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MRANN haunts Moon Rocks
by Dan McGee
Nov 01, 2009 | 1577 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune/Dan McGee - Frankenbender Hare and Hound winner Irving Powers (4) rips through the start as Cody Wallis, who led for much of the race, gives chase. Both men competed in the annual Halloween event at Moon Rocks.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Frankenbender Hare and Hound winner Irving Powers (4) rips through the start as Cody Wallis, who led for much of the race, gives chase. Both men competed in the annual Halloween event at Moon Rocks.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - Trevor Johnson vaults a low jump on his way up a hill after his first gas stop at Sunday's MRANN race at the Moon Rocks Recreation area. He completed both 45-mile long loops, finished 23rd and was the highest placed amateur rider.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Trevor Johnson vaults a low jump on his way up a hill after his first gas stop at Sunday's MRANN race at the Moon Rocks Recreation area. He completed both 45-mile long loops, finished 23rd and was the highest placed amateur rider.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - Max Pecoraro eases his bike along the pits after he finished one of the laps in Saturday's Mini bike Race. He went on to score the victory after riding for six laps.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Max Pecoraro eases his bike along the pits after he finished one of the laps in Saturday's Mini bike Race. He went on to score the victory after riding for six laps.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - Right after the start of her race, V Women's winner Courtney Jackson (2V) zips past the bikes of Taylor Kemp (681) and Laura Townsend, who rode her race in pink pajamas.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Right after the start of her race, V Women's winner Courtney Jackson (2V) zips past the bikes of Taylor Kemp (681) and Laura Townsend, who rode her race in pink pajamas.
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MOON ROCKS - For area desert racers the Halloween weekend means the annual MRANN race at the Moon Rocks Recreation area. It's two days of intense racing along with costumes and even a trick or treat session Saturday night for the youngest riders.

For one Dayton rider Sunday was one big treat. But only after chasing the leader for most of the race.

"I kept seeing dust but wasn't sure if it was lappers or what," Irving Powers said after taking the checkered flag. "I know him (Cody Wallis) and Levi Hutchings were battling pretty hard in the beginning so I just kept my distance."

After the initial charge across the field, and through a chute, Wallis took lead with Hutchings right on his back bumper with Powers not far behind.

This year the course was in a figure "8" shape with alternate gas at one end of the pit lane.

After the first loop another rider, who got lost and accidentally cut part of the course had what seemed to be a huge lead. That would be short lived as Powers actually passed him about 15-miles before the finish.

Up front it appeared that Wallis was a shoo-in for the victory until his problems stopped his run. The delighted Powers swept into the lead and stormed off to claim the overall win.

Asked about the course, Powers said, "It was definitely good, technical off the whole and marked well, which I liked. And I need to thank Ron Honea, McCoy's Off Road, Brandon Thompson for my entry fees, Mark Diverse as well as my family and friends that have helped me."

Coming home second was Reece Honea, who was just over a minute behind Powers, despite being knocked over early in the race after contact with another rider.

Asked about how he got past Sean Berryman, who ended up third, Honea said, "I got past him in the pits. Everything today was smooth and it was good. The course was good, fun as well as a little more technical in the second half, which I liked."

He also added his appreciation for sponsors Troy Lee Designs, Carson Motor Sports as well as his girl friend and family.

New Over 30 rider Josh Wilson ended up eighth while young Kyle Townsend, who finished ninth, finally beat his 12th-placed father, Cliff. Further back Larry Wright, who rides in the Over 50 class, had a great ride finishing 16th, while Rodger McCabe was the first Over 40 rider.

The first amateur to ride both loops and reach the checkered flag first was Trevor Johnson.

"I started about fourth, then after I passed some guys my dad told me I was number 1," Johnson said. "The course was a lot of fun and I liked the tight, technical waterfall sections."

Despite the day's hard racing, no rider required medical attention and everyone seemed pleased both with the course as well as the day. And several riders got noticed for their costumes they wore during the race including Christy Brown, who was a dark angel.

As usual at a MRANN event, Saturday was for the Pee Wee racers where Aleea Howe, Dallas Serpa, Riley Harvey and Jonas Thissen won their respective classes.

One highlight for everyone was a costume contest as many riders added to their usual outfits. There were bumblebees, angels and other creatures riding in each race.

While the youngest riders race for 30 minutes, the Mini Bikes and the V Women raced on a short course for at least 90 minutes.

When the banner dropped, signaling the start of the Mini Bike event, Ty Tremaine took off with the pack in hot pursuit. Getting off at the back was Max Pecoraro, a 15-year-old sophomore at ACE High School.

