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Karts rip at Desert Park
by Dan McGee
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Tribune/Dan McGee - During the Formula 125 race Sunday at Desert Park Raceway, Mitch Kennedy (24) was chased by runner-up Todd Thompson. Here, they are cresting the hill at Turn 5. For Kennedy, in his retirement season, it clinched his 11th track championship in this fastest class of karts.
Tribune/Dan McGee - During the Formula 125 race Sunday at Desert Park Raceway, Mitch Kennedy (24) was chased by runner-up Todd Thompson. Here, they are cresting the hill at Turn 5. For Kennedy, in his retirement season, it clinched his 11th track championship in this fastest class of karts.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - During Sunday's NNKC event the Clone race was decided between two young lions. Here, eventual winner Dean Andrews (43), racing in the Junior division, is about to overtake Senior division leader Austin DeMent, who ended up second overall.
Tribune/Dan McGee - During Sunday's NNKC event the Clone race was decided between two young lions. Here, eventual winner Dean Andrews (43), racing in the Junior division, is about to overtake Senior division leader Austin DeMent, who ended up second overall.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - Saturday night's racing at 95A Speedway in Fernley ended with an epic battle between Jake Holland (11H) and eventual winner Shawn Natenstedt (1). Here, they are ripping through the final corner before their drag race to the checkered flag.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Saturday night's racing at 95A Speedway in Fernley ended with an epic battle between Jake Holland (11H) and eventual winner Shawn Natenstedt (1). Here, they are ripping through the final corner before their drag race to the checkered flag.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - Despite his best efforts, early Hobby Stock leader Rick Miller (88) couldn't prevent Carl "Fireball" Barlow (27n) from scoring another one of his "come from the back to the front" victories in Saturday night's racing.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Despite his best efforts, early Hobby Stock leader Rick Miller (88) couldn't prevent Carl "Fireball" Barlow (27n) from scoring another one of his "come from the back to the front" victories in Saturday night's racing.
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STEAD — The Northern Nevada Kart Club celebrated Labor Day weekend with another of its points races. And for one driver it marked a milestone in his racing career.

"It's my 11th championship and this is my retirement season," Mitch Kennedy said after the day's racing ended. "After this I want to help a young driver."

He's the acknowledged Grand Master of the Formula 125 shifter class and even brought it back when these fastest of all karts disappeared from NNKC events.

When the green waved on the F125 feature, Kennedy grabbed the lead with defending class champion Todd Thompson on his back bumper. Lap after lap they tore around the track with Kennedy reaching the checkered flag first securing this last title.

Ten Clone karts hit the track for their race and veteran Austin DeMent took the pole right at the start. Behind him, Dean Andrews, who runs a Junior Clone, began to carve his way through the pack.

Behind the leader, Stephanie Lienay, up from her home in Phoenix, was holding off the duo of Chelsi Wagner and Dave Schilt. Eventually Schilt grabbed second while Lienay slipped to fourth at the end.

Wagner's day ended when she had to go too wide in Turn 3 and ended up at the barrier.

Up front, Andrews took the lead and was never headed scoring both his class and the overall victory. While DeMent came in second overall, he won the senior division.

After his victory Andrews said, "It gets harder and harder as you go further up the field so you have to adjust to certain people. Up front they're harder to catch, pass and are better drivers. The secret was being patient, waiting for the opening, finding it and going through."

World Formula karts are powered by four-stroke motors and have a bit more power than the Clone karts. Right at the start, one of the karts stopped due to problems and a lap later, leader Rich Huston was out with a broken chain.

Up front, Simon Whworth inherited a huge lead and the victory. Ron Carello and Brad Wunder had a close battle that ended when they finished second and third.

The Tag Novice main had a rough start with three of the four karts tangled on the first lap. After getting everyone going, the field took the green and Gary Guzelis took the lead as well as the victory.

When the Tag Masters took to the track, it was all Dan Harris, who grabbed the point and was never headed. Behind him a three-way battle for second ended with Randy Ryckebosch claiming the spot followed by Mike Mullen and Isaac Wyett

After the post-race weigh in, Harris said, "I just got a good start and I think my competition had problems so it was an easy run."

The day ended with the Formula 80 Shifters tearing away from the start. Up front, Steve Dow chased Cody McKinney as they tore around the track.

So far this season McKinney has a perfect record of victories, but this time he had to work for it until Dow used up his tires and fell back. So McKinney kept his streak alive but has one more event to cement a perfect season.

"I saw him there but as you can see he fell off in the end and my kart was better," McKinney said after the race. "Undefeated for the season and I'm definitely looking to finish that off in the next race."

Then Dow added, "Can't give it to them, if you do they don't appreciate them. The kart went away and got bad on me, my fault but in the overall scheme of things he better be careful on the night race."

•Saturday night's racing at 95A Speedway was run under an almost full moon and kind of proved the superstition about nights like that. Those in the crowd that wanted action got a full dose.

Topping the evening was when 22 IMCA Modifieds took to the track. Right after the green, several cars tangled in a race-stopping incident, fortunately everyone was able to continue.

After getting in proper order, the field was set off again and Mark Skender held the point followed by Alec Childs. Soon afterwards the race was stopped again due to blinding dust.

After watering the track, and working the water in, the field restarted the event. An outside banzai charge by Russ Cazier put him in the lead but he soon spun out of contention.

Then three cars tangled on the front straight, stopping the race once again. After that was cleared only two more cautions slowed the pace.

