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Sun shines on racing at the Sand Box
by Dan McGee
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Tribune/Dan McGee - Dallas Dussault flies past the checkered flag on his way to sweeping all the motos in both Supermini and 85cc Intermediate during Sunday motocross races at Fernley.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Dallas Dussault flies past the checkered flag on his way to sweeping all the motos in both Supermini and 85cc Intermediate during Sunday motocross races at Fernley.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - Returning home after living in Southern California, local pro Brian Sjogren flies past the finish line as he swept both his motos on Sunday. He'll be racing here until mid-May when he joins the Lucas Oil Outdoor Championship series.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Returning home after living in Southern California, local pro Brian Sjogren flies past the finish line as he swept both his motos on Sunday. He'll be racing here until mid-May when he joins the Lucas Oil Outdoor Championship series.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - Another pro returning to action after a layoff was Tommy Jean, shown here cresting a hill at the Fernley motocross track. He finished second to Rich Thorwaldson in the 30+ pro events.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Another pro returning to action after a layoff was Tommy Jean, shown here cresting a hill at the Fernley motocross track. He finished second to Rich Thorwaldson in the 30+ pro events.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - Getting some big air is Cheyenne Wosick as she's on her way to winning the Women's races at Fernley on Sunday.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Getting some big air is Cheyenne Wosick as she's on her way to winning the Women's races at Fernley on Sunday.
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FERNLEY — The Reno chapter of the Over The Hill Gang hosted round three of SMRA’s spring championship series. Once again, the Fernley Lion’s Motocross Track, also known as the Sand Box, was the site and the event was blessed by wonderful weather for the 261 riders.

In the field were two returning pros and young racer that had a great weekend after stepping up to the next level in his class.

After living for a while in Southern California Brian Sjogren came back home and swept both of his pro motos.

After winning the second he said, “I hole shotted the first one, fell on the first lap, was in fourth but I passed them all back on the next lap and won that one. This time I didn’t want to let him (Aron Harvey) get too close as I was just playing it cool. The track’s getting really rough out there but the Over The Hill Gang did a great job and I want to give a shout out to them.”

He also gave special thanks to his family, Answer Racing, FMF, Pro Taper and all his supporters in Reno that are helping him.

Looking toward the future, he said, “I’m going to be around here until the third week in May. Then I’m racing in the Hangtown National, on a 450 rather than a 250, and I’m doing the whole Lucas Oil Championship.”

While he won his first race the second was a bit closer as Aron Harvey gave chase and stayed within a second of Sjogren the entire moto. Behind them J.L. Bitz came home third with Alex Ficco third.

Another returning pro, after a four-year layoff was Tommy Jean, who ended up second in the 30+ pro division won by Rich Thorwaldson.

After being bumped up to the 85cc Intermediate division young Dallas Dussault scored victories both in his new class and the Superminis.

After winning his second Supermini race he said, “The race was pretty good and the track is rough, which I like.”

Another rider sweeping two divisions was Jesse Gore, who won both the Schoolboy races as well as dominated the 250/450 Intermediate motos.

After his 250/450 victory he said, “That was fun and the track’s not too rough right now. It’s a lot easier when you’re out that far ahead but it’s more fun when you’re with someone.”

In the Women’s final moto it was a case of one rider, on a big bike, being chased by a younger rival on a smaller machine. For most of that race overall victor Cheyenne Wosick was pressed by Kaylee Darby, who rides an 85cc bike.

Lap after lap, they tore around the course with Wosick using her horsepower to pull away as they exited a turn only to have Darby catch her as they entered and roared through a turn. At the checkered they finished in that order with Hope Stillmock and Taylor Koschella taking the next two places.

At the bottom of the age scale, in the Pee Wees, winners were Zaza Frandsen, Wyatt Brixey and Nakana Domingo. Moving up to the 65cc divisions the victors were Brixey again, Cole Petrosky and Ethan Lewis.

At the top of the age scale David Brown was the 50 and over winner with Lannx Brown second.

For the medics the day began on a serious note when they had a downed rider transported to the trauma center at Renown Medical Center. His condition was unknown when this story was filed.

Later, two incidents brought a pair of races to a sudden halt.

The first came when a rider had a high-speed get off and wound up laying on the track. Later two riders had contact and both slammed into the face of a jump.

In both instances, the riders were either able to walk back or were driven back to their pits. Both races had a full restart.

This weekend, the OTHG teams with MRANN for Grand Prix style racing, which will use at least part of the motocross track as well as some of the surrounding area.

Saturday, starting at 12:30 p.m. is for the Pee Wees, Mini Bikes, Women as well as Vintage and Bomber bikes. Then on Sunday, beginning at 8 a.m., different classes of big bikes will race and the day ends with a team race starting around 2 p.m. and running until 4.

Those wishing further information should contact Layne@renoothg.com.

OTHER RACING NEWS

•Monster Trucks invade the Reno Livestock Center for a three-day, four-show weekend. Evening shows begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, while there is a 2 p.m., Daylight Savings Time, start to the Saturday and Sunday afternoon shows.

