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Hard racing kicks off Lovelock’s season
by Dan McGee
May 13, 2012 | 1952 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune/Dan McGee - As they head toward the checkered flag, eventual winner Duncan Lee (98) takes a bead on Chad Christiansen (6C), who had led for most of the B Mod feature race.
Tribune/Dan McGee - As they head toward the checkered flag, eventual winner Duncan Lee (98) takes a bead on Chad Christiansen (6C), who had led for most of the B Mod feature race.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - Roaring into Turn 3 Rodney Sweet (10), who won the Dwarf Car feature, chases leader Cody Gibson (3) as they dueled for the lead.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Roaring into Turn 3 Rodney Sweet (10), who won the Dwarf Car feature, chases leader Cody Gibson (3) as they dueled for the lead.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - The closest anyone got to Hobby Stock winner Michael Ellison (8E) was heat winner K.C. Kubichek (9) here trying to mount a challenge for the lead. Several laps later, Kubichek's car suffered a mechanical problem and he had to drop out of the race.
Tribune/Dan McGee - The closest anyone got to Hobby Stock winner Michael Ellison (8E) was heat winner K.C. Kubichek (9) here trying to mount a challenge for the lead. Several laps later, Kubichek's car suffered a mechanical problem and he had to drop out of the race.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - A delighted J.D. Jurad celebrates after winning for the first time in his new IMCA racer.
Tribune/Dan McGee - A delighted J.D. Jurad celebrates after winning for the first time in his new IMCA racer.
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LOVELOCK — After the first race of the year was rained out, the Lovelock Speedway finally got its season started Saturday evening. Near perfect weather set the stage for hard racing and some close finishes.

The B Mod feature was decided only after the leaders exited the final turn.

“I had a little bit of a job to do tonight, and it was a bit more difficult,” Duncan Lee said after scoring the narrow victory. “He (Christiansen) was protecting the inside line really tight and I didn’t want to try it on the outside because I didn’t know what it was like up there, especially out of Turn 4. He got on it just a little too hard, slipped up and that’s when I got him.”

When the green waved to start the race, Chad Christiansen took off with Shirley Reeves and Damon Tupa giving chase. At the back of the pack, Lee was taking his time and being patient.

The first caution came out when Dickie Souza spun in Turn 2. Then after the restart, he did the same thing but this time he collected Lee. After the cars separated, Souza limped into the pits with a broken suspension, while Lee’s car suffered no damage and continued.

For the next several laps, the race was between Tupa and Lee as they battled for second place. A slip by Tupa exiting a corner allowed Lee to grab second and the chase was on.

Lovelock Speedway is bowl shaped and Lee’s technique was to enter a corner high then dive toward the inside on the exit. Doing this allowed him to shave the gap between himself and the leader.

As any racer knows, catching someone is one thing but passing them is another. And Christiansen was protecting the preferred line that had the most traction.

Several times Lee got beside Christiansen, who held the position when they tore down one of the straights.

Going into the final turn it appeared Christiansen was going to win until he slipped up just enough to allow Lee to get inside and beat him at the line by a half car length.

After his victory, his second in as many outings with this new racer, Lee thanked the other members of his team, Old Buzzards Racing when he said, “Without them I could never get this thing going the way it is.”

Early in the evening it appeared there might be only two sprint cars after the oil drain plug fell out of the motor for one car. However some quick work, and more oil, got all three of them to the line for their feature.

Larry Oliveria took off after the green waved with Jeffrey Macedo and Bob Cooney in hot pursuit.

Although the cars were spread out at first they began to close up with Macedo in second place. Lap after lap Oliveria clung to first while Cooney just couldn’t find the traction to make the pass.

Cooney, in the final laps, slipped coming out of Turn 4, which allowed Macedo to grab second at the end. Up front Oliveria took the victory.

The Dwarf Car feature was another hard fought race that was led for much of its 20-laps by Cody Gibson. Behind him there was a tight, place swapping battle as the other drivers fought for second place.

With six to go Shane Stannard dove inside Bobby Gibson but contact with a tire marking the inside of the course spun both cars. Stannard’s racer suffered a broken front suspension while Gibson’s car wasn’t hurt too badly.

Fortunately both drivers weren’t injured although they were finished for the night.

