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Lucas Oil Trucks rip Wild West Motorsports Park
by Dan McGee
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Tribune/Dan McGee - Late in Sunday’s Pro 2 Unlimited race, Jeff Geiser (44) was bumped by another truck as they were about to go over the ski jump at the Wild West Motorsports Park. That pushed him into Rob Naughton’s truck, who was sent rolling down the hill. Thankfully, Naughton emerged uninjured, although his truck was pretty well trashed.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Late in Sunday’s Pro 2 Unlimited race, Jeff Geiser (44) was bumped by another truck as they were about to go over the ski jump at the Wild West Motorsports Park. That pushed him into Rob Naughton’s truck, who was sent rolling down the hill. Thankfully, Naughton emerged uninjured, although his truck was pretty well trashed.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - Brian Deegan gets some air as he heads for victory in Sunday's Pro 2 Unlimited race. That event wrapped rounds 11 and 12 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Truck series that was staged at the new Wild West Motorsports Park.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Brian Deegan gets some air as he heads for victory in Sunday's Pro 2 Unlimited race. That event wrapped rounds 11 and 12 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Truck series that was staged at the new Wild West Motorsports Park.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - Two local racers competed in this weekend's Lucas Oil event. One of them was Matt Buyten (95), and in only his second ever Super Lite truck race he was at one time challenging second place as he battled with Jessie Johnson (15). But at the end, Buyten had to settle for a strong fourth place. The other local was John Harrah, who finished ninth in the Pro 4 Unlimited race.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Two local racers competed in this weekend's Lucas Oil event. One of them was Matt Buyten (95), and in only his second ever Super Lite truck race he was at one time challenging second place as he battled with Jessie Johnson (15). But at the end, Buyten had to settle for a strong fourth place. The other local was John Harrah, who finished ninth in the Pro 4 Unlimited race.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - Friday night was an eventful one for LeRoy Kay, who was competing in the Dwarf Car Nationals at the American Valley Speedway. After being caught up in a melee, his car tipped over and here he's patiently waiting until the medics make sure he's uninjured before the track crew will roll the car over on its wheels.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Friday night was an eventful one for LeRoy Kay, who was competing in the Dwarf Car Nationals at the American Valley Speedway. After being caught up in a melee, his car tipped over and here he's patiently waiting until the medics make sure he's uninjured before the track crew will roll the car over on its wheels.
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MUSTANG — After months of effort, the new Wild West Motorsports Park was finally ready for its first event, rounds 11 and 12 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Truck series.

The final race Sunday was the Pro 2 Unlimited event that featured the fastest machines and some all-star drivers. When the dust settled, however, one racer held off all challengers to take the winner’s trophy.

“I had one of the best drivers in off road behind me and he was faster than everyone all weekend and I knew it was going to take some digging to beat him,” Brian Deegan said in victory circle. “All I can do is to run the lines I know and do the best I can do and if they’re going to beat me, they’re going to beat me.”

Those lines were pretty good as it allowed Deegan to take the lead at the start and hold off Carl Renezeder for the entire event. Behind the leaders there was a battle royal for the next two spots on the podium.

One contender was Supercross legend Jeremy McGrath who battled with Rob MacCachren and Greg Adler for second and third.

There were a few cautions but the scary one came with two to go. Up at the top of the first hill, just before the ski jump, Jeff Geiser was bumped by the driver in back of him.

That impact sent him into the truck of Rob Naughton as they launched off the ski jump. The result was Naughton rolling about four times down the hill.

Fortunately all the safety gear and equipment worked and Naughton emerged uninjured but the same can’t be said for his truck.

That set up a two-lap sprint to the finish that Deegan won when he held off Renezeder. Behind them, MacCacren took third followed by Greg Adler and McGrath.

Before that Pro 2 event the Super Lite trucks took to the track and put on a show of their own. This class, developed by local John Harrah is a great starting point for new pros.

One of them is Bryan Osborn, who finished third Saturday but didn’t complete Sunday’s race. His father Kenny Osborn builds the Black Rhino UTVs and is helping his son develop his racing career.

The family is based out of Alpine, California and are a good example of how racing parents are helping their children, both boys and girls compete in motorsports.

The Super Lites ran without a caution but there was wild action in the pack. One local competing was Matt Buyten driving in only his second Super Lites truck race.

After finishing ninth in Saturday’s event he’s really gotten the hang of racing on four wheels rather than on a motorcycle. In fact at one time he was battling for second but had to settle for fourth behind Drew Britt.

