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Rattlesnake Raceway opens season
by Dan McGee
Apr 08, 2013 | 3458 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by Dan McGee — Carl "Fireball" Barlow (27N) with Pete Baglin on his outside, heads for the green flag as they start the Hobby Stock main, Rattlesnake Raceway's first car feature of the new season. At the end, Barlow ran away with the race, while Baglin hung on to finish a distant second.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee — Carl "Fireball" Barlow (27N) with Pete Baglin on his outside, heads for the green flag as they start the Hobby Stock main, Rattlesnake Raceway's first car feature of the new season. At the end, Barlow ran away with the race, while Baglin hung on to finish a distant second.
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Tribune photo by Dan McGee — Young Zach Cail earned the initial checkered flag for the new Sport Mod division at Rattlesnake Raceway when he won his heat race. Last year, he was racing an Outlaw Kart at the track.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee — Young Zach Cail earned the initial checkered flag for the new Sport Mod division at Rattlesnake Raceway when he won his heat race. Last year, he was racing an Outlaw Kart at the track.
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Tribune photo by Dan McGee — Anthony Guerra hands the checkered flag to McKenna Krhul after she won the Box Stock feature as the Amsoil Northern Nevada Outlaw Karts started their season at Rattlesnake Raceway.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee — Anthony Guerra hands the checkered flag to McKenna Krhul after she won the Box Stock feature as the Amsoil Northern Nevada Outlaw Karts started their season at Rattlesnake Raceway.
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Tribune photo by Dan McGee — Among the displays at this weekend's Motor Sports Expo at the convention center was John Harrah's Speed Technologies hauler and Super Lite racing trucks.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee — Among the displays at this weekend's Motor Sports Expo at the convention center was John Harrah's Speed Technologies hauler and Super Lite racing trucks.
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FALLON — It was a wild night at Rattlesnake Raceway's season opener on Saturday. A cool wind kept things a bit on the chilly side while on the track there was hot racing and a time out period while NV Energy fixed a power problem.

"The car worked good and the track was good after that restart as, on the first green, it was too slick," Carl Barlow said. "I need to thank Tom Purcell at Icon Pistons for getting them to me last year, SK Machine and Royce Goetz as he helped me a lot this year getting the car back together."

After the heat races, the Hobby Stocks began the car portion of the show with their main. And the beginning was a bit rough for several drivers and much of the field never made it down the backstretch.

Up front, Carl Barlow slowed down while Pete Baglin grabbed the point. Behind them it was carnage as the exit of Turn 2 was way too slick and several cars tangled.

Once all the cars were finally sorted out the field ran several laps to work the water in. Then, once the officials were satisfied things were in order, the green waved again.

This time Fireball Barlow took off with Baglin giving chase and the rest of the field eating their dust. Seven laps into the 20-lap event Barlow caught the slowest cars and began lapping the field.

For Baglin, things didn't work out so well as he was help up several times by slower cars. Once he had to almost force his way in between two of them, which damaged one of his tires.

Up front leader Barlow would lap all but second and third as he dominated the race. Behind him Baglin was struggling and Rocky Goetz almost caught him but had to settle for a close third at the end.

"I finished on a flat tire as when I split those two cars one of them got into my rear tire so that's how come Goetz got so close," Baglin said. "I had to let off and go into the turns a little easier so I didn't spin out. And I need to thank my wife Mary and brother Rusty."

The Mod Minis were supposed to start their main after the Hobby Stocks but a power problem blackout the pit lights and those in Turn 2 and along the back straight.

It would take over an hour for NV Energy to arrive and repair the system so racing could resume.

Earlier the new Sport Mod division got its first time on this bullring and Zach Cail got the honor of taking their first victory when he won his heat race.

"Considering it was my third time in the car it felt really great. It's a new car so I have to figure out what's going on," he said. "And I have to thank everybody that's helped me as I couldn't have done it without them."

The Sport Mod feature was won by Jimmy Ford followed by Pete Olsen and Cail.

Will Richey swept both Mod Mini races while Al Bishop topped both Gen-X events.

The night ended with the IMCA Modifieds, who staged a stop-and start show of their own featuring several crashes and caution periods.

