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Motocross racers battle on Fernley sand
by Dan McGee
Nov 08, 2009 | 3707 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune/Dan McGee - Wiily Heiss rips over a low rise on his way to sweeping the 30+ pro motos at Fernley this Sunday.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Wiily Heiss rips over a low rise on his way to sweeping the 30+ pro motos at Fernley this Sunday.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - After taking the lead from Dominic Panelli (521) just before the white flag, Anthony Walsh (281) takes off and roars away to claim the victory in the Schoolboy race.
Tribune/Dan McGee - After taking the lead from Dominic Panelli (521) just before the white flag, Anthony Walsh (281) takes off and roars away to claim the victory in the Schoolboy race.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - Rounding a corner at the Fernley motocross track, Shami Potratz heads for victory in the Women's class on Sunday.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Rounding a corner at the Fernley motocross track, Shami Potratz heads for victory in the Women's class on Sunday.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - The closest finish at Sunday's motocross was when Garrett Hueftle (79x) just beat a determined Kaylee Darby (122) after a race long duel between these two young racers.
Tribune/Dan McGee - The closest finish at Sunday's motocross was when Garrett Hueftle (79x) just beat a determined Kaylee Darby (122) after a race long duel between these two young racers.
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FERNLEY - With only three rounds to go, riders that compete with the Sierra MX series faced off here this weekend. Great weather and a smooth operation, thanks to the local chapter of the Old Timer's Club, made for a wonderful weekend of racing on this sandy track.

Probably one of the must unusual races was the second 30+ Pro moto where the apparent winner, Jeff Mastalka really didn't win but one pro behind him did.

"He (Mastalka) didn't race the first moto," Willy Heiss said after taking the checkered flag. "It was a fun track and they changed it a little bit so it was really sandy and it gets really choppy."

When the gate dropped on their second moto, Mastalka, a veteran racer, took off after the first corner. Behind him Heiss and Rick Rogers, an intermediate rider, began a race long duel for position.

In the final laps Rogers, got the advantage but he and Heiss would go on to win their respective classes. Up front Mastalka said the win was theirs and not his.

Asked about some track preparation that took place during the intermission Heiss said, "They have to go out and knock down a couple of those kickers as some guys get in trouble with those."

A kicker is usually on the front of a jump and can throw a rider off their line as they are starting to launch their bikes in the air. For an inexperienced racer it can make things very ugly indeed.

The second schoolboy moto was another hard race highlighted by a chase for the lead. When the gate dropped and launched the riders Kori Haas held the point with the pack following.

Behind the leader there was from a three- to five-way battle for second. Local Anthony Walsh, an eighth grader from Shaw Middle School, was bouncing from second to as far back as fourth.

Finally Walsh was able to work his way into second and the chase was on. By now, and for many of the laps, Dominic Panelli held the lead.

With less than two laps to go, Walsh made his move and as they flew past the white flag, he was in the lead. At the checkered he would win by a scant two bike lengths followed by Panelli.

"I just went out and pushed as hard as I could the whole race," Walsh said. "Finally I got an opportunity, went for it and passed him so I got lucky on that one. The track's awesome, just bumps every which ways but it's all good."

On this day the Women's race started the racing card. In the first moto Elysia Ulrich took the win chased by Shami Potratz. When their second moto began it appeared to be a repeat of the first race.

Things changed on the third lap when Ulrich wound up with a stalled bike. While she got going there would be no catching Potratz on this day.

"The race was so fun,' Potratz said, "She (Ulrich) just slid out on a corner in the back and stalled. I was able to get around her right then and just pulled away. I think I could have caught her but who knows."

Ulrich still ended up second for the day followed by Taylor Koschella and Hope Stillmock.

The closest finish of the day was staged by two of the youngest riders. When the second 65cc Open moto began Garrett Hueftle took off with Kaylee Darby in hot pursuit.

Lap after lap the chase went until they were zipping through the final corners before the finish. By then Darby made it a side-by-side battle for the victory.

Hueftle has just a bit more and just reached the checkered flag a few inches before Darby. That victory was one of three Hueftle scored on Sunday.

While the medics did respond to a couple of crashes on Sunday, no rider suffered more than minor injuries. All in all it was a smooth running day of hard racing on a track known for its sand.

•This weekend the Gold Diggers Motorcycle club hosts the final MRANN event of the season in Elko at the Snobowl ski resort. Saturday's action begins at 9 a.m. when the youngest Pee Wees start followed by older riders, mini bikes and the V women class.

Sunday's action, beginning at 8:30 a.m., will be a very different affair. Each of the groups, Novice, Amateur and Expert, compete in separate two-hour long races on an eight-mile long loop. When the dust settles everyone will know the class champions and where they stand in the points.

OTHER RACING NEWS

•NASCAR's Nevada Quartet was at the Texas Motor Speedway this weekend.

