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Sears, Natenstedt supply 1-2 punch at RFR
by Dan McGee
May 15, 2011 | 2870 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune/Dan McGee - Jay Sears (68) and Shawn Natenstedt (1) dominated both Division 1 Modified feature races Saturday at the Reno-Fernley Raceway oval. During the second race, Sears was able to hold on for the win but it was as close as this.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Jay Sears (68) and Shawn Natenstedt (1) dominated both Division 1 Modified feature races Saturday at the Reno-Fernley Raceway oval. During the second race, Sears was able to hold on for the win but it was as close as this.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - After overcoming a very dry and slick track, Jesse "The Rocket" Gonzalez won the Pro Stock feature race and here is taking his victory lap.
Tribune/Dan McGee - After overcoming a very dry and slick track, Jesse "The Rocket" Gonzalez won the Pro Stock feature race and here is taking his victory lap.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - Local rock crawler Jesse Haines is just starting to roll over during his first run on Saturday at Exit 28. He rebounded and finished second in the Unlimited Class during Sunday's competition in the Cal-Neva Extreme event.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Local rock crawler Jesse Haines is just starting to roll over during his first run on Saturday at Exit 28. He rebounded and finished second in the Unlimited Class during Sunday's competition in the Cal-Neva Extreme event.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - Spotter Marisa Young is helping guide her driver Todd Young over an obstacle during this weekend's event at Exit 28. They were competing in the second round of the Cal-Neva Extreme series held in the rocks above the motocross course.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Spotter Marisa Young is helping guide her driver Todd Young over an obstacle during this weekend's event at Exit 28. They were competing in the second round of the Cal-Neva Extreme series held in the rocks above the motocross course.
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FERNLEY - Jay Hodges, the NASCAR promoter at Reno-Fernley Raceway's oval is facing a problem as he wants to have at least one or two of his Division 1 (Modified) drivers qualified for the national championship meet this year. He explained to do this the track has to stage 18 points races for those cars by Sept. 11.

As a result, Saturday was the first night the modifieds would race two main events in a single night. And two drivers swapped victories and the runner-up spots in both races.

The other divisions however ran their regular schedule of heat races and then a main, although the Hobby Stock division needed a B main to set its final field.

And due to the conditions, as well as the wind, the track was dry and very slick so all the drivers had their work cut out for them.

It took a pair of attempts to get the first modified main started but the result was the same with Shawn Natenstedt and Jake Holland leading the charge. Another quick caution slowed the field and when racing resumed the field tore into the first turn.

Behind the leaders Jay Sears, Travis Petersen and Tom Purcell were dueling for third. A flat tire sent Holland to the pits and put Sears in the runner-up spot.

Soon afterwards he and Natenstedt came upon a slower car where Sears chose the right line and took over the point. With five to go Petersen was hanging onto third, where he would finish, and managed to keep Purcell in fourth.

Up front the leaders once again came upon that same slower car and there was contact as they got past him. This time Natenstedt came out on top, taking the lead and victory while Sears ended up a close second.

"I started pole, Jay started a couple of rows back. We were running one-two and came up on a lap car and he ran me high so Jay got the lead. On the very last lap we were one-two and the guy ran Jay high, I got past Jay, we got together but we wound up winning it on the last lap," Natenstedt said.

After being the first event of the evening, the second modified race ended the night.

And when the second race began Sears used his pole position to take the point with Petersen and Holland giving chase. This time Natenstedt started at the back, as he won the first race, and was just playing a waiting game.

Just a few laps into the event, Purcell took second with Holland close behind. A bit further back Petersen and Riley Simmons began an almost race-long duel for third.

By this time Sears was in cruise mode with Holland and Purcell disputing second. Their battle ended in Turn 1 when they both had contact and spun.

After the short caution, and with 10 laps to go, Natenstedt, who had been carefully moving through the pack, took second and set his sights on the fleeing Sears. By now Simmons had gotten past Petersen who was having his hands full trying to keep Nick Reid at bay.

Up front, Natenstedt closed the game so he and Sears were running nose-to-tail. By now Purcell had charged back to fourth with Holland a couple of places behind him.

At the checkered Sears hung on to win a narrow victory over Natenstedt followed by Simmons and Purcell.

Back in the pits Sears said, "It was really slick, it's the slickest we've seen all year and was definitely a "nail the set up," kind of track tonight. I probably benefited from starting up front but the car was really good. I knew there was nobody there at the beginning and then when I saw the caution, I knew it would bunch everybody back up. Then I could hear somebody digging under me and I think it was Shawn."

Then he thanked his father, wife and daughter for their support was well as the auto shop at Reed High, where the car is kept, the students that work on it as well as Allied Washoe Petroleum and Stan Lumpkin.

