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Young racers shine at Desert Park
by Dan McGee - Special to the Tribune
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Tribune photo by Dan McGee - Turbo Sombatsire (99) and Richard Stock (32) battle in a nose-to-tail duel for the Tag Novice win at Sunday’s NNKC event. At the line Sombatsiri held on to claim the win by inches.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee - Turbo Sombatsire (99) and Richard Stock (32) battle in a nose-to-tail duel for the Tag Novice win at Sunday’s NNKC event. At the line Sombatsiri held on to claim the win by inches.
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Tribune photo by Dan McGee - Another close race Sunday was between Jr. 1-2 Cycle winner Jake Guzelis (2) and Joshua Chassaing (11) as both boys spent almost all of their main only inches apart.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee - Another close race Sunday was between Jr. 1-2 Cycle winner Jake Guzelis (2) and Joshua Chassaing (11) as both boys spent almost all of their main only inches apart.
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Tribune photo by Dan McGee - The F-80 Senior main featured a duel between Cody McKinney (3y) and a determined Mark Nason (85). After a race-long chase, McKinney took the victory and likely clinched the division championship.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee - The F-80 Senior main featured a duel between Cody McKinney (3y) and a determined Mark Nason (85). After a race-long chase, McKinney took the victory and likely clinched the division championship.
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Tribune photo by Dan McGee - While Todd Thompson (20) won the Stock 125 shifter main at Sunday's NNKC event, John Morgan (25) made him work for it. Here, both drivers head down the main straight and past Morgan's wife and sons during the race.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee - While Todd Thompson (20) won the Stock 125 shifter main at Sunday's NNKC event, John Morgan (25) made him work for it. Here, both drivers head down the main straight and past Morgan's wife and sons during the race.
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STEAD — The Northern Nevada Kart Club hosted its final day race of the season at Desert Park Raceway on Sunday. Great weather set the stage for an afternoon of hard racing where several main events ended in close finishes … and several of the younger drivers staged the closest races of the day.

"It was really close, I didn't think I'd really make it but apparently I did," Turbo Sombatsire said after the race. "His front bumper was at my front tire and that was really close. I was losing my tires about halfway through. He passed me because I left a little wide coming out of Turn 8 but I soon got it back and just played defense from there."

When the green waved on the Tag Novice/Junior main, both Sombatsire and Richard Stock took off and left every one. Over the course of the 16-lap event, they swapped the lead a couple of times but after that it was a nose-to-tail duel to the checkered flag.

The finish was all the more impressive as Stock drove his final lap after his brakes failed and still only lost by about eight inches. His entry into the post race was dramatic, as he couldn't stop without help.

"When I was heading into Turn One, I was jerking the wheel back and forth trying to get it to slow down," he said, alluding to the final lap. "I did, but from then on, I knew I was out of brakes."

Behind the two leaders were two Novice drivers and Curt Holmes beat Del Hardy to the line for that class victory.

"It was good," Holmes said. "We just wanted to stay out of the juniors battle and have our own deal going. We managed to do that. They had a good race and so did we."

The next closest main again featured two of the younger drivers in the Jr. 1-2 Cycle division. With only one more event on the schedule a possible championship was on the line.

On the green, Jake Guzelis, second in points, took off with points leader Joshua Chassaing on his back bumper. Lap after lap, both tore around the track only inches apart.

Despite Chassaing's best efforts, he had to settle for the runner-up spot, as Guzelis wasn't about to be denied.

"I had to keep the door closed so he couldn't get past me and go as fast as I could," Guzelis said. "And I had to meet the apex of all the corners."

The F80 Senior shifter class featured another nose-to-tail duel for the victory. In the end, Cody McKinney was able to earn another victory by holding off a determined Mark Nason.

"My boy Nason kept me honest but gave me some bumps in the butt to make sure I wasn't given nothing up," McKinney said. "Mark probably had a little bit for me but he was honest today so we had some good racing going on."

Asked if he could have taken the lead, Nason said, " Not without contact. I think the lap time was there but it was just too hard to pass."

The Clone Senior/Junior feature started with David Schilt on point with Dennis Hill giving chase. Finally, Hill got the lead and the two began another nose-to-tail duel.

Late in the race, getting past lap traffic was the key and Hill reached the checkered flag first while, further back, Schilt claimed second after holding off a determined Milas Mills.

"I knew I could do it. I had the right kart setup, the right package and had the fastest time so I just stayed focused and tried to get to the top," Hill said.

Coming in fourth was Junior Clone winner Taylor Vchytil. Having lost her rookie status, an "X" on her helmet and having to start at the back, this 14-year-old high school freshman is showing the guys she can race.

"The race was good, I got to start where I qualified for the first time not being an "X" head so it was nice. I really like Clone class because it's competitive even though it's not the fastest," she said.

The Tag Master's feature was another race that began with a close battle for the lead. But didn't end that way. At first, the lead battle was between Steve Ryckebosch and NNKC president Brian Rivera.

Unfortunately for Rivera, he made a mistake after briefly taking the lead then sliding wide in Turn 1. While that gave the lead to Ryckebosch, he couldn't relax as his brothers Mike and John were slowly gaining on him.

The brothers made it a family sweep for the first three positions and for Steve the victory clinched the class championship.

