When the dust settled on the IMCA Modified feature, a visiting driver from Battle Mountain won the war.
“The race was good and we started at a pretty good spot, outside row two, and I looked at the track after the heat and saw it was going to take some rubber and slick off,” Randy Artz said. “So we tightened up the car a little bit and put some more side bite and it worked out good.”
First on point was Jeff Elerick Jr., until Shawn Natenstedt grabbed the point only to surrender it to the flying Artz. After that, the race was for second, which Elerick held with Robert Miller, who had brake problems, coming home third.
Only two cautions slowed the pace. However, the Dwarf Car main was just the opposite with several cautions and a very unusual red flag period.
When the green waved on the Dwarf Cars Ward Amberson took off with Jason Crosby in hot pursuit. Streaking into Turn 4, Amberson spun setting off a multi-car melee that brought out the first caution.
Soon after that the emergency truck, with the medics, had to roll to an incident on I-80, which stopped the event in its tracks. After more than a half hour, the medics returned. The field reassembled and was off and running again.
The race was slowed by five more cautions but in the meantime when there was racing, Derek Rosse took the point and checked out on the pack. Behind him a hard charging Joe Frock managed to claim second dropping Crosby to third ahead of Jesse Vankol.
“I was worried I was going to run out of gas. We only have a three gallon tank in these things. With all those caution laps, I was pretty worried.” Rosse said back in the pits. “I got him on a restart on the outside and from there it was clear sailing. Car felt pretty good and the track was great.”
The DART Racing Series next appearance will be on Friday, April 29th in Chico, Califor. at the Silver Dollar Speedway. Then they’ll move to Quincy for a Saturday night show at the American Valley Speedway.
The Pro Mod feature was a race of attrition with only winner Damon Tupa and runner-up Shirley Reeves left running at the end. Bob Cooney won the sprint car main, while young Danner Barrick was the Outlaw Kart winner.
•On Sunday, with much warmer temperatures greeting a large field of racers, the Northern Nevada Kart Club assembled at its track, Desert Park Raceway to begin its 2011 season. It was an afternoon of sometimes hard and wild racing.
Making his return to karting was Todd Thompson, who fielded a new 125-shifter kart. After much adjustment, which seemed to work, Thompson won his feature race with John Morgan taking second.
The second Formula 80 shifter heat was a hard fought affair won by Cody McKinney, who was chased for the entire event by Kevin Tanaka. But the main was a different story as Tanaka just took off and left everyone in his dust.
After that the race was for second as McKinney was constantly pressured by a determined Gerry Williams. Lap after lap these two ran virtually nose-to-tail but in the end McKinney was able to keep the runner-up spot with Williams right behind him in third.
After the race Tanaka said, “The second heat was pretty good but it was definitely hooked up this time and easy to drive. I adjusted a little bit, went back to my original setting but I think the track just came around.”
The Junior 1-2 feature had early leader Connor Vancott being pressured by a determined Richard Stock. Things changed when both boys were lapping a slower kart.
Stock dove to the inside while Vancott took the outside line. After the pass the race was Stock’s as he gapped Vancott, who ended up second. Nolan Wyman was the Kid Karts winner followed by Gregg Kennedy.
Logan Wyman was the Box Stock Clone Junior victory while David Schilt began his quest for a championship by winning the Box Stock Clone feature.
Both the Tag Masters and Senior classes were grouped together although they used a staggered start. The Masters took the green first followed by the Seniors, who quickly caught the first group.
Up front, defending champion Brian Rivera checked out and ran away with the victory. Behind him however it was a battle royal for second as John Morgan, who had some kind of motor problem, drove as hard as he could to keep Steve Ryckenboch and Matt Koerner at bay.
Morgan got a break on the final corner when they all had to pass a slower kart but it was still close.
After his kart was weighed Rivera said, “You know in the main events, that’s when you have to kick it up a notch. We made a couple of adjustments, small ones like tire pressure, front end and rear width.”
•On Friday and Saturday the Cal-Neva Extreme series began it season of rock crawling high in the rocks above the Exit 28 motocross course. According to promoter Glenn Bonner, it was the best-of-the-best.
On hand were at least 30 machines competing in five different divisions, What they lack in speed these competitors more than make up in spectacular fashion as they go up, over and along side rock face.
It takes a driver and spotter, who guides them through the obstacles and course so team work is paramount. Each team gets 10-minutes to complete a run and if they hit a cone, have to back up or run of out of time penalty points are added.
The aim is to gain as few penalty points as possible. Rollovers are just part of this game so safety equipment is a must.
On Saturday, a Canadian driver didn’t do so well in a rollover as he received a concussion that put him out of Sunday’s competition.
After completing his first run Sunday, and being directed by his spotter Chris Poblanothrough a bonus gate that resulted in a near vertical decent down a huge boulder, driver Brent Bradshaw said, “It’s intimidating that’s for sure so you just got to remain cool.”
