This event is an “Us vs. Them” contest where the locals defend their turf from the invading clubs with two days of motos on this fast, technical course. And one of the homeboys showed, even after a layoff, the Sand Box is still his house.
“It’s been three months since I raced or rode, so my body’s a little out of shape,” Scott “Mr. Sandman” Stillmock said after running away with his last Master’s moto. “I was tired at the end and could see them catching me so I was just trying to play it safe.”
In that final moto, he led the charge right after the first turn and was never headed so Brian Bacal, the only other rider in his class, had to settle for the runner-up spot.
The 38 Experts also raced in that same moto and when the dust settled, local chapter member Tony Fagundes finished third, which was enough to earn the overall spot for the weekend ahead of fellow chapter member Marcus Gentry.
Jeramiah Brown, another local chapter member, took the 30+ Intermediate overall win for the weekend as he swept all of his motos. However, his final moto was a battle.
After the halfway point, Valley chapter member Scooter McCormack caught Brown and the race was on. Lap after lap they were nose-to-tail or side-by-side. Flying past the checkered, Brown’s margin of victory was less than a second over McCormack.
For one rider, getting no rest Friday night took its toll but a good night’s sleep Saturday gave him a pair of victories on Sunday.
After taking the checkered flag, local rider Chester Martinmaas said,” What a great ride, I thought I lost it that time but for the first time in a long time, they got tired before I did. I did two thirds yesterday so I can’t win today as I worked all Friday night, didn’t have one ounce of sleep but today that little 8 and a half hour sleep made all the difference.”
Then runner up but overall victory Robert Stone said, “It was great and I love a challenge but a Reno guy whipped me. I had a good ride, won both Saturday and got two second places behind Chester and it’s humbling to get my butt whoopped.”
While he started in third, Martinmass soon began to close on the leaders and passed both Stone and Steve Parker. From that point on, he held the point with Stone trying to catch him.
Four motos in two days take a toll on all the riders and the result was that some races actually ran slower on Sunday afternoon. One example was the race combining the 52+ Novice riders and the 60+ racers.
A very tired Valley chapter member Mike Tucker said after winning the final moto, “We’re all so tired it’s just who is going to last through the last moto,” he said. “I can guarantee that last moto is a lot slower than the last three.”
Even though it was a long haul local chapter member Bob Hurst ended the weekend on a high note as he swept all his 52+ Novice races.
“The track is brutal right now but the guys have done a great job prepping it and keeping it watered. Hat’s off to the Over The Hill Gang, they’ve done a great job all weekend,” he said.
While several women raced in various classes, there were two groups that had their own race. At the end of Sunday’s final race a delighted Bay Area rider, Connie Talbot won and insured her weekend’s overall victory.
“The track was awesome,” she said.
Fortunately it was a pretty safe weekend with only a few incidents but no rider had to be transferred to the hospital. And it was a good weekend for the local chapter as their members won five overall victories making it a good weekend.
•The 95A Speedway was also in action on Saturday night where the cold temperatures were the scene of some hot racing.
Saving he best for last the evening ending IMCA Modified feature became a three-dog fight between Shawn Natenstedt, Jay Sears and Jake Holland. For much of the race a large blanket would have covered all three cars.
Each had their time on the point, but the race was decided after a drag race from Turn 4 to the checkered flag where Natenstedt nipped Sears at the line.
Holland was a close third followed by Robert Miller and Natenstedt’s wife Missy driving a B Mod racer that is usually outgunned in horsepower when compared to the other modifieds.
After the race Natenstedt said, “Man that was a great race, I got up front the Jay got the lead. I had to settle in then we had a few cautions and Jake got me on the outside and I got him back. Then coming to the checkered me and Jay Sears were just nose-to-tail, door-to-door, it was awesome racing tonight and my wife finished fifth, her second race in an A Mod.”
Then he gave special thanks to sponsors Competition Carburetion, Silverado Casino, Silver Strike Casino and Carson Plains Casino.
For his part Sears said, “In that last corner I missed my mark by a hair and let him get underneath me. And it was a drag race from there, but we still had a good run off the top and almost got him.”
Then third place Holland said, “We had that caution with about five to go and I actually got underneath Shawn to the lead and it was a photo finish as we raced back to the yellow. I didn’t need that caution, think we would have won the race but that’s racing and how it goes.”
At 95A cars when a caution comes out the cars race back to the yellow flag. While exciting there is a downside to this and during the IMCA race tragedy was averted but just.
Leo Mayfield spun and was sitting still on the front straight beyond the flagman. Most cars missed him but when a three-wide group came down the front straight Russell Rosario didn’t have anywhere to go and hit the helpless Mayfield.
In the end both drivers were uninjured in the race-stopping incident but Rosario’s car has most of its driver side bodywork torn away as well as that side’s suspension almost torn off the car. It was a testimony to how good the safety equipment was and how dangerous racing back to a yellow can be.
Other races were also hot and heavy as Craig Nieman ran away with the Pro Stock feature while Royce Goetz held off all comers to win the Hobby Stock event. In the Dwarf Cars it was Vikki Wilson Jr., while Al Bishop won the Pure Stock Mini race and Stephen Crook topped the Mini Mod field.
OTHER RACING NEWS
•This weekend will be another action packed one for racing fans.
North of Reno the Honey Lake Motocross Park hosts the next round of the SMRA Spring series on Saturday while, on Sunday, Exit 28 hosts the next round of its Dealer’s Challenge series.
For oval track fans American Valley Speedway in Quincy has another of its points races featuring IMCA Modifieds and the DART series Dwarf Cars. Closer to home Rattlesnake Raceway in Fallon hosts another of its points races.
On Sunday the Northern Nevada Kart Club stages another race at Desert Park Raceway located a quarter mile on the dirt extension of Lemmon Drive.
