Back in the pits, after winning the IMCA Modified, feature winner Jake Holland said, “It was good, everybody was pretty quick at the beginning, we were faster but just couldn’t quite get cleared from them. I got Lumsden on the backstretch, then we got that caution, and I had to get him again. Overall the car was fantastic and it made it easy for me to win that race.”
Before the IMCA feature began, Shawn Natenstedt, who brought his car to help the increase the field, dropped to the rear. When the green waved Steve Evenson jumped into the lead.
Things came to a stop after Russell Rosario spun in Turn 4, which called for a complete restart. Once again Evenson jumped into the lead with Wade Lumsden following, while Holland had sliced his way to third.
Several laps later there was a scramble involving three cars including Natenstedt and Elerick, who headed for the pits, as well as Olschowka. Now only five cars were left from the original eight that took the green flag.
Once racing resumed, Holland took off, got past Lumsden again and sailed away to the victory.
One more caution came after Evenson was spun on the backstretch and he later pitted leaving only four cars on the track. At the end only three cars were left as Holland reached the checkered first followed by Olschowka and Lumsden.
Two of the feature races only had two cars in each of them. Despite this, the drivers staged some great racing.
The new Sport Mod division’s cars look like IMCA Modifieds but are quite different under the skin. So far only two drivers are racing these, Missy Natenstedt and Scott Hammond.
Last time out Natenstedt won the heat race and was second to Hammond in the feature.
After placing second in her heat, Natenstedt jumped into the lead on the green with Hammond on her back bumper. Lap after lap, they tore around the track in a nose-to-tail formation.
Occasionally Hammond got beside Natenstedt and even passed her but then she’d retake the lead. One key, as Natenstedt explained it, was using the middle groove that has some moisture and grip.
At the end they finished in that order and are now 1-1 for feature victories at the track.
Back in the pits Natenstedt said, “Just learning how to drive the car, it’s completely different than anything I’ve ever driven. Me and him had an awesome race, he’d pass me and I’d pass him back and then we did kind of an “over-under,” pass and it was a whole bunch of fun.
Then she thanked sponsor Silverado Casino in Fernley and her husband Shawn, who wore a pink shirt announcing that he was his wife’s pit crew.
When Hammond was asked about the race he said, “It was a lot of fun, she just took it easy on me, that’s what it was. Obviously the competition in this class is me and her so I’m sure we’ll see a lot more of that to come.”
While three Pro Stocks were on hand electrical problems kept Rob Grace from competing in their “Dash for Cash.” Once again the two remaining drivers put on a great race.
Fred White grabbed the lead with Gary Nevers on his back bumper. Lap after lap they ran in this formation until the final turn, when things got a bit crazy.
Exiting the turn White got on the gas a bit too hard, which turned his car sideways. Having no room, Nevers then collected the White’s car and both came to a stop on the infield berm.
White was able to get going again and took the win while Nevers was stuck on the berm.
The biggest field of the night was in the Hobby Stock division where 11 cars took the green. First on point was Tony Taylor, who with drove with rookie driver Dennis Buehn in the passenger seat.
The first caution came right away when Mike Olsen’s car stalled while Carl Barlow pitted for a flat tire. Once racing resumed, the duo of Taylor/Buehn took off with a determined Pete Baglin on their tail.
About three laps later, Chris Neal wound up on the inside berm and would also need a pit stop. Up front Baglin had grabbed the lead with Aaron Benham giving chase.
Towards the end there were only six cars still on the track until there was a scramble, with two to go, involving Sandy Clark, Pete Olsen and Carl Barlow. Now only three cars remained as Baglin got the win followed by Benham and Annette Rinehart.
“Good race, new car as we pretty well changed all the set up in it and it worked,” Baglin said. “I didn’t know where anybody was, but one time I saw somebody beside me and that was it. I also need to thank Lightning Lube, my wife and Jim’s Automotive”
This year Baglin has changed his number and car’s paint scheme to that of an Uncle he lost.
Five cars started the Gen-X main with Shawn “Mr. Rabbit,” Hartzell taking the lead while Al Bishop rocketed into second. Five laps later Bishop too the lead but Hartzell wasn’t about to give up.
