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Gonzalez tops Lovelock Modifieds
by Dan McGee
Jun 28, 2009 | 1481 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune/Dan McGee - IMCA feature winner Malen Gonzalez (2) zips between John Rogers (7s) and Harley Aigner (35). It was a green-to-checkered lead and victory for Gonzalez.
Tribune/Dan McGee - IMCA feature winner Malen Gonzalez (2) zips between John Rogers (7s) and Harley Aigner (35). It was a green-to-checkered lead and victory for Gonzalez.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - Galen Reese waves the checkered flag for Outlaw Kart winner Dylan Garretson, who crossed the line ahead of Samantha Schultz in the kart behind him.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Galen Reese waves the checkered flag for Outlaw Kart winner Dylan Garretson, who crossed the line ahead of Samantha Schultz in the kart behind him.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - After a race long battle, Austin DeMent (15) finally gets past Cody Kay (2) and heads for the checkered flag to win the Tag Junior race on Sunday.
Tribune/Dan McGee - After a race long battle, Austin DeMent (15) finally gets past Cody Kay (2) and heads for the checkered flag to win the Tag Junior race on Sunday.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - Noah Hermansen salutes the flagman as he crosses the line just head of J.R. Raczko at the end of the Jr. 1-2 Cycle feature race Sunday at Desert Park Raceway.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Noah Hermansen salutes the flagman as he crosses the line just head of J.R. Raczko at the end of the Jr. 1-2 Cycle feature race Sunday at Desert Park Raceway.
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LOVELOCK - The speedway staged its second race after a new lighting system has been installed. While the pits still need lightning, the track is now illuminated and racing has switched to evening programs.

This time the IMCA Modified feature race was a high-speed dash that was only slowed by two caution periods.

"Well they put me on the front row because of a bad finish last race. We just couldn't buy a break last race but this time everything went our way," Malen Gonzalez said after taking the checkered flag. "The car was really good, a little tight at the beginning and right at the end we had to drop to the bottom as it was getting sideways getting in."

One sign things would go well for Gonzalez was when Shawn Natenstedt dropped out before the first lap with motor problems.

When the green waved on the field, Gonzalez kind of gave outside pole sitter Todd Thompson a small push to get off the slick bottom. After that it was his race, as Thompson just could not close the gap with the leader.

During the middle part of the race Thompson had to hold off David Ausano, who then fell to fourth behind third place Jeffery Macedo.

Veteran Carl Barlow, who used a steady drive and some expert weaving through traffic to help his cause, won the Hobby Stock feature. Jeff Wilson came home second followed by Royce Goetz.

On this night the Dwarf Car series visited the track and provided the biggest field of the night. Despite their size, these little racers get around a track at nearly the same speeds the IMCA Modifieds do.

Rick Davis was first on point after the green waved but things slowed early when one car wound up with a flat. Then the green came back out only to be followed with another yellow when a couple of cars spun after contact.

The next green period was only three laps long but that was enough for Derek Rosse to jump into the lead. From that point on, including one more caution, Rosse was in the catbirds seat as he just pulled away from his rivals.

Back in the pack there were several battles going on but at finish Rodney Sweet was second followed by Billy Wilson and Skip Hempler.

Also on the car were Outlaw Karts that have been provided their own short track within the oval and in front of the main grandstands. And these youngsters provided a good race with a lot of passing as the leaders, who are both 13 years old, had to negotiate their way around slower karts.

In the end Dylan Garretson was able to claim the victory ahead of Samantha Schultz, who thought she could have caught the leader but the lap traffic held her up.

Unfortunately, the number of sprint cars that were hoped for never materialized. After Tony Taylor blew his engine the feature became a "David vs. Goliath," battle between the mini-sprint of John Garretson and Galen Reese in a full-sized racer.

After a few laps, and with only two cars on the track Reese began to see just how hard he could throw his racer into the corner. Unfortunately, while heading for the checkered, he got sideways and Garretson was able to zip past and take the victory.

Other winners are listed in the results.

•On Sunday the Northern Nevada Kart Club hosted its last points race before the club hosts the Sprint National Championships late in July.

As usual the Jr. 1-2 Cycle feature was a race long battle between several karts. First on point was Tyler Burk until Noah Hermansen got the lead.

After that leader Hermansen, who came from Petaluma, Calif., had to hold off challenges by Burk and J.R. Raczko. Streaking down the front straight, heading for the checkered, Raczko tried his best but fell short by about a foot when Maxwell reached the line first.

"I knew how close they were as my dad was signaling me the whole entire race," he said. "I was behind 88 and decided to push him into the lead and break away for a little bit. Then, after a few laps I just decided to pass him and go for the lead."

In the youngest class, Kid Kart, John Maxwell won but only after he was able to hold off some challenges by second place Jarrett Tachousky while Tyler Dean ended up third.

Mike McMullen had things go his way as he easily won the F80 Masters race while David Harris topped the Tag Senior class. There was a new class, F-200 made up of racers that travel from track to track to compete.

