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Thompson and McKinney top NNKC
by Dan McGee
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Tribune photo by Dan McGee — With less than two laps to go in the F80 shifter main, Cody McKinney (3y) got past leader Ben Fisher (17y) to score his third victory in a row at the NNKC races.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee — With less than two laps to go in the F80 shifter main, Cody McKinney (3y) got past leader Ben Fisher (17y) to score his third victory in a row at the NNKC races.
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Tribune photo by Dan McGee — Todd Thompson led the 125 shifter main from start to finish as he defends his class championship from last year. Coming in second was 13-year-old Garrett Dixon, who just didn't have enough horsepower to mount a challenge.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee — Todd Thompson led the 125 shifter main from start to finish as he defends his class championship from last year. Coming in second was 13-year-old Garrett Dixon, who just didn't have enough horsepower to mount a challenge.
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Tribune photo by Dan McGee — The TAG Masters main was this close for most of the 14 laps it ran. Matt Koerner (356y) had to work for his victory as Kevin Tanaka (152y) kept the pressure on for the entire event.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee — The TAG Masters main was this close for most of the 14 laps it ran. Matt Koerner (356y) had to work for his victory as Kevin Tanaka (152y) kept the pressure on for the entire event.
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Tribune photo by Dan McGee — In the NNKC, the Kids Karts class is where the next generation of racers earns their spurs. Here at the start, eventual winner Ryan Beeler (8) gets going, while Matthew Sifling, who finished second, gives chase with Dani Martinez (7) trailing.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee — In the NNKC, the Kids Karts class is where the next generation of racers earns their spurs. Here at the start, eventual winner Ryan Beeler (8) gets going, while Matthew Sifling, who finished second, gives chase with Dani Martinez (7) trailing.
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STEAD — Great weather this weekend set the stage for a rare Northern Nevada Kart Club race on Saturday at Desert Park Raceway. A couple of classes had close finishes for their mains while the next generation of racers were busy earning their racing spurs.

And once again the F-80 shifter race was decided in the final laps.

"Three in a row, I took my time, I saw I had one spot as he (Ben Fisher) was lazy getting into Turn 1 so I just waited until late in the race, and I was close enough so I stuffed it in there," Cody McKinney said. "Two laps didn't give him time to do anything but he had me everywhere but that one spot and I took advantage of it."

When the green lights went on (Shifters use a standing start.) Fisher jumped into the lead with McKinney giving chase. Lap after lap, they tore around the course with sometimes a few yards then only a few inches separating them.

McKinney, when chasing another racer, watches to see if there is any advantage to be gained and once he does it's time to pounce. That moment came heading down the straight when he got a run and dove into Turn 1 and exited Turn 2 in the lead.

Later Fisher said he kind of bogged down coming onto the straight but told McKinney he'd get him next time.

This time there were only about half the 125-shifter karts that usually race. But in the end the results was the same as Todd Thompson led from.

Taking a strong second was 13-year-old Garrett Dixon from Tahoe City driving a kart that has 14 less horsepower but was 60 pounds lighter.

While he was never a threat to Thompson it is clear that Dixon will become a factor in this class soon enough.

After the checkered flag Thompson said, "Today was a pretty solid day all in all. Some of the guys didn't show up that normally race but that's OK. We had some good speed and in the last race I had some of the fastest laps of the day. It was good, nothing broke, thanks for Garrett, Jeff, Mike and all those guys for coming out here and rubbing fenders."

Then Dixon said, "The race was pretty good and he was obviously faster than me so I'm happy with second. In the straights he has a bit more power than me but in the corner's it's about the same."

When the season began the renewed Junior 1-2 Cycle class was full of rookies so everyone wore an "X" on their helmets and by their kart's numbers. Now, with the required races under their belts they are beginning to lose the "X" designation and gain more experience.

When the green flag waved Jake Guzelis led with Joshua Chassaing along with Nolan Wyman and the pack in hot pursuit. Unfortunately mechanical problems ended the race for Guzelis on lap 4 and Chassaing went on to claim the victory.

Every class in the NNKC is supposed to work the corners and not race on a particular weekend. This time, although it was the turn of the Box Stock Clone drivers some did race but not for points.

They were joined by three California driver racing World Formula karts. One of them, Rich Huston won the overall while first in the Clone class was Milas Mills.

Turbo Sombatsiri won the Tag Novice/Junior feature while young Ryan Beeler topped the Kids Kart race, which is where the next generation and youngest drivers learn the art of racing in low powered karts.

And like the last meet the day ended with the TAG Master class staging a very close finish. Up front, on the green, was Matt Koerner with Kevin Tanaka right on his bumper.

All during the race they would either be a few inches or feet apart as they circulated around the course. And Tanaka kept the pressure on so Koerner couldn't afford to make even the slightest mistake.

In the end, Koerner held on to score the victory with Tanaka scoring a very close second ahead of Steve Ryckebosch.

