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Racers put on good show despite low car turnout at Fallon
by Dan McGee
Jul 15, 2012 | 2105 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune/Dan McGee - Coming back from brake problems in his heat race, Jake Holland takes a victory lap after winning the IMCA Modified feature on Saturday evening.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Coming back from brake problems in his heat race, Jake Holland takes a victory lap after winning the IMCA Modified feature on Saturday evening.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - Pete Olsen is about to take the checkered flag and win the Hobby Stock feature at Rattlesnake Raceway on Saturday evening.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Pete Olsen is about to take the checkered flag and win the Hobby Stock feature at Rattlesnake Raceway on Saturday evening.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - Heading for the checkered flag, 250cc Outlaw Kart winner Eric Taylor (23) is chased by runner-up and points leader, Zachary Cail (6). Both young drivers compete in the Amsoil series at Rattlesnake Raceway.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Heading for the checkered flag, 250cc Outlaw Kart winner Eric Taylor (23) is chased by runner-up and points leader, Zachary Cail (6). Both young drivers compete in the Amsoil series at Rattlesnake Raceway.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - Early Saturday morning, Reno resident Chad Hall and his co-driver roar away from the start of the U.S.A. 500 off-road race. Hall figured the winner would need from nine to 10 hours to complete the full amount of laps needed.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Early Saturday morning, Reno resident Chad Hall and his co-driver roar away from the start of the U.S.A. 500 off-road race. Hall figured the winner would need from nine to 10 hours to complete the full amount of laps needed.
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FALLON — A hot day and wind set the stage for an evening of hard racing at Rattlesnake Raceway on Saturday evening. While the car count might have been a bit low, all the drivers put on a good show for the fans.

“That start couldn’t have gone any better for us as I was really hoping I could get underneath both of them,” Jake Holland said after winning the IMCA Modified feature. “You never really know, you always have game plans then you go into them and they all go out the window the second the green flag flies.

“The problem was that it was so dry on three quarters of the track and a quarter of the track was really tacky getting in Turns 1 and 2. So I had to charge as hard as I could getting into 1 and 2 then hold it, wait for it to get slick then drive like I normally know how to drive it.”

When the green waved, Holland made his move as he dove under the front row and entered Turn 2 in the lead. At that time Adam Walters was in second with Missy Natenstedt holding third.

Now the chase was on as Walter pursued Holland around the almost dry track leaving the pack behind them. Natenstedt, even though she’s a bit outgunned in her Rat Mod, was holding off Lee Bosch and Wade Lumsden.

Around lap 7, the leader’s advantage vanished due to a caution brought out by Billy Anderson spinning in Turn 4. When the green waved again, Holland and Walters resumed their high-speed duel while Bosch got past Natenstedt and set his sights on second.

Anderson would bring out another caution with a spin and later there was a further caution for debris on the backstretch. Behind the leader both Bosch and Walters had a place-swapping duel that ended with Bosch claiming second and Walters finishing in third.

For Holland, it was a good comeback from earlier problems.

“We had some brake troubles after Fernley as they were cracked so we got some new parts from Shawn Natenstedt and we didn’t clean them off good enough in the heat race so I didn’t have any brakes,” Holland said. “So we ended up doing a bunch of work to them, cleaning them off and I just wanted to go back out there to make sure they were good before we started going.”

Asked about his runner-up finish, Bosch said, “Jake was fast tonight and this is his track so he had that little outside groove to the inside going. I haven’t raced to see that as I’m just a rookie so I’ve got a lot of stuff to learn.

“Missy gave me a heck of a race for the first five laps so I had to work my butt off to get by her. Then Mr. Walters, he held me off last time I was here, but this time I got him so it looks like we’re going to have a pretty good duel here from this time on out.”

When the Rat Mod main began, Mark Rios held the point then, after a quick caution. Scott Hammond led for a short time until Duncan Lee took it and ran away with the victory.

He was followed by Rios, Hammond and Steve Young.

The biggest field of the night was in the Hobby Stock division and the start of that race was marked by a side-by-side duel between Steve Foster and Pete Baglin. Eventually Baglin spun in Turn 4 and collected Aaron Benham, who couldn’t avoid him.

Once racing resumed Foster was on point. Back in the pack Pete Olsen and Chris Neal were working their way to the front.

