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by Dan McGee
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Tribune photo by Dan McGee — With one lap to go Zachary Cail (6) is about put the winning move on Pete Olsen (9), who led most of the Sport/Rat Mod feature at Rattlesnake Raceway this Saturday.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee — With one lap to go Zachary Cail (6) is about put the winning move on Pete Olsen (9), who led most of the Sport/Rat Mod feature at Rattlesnake Raceway this Saturday.
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Tribune photo by Dan McGee — On a restart, this was about as close as anyone got to Mark Skender (18) as he dominated the IMCA feature. Steve Evenson (00v) ended up a distant second with Alec Childs (black car) a close third.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee — On a restart, this was about as close as anyone got to Mark Skender (18) as he dominated the IMCA feature. Steve Evenson (00v) ended up a distant second with Alec Childs (black car) a close third.
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Tribune photo by Dan McGee — After many laps of effort, Carl Barlow (27n) uses an inside move to get past early leader Royce Goetz (78). Both men were the class of the Hobby Stock field on Saturday.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee — After many laps of effort, Carl Barlow (27n) uses an inside move to get past early leader Royce Goetz (78). Both men were the class of the Hobby Stock field on Saturday.
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Tribune photo by Dan McGee — Although Steve McGee (27) won the 500cc feature for the Amsoil Northern Nevada Outlaw Karts, Shanna Robertson (97) gave him a run for his money.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee — Although Steve McGee (27) won the 500cc feature for the Amsoil Northern Nevada Outlaw Karts, Shanna Robertson (97) gave him a run for his money.
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FALLON — Spring like weather set the stage for another night of hard racing at Rattlesnake Raceway on Saturday. Four cars classes and four classes of the Amsoil Northern Nevada Outlaw Karts made for an action packed night.

"He was really fast, the only reason I really got him was that I went low and bumped into him. And everyone was really hard to get around," Zachary Cail said after winning the Sport/Rat Mod main.

The Sport Modified main started the night and after the green Chris Neil was on point with Pete Olsen in hot pursuit. Soon the top three were on a break way until everyone bunched up after Steve Foster spun and brought out a caution.

On the restart, Olsen used an inside move to claim the top spot while Duncan Lee came charging up and eventually grabbed second.

A second caution period came after Foster wound up on top of the Turn 4 berm. On the restart Olsen took off with Lee and Cail giving chase.

A late race spin took Lee out of contention so now it was a two-driver race between Olsen and Cail. On the last lap both charged down the front straight where there was contact that gave Cail the lead and victory.

The IMCA feature was the only race where the leader clearly had the upper hand. From the get go Mark Skender just took off and left the pack eating his dust.

As the race progressed, both Jerry Crowley and Don Childs managed to spin out of second place allowing others to take that position. At the finish Skender scored a clear victory followed by the racing lawyer Steve Evenson and Alec Childs.

Asked about the race, Skender said, "My crew chief said to leave the car the way it was, quit over driving it, just get in there and drive the car for a change. We did that and it seemed to work."

The Hobby Stocks had the largest field of the night although their start was held up until Derrick Ramthun was able to get his car running. Once they were in order the green waved and it was off to the races.

Up front Royce Goetz was on point with Dan Edgington on his back bumper. Behind them Carl "Fireball" Barlow was slicing his way through traffic and took third three laps into the event.

By this time Goetz's charge had him catching the slowest cars just a few laps into the race. Behind him Barlow finally was able to take second and the chase was on.

Traffic both helped and hindered on or the other leader and sometimes both of them. Finally Barlow caught Goetz and used an inside move to take the lead with four to go.

"As fast as Royce was in his heat race I knew I had my work cut out" Barlow said after the race. "A couple of them were just hard to pass, I worked on it, worked on it and got it. But I tried not to push it too hard."

The Gen-X feature was another hard fought race. On the start Shawn Hartzell took off with Dave Raber giving chase while heat winner Al Bishop began his charge from the back.

