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Racing action hot and heavy in Fallon
by Dan McGee - Special to the Tribune
Jul 29, 2013 | 1681 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by Dan McGee - Flagman Robby Grace waves the checkered flag as Jake Holland win the IMCA Modified feature Saturday night at Rattlesnake Raceway.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee - Flagman Robby Grace waves the checkered flag as Jake Holland win the IMCA Modified feature Saturday night at Rattlesnake Raceway.
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Tribune photo by Dan McGee - Heading for the white flag in the Hobby Stock feature, Aaron Benham (25C) leads Royce Goetz (78) down the front straight. Contact with a lapper spun Benham and may have handed the race to Goetz but the final results won't be known until a protest is ruled on late Monday.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee - Heading for the white flag in the Hobby Stock feature, Aaron Benham (25C) leads Royce Goetz (78) down the front straight. Contact with a lapper spun Benham and may have handed the race to Goetz but the final results won't be known until a protest is ruled on late Monday.
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Tribune photo by Dan McGee - In his first dirt race, pavement racer Dave Sciarroni (25) makes the winning move on early leader Zach Cail (6) during the Sport Mod feature on Saturday night.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee - In his first dirt race, pavement racer Dave Sciarroni (25) makes the winning move on early leader Zach Cail (6) during the Sport Mod feature on Saturday night.
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Tribune photo by Dan McGee - A delighted Dave Raber takes a victory lap after winning the Gen-X feature race on Saturday.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee - A delighted Dave Raber takes a victory lap after winning the Gen-X feature race on Saturday.
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FALLON — Rattlesnake Raceway hosted another of its points races Saturday with the full list of divisions, including the Northern Nevada Outlaw Karts. The night saw a pavement driver winning his first dirt track race while another feature may have ended with a surprise winner. Still, every driver had to work for their victory.

"It was a good track, a little different, a slick on one end and a little heavy on the other. The slickest was going into Turn 3 and then in the center of 3 it was definitely slick as you had to watch it over there," Jake Holland said after winning the IMCA Modified main. "It was hammer down every where else and it was pretty much wide open around the track so it was a fun race.

When the green waved in the IMCA feature, Mike White took off followed by Jerry Crowley and Holland. A quick caution slowed things briefly.

When racing resumed, Holland got the upper hand, got past White then took off for the victory. Behind him White was following but couldn't close the gap while Crowley and Missy Natenstedt were disputing third.

Holland reached the checkered flag first followed by White while Crowley just managed to claim third ahead of Natenstedt.

For the past year, Dave Sciarroni has been doing the wrenching on Missy Natenstedt's car. But on this night he made his rookie debut in a new Sport Mod racer.

Soon after the Sport Mod feature began, Zach Cail grabbed the point and seemed on his way to another victory. However Sciarroni was on the move and heading to the front.

Contact between two cars left Duncan Lee's racer sitting at the exit of Turn 2. The incident ended his night as he was towed to the pits.

Another shot caution occurred when the car of Jeff Tuttle stalled in Turn 3, but he was able to get going. By then, Sciarroni was in second and began to challenge Cail for the lead.

The leaders spent a couple of laps in a side-by-side duel until Sciarroni made the winning pass as they tore through Turn 4. They finished in that order.

Back in the pits, Sciarroni said, "Zach's pretty fast and got a lot of laps here. Dirt or asphalt, it's the same thing. I knew if I kind of showed him a nose, he was more prone to make a mistake. So I thought if I just keep showing him the nose a little bit he'll mess up, which he did."

Scairroni, who used to race a Legends car at the old speedway in Carson City, has been racing in California for the past four or five years in a Street Stock at the Roseville track. But this was his first night racing on dirt.

"This is my first time in a modified, it was fun but that dirt thing is a whole different deal," he said. "You're doing a lot, your hands and both feet are going. You're using the brake and the gas at the same time. I only know that because Shawn helped me out a ton with the car and how to drive it so I'm convinced that dirt is way more fun than asphalt."

The quickest charge to the lead came during the first lap of the Gen-X feature. When the green waved, Steve Eisele led Kali Pope into the first turn but as they rounded Turns 3 and 4, Dave Raber saw an opening and shot through to take the point.

After that, he just took off and left everyone in his dust. Behind him, Shawn Hartzell made his way through the pack and began to reel in Raber.

In the final laps, the gap closed from four seconds to less than two but Raber reached the checkered flag first with Hartzell not far behind. Fighting car problems, the checkered couldn't have come at a better time for Raber.

"I just found a hole and went for it on the inside," he said after the race.

"I was actually getting real hot and I was having to back out of it," he said. "I was that close to having to pull off."

