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SMRA starts fall series, historic night at RTF Speedway
by Dan McGee - Special to the Tribune
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Tribune photo by Dan McGee - Coal Dils rips through a corner as he heads for victory in the second 250/450F pro moto. The Elko rider would sweep both of his races Sunday in the start of SMRA's fall motocross series.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee - Coal Dils rips through a corner as he heads for victory in the second 250/450F pro moto. The Elko rider would sweep both of his races Sunday in the start of SMRA's fall motocross series.
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Tribune photo by Dan McGee - Another rider that came all the way from Elko to help get the fall MX series going was Casey Guzman, who scored runaway victories in both 250/450F motos at the Sandbox in Fernley.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee - Another rider that came all the way from Elko to help get the fall MX series going was Casey Guzman, who scored runaway victories in both 250/450F motos at the Sandbox in Fernley.
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Tribune photo by Dan McGee - Over the past year Missy Natenstedt (1N) has been getting faster and faster but mistakes have cost her race wins. On Saturday night she finally managed to beat her husband Shawn (1) after a race long duel and became the first woman to win an IMCA Modifed feature at the RT Fernley Speedway.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee - Over the past year Missy Natenstedt (1N) has been getting faster and faster but mistakes have cost her race wins. On Saturday night she finally managed to beat her husband Shawn (1) after a race long duel and became the first woman to win an IMCA Modifed feature at the RT Fernley Speedway.
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Tribune photo by Dan McGee - Danielle Simpson streaks down the backstretch during her heat race driving a KWS Lites car. She made history at the Fernley track Saturday night becoming the first woman to win a sprint car feature at the track.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee - Danielle Simpson streaks down the backstretch during her heat race driving a KWS Lites car. She made history at the Fernley track Saturday night becoming the first woman to win a sprint car feature at the track.
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FERNLEY - SMRA's fall motocross series began at the Sandbox, also known as the Fernley Lion's Motocross Track, last weekend. Great weather set the stage for a day of hard racing as around 260 riders took up the challenge the fast track offers.

For two Elko-based riders, it was a walk in the park, scoring runaway victories.

After the second 250/450F pro moto ended, winner Coal Dils said, "Once I was out front from the start I just kind of set in and rode the track how it is, rough. It's holding up, getting rough and that's what I like. It fits my style but not my endurance so I need to get my endurance up a little bit better."

Both times when the gate dropped on the 250/450F pros, Dils took took commanding leads before cruising to a win. Giving chase was Lemmon Valley rider Tyler Pfeifer, who was a bit outgunned on his practice bike but managed to earn two runner-up finishes.

The other pro winner was Eric Gillen, who won the 30+ Division.

Casey Guzman was the other Elko racer who performed well, dominating both of the 250/450F motos.

"I just went out there had fun, just rode smart and smooth," Guzman said after taking his second checkered flag. "The track is pretty rough, it's really choppy and I like choppy as I think it's fun."

Another rider sweeping both of his races was Collin McHaney, who won both the Schoolboy and 125/250F motos.

In the junior set, young Lux Turner swept both the 50cc Open and Intermediate races. At the other end of the age ladder Larry Brown won the 50+ Intermediate/Expert races including one where he bicycled on his front wheel coming off a jump but was able to ride the bike back onto both wheels.

Ashton Moncrief, Chase Cannizzaro were the other two 50cc winners while Collin Hutson, Kody Gray and Ryder Schwartz won their respective 65cc Divisions.

And Jordan Beck was the womens' victor followed by Samantha Monzo and Ashtyn Shepard.

During the second motos, one rider went down hard enough to earn a ride to Renown Medical Center for a further check. His condition was unknown when the report was filed.

Another racer proved that good safety equipment is a good investment when he was hit in the knee. While the brace he wore was broken, his knee was uninjured.

History was made at the RT Fernley Raceway Saturday evening, as two women became the first female winners in their respective classes.

When the green waved to start the IMCA Modified feature, Mark Skender took off but soon surrendered the lead to Riley Simmons, whose car blew a radiator hose putting him out for the night.

On the restart Missy Natenstedt rocketed past Skender with her husband, Shawn, in hot pursuit. After that it was a family battle for the victory.

At one point Missy slid wide into Turn 4 letting Shawn take the point. But on the next lap he made the same bobble, putting his wife back on point.

Two more cautions slowed the pace but on every restart Missy put her foot down and took off before anyone could really get past her.

