And warm weather set the stage for two days of intense, hot racing. One title on the line was in the 80cc Shifter division and two NNKC regulars were going for that championship.
After the final race, new champion Cody McKinney said, "It was a winner-take-all and Gerry had a little rough start for the day so he had to start further back. He did start catching me at the end, I was playing safe and here he comes. Been a good year and I'm glad it came down to me and one of my best friends."
During the heat race Gerry Williams had problems, which put him in the sixth starting position. When the green lights came on he rocketed to third while McKinney held the point.
After trailing another driver for a few laps Williams took second and the chase was on. But McKinney had an almost two second advantage at the checkered flag and won the championship by a scant 10 points.
On Saturday it was a very different story as Williams won both his heat race and ran away with the main event. This tied him with McKinney in points going into the final day.
After Saturday's shifter main, Williams said, "That was awesome and payback as Robert (Towne) spanked me at Redding and Cody spanked me in Medford. That was such sweet victory, I've been waiting a long time for this."
Another intense battle came in a mixed class race that pitted club vice president Brian Rivera against two young lions, Austin DeMent and Chelsi Wagner.
Saturday's race looked like a Rivera benefit as he took the lead early. Behind him DeMent's kart broke its chain putting him out of the race.
Wagner wasn't about to give up and as soon as she got past Matt Koerner the 17-year-old set her sights on the fleeing Rivera. On the final lap all three, Rivera, Wagner and Koerner closed up as they tore around the track.
Going three wide into the final left-right turns Wagner took the lead and reached the checkered flag first.
Then she said, "On that last turn I got a bump from Matt and that made it go through."
On Sunday it appeared the race would be between DeMent, who wasn't feeling well, and Rivera, who took the lead at the start. Lap after lap they ripped around the circuit only inches apart while Wagner followed close behind.
Finally, going into Turn 1, there was contact that dropped Rivera back to third, as Wagner was able to take second behind DeMent.
From then on it was all DeMent as he left Wagner and Rivera in his wake. And they finished in that order.
After the post race weigh-in, DeMent said, "It was a fun race but me not feeling well definitely brought me down. But I was trying to get Brian as far up as possible and when I did I had to go."
Another young local having a great weekend was Tahoe City driver Garrett Dixon. In Saturday's Jr. 1-2 Cycle he had to work his way past Connor Vancott.
After that main Dixon said, "I knew I was a little faster in the Turn 3, 4, 5 so I thought if Vancott messed up a little bit right there maybe I could get under him. I also need to thank Cambrian Go Karts for sure, Josh from there and Bob's Snow."
Later Dixon made it a double when he ran away with the KPV-1 feature race.
On Sunday, things didn't go so well as Dixon has to leave the race after his rear bumper came loose, which handed the race to Enrique Jaime. In the KPV race he bounced back took the lead at the start.
However, this time Dixon would battle with a determined Issaac Martin, who came back from two bobbles and being held up as they passed slower karts to run him down in the final laps. Going for the checkered flag Dixon has a slight advantage and just held on for the victory, giving him three wins over the weekend.
Later he said, "I knew he (Martin) was an HPV-2 and could get me down the straightway. I think it was like a quarter inch that I won by and I was expecting it."
The Briggs Animal winners were Keith Foux on Saturday and John Lauces, who topped Sunday's feature.
•On Saturday evening the American Valley Speedway hosted another of its regular events and this time the Dwarf Cars were also on hand.
Cameron Diaz was able to hold off Jon Busseler for the Mini stock victory. Both Derek Rosse and local Joe Frock swapped victories in the Dwarf Car mains.
The Dwarf Cars have two features and the second has a full invert on the field. This makes for some furious passing during the second time around as the slower cars are usually up front.
Now the most action came in the IMCA Modified main. In fact early on it seemed the flagman was going to wear out his arm from waving the yellow so much.
There was a caution every lap for the first five and after this the officials shortened the race from 25 to 20 laps. However one caution that resulted in a red flag was unusual.
Going into Turn 2, Quincy resident Chris Nieman's car was turned sideways and hit by Russell Rosario's racer. The result was Neiman's car on its side with Rosario's on top of it.
