One of the closest afternoon races pitted the only pro against one of the young 25/450F young lions.
"I was worried there until the last two laps," Pat Monnahan from Mammoth Lakes said.
And he should have been because the race was in doubt until the final lap. After the charge down the starting chute Corey Riddle had the advantage over Monnahan, who was the only pro in attendance.
Lap after lap, the youngster held the point, but just past the halfway point Monnahan began to close the gap and with three to go they were nose-to-tail.
Finally, Riddle made two critical mistakes that decided the race.
After taking the checkered Monnahan said, "Corey made a mistake over the big table, I pulled in next to him, he overshot the berm and I had him. The 40-year-old takes the 19-year-old but hey, when you're old, you're not slow."
Another moto that combined two divisions featured a runaway for a faster rider and a race long duel in the slower group.
When the gate dropped Quin Santana led the charge with his brother, Anthony, close behind. However, after a lap, Quin began to gap his brother, who was falling behind.
Further back, Dalton Smith, a Spanish Springs rider in his rookie season, was being hounded by William Winter. Lap after lap, they ran either nose-to-tail, side-b-side or only a few yards apart.
When the dust settled Santana scored a runaway victory in 250/450 junior division Smith was just able to hold off Winters and claim the 250/450 beginner victory.
After the race ended Santana said, "I'm from Dayton and am 15 years old. I was hoping my brother would battle a little bit more but I guess he got tired."
When Smith finished the moto, he and Winter congratulated each other on a good ride.
"I'm one-for-one in 450 and 4-3 in the 250s," Smith said. "I got a good start but it turned bad at the end as I slid out and accidentally took someone wide. I just held on, rode smart and ended up with the win but I could feel Winter coming the whole time and one more lap he'd probably have had me."
Another rider scoring a runaway victory, this time in the 40+ race, was Chester, Calif. rider Chris Verderber, who said, "It was fun, didn't quite get the start I wanted, didn't quite get past those guys as fast as I wanted but it works out in the end so you've got to be happy about that."
The track itself is a mix of very long fast turns with some tight ones as well as jumps. It also appears to be sandy like the course at Fernley.
Comparing the two venues, Verderber said, "It's a little bit harder pack underneath, definitely not as rough so that's always fun for us old timers when the track doesn't get all that rough. The fast corners are a lot of fun and the track's nicely prepped here and they do a pretty good job putting moisture in it."
At the top of the age scale was Carl Lucas, who also scored a runaway win in the 50+ race that saw Jenny Fox claim the runner-up spot.
After the race Lucas said, "I'm 51 years old, got the hole shot and was lucky. The first moto wasn't that great but I think running the 40+ class at the same time keeps me a little sharper. It's never easy and any time you can walk away and place well, it's a good day."
Also running with the 50+ riders were the women. Meghan Monnahan won that division followed by Ashtyn Shepard and rookie Shay Smith, who, like her brother, is in her rookie season.
In the youngest class, the 50cc Pee Wee racers, Treyton Maskaly won the beginner division while Nakana Domingo from Sparks scored a double when he took the junior and open contests.
All in all, it was a good day with hard, fast racing and few if any crashes so the medics got to watch the action as their skills weren't needed by any of the riders.
OTHER RACING NEWS
•This reporter wishes to apologize to driver Tim Wearin. At last week's Dirt Track Championships, his name didn't appear on any of the lists of names and this wasn't noticed until the report was being written.
Wearin drives #96 Rat Mod and had a good weekend, finishing second in Saturday's main and third in Sunday's main. This gave him 74 points, or third place in the championship points total.
•A pair of motorcycle racing series are hosting two-day event on the Nevada Day weekend.
Up at the Honeylake MX Park, in Milford, Calif., starting on Saturday around 10 a.m., the track hosts Round 5 of the SMRA fall series. Then on Sunday, beginning at 9 a.m., the track stages another of its GP format races beginning at 9 a.m. and ending with a two-hour team event that starts just after noon.
The desert racers that compete in the MRANN series are spending the weekend at Moon Rocks area as Rimbenders Motorcycle Club hosts the Wolfman 100, a traditional Halloween event.
Saturday starts with the Pee Wee race at 9 a.m. followed by the 65cc amateurs and all Mini Bikes. Next are the "V" Women and Vintage bikes.
Saturday evening is a festive time with costume contests, trick and treating for the kids and a huge party for the adults camping overnight. Then at 10 a.m. Sunday the big bikes get their turn on a 27-mile long loop.
•The Busch brothers raced in Kansas this weekend with Kyle almost winning Saturday's Nationwide event until he ran out of fuel on the last corner dropping to a sixth place finish. In Sunday's Sprint Cup event Kyle was involved in a wreck and finished 31st while brother Kurt ended up 25th.
Hawthorne Motocross Track - Sunday, Oct. 21
Sierra Motocross Racing Association - Round 4
Beg. - 1. Treyton Maskaly, 2. Samuel McCord, 3. Seth Tommila, 4. Landen Williams, 5. Kanlen Solinshi
Jr. - 1. Nakana Domingo, 2. Lawson Williams
Open - 1. Nakana Domingo, 2. Lawson Williams
Beg. - 1. Evan Lewis, 2. Jared Mariscal, 3. Justin McCord, 4. Amanda Katzenbac, 5. Riley Blanchette
Jr. - 1. Levi Wosick, 2. Brin Osterman, 3. Maximus Swan, 4. Nicholas Hilderbrand
Open - 1. Levi Wosick, 2. Nicholas Hilderbrand
Beg. - 1. Hunter Lewis, 2. Jordan Beck, 3. Adam Parlu, 4. Bryan Doty, 5. Nicholas Trainor
Jr. - 1. Gage Knecht, 2. Julian Domingo, 3. Tyler Gunn, 4. Cooper Lara, 5. Maximus Swan
Open/Super Mini - 1. Gage Knecht, 2. Julian Domingo, 3. Alex Katzenbach, 4. Tyler Gunn, 5. Tristen Mathisen
Quad Mini - 1. Maximus Swan, 2. Trent Adams
50+ - 1. Carl Lucas, 2. Jenny Fox, 3. Brent Allen, 4. Dave Shelton
Jr. - 1. Lonnie Madsen, 2. Mike Fillmore
Intrm. - 1. Tom Alexander
Exp. - 1. Chris Verderber, 2. Carl Lucas, 3. Dave Shelton
Beg. - 1. Les Glidhill, 2. Dax Tucker, 3. James Ducey, 4. David Blanchette, 5. Kevin McCord
Jr. - 1. Manuel Santana, 2. Quentin Dummar, 3. Jeromie Sorhouet
Pro - 1. Pat Monnahan
Women - 1. Meghan Monnahan, 2. Ashtyn Shepard, 3. Shay Smith, 4. Victorya Cramer
Schoolboy - 1. Gage Lemm, 2. Chris Miller, 3. Caleb Frandsen, 4. Corey Riddle, 5. Brad Maga
Jr. - 1. Arie Lucas, 2. Brett Fay
Beg. - 1. Jacob Monnahan, 2. Mikael Bertrand, 3. Dalton Smith, 4. Zane Clarke, 5. Colton Lara
Jr. - 1. Gage Lemm, 2. Caleb Frandsen, 3. Chris Miller, 4. Alex Jacaway, 5. Brad Maga
Beg. - 1. Dalton Smith, 2. William Winter, 3. Timothy Pease
Jr. - 1. Quinn Santana, 2. Anthony Santana, 3. Arie Lucas
Intr. - Corey Riddle