Saturday night was for heat races and trophy dashes, for those drivers that wanted to compete in these sprint races. After setting the fields, and the Modifieds needed two B mains to compete that task, Sunday was when the money races took place.
One young rookie Sunday capped his championship year with a run away victory in the Pure Stock Mini feature.
“That race was pretty good as I led for the entire time and it means a lot to me,” Tavis Barr said during the trophy presentation. “I’d like to thank the Lord for giving me this opportunity to be out here today. And I’d like to thank my Grandpa, Richard Barr, and my mom and dad.”
While Barr’s race was easy it was a long caution filled race. One that led frustrated official to cut 10 laps off the scheduled t30.
Things began when Mykala Hancock had problems during the parade lap as her clutch failed, which meant she needed a push every time her car stopped. The race began with a caution, then a restart that ended with a caution when Sharlee Kaster’s car wound up backwards in the front straight wall.
Once things were cleared the field was off and running. At each start Jesse James tried his hardest but just couldn’t get past Barr. The fourth caution came when Hancock and Lance Bain collected each other in Turn 4.
Three more cautions slowed the race pace and by then the officials were getting very frustrated but they let everyone compete the final laps.
After the race, runner-up James said, “I had nothing for the kid.”
James, who wound up second, had a long battle with Dough Hast, who was making his return to action but fell out of contention, while third place Justin Schilling found himself in the middle of some of the action.
“The race was a lot of fun, it was getting really rough as people were coming down on me and hitting me so I’m surprised my right front tire is still up,” Schilling said. “But the race was fun.”
Later in the program Steve McGee capped off a great season in Mod Minis when he won their feature race. Visiting driver R.J. McGahuey won the Dwarf Car main followed by Jesse Vankol and Billy Wilson.
Ending a year where he had some races in the bag but lost them, “Fireball” Carl Barlow ended his racing season with a victory in the Hobby Stock feature.
Sunday itself had a rough start as the track needed extra wheel packing to work in the water that had been put down on the surface. Unfortunately this and a hot lap session delayed the show so it started almost two hours later than scheduled.
Once the show began there were two B Mains for the Modifieds to set the final 10-drivers in the field. Then the feature races began.
•Saturday night had many races for the fans as the drivers all competed in heat that, with one exception ran pretty smooth. That exception was the second Dwarf Car heat race.
Tearing down the backstretch the car of Larry Miller slid up and bounced off the wall collecting and flipping the car driven by Race Shelton. Both cars wound up together with Shelton’s on its side.
The event was quickly stopped as the track safety crew and officials ran to help both drivers. After rolling Shelton’s car on its wheels he emerged just shaken but otherwise OK.
Despite the apparent damage the car was repaired in time for Sunday’s feature.
•Two weeks ago when the points racing season ended the Hobby Stock championship was too close to call.
On heat race points it was a tie between Royce Goetz and Dwight Bolton. After checking the totals, a tie-breaker was used and Dwight Bolton was awarded the title based on more feature victories.
OTHER RACING NEWS
•This weekend the Northern Nevada Kart Club winds up its 30th season with a make-up race on Saturday at Desert Park Race. The action begins around 10 a.m. as championships will be decided on the short course.
Sunday the Exit 28 Motorsports Park continues with round three of the Nuclear Fallout Motocross Series. The first moto should leave the starting gate around 9:30 a.m. and start an action packed day.
•Reno-Fernley’s Division 1 champion, Shawn Natenstedt received the news this week that he is the NASCAR Modified Champion for Nevada and is ranked 75th in the country.
•Three of NASCAR’s Nevada Quartet were at the Kansas Speedway this week. Sparks native T.J. Bell again had mechanical problems and finished 42nd in Saturday’s Nationwide event.
In Sunday’s Sprint Cup race Kyle Busch ended up 11th while older brother Kurt was 13th.
Reno-Fernley Raceway - 2011 Shoot Out
•Saturday, Oct. 8
Heat Winners - #1 Gene Kay, #2 Monte Bishoff, #3 Robert Miller, #4 Brian Poppa
Heat Winners - #1 B.J. Pearson, #2 Ken Gotchal
Heat Winners - #1 Jacob Baker, #2 Carl Barlow
Heat Winners - #1 Jason Clayton, #2 Jerry Flowers
Heat Winners #1 Chase Nieman, #2 Billy Wilson
Pure Stock Minis:
Heat Winners - #1 Travis Barr, #2 Unlisted
Trophy Dash Winners - Travis Barr (Pure Stock Mini), Jason Clayton (Mod Minis), R.J. McGahuey (Dwarf Cars), Shane Ramtnun ( Hobby Stocks), Robby Grace (Pro Stocks), Monte Bischoff (Modifieds)
•Sunday, Oct. 9*
Pro Stock Main (35 Laps) - 1. Ken Gotchal, 2. Al Goss, 3. Gary Nevers
Hobby Stocks (30 Laps) - 1. Carl Barlow, 2. Rick Miller, 3. Jacob Baker, 4. Dean Clark, 5. David Partelow
Mini Mods Main (25 Laps) - 1. Steve McGee, 2. Justin McIlvain, 3. Billy Wilson
Dwarf Car Main (20 Laps) - 1. R.J. McGahuey, 2. Jesse Vankol, 3. Billy Wilson
Pure Stock Mini Main (20 Laps) - 1. Travis Barr, 2. Jesse James, 3. Justin Schilling, 4. Logan Cologna, 5. Unlisted
B Main Winners - #1 Doug Davenport, #2 Tom Glover
Modified Main - 1. Jake Holland, 2. Robert Miller, 3. Jay Sears
• - Unofficial results
• Reno-Fernley 2011 Track Champions
Division 1, Modifieds - Shawn Natenstedt
Division 2, Pro Stocks - Jesse Gonzalez
Division 3, Hobby Stocks - Dwight Bolton
Division 4, Dwarf Cars - William “Billy” Wilson
• Rattlesnake Raceway - Dirt Track Championship Final Points Standings
IMCA Modifieds - 1. Shawn Natenstedt, 2. Adam Walters, 3. Jay Sears, 4. Russ Cazier, 5. Steve McKellip
Pro Stocks - 1. Jesse Gonzalez, 2. Robby Grace, 3. Gary Nevers, 4. Shawn LaRocque, 5. Ken Gotchal
Hobby Stocks - 1. Mike Olsen, 2.Wes Washburn, 3. Aaron Benham, 4. Chris Neal, 5. Rocky Goetz
Rat Mods - 1. Lee Ketten, 2. Glenn Lee, 3. Duncan Lee, 4. Loren Bianchi, 5. Gordon Hughes
Mini Mods - 1. Steve McGee, 2. John Burch, 3. Steve Singley, 4. Steve Crook, 5. Stephen Crook
Gen-X - 1. Alfred Bishop, 2. Jesse James, 3. Kevin Reuter, 4. Kali Pope, 5. Sadie Pope