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Frontier Day races rock Lovelock Speedway
by Dan McGee
Jul 24, 2011 | 1994 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune/Dan McGee - Heading toward a sweep of Friday and Saturday night's IMCA Modified races, Cory Sample (00) uses the inside line to get the lead away from Jeffrey Macedo (44). They were competing at the Lovelock Speedway during the Frontier Day races.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Heading toward a sweep of Friday and Saturday night's IMCA Modified races, Cory Sample (00) uses the inside line to get the lead away from Jeffrey Macedo (44). They were competing at the Lovelock Speedway during the Frontier Day races.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - Saturday's 360 Sprint Car feature was a two-man duel between Galen Reese (11) and Jeffrey Macedo (3L) as they raced for the lead. On the final lap, Reese broke down and Macedo claimed the victory.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Saturday's 360 Sprint Car feature was a two-man duel between Galen Reese (11) and Jeffrey Macedo (3L) as they raced for the lead. On the final lap, Reese broke down and Macedo claimed the victory.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - Rodney Sweet takes a victory lap after dominating the Dwarf Car main and heat race at the Lovelock Speedway on Saturday.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Rodney Sweet takes a victory lap after dominating the Dwarf Car main and heat race at the Lovelock Speedway on Saturday.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - Eventual winner Danner Barrick (13d) takes the inside, while Brynn Turner (7) has the outside as they begin their Outlaw Kart main event at Lovelock. Both youngsters put on a spirited race with Turner leading the most laps, while Barrick took the victory.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Eventual winner Danner Barrick (13d) takes the inside, while Brynn Turner (7) has the outside as they begin their Outlaw Kart main event at Lovelock. Both youngsters put on a spirited race with Turner leading the most laps, while Barrick took the victory.
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LOVELOCK — The annual Frontier Day celebration is accompanied by a two-day show at the Lovelock Speedway. And the warm temperatures set the stage for hot racing on this clay bullring.

After the IMCA Modified feature ended winner Cory Sample said, “We won both nights so it was a pretty good weekend for us. We got out front pretty early so it was nice for us, we had a good car and the track was excellent and slick, the way we like it. I do need to thank my sponsors as well as my mom and dad for their support.

It took two attempts to get the feature rolling but once the second green waved Steve Evenson grabbed the point. Shortly after the start, Jeffrey Macedo used the high line to get in front.

He too was replaced when Sample drove his way to the lead and began to distance himself from the pack.

The cars were bunched up after an early caution for a spin and, at that time, Russ Cazier headed for the pits as he car has some drive line problems.

Once the green waved Sample was off and running. Behind him, in the pack, Evenson was spun in Turn 2 but got going again. Then there was another caution for spins by two cars.

When racing resumed Sample took off while Jim Jurad and Macedo disputed second place. Behind them Evenson eventually worked his way to third.

Unfortunately Macedo’s night ended when his car came to a stop bringing out another caution. After his car was removed the green waved again, and once again, Evenson was spun.

The race was all Samples’ while Steven McKellip was able to take and hold second followed by Jurad and Jim Elerick Jr.

The B Mod main was a wild affair with multiple leaders. First on point was Scott Hammond with the pack-giving chase.

Only a few laps later Hammond went wide and slipped back to third. This put Loren Bianchi in first followed by Damon Tupa.

After a few laps Hammond was once again dueling for the lead and took it after a side-by-side duel with Bianchi. Then another bobble dropped Hammond back giving the lead back to Bianchi who had Tupa on is back bumper.

With less than two laps to go Tupa took the point for good and roared off to the victory. Behind him Hammond reclaimed second dropping Bianchi back to third.

Then on the cool down lap, Tupa’s car stalled and would not restart but it lasted long enough to take the victory and earn him the division points lead.

Back in the pits Tupa said, “I started in the back, worked my way up to the front and took advantage of the opportunities. The track was pretty good, tacky and the car stuck to it pretty good. But on the last lap I believe I lost my motor.”

He’s done a lot of work to his car, even before the feature so Tupa thanked all those other race teams that helped him out, his mother and Dickie Souza, Jack Globe Enterprises and his other sponsors.

Many times in short track-racing teams will help another that is having problems. This helps both the car count as well as providing a show for the fans in the grandstands.

Even though there were only four 360 Sprint Cars on hand they did a four-wide salute to the fans before their heat and main event.

In both events, as soon as the green waved Galen Reese took off but soon had Jeffrey Macedo right behind him.

After an almost race long duel Reese had to drop out on the last lap with either a mechanical or electrical problem. Macedo for his part never let up and was awarded with both victories.

Asked if he could have caught Reese and won the feature, Macedo said, “Yea, I could have taken him on the last lap as he was getting loose. Galen was hugging the bottom and I was just trying to find the faster line but he broke and I took it. We’ve got a fast car, put it all back together from the last race so we’re in good shape now.”

Then he gave thanks to his wife, kids, car owners Maury and Carol Nelson as well as his grandparents.

The Dwarf Car feature was a repeat of their heat race; it was all Rodney Sweet as he showed the pack his heels right after the green waved. However the other drivers staged an intense duel for second, and at the end, Tate Morehead claimed the runner-up spot followed by Shane Stannard and Bobby Gibson.

Back in the pits Sweet said, “The car was handling pretty good tonight, we’ll have that some nights and some nights it’s the other way around. I’d also like to thank my sponsors, TNT Welding and Machine, Little Reds Excavating and Robinson’s Metal Recycling.”

