast I think but the track’s good Once the gate dropped on his final moto Tiearney took off followed by Seth Johnson and the pack. By the checkered both riders were all alone in their positions.

The 250/450 intermediate riders were part of those motos and in the end Alex Ficco won that division followed by Brandon Acquistipace and Gregory Pheasant.

In one of the veteran races, Mathew Wilkins topped he 30+ Beginner group while Jeremiah Brown was the 30+ Junior overall victor.

At these races the host club has a moto of its own and this time it was a duel of brother-in-laws as Scott Stillmock and Rich Thorwaldson exchanged the lead several times during the race. In the end Stillmock won this round followed by Thorwaldson.

Not to be outdone by their elders the young riders competing in the Supermini final moto put on a show of their own. But the race was for second as Chad Heishman checked out on the field.

Soon after the start three then four riders were contesting second as they roared around the track and sailed over jumps. In the end Austin Johnson finished second while Auggie Roefer ended up third with Caleb Frandsen close behind.

In the Pee Wee set Kai Kapahey, Demetre Proutsos won their respective beginner divisions, as did Casey Carmichael and Ben Knoblock.

The day was not without its challenges as at first the scoring crew had to deal with a host of computer gremlins and a printer that had to be exchanged. On the track there were slow down that lengthened the day.

The delays extended the day so long this reporter had to leave before all the results were posted. Those can be found this week at, www.sierramotocross.com.

OTHER RACING NEWS

•The Exit 28 motocross track will be a busy place during spring break. In addition to motocross schools and coaching there will be daily practice sessions from April 9 through the 12th.

During the week the practice sessions will be from 4 p.m. until dusk and from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on the weekend.

Exit 28 will also host the slower but spectacular motorsport of rock crawling as Cal-Neva Extreme opens its season with a two-day show. Drivers, with help from spotters race the clock as they negotiate a challenging course and rollovers are part of the game,

Gates open at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday with a 10 a.m. start to the competition. The driver with the least penalty points, providing they complete the course in the allotted time will win their class.

•The desert racers in the MRANN series will visit Yerington as the Mason Valley Dirt Squirts stage the Freedom Scramble. Saturday’s action begins at 9 a.m. with the Pee Wees and finishes in the early afternoon with the V Women, Vintage and Bomber bikes.

On Sunday each of the three big bike classes has a separate race begining with the Experts at 8:30 a.m. followed by the Amateur and Novice divisions. The courses is only 8-miles long so several passes through the pits will be in order.

•Four Las Vegas natives raced at the Martinsville Speedway this weekend. During the Camping World Truck race Kyle Busch finished second while Brendan Gaughan came from 31st to ninth and 18-year-old Dusty Davis ended up 25th in his first ever series start.

In Sunday’s Sprint Cup event at the paper clip shaped track Kyle Busch finished third, while his older brother ended up 16th.

RESULTS*

Lions Fernley Motocross Track - April 3

SMRA Spring series - Round 3

50cc:

— Beg, D-1 - 1. Kai Kapahey, 2. Cody Zimmer, 3. Nakana Domingo

— Beg. D-1 - 1. Demetre Proutsos, 2. Wyatt Brixey, 3. Aren Duncan

— Jr,1 - Casey Carmichael, 2. Ben Knoblock, 3. Kody Gray

— Open - 1 Ben Knoblock, 2. Casey Carmichael, 3. Kody Gray

65cc Jr. - 1. Danny Hillyer, 2. Krutis Gray, 3. Julian Coraidora

85 Beg - 1. Cody Force, 2. Timothy Trainor, 3. Tyren Berryman

Supermini - 1. Chad Heishman, 2. Austin Johnson, 3. Auggie Roefer

30+:

— Beg. - 1. Mathew Wilkins, 2. Travis Hilbish, 3. Shalie Thorwaldson

— Jr. - 1. Jeramiah Brown, 2. George Gorbes, 3. Bill Soderquist

125/250:

— Jr. - 1. Tanner Leach, 2. James Gonzales, 3. Colton Smith

— Intr. - 1. Cristopher Paras, 2. Seth Pruett, 3. Kori Johnson

250/450:

— Intr. - 1. Alex Ficco, 2. Brandn Asquistipace, 3. Gregory Pheasant

— Pro. - 1. NateTiearney, 2. Seth Johnson, 3. Wayne Appleton

* Due to the length of the day, results are incomplete.
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