Cool fall weather set the stage for a day of hard racing as just over 200 riders showed up to challenge the fast, sandy course. For many years this sandbox was the domain of Scott and Butch Stillmock and today was no exception.
After winning his second pro moto, Scott Stillmock caught his breath and said, “I’m old for this fun! My brain shuts off as soon as it’s a race as it still thinks I’m a kid but I’m almost 40 now.”
Just like both Club motos, when the gate dropped on his second pro race he just took off. Those chasing him in the 30+ pro division were his brother Butch, Rich Thorwaldson and 125/250 pro Dylan Bauer.
Thorwaldson did take second but fell at least once and faded while Butch Stillmock just got too tired and also fell off the paee. Behind the leader, 125/250 pro rider Bauer was closing the gap.
At the end Stillmock’s winning margin was pretty slim but he held on for the overall while in the earlier moto Bauer reached the line first. Bauer also had a sweep of his own as he also topped the 250/450 pro motos.
In the second club race it was a brother-to-brother duel as Butch chased and almost caught him at the finish. However Scott Stillmock held on and made the day a sweep.
Another close finish came in the second 125/250 Beginner moto. Earlier the duo of Robby Easton and Brad Mega finished 1-2 in their first moto.
When the gate dropped on their second race the order was reversed with Maga being chased by Easton. Round and round they went as they flew over the jumps and through the sand.
In the end, Maga won and took the day’s overall victory with Easton about a second behind him.
“I didn’t know how close he (Easton) was but I could hear him so I stayed on it,” Maga said after taking the checkered flag.
Then Easton said, “I didn’t know if I could have caught him but it was a battle.”
One rider showing true grit was young Sparks rider Julian Corridori. After winning the first 65 junior moto he had what could have been a race losing get off during the second race.
After getting back up Corridori took off, reclaimed second overall and won his second moto. Up front the overall victory was won by Mikey Hillyer, the only intermediate rider in the race.
Robert Bevins was the Schoolboy winner while Fernley high school student Hope Stillmock upheld her family’s tradition and won the Women’s class.
Colin Hutson, Lux Turner and Wyatt Brixey won their respective Pee Wee races. Moving up the age bracket Dylan Thorwaldson and Hunter Lewis were the other 65cc winners.
While several riders went down none of them needed to be transported by ambulance although two of them did get rides in the Medic’s truck back to their pits.
Now the track is dark until the Over the Hill Gang host two days of practice session on the weekend of December 2nd and 3rd.
•The Monster X Tour invaded the Livestock Events Center for a Friday-Saturday show. Along with five trucks were several quads that used a relay-style race format and two members of the Metal Mulisha performing freestyle motocross.
One rider doing back flips was several time X-Games Gold Medalist Matt Buyten, who hails from Reno.
In the truck racing, despite breaking a rocker arm in its motor, Bounter Hunter won Friday’s head-to-head competition while Bad Habit took the trophy Saturday night. Rock Star, driven by Bill Payne won both the Wheelie and Freestyle competition on Saturday.
OTHER RACING NEWS
•Racing in this region ends at the Honey Lake Motorcross Park, located 67 miles north of Reno at Milford, California. Weather permitting of course.
On Saturday, beginning around 10 a.m. the final round of SMRA’s fall series runs on this technical, fast track. Then, on Sunday the track hosts Grand Prix style racing using a motocross friendly format.
•Only two of NASCAR’s Las Vegas Trio were in action this weekend as both Busch brothers raced at Phoenix International Speedway.
In Sunday’s Sprint Cup event Kyle came from the back, after his crew had to change an engine, got into the top 10 only to suffer another engine failure that dropped him to 36th. Older brother Kurt made it through he race after starting 17th and finishing 22nd.
