Windy and cool weather greeted drivers and fans in Fernley but on the track the heat was on, as every driver wanted to make a statement on the season's first night. The night was also the introduction to the new KWS Lites sprint car division.
Two members of the Lovelock Posse would race for the honor of the first victory in that class.
"Jeff (Macedo) was tough on the inside, only way I could get around him was hammer it around the corner," Robert Cooney said after taking the victory. "It was pretty slick down low with grooves all over the place so you've got to take your pick. I need to thank my mom and dad, relatives, kids and my wife that let's me do this."
When the green waved Macedo jumped into the lead with Cooney giving chase. Four cautions slowed the pace but when racing resumed Macedo and Cooney continued their battle to see which one would win.
With six to go Cooney finally got around Macedo and stormed off to claim the win.
Earlier promoter Dan Simpson put Michael Kofoid, an 11-year-old into a sprint car. These cars are about 100 pounds heavier than a 360-sprint car but have about 150 less horsepower.
At the end Kofoid, who normally races 250 and 500 Outlaw Karts, used a steady drive to claim third ahead of Simpson.
The Pro Stock feature saw Jim Klopp take that victory while Joe Frock topped the Dwarf Car field and David Paine won the Mod Mini feature race.
The Hobby Stocks had the second biggest field of the night and Cody O'Brien grabbed the point when their feature began. Behind the leader Carl "Fireball," Barlow was living up to his nickname as he began to pick off cars ahead of him.
Four laps later Barlow was second then used an inside move to take the point with Randy Boyd giving chase. Two cautions kept the field bunched but every time Barlow would take off and Boyd couldn't jump him on the restarts.
At the finish Barlow claimed the win followed by Boyd, Tom Haxell and Rocky Goetz.
The Outlaw Karts got to use their new track inside the oval. Jacob Dias won the 250cc main while Vince Evenson took the Box Stock feature and Shansen Ternora was the Beginner winner.
Biggest field of the night was for the IMCA Modifieds as 26 cars took the green. Up front Russ Cazier held the point in an event that was start and stop due to spins and cars tangling.
It would take 22 minutes to get in four laps of green flag racing. After that the drivers seemed to settle down and go, especially since the race had a 30-minute time limit.
In those final laps Jake Holland finally got the point with Will Zinn and Shawn Natenstedt in hot pursuit. Unfortunately Holland hit a rut in Turn 1 that sent him up the track and allowed Natenstedt the opening he wanted.
A caution for debris on the backstretch bunched all the cars with three laps to go. On the green Natenstedt took off while Zinn got past Holland, who had to settle for third.
"I started ninth, took my time and tried to find a sweet spot on the track but I don't think there was one," Natenstedt said. "We made it up there and I lucked out because Jake made a bobble with two laps to go, I capitalized on it and I almost gave it back to him from the same mistake he made. Came in there hot and hit a rut in 1 and it hit the frame and pushed up high but it was good."
Then he gave thanks to sponsors Silverado Casino, Dynamic Diesel and especially to TSM shocks.
•On Sunday the Northern Nevada Kart Club began its points season at Desert Park Raceway. A good field of drivers showed up and the heat races were hard fought.
The race of the day was in Stock 125 Shifters as several drivers had good battles that lasted through out their main. After the field made its standing start Todd Thompson led John Morgan and the pack as they roared into Turn 1.
A lap or so later Mark Nason began his run to the front and eventually took second. Now the chase was on as he slowly closed the gap with Thompson.
Morgan would slip back to fifth at the finish but head of him Chelsi Wagner caught Bobby McCourt and they spent the rest of the event running nose-to-tail.
Up front, Nason caught Thompson and stayed glued to his back bumper until just a few laps from the end when he dropped back due to transmission issues.
Thompson held on for the victory even though Nason caught him on the final lap. Behind them McCourt was able to claim third as he held off Wagner.
After the race Thompson said, "Got a good start and wanted to do consistent laps and pace myself. It was a good race for me as I was getting some signals from the pits so I knew Mark was right there but I had to make it to the end so I wasn't going as fast as I could through the middle part of the race. I was just kind of trying to pace and save some energy for the end."