Up front Gibson, led on the restart before eventual winner Sweet got passed him in the final laps.

One driver marked his return to racing by dominating the Hobby Stock main. When things got rolling Audie Peterson briefly held the point until he spun in Turn 2.

After that Michael Ellison took over the point, and despite a challenge by Samuel Seal, held on to it.

Then heat winner K.C. Kubichek began to edge closer and closer to the leader. Unfortunately a brief excursion on the infield, and a possible mechanical problem, ended Kubichek’s night as he headed for the pits.

Up front it was all Ellison’s race as he was left with a huge lead.

Later in the pits he said, “Had a lot of fun out there but I was expecting someone to try and pass me but never saw nothing. I felt a couple of taps on the rear end and figured somebody’s trying to get around me but never saw another car. The track stayed slick pretty much the whole race, towards the end I was getting a little better hook up and was staying down on the bottom and I was grinning from ear to ear.”

Then he added special thanks to Lovelock Chevron, his parents, the rest of the Ellison Racing Team, Kevin Libbee and Laura Richardson.

Attrition eliminated two of the four IMCA Modifieds but the other two gave a good account of themselves in their shortened feature. However, it wasn’t a cakewalk for winner J.D. Jurad as a determined Shawn LaRocque chased him for the entire event.

After the dust settled Jurad said, “First feature win in the new 2011 Stripper chassis from Don Baisch Racing Products. He built it last year, ran it on the Wild West Modified Tour but it’s new to me and I think it’s going to be a good car. I wish there had been more cars but a win’s a win.”

OTHER RACING NEWS

•This weekend the Nevada oval tracks will be dark as the American Valley Speedway, in Quincy, Calif., hosts the first of the six round shootout series with 95A Speedway in Fernley.

Not only will a bunch of IMCA Modifieds on hand but the DART Dwarf Cars as the well as the Spec Sprint Car series will be there as well. The racing gets going around 6 p.m. and it should be an action packed evening.

To the east, the Top Gun Raceway, located south of Fallon, hosts a two day show with a 9:30 a.m. start both Saturday and Sunday. The track is hosting round 4 and 5 of the Summit ET and Junior Dragster series.

•NASCAR’s Nevada quartet spent part of the Mother’s Day weekend at the historic Darlington Raceway as they competed in two night races.

In Friday’s Nationwide race Kurt Busch ended up fourth while accidents dropped Brendan Gaughan to 26th and T.J. Bell to 32nd. Kyle Busch finished fourth in Saturday’s Sprint Cup event while a late race wall banger dropped older brother Kurt to 21st.

RESULTS

Lovelock Speedway - May 5

IMCA Modifieds:

Heat Race - 1. Jeffrey Macedo, 2. Shawn LaRocque, 3. J.D. Jurad, 4. Jeffrey Elerick Jr.

Main (10-Laps) - 1. J.D. Jurad, 2. Shawn LaRocque

B Modifieds:

Heat Race - 1. Duncan Lee, 2. Damon Tupa, 3. Dickie Souza, 4. Loren Bianchi, 5. Chad Christiansen, 6. Shirley Reeves

Main (20-Laps)-1. Duncan Lee, 2. Chad Christiansen, 3. Damon Tupa, 4. Loren Bianchi, 5. Shirley Reeves, 6. Dickie Souza*

Hobby Stocks:

Heat Race #1 - 1. K.C.Kubichek, 2. Michael Ellison, 3. Samuel Seals, 4. Sandy Clark, 5. Audie Peterson

Heat Race #2 - 1. Rick Ellison, 2. Kevin Libbee, 3. Dahna Ellison, 4. Laura Richardson*

Main (20-Laps) - 1. Michael Ellison, 2. Samuel Seals, 3. Sandy Clark, 4. Kevin Libbee, 5. Rick Ellison, 6. Dahna Ellison, 7. Audie Peterson, 8. K.C. Kubickek

Dwarf Cars:

Heat Race - 1. Shane Stannard, 2. Rodney Sweet, 3. Bobby Gibson, 4. Frank Hinds, 5. Cody Gibson

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

360 Sprint Cars:

Heat Race - 1. Bob Cooney, 2. Larry Oliveria

Main (15-Laps) - 1. Larry Oliveria, 2. Bob Cooney, 3. Jeffrey Macedo

* - Did not finish race.
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