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Natenstedt scores close victory at RTF Speedway
by Dan McGee - Special to the Tribune
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Tribune photo by Dan McGee - Barreling out of Turn 4, and heading to the white flag, Shawn Natenstedt (1) has his hands full as he holds off a determined Monte Bischoff (Outside car). In the end, Natenstedt was able to score a very close victory over Bischoff.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee - Barreling out of Turn 4, and heading to the white flag, Shawn Natenstedt (1) has his hands full as he holds off a determined Monte Bischoff (Outside car). In the end, Natenstedt was able to score a very close victory over Bischoff.
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Tribune photo by Dan McGee - During the Hobby Stock main, Carl Barlow (27n) is challenging leader Tom Haxall (55). After a late restart due to a caution, Barlow used the outside line to make the winning move and take the lead.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee - During the Hobby Stock main, Carl Barlow (27n) is challenging leader Tom Haxall (55). After a late restart due to a caution, Barlow used the outside line to make the winning move and take the lead.
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Tribune photo by Dan McGee - Reese Wilson (86) dives inside of Calvin Ryle (81) to take the lead during the Dwarf Car feature Saturday evening.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee - Reese Wilson (86) dives inside of Calvin Ryle (81) to take the lead during the Dwarf Car feature Saturday evening.
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Tribune photo by Dan McGee - Rusty Baglin was the Hobby Stock winner at Rattlesnake Raceway on Saturday night. Here, he's helping wheel pack the track before competition begins.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee - Rusty Baglin was the Hobby Stock winner at Rattlesnake Raceway on Saturday night. Here, he's helping wheel pack the track before competition begins.
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FERNLEY — Despite the cancellation of the King Of the West sprint cars, four of the track’s regular divisions still raced Saturday night.

During the evening, every one of the winners had to work for their victory and one battle went right down to the final corner.

When the green started the modified main, Jerry Crowley held the point with Mike White right behind him. Natenstedt started on the front row but slipped back in the early going.

The first caution came when Crowley spun out of the lead and that was followed by another quick caution. By then, both Natenstedt and Monte Bischoff were nose to tail and heading toward the front.

Two more cautions slowed the race but on every restart, once he was on point, Natenstedt squirted away. Behind him Bischoff, Walter Ball, Missy Natenstedt and Russell Rosario were all racing for second.

Later, Ball faded while Bischoff secured second and began to challenge for the lead. The battle for third ended when Missy Natenstedt spun and collected Dave Sciaronni, who was running in only his second race on dirt and was in fourth place despite driving Sport Mod.

When the green came out again, the chase was on as Bischoff began an outside/inside attack while he and Shawn Natenstedt stormed around the track. In fact, heading for the white flag, it appeared the visitor from Medford, Ore. had the advantage.

Tearing through the final turn, Bischoff dove to the inside. There was contact but neither spun and Shawn Natenstedt reached the checkered flag first followed by Bischoff and Rosario.

“Every time they throw a caution, it bunches the fast guys and when you get them up front, you don’t get away as fast,” said the winning Natenstedt. “I was kind of running around on the bottom. Then I saw him on top so we both gunned it and gave each other a car width and that’s about it. I just ran the line I was supposed to run and it worked out.”

At the victory ceremony, Bischoff said, “He was getting loose and our car was just coming in so I think we could have gotten him. Going into 3, I had position. We rubbed and I don’t like to take people out for anything so I just backed off and let him collect it back up. We’ll take second.”

When the Hobby Stock main began, heat winner Tom Haxall led the charge with Carl “Fireball,” Barlow in hot pursuit. Soon however, Barlow had to fend off Rocky Goetz.

Later, Barlow went after the leader and began an inside/outside challenge.

Two short cautions interrupted the flow of action. But when the second ended, Barlow seized his chance and used the outside line to take the lead and roar off to the victory.

“Tom (Haxall) ran a very good race,” Barlow said, back in the pits. “He was fast and I just had to figure out how to get around him. On the restart, going into 3 and 4, I just went by him.”