Up front for almost the entire race was Steve Evenson but he would have to settle for the runner-up spot when Shawn Natenstedt finally passed him at the very end of the contest.

The night also featured the Amsoil Northern Nevada Outlaw Karts. Their alumni now include Zach Cail in Sport Mods and Lee Ketten Jr., who drives a Gen-X racer.

Two girls were standouts as Amanda Olsen won the Beginner class, while McKenna Krhul scored the Box Stock victory. Jacob Dias topped the 250 class and Steve McGee won the 500 race.

•This weekend, Al Lockett staged his Outdoor and Motor Racing Expo at the Reno-Sparks Convention center.

Drag racing boats were on display and Greg Jones had his, "Back in Black" racer as well as others for spectators to take a look at.

After recovering from back surgery, and rebuilding his motor, Jones is ready to resume racing and leaves for his first meet in a couple of weeks.

On the land side of racing the Wild West Motorsports Park had a racing truck on display while Reno region of the Sports Car Club of America not only had cars but a full motion simulator on hand. And several off road organizations that use the Rubicon area were also present.

Fibercraft had one of their buggies those races in the VORRA series on display. John Harrah's group had his Speed Technologies hauler and several Super Lite Trucks on hand as well.

Now that April is here racing has begin in earnest and this promise to be a banner year for fans of motorsports in our area.

OTHER RACING NEWS

•NASCAR's Las Vegas Trio spent the weekend at Martinsville Speedway. In Saturday's Camping World Truck race Brendan Gaughan started 11th and finished 12th.

On Sunday, in the Sprint Cup event, Kyle Bush came from 11th to finish fifth while brother fell to electrical problems and ended up 39th.

•This weekend the Reno/Tahoe/Fernley Speedway opens its season with the IMCA Modifieds and KWS Lite sprint cars headline the list of classes. The races begin at 6 p.m. and the track is located on A95 highway south of Fernley.

•The Lovelock Speedway also starts its points season with a 6 p.m. start on Saturday while the motocross racers in the SMRA series will visit the Sand Box in Fernley.

•On Sunday the Northern Nevada Kart Club hosts begins its season at Desert Park Raceway located about a quarter mile past the end of the pavement on Lemmon Valley Drive. As usual, the action should begin around 10 a.m.

RESULTS

Rattlesnake Raceway - April 6

IMCA Modifieds:

Heat Winners - 1. Walter Ball, 2. Don Childs

Main - 1. Shawn Natenstedt, 2. Steve Evenson, 3. Don Childs, 4. Walter Ball, 5. Jim Turner

Sport Mods:

Heat Winner - Zach Cail

Main - 1. Jimmy Ford, 2. Pete Olsen, 3. Zach Cail, 4. Lee Ketten, 5. Steve Foster

Hobby Stocks:

Heat Winners - #1 Carl Barlow, #2. Pete Baglin

Main - 1. Carl "Fireball" Barlow, 2. Pete Baglin, 3. Rocky Goetz, 4. Aaron Benham, 5. Royce Goetz

Mod Minis:

Heat Winner - Will Ritchey

Main - 1. Wil Ritchey, 2. Galen Hainline, 3. Jesse James, 4. Steve Singley

Gen-X:

Heat Winners - #1 Al Bishop, 2. Kalie Pope

Main - 1. Al Bishop, 2. Holly Olsen, 3. Mikki Beauchat, 4. Unlisted, 5. Lee Ketten Jr.

•Amsoil Northern Nevada Outlaw Karts

Beginner:

Heat winner - Grasen Ternora

Main - 1. Amanda Olsen, 2. Ryan McGee, 3. Grasen Ternora

Box Stock:

Heat winner - 1. McKenna Krhul

Main - 1. McKenna Krhul, 2. Caleb Gonzales, 3. Blake Rauscher

250cc:

Heat winners - 1. Trey Walters, 2. Jacob Dias

Main - 1. Jacob Dias, 2. Trey Walters, 3. Eric Taylor

500cc:

Heat winner - Steve McGee

Main - 1. Steve McGee, 2. Shayna Robertson
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