“The race was long, especially with Shawn (LeRocque) crawling up my back bumper,” said Spring Creek resident Zach Thorpe after he won Saturday’s IMCA main. “Oh I could feel him, I could hear him breathing down my neck, but it was a fun race.”
It took two attempts to get the race going, and after the second green, Jerry Crowley led the charge. A couple of laps later, J.D. Jurad brought out a caution when he spun. After racing resumed, Crowley spun out of the lead.
Now, Thorpe and LaRocque held the top two spots and the chase was on. Lap after lap LaRocque tried his best but Thorpe was able to hold him off and take the victory.
“We did everything we could,” LaRocque said. “We got under him several times but just couldn’t get her done. It was a close race and up high it was real slick while down low you could hold your own.”
The IMCA Northern Sports Mod started its feature, which came to a sudden halt before a lap was finished. In Turn 3 Zach Cail got sideways and was hit by Jeff Tuttle, who couldn’t avoid him.
In the impact, Tuttle’s bumper rode over and wound up on the inside of Cail’s left rear tire. It took some time to free both cars as the officials had to dismount Tuttle’s bumper, separate both cars and then reattach the bumper.
When the green finally waved again, Audie Peterson led the charge but it wasn’t long before Tuttle grabbed the point with Cail right behind him.
Four cautions slowed the pace but Tuttle finally held off Cail and made it a sweep of his heat and main races for the weekend.
Back in the pits, Tuttle was upset with himself, for what happened at the initial start.
“It happened really quickly, all I know is that I came into the turn, smacked him and for some reason my bumper wound up on the other side of his tire,” he said. “I still blame myself, I didn’t do it on purpose but people are going to say I did but that’s racing.
“After the restart, it was great. The car ran great considering in the heat I broke an upper A arm and barely limped to that victory. I’ve been having a lot of fun this past weekend and my first main event win was last night, so I got a sweep.”
Visiting the track, and helping increase the field, were several drivers from the Ruby Mountain Winged Sprint Car group. This group is based in Elko and races at tracks along the I-80 corridor.
Before the 360 sprint car main, Shawn Ternora won the Dash for Cash. When the main began, Orry Stevens took off with Loren Cooney in hot pursuit.
Six cautions slowed the field but up front Loren Cooney had dropped out, handing second place to Robert Cooney. Stevens still held the point.
With a handful of laps remaining, Stevens spun, losing what appeared to be a certain victory. Cooney took this gift and was able to win after holding off fellow Lovelock resident Jeffrey Macedo, who finished a close second.
“I was running second for a while and the track was really dry slick,” Cooney said. “Nothing you could do, if you really want to try passing on the outside you’re probably going to slide up. I was just hanging out waiting for him (Stevens) to make a mistake and he finally did and I got under him.”
The Hobby Stock feature was all Michael Ellison, who dominated that 20-lap feature.
Friday night’s winners were Tim Russell in Hobby Stocks, Brandon Tenora in 360 Sprint, Jeff Tuttle in the Sport Mod and Shawn Natenstedt took the IMCA Modified victory.
A group of Outlaw Karts were on hand and the youngsters, driving Box Stock karts, used the small oval inside the big track.
•On Sunday, the Northern Nevada Kart Club hosted another points race at Desert Park Raceway.
One of the closest races of the afternoon was a family affair in TAG Masters. When the green waved Steve Ryckebosch grabbed the point with his brother Mike and the pack in hot pursuit.
Behind them, club president Brian Rivera was feeling out a new motor that had been installed in his kart after he broke the clutch and damaged another motor earlier.
Up front, lap after lap, the brothers sped around the track. Eventually the gap increased to a couple of seconds, but in the final laps, Mike was closing and even challenging brother Steve.
Several times Mike caught his brother at the end of the straight only to lose the advantage in the twisty part of the track.
Asked about that, Steve said, “I’m really lacking a top end but in the mid-range this motor does really good.”
At the checkered, Steve claimed another victory with his brother right behind him while Rivera wasn’t too far behind in third.
With several visiting California drivers on hand, the Clone feature had the biggest field of the day.
When the green waved, David Schilt held the point with visiting driver Nicholas Grossi inches behind him. They stayed this way for several laps until Grossi used an inside move to take the lead.
Then the chase was on. Later, when the leaders encountered lap traffic, the breaks all seemed to fall in Grossi’s favor while Schilt was held up and fell further and further behind.
At the end, Grossi took the overall victory while Taylor Uchytil was the Jr. 2 Clone winner and Dennis Shane the new Sumo Clone victor.