Up front, Sheldon Creed was able to hold off a determined Jessie Johnson for the victory.

“I got to the lead in the first turn and from there pretty much led the thing,” Sheldon Creed said during the victory ceremony. “Made a few mistakes but I was too far ahead for anybody to pass so I got a win and keep charging up the points.”

The Pro Lites event was won by Ryan Beat and Steven Greinke took the Pro Buggy victory.

The only other local competing in the pro divisions was John Harrah, who raced in the Pro 4 event where he came in ninth behind winner Carl Renezeder.

That race also featured a family duel as Todd LeDuc managed to grab second away from his father Curt LeDuc, who finished in front of his other son Todd.

On the podium Todd said what an honor it was to race with his father. And the elder LeDuc commented on how his sons were making him work harder on the track.

Each day’s racing began with the Karts and Limited Buggies competing. While the karts, which look like small trucks, used a short course the buggies used the long course.

Saturday also featured a full racing card and that day ran almost to sundown.

In that day’s racing the Pro 4 winner was Kyle LeDuc while Doug Fortin topped the Pro Buggy class. The Pro Lites winner was Casey Currie and Cody Rahdem topped the Super Lites while Marty Hart won the Pro 2 race.

The actual work on building the track from the old motocross course began on June 6 and was turned over to the Lucas Oil people on August 20. Most of the work was done by Q&D Construction, which was quite a feat considering how much earth had to be moved as well as bleachers built, concrete poured and the parking area set.

Most drivers liked what they saw although Deegan mentioned that it was a bit hard on the trucks. Harrah, when asked explained it’s the most wide-open track the Lucas Oil series runs on and the speeds demonstrated just that.

While there might be some minor changes from what everyone this reporter spoke with the series will return once more for the second annual Silver State Showdown.

•American Valley Speedway in Quincy, Calif. was a busy place this weekend as the annual Dwarf Car Nationals were staged on Friday and Saturday evenings. Three classes, Sportsman or beginners, Veterans and Pros took their turns on this fast paper clip shaped track.

When the Sportsman took to the track, it appeared that Brock Peters had everyone covered. That is until the white flag lap when he spun out of the lead handing the victory to Hannah Mayhew, who was followed across the line by Dillon Chrisman.

Two cautions and a race stopping red flag period slowed the Veterans down. A spin by the leader caused another car to spin and get clipped by Leroy Kay’s car that wound up on its side.

Fortunately only two cars were injured in the melee and when racing resumed the field took off. At the end Angel Figueroa won with Kevin Bender coming in second.

It took two attempts to get the Pro main started and only one caution slowed the race’s pace. Local Joe Frock looked like a contender until he broke part of his car’s rear suspension.

After that the race was all Ryan Winter’s as he roared away to the victory followed by Ronnie Williamd and Ryan Diatte.

Unfortunately results from Saturday’s racing were not available when this report was filed.

OTHER RACING NEWS

•This week’s racing begins Saturday morning as the Reno Chapter of the Old Timer’s hosts its traditional Nationals event. It’s a two-day event with three motos on Saturday followed by two on Sunday and things usually get going around 10 a.m. each day.

On Saturday evening 95A Speedway in Fernley, starting at 6 p.m., hosts another of its point’s races while an hour later, in Susanville, California Diamond Mountain Speedway also will be in action.

On Sunday, beginning around 10 a.m., the Northern Nevada Kart Clubs stages its next points race at Desert Park Raceway.

•NASCAR’s Nevada Trio spent this past week at Bristol Motor Speedway. On Wednesday Brendan Gaughan started 11th and finished fifth in the Camping World Truck race.

In Friday’s Nationwide event, Kyle Busch ended up fifth. When the checkered flag flew on Saturday’s Sprint Cup race Kyle came from 10th to sixth while older brother Kurt started 20th but fell back to 28th at the end.

RESULTS

Lucas Oil Off Road Truck Series - Wild West Motorsports Park

•Round 12, Aug. 26

Karts:

Jr. 1 - 1. Darren Hardesty, 2. Broc Dickerson, 3. Conner McMullen, 4. Travis Pecoy, 5. Barrett Nunley

Jr. 1 - 1. Dylan Winbury, 2. Parker Porter, 3. Travis Pecoy, 4. Shelby Anderson, 5. Jeremy Davis

Modified - 1. Jeff Hoffman, 2. Cole Mamer, 3. Blake Lenk, 4. Myles Cheek, 5. Sheldon Creed