•Three Nevada drivers competed in NASCAR’s latest event at the Phoenix International Speedway. In Saturday’s Nationwide event Kyle Busch started 14th and finished 11th while T.J. Bell came from 41st to end up 29th.

In Sunday’s Sprint Cut race Kyle started 12th and finished sixth while older brother Kurt was 15th after starting 19th.

RESULTS

SMRA Spring Series - Round 3

Fernley Lion’s Motocross Track - March 4, 2012

50cc:

— (Beg.) 1. Zaza Frandsen, 2. Tyler Zahniser, 3. Chase Cannizzaro, 4. Lawson Williams, 5. Caden Carpinella

— (Jr.) 1. Wyatt Brixey, 2. Collin Hutson, 3. Nakana Domingo, 4. Cody Zimmer

— (Open) 1. Nakana Domingo, 2. Cody Zimmer

65cc:

— (Beg.) 1. Wyatt Brixey, 2. Hayden Fagundes, 3. Blayne Herrera, 4. Trystin Tucker, 5. Chandler Sheleby

— (Jr.) 1. Cole Petrosky, 2. Dylan Thorwaldson, 3. Ethan Lewis

— (Open) 1. Ethan Lewis, 2. Cole Petrosky

85cc:

— (Beg.) 1. Reile Cole, 2. Ian Champness, 3. Zane Clarke, 4. Korey Combs, 5. Nolan Stratton

— (Jr.) 1.Autin Lewis, 2. Jesse Mulock, 3. Kaylee Darby, 4. Tyler Gunn, 5. Ryan Moya

— (Intr.) 1.Dallas Dussault, 2. Mason Olson, 3. Garrett Darby, 4. Garrett Hueftle

Supermini - 1. Dallas Dussault, 2. Mason Olson, 3. Garrett Darby, 4. Garrett Hueftle, 5. Austin Lewis

50+ - 1. David Brown, 2. Lannx Brown, 3. Tom Alexander, 4. Jeff McCollum

40+:

— (Jr.) 1. Travis Hilbish, 2. Russell Petrosky, 3. Mike Fillmore, 4. John O’Neill, 5. James Halsey

— (Intr.) 1. Lannx Brown, 2. Mike McMurry, 3. David Brown, 4. Chris Dyer, 5. Harry Trainor

— (Exp.) 1. Tony Fagundes, 2. Jim Koschella

30+:

— (Beg.) 1. Manuel Santans, 2. Casey Eckley, 3. Mark Held, 4. Dax Tucker, 5. Paul Ewing

— (Jr.) 1. Adam Ermolenko, 2. Sonny Snodgrass, 3. Bill Soderquist, 4. Jeromie Sorhouet, 5. Frank Homen

— (Intr.) 1. Jeramiah Brown, 2. Aaron Turnage, 3. Jim Koschella, 4. Matthew Wilkins, 5. Bryan Hammond

— (Exp.) 1. Jason Shakespeare

— (Pro.) 1. Rich Thorwaldson, 2. Tommy Jean

20+:

- (Beg.) 1. Joe O’Brien, 2. Woodrow Thompson, 3. Mario Munoz, 4. Jeremiah Chapman, 5. Todd Wagner

- (Jr.) 1. Jared Bussard, 2. Mike Kreczkowski, 3. Wes Gilmore, 4. Jeff Butler, 5. James Gonzales

- (Intr.) 1. Tyler Bryant, 2. Brandon Acquistapace

2-Stroke Open - 1. Zach Kisman, 2. Jake Hairing, 3. Ethan Reddick

Womens - 1. Cheyenne Wosick, 2. Kaylee Darby, 3. Hope Stillmock, 4. Taylor Koschella, 5. Kolby Assuras

Schoolboy - 1. Jesse Gore, 2. Coal Dils, 3. Dean Mannschreck, 4. Dylan Galliett, 5. Caleb Frandsen

125/250cc:

— (Beg.) 1. Trent Cocking, 2. Scott Simmons, 3. Donald Amos, 4. Cheyenne Wosick, 5. Cody Force

— (Jr.) 1. Casey Guzman, 2. Robert Bevins, 3. John Hansen, 4. Caleb Duster, 5. Caleb Frandsen

— (Intr.) 1. Jesse Gore, 2. Dean Mannschreck, 3. Coal Dils, 4. Kody Jackson

250/450cc:

— (Beg.) 1. Beau Covresy, 2. Sean Botelho, 3. Shane Ross, 4. Mario Munoz, 5. Leland Graham

— (Jr.) 1. Zach Kisman, 2. Tyler Artrup, 3. Anthony Montoya, 4. Caleb Duster, 5. Anthony Santana

— (Intr.) 1. Jesse Gore, 2. Brandon Acquistapace

— (Pro.) 1. Brian Sjogren, 2. Aron Harvey, 3. J.L. Bitz, 4. Alex Ficco
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