After dominating most of the race, Shawn Natenstedt said, “I started eighth, the track was really tacky at first and rough in the center so I just took my time. I ran the bottom, passed two cars on top and did an epic slide job on 37 Eddie Scarberry and got around him for the lead. The car was great and I need to thank TSM Shocks, Larry Shaw Racecars and Silverado Casino.”
When the green waved, Brian Milburn led the charge with Wade Lumsden and Scarberry in hot pursuit. Back in the pack the faster cars began to hunt and peck for a clear line to pass the slower traffic.
After the first caution, on lap 6, Scarberry held the point followed by Milburn, Steve Evenson and Natenstedt. When racing resumed Scarberry took off while Natenstedt used an outside move to claim second.
There were several incidents of contact and one of them pretty well ripped most of the left body work off Steve McGee’s racer giving him a somewhat air-conditioned ride. This happened after he was unable to miss a spinning car that also collected Lumsden’s car.
When the green waved again, Natenstedt, who had taken the point, took off with the flying lawyer Evenson in hot pursuit.
On lap 23 of 30, there was another incident and once again McGee was collected along with Lumsden and Steve McKellip. This time McGee had to be towed to the pits as his car was too badly damaged to continue.
Another wounded car was the one driven by Jeff Elerick, who wound up in the backstretch wall after trying to avoid another car.
But in the final laps, Natenstedt cruised to victory followed by teammate Don Childs, Jim Turner and Evenson, who had one of this best runs of the season.
As usual the Hobby Stocks had the biggest field of the night and when their feature began Bryan Kaster let the charge into Turn one until Skeeter Donaldson swept past him in Turn 2. Charging down the front straight, Kaster retook the point and everyone was being challenged by a slick track.
Only one caution slowed the pace and when racing resumed Kaster and Donaldson took off but not too far behind them was Chris Neal, who claimed the lead two laps later.
Further back in the pack was veteran Carl Barlow, who had been picking his way through the pack and soon took third with second in his sights. Up front however Neal had gone was cruising, picking his marks and driving a fast, smooth race.
At the end, Neal did have to deal with some lap traffic but at that point he held a five second advantage over Barlow, who had to settle for the runner up spot. For Neal, it was his second feature victory at the track.
“The race was crazy, I didn’t know how big a lead I had and we had to work up the super wet track for the first five laps,” Neal said. “It was a little nervy as it was super wet at first and no one could get any grip or do anything. I also need to thank my mom and dad, Tony Taylor, sponsors CMF, Rodney Realty, RL Hide and others.”
As the season winds down the points race in the Gen-X class is close as only 32 points separated the top three drivers.
When their feature began there was a three-wide charge into the first turn but everyone got through without any incident. The scariest incident came when Sadie Pope’s car slowed on the front straight and she was almost collected by several cars.
Fortunately she was able to escape to the pits unharmed.
Sharlee Kaster may have harmed her title hopes when she was going for the lead and had contact with the car of Bryce Phillips. He spun while she hit the wall ending her night.
This incident handed the lead to Kyle Babb and when the resulting caution ended he took off stormed away to claim the victory. Points leader Jesse James was second followed by Kali Pope and Yolanda Kaster, who was second in points.
The Sprint Car feature began with a bang, literally when the cars of Jeff Macedo and Tony Taylor ended up in the front straight wall right after the green waved. Officials then sent Bob Cooney to the pits for rough driving while they dealt with the clean up.
In the end Robert Cooney won followed by Galen Reese and Tony Taylor.
The Rat Mod division had a special guest, Maurie Williams from Nanango, Austrailia, who was in the car usually driven by John Scherer.
When the feature began Scott Hammond, fresh from winning the night before in Lovelock, took off and just ran away with the event. However Williams was sent backwards after contact with Marri Andrews.
Once things got squared away the field restarted with the same result, with Hammond showing everyone his back bumper as he stormed away to claim the victory.
Back in the pits Hammond said, “The race was rough. Well this car seems to be pretty well set up compared to the rest but it’s a real rough track. Once I got things figured out I just kind of took off.”
He then thanked his crew and those that have helped him with the car.
For his part Williams, who drives a late model on dirt tracks back home, said, “It was wonderful, best experience I’ve ever had and I love it here. The track was a bit slick but just a matter of driving to the conditions. I haven’t experienced slick tracks like this before but I’m getting it.”
The Mini Mod feature had the closest finish of the night as most of the final half of the race was a duel between Larry Miller and Steve McGee, who is driving the car owned by Dennis Crook.
Miller almost did himself in early in the event after spinning his car but recovered and soon took the lead. Then McGee caught him.
Lap after lap, they were either nose-to-tail or, sometimes, side-by-side. But it seemed that Miller had the best line for traction as they exited Turn 4 and headed for the flag stand.
In the end it came down to a two-wide charge down the front straight as both drivers headed for the checkered flag. It was almost too close to call but Miller held on to win by inches.
