However, two of the youngest drivers put on a display of close racing and one of them was playing hurt.
"I knew Jeremy was kind of close to me and I felt him the last few laps," Garrett Dixon said.
Then he paused to offer congratulations to second-place finisher Jeremy Kay, who was celebrating his ninth birthday.
"The race was just a defense position one and I'd drive in the middle of the straightaway so I could hold him off. But I saw him try and get past me a few times," Dixon said.
When the green flag waved, Dixon and Jeremy Kay took off, leaving the others trailing in their wakes. For Kay is was an example of true grit as he was hurting from an arm injury he got during a heat race crash.
Lap after lap, the boys roared around the track either nose-to-tail or almost side-by-side going through the corners. In the end Dixon, a fifth grader from North Lake Tahoe, was able to hold on and claim a narrow victory.
The Box Stock Clones are the new class, an inexpensive way to enter kart racing. Engines go for about $100 dollars and kart chassis aren't that expensive as things go.
First on point was Rebecca Knapp with Terry West giving chase. At one time it became a three-way fight then, on lap 4, West took the lead in what was the winning pass.
Logan Wyman ended up second after Alex Buck glanced off the front straight barrier and dropped back to third. Both women in the race, Knapp and Jamie West ended up fourth and eighth.
"The race was fun but I'm learning a lot about the seat as they get hot due to the motors. So we're going to do something with heat shielding," West said. "I started in fifth I think and my wife Jamie was ahead of me in third but she spun out in the first corner.
"It's a momentum class as the motors only make about eight horsepower. I think everybody's going to come together, do better and the competition is going to get a lot stiffer."
The 80 Senior race came to a sudden halt after Cody McKinney had contact with Gerry Williams, who had the wind knocked out of him. After both karts were removed the race resumed with Mark Nason on the point and Kevin Tanaka right behind him.
They staged another nose-to-tail duel from green to checkered with only a few feet of space between them at any one time. In the end, Nason held on to claim the win.
"I knew he was there the whole time as Kevin is a tough driver," Nason said. "I did my homework all with Mitch Kennedy, my tuner and it paid off."
They met again in the 80 Masters main, the final event of the day, but this time Tanaka led from flag-to-flag. Williams came back to claim second after holding off Nason in a race long duel.
"The race was perfect, that's the way I like it, start to finish. Early in the day I lost it but the car came back in for the main so I'm happy," Tanaka said.
Overall it was a good day and, unlike last year, the turnout was good with 60 karts on hand to compete in all the classes. If Sunday was any indication this should be a banner year for the NNKC.
•On Saturday the Lovelock Speedway hosted its second race of the season and the final afternoon race this year. For the rest of the season the racing will be in the evening.
Highlighting the afternoon was the IMCA Modified feature. This class always is a show of high speed and sometimes with a lot of contact.
When the green waved Jeffrey Elerick Jr. took off with Steve McGee on his tail as they were chased into the first turn by the pack. Soon after the start Elerick spun collecting Darren Manning while Travis Petersen was able to slam on the brakes and stop before he really hit anything very hard.
Once that was cleared up McGee led the field to the green and racing began but this time Spanish Spring resident Petersen was in second place.
Elerick spun a second time and once again Sparks driver Manning was involved as were several other drivers. To help clear the track the officials flew the red flag to stop the field.
While sitting on the front stretch Petersen realized his motor was overheating and decided to withdraw to the pits, which put him out of the race.
After that it was all McGee as no one would manage to get around him and he cruised to the victory. Malen Gonzalez came home second ahead of Shawn Natenstedt, who had to make up after slipping back when his almost spun in Turn 4.
"It was real slick but fun though and I finally got the car to turn," McGee said. "Starting up front really helped and Shawn (Natenstedt) helped me out a ton. We changed a couple of things, and this car is completely different now."
Asked if he could have caught McGee, Gonzalez said, " No, he got sideways once going into Turn 3 but I just couldn't capitalize on it and that's all I had for him."
The Sprint Car feature almost turned out to be a benefit for 14-year-old Dalton Smith, an eighth grade student at Shaw Middle School. After the green he took off, went into cruise control and looked like he would lap the entire field.
However, at Lovelock if a car hits one of the plastic barrels that mark the inside border of the track, that driver is put to the back of the field.