At the finish she became the first woman to ever win an IMCA race at the track.

Despite being down on power Walter Ball was able to take third with Russell Rosario right behind him.

"It was a blast," Natenstedt said after climbing out of her car. "I blew a corner and Shawn took the lead then he did it and I took the lead. My biggest thrill is that I beat Shawn."

In the KWS Lites feature, Danielle Simpson took off after the green with Buddy Kofoid in pursuit. For the rest of the race they were almost nose-to-tail with Simpson claiming the victory and becoming the first female driver to win a sprint car feature at the track.

Later, when asked if she knew how close Kofoid was she said, "I thought he was close and knew he was right there. And the track was good and smooth."

Another close race was the Pro Stock feature where winner Malen Gonzalez had Jack Randall on his back bumper for the entire event. In the end Gozalez, who drives B.J. Pearson's Nuclear Banana car, was able to hold on and claim the victory.

Carl "Fireball" Barlow won the Hobby Stock main while early leader Rocky Goetz came back from contact with another car to finish a strong second head of Tom Haxall.

Other winners were Reese Wilson in Dwarf Cars and during the race he turned in a lap time of just over 18 seconds. Will Ritchey won in Mod Minis and the Pure Stock winner was Mark Serchio.

OTHER RACING NEWS

• This week has events for most motor sports fans.

The biggest event is the 50th anniversary of the National Championship Air Races with qualifying beginning Monday morning through Wednesday morning.

Racing starts Wednesday afternoon then builds until the Unlimiteds race for the Gold on Sunday afternoon.

Further to the east, the Battle Mountain Speedway ends its season with a two-day show, starting at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with the main attraction being the Silver Cup races for Pro Stocks. The track's other divisions will also be in action.

Rattlesnake Raceway hosts one of its final points races Saturday, beginning at 7 p.m. with the car classes and mud bog racing as part of the show. At that same time, RT Fernley Speedway hosts the King of the West Outlaw Sprint Car series along with KWS Lites, Mod Minis and Hobby stocks.

Desert racers in the MRANN series will be east of Topaz off of state route 208 for the start of its fall races. This one is the called the Sleeping Elephant Hare Scrambles.

As usual Saturday begins around 10 a.m. with two Pee Wee races followed by the Mini Bike, V Women as well as the Vintage and Bomber bikes. Then on Sunday the Novice, Amateur and Experts ride in timed races.

• The Busch brothers were at the Richmond International Raceway this weekend. Kyle finished fourth in Friday night's Nationwide event then in Saturday night's Sprint Cup event he ended up 19th while older brother Kurt started and finished second.

Brendan Gaughan competed in the Camping World Truck race at Iowa Speedway on Sunday. He started fourth but an accident dropped him to a 24th place finsh.

RESULTS

• Fernley Lion's Motocross Track, Sept. 8

SMRA Fall Series - Round 1

50+:

— (Jr.) 1. Lonnie Madsen, 2.Kevin Porteous

— (Intr/Exp) 1. Larry Brown, 2. Mike Torres, 3. Jerry Fox, 4. Dave Shelton, 5. Stan Smith

40+:

— (Jr.) 1. Mike Helton, 2. Nick Nichols, 3. Jeff Perrine, 4. Lonnie Madsen, 5. Travis Hubisk

— (Int.) 1. Robert Austin, 2. Donavan Campana, 3. Tracy Socker, 4. Layne Kolbet

— (Exp.) 1. Anthony Fagundes, 2. Dave Shelton

30+:

— (Beg.) 1.Berti Belinger, 2. Allen Baudizzon, 3. David Himshaw

— (Jr.) 1. Jonathan Remien, 2. Sam Glaster, 3. Nick Nichols, 4. George Forbes, 5. Scott Simmons

— (Intr.) 1. Mike Kreczkowski, 2. Jeremiah Brown, 3. Jeromie Sorhouet

— (Pro.) 1. Eric Gillen, 2. Curt Fowler

20+:

— (Beg.) 1. James Moss, 2. Scott Chick, 3. Chris McKinney, 4. Don Gray

— (Jr.) 1. Jeffrey Butler, 2. Trevor Scrottish, 3. Keith Jimenez

50cc:

— (Beg.) 1. Ashton Moncrief, 2. Cole Palotas, 3. Drake Lanning, 4. Landen Williams, 5. Connor Gaarenstroom

— (Jr.) 1. Chase Cannizzaro, 2. Nakana Domingo, 3. Tyler Zahniser, 4. Treyton Maskaly, 5. Samuel McCord