At the post-race weigh in Koerner said, "I could hear him the whole time so I put my head down and tried to make as few mistakes as possible. It finally came to us in the end as we had a little issue in the morning as we didn't have any grip but we figured it out at the end thanks to Rodney and all the guys at Nevada Kart Sport that helped us out."

"I kept gathering it back up but I just didn't have quite enough," Tanaka said.

The only scary looking incident came when Jr. 1-2 driver Bryce Berry rolled his kart in a heat race. Fortunately the youngster was only shaken up.

Three weeks from now, on June 23rd, the club hosts its first Works Karting Association National event. Friday and Saturday are for practice while Sunday is race day and drivers from California as well as the western states are expected.

•Before the action began at the RTF Speedway in Fernley Saturday night the track honored Ed Robinson and Leroy Kay, who were lost in crashes the previous week.

While most of the night apparently went well the IMCA Modified main, according to reports, was plagued with cautions. At the end Cory Sample won the event followed by Riley Simmons and Russell Rosario.

OTHER RACING NEWS

•Fallon hosts this week's action with its annual Octane Fest.

Rattlesnake Raceway kicks things off on Friday at 5 p.m. with an all Amsoil Northern Nevada Outlaw Kart show then cars join them at noon Saturday when racing resumes.

At 5 p.m. Saturday the action shifts to the fairgrounds for a show combining Monster Trucks, Freestyle Motocross, with a Nevada vs. California theme, as well as demonstration races with the Outlaw Karts.

For the straight-line crowd Top Gun Raceway hosts the Lucas Oil NHRA drag racing series for a three-day meet. The action begins on Friday and continues on to the final elimination rounds on Sunday.

There are also two jet trucks that will race each other during this meed.

•Three MRANN riders were in Idaho this weekend trying to qualify for the International Six Days Enduro run in Italy from Sept. 30 through Oct 5th. At the end of the two-day event Ross Neely, this year's VCGP pro winner, finished first overall both times and earned a spot on the team representing the United States.

Irving Powers had a good run finishing 12th on Saturday and ninth on Sunday. Tucker Larrieu, who raced in another class, didn't have a good Saturday but ended up third overall in his Sunday race.

•NASCAR's Las Vegas trio spent the weekend at the Monster Mile in Dover, Delaware.

In Friday's Camping World Truck race Kyle Busch started fifth and won while Brendan Gaughan finished fifth after starting 15th.

At the end of Saturday's Nationwide event Kyle finished fifth after starting third.

At the end of Sunday's Sprint Cup event Kyle ended up fourth, while older brother Kurt finished 12th.

•On Sunday, friends, family and fellow Dwarf Car drivers and crews honored Yertington resident Leroy Kay, who died from injuries suffered in a crash at RTF Speedway last week. The other driver David Richardson will be honored at his church in Truckee on Monday morning and many of those at Kay's memorial will also be there.

RESULTS

Desert Park Raceway - June 1

Stock 125 - 1. Todd Thompson, 2. Garrett Dixon, 3. Jeff Wamre, 4. Mike McGaffey

F80 Senior - 1. Cody McKinney, 2. Ben Fisher, 3. Steve Dow, 4. Dan Harris, 5. Jeff Ridgel

TAG Masters/Senior - 1. Matt Koerner, 2. Kevin Tanaka, 3. Steve Ryckebosch, 4. Brian Rivera, 5. Dan Harris

TAG Novice/Jr. - 1. Turbo Sombatsiri+, 2. Kelly Morley, 3. Del Hardy, 4. Kurt Holm

Box Stock Clones - 1. Rich Huston*, 2. Ron Carello*, 3. Milas Mills, 4. Dave Schilt, 5. Jeff Cloutier

Jr. 1-2 Cycle - 1. Joshua Chassaing, 2. Nolan Wyman, 3. Austin

Kids Karts - 1. Ryan Beeler, 2. Matthew Sifling, 3. Dani Martinez

*- World Formula

+ - TAG Junior

• Reno/Tahoe/Fernley Speedway - June 1

IMCA Modifies:

Heat Winners - #1 Walter Ball, #2 Shawn Natenstedt

Main - 1. Cory Sample, 2. Riley Simmons, 3. Russell Rosario, 4. Wade Deburg, 5. Shawn Natenstedt

Pro Stocks:

Heat Winner - 1. Malen Gonzalez

Main - 1. Travis Peterson, 2. Malen Gonzalez, 3. David Rasucher, 4. Russ Cazier, 5. Jack Randall

Hobby Stocks:

Heat Winners - #1 Dean Clark, #2 Carl Barlow

Main - 1. Carl Barlow, 2. Tom Haxall, 3. Rocky Goetz, 4. Randy Boyd, 5. Dean Clark

Mod Minis:

Heat Winner - Galen Hainline

Main - 1. Galen Hainline, 2. David Paine, 3. Steve Singley, 4. Jesse James

Pure Stocks:

Heat Winner - Travis Barr

Main - 1. Travis Barr, 2. James Eddwards, 3. Justin Schilling, 4. Danielle Paine, Lynn Wrigglesworth Jr.
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