Unfortunately Smith got crossed up and hit one of these barrels. This gave Lovelock local Bob Cooley the lead and he used that gift to claim the victory.
"For being rookies and stuff, I think we all did good," Cooley said. "Well, I took a break from 25 to 30 years and last year was first year back and this is the first year in sprint cars. I didn't think I could win as Dalton is a good driver and we're good friends but he just had problems today."
Asked if he wanted to thank anyone for his victory, Cooley said, "Only Dalton for spinning." And both drivers shared a laugh over that.
OTHER RACING NEWS
•This weekend there are two major events for motorcycle racers.
Those wanting the ultimate challenge will spend the weekend on the Comstock at the Virginia City Grand Prix.
The action begins at 10 a.m. and on Saturday both the pros and amateurs get their chance at this most demanding race, which is timed at 4 hours. This year there is one change as the pros start from the front rows.
Then Sunday, again starting at 10 a.m., novice and sportsmen riders compete on the same course but the event is shortened to three hours in length.
•The Honey Lake MX Park, south of Susanville at Milford, Calif. hosts two days of Loretta Lynn qualifiers. This year the event is pro am, which means double points for those trying to earn their pro licenses
On Saturday evening, starting at 6 p.m. Rattlesnake Raceway in Fallon hosts its second race of the season while American Valley Raceway begins its racing year.
And on Sunday, the Sierra MX series, starting about 10 a.m., will visit the Lion's Fernley Motocross Track.
•NASCAR'S Las Vegas trio spent the weekend at the Texas Motor Speedway waiting for the rain to go away. If it isn't raining Monday in the Dallas area, the Sprint Cup event starts at 9 a.m. (PDT) on Fox followed by the Nationwide event at 2 p.m. on ESPN 2.
•Lovelock Speedway, April 17
Heat Winners - #1 Jeff Wilson, #2 Billy Church
Main (2 Laps) - 1. Billy Church, 2. Jeff Wilson, 3. Steven Rauscher, 4. Rocky Goetz, 5. Russ Barney
Heat Winner - Dalton Smith
Main (15 Laps) - 1. Bob Cooney, 2. Arne Martin, 3. Jeffrey Macedo, 4. Remi Lopez, 5. Dalton Smith
Heat Winners - #1 Bobby Niles, #2 Chris Forgnone
Main (20 Laps) - 1. Chris Forgnone, 2. Rodney Sweet, 3. Dave Jenkins, 4. Frank Hinds, 5. Domenick DeGrazia
Heat Winner - Shawn LaRocque
Main (12 Laps) - 1. Adam Watson, 2. Shawn LaRocque
Heat Winner - Loren Bianchi
Main (8 Laps) - 1. Chad Christiansen, 2. John Garretson Sr.
Heat Winners - #1 Bill Smith, #2 Jeffery Macedo
Main (20 Laps) - 1. Steve McGee, 2. Malon Gonzalez, 3. Shawn Natenstedt, 4. Jim Jurad, 5. Russ Cazier
•Desert Raceway Park - April 18
Northern Nevada Kart Club - Round 1
Kid Karts - 1. Gavin Van Cott, 2. Nolan Wyman, 3. Gregg Kennedy
Jr. 1-2 - 1. Garrett Dixon, 2. Jeremy Kay, 3. Connor Van Cott, 4. Isaac Wyett, 5. Richard Stock
Box Stock Clone - 1. Terry West, 2. Logan Wyman, 3. Alex Buck, 4. Rebecca Knapp, 5. David Schilt
Tag Novice - 1. Matt Koerner, 2. Javier Duiln, 3. Jim Foff, 4. Sean Doyle, 5. Thomas Koerner
Tag Masters - 1. Curt Baker, 2. Dan Harris, 3. Troy Berry, 4. Chris McCabe, 5. Eric Westenberg
F80 Senior - 1. Mark Nason, 2. Kevin Tanaka, 3. Mike Botelho Jr., 4. Ben Fisher, 5. Randy Hannon
F80 Masters - 1. Kevin Tanaka, 2. Gerry Williams, 3. Mark Nason, 4. Mike Botelho Jr., 5. Greg Latimer
125 Stock - 1. Mitch Kennedy, 2. Rick Adams, 3. Chris McCabe