Finally Olsen took the lead while Neal and Foster disputed second place. Two more cautions would slow the race but by now Olsen was in command and no one could deny his this victory.

At the end Neal was second, after a determined drive followed by Rob Carey, Baglin and Benham.

One three Gen-X care were on hand, it would have been four if Gordon Hughes car hadn’t had problems. Shawn Hartzell won the feature after Al Bishop was unable to run him down.

The Amsoil Outlaw Karts were also in action and these younger drivers gave a good account of themselves.

In the Beginner class the battle was between eventual winner Sarah Anderson and McKenna Kirsho, and they finished in that order. The Intermediate Box Stock group was the largest and after a wild race with many spins, Trey Walters won followed by points leader Caleb Gonzalez.

With no 500cc races on hand the final kart feature was the 250cc machines. Once again it was a wild race with a lot of place swapping but up front Eric Taylor led y lap.

Finishing second was Zachary Cail followed by Samantha Schults and, except for some kind of problem; Shay Smith might have had a better finish than 4th.

Back in the pits, 250-race winner Taylor said, “The race was pretty awesome but the track was pretty rough. And it’s easier to see when it’s dusty, especially when you’re in the front. “

The karts have a tight points race in all four divisions, as they look forward to their race in late August when the championships will be clinched. Most of these racers are the next generation for cars, however no matter what their age is, they always put on a good show for the fans.

•Early Saturday morning the Valley Off-Road Racing Association (VORRA) launched the second running of the U.S.A. 500. The course took racers from behind the Terrible’s Travel Center in Fernley almost all the way to Lovelock and back again.

Unfortunately by the time this report was filed the results hadn’t been posted on the website so those wishing further information should check their website at, www.vorra.net.

OTHER RACING NEWS

•Area racing this weekend kicks off on Friday with a new event taking center stage.

Up on the Comstock Liv Fast is bringing the first ever Supermoto race to Virginia City. Practice begins on Friday on a course that weaves up and down, from dirt to pavement.

There will be racing both Saturday and Sunday but the pro race is slated for Saturday. There are classes for all riders from Beginner to expert plus ATV/UTV classes.

In addition there will be Freestyle MX and the Monster BMX team will also be in action.

Top Gun Raceway, located south of Fallon, starts its weekend with $5 Fast Friday then follows that with two days, starting at 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday, with its All Star Challenge, Summit ET series and the latest rounds of the Junior Dragster program.

Finally, starting at 6 p.m., both Lovelock Speedway and 95A Speedway in Fernley host the next round of their points races.

•This weekend three of NASCAR’s Nevada drivers were at New Hampshire and varied results.

In Saturday’s Nationwide Race Kyle Busch started fifth but fuel pressure problems dropped him to 28 while T.J. Bell had brake problems and wound up 38th after starting 35th.

In Sunday’s Sprint Cup event Kyle Busch ended up 16th, after starting on the pole position, while older brother Kurt wound up 24th.

RESULTS

Rattlesnake Raceway - July 14

IMCA Modifieds:

Heat Winners - #1 Adam Walters, #2 Lee Bosch

Main (25 Laps) - 1. Jake Holland, 2. Lee Bosch, 3. Adam Walters, 4. Steve McGee, 5. Craig Mastretti

Rat Mods:

Heat Winner - Duncan Lee

Main (15 Laps) - 1. Duncan Lee, 2. Mark Rios, 3. Scott Hammond, 4. Steve Young

Hobby Stocks:

Heat Winners - #1 Pete Baglin, #2 Pete Olsen

Main (25 Laps) - 1. Pete Olsen, 2. Chris Neal, 3. Rob Carey, 4. Pete Baglin, 5. Aaron Benham

Gen-X:

Heat Winner - Shawn Hartzell

Main (15 Laps) - 1. Shawn Hartzell, 2. Al Bishop, 3. Christie Rasmussen

Outlaw Karts:

Beginner - 1. Sarah Anderson, 2. McKenna Kirshol

Box Stock - 1. Trey Walters, 2. Caleb Gonzalez, 3. Steven Schroetlin, 4. Lee Ketten Jr., 5. Cole Reid

250cc- 1. Eric Taylor, 2. Zachary Cail, 3. Smaantha Schultz, 4. Shay Smith (DNF)
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