Around the 10th lap Bishop’s motor began to miss as it was accelerating down the straights. This allowed Hartzell to close the gap as thing got worse for the leader.
Finally with eight to go Hartzell used an inside move to take back the lead. Try as he might Bishop’s car was losing strength and he began to fall back.
Up front a delighted Hartzell claimed the victory followed by Bishop and Mark Serchio.
Once the dust settled, Hartzell said. “It was kind of tough, I hate winning the way I did with an engine blowing out of my competitor. Closed up, he let go all the way and I shot around him and that’s how I won.”
Then he thanked his family, wife Rachel and kids Lilly, Kali, Sadie, Jayden and Max.
OTHER RACING NEWS
•The Busch Brothers competed in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race on Sunday at the Kansas Speedway. Kyle came from 25th to finish 10th while older brother Kurt started 14th and ended up 17th at the end.
•This week there is a banquet for race fans starting with the two-day Comstock Classic as the 41st Virginia City Grand Prix brings riders from across the west to compete in one of the toughest races around. And the action begins around 10 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.
The Pros, which are grouped at the front, as well as the Experts and Amateurs go on Saturday while the Novice, Bomber and Vintage racers get their chance on Sunday.
And five oval tracks will be operating beginning with Diamond Mountain in Susanville on Friday night.
On Saturday, starting at 6 p.m. the Lovelock Speedway, Rattlesnake Raceway in Fallon and 95A Speedway in Fernley will all host shows that include IMCA Modifieds.
Down in Feather River country, that same night, American Valley Speedway begins its season featuring both IMCA Modifieds and the DART Dwarf Car series.
Sunday, around 10 a.m., the Northern Nevada Kart Club kicks off its season at Desert Park Raceway, located on the dirt extension of Lemmon Valley Drive.
The Stead Motocross track is also in action with the first annual Silver State Classic motocross. There is a Saturday practice from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. then after morning practice racing begins on Sunday.
On the program is a ProAm Dash for Cash was well as vintage bike races.
And finally, the SMRA motocross series visits Winnemucca for a Sunday show.
Rattlesnake Raceway - April 21
Heat Race - 1. Al Bishop, 2. Bryce Phillips, 3. Mark Serchio, 4. Shawn Burton, 5. Shawn Hartzell, 6. Haley Alberti
Main - 1. Shawn Hartzell, 2. Al Bishop, 3. Mrk Serchio, 4. Bryce Phillips, 5. Shawn Burton
Mini Mod - 1. Steve Singley
Heat Race - 1. Scott Hammond, 2. Missy Natenstedt, 3. Lee Ketton, 5. Wade Lumsden
Main - 1. Missy Natenstedt, 2. Scott Hammond
Heat Race #1 - 1. Carl Barlow, 2. Pete Olsen, 3. Chris Neal, 4. Aaron Benham, 4. Pete Baglin, 5. Sandy Clark
Heat Race #2 - 1. Mike Olsen, 2. Steve Foster, 3. Annette Rinehart, 4. Wes Washburn, 5. Dennis Buehn
Main - 1. Pete Baglin, 2. Aaron Benham, 3. Annette Rinehart, 4. Pete Olsen*, 5. Carl Barlow*, 6. Sandy Clark*, 7. Tony Taylor & Dennis Buhen (Passenger)*, 8. Steve Foster*, 9. Chris Neal*, 10. Wes Washburn*, 11. Mike Olsen*
Pro Stocks (Dash for Cash) 10-Laps - 1. Fred White, 2. Gary Nevers, 3. Robby Grace*
Heat Race #1 - 1. Jake Holland, 2. Steve Evenson, 3. Russell Rosario, 4. Wade Lumsden
Heat Race #2 - 1. Shawn Natenstedt, 2. Jeff Olschowka, 3. Jeff Elerick, 4. Alec Childs
Main - 1. Jake Holland, 2. Jeff Olschowka, 3. Wade Lumsden, 4. Steve Evenson, 5. Alec Childs*, 6. Shawn Natenstedt*, 7. Jeff Elerick*, 8. Russell Rosario*
* - Either not running at the end of the feature race or did not start that race.