When the dust settled on the IMCA Modified main, the featured some fireworks on dirt, a delighted winner got to celebrate the victory.
"The car was hooked up pretty good tonight but it was rough," Jimmy Jurad said after winning the race. "I had to stay low as if you got out and caught a rut it kind of pitched you sideways. I feel good as this is my second feature and I won one last year so I'm happy."
When the green waved on the nine-car field Don Hall clipped a cone coming out of Turn 2. That caused a restart to be ordered and since it's a penalty at this track, Hall had to fall to the back of the pack.
After some time to get everyone in the proper order the field was turned loose again with Jurad and Jeffrey Elerick Jr. chasing leader Don Childs, who spun in Turn 2. Unfortunately Shawn Natenstedt couldn't miss him and wound up going to the pits to change a flat tire.
When racing resumed Jurad had Malon Gonzalez on his back bumper with Hall and Winnemucca driver Cory Sample not far behind. Behind the leaders, track champion Jeffrey Macedo and Natenstedt were beginning to move forward.
After a quick yellow, Sample moved into third and inherited second when Gonzalez's motor began to seize. Now the chase was on as Jurad couldn't afford a mistake since Sample was running a very close second.
Once more, caution slowed the pace and bunched the cars. In the final five-lap dash to the checkered, Jurad was able to keep Sample behind him while Natenstedt nursed his wounded car to third ahead of Macedo.
Back in the tech area Sample said, "We were there with him (Jurad) but we needed a couple of more laps. He ran a good, smooth consistent race, didn't make a mistake and that's what counts."
Then Jurad thanked his wife Debbie and sponsors for their support.
The 360 Sprint Car feature looked like it was going to be a battle between local high schools. Sitting on pole was Dalton Smith, who will attend Spanish Springs, while beside him was North Valleys student Adam Walters.
Unfortunately Smith's motor had problems and he fell out of the race handing it to Walters, who just rocketed away from the field.
Although it looked easy, Walters had to work the car to keep his speed up.
"The car was a little tight coming in and loose going off so I was just trying to work everything to make it work just right for me," he said. "The track was a little rough but this isn't anything compared to California. And I want to give a big thanks to Wayne Walsh (who usually drives this car) for his helping me out with the car."
When Walters accepted the ride, owner Walsh said he hoped they could wind up in victory lane. And that's what happened.
The Hobby Stocks were supposed to run a 50-lap main but with Fallon's traditional 4th of July race the next night only four cars showed up. Still, their 20-lap race was another close one.
When the green waved, Rocky Goetz took off but soon had Billy Church right on his back bumper. Lap after lap, Goetz would kind of escape exiting a turn only to have Church catch him at the end of a straight.
When the checkered flag waved, Goetz scored another victory but it wasn't easy.
"It was a hard race, harder than last week and I felt him (Church) a couple of times. The biggest thing was that I was in the wrong gear, drive rather than second, so the car just wasn't going as good as it could. And I didn't realize it until I did the victory lap."
The Sport Mod division is one that is a relatively affordable way for a driver to get into the modified ranks. These care are older IMCA chassis but they have different rules for motors and transmissions.
And once again, the Sport Mod feature was one of the closest races of the night. And it pitted one man against a very determined lady driver, who had to come from the back twice.
When the green waved, Jenny Greathouse jumped into the lead only to spin after contact with Loren Bianchi, giving the lead to John Garretson, Sr., who later spun and handed the point back to Bianchi
"I got the lead and he spun me," Greathouse said with a laugh after the race.
Two quick cautions later, and after the officials got the field in its proper order, racing resumed with Bianchi leading the charge. A few laps later Greathouse caught him and the chase was on.
While her car seemed to have the advantage in Turns 1 and 2, he would scoot away as they tore through Turns 3 and 4. Lap after lap their battle continued.
Unfortunately Greathouse was unable to use the outside line to her advantage and a bobble, with two laps to go, sealed the victory for Bianchi.
