Great weather set the stage for an event that has riders racing on both dirt as well as pavement, something that takes a bit of patience and skill as the racers are using pavement tires.
After the pro heat-race, won by Stockton rider Ryan “Flyin” Kearnes, the racers lined up and were sent off for their 10-lap main, which was the money round as they were competing for a share of the pro purse.
A small slip in the first turn by Kearns put Gage McAllister on point and the chase was on. Lap after lap the gap closed and opened a bit in some of the dirt sections.
Later Kearns said, “He (McAllister) was a little bit faster in sections than me but we were pretty equal for the most part.”
The riders have to make transitions between pavement and dirt.
After a short downhill run, riders rip across a paved part, make a left hairpin turn to a big dirt section. They plunge down hill, fly over a step-down, do a sharp right turn and fly over a step up.
Once back on pavement racers head for a left hairpin and many of them approach this turn doing a two-wheel slide. After roaring past the flagman it’s a sharp right and another dirt section that leads to back to the pavement and a left/right turn set.
Around the three quarters mark the leaders were catching the slowest riders and that’s when the race was decided.
In traffic, and on the dirt, leader McAllister stalled his bike for just a second but thats all Kearns needed to grab the point. Taking advantage of the opportunity then third place rider Michael Smith grabbed second as McAllister was just getting going again.
Up front Kearns was in control and did a victory wheelie as he reached the checkered flag. Smith and McAllister took the next two places.
On the podium Smith said, “I feel good, been training, riding hard and was waiting for a mistake.”
For his part winner Kearns said, “Yea it was a little sketchy but I saw the opportunity so I took it. There was some traffic, definitely but I was catching him every lap so I figured I just got to go for it if I want to get the win and it turned out well.”
Then Kearns expressed his thanks to Stockton Moto Racing, as they supplied him with his bike, Acro for the exhaust system and both his family and the people that support him.
Earlier when asked about going from dirt to pavement and back again, Kearns explained, “It’s a little difficult, you get dirt on the tires and stuff so it gets a little bit slippery but it’s not as bad as everyone thinks. On the dirt section you’ve got to play it smart and try to make no mistakes.”
In addition to four supporting races the Livfast Free Style Motocross team put on a high-flying display of jumping and doing track as they flew through air.
When the Fast Girls Challenge began Carrie Looney briefly held the lead until slipping back to third. Up front Jennifer Lauritzen took the lead and was chased to the end by Shelina Moreda.
Donnie Bales was the Open Amateur winner with Steven DuFloth and Rick Cox taking the next two spots. And the 35+ race was a run-away as Scott Hoffman just left everyone in his dust.
One of the largest fields was in the Open Mini class, and after a race-long chase Scott Hoffman took the victory followed by Jim McCallson and Tahoe City rider Mark Anolik.
Sunday saw a full slate of classes as riders once again faced the challenge of racing on street tires across both paved and dirt sections. Unfortunately those results weren’t available at the time this article was filed.
They will be posted in the next few days at www.supermotouse.com.
Despite being the first event of this type on the Comstock, promoter explained he was pleased with the rider turnout. Hopefully it will return again next year.
•That evening the Fernley 95A Speedway was in action with another of its points races. It was hot during the heat races but the weather turned mild as soon as the sun went down.
By the time the IMCA Modifieds took to the track the track had dried out and the event was run in clouds of dust.
Mark Skender briefly led until a flat tire sent him to the pits. After two quick cautions the race ran green although the field race ripping through clouds of dust by then.
Three quick cautions at the end bunched the field then on the final restart Jake Holland got a flat, which probably cost him a top three finish. Up front Shawn Natensteddt was able to hold off a determined Gene Kay, who finished second, and third place Robert Miller.
“It was pretty caution free until we got towards the end and then it was just riddled with cautions,” Natenstedt said after the dust settled. I didn’t know what was going on but my main concern was to keep the car underneath me.”
Then he thanked his sponsors Competition Carburetor, Silver Strike Casino and the Silvardo Casino.
Jack Randall, one of the oldest drivers at the track, used a smooth, determined drive to win the Pro Stock feature. No one could keep up with him although Jimmy Klopp did his best but had to settle for the runner-up spot.
“It felt so good,” he said as awards were being handed out. “This week Shawn helped me out, we put different tires on, the car just wanted to grip the track and it just ran.”
Another driver having a good night was Carl “Fireball,” Barlow. Despite having to start at the back of the Hobby Stock feature, he worked his way to the front, took advantage of a restart and zoomed off to the victory.
“This makes three in a row from the back,” he said later.
Al Bishop was the class of the Pure Stock Mini field as he also scored a runaway victory. Another winner was Mod Mini driver Stephen Crook, who was chased to the checkered flag by challenger Justin McIlvain.
