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Frontier races at Lovelock; Desert Park hosts Minimoto
by Dan McGee
Aug 05, 2012 | 3915 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Gen-X usually doesn’t compete at Lovelock Speedway, but during this year’s Frontier Days event, this class raced on Saturday. Here, winner Shawn Hartzell (32) goes past early leader Bryce Phillips (15F).
Tribune/Dan McGee Gen-X usually doesn’t compete at Lovelock Speedway, but during this year’s Frontier Days event, this class raced on Saturday. Here, winner Shawn Hartzell (32) goes past early leader Bryce Phillips (15F).
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Tribune/Dan McGee - Chad Christiansen celebrates with a victory lap after winning the B Mod feature on Saturday night.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Chad Christiansen celebrates with a victory lap after winning the B Mod feature on Saturday night.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - During the IMCA Modified feature, the transmission of Wad Lumsden's car broke free of its mounts and is hanging down under the car. Here, Galen Reese (white shirt) and Lumsden (right) watch as the tow truck begins the trip to the pits.
Tribune/Dan McGee - During the IMCA Modified feature, the transmission of Wad Lumsden's car broke free of its mounts and is hanging down under the car. Here, Galen Reese (white shirt) and Lumsden (right) watch as the tow truck begins the trip to the pits.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - This weekend, the Minimoto USA series competed at NNKC's track, Desert Park Raceway. The closest race of the day was for second in the Mini GP Modified event. Here, Brenden Ketelsen (44) chases Cory Ventura over Turn 5. After a place-swapping duel Ketelsen took the position by about an inch at the finish line.
Tribune/Dan McGee - This weekend, the Minimoto USA series competed at NNKC's track, Desert Park Raceway. The closest race of the day was for second in the Mini GP Modified event. Here, Brenden Ketelsen (44) chases Cory Ventura over Turn 5. After a place-swapping duel Ketelsen took the position by about an inch at the finish line.
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LOVELOCK ­­— Every year, this rural Nevada town celebrates its founding with Frontier Days and the local track stages a Friday-Saturday show of racing. Even with the heat, which was over 100 degrees the races went on.

One new class to the track were the Gen-X cars, most of which usually compete at Rattlesnake Raceway in Fallon.

“The race was pretty good, track was real sticky and I want to thank the officials for letting us come here and play,” Shawn Hartzell said after winning his feature race. “These cars work well on this track and coming back just depends if they can get more cars and hopefully they can.”

When the green waved, Bryce Phillips took off while Hartzell and Al Bishop put an inside/outside move to fly past pole sitter Shawn Burton.

On lap four, Hartzell made his move and dove to the inside of Turn 1 and then exited Turn 2 as the leader.

“Got some grip on that lower line and it just ran great,” he said later.

From there the chase was on as both Bishop and Phillips, who ended up third gave chase. But in the end, Bishop would have to settle for the runner-up spot.

After the race, Hartzell was accompanied by his 7-year-old son, Maximillian, and said, “If it wasn’t for my little fan here screaming for me, I wouldn’t have won.”

Earlier the B Modifieds ran their main on a slick track that had most tip-toeing around this bull ring. There was an initial scramble and Chad Christiansen came out the leader.

And he used an interesting line as his car would go into Turn 2, slide up near the top of Turn 2, then rocket downhill toward Turns 3 and 4 where he used an inside line.

Two cautions slowed the field and the first came when Shirley Reeves wound up on top of a berm while trying to avoid one of the tires used to mark the inside of the course.

Next caution came after contact between two cars spun one of them. In the end, however, Christiansen prevailed and won the race followed by Loen Bianchi and Reeves.

The 360 Sprint Car feature was all Larry Oliviera as he ran away with the event. Robert Cooney tried his best but there was no catching the leader.

“We jumped out to an early lead, the track was wonderful and the guys gave me a great car so I was able to just take it to the finish for them,” Oliviera said later. “I’ve got to thank my crew, Don and Dennis, as well as my wife Michelle.”

The biggest field of the night was the Hobby Stock division and when its race began, it was Audie Peterson up front with Sandy Clark and the field in hot pursuit.

Just past the halfway point, Peterson caught a pack of three back markers, but catching and lapping them were two different things. He did make it as did second place Clark and Michael Ellison, who had designs on second place.

By now the track had dried out and it was getting dusty out there, but none of the drivers were about to slow down.

With just over one lap to go Ellison managed to use an inside move to take second place from Clark. Up front, however, there was no catching Peterson on this night.

“I didn’t have any trouble and the track was good finally, not too wet, not too dry, just right,” Peterson said. “Lappers scared me a little bit, trying to get around them but it was all right. And I need to thank my family sponsors, Jim’s Service, Renfroe Trucking, D&S Ranch Crew and Ellison Racing as they helped out a lot this weekend.”

The IMCA Modified race was a bit of an anti-climax due to attrition. One unlucky driver was Wade Lumsden, who appeared to be a contender.

However, on the green Jeff Elerick Jr. took off and took the point. Three laps later, Lumsden slowed an headed for the pits then Macedo would have to pit as well.

Lumsden came back out but then his transmission broke free of its mounts. That incident stopped the race as the tow truck was summoned to pull the car back to the pits.

Up front however it was all Elerick as he cruised to the victory as J.D. Jurad was unable to close the gap and had to settle for second.

“The race was pretty good besides all them cautions,” Elerick said. “The track was dry but it had good bite in it. And I need to thank my dad, family and Jeff Taylor.”

•On Sunday, Desert Park Raceway was in action but this time, rather than go karts it was the Minimoto USA series. This group uses small motorcycles and the riders range from 7-years-old to a senior citizen.

