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Dueling brothers top Rattlesnake night
by Dan McGee
Aug 02, 2009 | 1087 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune/Dan McGee- Heading for victory Jesse Gonzalez (21g) makes an inside pass on his brother Malen as they battle during the IMCA feature race at Rattlesnake Raceway on Saturday. One of the brothers led every lap of the race.
Tribune/Dan McGee- Heading for victory Jesse Gonzalez (21g) makes an inside pass on his brother Malen as they battle during the IMCA feature race at Rattlesnake Raceway on Saturday. One of the brothers led every lap of the race.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - After completing two come-from-the-back victories, Bob Vaden celebrates after winning the Hobby Stock feature race at Rattlesnake Raceway on Saturday.
Tribune/Dan McGee - After completing two come-from-the-back victories, Bob Vaden celebrates after winning the Hobby Stock feature race at Rattlesnake Raceway on Saturday.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - On his way to winning the Bomber main, Chris Jimenez (44) takes the inside line to pass the car of John Hartsough (21).
Tribune/Dan McGee - On his way to winning the Bomber main, Chris Jimenez (44) takes the inside line to pass the car of John Hartsough (21).
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Tribune/Dan McGee - Rattlesnake Raceway was the scene of a "grudge match" on Saturday between two sprint cars and one modified. Here John White, in his winged sprint, heads for victory after passing the IMCA Modified of Shawn Natenstedt, who finished second.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Rattlesnake Raceway was the scene of a "grudge match" on Saturday between two sprint cars and one modified. Here John White, in his winged sprint, heads for victory after passing the IMCA Modified of Shawn Natenstedt, who finished second.
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FALLON - Clouds, rain, dust and a wall in need of repair made it a marathon night at Rattlesnake Raceway. Yet the best was saved for last when two brothers battled for the win in a lightning fast IMCA Modified feature race.

"That was fun and I knew I could beat him (Malen) and it's about time," Jesse Gonzalez said with a laugh after the checkered flag flew. "The track was good, slick but good and it had lots of bit. I also need to thank my wife Integrity Test Management, C.O.D. Garage as well as my crew and cousin Major, who made this possible."

When the green waved on the 11-car field, Malen Gonzalez jumped into the lead and showed everyone his dust. Behind him brother Jesse was slicing through the pack on his way to the front and soon was behind second place Don Hall.

Six laps into the event Jesse Gonzalez was second and taking a bead on his older brother. Behind them points leader Shawn Natenstedt was after Hall with Bill Pearson, who is second in points, close behind.

At first Malen Gonzalez held the advantage but in the closing laps of the race brother Jesse began to close the gap and finally caught his brother. Then, with three to go, as they were tearing down the front straight, Jesse pulled to the inside and passed his brother.

They finished in that order while Natenstedt and Pearson ended up third and fourth ahead of Wade Lumsden, who spun out right after he took the checkered flag.

After the dust settled Malen looked at this brother and said, "When I saw him beside I thought about racing him but then let him have it."

Then both men and their wives shared a good laugh over their family one-two finish.

A broken wall almost put an early end to the night after a Bomber spun to the top of Turn 3 and not only moved some of the concrete blocks that make up the outside wall, but knocked one of them down the outside of the banking.

It took the track officials some time to retrieve the offending block as well as pull the others into their proper place. The blocks are a necessary part of the safety package because if they aren't there a car could easily go over the edge and out of the oval, and it's a long drop over the other side.

The Hobby Stocks provided a "feel good" story as one driver, who has been fighting an ill handling car for most of the season, over came one problem then staged two come-from-behind victories.

During a heat race Bob Vaden's car began to smoke badly and sounded like the motor blew up when he shut it down. Back in the pits others came to look at the problem and discovered the broken line to the oil pressure gauge was the problem.

Vaden's first challenge was to transfer from the B Main into the A. He did this coming from the back to win that 15-lap race. After the checked one driver didn't appear at post-race tech so Chris Neal got the final transfer spot into the main.

When the feature began it took to attempts to get things rolling and Dwight Bolton was first on point. Two laps into the event Missy Natenstedt, who had Beth Gonzalez in the passenger seat, spun after contact with other cars but was able to continue.

Next on point was Jerry Morrow but behind him Vaden was moving through the traffic headed to the front. With eight laps to go Vaden finally took the lead and left everyone in his dust.

Coming home third was points leader Dean Clark but Vaden's victory may have given him the division's point lead.

"I finally put one together after thinking the car broke in the heats," Bob Vader said, "It was the oil pressure line that goes to the gauge that broke and if it wasn't for BTT Racing I'd never had made the main. I need to thank my wife Judy, Barley Sports Bar and Joe Olschowka for building my motor."

After the intermission there was a "grudge race," between two sprint cars and an IMCA Modified. This all came from a challenge from Tony Taylor, who he felt his car without a wing would be faster and Mike White's that had a win.

And to spice things up Shawn Natenstedt joined the party with his IMCA Modified.

At first it appeared that Natenstedt might have the advantage as Taylor was passed by White's car. After a couple of laps figuring out the best line White got past the modified and ran away with the victory then picked up the $100 prize later in the evening.

In the Sprint Car main Taylor, now wing equipped, took the point from early leader Galen Reese and won that race. White finished second followed by Reese, Dan Edgington and Wayne Walsh.

The Mini Mods made one of their rare appearances at the track and their feature turned out to be another battle between brothers.