The Dwarf Cars put on their usual display of pure speed. Despite their small size these little cars run almost as fast as do the Pro Stocks and IMCA Modifieds.
At the end Shane Ramthun, who had to work his way to the front but once there just took off and left everyone behind.
During the awards ceremony he said, “It was hard, real hard, and very tiring. The track felt tacky to me and didn’t dry over.”
There were a few Outlaw Karts on hand and the winners were Dale Craiglow, in Beginners, and for the Box Stock class it was Kaylin Roberts.
OTHER RACING NEWS
•This weekend Rattlesnake Raceway, at 6 p.m., hosts another of its points races, although the Outlaw Karts won’t be there. Down at Quincy, California, the American Valley Speedway will be in action, beginning at 7 p.m., with a show featuring the IMCA Modifieds.
Then on Sunday, beginning around 10 a.m., the Northern Nevada Kart Club hosts another points race at their track, Desert Park Raceway, located on the dirt extension of Lemmon Drive.
•With NASCAR’s Sprint Cup series taking the weekend off only the Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series were in action at Chicago.
Two Nevadans competed in Saturday’s truck event with Brendan Gaughan having one of his best finishes when he started sixth and ended up second while T.J. Bell fell to mechanical woes and ended up 34th.
In Sunday’s Nationwide event both Kyle Busch and Bell suffered problems and ended up 27th and 38th.
•Supermoto USA Championship - Round 3
Northern California Series -
Pros - 1. Ryan Kearns, 2. Michael Smith, 3. Gage McAllister, 4. Tyler O’Hara, 5. Jayson Uribe
Open Amateur - 1. Donnie Bales, 2. Steven DuFloth, 3. Rick Cox, 4. Ryan Wetmore, 5. Even Prado
35+ - 1. Scott Hoffman, 2. Jim McCallison, 3. Mark Anolik, 4. Curtis Shuster, 5. Chris Smith
Open Mini - 1. Austin Pecoraro, 2. Randy Brunelli, 3. Rich Winter, 4. Kevin Holman, 5. Kevin Smith
Fast Girls Challenge - 1. Jennifer Lauritzen, 2. Shelina Moreda, 3. Carrie Looney 4. Steffanie Belden, 5. Jessica Serne
•95A Speedway* - July 21
Heat Winners - #1 Shawn Natenstedt, #2 Wade DeBerg
Main (25 Laps) - 1. Shawn Natenstedt, 2. Gene Kay, 3. Robert Miller, 4. Bill Pearson, 5. Russ Cazier
Heat Winner - #1 Gary Nevers, #2 Robby Grace
Main (30 Laps) - 1. Jack Randall, 2. Robby Grace, 3. Chris Coclich, 4. Jimmy Klopp, 5. Scott Deutsch
Heat Winners - #1 Jacob Baker, 2. Carl Barlow
Main (20 Laps) - 1. Carl Barlow, 2. Royce Goetz, 3. Richard Italiano, 4. Rick Miller, 5. Jacob Baker
Heat Winners - #1 Stephen Crook , #2 Justin McIlvain
Main (20 Laps) - 1. Stehen Crook, 2. Justin McIlvain, 3. Dennis Crook, 4. Will Ritchey, 5. Robert Reader
Heat Winner - Vukie Wilson Jr.
Main (20 Laps) - 1. Shane Ramthun, 2. Vukie Wilson Jr., 3. Tate Morehead, 4. Calvin Ryle, 5. Jeff Shirley
Pure Stock Minis:
Heat Winner - Travis Barr
Main (20 Laps) - 1. Al Bishop Jr., 2. Shawn Burton, 3. Mark Serchio Jr., 4. Justin Schilling, 5. Travis Barr
Outlaw Kart Winners - (Beginner) Dale Craiglow, (Box Stock) Kaylin Roberts
* - Unofficial results and subject to change.
•Lovelock Speedway - July 21
Heat Winner - J.D. Jurad
Main (12 Laps) - 1. J.D. Jurad, 2. Jeffrey Macedo, 3. Wade Lumsden
Heat Winner -Loren Bianchi
Main (15 Laps) - 1. Loren Bianchi, 2. Chad Christiansen, 3. Shirley Reeves, 4. Dickie Souza*
Heat Winner - Audie Peterson
Main (20 Laps) - 1. Michael Ellison, 2. Audie Peterson, 3. Sandy Clark, 4. Ricky Ellison, 5. Tim Russell
Heat Winner - Bob Cooney
Main (15 Laps) - 1. Jeffrey Macedo, 2. Bob Cooney, 3. Tony Taylor*, 4. Larry Oliveira*, 5. Robert Cooney*
Heat Winner - Rodney Sweet
Main (15 Laps) - 1. Rodney Sweet, 2. Bobby Gibson, 3. Frank Hinds, 4. Cody Gibson*
* - Did Not Finish