Fortunately no one was hurt although Nieman was unable to get out is racer until the officials lifted Rosario's in the air and rolled the other car on its wheels. And both cars were done for the evening.
After a long clean racing resumed with early leader Richard Papenhausen taking off and leaving everyone in his dust. Behind him local Adam Walters drove his way into second with another local Bill Pearson taking third.
Going into the final turns the motor in Walters's car broke in a big way handing Pearson second, which moved Mitch Murphy to third.
After saluting the crown, winner Papenhausen said, "We started towards the back but the car was really good as we could roll right through the center of the turn. The track's holding up pretty good, kind of rough on the bottom but the faster groove is right through the middle."
OTHER RACING NEWS
•Rattlesnake Raceway is back in action this Saturday as the oval hosts another of its regular shows with a 6 p.m. start time. Down in Quincy, Calif. the American Valley Speedway, starting at 7 p.m., stages another of its regular points races.
•NASCAR'S Nevada Quartet was in action this weekend. On Friday, at Lucas Oil Raceway, Brendan Gaughan finished 16th in the Camping World Truck event.
Then on Sunday the three remaining drivers competed in the Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Kyle Bush came from 29th to finish 10th while his brother Kurt dropped from 4th to 21st at the end and Sparks native T.J. Bell wound up 42nd with brake problems.
•Desert Raceway Park - Region 11 IKF Series
•Sunday, July 31:
Jr. 1-2: 1. Enrique Jaime, 2. Connor Vancott, 3. Matthew Martin, 4. Richard Stock, 5. Garrett Dixon, 6. Isaac Wyett
Briggs Animal: 1. John Lauces, 2. Keith Foux, 3. Zac Potts, 4. Dale Meyer, 5. Justin Fox oux
IAME Cup - 1. Austin Dement (Jr.), 2. Chelsi Wagner, 3. Brian Rivera, 4. Matt Koerner
KPV/Box Stock Clone/Briggs Animal Jr.: 1. Garrett Dixon (KPV-1), 2. Issaac Martin (KPV-2), 3. Scott Charlton (Briggs Jr.), 4. Richard Stock (KPV-1), 5. Janie Worden (Clone)
F80 Sr.: 1. Cody McKinney, 2. Gerry Williams, 3. Robert Towne, 4. Ben Fisher, 5. Mark Winstead.
•Saturday, July 30:
Jr. 1-2: 1. Garrett Dixon, 2. Connor Vancott, 3. Matthew Martin, 4. Isaac Wyett, 5. Richard Stock, 6. Enrique Jaime
Briggs Animal: 1. Keith Foux, 2. Zac Potts, 3. Justin Foux, 4. Dale Meyer, 5. Scott Charlton
KPV-1: 1. Garrett Dixon, 2. Richard Stock, 3. Enrique Jaime
IAME Cup/KPV 2: 1. Chelsi Wagner, 2. Brian Rivera, 3. Matt Koerner, 4. Austin Dement (KPV-2), 5. Richard Heath
Box Stock Clone/Briggs Animal Jr./Sport: 1. Issac Martin (Super Sportsman), 2. Christina Charlton (Briggs), 3. David Schilt, 4. Steph Lienay, 5. Janie Worden
F-80 Sr.: 1. Gerry Williams, 2. Robert Towne, 3. Cody McKinney, 4. Dave Brant, 5. Mark Winstead
•American Valley Speedway, July 3
Heat Winners - #1 Chris Nieman, 2. Erica Harmon
Main (20 Laps) - 1. Richard Papenhausen, 2. Bill Pearson, 3. Mitch Murphy, 4. Bob Higgins, 5. Erica Harmon
Heat Winner - Jesse Vankol
A Main (15 Laps) - 1. Joe Frock, 2. Derek Rosse, 3. Jesse Vankol, 4. Skip Hempler, 5. JasonCrosby
B Main (12 laps) - 1. Derek Rosse, 2. Jesse Vankol, 3. Skip Hempler, 4. Joe Frock, 5. Jason Marshall
Heat Winner - Jon Busseler
Main (12 Laps) - 1. Cameron Diaz, 2. Jon Busseler, 3. Justin Saltel, 4. Lance Bain, 5. Larry Whitebird, 6 Chase Neiman