Limited Buggy - 1. Jordan Poole, 2. Brdley Morris, 3. Dillon Ayers, 4. Kevin McCullough, 5. Jim Price

Pro 4 Unlimited - 1. Carl Renezeder, 2. Todd LeDuc, 3. Curt LeDuc, 4. Kyle LeDuc, 5. Jerry Daugherty

Pro Buggy Unlimited - 1. Steven Greinke, 2. Cameron Steele, 3. Dave Mason, 4. Garrett George, 5. Geoffrey Cooley

Pro Lite Unlimited - 1. Ryan Beat, 2. Brian Deegan, 3. R.J. Anderson, 4. Bradley Morris, 5. Matt Cook

Super Lite - 1. Sheldon Creed, 2. Jessie Johnson, 3. Drew Britt, 4. Matt Buyten, 5. Brent Fouch

Pro 2 Unlimited - 1. Brian Deegan, 2. Carl Renezeder, 3. Rob MacCachren, 4. Greg Adler, 5. Jeremy McGrath

•Round 11 - Aug. 25

KARTS:

Jr.2 - 1. Broc Dicerson, 2. Parker Steele, 3. Trevor Briska, 4. Dylan Winbury, 5. Shelby Anderson

Jr.1 - 1. Broc Kickerson, 2. Conner McMullen, 3. Darren Hardesty, 4. Travis Pecoy, 5. Kamrin Dickerson

Modified - 1. Cole Mamer, 2. Gavin Harlen, 3. Jeff Hoffman, 4. Brock Heger, 5. Brooke Kawell

Limited Buggy - 1. Bradley Morris, 2. John Fitzgerald, 3. Kevin McCullough, 4. Jordan Poole, 5. Lindsay Geiser

Pro 4 Unlimited - 1. Kyle LeDuc, 2. Carl Renezeder, 3. Todd Leduc, 4. Greg Adler, 5. Travis Coyne

Pro Buggy Unlimited - 1. Doug Fortin, 2. Steven Greinke, 3. Cameron Steele, 4. Dave Mason, 5. Larry Job

Pro Lite Unlimited - 1. Casey Currie, 2. R.J. Anderson, 3. Bradley Morris, 4. Ryan Beat, 5. Chad George

Super Lite - 1. Cody Rahders, 2. Garrett Poelman, 3. Bryan Osborn, Brent Fouch, 5. Ryan Hagy

Pro 2 Unlimited - 1. Marty Hart, 2. Greg dler, 3. Jeff Geiser, 4. Carl Renezeder, 5. Jeremy McGrath

American Valley Speedway - Dwarf Car Nationals*

•Friday, Aug. 24

Sportsman:

Heat Winners - #1 Brock Peters, #2 Dan Geil

Main (20-Laps) - 1. Hannah Mayhew, 2. Dillion Chrisman, 3. Michael Quillci, 4. Buddy Quillci, 5. Brock Peters

Vets:

Heat Winners - #1 Gilbert Toste, #2 Kevin Bender

Main (20-Laps) - 1. Angel Figueroa, 2. Kevin Bender, 3. Eric Weisler, 4. Jimmy Hogue, 5. Dave Richardson

Pros:

Heat Winners - #1 unlisted , #2 Joe Frock, #3 Ryan Diatte

Main (20-Laps) - 1. Ryan Winter, 2. Ronnie Williams, 3. Ryan Diatte, 4. Punky Pires, 5. Dereck Rosse

* - Results from Saturday were unavailable.

Rattlesnake Raceway - Aug. 25

IMCA Modifieds:

Heat Winners - #1 Jake Holland, #2 Eddie Scarberry

Main - 1. Jake Holland, 2. Cory Sample, 3. Missy Natenstedt, 4. Eddie Scarberry, 5. Robert Mull

Rat Mods:

Heat Winner - Scott Hammond

Main - 1. Scott Hammond, 2. Mark Rios, 3. Lee Ketten, 4. Steve Young

Hobby Stocks:

Heat Winners - #1 Chris Neal, 2. Wes Washburn

Main - 1. Mile Olsen, 2. Aaron Benham, 3. Steve Foster, 4. Chris Neal, 5. Wes Washburn

Gen-X:

Heat Winner - Shawn Hartzell

Main - 1. Shawn Hartzell, 2. Al Bishop, 3. Kyle Babb, 4. Shawn Burton

Outlaw Kart Winners:

Beginner - Kolbie Mace

Intermediate - Caleb Gonzalez

Box Stock - Jcob Dias

250cc - Zachary Cail

500cc - Nick Rogers
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