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Winged warriors invade Fernley
by Dan McGee
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Tribune photo by Dan McGee — During a King of the West heat race at the RTF Speedway, Chad Compton got his car sideways and he went flying through the air. Fortunately, he was uninjured. The car was repaired but Compton failed to transfer out of the LCQ into the main event.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee — During a King of the West heat race at the RTF Speedway, Chad Compton got his car sideways and he went flying through the air. Fortunately, he was uninjured. The car was repaired but Compton failed to transfer out of the LCQ into the main event.
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Tribune photo by Dan McGee — Heading for a restart, Kyle Hirst (83) would lead the charge until the final corner when Rico Abreu (24) got past him. Craig Stidham (3) and Brent Kaeding (69) would end up fourth and eighth at the end of Friday's KWS main event.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee — Heading for a restart, Kyle Hirst (83) would lead the charge until the final corner when Rico Abreu (24) got past him. Craig Stidham (3) and Brent Kaeding (69) would end up fourth and eighth at the end of Friday's KWS main event.
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Tribune photo by Dan McGee — A very delighted Jonathan Allard salutes the crowd after winning the King of the West feature Saturday night at the RTF Speedway. Once in the lead, he pretty well dominated the 30-lap race.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee — A very delighted Jonathan Allard salutes the crowd after winning the King of the West feature Saturday night at the RTF Speedway. Once in the lead, he pretty well dominated the 30-lap race.
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Tribune photo by Dan McGee — During a heat race Saturday, Chris Martin tried to miss a spinning car, hit the wall and wound up like this. Here, the RTF Speedway track crew is about to put the car on its side so they can get Martin out of it.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee — During a heat race Saturday, Chris Martin tried to miss a spinning car, hit the wall and wound up like this. Here, the RTF Speedway track crew is about to put the car on its side so they can get Martin out of it.
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FERNLEY — The King of the West Outlaw series visited the Reno/Tahoe/Fernley Speedway this weekend for two days of winged 410-sprint car action. Despite the cool nights the action was hot on the track.

On Saturday, 26 cars were on hand so with only 22 spots in the main qualifying was very important. When the dust settled Willie Croft broke the existing track record set on Friday as he blistered around the oval with a time of 13:673 seconds.

"Well the track went dry and it got to one groove there and it was just a matter of trying to save the tire and do what we could. I could hear Rico (Abreu) a couple of times and I knew he was going to be tough on the restart but that's racing," Jonathan Allard said after winning Saturday's KWS feature. "The crew really got the car good and they've been working hard all week it's good to pay them off with a win and I always love coming to this place and can't wait to come back."

The race itself had a rough start as it took three attempts for the drivers to make it around for a full lap. Finally the officials had the field start single file.

Up front, Jason Statler led the charge with Bud Walberg and Allard in hot pursuit. Shortly after that Allard took second with Friday's winner Rico Abreu taking fourth.

After a quick caution on lap 13 the field was off and running again with Cory Eliason on point followed by Allard, Walberg and Abreu.

Eventually Eliason fell to a broken throttle cable while Mark Tabor, being the only one from the Nevada Posse made an error, spun then decided to pit as he was a lap down. At the end he was credited with a 17th place finish while Jim Richardson from Quincy ended up 19th.

Up front, after another caution on lap 23, Allard was on point with Abreu hot after him. It took two attempts to restart then the field took off.

In the end, Allard reached the checkered flag first followed by the determined Abreu and Willie Croft.

In the victory celebration Abreu said, "The track starting taking rubber there in the heat races and they put some water on it. The B main got a good track. It was just save your tire around the bottom. Tried to save my tire as much as I could but Jonathan got a good start and he just manages his tires and that was everyone's goal tonight.

Taking his second third-place finish in two days was Willie Croft, who said, "It was a rubber down track so it was just trying to maintain your tires, not lose anything on restarts. Fortunately we went single file on that last restart as my tire was actually down so I just trying babying it for the last seven laps and was able to finish third. Hopefully when we get back we'll have something a little bit racier but all in all it was a solid weekend, ran third both nights and they were good points nights."

Three track divisions supported the big cars. Shaun Ternora won the KWS Lites main followed by young Buddy Kofoid, Jeff Macedo of the Lovelock Posse, and Dan Simpson.

The Pro Stock main began with a place-swapping duel between eventual winner Al Goss and Russ Cazier, who had to recover from a spin to finish second.

The Hobby Stock main belonged to Dwight Bolton, who ran away with the race while Tom Haxall had to settle for second ahead of Rick Miller.

•On Friday, night 28 of the KWS 410 sprint cars rolled into Fernley. After a flurry of qualifying runs and the LCQ, won by Adam Walters the field of 22-cars was set for their 30-lap main event.

On the green, Kyle Hirst led with Rico Abreu and Willie Croft in hot pursuit. However it would take two cautions and one race stopping red flag period before the field actually completed two full laps.

The red flag incident started when four cars tangled exiting Turn 4. That wreck collected two members of the Nevada posse as Mark Tabor's racer had its front suspension broken while Mike Monahan's mount suffered damage to the steering that put him out of the race.

Finally the race got under way as the cars roared around the oval. The dry conditions and strong winds made it a dusty affair but that didn't slow down the drivers.

After starting 18th Walters was on a charge and at one time was bouncing from fourth to sixth place. Unfortunately a bolt in his car's steering broke sending him to the pits and a 17th place finish.

Despite the early crash Monahan was credited with a 18th place finish while Tabor was 21st.

Up front both Hirst and Abreu were carving their way through groups of lappers as they raced for the lead. In the final turn Hirst chose the low line but was blocked by a lapper while Abreu swung to the high side.