— (Intr.) 1. Lux Turner

— (Open) 1. Lux Turner, 2. Chase Cannizzaro, 3. Samuel McCord, 4. Treyton Maskaly, 5. Lachian Turner

65cc:

— (Beg.) 1. Collin Hutson, 2. Cody Zimmer, 3. Isaiah Johnson, 4. Evan Lewis, 5. Damian Niemeyer

— (Jr.) 1. Kody Gray, 2. Wyatt Brixey, 3. Hayden Fagundes, 4. Mitchell Keen, 5. Chandler Beveridge

— (Open) 1. Ryder Schwartz, 2. Chandler Beuenidge

85cc:

— (Beg.) 1. Chayce Barba, 2. Coloton English, 3. Tyler Crittenden, 4. Brandon Copeland, 5. Cole Petrosky

— (Jr.) 1. Tristen Mathisen, 2. Danny Hillyer, 3. Kurtis Gray, 4. Shane Johnson, 5. T.J. Taylor

— (Open/Supermini) 1. Garrett Hueftle, 2. T.J. Taylor, 3. Max Case, 4. Danny Hillyer, 5. JaronThompson

Women - 1. Jordan Beck, 2. Samantha Monzo, 3. Ashtyn Shepard

Open/Schoolboy - 1. Collin McHaney, 2. Dylan Galliett, 3. Auggie Roefer, 4. Caleb Frandsen, 5. J.R. Albarran

125/250F:

— (Beg.) 1. TristenMathisen, 2. Jarod Woolford, 3. Bryce Archer, 4. Jacob Hofer, 5. Cody Gibbons

— (Jr., Div 1) 1. Collin McHaney, 2. Brad Maga, 3. Chad Heishman, 4. Caleb Frandsen, 5. Auggie Roefer

— (Jr., Div 2) 1. Chirs Miller, 2. J.R. Albarran, 3. Garrett Hueftle, 4. Jonathon Sawyer, 5. Austin Serpa

— (Intr.) 1. Dylan Galliett, 2. Cole Brokaw, 3. Korie Haas, 4. Caleb Duster

250/450F:

— (Beg.) - 1. Timothy Trainor, 2. Trainor, 3. Joel Thomure, 4. Adam Pavlu, 5. Berti Belinger

— (Jr.) 1. Brad Maga, 2. James Estes III, 3. Robert Cord, 4. Jeffrey Butler, 5. Jonathan Remien

— (Intr.) 1. Casey Guzman, 2. Anthony Welsch, 3. Ricky Dahlberg

— (Pro.) 1. Coal Dils, 2. Tyler Jack Pfeifer, 3. Jonathan Ayers, 4. Eric Gillen

• RTF Speedway - Sept. 7*

IMCA Mofidieds:

Heat Winners - 1. Shawn Natenstedt, 2. Josh Ogg

Main (30-Laps) - 1. Missy Natenstedt, 2. Shawn Natenstedt, 3. Walter Ball, 4. Russell Rosario, 5. Wade Deburg

KWS Lites Sprint Cars:

Heat Winner - Danielle Simpson

Main (15-Laps) - 1. Danielle Simpson, 2. Buddy Kofoid, 3. Jeff Macedo, 4. Dan Simpson, 5. Aaron Gustin

Pro Stocks:

Heat Winner - Malen Gonzalez

Main (15-Laps) 1. Malen Gonzalez, 2. Jack Randall, 3. Jim Klopp, 4. Russ Cazier, 5. David Rauscher

Hobby Stocks:

Heat Winner - Dwight Bolton

Main - 1. Carl Barlow, 2. Rocky Goetz, 3. Tom Haxall, 4. Dwight Bolton, 5. Mikki Beuchat

Dwarf Cars:

Heat Winner - Tate Morehead

Main - 1. Reese Wilson, 2. Sam Marson, 3. Tate Morehead, 4. Roy Peterson, 5. Glen Sciarani

Mod Minis:

Heat Winner - 1. David Paine

Main - 1. Will Ritchey, 2. Dennis Crook, 3. Travis Barr, 4. Davie Paine.

Pure Stocks:

Heat Winner - 1. Bracee Langevin

Main - 1. Mark Serchio, 2. Bracee Langevin, 3.Danielle Pain, 4. Justin Schilling, 5. Anthony Adams

* - Outlaw Kart Results were not available when this report was filed.

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