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Wild racing at Fallon and Desert Park
by Dan McGee
May 06, 2013 | 4088 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by Dan McGee — Dan Edgington sits on top of his car after contact sent it through the fence during the Hobby Stock feature. Unfortunately a spectator was injured and is being seen to by the medics behind the car. Edgington, who was uninjured, was able to continue racing once the car was pulled off the wall and temporary repairs were made.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee — Dan Edgington sits on top of his car after contact sent it through the fence during the Hobby Stock feature. Unfortunately a spectator was injured and is being seen to by the medics behind the car. Edgington, who was uninjured, was able to continue racing once the car was pulled off the wall and temporary repairs were made.
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Tribune photo by Dan McGee — Kali Pope (7), who rolled her car in the season's first race, had a great night Saturday. On her way to scoring the Gen-X victory, she leads Dave Raber on to the front straight.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee — Kali Pope (7), who rolled her car in the season's first race, had a great night Saturday. On her way to scoring the Gen-X victory, she leads Dave Raber on to the front straight.
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Tribune photo by Dan McGee — Going through the final turn of the F80 main, Cody McKinney (3) makes his move as he dives inside of leader Ben Fisher (17y), who led from the start. At the finish, McKinney won by a scant eight inches.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee — Going through the final turn of the F80 main, Cody McKinney (3) makes his move as he dives inside of leader Ben Fisher (17y), who led from the start. At the finish, McKinney won by a scant eight inches.
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Tribune photo by Dan McGee — Until about the three-quarter mark of the F125 main, leader Todd Thompson (20) was being hounded by early leader Mark Nason (85). A broken shift linkage ended Nason's charge and helped Thompson claim the victory.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee — Until about the three-quarter mark of the F125 main, leader Todd Thompson (20) was being hounded by early leader Mark Nason (85). A broken shift linkage ended Nason's charge and helped Thompson claim the victory.
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FALLON — Cool, cloudy weather set the stage for another evening of action packed racing at Rattlesnake Raceway on Saturday evening. It featured everything from crashing and banging to a driver enjoying her first victory.

"It was a really good race but starting last you've always got to worry about getting to the front. It worked out great, the outside line was good on the restart for the initial start and I got right up to fourth. Then I just kind of picked it off, played it calm and got to the lead," Jake Holland said after winning the IMCA feature race.

When the IMCA feature began, Missy Natenstedt led the charge into Turn 1 with Mark Sender and Steve Evenson giving chase. Then things slowed when Fred White came to a stop on the backstretch then got going again.

An inside move put Skender into the lead then a lap later Natenstedt clipped the backstretch wall bringing out another caution. Once things got cleaned up and the racing resumed, Holland was now second and after Skender.

"I had a hard time getting underneath him," Holland said. "I think something was broken in the front of my car as I couldn't use the brakes that well. So I ended up stopping using the brakes and the car would turn a little bit better and I was able to get underneath him."

After taking the lead, Holland ran away with the victory. Behind him, Skender had to fend off Darren Manning, who ended up third ahead of Evenson.

Later Holland gave special thanks to sponsor Granite Propane and supporter Paula Eurle.

The Hobby Stocks started the night's fireworks during their main.

After the start, Charles Hooten was on point but the race slowed a lap later when three cars tangled. When things got going again, Mike White, driving Tammi Beuhen's car, took the lead with Pete Baglin, Mike Olsen and Royce Goetz giving chase.

Behind the leaders, both Dan Edgington and Carl Barlow were moving toward the front and having their own private battle. Unfortunately it ended with race stopping contact on the third lap that left Barlow sideways at the end of the front straight and the back end of Edgington's car on the wall and through the fence.

The fence that was broken also hit and injured a spectator and the medics raced to aid him. Eventually an ambulance arrived and took him to the hospital for a further check.

Edgington's car was pulled off the wall and the track crew put several large concrete blocks in place as a temporary fence. The spectator's side the area was cordoned off so people wouldn't be sitting there.

Soon after the start the lead battle was between Olsen and Goetz, who used an inside/outside line of attack as he tried to take the point.

Further contact between both Edgington and Barlow resulted in another caution and officials sent both of them being to the pits.

The final caution came two laps from the end when Olsen's car broke handing the victory to Goetz while Wes Washburn and Pete Baglin claimed the next two places.

The Sport/Rat Mod race began with Pete Olsen on point until he spun in Turn 4. Now Lee Ketten and Zachary Cail began a duel for the lead.

One caution slowed the pace when Steve Foster's car lost a spring and had to be towed to the pits. Once racing resumed Ketten was on point until Cail used an inside move to claim the lead.

Behind them Olsen was on a charge that would take him to second but it was too late to catch the flying Cail, who claimed the victory. Ketten ended up third while Duncan Lee used a steady drive to finish fourth.

The night ended with the Gen-X feature that had a red flag on the first lap when three cars tangled in Turn 3. Once order was restored the field got the green again and took off with Dave Raber on point followed by Kali Pope.

Pope has had an interesting year so far starting when she rolled her car at the season's first race, and then finished well back in the second. But tonight she had the bit in her teeth and took the lead three laps into the contest.

A caution for debris slowed the pace for just a bit. When the green waved again Pope was off and running while her stepfather Shawn "Mr. Rabbit" Hartzell was slicing his way through the pack.

Smooth driving kept Pope well out in front as she drove to victory. Hartzell eventually took second but it was too late to chase her down.

It was amazing, after the wreck first race out I didn't think we'd come out and win," Pope said after the race. "It's amazing to get to the front and I like being up there. And I want to thank my stepdad, Shawn Hartzell as he worked on the car every race and my mom."

