Riders from both ends of the age ladder made their marks during Saturday's racing. At the younger end of the scale, an 8-year-old girl racer from Sparks was on her game.
"I've won before and it's a lot of fun," Kaylee Darby said. "And it's more fun going over the jumps."
Darby, a third grader at Jesse Hall Elementary School, added that she enjoys passing the boys. Then she thanked her sponsors Moto Armor, Scott Goggles and Thor.
For both 50cc 7+ junior races, Darby dominated and left everyone to eat her dust as she stormed around the hilly course. She also won the second 50cc open moto but that overall victory went to Vincent Del Barba, who competed in both of that division's races.
The other Pee Wee winners were Breydon Stout in 7+ Beginner and Travis Whitwam in Beginner 4-6.
Another young Sparks racer, Jacob Baldwin won the 65cc beginner class. Reno rider Gavin Clouser found victory in two different classes while Josh Davis took Supermini honors.
Due to the rider counts, several classes ran combined motos. One of them pitted the 30+ intermediate riders against their 25+ junior counterparts.
When the gate dropped Sedric Robinson, from Sun Valley, took off with the pack in hot pursuit. For a time Robinson seemed to be in the catbird's seat.
That is until Truckee, Calif. racer Randy Hood got past the then second place rider and put the fleeing Robinson in his sights. Once the gap was closed and as both leaders took off over the finish line jump, Hood swooped into the lead and would never be headed.
He and Robinson finished in that order for their second moto and the day's overall results. Hood also made it a double when he won the 25+ intermediate overall.
"I just tried to take my time, be patient and work my way up," Hood said. "You can't get too aggressive and be counterproductive to yourself, so you just kind of bide your time and ride your game."
Chris Ponsock was the only pro on hand, a fact that won him the 30+ division.
Another local having a good day was Chris Sampson, a Reed High School senior, who scored run away victories in both Schoolboy motos. During his second race the winds briefly increased, something he explained really doesn't have much an effect on the riders.
At the end of his second moto, Sampson said, "I think it's easier when you're all out in front by yourself. The track is pretty good right now as it's still wet and not drying out like usual."
In fact most riders were happy with the track as the water truck driver kept it from drying out very much.
During the day six riders went down and required attention from the medics but only one was transported to the hospital and that was more as a precaution.
•Mustang owner/operators Shane and Krista Kisman have been hard at work to bring as many different events as possible to the facility. Sunday's function was very different as it was a private affair for Oakley Goggles.
Alyssa Gross, Oakley's Public Relations representative said, "Basically it's like a dealer appreciation event for dealers and stores. We're bringing them and all their staff here where they learn about optics, get to build their goggles, get free stuff and hang out all day."
Oakley brought a special trailer they used as an information center. After going through that, those in attendance were led to a table where goggles, T-shirts and other free things were handed out.
Anyone that brought their motorcycles were given practice sessions on the track and everything from Quads, Pee Wees to Pros made good use of this time.
Among the many local racers were area pro Nate Tiearney and shop owner Scott Stillmock.
"My, my brother (Butch) and his wife own Mach 2 Motorsports out in Fernley," Stillmock said. "We're an authorized Oakley dealer so our rep invited us, some of our close friends and riders to come out and attend this event. I already use their products as they really do fit the best and work the best for me."
Later, after being asked how the event was going Gross said, "It's amazing, probably the best we've had to date. This is the last one for the year and look out for next year."
The Kisman supplied lunch and dinner to those in attendance. One benefit was that many California riders were finally exposed to the track, something both owners hope will bring them back here to race.
•This weekend there is only one area race, at the Stead Motocross Track, and that starts around 10 a.m. when Sierra MX hosts Round 5 of their fall series.
OTHER RACING NEWS
•NASCAR's Nevada Quartet spent the weekend at Martinsville Speedway, Virginia also known as the "Paper Clip." It's the shortest track NASCAR's premier series compete on.
In Saturday's Craftsman Truck event, Sparks native T.J. Bell had another good day racing from 30th to finish 6th while Las Vegas native Brendan Gaughan ended up 22nd. Both Kyle and Kurt Busch didn't fare so well in Sunday's Sprint Cup event as they finished 29th and 36th.
Mustang Motorplex - Oct. 18
Silver Peak MX Fall Series - Round 5
50cc - (Beg. 4-6) 1. Travis Whitwam, 2. Ryan Palmer, 3. Zack Rosenthal
- (Beg. 7+) 1. Breydon Stout, 2. Tyler Gunn, 3. John LaPlante, 4. Rece Ackerson
- (Jr. 7+) 1. Kaylee Darby, 2. Joey Stout, 3. Vincent Del Barba
- (Open) 1. Vincent Del Barba, 2. Kaylee Darby
65cc - (Beg.) 1. Jacob Baldwin, 2. Dillon Dycus, 3. Dallas Dussault, 4. Vincent Del Barba
- (Jr.) 1. Tony Giusti, 2. Trent Cocking, 3. Justin Davis
- (Intr.) 1. Gavin Clouser
- (Open) 1. Gavin Clouser, 2. Trent Cocking, 3. Garrett Darby, 4. Tony Giusti, 5. Justin Davis
85cc - (Beg.) 1. Dylan Gaulliett, 2. Jason Giusti, 3. Kole Ackerson, 4. Christopher, 5. Madison Hagan, 6. Erik Dussault, 7. Michael Pesci, 8. Jacob Davis
- (Jr.) 1. Josh Davis, 2. Gavin Clouser, 3. Tyler Dominguez
- (Supermini) - 1. Josh Davis, 2. Gavin Clouser
38+ - (Beg.) 1. Tim Hagan, 2. Lonnie Madsen, 3. Richard Razo
- (Jr.) 1. Drew Hardie, 2. Bill Cook, 3. Sam Mosier, 4. Rick Ackerson, 5. Bill Webb
- (Intr.) 1. James Rabyor
- (Exp) 1. Emmet Ramirez, 2. Dave Shelton
30+ - (Beg.) 1. Tim Hagan, 2. Franik Homen
- (Jr.) 1. Nathaniel Drozd, 2. Jon Drozd, 3. Rick Ackerson, 4. Bill Webb, 5. James Rabyor
- (Intr.) 1. Randy Hood
- (Pro.) 1. Chris Ponsock
25+ - (Jr.) 1. Sedric Robinson, 2. Nathaniel Drozd, 3. Chris Padgett, 4. Jon Drozd, 5. Bill Webb
- (Intr.) 1. Randy Hood, 2. Jon Dadak, 3. Jon Beaumont
125/250 - (Beg.) 1. Tory Thomason, 2. Justin McVay, 3. Bradley Razo, 4. Bryan Cook, 5. Tyler Dominguez
- (Jr.) 1. Alex Ficco, 2. Nick Garcia-Sillis, 3. Ryan Endres, 4. Jeramie Romero
- 9intr.) 1. Wayne Appleton, 2. Tyler Pfeifer, 3. Mitch Bellamy
Schoolboy - 1. Chris Samson, 2. Mitch Bellamy, 3. Tyler Pfeifer, 4. Alex Ficco
250/450 - (Beg.) 1. Mitchell Murphy, 2. Tory Thomason, 3. Chad Smith, 4. Jaime Davis
- (Jr.) 1. Tim Stone, 2. Chris Padgett, 3. Sedric Robinson, 4. Payton Guttry, 5. Chris Samson
- (Intr.) 1. Wayne Appleton, 2. Robert Perez, 3. Robby Egesdahl