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Sand Box hosts hard racing
by Dan McGee
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Tribune/Dan McGee - Rich Thorwaldson gets some air as he charges from almost the back, due to a bad start, to take the overall win during his second moto at Fernley on Sunday.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Rich Thorwaldson gets some air as he charges from almost the back, due to a bad start, to take the overall win during his second moto at Fernley on Sunday.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - After getting the hole shot Dalton Smith (642) wound up having to chase Kody Weil (286) for most of the second 250/450F beginner moto. In the end, Smith prevailed and swept both of his races.
Tribune/Dan McGee - After getting the hole shot Dalton Smith (642) wound up having to chase Kody Weil (286) for most of the second 250/450F beginner moto. In the end, Smith prevailed and swept both of his races.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - Even though they were in two different divisions of the 50+ riders, Larry Brown (leading) was chased the entire length of their second moto by a determined Mike McMurry. They finished just about this close to each other.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Even though they were in two different divisions of the 50+ riders, Larry Brown (leading) was chased the entire length of their second moto by a determined Mike McMurry. They finished just about this close to each other.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - One of the closest races of the day at Fernley pitted  65cc junior and the only intermediate riders against each other as they battled for the overall victory. Here, eventual winner Brock Grashuis (202) is chased by runner-up Mikey Hillyer.
Tribune/Dan McGee - One of the closest races of the day at Fernley pitted 65cc junior and the only intermediate riders against each other as they battled for the overall victory. Here, eventual winner Brock Grashuis (202) is chased by runner-up Mikey Hillyer.
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FERNLEY — The Over the Hill Gang Motorcycle Club hosted the current round of RMA's fall season over the weekend. Great fall weather set the stage for a day full of hard, fast racing at the Fernley Lion's Motocross Track, or the Sand Box.

In the mix was at least one come-from-behind charge to the front as well as another where a rider got in his groove and was able to sweep his race.

"I spun off the gate and was nearly last," Rich Thorwaldson said after winning his second race. "I just had to pick my way through and it worked out all right. Had some good lines and my bike was really good today."

He was one of only two pros on hand and both were in the 30+ division. After winning his first moto, Thorwaldson was ready to make it a sweep but his start put him way behind the other pro, Pete Cannizzaro.

Up front the only expert in the call, Jason Shakespeare was on a mission and was pulling away from the pack. Behind him, Thorwaldson was also on a mission and carving his way through the traffic as he headed toward the front.

Holding second, Cannizzaro didn't give up his place easily, but with about three to go, Thorwaldson finally got past and set his sights on the fleeing leader. Then with half a lap left, Thorwaldson took the point and reached the checkered flag first, followed by Shakespeare and Cannizzaro.

Asked about the track and how it helped him, Thorwaldson said, "The track is quite rough but there's a lot of places where you can find good smooth lines that not all the guys are going in. So they're faster and you can stay on it longer."

Another rider that had to work for a sweep was Dalton Smith. When the gate dropped for the 250/450F second moto, he got the hole shot but soon lost the lead to Kody Weil, who seemed on his way to claiming the race.

After a lap or two, Smith then began to close on Weil and with two to go, finally retook the lead and won the race.

"I kind of just got a bad jump and he (Weil) got around me. Then I just started making mistakes early then finally started finding my groove," Smith said after taking the win. "So I just pushed and got around him."

The beginners also raced with the 250/450F juniors and Dylan Galliett just ran away with that group's races. He also took the overall victories in the 125/250F junior division.

After taking the 250/450F checkered Galliett said, "The day's been going good and I've been getting good starts and finishes. The track is a little bit rough but everything seems all right."

At the top end of the age scale Kerry Barnes was the only rider in the 60+ class, but the A division of the 50+ A division race featured a chase from start to finish that determined the day's overall winner.

When the gate dropped Jeff Cloutier took off and left everyone in his dust.

"I kept wondering, 'where are they,' and after a couple of turns I was still wondering that," Cloutier said. "I'm not jumping so when I hit the first one about three of them flew past."

Up front it was a battle as Larry Brown, in the A division, and B division winner Mike McMurry were battling for the overall victory even though they were in different classes.

Lap after lap, Brown and McMurry ripped around the Sand Box. On the final lap they swapped the lead a couple of time but in the end Brown prevailed and reached the checkered flag first.

"It was epic, McMurry beat me the first round. And a couple of times I knew he was close as I saw his front fender pushing on my leg," Brown said. "The last lap it was back and forth a little and that's why I call it epic."

Also racing with the 50+ classes were the women and their race became a sister-sister duel for the win and overall victory.

At the start of the Women's second moto Shalie Thorwaldson got the jump on her sister, Shami Potratz and the chase was on. Lap after lap, Thorwaldson had the advantage only to lose it when her younger sister Potratz took the lead.

Then in the final two laps Thorwaldson was gaining on Potratz, who had enough of a gap to hold on and take the victory.

After the dust settled, Potratz said, "Yep, she got me for a couple of laps then we caught some guys. I made it around the outside and she was stuck behind them so that's when I got around her. And it was a fun race."

In the younger set, Brock Grashuis scored a double when he won both the 65cc Junior and Open races. Chase Cannizzaro, Caden Carpinella, Dametre Proutsos and Adam Glaster won their respective Pee Wee divisions.

In the second 85cc beginner moto, Sparks rider Danny Hillyer took over the lead on the white flag lap to claim that division's overall victory.

One of the closest races of the day came in the 65cc junior/intermediate second moto. Until the final lap, winner Brock Grashuis was pressured by Mikey Hillyer as both boys ran either nose-to-tail or almost side-by-side as they battled for the lead.

