When the final checkered flag waved Sunday one young NNKC member scored a triple, winning three different races in two days.
The karts were great thanks to Glenn McKinnon and Jess Petersen,” Cody Kay said after his final victory. “I’d actually like to be racing someone as it makes you better. I just made sure that I didn’t over heat the tires as it would make it too loose and they could catch me.”
Both Sunday victories were runaways as Kay led from green to checkered in the HPV-3 Senior and Junior Tag divisions.
There were several runaway victories and in HPV-1 Junior, young J.R. Raczko from Rocklin, Calif. not only ran away with the race but clinched his IKF championship.
Another hard fought race was the main in IAME National Cup — classes are determined by the engines used — that turned into a three-way battle for the lead.
Unfortunately the apparent winner, Luis Martinez Jr., had his kart fail the post race inspection. That moved Travis Duhn to first, giving him two victories in as many days, and moving Sparks native Zach Dericco to second.
One highly anticipated contest was in Formula 80 Masters. These little shifter karts really rip around the track and provide some exciting, close competition.
After not doing so well on Saturday, Mark Nason not only got the pole but the hole shot when the 16-lap main began. Right behind him was the duo of Garry Williams and Cody McKinney.
Lap after lap they formed a three-kart train ripping around the track. Any mistake would be costly for either driver.
Eventually McKinney took second, leaving Williams third but neither of them could catch the fleeing Nason, who stormed across the finish line first.
“Yesterday I struggled with setup and went the wrong direction, got beat by Travis (Duhn), who’s a great driver,” Nason said after the race. “Today got the setup right but my competitors Jerry and Cody drove me hard, I ran fast times and they were right on me.”
Saturday’s wild weather provided a challenge for both visitor and local alike.
The race of the day was the Junior 1-2 Cycle main. The only driver to start on rain tires was 8-year-old Jeremy Kay and his father made the right choice.
The rain started during the race and of the 17 starters only four finished the race with most of the field sliding off the track either on the hill or at the end of the straight.
Asked about that contest Kay said, “It was awesome and there was a lot of competition.”
The next race, HPV-4 Jr., was started with a wet track although it soon dried out. Up front Kay’s older brother Cody also used rain tires to gain an early advantage.
It wasn’t easy as Kay’s kart made some wild slides on some parts of the track and it was all he could do to keep it on the pavement. Then the track dried and Kay was forced to run through puddles, where he could find them, to save his rain tires.
In the end however, he scored his first win of the weekend and just may have made history as one part of the first brother team to win victories on the same day much to the delight of their parents.
Back at the post-race inspection, Cody Kay said of his run, “You had to keep hitting puddles to keep the tires cold or else they would get hot, blister and be a lot slower.”
When the F80 Shifter main began Mark Nason jumped into the lead followed by Cody McKinney and Gerry Williams. Contact a few laps later put Williams in the lead for a few laps until Travis Duhn made the winning pass.
Williams kept Nason at bay to claim second while McKinney followed in third. For Duhn the win clinched his IKF championship.
“This is the one I needed to win to make sure I did get the title,” Duhn said. “I got a bad start, was patient and waited. I saw people making mistakes and I capitalized on those and before I knew it, I was in first place.”
•Part of this year’s Octane Fest in Fallon was a stop by the Lucas Oil NHRA series at Top Gun Raceway, located 15-miles south of town.
Rainstorms washed out most of Friday’s qualifying but on Saturday, after a rain delay, qualifying was completed with at least one record pass made.
When the final pass was made Sunday two new winners emerged with Kevin Wayman taking Top Alcohol Dragster with a pass of 5.540 second at 256.84 mph. Top Alcohol Funny Car points leader Sean O’Bannon had his winning streak ended by Doug Gordon, who did a winning run in 5.967 seconds at 247.12 mph.
The only Nevadan finding success was Jay Matthews, who won the Sportsman Motorcycle victory with a pass of 7.981 seconds at 163.09 mph.
Other division class winners are listed in the results part of this report.
•After spending the last 27-years in Las Vegas, the Pantera Owner’s Club of American brought their exotic cars to Reno for this year’s fun rally.
Friday’s event, at the Reno-Fernley Raceway, were either speed runs or a drive around with one exception, those in Group A got to race.
When the green waved Chris Qualls, from Burbank, Calif., jumped into the lead with White Fish, Montana resident, Greg Esakoff, right behind him in a full-race Pantera.
Esakoff eventually got the lead but in the final laps Qualls was reeling him in. They crossed the line in that order.
“He got me on the start, had a lower gear and just jumped right out,” Esakoff said. “That’s cool as I wanted to run with someone so we both really went at it full out. My tires in the back were getting lose and he started closing in so thank goodness it was only 10-laps.”