Their feature was won by Paul Viacrusis while John Dufloth won the Clone division.

Ending the day was the Tag Junior feature race. As the drivers tore into Turn 1 pole sitter Chelsi Wagner wound up on the outside and slipped to fourth behind Christian Scholz.

Up front Cody Kay took the lead with Austin DeMent on his back bumper. Further back Wagner was soon in hot pursuit of Scholz and they were soon running nose-to-tail.

Wagner eventually took third but Scholz had to drop out due to some kind of mechanical problem. Up front DeMent kept the pressure on until he finally drafted his way into the lead with two to go dropping Kay to second at the finish.

"The draft was really lucky because my kart was so loose and it never really came in. But I got really lucky on that lap," Dement said. "My dad was like, 'use your head," and I thought it was the last lap so it was going to be close so I took protective line on the straight then knew I had it locked up."

Now the track will be closed for sealing the surface and cleaning it up before practice begins on July 18 for the 2 Cycle Sprint Grand Nationals that runs from July 22 through 25.

•At this past week's 4-Cycle/Shifter Grand National event in Redding, California, Cody McKinney just missed winning another national title. However Reno resident Travis Duhn collected three Duffys, the championship trophies, in the 125 Stock Moto, 125 Stock Moto Heavy and 80-85 Limited classes.

•This week the only oval track event in the area will be at Rattlesnake Raceway with a 6 p.m. start to the action. A full field of cars is expected and the track hosts Fallon's Fireworks show as well.

The Mustang Motor Plex is hosting the first annual California - Nevada Shoot Out for motocross riders. Practice sessions will be on Saturday while the racing, that should begin around 10 a.m., is on Sunday.

OTHER RACING NEWS

•NASCAR'S Nevada Quartet was busy again this weekend. In the Camping World Truck race in Memphis on Saturday, T.J. Bell started 24th and ended up 18th.

Both the Nationwide and Sprint series visited New Hampshire Motorspeedway. Kyle Busch won the Nationwide event Saturday, while Brandan Gaughan ended up 21st.

On Sunday, in the rain shortened Sprint Cup race, Kurt Busch finished third and Kyle ended up seventh.

RESULTS

•Lovelock Speedway - June 27

IMCA Modifieds:

Heat Winners - #1 Galen Gonzalez, #2. Shawn Natenstedt

Main (25 Laps) - 1. Malen Gonzalez, 2. Todd Thompson, 3. Jeffrey Macedo, 4. David Ausano, 5. Tony Lewis

Pro Stocks:

Heat Winner - Kevin Kentopp

Main (8 Laps) - 1. Jack Randall, 2. Dan Ariaz

Hobby Stock:

Heat Winners - #1 Carl Barlow, #2 Alec Childs

Main (20 Laps) - 1. Carl Barlow, 2. Jeff Wilson, 3. Royce Goetz, 4. Remi Lopez, 5. Billy Church

Dwarf Cars:

Heat Winners - #1. Derek Rosse, #2. Skip Hempler

Main (25 Laps) - 1. Derek Rosse, 2. Rodney Sweet, 3. Billy "Vuki Jr." Wilson, 4. Skip Hempler, 5. Billie Canham

Sprint Cars:

Heat Winner - Galen Reese

Main (8 Laps) - 1. John Garretson, 2. Galen Reese

Mixed Class:

Heat Winner - Chris Oberman

Main (12 Laps) - 1. Chris Oberman, 2. Ken Knight, 3. Darrell Gogert, 4. L. Bianchi, 5. Jenny Greathouse

Outlaw Karts:

Heat Winners - #1 Zachary Cail, #2 Samantha Schultz

Main (12 Laps) - 1. Dylan Garretson, 2. Samantha Schultz, 3. Zachary Cail, 4. Aliyah Garretson

•Desert Park Raceway - June 28

Northern Nevada Kart Club - Round 5

Kid Kart - 1. John Maxwell, 2. Jarrett Tachousky, 3. Tyler Dean

Jr. 1-2 Cycle - 1. Noah Hermansen, 2. J.R. Raczko, 3. Tyler Burk

F80 Masters - 1. Mike McMullen, 2. Dan Harris, 3. Darrel Dean

F-200 - 1. Paul Viacrusis, 2. Scott Smith, 3. Paul Williamson

Clone - 1. John Dufaoth, 2. Mike Dufloth, 3. Duffy Dufloth

Tag Masters - 1. Nick Wadlow, 2. Dan Harris, 3. Eric Dean

Yamaha - 1. Tyler Wamre, 2. Mike Botelho Jr.

HPV-2 - 1. Cody Kay, 2. Tyler Palmer, 3. Austin Elliot

Tag Senior - 1. David Harris, 2. Mike Botelho Jr., 3. Curt Baker

Tag Junior - 1. Austin DeMent, 2. Cody Kay, 3. Chelsi Wagner
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