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Dust, dust-ups in weekend racing
by Dan McGee
Jul 03, 2011 | 1866 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune/Dan McGee - During Sunday's NNKC event, one of the closest races was in the TAG Novice feature. Here, eventual winner Bruce Garafola (44) and runner-up Mike McGaffey go over the top of Turn 5. Both drivers spent most of the race about this close together.
Tribune/Dan McGee - During Sunday's NNKC event, one of the closest races was in the TAG Novice feature. Here, eventual winner Bruce Garafola (44) and runner-up Mike McGaffey go over the top of Turn 5. Both drivers spent most of the race about this close together.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - Chelsi Wagner (112Y) draws a bead on leader Brian Rivera (81) as they duel for the point during the TAG Masters/Junior race. Wagner made the winning pass on the final lap of the race.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Chelsi Wagner (112Y) draws a bead on leader Brian Rivera (81) as they duel for the point during the TAG Masters/Junior race. Wagner made the winning pass on the final lap of the race.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - This was about as close as anyone got to Modified winner Tom Purcells (26P) during Saturday's race at the Reno-Fernley Raceway. Here, Shawn Natenstedt (2) and Don Childs give chase during a restart.
Tribune/Dan McGee - This was about as close as anyone got to Modified winner Tom Purcells (26P) during Saturday's race at the Reno-Fernley Raceway. Here, Shawn Natenstedt (2) and Don Childs give chase during a restart.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - Hobby Stock winner Royce Goetz (78) is chased down the front straight at Reno-Fernley Raceway by David Partelow (45) and another driver.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Hobby Stock winner Royce Goetz (78) is chased down the front straight at Reno-Fernley Raceway by David Partelow (45) and another driver.
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STEAD - Racers this weekend faced both dust and dust-ups as they competed in two very different series.

Sunday's action with the Northern Nevada Kart Club at Desert Park Raceway saw hard fought, close racing plus some dust ups during a couple of main events. Not to mention the heat.

The main races began with the TAG Novice class and featured a two-driver battle that ran for most of the race.

"I kept hearing him (Mike McGaffey) right on my tail end and I didn't have time to think," Bruce Garafola said after winning the feature. "The secret is just looking forward and don't look behind you."

First on the track was the Tag Novice division and soon after the green flew Garafola took the point and seemed on his way to the victory. However, back in the pack McGaffey had other ideas and was soon on the leader's back bumper.

Lap after lap they roared round the track so close a large blanket could have covered both their karts but in the end Garafola hung on to take the win.

Another close race came in the Box Stock Clone event when junior division drivers Logan Wyman and Dean Andrews disputed the victory.

Although NNKC president Jess Petersen was in the race and ran away from everyone he elected not to collect any points and eventually was credited with 12th place.

Up front, however, Wyman and Andrews were pretty serious in their battle that included some contact between their karts. And it included some "rubbing is racing" bumping.

In the end, Wyman prevailed as he reached the checkered flag with Andrews close behind in second.

When the TAG Masters/Junior race took the green defending class champion Brian Rivera only needed a very short time to grab the point. However, the only junior driver in the field, 17-year-old Chelsi Wagner, had ideas of her own as to whom the winner would be.

After several laps, she got past second place Dan Allen and set her sights on the fleeing Rivera. In the final circuits she caught and made the winning pass soon they took the white flag.

The main dust-ups came in the final two races.

The first ended a race long duel for the Junior 1-2 victory.

After the green, leader Connor Vancott and Richard Stock began a nose-to-tail duel for the point. Lap after lap both boys circulated the track sometimes only inches apart.

With two turns to go, Stock tried an inside move that didn't work and spun both karts out with Vancott's hitting a barrier. Stock was able to keep going and won the race with Isaac Wyett taking second place.

The final race of the day was in the F80 Shifter division. Shortly after the green lights sent the karts off, Cody McKinney took the point and gapped the field.

Behind him there was a four-kart battle for second between Gerry Williams, Dave Brant, Mark Nason and Kevin Tanaka, who set fast time in qualifying. Finally Tanaka began to pick off his rivals, gained second and set his sights on the fleeing McKinney.

Unfortunately his attempt at taking the lead while roaring down the front straight, went wrong as contact sent McKinney into the Turn 1 barrier and left Tanaka far back. Now Nason, who was third, seized his chance and took off with a huge lead.