Despite what appeared a perfect run the team of Bradshaw/Poblno ended up second overall after the weekend’s total was added up.
The next Cal-Neva Extreme event will be at Exit 28 on May 14 and 15.
OTHER RACING NEWS
•This weekend’s racing is a mix of almost everything our region has to offer.
North of Reno, the Honey Lake MX Park hosts the next round for the SMRA motocross series on Saturday, beginning around 10 a.m. then on Sunday the track stages its own event using the GP style of racing.
Fallon will be the site of two very different events as the drag racers begin their season at the Top Gun Raceway. Due to repairs to the right lane Saturday is for testing and tuning while on Sunday, beginning at 9:30 a.m. the first rounds of the Junior Dragster series and the Summit ET series will start the year.
Just east of town, beginning around 6 p.m. on Saturday, Rattlesnake Raceway hosts its first event featuring all the usual classes.
•The Busch brothers spent the weekend racing at the Texas Motor Speedway. In Friday night’s Nationwide race Kyle was sidelined by an accident and ended up 34th the, in Saturday evening’s Sprint Cup event he finished 16th while older brother Kurt wound up 10th.
•Lovelock Speedway, Saturday, April 9
Heat Winner - Payton Ayers
Main (15 Laps) - 1. Danner Barrick, 2. Unlisted, 3. Payton Ayers
360 Sprint Cars:
Heat Winner - Jeffrey Macedo
Main (12 Laps) - 1. Bob Cooney, 2. Jeffrey Macedo, 3. Aaron Gustin
Heat Winner - Loren Bianchi
Main (10 Laps) - 1 Damon Tupa, 2. Shirley Reeves, 3. Loren Bianchi
Heat Winners - #1 Billie Canham, #2 Chase Nieman, #3 Ward Amberson
Main (30 Laps) - 1. Derek Rosse, 2. Joe Frock, 3. Jason Crosby, 4. Jesse Vankol, 5. Rodney Sweet
Heat Winners - #1 Shawn Natenstedt, #2 Robert Miller
Main (25 Laps) - 1. Randy Artz, 2. Jeff Elerick Jr., 3. Robert Miller, 4. Cory Sample, 5. Cody Kay
•Desert Park Raceway - April 10
Northern Nevada Kart Club - Round 1
Kids Karts - 1. Nolan Wyman, 2. Gregg Kennedy, 3. Gavin Vancott
Jr. 1-2 - 1. Richard Stock, 2. Connor Vancott, 3. Turbo Sombastin, 4. Isaac Wyett, 5. Rualik Tuliva
Box Stock Clone - 1. David Schilt, 2. John Ryckebosch, 3. Alex Fanco, 4. Arturo Diaz, 5. Kylie Koerner
Box Stock Clone Jr. - 1. Logan Wyman, 2. Dean Andrews, 3. Shannon Wyman, 4. Tylor Rivera, 4. Joey Rivera
Tag Novice - 1. Bruce Garafola, 2. Don Faris, 3. Gary Guzelis
Tag Masters/Senior - 1. Brian Rivera (M), 2. John Morgan (M), 3. Steve Ryckenbosch (M), 4. Matt Koerner (S), 5. Thomas Koerner (M), 6. Chelsi Wahgner (S)
Formula 80 Sr. - 1. Kevin Tanaka, 2. Cody McKinney, 3. Gerry Williams, 4. Ben Fisher, 5. Steve Dow
Stock 125 - 1. Todd Thompson, 2. John Morgan, 3. Raul Rodriguez
•Cal-Neva Extreme - Round 1
Exit 28, Saturday, April 9
Unlimited - 1. TLT Racing (Young/Beard) 2. Team Rock Hard (Hall/Hall), 3. Team Torchmate (Haines/Seckman)
Super Mod - 1. TretnFab (Trent/Magliano), 2. Swagger Off Road (Brinker/Simmons), 3. Tuner Racing (Turner/Tracy)
Pro Mod - 1. Rage 4th (Whitford/), 2. The “A” Team (McDonald/Glennon), 3. Crawlin’ BC (Walker/Goldsby)
Full Body - 1. Welder Bill’t (Rowlette/Goodwyn), 2. Cen-Cal Crawlers (Conroy/Moore), 3. Relentless Motorsports (Brown/Brown)
Trail Mod - 1. Longlotti Racing (Longiotti/Longiotti), 2. Those Kids (Hutchinson/Boedecker), 3. Team Crawl (Nickell/Southhall)
Exit 28, Sunday, April 10
Unlimited - 1. Team Torchmate, 2.Trail Tough, 3. TLT Racing
Super Mod - 1. Swagger Off-Road, 2. Fighting 55, 3. Trent Fab
Pro Mod - 1. PTM Racing, 2. Hook Triangle Racing, 2. Molten Metal
Full Body - 1. Predator Off-Road, 2. Welder Bill’t, 3. Relentless Motorsports
Trail Mod - 1. DBS Racing, 2. Longlotti Racing, 3. Team Crawl