The Camping World Truck series ran on Friday and Kyle Busch came from 12th to win the race while T.J. Bell didn't do so good finishing 23rd after starting 12th. In Saturday's Nationwide Race, Busch started from the pole and won while Brendan Gaughan finished 16th.

Running out of gas late in the race ended what could have been a historic weekend for Kyle Busch and dropped him to 11th in the Sprint Cup event. His older brother Kurt did better starting third and winning the event.

RESULTS

Sierra MX Series - Fernley Motocross Track

•Sunday, Nov. 8

65cc:

- (Jr.) 1. Garrett Hueftle, 2. Austin Johnson, 3. Kaylee Darby, 4. Shane Paterson, 5. Kurtis Gray

- (Open) 1. Garrett Hueftle, 2. Kurtis Gray, 3. Kaylee Darby

85cc:

- (Beg.) Garrett Hueftle, 2. Jacob Baldwin, 3. Spencer Paterson, 4. Danny Manning, 5. Kash McPartlin

- (Jr.) 1. Drake Evans, 2. Dylan Evans, 3. Austin Johnson, 4. Hayden Lowrey, 5. Dylan Galliett

- (Intr.) 1. Dean Mannschreck

Supermini - 1. Dean Mannschreck, 2. Drake Evans, 3. Dylan Evans, 4. Garrett Darby, 5. Austin Johnson

50+ - 1. Mike Ellis, 2. Victor Demitrios, 3. Larry Brown, 4. Russ Wyant, 5. Duane Quick

40+:

- (Jr.) 1. Wade Bone, 2. Dwight Snodgrass, 3. James Lamonte, 4. Rod Brecht, 5. Larry Mulock

- (Intr.) 1. David Huggans, 2. Layne Kolbet, 3. Schott Chick, 4. Chris Dyer, 5. Carl Lucas

- (Exp.) 1. Anthony Pulera, 2. Gilbert Chick, 3. Victor Demitrios

30+:

- (Beg.) 1. Mark Hodges, 2. Chris Renner, 3. John Paras, 4. Shawn Meyer, 5. James Halsey

- (Jr.) 1. Kyle Wyant, 2. Aaron Turnage, 3. George Forbes, 4. Jeff Butler, 5. Bryan Hamond

- (Intr.) 1. John Hay, 2. Paul Beyer, 3. Chris Leone

- (Exp.) 1. Jason Shakespeare, 2. Marcus Gentry, 3. Tony Fagundes, 4. Curt Fowler

- (Pro.) 1. Willy Heiss, 2. Chris Ponsock

20+:

- (Beg.) 1. Justin Wike, 2. Nathan Rogne

- (Jr.) 1. Tyler Bryant, 2. Johnathan Ayers, 3. Matt Forbes, 4. Jacob Young, Sam Glaster

- (Intr.) 1. Kenny Fye, 2. Kile Fye, 3. John Hay, 4. Michelle Skender

Women's - 1. Shami Potratz, 2. Elysia Ulrich, 3. Taylor Koschella, 4. Hope Stillmock, 5. Jackie Robertson

Schoolboy - 1. Anthony Walsh, 2. Preston Joy, 3. Dominic Panelli, 4. Chris Paras, 5. Korie Haas

125/250:

- (Beg.) 1. Robert Cord, 2. Blake Hopkins, 3. Justin Baldwin, 4. Ronnie Halsey, 5. Jeremy Wilson

- (Jr.) 1. Nick Garcia, 2. Johnathan Ayers, 3. Chris Paras, 4. Ian Kane, 5. Geoff Taylor

- (Intr.) 1. Christopher Manzini

- (Pro.) 1. Christopher Manzini

250/450:

- (Beg.) 1. Brandon Anderson, 2. Corbin Williams, 3. Taj Sulahria, 4. Justin Wike, 5. James Wagner

- (Jr.) 1. Korie Haas, 2. Tyler Bryant, 3. Jason Jovanelly, 4. Tyler artrup, 5. Ean McElroy

- (Intr.) 1. Rick Rogers, 2. Willie Welch, 3. Jesse Rinaldo

- (Pro.) 1. Christopher Manzini

•Saturday, Nov. 7

Pee Wees:

- (50 Beg.) 1. Miles Steel, 2. Hayden Hines, 3. Kody Gray, 4. Taren Turnage, 5. Ezra Belingheri

- (50 Jr.) 1. Andrew Bragdon, 2. Tyler Gunn, 3. Hunter Lewis, 4. Cooper Lara, 5. Brin Osterman

- (50 Intr.) 1. Mikey Hillyer

- (Open) 1. Andrew Bragdon, 2. Mikey Hillyer, 3. Danny Hillyer, 4. Hunter Lewis, 5. Brin Osterman

65cc Beg. - 1. Max Case, 2. Justin Ramirez, 3. Cooper Lara, 4. Jocob Denshire

Quads - 1. Tony Fagundes, 2. Russell Branson, 3. Mike McGill, 4. Mike Kivett, 5. Parker Kivett
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