"He (Brian) went a little deep and got a little sideways and it made it easy for me from there on," Ryckebosch said during the trophy ceremony. "The funny thing is that I'm not going to be at the night race because I'm going to race at a pro race down in Lancaster, Calif. If Mike would have taken first, and I would have taken second, he had a chance to beat me in points but I locked them up today by winning."

When the Stock 125 shifter main began, Mark Nason was on point with Todd Thompson giving chase. Behind them John Morgan took over third and began to close on the leaders.

A few laps into the race, Nason pulled out with mechanical problems that seemed to give Thompson an easy victory. However, Morgan, who has found more speed this summer, soon closed on the leader.

That meant Thompson had to work for the victory and finished with a two-second gap over Morgan.

At the post race weigh in Thompson said, "The race went pretty good. I don't know what happened to Mark as he and I were running around chasing each other. Mine ran good and I just kind of settled in and tried to make some good laps. Then I heard John Morgan in behind me, so that kind of gave me a little giddy up and go. I starting cutting some better times but all in all a good day."

Although he came in second Morgan was pleased with his new found speed.

"I kept working on closing on two leaders and sort of woke Todd up and then I made a mistake," he said. "But I'm closing the gap and excited to be racing with these guys as they are the best."

Only two kids karts were on hand and Matthew Sifling won that race against Jack Ridgel, who was in his first race ever, ending up second.

The season ends on Sept. 28 with the club's annual Rick Jerome Memorial Night Race. There will be practice during the day but the action begins around 4 p.m. Thus, the features are either run at twilight or under the portable lighting that's brought in for this event.

•Usually Dave Brant, a veteran kart racer himself, is on the flag stand for the NNKC events. However, Sunday he was at the Bonneville Speed Weeks, where he joined the 200 Mile An Hour club as he set a class record of 221.017 mph."

OTHER RACING NEWS

•It's going to be a busy upcoming racing weekend for this region with several tracks hosting events.

Rattlesnake Raceway hosts one of its rare Friday race nights, beginning around 6 p.m. with a full show, including the Outlaw Karts.

South of town, the Top Gun Raceway hosts another of its $5 Friday events at the drag strip. On Saturday, the track hosts Round 8 of its ET series while the junior dragsters compete in Round 7 of their series.

Friday also kicks off a three-day event at the Wild West Motorsport Park east of Sparks and north of the Mustang exit on I-80.

It's the second visit by the Lucas Oil Off Road Trucks. Friday is for practice sessions then starting Saturday and Sunday, around 9 a.m. qualifying begins with racing starting shortly after noon each day.

Another track hosting a Friday-Saturday event is the American Valley Speedway in Quincy, California. The headliners are the Dwarf Cars as they compete in a Super National event.

The RTF Speedway in Fernley will also be in action, starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday, with another points race but this time the Outlaw Karts will take the night off.

• NASCAR's Nevada Trio spent the weekend at the Michigan International Speedway. In Saturday's Nationwide race, Kyle Bush ended up second while Brendan Gaughan, who was as high as second with five laps to go, wound up eighth.

In Sunday's Sprint Cup event Kurt Busch had one of his best finishes of the year ending up second while brother Kyle didn't do so well, finishing 31st two places ahead of Gaughan.

RESULTS:

Desert Park Raceway - Aug. 18, 2013

Northern Nevada Kart Club - Round 7. Kids Karts - 1. Matthew Sifling, 2. Jack Ridgel. Junior 1-2 - 1. Jake Guzelis, 2. Joshua Chassaing, 3. Bech Marshall, 4. Austin Hawkins, 5. Lucas Morgan. Box Stock Clone Sr./Jr. - 1. Dennis Hill, 2. David Schilt, 3. Milas Mills, 4. Taylor Vchytil (Jr.), 5. Adam Cole. Tag Novice/Jr. - 1. Turbo Sombatsiri, 2. Richard Stock, 3. Curt Holmes (Nov.), 4. Del Hardy (Nov.). Tag Masters - 1. Steve Ryckebosch, 2. Mike Ryckebosch, 3. John Rickebosch, 4. Mike Faker, 5. Kevin Marshall. F-80 Senior - 1. Cody McKinney, 2. Mark Nason, 3. Dan Harris, 4. Steve Dow, 5. Gerry Williams. Stock 125 - 1. Todd Tompson, 2. John Morgan, 3. Mike McGaffey, 4. Alex Gray, 5. Jeff Wamre.

• Lovelock Speedway - Aug. 17

IMCA Modifieds: Heat Winner - K.C. Jubichek. Main (25-laps) - 1. Jeff Elerick Jr., 2. J.D. Jurad, 3. Chris Garretson, 4. K.C. Kubichek, 5. Vincent Evenson. IMCA Northern Sport Mods: Heat Winner - Zach Cail. Main (25-Laps) - 1. Zach Cail, 2. Pete Olsen, 3. Butch Seals, 4. Jeff Tuttle, 5. Shirley Reeves. Hobby Stocks: Heat Winners - #1 Michael Ellison, #2 Bryce Phillips. Main (25-Laps) - 1. Michael Ellison, 2. Bryce Phillips, 3. Tim Russell, 4. Loren Bianchi, 5. Rick Ellison.
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