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Day of firsts at Lovelock; Silver Peak MX ends spring season
by Dan McGee
Jun 08, 2008 | 1268 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune/Dan McGee - Royce Goetz raced to the first ever victory at the new Lovelock Speedway when he won the Hobby Stock heat race. Waving the flag is his father.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Royce Goetz raced to the first ever victory at the new Lovelock Speedway when he won the Hobby Stock heat race. Waving the flag is his father.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - Joe Specchio III (21) held off a challenge from Jake Holland (21L) to win the IMCA feature at the Lovelock Speedway.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Joe Specchio III (21) held off a challenge from Jake Holland (21L) to win the IMCA feature at the Lovelock Speedway.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - In the final 125/250 pro moto Ryan Ferris was almost upset by Coty Loudenburg shown here leading the race. In the end, Ferris (82) made the winning pass and swept all his races at the Mustang Motor Plex on Sunday.
Tribune/Dan McGee - In the final 125/250 pro moto Ryan Ferris was almost upset by Coty Loudenburg shown here leading the race. In the end, Ferris (82) made the winning pass and swept all his races at the Mustang Motor Plex on Sunday.
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LOVELOCK - Saturday was a day of firsts at the new Lovelock Speedway. Just over six months ago, the site was a motocross track. And now, after a lot of hard work and community support, it's a new bullring type speedway.

On this first day of competition, the first spin was in competition was made by a board member. For one driver he not only received the first checkered for the initial victory at the track, but his father was the flagman. Later there was the track's first father-son sweep.

When the first attempt at getting the 13-car IMCA Modified field started, pole-sitter Joe Specchio III was left behind. As the field roared around Turn 1, Steve Evenson spun, his second of the day, and collected another car.

Earlier Evenson, a track board member, was the first to spin during actual competition.

"Well, they didn't give us the one to go, so when I came around four I thought he was going to give us the one to go," Specchio III said. "And then when I went to take off the car stumbled a little bit."

Once the field got back in order, the green waved and everyone took off. Up front Specchio soon had his hands full with Jake Holland, who managed to briefly take the lead.

The rough track took its toll on the cars and helped cause four cautions during the 20-lap event. In the end, Specchio held on and was clearly in the lead when the checkered flew.

"The track was rough so it was kind of upsetting the car, and I was driving in too hard," Specchio said. "Once I settled down, I tried to breathe and hit my marks. The track was fun and I think once they get the prep down, it's going to be a great track."

Not to be outdone, his father, Joe Specchio Jr. led from start to finish to win the Pro Stock feature. He did have just a bit of problem with Matt Lewis but soon put some distance between both of them.

"I knew I had him (Lewis) covered, " Specchio Jr. said. "It was as much as slick as rough and would get the car hopping so I kind of had to wait between the hops to the car would set, then go."

And as a proud father he added, "And it's good to see my kid win one."

The first checkered of the afternoon was a Hobby Stock heat race. All the events will be run in the daytime as the track still is without lights.

When the green waved, Richard Italiano grabbed the lead but was soon hounded by Royce Goetz.

Their battle lasted for most of the 10-lap affair until Goetz used an inside move to grab the lead as well as the honor of earning the first victory at the new track. Later he backed that up by taking the Trophy Dash but fell out of the main, which was won by Kevin Knight.

Attrition was big for some classes with only one GenX left to take the checkered, while the Dwarf Cars asked that their feature be cut to only 10 laps.

Early leader Dan Egington was soon passed by Dave Jenkins, who stormed around the track to claim the victory.

"It was rough," he said. "It was fast though and I had a good time."

Although there were some teething problems, like losing the PA system and having to hold the program so the racing surface could be smoothed with a grader, the program went on and next time it should be improved.

The organization is working on improvements as they go along. By next season, lights should be installed and the shows won't have to be run in the day time.

While many drivers commented on the track being rough, they agreed that it will improve and Lovelock Speedway will become a great place to race.

•On Sunday the Silver Peak MX series staged its final race of the spring series and combined it with the first race of the summer series. There were many riders on hand and the day was filled with hard racing.

For one pro the day was a sweep but a Sparks rider almost played spoiler to his plans.

After winning three of the four main pro motos, Ryan Ferris decided to change things and give himself a challenge.

"I actually wanted to let them go and see if I could get by everyone," he said.

After being second in the previous three motos, Sparks rider Coty Loudenburg was going to give it his all. And did he.

When the gate dropped both men took off with Ferris fourth then working his way to second. After that the chase was on.

Lap after lap Ferris tried to catch the flying Loudenburg, who held on to the point. Finally, with two to go, Ferris made the winning pass and secured his sweep of the day.

"Coty put up a good run and he was riding great," Ferris said. "I made a few mistakes and slid out a couple of times, but in the end I came back and ended up passing him."

The amazing thing is that about a year and a half ago, Ferris broke his back and is now on the comeback trail. Now he's turning his attention to national events.

There were a couple of special things about the day. First was the large field of 21 Pee Wees present and on Saturday evening, the track hosted the marriage of women pro racer Normajean Jean to Brian Blanchette in what was described as a very special ceremony.

OTHER RACING NEWS

•Wednesday kicks off the five-day Octane Fest in Fallon. The night begins with Tuff Trucks, Quads and Pee Wees competing at the fairgrounds.

On Thursday both Supercross legend Jeremy McGrath and NHRA Funny Car driver Jack Beckman will be part of a charity dinner at the convention center. Top Gun Raceway gets things started on Friday with a test-and-tune session ending at 6 p.m. when the NHRA Alcohol Funny Cars start qualifying.

The drag strip starts a day of qualifying at 8 a.m. Saturday and at noon Rattlesnake Raceway hosts a three-division show ending with a $1,000 to win IMCA Modified race. Back at the drag strip the Alcohol Funny Cars run qualifying rounds at noon, 3 and 6 p.m.

