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Arenocross returns, rocks LEC
by Dan McGee - Special to the Tribune
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Tribune photo by Dan McGee - Pro racer Chris Blose rips around a corner on his way to winning the AX 450 main Saturday night at Arenocross in the Livestock Events Center. The win gave him a sweep as he also won the same race on Friday night.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee - Pro racer Chris Blose rips around a corner on his way to winning the AX 450 main Saturday night at Arenocross in the Livestock Events Center. The win gave him a sweep as he also won the same race on Friday night.
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Tribune photo by Dan McGee - Shane McElrath takes off from a jump during Saturday's AX 250 main event, which he won. He also won Friday's race for the class making it a sweep for the weekend.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee - Shane McElrath takes off from a jump during Saturday's AX 250 main event, which he won. He also won Friday's race for the class making it a sweep for the weekend.
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Tribune photo by Dan McGee - The big winner in this weekend's Arenocross was young Chase Meyer-Deherrea from Castro Valley, Calif. During the three-day event he won all of his races and is shown taking the checkered flag on Saturday at the end of the 65cc main.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee - The big winner in this weekend's Arenocross was young Chase Meyer-Deherrea from Castro Valley, Calif. During the three-day event he won all of his races and is shown taking the checkered flag on Saturday at the end of the 65cc main.
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Tribune photo by Dan McGee - Sunday was amateur day at Arenocross and it brought riders from several states including Nevada. One local that won two races was Paul Mudd here getting some air while competing in his first race in several years.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee - Sunday was amateur day at Arenocross and it brought riders from several states including Nevada. One local that won two races was Paul Mudd here getting some air while competing in his first race in several years.
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RENO - After a 13-year absence, Arenocross returned due to the efforts of the original promoter, Robert Hansen. The result was a large group of pro riders and supporting groups competing Friday and Saturday evenings.

Saturday night ended with a very close finish in the AX 450 Main.

"I kind of had the hole shot and it kind of wasn't," Chris Blose said in the victory ceremony. "Shane (McElrath) got to the inside of me, I tried to block him off the start but he kind of just snuck around on the inside. Then I made the pass on the second turn and tried to check out as fast as I could."

After getting the lead, Blose took off while McElrath was blocked and fell back. But once he got back to second the chase was on.

During the last half of the race, both leaders had to deal with lap traffic.

"It was horrible, worse than last night," Blose said. "And for about three or four laps I was stuck behind people that were battling and since they're in their own race too you can't get too mad at them."

Eventually he got past and had a clear track ahead of him. Behind, the leader McElrath had to deal with the same group but got past faster.

Then the gap between first and second began to shrink nearly a second per lap. But in the end, Blose took the checkered flag about one and-a-half seconds ahead of McElrath.

At the podium Blose said, "I knew how close he was as I was keeping track of him. After I got out to a good lead I just kind of relaxed and tried not to do anything stupid so I wasn't pushing too hard and just wanted to get the win."

Runner up McElrath said, "I had to good start but just got cut off in the next turn so I fell back to fourth. It took me a minute to get by the other two guys but Blose had already pulled away so I just put my head down and charged as hard as I could. Almost caught him but ran out of time."

Earlier in the evening McElrath won the 250 main but he didn't get the hole shot as Axell Hodges was first on point. However McElrath soon took over and ran away with the victory.

Preston Mull was the runner up with Reno rider, Aaron Siminoe, coming home third.

At the victory podium McElrath said, "That was pretty good, had a decent jump and Axel did the big hole shot. I was right there in second coming out of the first turn so it put me in good position for the rest of the race and I just tried to put in 14 consistent laps."

He too had problems with lap traffic, understandable on a tight indoor track.

"It's tough work getting through them but that's part of racing and how it's always going to be so it's good practice and you learn a lot too," McElrath said.

Friday saw Blose and McElrath victorious in the 450 and 250 main events. The key was getting out front first and just leaving everyone in their wake.

While there was lap traffic both riders got through it easily.

Asked about that Blose, who lives in Phoenix said, "I think you've got to get a really good start to stay out in front and I was able to do that tonight. Kind of checked out and sprint real hard first then settle into a good past for the rest of the moto.

"Lap traffic was pretty bad and it's kind of hard when people are racing, trying to take each other out so you just kind of play it smart and choose your opportunities wisely. It's been a while since I rode, just from an injury from Monster Cup in October and it's my first ride back so I'm pretty happy with my riding."

He was followed across the finish line by Adam Enticknap and Tiger Lacey, who took second and third respectively.

When the 250 main began McElrath took off and he too checked out on the field.