Calvin Ryle was first on point when the Dwarf Car main began, but behind him, Reese Wilson was on the move and soon began to close the gap. Lap after lap, the distance closed as both drivers turned the race into their own private affair.

With just a couple of laps to go, Wilson caught and then used an inside move to finally take the point. At the checkered, it was Wilson with Rye not far behind.

With the Lovelock Posse at another track, there were only three KWS Lite sprint cars present. And soon to be sixth-grader Michael “Buddy” Kofoid showed his speed and dominated both his heat and main event.

Coming home second was Danielle Simpson, who was a bit lucky as the right rear wheel on her car was loose. Taking third was her father and track operator Dan Simpson.

After racing had ended, Kofoid was asked if it’s easier to be up front alone or racing someone.

“I think it’s a little easier when you’re out in front, cause you don’t have a lot of stress on you and I try and settle down and not overdrive myself,” he said.

•Rattlesnake Raceway was also in action Saturday with three classes of cars and mud drags to entertain the crowd. Rusty Baglin won the Hobby Stock feature while Shawn “Mr. Rabbit,” Hartzell swept the Gen-X main and Pete Olsen swept the Sport Mod races.

OTHER RACING NEWS

•NASCAR’s Nevada Quartet was at the historic road course in Watkins Glen, New York this weekend.

In Saturday’s Nationwide event, Brendan Gaughan had the best finish, ending up 14th while Kyle Busch, who started from the pole, ended up 24th and Sparks Native T.J. Bell wound up 38th. When the checkered flag waved on Sunday’s Sprint Cup event, Kyle scored the victory while brother Kurt was ninth.

•USAC canceled this week’s sprint car show at RTF Speedway so the track is dark until Aug. 24.

•On Friday, the Best in the Desert series stages the annual Vegas to Reno off road race.

Closer to home, NNKC hosts another of its points races at Desert Park Raceway, starting around 10 a.m. on Sunday. Later that day, at 6 p.m. American Valley Speedway in Quincy hosts the annual Fair Races.

Those wishing to purchase their tickets for the upcoming Arenocross event can do so at Ticketmaster.com until Sept. 15. After that, tickets will be available at NMS located on Rock Blvd. two blocks north of Glendale Avenue.

The indoor motocross event will be held Nov. 15-17 and features two nights of pro racing with Sunday being reserved for amateur riders

RESULTS

• RTF Speedway - Aug. 10

IMCA Modifieds: Heat Winners - #1 Missy Natenstedt, #2 Shawn Natenstedt. Main (25-Laps) - 1. Shawn Natenstedt, 2. Monte Bischoff, 3. Russell Rosario, 4. Wade Deburg, 5. Missy Natenstedt. Hobby Stocks: Heat Winner - Tom Haxall. Main (20-Laps) - 1. Carl “Fireball” Barlow, 2. Tom Haxall, 3. Royce Goetz, 4. Rocky Goetz, 5. Ray White. KWS Lites: Heat Winner - Buddy Kofoid. Main - 1. Buddy Kofoid, 2. Danielle Simpson, 3. Dan Simpson. Dwarf Cars: Heat Winner - Calvin Ryle. Main (20-Laps) - 1. Reese Wilson, 2. Calvin Ryle, 3. Vukie Wilson, 4. Cody Gibson, 5. Roy Peterson.

• Rattlesnake Raceway - Aug. 10

Hobby Stocks: Heat Winners - #1 Rusty Baglin, 2. Aaron Benham. Main - 1. Rusty baglin,2. Jim Renfro, 3. Alex Pettit, 4. Tony Taylor, 5. Aaron Benham. Sport Mods: Heat Winner - Pete Olsen. Main - 1. Pete Olsen, 2. Zach Cail, 3. 77, 4. Chris Neal, 5. Tim Wesrin. Gen-X: Heat Winner - Shawn Hartzell. Main - 1. Shawn Hartzell, 2. Dave Raber, 3. Seven Eisele, 4. Kali Pope, 5. Christy Rasmussen.

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