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Rattlesnake Raceway hosts full moon racing
by Dan McGee
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Tribune/Dan McGee - After rolling his Hobby Stock, Tony Taylor (left) watches as his passenger and brother Mark Taylor is helped from the racer by a track official. The incident occurred after one of the car’s wheels broke while exiting Turn 4 at Rattlesnake Raceway.
Tribune/Dan McGee - After rolling his Hobby Stock, Tony Taylor (left) watches as his passenger and brother Mark Taylor is helped from the racer by a track official. The incident occurred after one of the car’s wheels broke while exiting Turn 4 at Rattlesnake Raceway.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - Saturday evening's racing at Rattlesnake Raceway began with a make-up IMCA Modified race. Taking the checkered flag and the win is Don Childs (41r), while Eddie Scarberry follows him to the finish.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Saturday evening's racing at Rattlesnake Raceway began with a make-up IMCA Modified race. Taking the checkered flag and the win is Don Childs (41r), while Eddie Scarberry follows him to the finish.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - After wrecking in the Hobby Stock feature, driver Tony Taylor was involved in another one during the 360 Sprint Car main. Here, his racer is being lifted off the car of Larry Olivera, who was finished for the night, while Taylor was able to continue.
Tribune/Dan McGee - After wrecking in the Hobby Stock feature, driver Tony Taylor was involved in another one during the 360 Sprint Car main. Here, his racer is being lifted off the car of Larry Olivera, who was finished for the night, while Taylor was able to continue.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - On Saturday night, Rattlesnake Raceway unveiled its new Outlaw Kart track and the youngsters that competed gave a good account of it themselves. Here two beginners are about to take the green flag during their race.
Tribune/Dan McGee - On Saturday night, Rattlesnake Raceway unveiled its new Outlaw Kart track and the youngsters that competed gave a good account of it themselves. Here two beginners are about to take the green flag during their race.
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FALLON — One superstition in racing is about an event run under a full moon. And Saturday’s races at Rattlesnake Raceway kind of lived up to this as it was a wild, action-filled night.

Topping the crazy night list was the Hobby Stock feature that was slated for 30 laps but later cut to 25 laps.

On the green Pete Baglin grabbed the point and led the charge with Annette Reinhart, the “Flying Grandmother,” giving chase. After a pair of cautions Mike Olsen was second while his brother Pete was moving toward the front.

Rinehart came to grief when her car broke an axel and one of its rear tires separated from the car. She would be towed away to the pits.

Two laps later, Tony Taylor, who had his brother Mark riding as a passenger also suffered wheel failure as the center of the right rear broke away from the rim. This sent the car sideway and rolling for at least two times.

The flagman immediately hit the red light to top the race and official Glenn Lee raced from the infield to the stricken, and now upside down car to help the occupants.

Hanging upside down both men had a problem getting their harness released so they could get out. Tony got out first but Lee was finally able to push Mark up enough to get his belts released Fortunately both men were unhurt but the same couldn’t be said for the car, which will need quite a bit of work to get it race ready again, if it can be repaired.

When racing resumed it turned into an Olsen family affair as Mike tried to hold off his brother Pete, who eventually took the point and victory.

Later Taylor’s brother and passenger Mark, who is visiting from Montana, said, “I’m alright.”

His brother Tony, who went through two wrecks in two different cars, added, “I was just hanging on and counted two rolls. My belt jammed too so I pushed back up. They were going to roll us back over but I was already unclipped so they didn’t. And in the sprint was pretty exciting too.”

The evening actually began with a race for those IMCA drivers that didn’t get their main run last week to finally race it.

When the green waved, Brian Milburn took off with the pack in hot pursuit. Behind him points leader Shawn Natenstedt came from the back to third in less than a lap then set his sights on the fleeing leader.

Just a few laps later, Natenstedt’s car began to smoke as a loose valve cover was leaking oil on a hot exhaust header. It took the officials only a few laps to send him to the pits to get the problem resolved.

Back on the track, Milburn had his hands full holding off a determined Eddie Scarberry, who eventually grabbed the point. Then he wound up trying to hold off Don Childs, who took the lead on the final lap and streaked off to claim the victory.

Later that night when the IMCA Modifieds took the green for their current race, Wade Lumsden held the point as they pack tore into Turn 1. His time leading was cut short by heat race winner Steve Evensen, who then spun out of the lead in Turn 4.

By that time, Natenstedt had carved his way to second while visiting Robert Miller was carefully working his way through the pack.

Just past the halfway mark Natenstedt finally took the lead while Miller was steadily closing the gap between himself and the leader. Lap after lap both drivers sliced their way past any traffic and all the while Miller was getting closer to leader Natenstedt.

There was a five-car duel for position back in the pack. On the White Flag lap the leaders caught this pack and both sought a clear path through the slower cars.

Exiting Turn 4, and heading for the checkered flag, Natenstedt chose the inside line while Miller swung to the outside. Only a bumper separated them at the finish with Natenstedt winning while Miller was second.

While sitting at post-race inspection, Natenstedt said, “We started eighth and the track was really slick, we adjusted, not enough but we made it enough to win the race.”