McElrath, who is from Canton, N.C., was the pro who came the farthest to race.

After taking the checkered flag he said, "I enjoy doing this stuff so I'm loving it."

In addition to the pro racers there were several supporting groups that rounded out the show.

When the original Arenocross started, one crowd-pleasing event was the Police and Firefighters race. All the entry money is donated to charity and the racers usually put on a good show.

This time firefighter Matt Bussell, from Doyle, Calif., upheld the honor of the firefighters by winning the race.

On Friday, the Pee Wee racers competed while 65cc riders raced Saturday. Winning both races was Chase Meyer-Deherrera.

On Friday, Nevadans Lux Turner and Chase Cannizzaro were second and third in the Pee Wee event. On Saturday, Hayden Fangundes, from Fernley led for over half of the 65cc main but wound up second at the end ahead of Ryder Schwartz, who lives in Tahoe City, Calif.

The other group supporting the show, for all three days, was a trio from Livfast that put on a display of Free Style Motocross. These jumpers put on a display of high-flying tricks as they got huge air while performing.

• Sunday was reserved for the amateur riders as they raced on a course altered for safety. Usually the jumps are cut down and other parts of the track are adjusted for the less-experienced riders.

And once again Chase Meyer-Deherrera scored two more wins in the 65cc, 7-9 age group as well as the 50cc, 4-8 class. His 65cc victory wasn't easy as once again Hayden Fagundes made him work for it.

At the end, Fagundes fell got back up and ended up third behind Demetre Proutsos. In the Pee Wee race, Chase Cannizzaro was second with Sam McCord third.

Local Paul Mudd, better known for his freestyle jumping, raced for the first time in years and won both the Over 35 and Over 40 class while veteran rider Tommy Jean topped the Over 30 group.

The amateur that came the farthest to race was Japanese rider Ryusei Otsuka, who's been training in southern California. Other riders came from Utah, Oregon, Washington and northern California.

While there were several crashes only a few riders were transported to the hospital.

When the final moto ended Sunday afternoon, promoter Robert Hansen was asked how the weekend went.

"We had a wonderful turnout, had some vendors that were really excited to be back on the concourse during a race so all in all, I had some happy smiles and great comments so I think we're going to return."

He had hoped for a bit larger group of amateurs but admitted that being a new event the word will spread.

"I think after all they heard, all the contingency they gave out, the trophies, the pins and the podium, that will spread. I think for the amateurs to get on that podium and get interviewed was pretty exciting for them. And we'll probably double up next year on the amateur entries."

On Friday and Saturday nights, the top-three finishers in the mains were all interviewed at the podium and given their trophies. For the first time, on Sunday, the top-three amateur finishers were also interviewed at the podium.

And he gave a big compliment to this year's Miss Arenacross, veteran racer Elysia Ulrich.

Asked about her contribution Hansen said, "She was great, a trooper and I had her running around everywhere. I even told her next year we'll just turn her over into an announcer and she can also help promote next year's Miss Arenocross."

OTHER RACING NEWS

• MRANN's mid-October event, the Flying Chuker 100, had to be postponed due to the government shutdown. But the Tank Slappers club will stage it this weekend.

The location is in the Purgatory Peak area at the north end of Winnemucca Dry Lake.

Racing begins at 11 a.m. Saturday when the Pee Wee riders start and will be followed by the Mini Bikes, V Women, Vintage and Bomber bikes. Then on Sunday, at 10 a.m., the big bikes take off as they race around a 43-mile loop.

• NASCAR ended its 2013 season at Homestead Miami Speedway this weekend and four Nevada drivers raced in various series.

Kyle Busch won Friday's Camping World Truck event with Brendan Gaughan finishing fourth. In Saturday's Nationwide race Kyle ended up third while Sparks native T.J. Bell fell to 38th with mechanical problems.

In Sunday's final Sprint Cup event Kyle started 11th and ended up seventh while older brother Kurt started on the front row but fell to 21st.