•On Sunday, the Northern Nevada Kart Club hosted its second points race of the season at Desert Park Raceway. A good field was poised for a day of hard racing.

When the F80 field took off Ben Fisher was on point with Cody McKinney right on his back bumper. After one inside try they remained in that order until taking the while flag.

On that last lap McKinney drew closer to Fisher until they dove into the last turn. Then McKinney saw opportunity, dove inside and led as they charged toward the checkered flag.

At the line McKinney figured he won by a scant eight inches or less.

"That was exciting!!!! I knew he was going to block that corner so I kept the fast line and beat him to the finish," McKinney said. "We were dead even, couldn't do anything with him, couldn't lose him, couldn't pass him as he was just right there. He gave up a little bit on the last corner for blocking and it cost him."

The Formula 125 was another shifter race that appeared it would go down to the finish.

Mark Nason got the jump on the start with Todd Thompson right behind him as they roared into Turn 1. A couple of laps later Gerry Williams and Alex Gray tangled in the final turn putting both of them out of the race.

Up front Thompson was staying close to Nason and waiting his chance. Then, zooming into the Turn 1-2 area he dove to the inside and came out with the lead.

Now the chase was on with Nason sticking close to Thompson. About two-thirds through the race Nason's day ended when part of his kart's shift linkage came adrift handing the race to Thompson.

After post-race weigh-in Thompson said, "The first part was hard man. Me and Mark got off the line pretty close, he's a good started and I couldn't get him so had to settle in and make some good, quick laps. He allowed me to get close to his bumper so I could put the pass on him between one and two.

"And that's kind of become my little signature pass I guess. He probably wasn't completely surprised. So it turned out to be a good day, started out pretty bleak but brought it home in first so that's what counts."

When the Jr. 1-2 main began Joshua Chassaing led until he spun out in Turn 3. That handed the lead to Jake Guzelis, who wound up on the curbing in Turn 3.

Now the chase was on as Guzelis got going again and started to run down leader Austin Smith. Eventually Guzelis took the lead and won the race with Smith second followed by Bryce Berry.

The Box Stock Clone field was the largest of the day with 15 karts taking the green flag. At first Logan Wyman held the point but eventually David Schilt took the lead and run away with the race.

Behind him Stephanie Callahan was second after holding off Milas Mills and Nat Sombatsiri.

Sadly the day ended at the start of the TAG Novice/Junior main. When the green waved there was a multi-kart tangle that sent Jeff Solvason's kart into the fence.

The impact was violent enough to injure him and the race was stopped as officials and the medics rushed to his aid. He eventually was transported to the hospital for treatment.

Since dealing with the wreck took so long the officials decided to end the day so the TAG and Kid's Kart races were decided using the results of their final heat races.

It was an unfortunate end to what had been a good day of racing.

OTHER RACING NEWS

•The Busch brothers raced at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend. Both NASCAR races were marathon affairs due to the weather.

In Saturday's Nationwide race Kurt started ninth and finished fourth. During Sunday's Sprint Cup event both Las Vegas natives were involved in wrecks that put Kurt 30th and Kyle 37th at the end.

Fortunately neither of them was injured although Kurt's car wound upside down for a spell.

•This week will be a double header for oval track fans. Rattlesnake Raceway in Fallon races on Friday, beginning at 7 p.m. with all the car classes and Amsoil Outlaw Karts.

Then on Saturday, beginning at 6 p.m. the RTF Speedway in Fernley will be in action with the first race slated for a 6 p.m. start.

RESULTS

*Rattlesnake Raceway - May 4

IMCA Modifieds:

Heat Winners - #1 Darren Manning, #2 Jake Holland

Main - 1. Jake Holland, 2. Mark Skender, 3. Darren Manning, 4. Steve Evenson, 5. Don Childs

Sports/Rat Mods:

Heat Winner - Zackary Cail

Main - 1. Zachary Cail, 2. Pete Olsen, 3. Lee Ketten, 4. Duncan Lee, 5. Tim Wearin

Hobby Stocks:

Heat Winners - #1 aaron Behnam, 2. Dan Edgington, 3. Dan Dias

Main - 1. Royce Goetz, 2. Wes Washburn, 3. Pete Baglin, 4. Jim Renfro, 5. Mike White

Gen-X:

Heat Winners - #1 Shawn Hartzell, #2 Al Bishop

Main - 1. Kali Pope, 2. Shawn Hartzell, 3. Mikkie Beauchat, 4. Steve Eisele, 5. Dave Raber

•Desert Park Raceway - May 5

Northern Nevada Kart Club - Round 2

Jr 1-2 - 1. Jake Guzelis, 2. Austin Smith, 3. Bryce Berry, 4. Sami Martinez, 5. Nolan Wyman

Box Stock Clone - 1. David Schilt, 2. Stephanie Callahan, 3. Milas Mills, 4. Nat Sombatsiri, 5. Shannon Wyman

F80 Sr - 1. Cody McKinney, 2. Ben Fisher, 3. Steve Dow, 4. Dan Harris, Danial Thorson

Stock 125 - 1. Todd Thompson, 2. Bobby McCourt, 3. Camerson Zing, 4. Jeff Wamre, 5. Mark Nason

TAG Nov/Jr* - 1. Richard Stock, 2. Kurt Holm, 3. Turbo Sombtsiri, 4. Kelly Morley, 5. Jeff Devere

Kids Kart* - 1. Ryan Beeler, 2. DaniMartinez, 3.Matthew Sifling

* - Both classes didn't race their mains due to a day ending accident. Their finishing positions came from the last heat race each group completed.
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