Charging to third, Bishop had a several lap duel with Raber, who wasn't eager to give up second. Finally Bishop too over second and set his sights on Hartzell, who now had a huge advantage.

During the final laps, Bishop steadily closed the gap but it was too late as Hartzell reached the checkered flag first. Then later, in his post race comments explained a challenge he had to overcome.

"It was intense with a lot of passing cars," Hartzell said. "The track is awesome, it's very good tonight. I crashed last race, had to rebuilt my entire car so I was pretty happy to get the win."

Rounding out the program were the Amsoil Northern Nevada Outlaw Karts that race on a small oval set inside of the big track.

Jensen Ternora won the Beginner feature while Trey Walters topped the 250cc field. The Box Stock karts got off to a rough start with many cautions but finally everyone settled down and gave a good account of them selves with Jackson Dias taking the victory.

The 500cc main had some 250 drivers join in to enlarge the field. At the checkered Steve McGee won followed by Shanna Robertson and Jozay Hartman.

OTHER RACING NEWS

•This weekend has something for almost everyone. Highlighting the racing card is the Comstock Classic, the Virginia City Grand Prix, which draws riders from across the West.

Racing begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday with the pros, experts and amateurs competing in a four-hour event the first day. On the second day Novice, Women, Bombers and Vintage bikes, as well as some other classes, race in a three-hour event using the very same course.

•For those hoping to race at the annual Mammoth Mountain events this summer the final qualifier will be staged at the Exit-28 Motocross track this weekend.

Racing should commence around 10 a.m. on both days.

•On Saturday evening, beginning at 6 p.m. both the Lovelock Speedway and the RTF Speedway in Fernley will host another of their points races with the usual line ups of classes including the IMCA Modifieds.

•NASCAR'S Las Vegas trio spent the weekend in Kansas and all had very different results.

After sweeping both Texas races last weekend Kyle Busch didn't fare well. In Saturday's Camping World truck races a wreck dropped him to 27th at the end while Brendan Gaughan started 27th and finished 7th.

Things went from bad to worse for Kyle in Sunday's Sprint Cup event after he started fifth a wreck dropped him to 38th while older brother Kurt ended up 15th after starting 13th.

RESULTS

Rattlesnake Raceway - April 20

IMCA Modifieds:

Heat Winners - #1 Alec Childs, #2 Missy Natenstedt

Main - 1. Mark Skender, 2. Steve Evenson, 3. Alec Childs, 4. Don Childs, 5.Missy Natenstedt

Hobby Stocks:

Heat Winners - #1 Carl Barlow, #2 Royce Goetz, #3 Pete Baglin

Main - 1. Carl Barlow, 2. Royce Goetz, 3. Dan Edgington, 4. Dan Diaz, 5. Aaron Benham

Sports/Rat Mods:

Heat Winners - #1 Zachary Cail, #2 Lee Ketten

Main - 1. Zachary Cail, 2. Pete Olsen, 3. Unlisted, 4. Duncan Lee (DQ), 5. Tim Wearin

Gen-X:

Heat Winners - #1 Al Bishop, #2 Shawn Hartzell

Main - 1. Shawn Hartzell, 2. Al Bishop, 3. Mikki Beauchat, 4. Christie Rasmussen, 5. Steve Eisele

Amsoil Northern Nevada Outlaw Karts

Beginner:

Heat Winner - #1 Jensen Ternora

Main - 1. Jensen Ternora, 2. Ryan McGee, 3. Grasen Ternora

Box Stock:

Heat Winners - #1 Jackson Dias, #2 Kolbie Mace

Main - 1. Jackson Diaz, 2. Caleb Gonzalez, 3. McKenna Krshul, 4. Chance Singley, 5. Shansen Ternora

250cc:

Heat Winner - 1. Trey Walters

Main - 1. Trey Walters, 2. Eric Taylor, 3. Kate Lynn Robinson, 4. Dominique Mace

500cc:

Heat Winner - Steve McGee

Main - 1. Steve McGee, 2. Shanna Robertson, 3. Jozay Hartman
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