After winning the Hobby Stock heat race things didn’t look too good for Lance Roberts. His car was smoking and then the starter didn’t seem to properly get the motor going.

As a result he sat on the ramp until driver introductions were over.

“Once I got it started, I didn’t want to shut it off,” he said.

When the green waved Roberts held the point until he made a mistake in Turn 3 and handed the led to Audie Peterson. After that the chase was on.

As the race progressed Roberts made a couple of more mistakes and almost put his car into the wall. Yet, despite this he was able to slowly reel the leader in.

During the last laps the leaders came upon some slower cars. Unfortunately Peterson got the worst of the deal and had to settle for second.

Roberts, for his part, took the victory then his car stalled and wouldn’t start. He was pushed to the finish line where he waved a checkered flag.

Talk about timing!

Commenting on the race he said, “I was having some timing issues and getting around some of the lap traffic I’d get up high into the slick stuff. Then Audie Petersen got past me, it took a few laps to pass him but I came into hot and hit him. So I really want to apologize to him, it was not intentional but once I hit the brakes it was too late.”

Then he gave thanks to his girlfriend, Maria, sponsors Sweet and Sour Design, Domino’s Pizza in Fallon and Uncommon Thread.

As is the norm at Lovelock the Outlaw Karts begin both the heat and feature races. Up front the battle was between drivers Brynn Turner and Danner Barrick.

In the heat race Turner looked like she was going to win but Barrick got the lead and win in the final turn. When the main began both young drivers took off and left everyone behind them.

Lap traffic is a challenge any oval track driver has to master. While both were slicing their way past slower karts Turner was slightly held up while Barrick used the outside line and that pass give him both the lead and victory.

Friday’s winner and results are listed below.

OTHER RACING NEWS

•This weekend the Northern Nevada Kart Club hosts its biggest event of the season when the IKF Region 11 series pays its annual visit to Desert Park Raceway.

Due to the many drivers, the program is split between Saturday and Sunday with the action beginning around 10 a.m. each day. Friday is for practice and the event itself is one where the home racers defend their turf against the invaders from California.

Then on Saturday, starting at 6 p.m. the Reno-Fernley Raceway hosts its next NASCAR sanctioned event. One-hour later, over in Quincy, California, the American Valley Speedway stages the Dale Lancaster Memorial race on a night where the local Volunteer Fire Department, which makes up the track’s emergency crew, is honored.

•Only one of NASCAR’s Las Vegas trio raced this weekend. In Friday night’s Camping World truck race at Nashville, Brendan Gaughan started 19th and finished 13th.

RESULTS

Lovelock Speedway - Frontier Days

• Saturday, July 22

IMCA Modifieds:

Heat Winners - #1 Jim Jurad, #2 Cory Sample

Main (30 Laps) - 1. Cory Sample, 2. Steven McKellip, 3. Jim Jurad, 4. Jeffrey Elerick Jr., 5. Randy Artz.

B Modifieds:

Heat Winner - Scott Hammond

Main (20 Laps) - 1. Damon Tupa, 2. Scott Hammond, 3. Loren Bianchi, 4. Shirley Reeves, 5. Michael Goldsworthy

360 Sprints:

Heat Winner - Jeffrey Macedo

Main (20 Laps) - 1. Jeffrey Maedo, 2. Bob Cooney, 3. Robert Cooney. 4. Galen Reese*

Hobby Stocks:

Heat Winner - Lance Roberts

Main (20 Laps) - 1. Lance Roberts, 2. Audie Peterson, 3. John Wirght, 4. Kevin Libbee, 5. Glenn Rose

Dwarf Cars:

Heat Winner - Rodney Swee

Main (25 Laps) - 1. Rodney Sweet, 2. Tate Morehead, 3. Shane Stannard, 4. Bobby Gibson, 5. Frand Hinds, 6. Michael Gillis

Outlaw Karts:

Heat Winner - Danner Barrick

Main (12 Laps) - 1. Danner Barrick**, 2. Brynn Turner**, 3. Will Evenson

** - Intermediate Karts

•Friday, July 21

IMCA Modifieds:

Heat Winner - Jeffrey Macedo

Main (21 Laps) - 1. Corey Sample, 2. Randy Artz, 3. Jeffrey Macedo, 4. Darren Manning

B Modifieds:

Heat Winner - Scott Hammond

Main (20 Laps) - 1. Scott Hammond, 2. Loren Bianchi, 3. Damon Tupa, 4. Shirley Reeves, 5. Michael Goldsworthy

Hobby Stocks:

Heat Winner - Lance Roberts

Main (20 Laps) - 1. Lance Roberts, 2. Audie Peterson, 3. Kevin Libee, 4. Glenn Rose, 5. Skeeter Donaldson

Gen-X:

Heat Winner - Bryan Kaster

Main (15 Laps) - 1. Bryan Kaster, 2. Justin Schilling, 3. Yolanda Kaster, 4. Bryce Phillips

Dwarf Cars:

Heat Winner - Tate Morehead

Main (20 Laps) - 1. Rodney Sweet, 2. Frank Hinds, 3. Shane Stannard, 4. Tate Morehead, 5. Bobby Gibson

Outlaw Karts:

Heat Winner - Will Evenson

Main (10 Laps) - 1. Danner Barrick, 2. Will Evenso, 3. Cade Maestas*, 4. Sarah Anderson*

* - Did Not Finish Race
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