Even though the ended up a close second Natenstedt wasn't disappointed and said, "The track was slicker than snot, dry click, no grip but Jay and I had a great race. I came from the back to second which was awesome and it was good racing."

Then he thanked sponsors TSM Shocks, Silver Strike Casino, Silverado Casino and Shaw Racecars.

When the Pro Stock main began 16 cars took the green but some never made it past the first turn. After clearing the track the field tried again and Jack Randall led the charge with the pack in hot pursuit.

Behind the leader was B.J. Pearson with Jesse "The Rocket" Gonzalez right behind him. A few laps later Gonzalez, who had a new body on his car, took the point.

From that point on the battle was for second as Pearson and Ken Gotchal disputed that place. In the final laps Joe Specchio took third while Pearson had to settle for second as there would be no catching Gonzalez this night.

Proving that timing is everything Gonzalez left the track and as he pulled to the tech pad for his post race inspection the car's right bottom ball joint broke.

Asked about the race and track Gonzalez said, "It was eventful, let's put it that way. With all the beatin' and bangin' going on, I was just trying stay out of the crashes and see what we could do. Luckily I didn't have to start way in the back and I'm not sure what happened there.

"It was way slicker in the heat race and I was able to run second to Specchio but I didn't think I was going to have anything for anybody in the main, But luckily it tightened up and got some traction so away we went."

He too thanked his sponsors for their support. Those included Trick Up Trucks, JM Custom Stacking. Comacho Auto Sales, Integrity Pest Management, Competition Carburetion, COD Garage and Butch at TVC Construction.

There were so many Hobby Stocks present it took a B Main, won by Jacob Baker to set the field for their feature race. When the feature began Dwight Bolton took off and left everyone to eat his dust as he roared to victory.

Behind him there was a long battle for the next few places and when the dust settled Rocky Goetz was second followed by Bill Holloway, Rick Miller and Richard Italiano.

The Dwarf Car feature was a high-speed chase narrowly won by Billy Wilson, who crossed the line ahead of brother Bobby Wilson. And the Pure Stock Mini race was won by 14-year-old Travis Barr followed by Kevin Rueter and Logan Maree.

•Further east the Lovelock Speedway was also in action and hosted another visit by the DART series. Cory Sample won the IMCA Modified main while Lance took the Hobby Stock feature.

Joe Frock bested Derek Rosse for the Dwarf Car victory while Scott Hammond topped the Sport Mod main event. Young William Evenson and Marissa Rogers won their respective Outlaw Kart races.

•A more technical, although slow speed, competition was held this weekend on the rocks about the Motocross course at Exit 28. This was the second round of the Cal-Neva Extreme rock crawling series.

For series points leader Craig Thompson, it was a time to try new things, as he was the only one in his class competing.

"We're trying new things and how to get of bad situations, he said after having problems during his first run on Saturday.

Local driver Jesse Haines ran into a bit of a problem when he rolled his crawler during an early run on Saturday. Fortunately the vehicles are made with this in mind as rollovers are just part of the sport.

Haines and his spotter A.J. Seckman ended up third on Saturday but rebounded and finished second Sunday.

One unlimited driver, Denver Fleming came all the way from Alberta, Canada to drive with the help of his spotter Shawn Bottsma. In this type of competition a spotter helps guide the driver over, across and down the rocks.

Todd Young and his spotter Marisa Young, both from Boise, Idaho had an interesting run as he appeared to be stuck and high centered while crossing a huge rock.

Asked how he got over it, Young said, " I turned on all the lockers, put it into 4-wheel drive and drove it."

At the end of Saturday the team of Randy Southall and Rod Heighes the Unlimited class while Eric Brinker and Sommons topped the Super Mod ranks.

On Sunday, Brent Bradshaw/Chris Pablano were the Unlimited winners while Haughy/Banks won the Super Mod class.

Now the crawlers get two months rest until the series resumes again at Donner Ski Ranch on July 9-10.

•Sunday's Northern Nevada Kart Club event was canceled in the morning before the weather cleared.

OTHER RACING NEWS

•This weekend Top Gun Raceway hosts two days of racing with the action beginning at 9:30 a.m. on both days. The events are the fifth and six rounds of the Junior Dragster series as well as the same rounds in the Summit ET series.

Down in Quincy, Calif. the American Valley Speedway, starting at 7 p.m. hosts Mini Stocks, IMCA Modifieds and the DART series Dwarf Cars. At that same time Reno-Fernley Raceway's oval hosts its next NASCAR event with the Division 1 modifieds headlining the show.

•NASCAR's Las Vegas trio visited the Monster Mile at Dover, Delaware this weekend. Kyle Busch won Friday night's Camping World Truck race while Brendan Gaughan came from 22nd to finish seventh.