Up front, Jake Holland and Shawn Natenstedt faced off for a place-swapping, wheel-to-wheel duel. Lap after lap, they swapped the point, sometimes three and four times a lap.

Tearing through the final turn, Natenstedt got just enough advantage to score the victory with Holland a close second. Behind them the next three drivers were Matt Murphy, Darren Manning and Robert Miller.

"Me and Jake have great battles when we get together, and when we're both on our 'A' game it's one or the other," Natenstedt said at the victory ceremony. "He gave me a little room, I gave him a little room and we've got a lot of respect for each other out there."

The Hobby Stock feature was plagued with five cautions. For a good part of the event Sun Valley driver Rick Miller held the point.

This season Carl "Fireball" Barlow has made a habit of winning after coming from the back to the front. This night was no exception has he took the point with two laps to go, which dropped Miller to second at the finish.

"This is five in a row, back to front, " Barlow said later.

In the Pro Stock feature Malen Gonzalez was driving the car that B.J. Pearson usually pilots. On the green he took off but soon had to contend with his brother Jesse as they made the race into a family feud.

After besting his brother, Malen's car broke and he had to be pushed into the pits.

The Pure Stock Mini race looked like a duel between Travis Barr and Al Bishop. In fact they even had some contact that almost spun Barr but he was able to get going in time to hold his spot.

When that short caution ended Bishop's car developed a problem and he had to drop out handing the victory to Barr. Behind him three drivers disputed second, tangled on the final lap and Justin Schilling came home second.

"The race was pretty good and after we got out of the traffic we were having a great time," Barr said.

It took a pair of attempts to get the Mod Mini feature rolling and late in the race there was a race stopping incident when two cars tangled on the front stretch. Up front however, the race belonged to Galen Hainline, who also won his heat.

The Dwarf Cars put on their usual display of speed and suffered only one caution during their event. In the end Robert Miller and Shane Ramthun finished one-two ahead of LeRoy Kay and Roy Peterson.

OTHER RACING NEWS

•This Saturday there will be a $5,000 to win Pro Stock event at Rattlesnake Raceway. Racing begins at 6 p.m. and all the stock car classes will be on hand.

An hour later in Quincy, Calif., the American Valley Speedway ends its season with the traditional Timber Cup races for the Modifieds. Rounding out the show will be the DART Dwarf cars.

Earlier on Saturday, around 10 a.m., the SMRA motocross series visits Honey Lake Motocross Park (HLMX) in Milford, California for the first round if its Nevada State Championship Series.

On Sunday, beginning at 8:30 a.m. the HMLX hosts the final of its Grand Prix team racing series.

•With two weeks to go before NASCAR's chase begins four Nevada drivers spent the weekend at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Kyle Busch started fourth in Friday's Camping World Truck race and finished second while older brother Kurt wound up 10th.

In Saturday's Nationwide event Kyle started on pole but had to settle for seventh. After the checkered waved on Sunday's Sprint Cup race Kyle Busch ended up sixth, his brother Kurt was 13th and Sparks native T.J. Bell finished 30th.

RESULTS

•Desert Raceway Park - Sept. 2

Northern Nevada Kart Club - Round 6

Clone (Jr. & Sr.) - 1. Dean Andrews (Jr.), 2. Austin DeMent (Sr.), 3. Dave Shilt, 4. Steph Lienay, 5. David Schulte

World Formula - 1. Simon Whworth, 2. Ron Carello, 3. Brad Wunder, 4. Rich Huston, 5. Mark Savarese

Tag:

Novice - 1. Gary Guzelis, 2. Don Farris, 3. Kelly Morley, 4. Dyllan Ogelen

Masters - 1. Dan Harris, 2. Mike McMullen, 3. Isaac Wyett, 4. Javier Avila, 5 Zack Dante

Formula 80 - 1. Cody McKinney, 2. Steve Dow, 3. Jeff Ridgel, 4. Greg Jamie

Formula 125 - 1. Mitch Kennedy, 2. Todd Thompson, 3. Gerry Williams, 4. John Morgan

•95A Speedway - Sept. 1

Pure Stock:

Heat Winner - Travis Barr

Main - 1. Travis Barr, 2. Justin Schilling, 3. Logan Cologna, 4. Mark Sechio Jr., 5. Al Bishop

Mod Mini: Heat Winners: #1 Galen Hainline, #2 Dennis Crook

Main - 1. Galen Hainline, 2. Will Ritchey, 3. David Paine, 4. Steve Singley, 5. Dennis Crook

Dwarf Cars:

Heat Winner - Shane Ramthun

Main - 1. Robert Miller, 2. Shane Ramthun, 3. LeRoy Kay, 4. Roy Peterson, 5. Carl Barlow

Pro Stocks:

Heat Winners - #1. Scott Deutsch, #2. Malen Gonzalez

Main - 1. Malen Gonzalez, 2. Jesse Gonzalez, 3. Chris Coclich, 4. Rob Grace, 5. Scott Deutsch

Hobby Stocks:

Heat Winners - #1. Carl Barlow, #2 Rob Carey

Main - 1. Carl Barlow, 2. Rick Miller, 3. Tom Haxall, 4. Jake Baker, 5. Royce Goetz

IMCA Modifieds:

Heat Winners -#1 Will Zynn, #2. Adam Walters, #3 Mark Skender

Main - 1. Shawn Natenstedt, 2. Jake Holland, 3. Matt Murphy, 4. Darren Manning, 5. Robert Miller

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