As the field swept past the pits and up a road section, Pecoraro charged past everyone and caught the leader. Once in the lead he put it in cruise, a fast cruise, and the leaders just checked out.

At the end Pecoraro led Tremaine by over a minute with third place Nat Block finishing over 10 minutes behind the leaders.

"I was pretty much last as my bike didn't start," Pecoraro said. "Passing Ty wasn't that hard once I got right behind him. The course pretty much had everything but it was fun."

The V Women's event was another benefit for a high school student, who was chased by two other veteran racers that had to overcome bad starts themselves.

Taking the lead from the start was Courtney Jackson, who was battling an infection that put her in the hospital a few times this past week. At the back of the pack veteran riders Chrystal Ponsock and Alina Frei overcame their poor starts and were charging toward the front.

At the end of the first complete loop, Jackson had a good lead followed by Ponsock and Frei. From that point the chase was one as these women negotiated the whooped filled course.

Early in the race Ponsock went off course and hurt her left shoulder but despite the pain, she managed to close the gap only to fall back at the end and finish second. Jackson, a 15-year-old Yerington High School sophomore, went on to score the victory while Frei was a distant third.

A young woman of few words, Jackson said, "The race was fun and I liked the course."

•This week the oval track season in our region ends with the annual Kris Kringle race at Rattlesnake Raceway in Fallon. Starting at noon this fun event is for trophies and all the usual classes will be racing.

On Sunday, around 10 a.m., the Volvo GFI Nevada series moves to the new motocross track in Yerington while the Sierra MX series will be at the Fernley motocross track located just west of the Veteran's Cemetery.

OTHER RACING NEWS

•Three of NASCAR's Nevada Quartet were at the Talladega speedway this weekend. Kyle Busch came from 10th to win Saturday's Camping World Truck race while T.J. Bell ran into mechanical problems and ended up 29th.

In Sunday's Sprint Cup race, Kurt Busch started sixth but was caught up in one of the wrecks, which dropped him to 30th. Kyle Busch did a bit better starting 13th and ending up 15th.

RESULTS*

MRANN Moose Racing Series - Round 7

Frankenbender Hare Scrambles - Moon Rocks Recreational Area

•Sunday, November 1

Overall Finish - 1. Irving Powers, 2. Reece Honea, 3. Sean Berryman, 4. Cory Vannoy, 5. Seth Johnson, 6. Trevor DeRuise, 7. Michael Berenbak, 8. Josh Wilson, 9. Kyle Townsend, 10. Nick Fain, 11. Rodger McCabe, 12. Cliff Townsend, 13. Brandon Henning, 14. Zakk Audenreid, 15. Luke Elges, 16. Larry Wright, 17. Steve Arcouette, 18. Jason Lulis, 19. Simon Ray, 20. Ben Barnes, 23. Trevor Johnson (First Amateur).

Saturday, Oct. 31

6 & Under - 1. Aleea Howe, 2. Bryce Tremaine, 3. Anthony Edberg, 4. Jesse White, 5. Brandon Niles

7 & Older - 1. Dallas Serpa, 2. Aidan Howe, 3. Benjamin Niles, 4. Jake Madsen, 5. Alek Simone

7 & Older 4-Stroke - 1. Riley Harvey, 2. Seth Ramsay, 3. Aaron Rapp, 4. Brieanna McCauliffe

65 Beginner - 1. Jonas Thissen, 2. Caleb Farley, 3. Donavyn Morris, 4. Devynn Muhlenberg, 5. Max Ingals

65 Ama. - 1. Parker Miller, 2. Levi Thompson, 3. Max Madson, 4. Asa Howe, 5. Austin Wilson

65 Exp. - 1. Mason Stone, 2. Austin Serpa

100 Nov. - 1. Chad Heshman, 2. Nathan Vance, 3. Dylan Dziminski, 4. P.J. Wilkerson, 5. Hunter Pitts

100 Ama. - 1. Dean Berg, 2. Samuel Jacobus, 3. Marcus Loll, 4. Liam Price

100 Exp. - 1. Max Pecoraro, 2. Ty Tremaine, 3. Nate Block, 4. Joe Haney, 5. Ricky Dalberg

V Women Nov. - 1. Jacque Stone, 2. Melinda Cowan, 3. Meagan Geyer, 4. Brandi Dahlberg, 5. Sierra Castillo

V Women Ama. - 1. Danielle Rosenquist, 2. Lisa Niles, 3. Colleen Connors, 4. Kelsey Selfridge, 5. Katie Rosenquist

V Women Exp. - 1. Courtney Jackson, 2. Chrystal Ponsock, 3. Alina Frei, 4. Taylor Kemp, 5. Chanel Honea

* - Full results will be posted this week on, www.racemrann.com.

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