• Once again Exit 28 will be open for practice from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

RESULTS

Reno Livestock Events Center - Arenocross

•Saturday, Nov. 16

65cc:

Heat Winner - Chase Meyer-Deherrera

Main (6-Laps) 1. Chase Meyer-Deherrera, 2. Hayden Fagundes, 3. Ryder Schwartz, 4. Isaiah Frandsen

250cc:

Heat Winners - #1 Shane McElrath, #2 Thomas Covington

LCQ - 1. Travis Pitt, 2. Justin Lee, 3. Duane Rigel, 4. Jake Smith

Main (14-Laps) 1. Shane McElrath, 2. Preston Mull, 3. Aaron Siminoe, 4. Axell Hodges, 5. Gray Davenport

450cc:

Heat Winners - #1 Chris Blose, #2 Shane McElrath

LCQ - 1. Tiger Lacey, 2. Dustin Pipes, 3. Brian Alquisst, 4. Kyle Tigert

Main (18-Laps) 1. Chris Blose, 2. Shane McElrath, 3. Kinser Endicott, 4. Adam Enticknap, 5. Brian Sjogren

• Friday, Nov. 15

Police and Fireman - 1. Matt Bussell, 2. Nathan Rogne, 3. Kenneth Fye, 4. Michael Westphal, 5. Steve Decarli

50cc:

Heat Winner - Chase Meyer-Deherrera

Main (4-Laps) - 1. Chase Meyer-Deherrera, 2. Lux Turner, 3. Chase Cannizzaro, 4. Lachlan Turner, 5. Cole Palotas

250cc:

Heat Winners - #1 Shane McElrath, #2 Preston Mull

LCQ - 1. Jake Locks, 2. Duane Rigel, 3. Nick Beall, 4. Jessee Waelty

Main (14-Laps) - 1. Shane McElrath, 2. Thomas Covington, 3. Preston Mull, 4. Aaron Siminoe, 5. Colton Aeck

450cc:

Heat Winners - #1 Chris Blose, #2 Shane McElrath

LCQ - 1. Aaron Siminoe, 2. Cole Seibler, 3. Travis Pitt, 4. Kyle Tigert

Main (18-laps) - 1. Chris Blose, 2. Andam Enticknap, 3. Tiger Lacey, 4. Kinser Endicott, 5. Brian Sjogren

• Sunday, Nov. 17, Amateur Day

50 (4 to 8) - 1. Chase Meyer-Deherrera, 2. Case Cannizzaro, 3. Sam McCord, 4. Payton Daughhetee, 5. Dulin Hukari

65cc:

— (7-9) 1. Chase Meyer-Deherrera, 2. Demetre Proutsos, 3. Hayden Fagundes

— (10-11) 1. Ryder Schwartz

85cc:

- (7-11) 1. Jared Gumeson, 2. Kayden Metz, 3. Blayne Herrera, 4. Greg Bradshaw, 5. Dalton Hoyos

— (12-15) 1. Austin Black, 2. Alex Orr, 3. Kyle Greeson, 4. Austin Johnson,5. Julian Domingo

Supermini - 1. Austin Black, 2. Kidder McKee, 3. Alex Orr, 4. Austin Johnson, 5. Kayden Metz

Over 40 - 1. Paul Mudd, 2. Tom Cleveland, 3. Gary Westwood

Over 35 - 1. Paul Mudd, 2. Eric Gillen, 3. Tom Cleveland, 4. Gary Westwood

Over 30 - 1. Tommy Jean, 2. Robby McCabe, 3. Eric Gillen, 4. Paul MeachamLong, 4. Landon Taylor, 5. Nick Watterberg

Over 25 - 1. Johnathon Ayers, 2. Roby McCabe, 3. David

Beginner - 1. Nick Watterberg, 2. Dustin Ferris, 3. Winston Reugerbrink, 4. Josh Greene

Schoolboy - 1. Dominic Greeson, 2. Willy Simons Jr., 3. Ryusei Otsuka, 4. Austin Black, 5. Garrett Schnapp

Collegeboy - 1. Jonah Locks, 2. Nathan Johnston, 3. Zach Taylor, 4. Ryan Lester, 5. Garrett Ioppolo

125/250 Two-Stroke - 1. Carson Carr, 2. Ryan Lester, 3. Caleb Frandsen, 4. Austin Johnson, 5. Weslee Valerio

250cc:

— C-Nov. - 1. Collin McHaney, 2. Ryusei Otsuka, 3. Carson Carr, 4. Sebastian Toth, 5. Chad Heishman

— B-Intr. - 1. Garrett Ioppolo, 2. Nick Decarli, 3. Domonic Greeson, 4. Garrett Schnapp, 5. Willy Simons Jr.

450cc:

- C-Nov. - 1. Sebastian Toth, 2. Collin McHaney, 3. Zach Taylor, 4. Ryusei Otsuka, 5. Chad Heishman

- B-Intr. - 1. Jonah Locks, 2. Garrett Ioppolo, 3. Nick Decarli, 4. Willy Simons Jr., 5. Dominic Greeson

250/450cc Exp. - 1. Kinser Endicott
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