The series, in its first year has a Northern California part, which includes Oregon as well as a Southern California group. And it’s the only one on this side of the country.

One close race was in the Minimoto Unlimited event, won by Rocco Landers, who was chased and pressured by runner-up Fernando Ulloa.

But the closest race wasn’t for the win. That came in the final event of the afternoon in the Mini GP Modified division, also won by Landers.

In back of him there was a place swapping duel for second that wasn’t settled until the riders reached the checkered flag.

Several times third place Brenden Ketelsen would draft past Cory Ventura on the front straight only to lose the place as they rolled in to Turn 1. But both riders were almost nose-to-tail as they emerged from the last left-right-left complex and began a drag race to the finish.

At the line Ketelsen took the position by maybe an inch or two and dropped Ventura to third.

Asked about the day and series, co-owner Jason Paden said, “It’s going good and we have a strong group of guys in Northern California. It’s the first year of the series but the Southern California series is a bit lighter than we’d like.”

He added that those that race motocross or in MRANN can race in the series. Of course only small bikes and they would need either street tires or slicks as this is a road racing series.

Those wishing further information on the series should check their website at, www.minimotouse.com.

OTHER RACING NEWS

•This week’s racing begins Saturday afternoon at the Exit 28 motocross track. The Back in Black summer series is underway and 3 p.m. should see the first moto.

Rattlesnake Raceway in Fallon begins its oval track show at 6 p.m. and features the IMCA Modifieds, Amsoil Northern Nevada Outlaw Karts and there will be kids rids during the intermission.

Then on Sunday, beginning at 7 p.m., American Valley Speedway in Quincy stages its annual Fair Races. IMCA Modifieds highlight the show that will include lawnmower races.

•Nevada’s NASCAR racers were in two different locations this weekend. Saturday’s Nationwide race was staged in Iowa where Brendan Gaughan started sixth and finished 14th while T.J. Bell’s string of bad luck continues as electrical problems dropped him to 36th.

In Sunday’s rain shortened Sprint Cup event at the Pocono International Raceway both Busch brothers were involved in wreck that dropped Kurt to a 30th place finish while younger brother Kyle ended up 33rd.

RESULTS

Lovelock Speedway - Frontier Days Races

• Saturday, August 4

IMCA Modifieds:

Heat Winner - Jeffrey Macedo

Main (10 Laps) - 1. Jeff Elerick Jr., 2. J.D. Jurad, 3. Alec Childs, 4. Wade Lumsden*, 5. Jeffrey Mcedo*

B Modifieds:

Heat Winner - Damon Tupa

Main (15 Laps) - 1. Chad Christiansen, 2. Loren Bianchi, 3. Shirley Reeves, 4. Damon Tupa*, 5. Dickie Souza*

360 Sprints:

Heat Winner - Bob Cooney

Main (15 Laps) - 1. Larry Oliviera, 2. Robert Cooney, 3. Bob Cooney, 4. Jeffrey Macedo

Hobby Stocks:

Heat Winner - 1. Audie Petersen, 2. Michael Ellison, 3. Sandy Clark, 4. Aaron Benham, 5. Ricky Ellison

Gen-X:

Heat Winner - 1. Shawn Hartzell

Main (20 Laps) - 1. Shawn Hartzell, 2. Al Bishop, 3. Bryce Phillips, 4. Shawn Burton, 5. Christie Ramussen

• Friday, August 3

IMCA Modifieds:

Heat Winner - Jeffrey Macedo

Main (12 Laps) - 1. Cory Sample, 2. Lee Bosch, 3. Jeffrey Macedo, 4. J.D. Jurad, 5. Wade Lumsden

B Modifieds:

Heat Winner - Chad Christiansen

Main (15 Laps) - 1. Chad Christiansen, 2. Damon Tupa, 3. Duncan Lee, 4. Dickie Souza, 5. Shirley Reeves

Hobby Stocks:

Heat Winner - Aaron Benham

Main (20 Laps) - 1. Aaron Benham, 2. Michael Ellison, 3. Audie Peterson, 4 Tim Russell, 5. Ricky Ellison

Dwarf Cars:

Heat Winner - Frank Hinds

Main (15 Laps) 1. Rodney Sweet, 2. Frand Hinds, 3. Bobby Gibson, 3. Cody Gibson

* - Did Not Finish

•Minimoto USA - Desert Park Raceway

Sunday, July 5

Minimoto Beg.(Race 1) - 1. Zak Nashauson, 2. Peyton Daughhetee, 3. Jackson Padeu

Mini GP Stock - 1. Rocco Landers, 2. Fernando Ulloa, 3. Cory Ventura

Powderpuff - 1. Emi Van Cleare, 2. Bo Landers, 3. Sierra Paden

GP65/Thumper GP - 1. Brenden Ketelsen, 2. Fernando Ulloa, 3. Rocco Landers

Mini Moto Beg. (Race 2) - 1. Zax Nathanson, 2. Jackson Paden, 3. Peyton Daughhette

Formula Moto - 1. Rocco Landers, 2. Darriel Torres

Brittle Bikers - 1. Fernando Ulloa Sr., 2. Paul VanCleare, 3. Mike Recob

Minimoto Pro - 1. Rocco Landers, 2. Mathius Saldana, 3. Andrew Preciade

Minimoto Jr. - 1. Andrew Preciado, 2. Bo Landers

Mini GP Mod. Jr. - 1. Andrew Preciado, 2. Emi VanCleave, 3. Zax Nathansen

Minimoto Unlimited - 1. Rocco Landers, 2. Fernando Ulloa, 3. Mathino Saldava

Mini GP Modified - 1. Rocco Landers, 2. Brendan Ketelsen, 3.Cory Ventura
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