Then, with only a few laps to go, the battle for second ended with contact that put the kart of Gerry Williams into the Turn 9 barrier and handed the position to Dave Brant.

Fortunately none of the drivers were hurt although their karts will need some attention.

•On Saturday the oval at the Reno-Fernley Raceway hosted another of its regular NASCAR shows. And this time there was a new winner in the Modified ranks.

After an aborted start the green waved to send the field into Turn 1 with Carson City driver Tom Purcell holding the point followed by Shawn Natenstedt.

The first caution came after Travis Peterson got a flat and had to pit for a replacement. He returned shortly and racing resumed with Purcell showing his heels to the field.

While Purcell had a clear track ahead of him, except for the final laps when he caught some slower cars his view was clear. Back in the pack however the drivers not raced against themselves but had to deal with clouds of billowing dust.

Back in the pits, after winning the race, Purcell said, "We've been running hard, every week and every race out here. We just found it last week, setup wise, so we made it work and left the car alone. It's really the guys out here I race with make us good as we ran harder to get that win and we finally did it."

Second-place Natenstedtl explained he had nothing for Purcell, as a change to his car really didn't work they way he intended.

When the Pro Stock feature began Ed Goss was on point with the pack giving chase. Three laps later Gary Nevers took the lead only to surrender it to Joe Specchio.

The first caution came when Chris Coclich and Dean Cichowicz came together in Turn 4 and collected Jack Randall, who couldn't slow down in time. And the incident almost collected Jesse Gonzalez as well.

Only one more caution slowed the race but the dust was becoming a problem for some. While Specchio held the point, Gonzalez picking off his rivals and soon set his sights on the leader.

With three laps to go Gonzalez made the winning pass and dropped Specchio to the runner up position.

Back in the pits Gonzalez said, "It was fun, let's put it that way. Good hard racing tonight and most of the guys did a good job, drove hard and pretty clean."

Then he complimented Specchio on a great drive.

Earlier in the evening, Al Bishop won the Pure Stock Mini feature while Jesse Vankol topped the Dwarf Cars.

Last race of the night was the Hobby Stock feature that was scheduled for 25 laps.

First on point was Skeeter Donaldson but he soon surrendered the point to David Woods. Behind the leaders was a charging Royce Goetz, who had his sights set on the point.

A few laps into the race there was a race-stopping incident involving the car of Sandy Clark. The medics were called to make sure she was all right, which she was, but the same can't be said for her car as it had to be towed away.

By now, Goetz had the lead and was on point for the next three restarts after cautions. However due to the time it took to clear the track, and the amount of cautions, the officials cut the race to 15-laps.

Once again the field had to deal with huge clouds of dust as they battled for their respective position.

Up front, none of this made any difference to Goetz as he left the pack in his dust and reached the checkered flag first.

On this night there were special victory celebrations on the front straight as trophies were handed out to the top three finishers.

And the delighted Goetz said, "That race was awesome, I loved it and the track was fun. The adjustments we did to the car worked out fine. We started about mid-pack and just carried it on."

•The Lovelock Speedway was also in action and its results are below.

OTHER RACING NEWS

•This will be a busy weekend for motorsport fans in this area.

Exit 28 begins its new night motocross series with a Friday practice, then the first moto on Saturday gets going around 4 p.m.

Further east the North Nevada Rally returns with the night stage being run on Friday. First car out is at 7:30 p.m. as the competitors go from just north of Trinity (Where Highway 95 and I-80 meet.) around a mountain to just north of Toulon.

On Saturday, the competitors head north to Empire Farms where they begin to run eight stages around Purgatory Peak at the north end of Winnemucca Dry Lake. Both cars and motorcycles compete in this race against the clock.

On Saturday night, beginning at 7 p.m. the Lovelock Speedway hosts a show that includes the IMCA Modifieds and 360 Outlaw Sprint Cars. Closer to home and beginning at 6 p.m., Reno-Fernley Raceway's stages another double points NASCAR night.

Down at Quincy, Calif. the American Valley Speedway begins its show at 7 p.m. featuring IMCA Modifieds as well as the DART Dwarf Cars.

