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.
Lucas Oil Off Road Truck Series - Wild West Motorsports Park
•Round 12, Aug. 26
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
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
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
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
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
Heat Winners - #1 Jake Holland, #2 Eddie Scarberry
Main - 1. Jake Holland, 2. Cory Sample, 3. Missy Natenstedt, 4. Eddie Scarberry, 5. Robert Mull
Heat Winner - Scott Hammond
Main - 1. Scott Hammond, 2. Mark Rios, 3. Lee Ketten, 4. Steve Young
Heat Winners - #1 Chris Neal, 2. Wes Washburn
Main - 1. Mile Olsen, 2. Aaron Benham, 3. Steve Foster, 4. Chris Neal, 5. Wes Washburn
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