Saturday's Nationwide event was marred final lap wreck that Busch managed to escape and take second. In Sunday's Sprint Cup race Kyle finished fourth while older brother Kurt wound up 14th.

RESULTS

Reno-Fernley Raceway Oval - Saturday, May 14

Division 1 Modified

1st Main Event - 1. Shawn Natenstedt, 2. Jay Sears, 3. Travis Petersen, 4. Tom Purcell, 5. Darren Manning

2nd Main Event - 1. Jay Sears, 2. Shawn Natenstedt, 3. Riley Simmons, 4. Tom Purcell, 5. Nick Reid

Pro Stocks:

Heat Winners - #1 Dean Cichowic, #2 Joe Specchio

Main (20 Laps) - 1. Jesse "The Rocket" Gonzalez, 2. B.J. Pearson, 3. Joe Specchio, 4. Ken Gotchal, 5. Al Goss

Hobby Stock:Heat Winners - #1 Royce Goetz, #2 Shane Ramthun, 3. Carl Barlow

B Main - 1. JacobBaker, 2. Unlisted*, 3. Brian Moore, 4. Jay Church, 5. Steven Dolaldson

Main (20 Laps) - 1. Dwight Bolton, 2. Rocky Goetz, 3. Bill Holloway, 4. Rick Miller, 5. Richard Italiano

Dwarf Cars:

Heat Winners - #1 Bobby Niles, #2 Billy Wilson

Main (20 Laps) - 1. Billy Wilson, 2. Bobby Wilson, 3. Jesse Vankol, 4. Bobby Niles, 5. Danyale Urban-Howard

Pure Stock Mini:

Heat Winner - Alfred Bishop

Main (20 Laps) - 1. Travis Barr, 2. Kevin Rueter, 3. Logan Maree, 4. Justin Schilling, 5. Sadie Pope

•Lovelock Speedway - May 14

IMCA Modifieds:

Heat Winner - Larry Rogers

Main (20 Laps) - 1. Cory SMple, 2. Remi Lopez, 3. Jeffrey Mcedo, 4. James Jurad, 5. Randy Artz

Hobby Stocks:Heat Winner - Lance Robers

Main (12 Laps) - 1. Lance Roberts, 2. Audie Peterson, 3. John Wright, 4.Kevin Libbee

Sport Mods:

Heat Winners - #1 Dickie Souza, #2 Scott Hammond

Main (20 Laps) - 1. Scott Hammond, 2. Dickie Souza, 3. Damon Tupa, 4. Gordon Hughes, 5. Chad Christiansen

Dwarf Cars:

Heat Winners - #1 Rodney Sweet, #2 Joe Frock

Main (30 Laps) - 1. Joe Frock, 2. Derek Rosse, 3. Skipl Hempler, 4. Bobby Gibson, 5. Leroy Kay

Outlaw Karts - Intermediate

Heat Winner - Darren Barrick

Main (14 Laps) - 1. Marissa Rogers, 2. Danner Barrick, 3. Reese Artz, 4. Brynn Turner, 5. Katie Sample

Outlaw Karts - Beginner:

Heat Winner - William Evenson

Main (10 Laps) - 1. William Evenson, 2. Lee Ketten, 3. Payton Ayers, 4. Tucker Richardson

Cal-Neva Extreme - Round 2 - Exit 28

•Saturday, May 14

Unlimited - 1. Banditos Rock Racing - Randy Southall/Rod Heighes, 2. TLT Racing- Todd Young/MarisaYoung, 3. Team Torchmate - Jesse Haines/A.J. Seckman, 4. Can-Rock - Denver Fleming/ShaunBottsma, 5. Trail Tough -Brent Bradshaw/Chris Pablano

Super Mod - 1. Team Brink - Eric Brinker/Simmons, 2. Fighting 55 - Haughy/Banks, 3. Swager Off-road - Andy Johnson/Wise

Pro Mod - PTM Racing, Craig Thompson/Red Dragon

Full Body - 1. Carson Valley Hacks - Rick Nuzum/Dalare, 2. Can-Cal Crawlers - Roman Conroy/Moore

Trail Mod - 1. Longiotti Racing - Lance Longiotti/Bill, 2. Team Crawl - Wendy Nickell/Brandy Southall, 3. DBS Racing - Devin Hoglund/Benson

•Sunday, May 15

Trail Mod - 1. DBS Racing, 2. Team Crawl, 3. Longlotti Racing

Full Body - 1. Welder Bill, 2. Carson Valley Hacks, 3. Cen-Cal Crawlers

Pro Mod - PTM Racing

Super Mod - 1. Fighting 55, 2. Swagger Off-Road, 3. Team Brink

Unlimited - 1. Trail Tough, 2. Team Torchmate, 3. TLT Racing, 4. Can-Rock, 5. Banditos Rock Racing
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