Saturday ends, around 7 p.m., when Ricky Ruis races his Nevada Rattler altered drag car along with two jet dragsters.

Sunday's final eliminations at Top Gun start at 8 a.m. with the alcohol funny cars starting at noon. Over at Rattlesnake Raceway, also at noon, the VORRA series stages an off road race.

•NASCAR's Las Vegas trio was very busy this weekend. On Friday Kyle Busch was second, Brendan Gaughan fifth in the Craftsman Truck race at Texas Motor Speedway.

On Saturday, Busch flew into Nashville and ended up fifth in a car he hadn't turned one practice lap in. Sadly his luck ran out in Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Ponoco Raceway when a wreck dropped him to 43rd while his brother Kurt finished eighth in that same race.

•Like last week, both Richard Papenhausen and Travis Petersen swept their respective divisions, IMCA Modifieds and Pro Stocks at the American Valley Speedway in Quincy, Calif.

RESULTS

•Lovelock Speedway - June 5

Hobby Stocks:

Heat Winner - Royce Goetz

Trophy Dash Winner - Royce Goetz

Main (20-Laps.) 1. Kevin Knight, 2. Kevin Libbe

Pro4:

Heat Winner - Chris Oberman

Main (20-Laps*) - 1. Chris Oberman

GenX:

Heat Winner - Don Hall

Main (15-Laps) - 1. Don Hall, 2. Byron Hutchinson, 3. Tom Molloy

Pro Stocks:

Heat Winner - Joe Specchio Jr.

Main - (15-Laps) - 1. Joe Specchio Jr., 2. Matt Lewis, 3. Lee Bosch

IMCA Modifieds:

Heat Winners - #1 Rich Hill, #2 John Rogers

Main (20-Laps) - 1. Joe Specchio III, 2. Darren Manning, 3. Rich Hill, 4. Cory Sample, 5. Jeffery Macedo

Dwarf Cars:

Heat Winners - #1 Dan Egington, #2 unlisted

Main (10-Laps) - 1. Dave Jenkins, 2. Dan Egington, 3. unlisted, 4. Tony Taylor, 5. Bret Wilkins

•Mustang Motor Plex - June 8

Silver Peak MX - Round 6 Spring Series, Round 1 Summer series

50cc - (Beg. 4-6) 1. Breydon Stout, 2. Rece Ackerson, 3. Ryder Chandler

- (Beg 7+) 1. Benjamin Niles, 2. Joey Stout, Kaige Lewis

- (Jr. 7+) 1. Garrett Hueftle, 2. Alex Katzenbach, 3. Connor Jardine

- (Ope) 1. Connor Jardine, 2. Garrett Hueftle, Alex Kazenbach

65cc - (Beg.) 1. Trent Cocking, 2. Tyler Duran, 3. Tony Giusti

- (Jr.) 1. Justin Davis, 2. Dylan Galliett, 3. Mason Olson

- (Intr.) 1. Gavin Clouser

- (Open) 1. Gavin Clouser, 2. Justin Davis, 3. Mason Olson

85cc - (Beg.) 1. Daniel Lewis, 2. Cody Annear, 3. Jake Haring

- (Big. Wheel Beg.) 1. Kash McPartin, 2. Nigel Uzarski

- (Jr.) 1. Tyler Moore, 2. Zach Clauser, 3. Josh Davis

- (Intr.) 1. Billy Adams

- (Open) 1. Tyler Moore, 2. Billy Adams, 3. Josh Davis

Supermini - 1. Tyler Moore, 2. Zach Clauser, 3. Josh Davis

125/250 - (Beg.) 1. Tyler Moore, 2. Scott Jones, 3. Micheal Worrall

- (Jr.) 1. Aaron Whalin, 2. Keith Allen, 3. Ryan Berry

- (Intr.) 1. Christian Huber, 2.T.J. Bettenhausen, 3. Willie Welch

- (Pro.) 1. Ryan Ferris, 2. Coty Loudenburg, 3. Jeff Klino

Schoolboy (Under 17) 1. T.J. Bettenhausen, 2. Christian Huber, 3. Ryan Berry

Women - 1. Normajean Blanchette, 2. Felicia Clark, 3. Valerie Delligatti

250/450 - (Beg.) 1. Zack Martinez, 2. Brett Fay, 3. Scott Jones

- (Jr.) 1. Aaron Whalin, 2. Jordon Kendall, 3. Keith Allen

- (Intr.) 1. Wayne Appleton, 2. Dale Lundeen, 3. Willie Welch

- (Pro.) 1. Ryan Ferris, 2. Coty Loudenburg, 3. Jeff Klino

25+ - (Beg.) 1. Bill Webb, 2. Kale Peery

- (Jr.) 1. Chris Padgett, 2. Cory Nelson, 3. Sam Glaster

- (Pro.) 1. Matt Manha, 2. Donny Roberts, 3. Todd McMaster

30+ - (Beg.) 1. Bill Webb, 2. Bobby Lichen, 3. Shane Nickle

- (Jr.) 1. Michael Blochowiak

- (Intr.) 1. Dale Lundeen, 2. Todd Clark, 3. Paul Beter

- (Exp.) 1. Anthony Pulera

38+ - (Beg.) 1. Chris Duran, 2. Tim Hagan, 3. John O'Neill

- (Jr.) 1. Max Brokaw, 2. Rick Ackerson, 3. Bill Cook

- (Intr.) 1. Anthony Pulera, 2. Mark Chandler, 3. Peter McForth

- (Pro.) 1. Todd McMaster, 2. Donny Roberts, 3. Chris Ponsock

Quad Open - 1. Joson Lexa, 2. Tia Chandler, 3. Brandon Harris
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