“I kind of let him (Dave Schilt) get underneath me for the first couple of laps and was just following his line to see if he would make a mistake,” Grossi said. I made one going into Turn 4 so he kind of got underneath him. Then I passed him.”
Three F125 shifters took the green and Mark Nason had a runaway victory in that main. The Club’s next race will be on Aug. 18th.
Other Racing News
•RTF Speedway in Fernley has canceled all of its weekend racing.
•Rattlesnake Raceway will also be in action, starting at 6 p.m., Saturday with all the divisions and Mud Drag Races rounding out the show.
•Nevada racers were busy with NASCAR this weekend. On Saturday, T.J. Bell competed in the Nationwide race at Iowa and ended up 37th. On that same day, the Camping World Truck Series was at Pocono Speedway and Brendan Gaughan ended up ninth after running as high as fourth.
The Busch brothers raced in Sunday’s Sprint Cup event at Pocono where Kurt started fifth and finished third while Kyle started second and finished eighth.
• Lovelock Speedway
Saturday, Aug. 3
Hobby Stocks: Heat Winners - #1 Michael Ellison, #2 Loren Bianchi. Main (20-Laps) - 1. Michael Ellison, 2. Tim Carr, 3.Bryce Phillips, 4. Loren Bianchi, 5. Tim Russell. + 360 Sprints: Dash for Cash - 1. Shawn Ternora, 2. Robert Cooney, 3. Jeffrey Macedo, 4. Loren Cooney, 5. Orry Stevens. Heat Winners - #1 Shawn Ternora, #2 Loren Cooney. Main (25-Laps) - 1. Robert Cooney, 2. Jeffrey Macedo, 3. Bob Massie, 4. Rich Scow, 5. Orry Stevens. IMCA Northern Sport Mods: Heat Winner - Jeff Tuttle. Main - 1. Jeff Tuttle, 2. Zach Cail, 3. Butch Seals, 4. Audie Peterson, 5. Shirley Reeves.* IMCA Modifieds: Heat Winners- #1 Shawn LaRocque, #2 K.C. Kubichek Main (40-Laps) - 1. Zach Thorpe, 2. Shawn LaRocque, 3. Jeff Elerick Jr., 4. Lee Bosch, 5. K.C. Kubicek … * - Did Not Finish
Friday, Aug. 2
Hobby Stocks: Heat Winners - #1 Loren Bianchi, #2 Tim Russell. Main (20-Laps) - 1. Tim Russell, 2. Bryce Phillips, 3. Tim Carr, 4. Michael Ellison, 5.Loren Bianchi. 360 Sprints: Heat Winners - #1 Robert Cooney, #2 Jeffrey Macedo. Main (20-Laps) - 1. Brandon Tenora, 2. Bob Massie, 3. Jeffrey Macedo, 4. Dan Stevens*, 5. Loren Coney.* IMCA Northern Sport Mods: Heat Winners - #1 Zach Cail, #2 Butch Seals. Main (20-Laps) - 1. Jeff Tuttle, 2. Zach Cail, 3. Butch Seals, 4. Chad Christiansen*, 5. Shirley Reeves* IMCA Modifieds: Heat Winners - #1 Jeffrey Macedo, #2 Jerry Crowley. Main (20-lapa) - 1. Shawn Natenstedt, 2. Jeff Elrick Jr., 3. Jeffrey Macedo, 4. K.C. Kubichek, 5. Lee Bosch. … * - Did Not Finish
• Northern Nevada Kart Club - Round 6
Desert Raceway Park - Aug. 4
Kids Karts - 1. Ryan Beeler, 2. Matthew Sifling. Clone: Senior - 1. Nicholas Grossi, 2. Milas Mills, 3. Dennill Hill, 4. Dave Schilt, 5. Christian Cerceau. Jr. 2 - 1. Taylor Uchytil, 2. Jeremy Holm. Sumo - 1. Dennis Shane, 2. Bob Grossi, 3. Anthony Grossi. Jr. 1-2 - 1. Joshua Chassaing, 2. Jake Guzelis, 3. Austin Hawkins, 4. Austin Smith, 5. Lucas Morgan. TAG Masters - 1. Steve Ryckebosch, 2. Mike Ryckebosch, 3. Brian Rivera, 4. Mike McMullen, 5. Randy Ryckebosch. F125 - 1. Mark Nason, 2. Mike McGaffey, 3. John Morgan*, 4. Alex Gray** … * - Did Not Finish … ** - Did Not Start