•Lion’s Fernley Motocross Track - Nov. 13
SMRA Nevada State Championship MX Series - Round 7
Beg. - 1. Collin Hutson, 2. Trevor Mrlin, 3. Ripley Shakespeare, 4. Tyler Zahniser, 5. Luchan Turner
Jr. - 1. Lux Tuner, 2. Wyatt Brixey, 3. Nakana Domingo, 4. Evan Lewis, 5. Cody Zimmer
Open - 1. Wyatt Brixey, 2. Evan Lewis, 3. Daeton Bauer, 4. Justin McCord, 5. Cody Zimmer
Beg. - 1. Dylan Thorwaldson, 2. Nicholas Trainor, 3. Cory Sego, 4. Trystin Tucker, 5. Taren Turnage
Jr. - 1. Julian Corridori, 2. Danny Hillyer, 3. Hunter Lewis, 4. Brock Grashuis, 5. Ethan Lewis
Intr. - 1. Mikey Hillyer, 2. Alex Katzenbach
Open - 1. Hunter Lewis, 2. Brock Grashuis, 3. Elijah Frandsen
Beg. - 1. Dannny Hillyer, 2. Jaron Thompson, 3. Patrick Wick, 4. Kyle Higday, 5. Cameron Mehringer
Jr. - 1. Caleb Frandsen, 2. Cody Force, 3. Austin Lewis, 4. Jesse Mulock, 5. Sam Hutton
Intr. - 1. Clay Amezquitq
Supermini: - 1. Caleb Frandsen, 2. Cody Force, 3. Austin Lewis, 4. Gage Krecht, 5. Maximus Swan
Jr. - 1. Jeff Perrine, 2. Mike Fillmore, 3. Travis Hilbish, 4. David Blanchette, 5. John O’Neill
Intr. - 1. David Huggans, 2. Larry Brown, 3. Peter Madyforth, 4. Lyane Kolbet, 5. Chris Dyer
Exp. - 1. Philip Wurster, 2. Carl Lucas, 3. Scott Chick, 4. Gilbert Chick, 5. Marcus Gentry
Beg. - 1. Lonnie Madsen, 2. Dax Tucker, 3. Lee Felch, 4. Kevin McCord, 5. Benjamin Delgrande
Jr. - 1. Kirk Sego, 2. George Forbes, 3. Frank Homen, 4. Jeromie Sorhouet
Intr. - 1. Pat Monnahan, 2. Aaron Turnage
Exp. - 1. Jason Shakespeare, 2. Paul Beyer
Pro: 1. Scott Stillmock, 2. Willy Heiss, 3. Rich Thorwaldson, 4. Pete Cannizzaro, 5. Butch Stillmock
Beg. - 1. Josh Beauchamp, 2. Mark Bevins
Jr. - 1. Ryan Lehr, 2. Brett Fay, 3. Kyle Mason, 4. Evan Zahniser, 5. Cameron Howell
Intr. - 1. Preston Joy, 2. Tyler Bryant
Women - 1. Hope Stillmock, 2. Kolby Assuras, 3. Meghan Monnahan, 4. Samantha Monzo
Schoolboy - 1. Robert Bevins, 2. Austin Zaugg, 3. Hunter Roberts
Beg. - 1. Brad Maga, 2. Roby Easton, 3. Blaine Plummer, 4. Logan Manchester, 5. Jacob Baldwin
Jr. - 1. Robert Tanner, 2. Ryan Lehr, 3. Kody Jackson, 4. Robert Bevins, 5. Austin Zaugg
Pro - 1. Dylan Bauer
Beg. - 1. Sean Botelho, 2. Shane Ross, 3. William Tankersley, 4. Jonathan Stamper, 5. Eddie Minard
Jr. - 1. Caleb Duster, 2. Tyler Artrup, 3. Corey Riddle, 4. Beau Frandsen, 5. Patrick Olson
Intr. - 1. Preston Joy
Pro. - 1. Dylan Bauer, 2. Rich Thorwaldson
• Monster - X Tour - Livestock Events Center
Monster Truck Results
• Friday, Nov. 11
Wheelie Contest - Bounty Hunter
Racing - 1. Bounty Hunter (Darren Migues), 2. Rock Star (Bill Payne), 3. Bad Habit (Joe Sylvester), 4. California Kid (Ed Miller)
Freestyle - Rock Star
• Saturday, Nov. 12
Wheelie Contest - Rock Star
Racing - 1. Bad Habit, 2. California Kid, 3. Iron Outlaw (Matt Brokaw), 4. Bounty Hunter
Freestyle - Rock Star