At the end of their dash to the checkered flag Abreu claimed the victory while Hirst, who led all but the final 200 feet or so, had to settle for the runner up spot.

"I just hoped he'd follow that lapper and stay in the rubber then I just went all out, smoked it out on the top. Those lappers were getting hairy there at the end and every time he'd move them up I get right underneath him and stalked him the whole race," Abreu said in the victory celebration ceremony. "We were just following lappers in the rubber then I got a good run there on Kyle on the last lap coming into 3 and 4 and got by him."

For his part Hirst said, "It's just part of the game, you've got a bunch of lap cars and I get by one and they tried racing you back so I don't know if that cost us the race or not. I didn't know Rico was there and we got by so many lap cars."

As the track dries out rubber is put down, which makes for more traction but is very hard on the tires so drivers have to be a bit more careful. Not an easy task when one has over 700 horsepower under their right foot.

On Friday, the Dwarf Cars and Mod Minis were the supporting classes.

Rodney Sweet dominated the Dwarf main while Will Richey took the Mod Mini feature followed by Jesse James.

OTHER RACING NEWS

•This weekend the Reno chapter of the Over the Hill Gang stages the traditional Memorial Day national event at the Fernley Lion's Motocross Track, or the Sandbox as it's also known.

Two days of motos with each day beginning around 9 a.m. as riders from across the west compete for national points.

The RTF Speedway in Fernley will be the only oval track in action and racing begins around 6 p.m. Saturday evening. All the car classes, including the IMCA Modifieds and the Outlaw Karts will be featured.

•The Busch brothers spent NASCAR's All Star weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Kyle won Friday's Camping World truck race after starting fourth.

Although both brothers dominated the first three stages of Saturday's All Star race things didn't go that well in the final segment with Kyle finishing third while brother Kurt wound up fifth.

•At the summer X-Games in Barcelona, Spain. Minden's Mike Mason won the gold medal in the Moto-X Speed and Style event while Matt Buyten ended up with the bronze after he finished third in the Step Up event.

RESULTS

King of the West Outlaws - Reno/Tahoe/Fernley Speedway.

•Saturday, May 18

Fast Time - Willie Croft 13.673 New Track Record

Heat Winners - #1. Jason Statler, #2 Cory Eliason, #3 Kyle Hirst

Dash - 1. Cory Eliason, 2. Craig Stidham, 3. Bud Walberg, 4. Kyle Hirst, 5. Jonathan Allard, 6. Jason Statler

B Main (12 Laps)- 1. Chris Martin, 2.Danielle Simpson, 3. Jared Ridge, 4. Geoffrey Strole, 5. Carl Droivold, 6. Jim Richardson

Main (30 Laps) - 1. Jonathan Allard, 2. Rico Abreu, 3. Willie Croft, 4. Bud Walberg, 5. Peter Murphy, 6. Jason Statler, 7. Chris Martin, 8. Craig Stidham, 9. Kyle Hirst, 10. Geoffrey Strole

KWS Lites:

Heat Winners - #1 Robert Cooney, #2 Bob Cooney

Main - 1. Shaun Ternra, 2. Buddy Kofoid, 3. Jeff Macedo, 4. Dan Simpson, 5. Robert Cooney

Hobby Stocks:

Heat Winner - Dean Clark

Main - 1. Dwight Bolton, 2. Tom Haxall, 3. Rick Miller, 4. John Schilling, 5. Dean Clark

Pro Stocks:

Heat Winner - Al Goss

Main - 1. Al Goss, 2. Kenny Schmidt, 3. Russ Cazier, 4. Antonio Aragon

• Friday, May 17.

Fast Time - Craig Stidham, 13.781 New Track Record

Heat Winners - #1 Brent Kaeding, #2 Justyn Cox, #3 Willie Croft, #4 Rico Abreu

Dash - 1. Craig Stidham, 2. Kyle Hirst, 3. Brent Kaeding, 4. Rico Abreu, 5. Justyn Cox, 6. Cory Eliason

LCQ (12 Laps) - 1. Adam Walters, 2. Doug Gandy, 3. Mike Monahan, 4. Carl Drovivold, 5. Danielle Simpson, 6. Chris Martin

Main (30 Laps) - 1. Rico Abreu, 2. Kyle Hirst, 3. Willie Croft, 4. Craig Stidham, 5. Jonathan Allard, 6. Jason Statler, 7. Peter Murphy, 8. Brent Kaeding, 9. Jared Ridge, 10. Chris Martin

Dwarf Cars:

Heat Winners - #1 Rodney Sweet, #2 Joe Frock

Main - 1. Rodney Sweet, 2. Sam Marson, 3. Jeff Shurley, 4. Race Wilson, 5. David Richardson

Mod Minis:

Heat Winners - #1 Justin McIlvain, #2 Galen Hainline

Main - 1. Galen Hainline, 2. David Paine, 3. David Ausano, 4. Jesse James, 5. Justin McIlvain

•Lovelock Speedway - May 18

IMCA Modifieds:

Heat Race Winners - #1 Jeff Elerick Jr., #2 Steve Evenson

Main (20 Laps) - 1. Don Childs, 2. Jeff Elerick Jr., 3. Steve Evenson, 4. Alec Childs, 5. J.D. Jurad

IMCA Northern Sport Mods:

Heat Winner - Zach Cail

Main (15 Laps) - 1. Zach Cail, 2. Butch Seals, 3. Jeff Tuttle, 4. Shirley Reeves

Hobby Stocks:

Heat Winners - #1 Michael Ellison, #2 Bryce Phillips

Main (15 laps) - 1. Michael Ellison, 2. Loren Bianchi, 3. Tim Carr, 4. Tim Russell, 5. Ashley Egbert
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