Although the weather was on the cool side 60 drivers from here and California, showed up for the once-a-year event. This season ending event was a night of hard racing for points and titles.
The Junior 1-2 main featured a race-long, nose-to-tail duel between Brandon Apodaca and eventual winner Jake Guzelis.
At the post-race weigh in Guzelis said, "When I was in Turn 5, I could feel him (Apodaca) bumping me so I went as fast as I could go. The kart felt really well and I need to thank everybody that helped."
Going into the night, points leader Joshua Chassaing lost a motor during the first heat race. After some fast work in the pits he was able to replace it and race in the main event.
When the green waved Guzelis was on point with Apodaca inches behind him while, back in the pack, Chassaing was beginning to move toward the front.
Unfortunately for Chassaing, his kart suffered mechanical problems and he had to drop out of the race. Up front Guzelis had his hands full but was able to pull off the victory and claim the class championship.
Another close points race was in the TAG Novice division. When that event began points leader Richard Stock was on point until a brake-rotor failure put him on the sidelines and out of contention.
Dean Andrews then took the point and roared off to victory. Behind him Turbo Sombatsiri and Isaac Wyett battled for second and whoever finished ahead of the other would be the class champion.
Lap after lap both tore around the track but Sombatsiri reached the checkered flag first and won the tile with Wyett finishing second in the points.
Later, when asked if he knew how close Wyett was, Sombatsiri said, "I kept looking back and he was really close. That was really unfortunate for Richard, as I really wanted to have a good fight with him. It was a fun race and I'm glad I'm ending the season this way."
While Kelly Morley won the Tag Novice title she was unable to compete in the feature race due to a blown motor.
Back in the trailer she and her father use to bring their karts to the races she said, "The season was great, I love it and I had the best people to race against. There just top-notch people in my class and I won by 200 points."
The largest field was in the Clone/World Formula race as 22 karts were on hand. A race-long chase ended when Rich Huston, in a World Formula kart, took over the lead with one lap to go.
Behind him Milas Mills managed to claim second and win that championship followed by David Schilt, who led many laps. Further back, rookie driver Taylor Vchytil used a steady, fast run to put her kart 10th at the finish and win the Jr. Clone division.
For Vchytil, it was a challenging night as she was caught up in a five-kart tangle during her first heat. Her father, with help from the crew of Nevada Kart Sport, had to replace part of the front suspension and a bent rear axel.
Vchytil was able to make her second heat race and post a creditable finish in the main.
At the bottom of the age scale are the kid karts. After earlier suffering from motor problems Jack Ridgel lead the first part of the main but dropped to second after Matthew Sifling took over the lead and won the race.
The F80 shifter main came down to a duel between class champion Cody McKinney and Mark Nason. After swapping the lead Nason took it back for keeps at the end of the race.
"That was a good race but it was a close race and took everything I had to do what I did. And the win went to the right guy," Nason said with a laugh.
Then McKinney added, "That was good, hard racing and rubbing is racing. I would have like to win more races but winning four out of eight ain't bad."
A little later Nason got into his F125 Stock kart and began a race long, nose-to-tail duel with Todd Thompson. Lap after lap they tore around the course with Thompson managing to reach the checkered flag first.
"That was what it's all about. We talked about this before the race and we said we're going to be going for it. It's a great way to finish out the year."
And then Nason added, "It was good, hard racing and we were dicing."
Behind them John Morgan ended up third after a long race battle with Mitch Kennedy, who came out of retirement to just race for fun.
But the title went to Sparks driver Alex Gray, who said after finishing fourth, "It's awesome, we had a lot of trouble the whole year but it paid off. It was a lot of fun and I was just trying to get through the races so it feels good to win something."
At the previous NNKC event Steve Ryckebosch won the TAG Masters championship. And the class had the honor of finishing out the season as they had the final race.
At the green NNKC president Brian Rivera simply took off and left everyone behind him. His win secured third place in the points while Mike Ryckebosch's runner-up finish put him second in points.
After the post-race weigh in Rivera said, "Well hopefully next year I'll be able to get into a 125 stock moto kart so I think this was my last TAG race. It was a trying year for me but I always want to go out with a win and am pretty excited about next year and what it brings."
Now the club prepares for its awards banquet later this fall and looks forward to the 2014 season, which begins in the spring.
• On Sunday the Over the Hill Gang hosted SMRA's third race in this year's fall motocross series. And the venue was the Sand Box, or the Fernley Lion's Motocross Track, as it's also known.
The weather was mild and the winds were manageable until the final race of the day. Around 245 riders showed up to compete on the fast course that had been prepared for them.
There was also a good turn out of pros for both the 125/250F and 250/450F divisions.
The first 250/450 pro moto was marked by a long chase after Aaron Siminoe took the point from Jesse Gore, who didn't let him get too far ahead. They spent the remainder of the moto tearing around the track until Siminoe reached the checkered flag first.
Asked about Gore he said, "I felt him (Gore) on my back. I thought I was gapping him but made a couple of mistakes so he caught up."