Runner up Qualls added, “He got me on the straight away but if we had two or three more laps, we’d see. It’s a very fast truck but Esakoff is a very fast driver.”
Besides racing, the rally included banquets, go-kart races and poker runs for the owners to show off their cars. And on Saturday they showed their cars at the Reno Arch.
•Those that race with MRANN end their spring series with a two-day show six miles south of USA Parkway east of Sparks. Saturday’s action begins at 8:30 a.m. when the Pee Wees begin the day while, at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, the big bikes get their turn.
On Friday night, at 7 p.m., the oval at the Reno-Fernley Raceway hosts another of its regular shows headlined by Hobby Stocks and IMCA Modifieds. That same evening Pro and Mini stocks race at American Valley Speedway in Quincy while Civil Sprint cars have a test and tune session.
Lovelock Speedway hosts its first night race of the season, starting at 6 p.m., as the new lights are finally up. At that same time, the American Valley Speedway hosts a round of the Civil War Sprint Car series, a meet that might draw 40 more racers to this paper clip shaped oval.
OTHER RACING NEWS
•This weekend NASCAR’s Nevada Quartet was jumping all over the place. Saturday afternoon, in the Camping World Truck race at Michigan Kyle Busch was second while T.J. Bell finished 18th.
That evening, after a quick flight to Kentucky, Busch finished second again while Brendan Gaughan, who was as high as second until he spun, ended up fourth.
Kurt Busch led the brothers in Sunday’s Sprint Cup event when he finished eighth while Kyle fell from starting second to 13th at the end.
IKF Region 11 Series - Round 5
Desert Park Raceway - Northern Nevada Kart Club
• Sunday, June 14
HPV-1 Junior - 1. J.R. Raczko, 2. Nitro Nick Sommers, 3. Noah Hermansen, 4. Jarred Campbell, 5. Sonny Cervelli
HPV-2 Junior - 1. Cody Kay+, 2. Joey Teves, 3. T.J. Fischer, 4. Logan Wyman, 5. Jonny Norris
HPV-2 Senior - 1. Bobby Kelley, 2. Luis Martinez Jr.
125 Nat’l Cup Masters - 1. David Harwin, 2. Glenn McKinnon, 3. Kevin Knight, 4. Daniel Bordogna, 5. Ron Jenkins
Junior TAG - 1. Cody Kay+, 2. Austin DeMent, 3. Joey Teves, 4. Chelsi Wagner, 5. Christian Scholz
IAME Cup/Natonal Cup - 1. Travis Duhn+, 2. Zach Dericco, 3. Dylan Nobile, 4. Mike Botelho Jr.
F80 Masters - 1. Mark Nason+, 2. Cody McKinney, 3. Gerry Williams, 4. Ben Fisher, 5. Mat Kattanek
• Saturday, June 13
Jr 1-2 Cycle* - 1. Jeremy Kay+, 2. J.R. Raczko, 3. Justin Yanez, 4. Sonny Cervelli
Kids Karts* - 1. Jarrett Gilmer, 2. John Paul Maxwell, 3. Carter Herrera, 4. Hudson Morrow
HPV-4 Jr. - 1. Cody Kay+, 2. Deven Sanchez, 3. T.J. Fischer, 4. Joey Teves, 5. Rachel Jean Brigg
Yamaha Super Y - 1. Jesse Gwin, 2. Tyler Wamre, 3. Zach Dericco, 4. Mat Kattanek, 5. P.J. Sanchez
TAG Senior - 1. Bobby Kelley, 2. Luis Martinez Jr., 3. Mike Botelho Jr., 4. David Harwin, 5. Troy Buckman
F80 Senior - 1. Travis Duhn+, 2. Gerry Williams, 3. Mark Nason, 4. Cody McKinney, 5. Tony Mangini
* - Only four running at end of 16-lap race.
+ - Either NNKC Members or local drivers that won.
• Top Gun Raceway - June 14
Lucas Oil NHRA Series (Winners)
Top Alcohol Dragster - Kevin Wayman 5.540, 256.84 mph def Dennis Swearingen, 8.254, 109.68 mph
Top Alcohol Funny Car - Doug Gordon, 5.967, 247.12 def Sean O’Bannon, 5.930, 244.55
Other Winners - (Comp Eliminator) Mike DePalma, (Super Stock) Brian Weber, (Stock Eliminator) Jon Irving, (Super Comp) Glenn Kern, (Super Gas) Kent Boehner, (Super Street) David Adams, (Top Sportsman) Gary Forkner, (Top Dragster) Terry White, (Sportsman Motorcycle) Jay Mathews