“It’s been a while since me and Steve had raced like that. We did it the first night and again tonight,” Miller said after the race. “I knew he was there as Steve gave me a little love tap to try and rattle my chain. He’s a good racer and love racing with him.”
Then he gave thanks to sponsors, Superior Tire, Russ Hydro Racing, C&M Fabrication, RWW Fabrication and Ken McMann Cylinder Heads.
The second day of racing happened close to the deadline for filing this article so it isn’t included.
•After being rained out last weekend, the Lovelock made up that date on Friday night. Results are posted below and while there are two divisions of Outlaw Karts, they ran in the same main event.
OTHER RACING NEWS
•This year our area has been blessed with several off-road events and another one begins this weekend of racing. It’s the Torchmate Ultra 4 Stampede, which has its pit area located 4-miles south of Exit 32 on I-80.
Qualifying is on Friday from 8 a.m. until noon. Then racing is from 9 a.m. Saturday until 6 p.m. with the post-race awards and party held at the Extreme bar in the Grand Sierra Hotel and Casino.
Then, beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday the Reno-Fernley Raceway hosts its final national NASCAR points night that will determine if a driver will qualify to be invited to a championship event held at Daytona Beach, Florida later this year.
The American Valley Speedway in Quincy, Calif., will close its season with the annual Timber Cup Races. For the Dwarf Cars this means, if they get a 20-car field, the winner will earn $1,000.
Then on Sunday, at Desert Park Raceway in Lemmon Valley, the Northern Nevada Kart Club hosts another of its points races beginning around 10 a.m.
•Those riders that compete in the MRANN series will spend the weekend at the Sno Bowl outside of Elko for a two-day show. Saturday’s action begins at 8 a.m., with the Pee Wee races and runs until the afternoon for all the short course classes.
The Big Bikes get their turn Sunday, also beginning at 8 a.m. as each of those classes take to the course.
•NASCAR’s Nevada Quartet spent the weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway for three days of racing.
Kyle Busch finished third in Friday’s Camping World Truck Series event while Brendan Gaughan ended up 18, after starting 25th, in the same race. At the end of Saturday’s Nationwide event Busch ended up second and Sparks native T.J. Bell wound up 27th at the end.
Sunday’s Sprint Cup event is being run when this article is being filed but NASCAR began the event 20-minutes early as a tropical storm is slated to hit the Atlanta area during the late evening. In that event Kyle Busch starts third while older brother Kurt is 10th on the starting grid.
• Rattlesnake Raceway - Sept. 3
Heat Winners - #1 Shawn Natenstedt, #2 43
Main (30 Laps) - 1. Shawn Natenstedt, 2. Don Childs, 3. Tim Turner, 4. Steve Evenson, 5. Steve McKellip
Heat Winners - #1 Mike Olsen, #2 Carl Barlow
Main (30 Laps) - 1. Chris Neal, 2. Pete Olsen, 3. Carl Barlow, 4. Mike Olsen, 5. Skeeter Donaldson
360 Sprint Cars:
Heat Winner - Bob Cooney
Main (10 Laps) - 1. Robert Cooney, 2. Galen Reese, 3. Tony Taylor, 4. Tommy Teeters
Heat Winner - Duncan Lee
Main (20 Laps) - 1. Scott Hammond, 2. MarkRios, 3. Steve Young, 4. Marri Andrews, 5. Duncan Lee
Heat Winners - #1 Jesse James, #2 Alfred Bishop
Main (20 Laps) - 1. Kyle Babb, 2. Jesse James, 3. Kali Pope, 4. Yolanda Kaster, 5. Bryce Phillips
Heat Winner - Steve McGee
Main (20 Laps) - 1. Larry Miller, 2. Steve McGee, 3. unlisted, 4. Justin McIlvain
•Lovelock Speedway - Sept. 2
Heat Winner - Jim Jurad
Main (25 Laps) - 1. Jeffrey Macedo, 2. Kevin Nelson, 3. Malon Gonzalez, 4. Jim Jurad, 5. Craig Maestretti
Heat Winner - Scott Hammond
Main (20 Laps) - 1. Scott Hammond, 2. Chad Christiansen, 3. Chris Garretson, 4. Loren Bianchi, 5. Shirley Reeves
360 Sprint Cars:
Heat Winner - Jeffrey Macedo
Main (20 Laps) - 1. Bob Cooney, 2. Jeffrey Macedo, 3. Galen Reese, 4. Robert Cooney
Heat Winner - Audie Peterson
Main (15 Laps) - 1. AudiePeterson, 2. Lance Roberts, 3. Glen “Chick” Rose
Heat Winner - Ward Amberson
Main (25 Laps) - 1. Rodney Sweet, 2. Ward Amberson, 3. Cliff Hagan
Beginner Outlaw Karts:
Heat Winner - unlisted
Main (12 Laps) - 1. Unlisted, 2. Cole Jones, 3. Will Evenson, 4. Cade Maestas
Intermediate Outlaw Karts:
Heat Winner - BrynnTurner
Main (12 Laps) - 1. Brynn Turner, 2. Danner Barrick