The Hobby Stocks had the biggest field and ended the night's racing.

When the green waved, Dennis Beuhn jumped into the lead and left everyone in his dust. Behind him, Travis White, Jana Neal and Alex Pettit were disputing the next three places.

The first caution came after Royce Goetz's car stalled in Turn 2, which erased the leader's advantage.

When racing resumed, contact with the car of Jana Neal sent Buehn on a wild ride that ended when he spun in front the pack and six cars were collected in the melee.

Everyone was able to continue racing, and back under green, Aaron Benham was on point with Goetz inches behind his back bumper. Round and round they went, nose-to-tail and some times side-by-side.

Taking the white flag, the leaders had a lap car right in front of them and the three cars were nose-to-tail as they headed into Turn 1.

Goetz chose the outside line while Benham dove to the inside but contact with the slower car spun both of them. Goetz was lucky to be clear and got past unscathed.

Under the rules, if a yellow comes out after the white flag is displayed the race is over. And the order is supposed to revert to a previous lap.

But at the time Goetz was declared the winner, a surprise victory for him.

"That race was fun, really intense and I'm sorry, as I thought Aaron was going to win it but what ever happened, happened," Goetz said at the post race inspection. "I saw it start to happen halfway through the turn."

However, due to the scramble on the final lap, the results are unofficial and pending until a protest is ruled on during Monday's meeting of the track's board.

Rounding out the show were the Northern Nevada Outlaw Karts. For the most part these young drivers are the next generation of racing earning their on-track spurs.

They race winged karts on a short oval inside the main track and stage their own fast, action-packed show.

Jensen Ternora, Grasen Ternora, Katelynn Robertson and Shaun Ternora won their respective divisions. Box Stock driver Sara Anderson was unable to be at the track so Jackson Dias was the guest driver for her kart.

OTHER RACING NEWS

•Coming on the weekend Lovelock Speedway joins the town in celebrating Frontier Days. The track has action on Friday and Saturday evening, with a start time of 7 p.m. and, depending on the car count, will offer additional money to win in both the IMCA Modified and Northern Sport Mod divisions.

•The RTF Speedway in Fernley, starting at 6 p.m., has events Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The program includes Monster Trucks and both Bounty Hunter and Captain America are slated to be there.

In addition, there will be short-course truck racing, tough trucks and the first wheelie contest between monster trucks and sprint cars.

• On Sunday, the Northern Nevada Kart Club hots points races starting around 10 a.m. at Desert Park Raceway.

•NASCAR's week began last Wednesday with the Mud Summer Classic that marked the first time in 43 years one of their premier series raced on dirt. Eldora Speedway was the venue and when the dust settled Nevada native Brendan Gaughan ended up fifth after starting eighth.

The Bush Brothers spent the weekend at the Indianapolis International Speedway where Kyle started from the pole and won Saturday's Nationwide race. In Sunday's Brickyard 400 Kyle ended 10th while older brother Kurt, who at one point ran in the top five, finished 14th.

RESULTS

Rattlesnake Raceway - July 27

IMCA Modifieds: Heat Winner - Jerry Crowley. Main - 1. Jake Holland, 2. Mike White, 3. Jerry Crowley, 4. Missy Natenstedt, 5. Darren Manning. Sport Mods: Heat Winner - Zach Cail. Main - 1. Dave Sciarroni, 2. Zach Cail, 3. Paul Stephen, 4. Pete Olsen, 5. Jeff Tuttle. Hobby Stocks:* Heat Winners - #1 Wes Washburn, #2 Adam Gilmore, #3 Royce Goetz. Main - 1. Royce Goetz, 2. Adam Gilmore, 3. Jim Renfro, 4. Dennis Beuhn, 5. Alex Pettit

* - Results are unofficial pending resolution of a protest.

Gen-X: Heat Winners - #1 Mikki Beuchat, #2 Shawn Hartzell. Main - 1. Dave Raber, 2. Shawn Hartzell, 3.Kali Pope, 4. Steve Eisele, 5. James Edwards. Northern Nevada Outlaw Karts: Beginners: Heat Winner - Jensen Ternora. Main - 1. Jensen Ternora, 2. Ryan McGee. Box Stock: Heat Winners - #1 McKenna Krshul, #2 Grasen Ternora. Main - 1. Grasen Ternora, 2. ShansenTernora, 3. Jackson Dias. 250cc: Heat Winner - Katelynn Robertson. Main - 1. Katelynn Robertson, 2. Jacob Dias, 3. Dominique Mace, 4. Madison Robertson. 500cc: Heat Winner - ShaunTernora. Main - 1. Shaun Ternora, 2. Jozay Hartman, 3. Shayna Robertson
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