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NNKC beats rain at Desert Park
by Dan McGee
May 31, 2009 | 1600 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune/Dan McGee - Nick Wadlow's kart lifts a wheel as he crests the top of the hill at Desert Park Raceway on his way to winning the Tag Master's main event on Sunday.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Nick Wadlow's kart lifts a wheel as he crests the top of the hill at Desert Park Raceway on his way to winning the Tag Master's main event on Sunday.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - F80 Masters winner Darrel Dean (61) chases Ben Fisher (17Y) through the esses early in their main event on Sunday.
Tribune/Dan McGee - F80 Masters winner Darrel Dean (61) chases Ben Fisher (17Y) through the esses early in their main event on Sunday.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - Tyler Burk (88) looks toward the final turns at Desert Park Raceway as he leads the field in the Jr. 1-2 Cycle main on Sunday. The 11-year-old from Auburn, Calif. won his second race in as many events and here he's being chased by Danny Rubino (07) and Jeremy Kay (11).
Tribune/Dan McGee - Tyler Burk (88) looks toward the final turns at Desert Park Raceway as he leads the field in the Jr. 1-2 Cycle main on Sunday. The 11-year-old from Auburn, Calif. won his second race in as many events and here he's being chased by Danny Rubino (07) and Jeremy Kay (11).
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Tribune/Dan McGee - NNKC president Brian Rivera stands in the area that will receive a new layer of asphalt on Tuesday as part of the club's ongoing improvements to Desert Park Raceway. The club is preparing for hosting the sprint nationals in late July.
Tribune/Dan McGee - NNKC president Brian Rivera stands in the area that will receive a new layer of asphalt on Tuesday as part of the club's ongoing improvements to Desert Park Raceway. The club is preparing for hosting the sprint nationals in late July.
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STEAD - This weekend's showers cut one show short but another group caught a lucky break and completed its show. In a twist of irony, the Northern Nevada Kart Club, which was running a make up race after a rain out, almost got rained out again.

The show did have a pause, caused by late-morning showers, but once things dried out the afternoon was filled with much hard racing and a lot of action.

"The race was pretty good now that the track's dried out," Nick Wadlow said after winning the Tag Master's main. "In the first heat there were a few accidents once it got slick out there, I got three different times."

Earlier in the day, when his class was running their heat race, the rain started. Out on the wet track, several drivers including Wadlow, found that racing on slicks doesn't work out very well.

When the main started, Wadlow led the charge into Turn 1 and would never be headed after that. One driver tried to make it a race but a broken chain dropped Troy Berry from second after the first lap.

After that the race was for second and Dan Harris claimed that spot after a long duel with third place Kerry Matthews.

Due to the earlier rain, the program was shortened to one heat and a main rather than the usual two heat races.

Another happy driver was Darrel Dean, who not only ran away with the F80 Masters race but scored his second main event victory in as many races.

"I won the race weekend-before-last and today, so I'm happy," Dean said. "The track was a little slick in the heat race but in the main it felt great. My kart felt like it was on rails in the main."

Another driver scoring multiple victories is 11-year-old Tyler Burk from Auburn, California. Once again the young driver led another Jr. 1-2 Cycle main from green to checkered.

"I knew I was in the lead and my dad gives me signals that tell me how far away people are," he said. "The track's back to normal after the heat races and this is the second-to-last main so it's the same pretty much."

Burk added thanks for his two sponsors, Bill McAnally Racing and Rocklin Hydroloycs for their support this season.

Other winners were John Paul Maxwell, in Kids Kart as well as Tag Senior victor Curt Baker and Cody Kay, who won the HPV2 Jr. main.

After the final race NNKC president Brian Rivera commented on the improvements to the facility the club is making before the sprint nationals in July.

"The improvements are coming along really well, right now we've put in 5,500 sq. feet asphalt that's going to be going in here on Tuesday. That's going to be done by Apex Grading and Paving and they've given us a great deal," he said. "We're putting in new bleacher areas this is not only for the Grand Nationals but for the region 11 IKF race and our club races."

Several barriers have already been added to the track and now the area around the weighing room is being repaved as well. Out on the track several cracks will be cut out and replaced with new asphalt.

Rivera added that the improvements are going to be around for a long time so club members and guest will get to enjoy them in the coming seasons.

The club is still looking for local sponsors to help with further improvements to the facility. And with racers coming from across the country for the Nationals it's an opportunity to expose products and services to visitors that normally might come to this area.

Now the club is looking at two more weekends of racing before their next break during the Pylon School for the Air Races.

•Lovelock Speedway suffered two whammies Saturday. For some reason their car count was very low and the weather decided to turn bad.

Right after the heat races ended the rain began to fall and the officials reluctantly had to call it a day. Those drivers present will run their mains before the program begins on June 20 and the spectators were offered either discount tickets or free admission to the next race.

Unfortunately the track's lighting project is moving slower than anticipated so the next race will again start in the afternoon.

•This weekend's racing card is another full one, weather permitting.

Things begin at 7 p.m. Friday evening when the Reno-Fernley Raceway hosts another of its Fast Friday shows headlined by the IMCA Modifieds.

On Saturday at 6 p.m. Rattlesnake Raceway hosts another of its regular shows while about that same time the American Valley Speedway in Quincy, Calif. hosts the annual visit of the Golden State Challenge sprint car series, which features the same type of winged racers the World of Outlaws race.

Sunday morning, at the Hawthorne Motocross track, the Sierra MX

Series winds up its spring series.

OTHER RACING NEWS

•Three local sprint car drivers were in action at Marysville on Saturday. Mike Monahan qualified 10th and finished sixth in the A main.

Mark Tabor Sr. qualified 11th and was 10th in the feature while his son, Mark Jr. posted the 16th fastest time and ended up eighth in the A main.

•NASCAR's Nevada Quartet was at the Monster Mile in Dover, Del. this weekend.

Tire problems plagued the rain delayed Camping World Truck race where Kayle Busch finished ninth while T.J. Bell ended up 23rd. The Nationwide event also had tire problem for many dropping Kyle Busch to 17th at the finish while Brendan Gaughan ended up 12th.

Both Busch brothers had different fortunes in Sunday's Sprint Cup event with Kyle starting sixth and finishing 23rs while brother Kurt rolled off 19th and was fifth at the checkered.

RESULTS

Desert Park Raceway - May 31

Northern Nevada Kart Club - Round 2 (Make Up)

Kids Karts - 1. John Paul Maxwell, 2. Enrique Jaime, 3. Tyler Dean

HPV Junior - 1. Cody Kay, 2. Dylan Lupton, 3. Logan Wyman

Jr. 1-2 Cycle - 1. Tyler Burk, 2. Danny Rubino, 3. Jeremy Kay, 4. Justin Hoekman, 5. J.R. Raczko, 6. Garrett Dixon, 7. Christian Maxwell.

Tag Senior - 1. Curt Baker, 2. Lionel Fayet, 3. Kerry Matthews

Tag Masters - 1. Nick Wadlow, 2. Dan Harris, 3. Kerry Matthews, 4. Bob Hoekman, 5. Chris McCabe, 6. Troy Berry, 7. Derrick Delong, 8. Marty McNew, 9. John Malone

F80 Masters - 1. Darrel Dean, 2. Mike Roes, 3. John Thornton, 4. David Schilt, 5. Mike McMullen, 6. Ben Fisher
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