"Working from the back to the front is easier said than done," Nason said. "Todd was running consistent, I had the fast laps but you've got to find an opening that's big enough. Had a few transmission issues again and I was happy finishing where I did."
Joshua Chassaing was the Junior 1-2 winner while club president Brian Rivera scored a relatively easy victory in Tag Masters.
This season there is a new class, Box Stock Clone and since all the youngsters racing are rookies the entire field wore an "X" on the back of their helmets, which denotes rookies. Jeff Nelson won their main followed by Milas Mills and Dennis Hill.
The first race of the day was the F80 shifters, which was dominated by Cody McKinney. While he had problems early in the morning those were fixed and McKinney just ran away with his second heat and the main.
"Kart's handling good, it wasn't handling this morning or running good. Did some work on it and it's all good now and it's always good to win the first one and get a head start," he said after taking the first victory of this new season.
After the final race of the day Rivera said, while he wished they had 60 karts on hand, he was happy, as there were almost 50 that raced.
OTHER RACING NEWS
•This week Rattlesnake Raceway will be in action on Saturday starting at 6 p.m. with all classes, including the Amsoil Northern Nevada Outlaw Karts on hand. Over the hill at Prairie City, outside of Folsom, Calif., the VORRA series will stage the second in its series of short-track off road races.
•NASCAR's Nevada Trio was in action this weekend with two of them in Texas the other in North Carolina.
The Camping World Truck series visited Rockingham Speedway and Brendan Gaughan had one of his best finishes of the season, starting ninth and finishing third.
Kyle Busch scored a first when he swept both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup events at Texas Motor Speedway. Brother Kurt had problems in Texas, as he started second in the Cup event but fell to 37th at the end.
•Reno/Tahoe/Fernley Speedway - April 13
Heat Winners - #1 David Paine, #2 Jesse James
Main - 1. David Paine, 2. Will Ritchey, 3. Stephen Crook, 4. Steve Singley, 5. Jesse James
Heat Winners - #1 Joe Frock, 2. Frank Hinds
Main - 1. Joe Frock, 2. Frand Hinds, 3. Ron Adams Jr., 4. Tate Morehead, 5. Roy Peterson
Heat Winners - #1 Carl Barlow, #2 Rocky Goetz
Main - 1. Carl Barlow, 2. Randy Boyd, 3. Tom Haxell, 4. Rocky Goetz, 5. Dean Clark
Heat Winner - Malen Gonzalez
Main - 1. Jim Klopp, 2, Gary Nevers, 3. Dean Cichowicz, 4. Kenny Schmitt, 5. David Rauscher
Heat Winners - #1 Robert Cooney, #2 Dan Simpson
Main - 1. Robert Cooney, 2. Jeffrey Macedo, 3. Michael Kofoid, 4. Dan Simpson, 5. Loren Cooney
Heat Winners - #1 Russ Cazier, #2 Jake Holland, #3 Melissa Natenstedt
Main - 1. Shawn Natenstedt, 2. Will Zinn, 3. Jake Holland, 4. Russ Cazier, 5. Roger Lorenzini
Beginner - 1. Shansen Ternora, 2. Even Rauscher
Box Stock - 1. Vince Evenson, 2. McKenna Krshul
250cc - 1. Jacob Dias, 2. Jozay Hartman 3. "Krazy," Kate Robertson
•Desert Raceway Park - April 14
Northern Nevada Kart Club - Round 1
Box Stock Clone Sr./Jr. - 1. Jeff Nelson, 2. Milas Mills, 3. Dennis Hill, 4. Ryan Holm, 5. Mike Arnold
Jr 1-2 Cycle - 1. Joshua Chassaing, 2. Jake Guzelis, 3. Austin Smith, 4. Sami Martinez, 5. Lucas Morgan
Tag Masers/Senior - 1. Brian Rivera, 2. Steve Ryckebosch, 3. Mike Ryckebosch, 4. Mike Faker, 5. Randy Ryckebosch
F80 Senior - 1. Cody McKinney, 2. Ben Fisher, 3. Steve Dow, 4. Jeff Ridgel, 5. Daniel Thorson
Stock 125 - 1. Todd Thompson, 2. Mark Nason, 3. Bobby McCourt, 4. Chelsi Wagner, 5. John Morgan