The tightest points were in Tag Masters where NNKC president Brian Rivera and Dan Harris were tied going in to the race. And fittingly their race would end the season.
"Wow, what a year," Rivera said after the race. "Today was the battle between me and Harris but unfortunately he caught some problems so through out the day the battle became Harwin and McKinnon. The kart was on rails all day and it was handling beautifully got to thank my brother Rodney for helping me out all year and being my wrencher."
When the green flag waved Harwin was on point with Rivera right on his bumper. Not long into the event Harris had to drop out when his clutch failed and that decided the championship.
As for the race, Rivera kept pressing and eventually made the winning pass then sailed off leaving the others to battle for second place. At the checkered Harwin claimed the runner-up spot followed by McKinnon and John Morgan.
The other title fight was in the Box Stock Clone class, which has enjoyed remarkable growth. Using inexpensive low powered motors this class is the most cost effective way for someone to get into racing.
In the points, Terry West and David Schilt were just eight markers apart and who ever finished in front of the other would claim the title.
It took three attempts to get the race off and up front pole setter Austin DeMent, who usually races more powerful karts, eased away and would leave everyone in his dust. Behind him Schilt was third with West holding down fifth place and chasing Rebecca Knapp.
Eventually West was able to take third place while Schilt got sideways coming out of Turn 2 and that dropped him too far back to recover. Up front DeMent was in cruise control as he easily won the race followed by Ray Andrews and West.
After having his kart weighed DeMent said, "These are too slow but we actually got offered to drive one for this last race so we said yes just for fun. And it was really cool."
Then West, who is now the first Clone champion, said, "I believe I wrapped up the points now so I'm pretty excited about that. It's pretty ironic because I actually started the class and we're actually sucking people out of other classes, we have a lot of women in the class, I have five members of my family that race in the class so it's a lot of fun and on a budget. I mean anybody can do it and if you can afford a go kart you can afford to come out here and race one."
Among the women are his wife Jamie and her sister-in-law Knapp. This class is still growing and usually has the largest field of any division in the club.
The Tag Novice is another class that is growing and fielded a dozen karts. When the green waved Chris Yochum took off followed by Thomas Koerner, the class 2010 champion and Sean Doyle.
Eventually Doyle worked his way first into second then, into the lead. On the final lap something happened that dropped Doyle to third behind winner Youchum and Koerner.
Since their championship battle was decided Jeremy Kay and Garrett Dixon decided to do something different. They sat out this Junior 1-2 race and allowed someone else to score their first ever victory.
And this allowed Dixon's 8-year-old sister Holly a chance to drive in her first race.
Asked about his first title Kay, a 9-year-old fourth grader said, "It means a lot to me and it's really nice to have my first championship. We were leaving the pack and sometimes we'd lap them but it was a really fun."
Next year Kay said he plans to compete on the dirt in an outlaw kart.
When the Jr. 1-2 race began Connor Vancott took off with Isaac Wyett giving chase. Behind them Turbo Sombatsiri held down third while Holly Dixon was fourth.
At the checkered flag Vancott, and 8-year-old third grader at Double Diamond Elementary School, held the on for the win while Wyett settled for second.
Asked about the track Vancott said, "I was getting a lot of traction in the corners and on the straights."
His secret to winning, "full throttle."
Another very close race was the F125 main event. Mitch Kennedy, the grand master of this class, was chased from green to checkered by Mark Nason. Both men were is similar karts with identical motors.
"When I got on the gas coming out of Turn 2 I could hear him getting on the gas so I knew he was close," Kennedy said after the race.
At the checkered flag, Kennedy won by less than a kart length as Nason was trying to pull beside him. In an unusual twist, Rich Adams dropped out of the race when his kart broke then returned in a different kart to finish the contest.
All in all it's been a good year for the club as events averaged over 60 karts for every race, which is a big improvement from a few years ago.
With both the Clone and Tag Novice classes growing the future looks good for NNKC. Now everyone gets the winter off until once again racing will resume at Desert Park Raceway.
