"We knew we had a really good car at the heat race," Jake Holland said after winning. "I was a little worried as they watered the track but it dried up just enough and the car was just fantastic again. The first restart we got up to fourth really quick, overall the car was so good it made it really easy for me."
Then he gave special thanks sponsors Tech Equipment and Independent Tire.
When the green waved, Alec Childs was on the point and chased by Steve Evenson and Jeff Elerick. Two laps in, the caution came out after Mike White had a wall banger that sent him to the pits.
By then, Holland was on the move and had a bead on the leaders. A short time later, he took the point from Elerick, who had to pit for a flat tire that might have been caused by incidental contact during that pass.
Behind the leaders, a terrific scrap was developing between Childs, Wade Lumsden, Evenson and Jesse Gonzalez. While several more cautions slowed the pace, at every restart Holland put his foot down and ran away from everyone.
Lumsden finally took second and try as he might, Holland was just too much for him. However, both leaders just left everyone in their dust.
On the final turn of the last lap, Evenson slid out of a solid top five finish and wound up sixth. Coming home second was Lumsden, followed by Don Childs, Malen Gonzalez and David Johnson.
Back in the pits Lumsden said, "Oh man, it was a blast and I gave it everything I had and Jake still just walked off and left me. The car is finally getting in where it should be and I've got some good sponsors backing me, United Auto Sales and TJ's DJ and We'll Get That Catering. And they're making it where this starving college student can race."
Another driver having a great night was Duncan Lee driving his brand new Sport Mod. However, the start was exciting as Missy Natenstedt had contact with two other cars that didn't really get going at the start, fortunately everyone was able to continue.
Late in the race, she took second but by then Duncan was too far ahead and went on to claim the victory.
Probably he closest race of the night was in the Gen-X division. Despite starting five cars, it was anybody's race right until the checkered flag.
In fact, the first several laps the entire pack raced in formation as they tore around the track. Things began to spread out after a couple of cautions caused when Mark Serchio's car gave up the ghost.
Back in the pack Al Bishop finally got the room to move forward but his new motor wound up with fuel problems and he was forced to head for the pits, ending his night.
In the end, Hartzell was hounded by one of his cars driven by Kayle Babb. They arrived at the checkered flag very close but Hartzell won the day.
"It was a fight to the end, but it was so much fun," Hartzell said after the dust settled. "Four out of five us were fighting for first place and it was great. The track was fantastic and it was the best track of the year so far, it was like driving on a paved row and you could run anywhere."
The biggest field of cars was in the Hobby Stock division but it took two attempts to get their feature started. Every time, Paul Stephen used an outside move to get around the first row and claim the point.
Despite some pushing and shoving in the pack, it took Pete Olsen only about 14 laps to claim the lead and just check out on the field. Behind him Chris Neal used a determined drive to finish in the runner-up spot ahead of Pete Baglin and Aaron Benham.
So far the Outlaw Kart division is showing growth and on this night there were 25 of these small winged speedsters on hand. They run on a track of their own set just inside of the main straight.
Not to be outdone by the larger cars, they put on some wild racing of their own.
Terry West dominated the 500cc or Open Class, although he was being chased during the event by a 250cc kart driven by Zack Cail.
On the last restart late in their main, West wound up going onto the kart infield while Cail took the point. After getting back on the track, West used some spirited driving to run down his rival and take the victory.
After his victory West said, "The track was really good but on the last restart I had some tacky dirt then caught some dry dirt then tacky dirt again and it shot me toward the infield. I got back out on the track in third and was able to reel him (Cail) in and get past a couple of guys with three or four laps left."
After his runner-up finish in the 500cc class, Cail ran away with his own main in the 250cc division.
The Box Stock feature had several lead changes but in the end Justin Wicks prevailed and beat Trey Walters to the line for the victory.
The wildest kart race was in the Beginner division. Their races are always marked by spins and several cautions as the new drivers come to grips with racing their karts.
Going into the final laps there was a scramble among the leaders. When everyone got past that Steve Slatter held the point and roared away to the victory.
Coming home second was Caleb Gonzalez followed by Cade Maestes.
OTHER RACING NEWS
•A trio of Nevada natives were at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend for NACAR races.
In Saturday's Nationwide event Kyle Busch finished second while his brother Kurt ended up sixth and T.J. Bell wound up 31st. During Sunday's Sprint Cup event Kurt fell to 33rd after spinning in the late laps while Kyle ended up second for the day after starting 21st.
•This weekend offers a variety of car racing.
Up at Stead on Saturday and Sunday, the Reno Region of the SCCA will host a two-day meet for its Solo II program. This is where competitors run a course against the clock and for more information check out there website at, www.renoscca.org.
Beginning at 6 p.m. both the Lovelock Speedway as well as Fernley A95 Speedway will be in action. Both tracks also have small Outlaw Kart tracks where the Box Stock and Beginner division will race.
In addition American Valley Speedway in Quincy, Calif. hosts another of its points races but the Dwarf Cars will run a non-points event that night.
Rattlesnake Speedway - May 5
Heat Race #1 - 1. Jake Holland, 2. Jesse Gonzalez, 3. Alec Childs
Heat Race #2 - 1. Malen Gonzalez, 2. Wade Lumsden, 3. Steve Evenson.
Main - 1. Jake Holland, 2. Wade Lumsden, 3. Don Childs, 4. Malen Gonzalez, 5. David Johnson
Heat Race - 1. Lee Kennen, 2. Scott Hammond, 3. Mark Rios
Main - 1. Duncan Lee, 2. Missy Natenstedt, 3. Scott Hammond
Heat Race #1 - 1. Pete Baglin, 2. Pete Olsen, 3. Paul Stephen
Heat Race #2 - 1. Wes Washburn, 2. Chris Neal, 3. Aaron Benham
Main - 1. Pete Olsen, 2. Chris Neal, 3. Pete Baglin, 4. Aaron Benham, 5. Wes Washburn
Heat Race - 1. Al Bishop, 2. Kyle Babb, 3. Shawn Hartzell, 4. Mark Serchio, 5. Shawn Burton
Main - 1. Shawn Hartzell, 2. Kyle Babb, 3. Shawn Burton, 4. Al Bishop, 5. Mark Serchio
Amsoil Outlaw Karts:
Heat winner - Cade Maestas
Main - 1. Steven Slatter, 2. Caleb Gonzalez, 3. Cade Maestas
Heat Winner - Trey Walters
Main - 1. Justin. Wicks 2. Trey Walters, 3. Jacob Daias
Heat Winner - Zack Cail
Main - 1. Zack Cail, 2. Samantha Schultz, 3. Eric Taylor
Heat Winner - Nick Rogers
Main - 1. Terry West, 2. Zack Cael, 3. Jay Dargert