When the green waved Stephen Crook jumped into the lead but was soon over hauled and passed by his brother Dennis. After that they began a place-swapping fight that went right down to the final laps, but in the end, Stephen won the battle as he reached the checkered ahead of his brother.

Robby Grace staged a run-away victory when the dominated the Pro Stock feature while Larry Oliveria finished second head of Bruce Ferrier.

Hazel Halbert brought the Bomber feature to a sudden halt when she suddenly stopped in Turn 2 after the green waved. The red flag came out when it appeared her car might be on fire, it was only smoke from burned wiring.

During the red flag period Nick Pruit earned the wrath of the officials when he didn't slow down in time and ran into the car of Sharlee Kaster. He was put at the back of the pack when racing resumed.

When the green finally waved again first on point was Alex Pettit but Chris Jimenez, who drives a "tow truck" like from a Disney film, was on the move. At one point three drivers were battling for the lead but in the final laps Jimenez swept into the lead and scored another victory.

Two races were marked by contact and a bit of confusion for one of them.

Right after the GenX feature began there was a shoving match between Cody Thunder and Skeeter Donaldson. Both men lead the points but at the end Thunder's car was wounded so badly it had to be towed to the pits while Donaldson was able to return after changing a flat.

That was all Matt Sherman needed as he powered his gray Toyota to the victory followed by Steve Foster and Donaldson.

More contact happened when the Rat Mod main started and Duncan Lee got together with Glenn Lee, who wound up in the front straight wall. Lee was able to continue and during the race Luis Miranda spun twice and appeared to have lost a lap.

Later in the race Duncan Lee spun out of the lead and seemed to give the lead to Glenn Lee (Both men aren't related.) while Miranda was going as fast as he could. In the end Glenn Lee appeared to have the victory but there was a question as Miranda might have passed him and regained either his lap back or the lead.

The entire race ended with a protest and the final results will be determined later this week.

Weather also played a part in the evening when a couple of showers crossed the track. Fortunately the showers moved quickly and the track stayed in good shape.

Then there was a dust cloud that rose over the Turn 3 and 4 banking during a brief but violent burst of wind. It would have done justice to a special effect from a Harry Potter movie and sent those that were able, running for cover.

Despite all this the officials pressed on and completed the program even it if it was after midnight when the final checkered waved.

•This week's racing card is a varied mix with something for everyone.

With Hot August Nights in town the drag strip at the Reno-Fernley Raceway is hosting their annual HAN Street Drags Friday and Saturday nights with a 6 p.m. start time.

The Nevada Motorsports Park in Gardnerville hosts a two-day motocross show with the 50's 65's and Quads taking to the track at 3 p.m. Saturday. On Sunday, running from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., the other classes race.

The Nevada GFI series will be at the fairgrounds in Fallon for a 6 p.m. start to its second round of the summer series. At the same time the Lovelock Speedway hosts the next round in its points series.

OTHER RACING NEWS

•The Sprint Cup race at Pocono was canceled due to rain and water seeping through the track's surface. It has been rescheduled for today starting at 9 a.m. today.

In Saturday's Camping World Truck race at Nashville, T.J. Bell started 12th and finished 10th. Later that afternoon, in the Nationwide race held at the Iowa Speedway, Kyle Busch scored another second place finish while Brendan Gaughan wound up 25th after recovering from a wall banging spin.

RESULTS

Rattlesnake Raceway - Aug. 1

IMCA Modifieds:

Heat Winners - #1 Malen Gonzalez, #2 Shawn Natenstedt

Main (25-Laps) - 1.Jesse Gonzalez, 2. Malen Gonzalez, 3. Shawn Natenstedt, 4. Bill Pearson, 5. Wade Lumsden

Pro Stocks:

Heat Winner - Rob Grace

Main (15-Laps) - 1. Rob Grace, 2. Larry Oliveria, 3. Bruce Ferrier, 4. Gary Nevers, 5. Jack Randall

Hobby Stocks:

Heat Winners - #1 Chris Van Roekel, #2 Missy Natenstedt, #3 James Renfro

B Main (15-Laps) - 1. Bob Vader, 2. Randal Patten, 3. Wes Washburn, 4. Chris Neal

Main (30-Laps) - 1. Bob Vader, 2. Jerry Morrow, 3. Dean Clark, 4. Jeff Foster, 5. Chris Van Roekel

Bombers:

Heat Winner - #1 Bryan Kaster, #2 Hazel Halbert

Main (15-Laps) - 1. Chris Jimenez, 2. Annetee Rinehart, 3. Nick Pruit, 4. Sharlee Kaster, 5. Kyle Olsen

360 Outlaw Sprints:

Heat Winner - Tony Taylor

Main (12-Laps) - 1. Tony Taylor, 3, Mike White, 3. Galen Reese, 4. Dan Edgington, 5. Wayne Walsh

Rat Mods:**

Heat Winner - Luis Miranda

Main (15-Laps) - 1. Glenn Lee, 2. Duncan Lee, 3. Luis Miranda

GenX:

Heat Winners #1 Matt Sherman, #2 Brandon Thunder

Main (15-Laps) - 1. Matt Sherman, 2. Steve Foster, 3. Skeeter Donaldson, 4. Aaron Benham, 5. Anthony DeVeccio

Mod Minis:

Heat Winner - Dennis Crook

Main (12-Laps) - 1. Stephen Crook, 2. Dennis Crook, 3. Will Ritzhey

** - Rad Mod finish is under protest and will be determined later this week.
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