"The car worked good and the track was good after that restart as, on the first green, it was too slick," Carl Barlow said. "I need to thank Tom Purcell at Icon Pistons for getting them to me last year, SK Machine and Royce Goetz as he helped me a lot this year getting the car back together."
After the heat races, the Hobby Stocks began the car portion of the show with their main. And the beginning was a bit rough for several drivers and much of the field never made it down the backstretch.
Up front, Carl Barlow slowed down while Pete Baglin grabbed the point. Behind them it was carnage as the exit of Turn 2 was way too slick and several cars tangled.
Once all the cars were finally sorted out the field ran several laps to work the water in. Then, once the officials were satisfied things were in order, the green waved again.
This time Fireball Barlow took off with Baglin giving chase and the rest of the field eating their dust. Seven laps into the 20-lap event Barlow caught the slowest cars and began lapping the field.
For Baglin, things didn't work out so well as he was help up several times by slower cars. Once he had to almost force his way in between two of them, which damaged one of his tires.
Up front leader Barlow would lap all but second and third as he dominated the race. Behind him Baglin was struggling and Rocky Goetz almost caught him but had to settle for a close third at the end.
"I finished on a flat tire as when I split those two cars one of them got into my rear tire so that's how come Goetz got so close," Baglin said. "I had to let off and go into the turns a little easier so I didn't spin out. And I need to thank my wife Mary and brother Rusty."
The Mod Minis were supposed to start their main after the Hobby Stocks but a power problem blackout the pit lights and those in Turn 2 and along the back straight.
It would take over an hour for NV Energy to arrive and repair the system so racing could resume.
Earlier the new Sport Mod division got its first time on this bullring and Zach Cail got the honor of taking their first victory when he won his heat race.
"Considering it was my third time in the car it felt really great. It's a new car so I have to figure out what's going on," he said. "And I have to thank everybody that's helped me as I couldn't have done it without them."
The Sport Mod feature was won by Jimmy Ford followed by Pete Olsen and Cail.
Will Richey swept both Mod Mini races while Al Bishop topped both Gen-X events.
The night ended with the IMCA Modifieds, who staged a stop-and start show of their own featuring several crashes and caution periods.
Up front for almost the entire race was Steve Evenson but he would have to settle for the runner-up spot when Shawn Natenstedt finally passed him at the very end of the contest.
The night also featured the Amsoil Northern Nevada Outlaw Karts. Their alumni now include Zach Cail in Sport Mods and Lee Ketten Jr., who drives a Gen-X racer.
Two girls were standouts as Amanda Olsen won the Beginner class, while McKenna Krhul scored the Box Stock victory. Jacob Dias topped the 250 class and Steve McGee won the 500 race.
•This weekend, Al Lockett staged his Outdoor and Motor Racing Expo at the Reno-Sparks Convention center.
Drag racing boats were on display and Greg Jones had his, "Back in Black" racer as well as others for spectators to take a look at.
After recovering from back surgery, and rebuilding his motor, Jones is ready to resume racing and leaves for his first meet in a couple of weeks.
On the land side of racing the Wild West Motorsports Park had a racing truck on display while Reno region of the Sports Car Club of America not only had cars but a full motion simulator on hand. And several off road organizations that use the Rubicon area were also present.
Fibercraft had one of their buggies those races in the VORRA series on display. John Harrah's group had his Speed Technologies hauler and several Super Lite Trucks on hand as well.
Now that April is here racing has begin in earnest and this promise to be a banner year for fans of motorsports in our area.
OTHER RACING NEWS
•NASCAR's Las Vegas Trio spent the weekend at Martinsville Speedway. In Saturday's Camping World Truck race Brendan Gaughan started 11th and finished 12th.
On Sunday, in the Sprint Cup event, Kyle Bush came from 11th to finish fifth while brother fell to electrical problems and ended up 39th.
•This weekend the Reno/Tahoe/Fernley Speedway opens its season with the IMCA Modifieds and KWS Lite sprint cars headline the list of classes. The races begin at 6 p.m. and the track is located on A95 highway south of Fernley.
•The Lovelock Speedway also starts its points season with a 6 p.m. start on Saturday while the motocross racers in the SMRA series will visit the Sand Box in Fernley.
•On Sunday the Northern Nevada Kart Club hosts begins its season at Desert Park Raceway located about a quarter mile past the end of the pavement on Lemmon Valley Drive. As usual, the action should begin around 10 a.m.
Rattlesnake Raceway - April 6
Heat Winners - 1. Walter Ball, 2. Don Childs
Main - 1. Shawn Natenstedt, 2. Steve Evenson, 3. Don Childs, 4. Walter Ball, 5. Jim Turner
Heat Winner - Zach Cail
Main - 1. Jimmy Ford, 2. Pete Olsen, 3. Zach Cail, 4. Lee Ketten, 5. Steve Foster
Heat Winners - #1 Carl Barlow, #2. Pete Baglin
Main - 1. Carl "Fireball" Barlow, 2. Pete Baglin, 3. Rocky Goetz, 4. Aaron Benham, 5. Royce Goetz
Heat Winner - Will Ritchey
Main - 1. Wil Ritchey, 2. Galen Hainline, 3. Jesse James, 4. Steve Singley
Heat Winners - #1 Al Bishop, 2. Kalie Pope
Main - 1. Al Bishop, 2. Holly Olsen, 3. Mikki Beauchat, 4. Unlisted, 5. Lee Ketten Jr.
•Amsoil Northern Nevada Outlaw Karts
Heat winner - Grasen Ternora
Main - 1. Amanda Olsen, 2. Ryan McGee, 3. Grasen Ternora
Heat winner - 1. McKenna Krhul
Main - 1. McKenna Krhul, 2. Caleb Gonzales, 3. Blake Rauscher
Heat winners - 1. Trey Walters, 2. Jacob Dias
Main - 1. Jacob Dias, 2. Trey Walters, 3. Eric Taylor
Heat winner - Steve McGee
Main - 1. Steve McGee, 2. Shayna Robertson