In the end, Grashuis claimed the overall victory as Hillyer fell back a bit and couldn't make up the gap.

All in all it was a good day, although only 140 riders showed up to race. And one of the best part of the day was that the medics weren't needed so they got to just watch the races.

The final round of the series is on the weekend of Nov. 17-18 at the Stead Motocross track. Saturday is for practice and racing begins around 10 a.m. on Sunday.

OTHER RACING NEWS

•This week's racing has two different series in action in central Nevada.

The SMRA fall series travels to the Hawthorne MX park and the first motos should begin around 10 a.m. on Sunday.

MRANN's desert racers will be in in Winnemucca for round eight of their championship series. It's called "Return to Throttle Creek," and is stage by the Gold Diggers Motorcycle Club.

Saturday begins with the Pee Wee races starting at 8:45 a.m. and when all those groups finish the Women, followed by the Mini Bikes round out the day.

The Big Bikes get their chance on Sunday beginning at 10 a.m. as riders face the challenge of one or two laps on the 41 mile long course.

•NASCAR's Nevada quartet spent the weekend at the Texas Motor Speedway. In Friday's Camping World truck event Kyle Busch started third and finished fourth while Brendan Gaughan ended up 17th after starting 15th.

Kyle Busch started on pole for Saturday's Nationwide race but ended up third while T.J. Bell didn't do very well as motor problems dropped him to 43rd at the end. Kyle also ended up third in Sunday's Sprint Cup event while older brother Kurt Busch started 18th and drove to an 8th place finish.

RESULTS

Reno Motocross Association Fall Series - Round 5

Fernley Lion's Motocross Track - Nov. 4

Pee Wees:

- (4-6 Year)s 1. Case Cannizzaro, 2. Kade Krautstrunk

- (7-8 Years) 1. Caden Carpinella, 2. Nakana Domingo, 3. Palmer Knoblock, 4. Cole Palotas, 5. Laim Spears

- (4-Stroke) 1. Adam Glaster, 2. Tanner Ines

- (Open) 1. Dametre Proutsos, 2. Nakana Domingo, 3. Chase Cannizzaro, 4. Kade Krautstrunk, 5. Caden Carpinella

65cc:

— (Beg.) 1. Wyatt Brixey, 2. Dametre Proutsos, 3. Hayden Fagundes, 4. Aren Duncan , 5. Taren Turnage

— (Jr.) 1. Brock Grashuis, 2. Danny Hillyer, 3. Dalton Hoyos, 4. Dylan Thorwaldson, 5. Ben Knoblock

— (Intr.) 1. Garrett Hueftle

— (Open) 1. Brock Grashuis, 2. Dylan Thorwaldson, 3. Dalton Hoyos, 4. Ben Knoblock, 5. Ryder Schwartz

85cc:

— (Beg.) 1. Danny Hillyer, 2. Nolan Stratton, 3. Chayce Barba, 4. Vaxon Pokorny, 5. Nicholas Trainor

— (Jr.) 1. Gage Knecht, 2. Tyler Gunn, 3. Andy Fahey, 4. Julian Domingo, 5. Mikey Hillyer

— (Intr.) 1. Garret Hueftle

— (Open) 1. Gage Knecht, 2. Tyler Gunn, 3. Andy Fahey, 4. Korey Combs, 5. Tristen Mathisen

Supermini - 1. Garrett Hueftle, 2. Julian Domingo, 3. Jaron Thompson

60+ Open - 1. Kerry Barnes

50+:

— (Div. A) 1. Larry Brown, 2. Jeff Cloutier

— (Div. B) 1. Mike McMurry, 2. Kurt Weil, 3. John O'Niell, 4. Greg Chapel

40+:

— (Jr.) 1. Kurt Weil, 2. Mike Fillmore, 3. Shalie Thorwaldson, 4. Chris Ober, 5. Mike Schwartz

— (Intr.) - 1. Mike McMurry, 2. Chris Dyer, 3. Layne Kolbet, 4. Chris Leone

— (Exp.) Tony Fagundes, 2. Marcus Gentry

30+:

— (Beg.) 1. Chris Gaarenstroom, 2. Jason Ines, 3. Brooke Fawcett, 4. Mike Thompson, 5. Steve Smith

— (Jr.) 1. Manny Santana, 2. Jason Spicer

— (Intr.) 1. Aaron Turnage

— (Exp.) 1. Jason Shakespeare

— (Pro.) Rich Thorwaldson, 2. Pete Cannizzaro

25+ - 1. Ted Johanson

18+ Open - 1. Dalton Leone, 2. Jeff Butler

Women - 1. Shami Potratz, 2. Shalie Thorwaldson, 3. Ashtyn Shepard, 4. Jordan Beck

Schoolboy - 1. Chad Heishman

2-Stroke Open - 1. Brandon Acquistapace, 2. Brendon Borrego

125/250F:

— (Beg.) 1. Skylar Mattison, 2. Austin Mason, 3. Devin Soderquist, 4. Zachary McElroy, 5. Zane Clarke

— (Jr.) 1. Dylan Galliett, 2. William Lee, 3. Wes Gilmore, 4. Chad Heishman, 5. Kevin Fox

— (Intr.) 1. Robert Bevins

250/450F:

— (Beg.) 1. Dalton Smith, 2. Kody Weil, 3. Adam Paulu

— (Jr.) 1. Dylan Galliett, 2. Robert Cord, 3. Jeff Butler, 4. Quinn Santana, 5. Ted Johnson

— (Intr.) 1. Dalton Leone, 2. Brandon Acquistapace
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