•Three of NASCAR’s Nevada Quartet spent the weekend at Charlotte. In Saturday’s Nationwide event Kyle Busch started 12th and finished third while T.J. Bell came from 39th to end up 30th.
On Sunday the Coke Cola 600 was run, the longest stock car race on the calendar, and once again Kyle ended up third while older brother Kurt, who started 42nd came home 27th and T.J. Bell in one of his rare Sprint Cup appearances started 39th and finished 30th.
•Lion’s Fernley Motocross Track -
Over The Hill Gang Nationals (Overall)
A - 1. Connie Talbot, 2. Linda Thomas, 3. Brenna Singh, 4. Dee Jay
B - 1. Kristy Martin, 2. Paige Winfree, 3. Brenda Petuya, 4. Coleen Dwyer, 5. Charlene Spoor
Beg - 1. Cameron Clark, 2. Missi Dutton, 3. Greg Tribulato
Nov - 1. Julio Leon, 2. Ward Alexandro, 3. Craig Owen, 4. Andrew Jones, 5. Norman Poppy
Interm - 1. Jeramiah Brown*, 2. Scooter McCormack, 3. Brent Dost
Exp - 1. Jason Shakespeare*
Master - 1. Scott Stillmock*, 2. Brian Bacal
Beg - 1. Mikel Cimmino, 2. Chris Gaarenstroom*, 3. Chrstian Tyler*, 5. James Van Dulnwyk
Nov - 1. Brian Allman, 2. Eugene Spoor, 3. Travis Hilbish*, 4. Kevin Westmoreland, 5. Mike Muzio
Intrm - 1. A.J. Turnage*, 2. Chris Dyer*, 3. Mark Flinders, 4. Kirk Sego*, 5. Michael Steyer
Exp - 1. Tony Fagundes*, 2. Marcus Gentry*, 3. Gary Forrest, 4. Rich Graham, 5. Andy Adams
Master - 1. Kevin Williams, 2. Aaron Mattson, 3. Pete Cannizzaro*
Beg - 1. Stee Gallagher, 2. John Porgil, 3. Ian Staton, 4. Steve Deluna, 5. Jason Deryckx
Nov - 1. Greg Anderson, 2. Rich Beatie, 3. John Casselman, 4. John Barsell, 5. John Burnette
Intrm - 1. Chris Cumbo, 2. Mike Cosaert, 3. Doug Huff, 4. Dan Jones, 5. Blake Steelgrave
Exp - 1. Matt Dawson, 2. Taylor Marcell, 3. Eric Schacht*, 4. Robert Day, 5. John Lombardo
Beg - 1. David Drake, 2. Ron Hutcherson, 3. John Croce
Nov - 1. Bob Hurst*, 2. Art Flores, 3. Mark Aiken, 4. Mike Wilson, 5. Mike Greene
Interm - 1. Alex Chellew, 2. Darin Lundquist, 3. Mark Lane, 4. Uncle Mike, 5. Gary Thuesdill
Exp - 1. Robert Stone, 2. Chester Martinmass*, 3. Steve Parker, 4. Robert Fields, 5. Alan McGehee*
Master - 1. Randy Law, 2. Shawn Hybarger, 3. Steve Law, 4. Bruce Ashmore
Ama - 1. Reid Franke, 2. Michael Alarcor, 3. Russ Greenfield, 4. Leroy Francard, 5. Bob Kosovilka
Exp - 1. Jeff Blix, 2. Mike Tucker, 3. Lee Evans, 4. James Smith*, 5. Bruce Winfree
* - Reno OTHG Chapter riders.
•95A Speedway, May 26
Heat Winners - #1 Jack Holland, #2 Shawn Natenstedt
Main (25 Laps) - 1. Shawn Natenstedt, 2. Jay Sears, 3. Jake Holland
Heat Winners - #1 Derrek Raucher, #2 Ken Gotcha
Main (25 Laps) - 1. Craig Nieman, 2. Ken Gotcha 3. Chris Coclich
Heat Winners - #1 18, #2 Rick Miller
Main (25 Laps) - 1. Royce Goetz, 2. Randy Boyd, 3. Mike Olsen
Heat Winner - Stephen Crook
Main (15 Laps) - 1. Stephen Crook, 2. Steve Singley, 3. Will Richey
Heat Winner - 22
Main (20 Laps) - 1. Vuki Wilson Jr., 2. Shane Ranthum, 3. Tate Morehead
Pure Stock Minis:
Heat Winner - #1 Al Bishop, #2 13
Main (15 Laps) - 1. Al Bishop, 2. Brace Devin, 3. Mike Olsen
Beginner Main - 1. Mckenna Gershal, 2. Sarah Anderson, 3. Dale Craiglow
Intermediates - 1. Jacob Diez, 2. Katlen Roberts, 3. Caleb Gonzalez, 4. Steven Slatter, 5. Cole Reid, 6. Trey Waters
•Lovelock Speedway, May 26
Heat Winner - J.D. Jurad
Main (20 Laps) - 1. Jeffrey Macedo, 2. Lee Bosch, 3. J.D. Jurad, 4. David Breaux, 5. David Peterson
Heat Winner - Damon Tupa
Main (10 Laps) - 1. Loren Bianchi, 2. Damon Tupa
Heat Winner - Robert Cooney
Main (20 Laps) - 1. Bob Cooney, 2. Robert Cooney, 3. Larry Olivera, 4. Jeffrey Macedo
Heat Winners - #1 Michael Ellison, #2 Audie Peterson
Main (20 Laps) - 1. Michael Ellison, 2. Sandy Clark, 3. Audie Peterson, 4, Kevin Libbe, 5. Dalma Ellison, 6. Ricky Ellison, 7. Laura Richardson