After the checkered flag, winner Stephen Allard looked at the second and third cars and said, “I’ll race with these guys any time. Me and Andy (Forsberg) can run side-by-side and Kyle (Hirst) can do the same.”
Commenting on the track he added, “The track started getting pretty slick and started laying a little bit of rubber coming off Turn 2. Kind of a one-groove type deal and we both did the best we could.”
Three heat races and a pill draw set the field and, although he didn’t start on the front row, Herman Kline set fast time when he did a 15:419 second lap around the track.
Before the green, the drivers did their traditional two laps of four-wide formation as a salute to their fans.
However, it would take two cautions for spins and one red flag period to actually get the race started.
The race-stopping incident was for Carson City driver Mark Beck, whose car did a flip and roll over after hitting the wall on the exit of Turn 2. While Beck was uninjured the same can’t be said of his car.
Each time the green waved Allard jumped into the lead with Forsberg right behind him. But thing slowed once again for a quick caution when another car spun.
Once racing resumed it only took five laps before the lead duo caught the slowest car. Then, on lap 14 the pace slowed again for another quick caution followed by another as two cars got together on the restart.
Right after lap-20 the chase got interesting as Forsberg used lap traffic to grab the point but Allard was having none of that and took it back a lap later as they closed in on another lapper.
While Allard got past there was contact between the slower car and Forsberg that lifted the front wheels of off the ground. Fortunately both cars were able to continue but the incident gave Allard even more of a gap over second place.
In sprint car racing lap traffic can either help or hurt a driver.
Reflecting on the last lapper then encountered Allard said, “Andy got put in a position and I had to do the best was actually able to get around the guy but he kind of got stuck.”
For his part in that late race incident Forsberg said, “I kind of got over him (Jimmy Steward). You can get away with stuff sometimes and sometimes you can’t. It was one of those times that you got away with it so we’re here to tell the story of finishing second rather than being on a hook.”
In the end, Allard reached the checkered flag first followed by Forsberg and Kyle Hirst.
During the post-race victory celebration Forsberg said, “You know Kyle was leading points but he had a bit of hard luck last night in Chico. But it’s all about dnf’s (Did Not Finish) as you cannot finish, so first and second this weekend and last weekend at the Civil War doubleheader, we were first and second.”
The local drivers, including Beck, had mixed fortunes during the evening. Mark Tabor Jr., using a Dodge engine loaned by Mike Monahan, dominated his heat race but would fall out right at the end of the main and finished 13th. Fallon based driver Rusty Baglin started the race but a broken throttle linkage ended his night and dropped him to 17th.
Sparks business owner Monahan fell victim to mechanical problems and was unable to make the feature. Quincy local Jim Richardson had a good qualifying first lap but a wall banger during his second lap ended his night early.
For further information on this series they have the following website; www.civilwarsprints.com.
OTHER RACING NEWS
•This weekend Lovelock Speedway will be the only oval track running with a 7 p.m. start to the first race.
The Reno Region of the Sports Car Club of America will host two days of its solo competition at the Stead Airport in front of the Air Race Grandstands. Solo competition is a race against the clock over a slalom type course and the action begins in the morning for both Saturday and Sunday.
•A trio of Nevada drivers competed in NASCAR’s top series at Michigan this weekend.
In Saturday’s Nationwide event Kurt Busch started 15th and finished third, while T.J. Bell started 35th and ended up 32nd. At the end of Sunday’s Sprint Cup race Kurt, coming off a one-race suspension, started 26th but ended up 30th while younger brother Kyle Busch started 34th and finished 32nd.
American Valley Speedway - June 16
Civil War Sprint Car Series - Round 7
Heat #1 Winner - 1. Mark Tabor Jr.
Heat #2 Winner - 1. Koen Shaw
Heat #3 Winner- 1. Brett Rollay
Main (30 Laps) - 1. Stephen Allard, 2. Andy Forsberg, 3. Kyle Hirst, 4. Herman Klein, 5. Cody Lemar, 6. Jimmy Trulli, 7. Burt, 8. Mason Moore, 9. Bradley Terrell, 10. Joey Magaruh, 11. Brett Rollay, 12. Greg DeCaires, 13. Mark Tabor Jr., 14. Jimmy Steward, 15. Phillip Del Rosa, 16. Garry Burdick, 17. Rusty Baglin, 18. Mark Beck, 19. Tyler Wolf, 20. unlisted