•The Reno-Fernley Raceway oval staged a two-day shootout this weekend. Saturday evening was for the heats and dashes while the mains were run on Sunday. There were good car counts in all the divisions with around 30 IMCA Modifieds present.
Unfortunately the final results were not available at the time this report was filed.
•Drag racers have one more shot this year as the Top Gun Raceway hosts its season ending event this Saturday beginning at 10 a.m.
Desert racers in the MRANN series will be at Purgatory Peak for a two-day event as the Tank Slappers host the 12th annual Stan Searle Memorial races.
As usual Pee Wees, Mini Bikes and V Women race on Saturday beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Then the big bikes get their turn on a 50-mile long course starting at 10 a.m. Sunday.
That same day, around 10 a.m. the Sierra MX series visits the motocross track at Stead for a full day of racing on this fast, technical course.
OTHER RACING NEWS
•Fallon champions Shawn Natenstedt and Jesse Gonzalez teamed up to help the Toys for Tots program. They are involved in a silent auction of body panels from their respective racecars.
While Natenstedt is offering a panel from the right side of his car, Gonzalez said any panel the winner wants, he'll take off the car for them and he's also auctioning an autographed helmet as well.
The auction is on the Internet at, www.rattlesnakeraceway.net. Go to the proboard, log in and send Natenstedt a private message with the bid amount. The winner will be able to claim his prize at the awards banquet on November 5.
•In last week's results from Rattlesnake Raceway a Hobby Stock driver was show as "unlisted." That was actually Dennis Crook driving the car but his name wasn't on the track's points list.
•Desert Raceway Park - Oct. 10
Northern Nevada Kart Club - Round 7
Kid Kart - 1. Gavin VanCott, 2. Bank Sombatsiri
Jr. 1-2 - 1. Connor Vancott, 2. Isaac Wyett, 3. Turbo Sombatsiri, 4. Holly Dixon
Box Stock Clone - 1. Austin DeMent, 2. Ray Andrews, 3. Terry West, 4. Rebecca Knapp, 5. Dave Schilt
Tag Novice - 1. Chris Yochum, 2. Thomas Koerner, 3. Sean Doyle, 4. Cody Goddsell, 5. Bruce Garafola
Tag Masters - 1. Brian Rivera, 2. Dave Harwin, 3. Glenn McKinnon, 4. John Morgan, 5. Kurt Baker
F80 Masters - 1. Cody McKinney, 2. Gerry Williams, 3. Ben Fisher, 4. Steve Dow, 5. Mike McMullen
F80 Senior - 1. Kevin Tanaka, 2. Gerry Williams, 3. Mark Nason, 4. Cody McKinney, 5. Ben Fisher
F125 - 1. Mitch Kennedy, 2. Mark Nason, 3. John Morgan, 4. Rick Adams
NNKC 2010 CHAMPIONS - (Kid Kart) Nolan Wyman, (Jr. 1-2 Cycle) Jeremy Kay, (Box Stock Clone) Terry West, (Jr. Box Stock Clone) Logan Wyman, (Tag Novice) Matt Koerner, (Tag Masters) Brian Rivera, (F80 Senior) Mike Botelho Jr., (F80 Masters) Mark Nason, (F125) Mitch Kennedy
•Fernley Jackpot 2010 Shootout
•Sunday, Oct. 10 - Main Events
•Saturday, Oct. 9
Heat Winners - #1 Bobby Niles, #2 Billy Wilson
Dash Winner - Billy Wilson
Heat Winners - #1 Brian Moore, #2 Richard Italiano, #3 RobertGilder
Dash Winner - Dwight Bolton
Heat Winners - #1 Jesse Gonzalez, #2 41 Dean Chicowitz
Dash Winner - Rob Grace
Heat Winners - #1 Paul Stone, #2 Monte Bischoff, #3 Nick Reid, #4 Joe Frock
Dash Winners - #1 Jesse Williamson, #2 Curt Coggins