And up in the stands, her husband and two daughters, rooted for their mother, who was told as a joke before the race, that the honor of every mom on the stands was on her shoulders. And she did them proud.
"That was really, really fun," Jennifer Greathouse said back in the pits. "My birthday and it was my first victory."
Greathouse races in the Mixed Class that combines several car types due to a low car count. When the green waved she used her pole position to take the point with Paul Rogers and Chris Oberman in hot pursuit.
Rogers would eventually drop out of the race with mechanical issues while Oberman, who is always a threat to win, closed in on the leader.
"I tried to stay on the bottom to keep him from passing me," she said. "Any bobble and he would have gone right by me as he's got a little more horsepower."
Lap after lap the chase was on with Oberman not finding enough grip up high to make what would have been the winning pass. At the checkered the delighted Greathouse earned this very special birthday present and then took a victory lap around the track.
The closest race of the night came in the Pro Stock main when veterans Al Goss and Joe Specchio Jr. resumed a battle they had during their heat race.
Goss held the point first until Specchio used an inside move to grab the lead. After that the chase was on as they tore around the track.
Heading toward the checkered flag Goss made his move.
"Joe puts on a good fight but he just made a mistake on that last corner. I went in real hard and high, diamonded up in the middle, shot underneath him and had the momentum," he said.
At the line, Goss won by maybe six inches after which there was contact between the two cars.
"I think he let off the throttle not knowing I was there," Goss said. "I was drifting and when you let off the throttle the car kind of just stops and goes straight. So I think the contact was after the line and he's good with that."
The Hobby Stock feature got off to a rough start when contact spun a couple of cars followed by some bumping by a driver that thought he was wronged. This scrambled the order and it took some time to get everyone in the proper places.
Once that was accomplished, the green waved again and it was off to the races. Up front Alec Childs was the early leader until Billy Church passed him and roared away for the victory.
The Dwarf Car main seemed all Rodney Sweet's until he spun out of the lead late in the race. Inheriting the point was Nick Winters, who actually was about to head for the pits with a mechanical problem.
Now Drew Jenkins was on the point when racing resumed but Lovelock resident Frank Hinds had him in his sights. With only a few laps to go, Hinds zoomed into the lead and claimed the victory.
"It was a blast, I've always wanted to beat some of those guys and it finally happened for me," Hinds said. "Right down on the bottom was the best bite and you could just rocket around the corners."
Another driver using the bottom feeder route was Spanish Springs resident Bill Smith, a veteran IMCA racer. Soon after his feature began he passed Jeffrey Macedo, who clinched the track championship, and slid away.
The track was watered just before the Modified feature so the drivers were using a lot of sideways action getting through the corners.
After taking the victory, and back in the pits, Smith said," The track was very, very slippery, very, very greasy with not much forward bite and no side bit," he said. "We were kind of expecting it so we put more stagger in the car, tightened her up a bunch and you could hammer it sideways almost all the way around."
The sprint car main was a David and Goliath battle. Up front John Garretson Jr. ran a tight line in his mini-sprint while Taylor, in a 360 non-winged sprint car, was sideways in the corners as he gave chase.
In the end, Garretson held off his more powerful rival to take the victory.
The night began with two Outlaw Kart main events with the drivers divided according to their ages. In the 5- to 8-year-old division young Danneeka Garretson had things pretty much her way leading from green to checkered.
Later the 8-year-old mentioned the race was fun and there were no problems with her kart.
The 9- to 13-year-old division was a different story when their main began. First on point was Eric Taylor, who was being chased by Zach Cail with Dylan Garretson carving his way through the pack.
Cail would spin out at least once and maybe twice while Garretson had problems of his own. After each incident Cail roared back and eventually used an outside move on the front straight to claim the lead and victory.
The Sunday part of this race weekend was held too late to be included in this report. Now that the points season has ended the track goes dark until Sept. 26-27 when the final event will be a racing card headed by IMCA Madness.
•This week Rattlesnake Raceway ends its season Saturday evening with a program, starting at 6 p.m., featuring the usual classes plus a mechanics race.
On Sunday, beginning around 10 a.m., the Nevada GFI motocross series visits a new venue in Yerington.
OTHER RACING NEWS
•Nevada NASCAR Quartet was in action this weekend at two different venues. In Saturday's Camping World Truck race, T.J. Bell started fifth but was caught up in a wreck not of his doing and ended the day a disappointing 24th.
The top two leagues were at the Richmond International Speedway and on Friday night Kyle Busch started second and finished third while Brendan Gaughan didn't fare as well starting 12th and finishing 21st.
Kurt Busch had a good run in Saturday night's Sprint Cup event as he came from 13th to finish 2nd and earn a spot in the Chase for the cup. Not so luck was younger brother Kyle as he fell short of earning enough points to be in this year's championship chase races.
Lovelock Speedway - Saturday, Sept. 12
IMCA Heat Winner - Jeffrey Macedo
Main (15-Laps) - 1. Bill Smith, 2. Jeffrey Macedo, 3. Jim Jurad, 4. Don Childs, 5. Jeffrey Elerick Jr.
Heat Winner - Joe Specchio Jr.
Main (15-Laps) - 1. Al Goss, 2. Joe Specchio Jr., 3. Ed Goss, 4. Terry Lawrence, 5. Adam Watson
Heat Winners - #1 Billy Church, #2 Alec Childs
Main (20-Laps) - 1. Billy Church, 2. Alec Childs, 3. Paul Shamlian, 4. Rocky Goetz, 5. Remi Lopez
Heat Winners - #1 Bobby Niles, #2 Dominic Gabiola
Main (20-Laps) - 1. Frank Hinds, 2. Drew Jenkins, 3. Rodney Sweet, 4. Dave Jenkins, 5. Ron Jenkins
Heat Winner - Chris Oberman
Main (10-Laps) - 1. Jenny Greathouse, 2. Chris Oberman, 3. Kenny Knight, 4. John Garretson Sr., 5. Paul Rogers
Heat Winner - Tony Taylor
Main (8-Laps) - 1. John Garretson Jr., 2. Tony Taylor, 3. Darrell Gogert
Heat Winners - #1 Danneeka Garretson, #2 Dylan Garretson
Mains (10-Laps) - (5-8) 1. Danneeka Garretson, 2. Angelica Lopez, 3. Aliyah Garretson, 4. Kolbie Mace, 5. Axel Smith
(9-13) 1. Zach Cail, 2. Eric Taylor, 3. Dylan Garretson, 4. Dominique Mace, 5. Vincent Evenson