Then Miller said, “We ran good and we don’t run this car much and we were getting zero traction. We caught up to him but for the most part we were pretty even once we got spaced out. But it was a good race.”

When the 360 Sprint Car main began Larry Olivera was on the point with Mike White giving chase. A couple of laps later Jeff Macedo took the lead while Olivera, Tommy Teeters and White were in a three-way fight for second.

After his roll over in the Hobby Stock main, Tony Taylor was in the seat of his green sprint car and soon joined the fight. However he was involved in his second wreck of the night when he tangled with Olivera’s car, which brought out the red flag.

While Olivera was done for the night but after getting a new right rear tire, Taylor rejoined the fray. But after having problems that made it hard to keep the car straight he was just trying to finish the race.

Up front, Teeters, who had taken the lead stormed off to the victory.

“It was good and a long time coming,” Teeters said. “The car had a lot of bite and it was running good. We didn’t make it out for the heat race as we lost the magneto in the car so we put an HDI distributor in and it ran good.”

When the Gen-X main began Vince Evenson briefly led until Sadie Pope took the point. Behind her Alfred Bishop was heading toward the front as he moved through the pack.

A couple of laps later, contact left Jesse James stuck on the muddy inside berm and brought out the caution. At that same time officials noticed a small fire under the truck of Kai Pope.

Officials stopped her and got Pope out of her car as the fire crew checked and made sure it had gone out. That oil leak ended her night.

By now Bishop held the lead but it would be short lived, as Kevin Reuter would use an outside pass to gain the lead and storm away to the victory. Behind the lead there was an almost race-lone duel for third between James and Sharlee Kaster, who had wrecked her car last week and gotten it repaired.

Just holding James off for third might have moved Sharlee to second in points ahead of Yolanda Kaster.

Lee Ketten won the Rat Mod feature but the race got off to a rough start when Marri Andrews misjudged her opening lap charge and wound up in the backstretch wall ending her night.

However, Ketten was also lucky as he had almost used up a back tire that was real close to coming apart.

Back in the pits Ketten said, “The track was good, a lot better than our heat race but I lost a tread cap on my right rear tire and it started to get real loose and almost lost it once. Look at the back tire, it’s bald as I used it all up.”

One three Mini Mods were on hand and Steve McGee won the heat race while Justin McIlvain took the main.

The night also featured the debut of Rattlesnake’s new Outlaw Kart track. In fact the karts had the largest “car” count of any division. While there is still more work to be done, including finding a way to light the short track, the youngsters gave a good account of themselves.

So now Lovelock and Rattlesnake might give local outlaw kart racers two tracks to compete at rather than having to go to California for events.

OTHER RACING NEWS

•Saturday evening is highlighted by two oval tracks being in action and both of them have 7 p.m. start times. Further east Lovelock Speedway will host a regular show while the Reno-Fernley Raceway hosts another of its double points NASCAR nights, which means a pair of Modified races that bookend the night.

Up at Donner Ski Ranch, beginning around 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, the Cal-Neva Extreme series stages it final round of this year’s rock climbing series.

•Three of NASCAR’s Nevada Quartet were at the Watkins Glen road course this weekend.

Kurt Busch, driving for injured Brad Keselowski, won Saturday’s Nationwide event after his brother Kyle, who led for many laps, had to pit for fuel and would wind up fourth. Sparks native T. J. Bell, who now lived in North Carolina, qualified 29th but suffered brake problems and ended up 42nd.

RESULTS

Rattlesnake Raceway, Aug. 13

IMCA Modifieds:

Make Up Main(20-Laps) - 1. Don Childs, 2. Eddie Scarberry, 3. Brian Milburn, 4. Steve McKellip, 5. Wade Lumsden

Heat Winners - #1 Steve Evenson, #2 Shawn Natenstedt

Main (30 Laps) - 1. Shawn Natenstedt, 2. Robert Miller, 3. Don Childs, 4. Wade Lumsden, 5. Jeff Elerick

Hobby Stocks:

Heat Winners - #1 Pete Olsen, #2 Wes Washburn

Main (25 Laps) - 1. Pete Olsen, 2. Mike Olsen, 3. Aaron Benham, 4. Skeeter Donaldson, 5. Chris Neal

360 Outlaw Sprints:

Heat Winners - #1 Bob Cooney, 2. Arne Martin

Main (20 Laps) - 1. Tommy Teeters, 2. Jeff Macedo, 3. Arne Martin, 4. Mike White, 5. Bob Cooney

Rat Mods:

Heat Winner - Lee Ketten

Main (20 Laps) - 1. Lee Ketten, 2, Glenn Lee, 3. Scott Hammond, 4. Steve Young, 5. Mark Rios

Gen-X:

Heat Winners - #1 Yolanda Kaster, #2 Jesse James

Main (25 Laps) - 1. Kevin Reuter, 2. Alfred Bishop, 3. Sharlee Kaster, 4. Jesse James

Mod Minis:

Cash for Cash - 1.Steve McGee, 2. Justin McIlvain, 3. Steve Singley

Main - 1. Justin McIlvain, 2. Steve Singley
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