The Cal-Neva Extreme rock crawling series visits Donner Ski Ranch for a Saturday-Sunday meet with a 9 a.m. start time each day.

•The Busch brothers competed at the Daytona International Speedway this weekend. Kyle Busch finished fourth in Friday evening's Nationwide race then, in Saturday's Sprint Cup event came from 38th to fifth while older brother Kurt started 25th and ended up 14th in that race.

RESULTS

• Northern Nevada Kart Club - Round 4

Desert Park Raceway - July 3, 2011

Kids Karts - 1. Nolan Wyman, 2. Gavin Vancott, 3. Matthew Sifling

Jr. 1-2 - 1. Richard Stock, 2. Isaac Wyett, 3. Connor Vancott, 4. Rualik Tuliva

Box Stock Clone - 1. Logan Wyman (Jr.), 2. Dean Andrews (43), 3. David Schilt (Sr.), 4. Shanon Wyman (Jr.), 5. Steph Lienay (Sr.)

Tag Novice - 1. Bruce Garafola, 2. Mike McGaffey, 3. Don Faris, 4. Gary

Guzelis, 5. Warren Linnell

Tag, Senior & Masters - 1. Chelsi Wagner (Sr.), 2. Brian Rivera, 3. Dan Harris, 4. Pete Morley, 5. Scott Andrews

F80 Shifter - 1. Mark Nason, 2. Dave Brant, 3. Ben Fisher, 4. Steve Dow, 5. Kevin Tanaka

Stock 125 Shifter - 1. Todd Thompson, 2. Nark Nason, 3. John Morgan

•Reno-Fernley Raceway - July 2

Modifieds:

Heat Winners - #1 Shawn Natenstedt, #2 Tom Purcell

Main (25 Laps) - 1. Tom Purcell, 2. Shawn Natenstedt, 3. Don Childs, 4. Travis Peterson

Pro Stocks:

Heat Winners - #1 Jesse Gonzalez, #2 Joe Specchio Jr.

Main - (25 Laps) - 1. Jesse Gonzalez, 2. Joe Specchio Jr., 3. Ed Goss, 4. David Upton, 5. B.J. Pearson

Hobby Stocks:

Heat Winners - #1 13, #2 Missy Natenstedt, #3 Dwight Bolton

Main (15 Laps) - 1. Royce Goetz, 2. David Partelow, 3. Rick Miller, 4. Dwight Bolton, 5. Mike Firebaugh

Dwarf Cars:

Heat Winners - #1 Jesse Vankol, #2 Race Wilson

Main (15 Laps) - 1.Jesse Vankol, 2. Bobby Wilson, 3. Bobby Niles, 4. Race Wilson, 5. Danyale Urban-Howard

Pure Stock:

Heat Winner - Alfred Bishop

Main (15 Laps) - 1. Alfred Bishop, 2. Travis Barr, 3. Justin Schilling, 4. Mikayla Hancock

•Lovelock Speedway - July 2

IMCA Modifieds:

Heat Winner - Jeffrey Macedo

Main (30 Laps) - 1. Cory Sample, 2. Randy Artz, 3. Steve Evenson, 4. James Jurad, 5. Remi Lopez

360 Sprints:

Heat Winner - Tony Taylor

Main (16 Laps) - 1. Bob Cooney, 2. Galen Reese

B Mods:

Heat Winners - #1 Scott Hammond, #2 Lee Ketten

Main (15 Laps) - 1. Scott Hammond, 2. Michael Goldsworthy, 3. Gordon Richardson, 4. Damon Tupa, 5. Loren Bianchi

Hobby Stocks:

Heat Winner - Lance Roberts

Main (15 Laps) - 1. Lance Roberts, 2. John Wright, 3. Glenn Rose, 4. Kevin Libbee

Dwarf Cars:

Heat Winner - Rodney Sweet

Main (20 Laps) - 1. Rodney Sweet, 2. Shane Stannard, 3. Tate Morehead, 4. Bobby Gibson, 5. Cody Gibson

Outlaw Karts:

Beginner Main Event (10-Laps) - 1. Lee Ketten, 2. Cade Maestas, 3. Sarah Anderson.

Intermediate Main Event (15-Laps) - 1. Danner Barrick, 2. Katie Sample, 3. Brynn Turner, 4. Marissa Rogers.
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