"The track was pretty rough for us and my car had much better traction in three and four than in one and two so luck just went my way," Bianchi said after the race. "I could hear Jenny's car and when I hear that I've go to go as she's quick and her car corners better than mine."
Asked if she could have gotten past him, Greathous replied with a smile, "You know I think if there were a few more laps but in a perfect world anything's possible. He was better in three and four but I felt I was better in one and two."
Rob Grace had an easy time of it as he won the Pro Stock feature, while Rodney Sweet was the class of the Dwarf Car field when he ran away with that victory.
After racing Saturday, several drivers planned to compete in Sunday's race at Rattlesnake Raceway on Sunday, the track's traditional 4th of July event. Earlier in the evening track officials held an auction and 50/50 drawing to benefit Chad Christiansen, a local driver that suffered burns a week ago Sunday. His wife Brandy, the track's scorekeeper, has spent most of the past week at the U.C. Davis burn center, where he was flown by Care Flight after being taking to the Lovelock hospital. Fans, drivers and officials are doing what they can to help the Christiansen family during this time.
•This weekend's racing has a variety of events that will appeal to almost every racing fan.
The Lovelock Speedway hosts another of its regular shows, beginning at 6 p.m., while down at Quincy, Calif., starting at 7 P.M., the American Valley Speedway hosts another points race. The IMCA Modifieds top the racing card at both tracks.
The Mustang Motor Plex has practice on the motocross track, from 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday then begins its summer series of night races on Saturday, which begin with a 4 p.m. practice followed by a 5:30 p.m. start to the action.
The Northern Nevada Kart Club will host a round of the Region 11 IKF series at Desert Park Raceway. Saturday is for practice but when that ends there'll be a "dash for cash," for the Clone karts.
Sunday's action begins around 10 a.m. and features a money race for the Super Senior Sportsman division. It's a day when the locals defend their turf from the California invaders.
OTHER RACING NEWS
•NASCAR's Las Vegas Trio spent the weekend racing at the Daytona International Speedway.
Friday's Nationwide event was an emotional night for fans as Dale Earnhardt Jr. won in a car painted like #3 Wrangler car his famous father drove to several victories. Behind him Kyle Busch ended up seventh while Brandan Gaughan's good run was spoiled after being put into the wall on the final lap, which dropped him to 29th.
In Saturday's Sprint Cup event Kurt Busch started seventh and finished sixth while younger brother Kyle got caught up in a crash and ended up 40th after starting third.
Lovelock Speedway - July 3
Heat Winners - #1 Malon Gonzalez, #2 Shawn Natenstedt
Main (25 Laps) - 1. Jimmy Jurad, 2. Cory Sample, 3. Shawn Natenstedt, 4. Jeffrey Macedo, 5. Will Frykman, 6. Don Childs, 7. Jeffrey Elerick Jr.*, 8. Don Hall*, 9. Malon Gonzalez*
Heat Winner - John Garretson, Sr.
Main (15 Laps) - 1. Loren Bianchi, 2. Jenny Greathouse, 3. Michael Goldsworthy, 4. Dickie Souza, 5. John Garretson, Sr, 6. Paul Rogers**
Heat Winner - Rocky Goetz
Main (20 Laps) - 1. Rocky Goetz, 2. Billy Church, 3. Audie Peterson, 4. John Wright
Heat Winner - Rob Grace
Main (12 Laps) - 1. Rob Grace, 2. Adam Walters, 3. Darrick Rauscher
360 Sprint Cars:
Heat Winner - Dalton Smith
Main (15 Laps) - 1. Adam Walters, 2. Jeffrey Macedo, 3. Darrell Gogert, 4. Dalton Smith*, 5. Bob Cooney**, 6, Bill Hopper**
Heat Winner - Rodney Sweet
Main (15 Laps) - 1. Rodney Sweet, 2. Bobby Niles, 3. Frank Hinds, 4. Dominique DeGrazia, 5. Bobby Gibson
* - Did Not Finish
** - Did Not Start