In their next meeting Gore had the advantage early until, going over a couple of rollers as he crossed finish line, he went down. After that, he charged toward the front but Siminoe had too great a lead to be caught.
"Unfortunately he (Gore) made a mistake and went down. It's too bad as he was running really good I was wishing it was more of a battle but that happens and you just go on with the day," Siminoe said.
Now his plans are to compete in next week's Dodge Amateur Nationals then use Arenocross in November to tune up for next year's Supercross season.
Dean Wilcox won the 30+ pro division but in his second moto he had to chase Scott Stillmock for the first few laps. Later Stillmock faded, which let Wilcox take the point and victory.
"Scott got tired and you could tell it so it happens," Wilcox said. "The track is awesome and fast."
One close finish was in the final 125/250 Beginner moto when another rider almost caught Sparks racer Chris Bardshaw but fell right at the checkered flag.
Bardshaw, who also won his first moto, said he didn't know the other rider was that close, "I just kept on giving it the gas and kept on going."
Other winners were Tallon Newman in Schoolboy and Ashtyn Shepard, who held off Jordan Beck to win the Women's division. And OTHG chapter president Layne Kolbet won the 40+ intermediate races.
The Pee Wee winners were Gage Wilcox, who won two divisions, and Chase Cannizzaro. At the other end of the age scale Gilbert Chick and Jim Halsey were the two 50+ winners.
Only two riders needed medical attention during the day and friends took them to the hospital to be looked at. Their condition was unknown at the time this report was filed.
Now everyone gets a week off before the next race.
• On Saturday the Fernley 95A Speedway hosted its championship night with the cars and outlaw karts racing in their final points race of the year. The winners, and kart champions are listed in the results.
The next event will be the two-day shootout this Friday and Saturday. Racing starts at 6 p.m. on both days and all the car classes, including the KWS Lites sprint cars will participate.
OTHER RACING NEWS
• Exit 28 has practice sessions schedule on the motocross track from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
• NASCAR's Nevada quartet raced at two different venues this weekend. On Saturday Brendan Gaughan returned to Las Vegas where he started sixth and finished eighth in the Camping World Truck race.
The other three spent the weekend at the Monster Mile in Dover, Delaware. In Saturday's Nationwide Event Kyle Busch started fifth and finished eighth while Sparks native T.J. Bell ended up 28th after starting 27th.
On Sunday Kyle started 30th in the Sprint Cup event, worked his way up and finished fifth. Older brother Kurt didn't do so well as he started ninth and finish 21st.
• Desert Raceway Park - Sept. 28
Northern Nevada Kart Club - Round 8
Kid Karts (6-laps) - 1. Matthew Sifling, 2. Jack Ridgel, 3. Dani Martinez
Jr. 1-2 Cycle (16-Laps) - 1. Jake Guzelis, 2. Brandon Apodaca, 3. Sami Martinez, 4. Lucas Morgan, 5. Austin Hawkins
Box Stock Clone Sr./Jr/World Formula (16-Laps) 1. Rich Huston (World Formula), 2. Milas Mills (Sr. Clone), 3. Dave Schilt (Sr. Clone), 4. Brad Wunder (World Formula), 5. Juliana Stacy (Sr. Clone), 10 Taylor Vchytil (Jr. Clone)
Tag Jr. - 1. Dean Andrews, 2. Turbo Sombatsiri, 3. Issac Wyett
Tag Masters - 1. Brian Rivera, 2. Mike Ryckebosch, 3. Dan Harris, 4. Mike Faker, 5. Kevin Marshall
F-80 Senior (16-Laps) - 1. Mark Nason, 2. Cody McKinney, 3. Dan Harris, 4. Steve Dow, 5. Jeff Ridgel
F-125 (16-Laps) 1. Todd Thompson, 2. Mark Nason, 3. John Morgan, 4. Alex Gray
• Fernley Lion's Motocross Track - Sept. 29
SMRA Fall Series - Round 3
— (Beg.)1. Palmer Knoblock, 2. Drake Lanning, 3. Cole Palotas, 4. Rob Wilson, 5. Conner Gaarenstroom
— (Jr.) 1. Chase Cannizzaro, 2. Nakana Domingo, 3. Sam McCord, 4. Lawson Williams, 5. Dylan Duncan
— (Intr.) 1. Gage Wilcox, 2. Lux Turner
— (Open) 1. Gage Wilcox, 2. Lux Turner, 3. Chase Cannizzaro, 4. Nakana Domingo
— (Beg.) 1. Cody Zimmer, 2. Lawson Williams, 3. Isaiah Johnson, 4. William Bannister, 5. Ripley Shakespeare
— (Jr.) 1. Gage Wilcox, 2. Hayden Fagundes, 3. Wyatt Brixey, 4. Aren Duncan, 5. Caleb Polacek
— (Open) 1. Caleb Polacek, 2. Aren Duncan, 3. Hayden Fagundes
— (Beg.) 1. Joshua Conners, 2. Ben Knoblock, 3. Jaxon Pokorny, 4. Colton English, 5. Gary Hamrey
— (Jr.) 1. Mikey Hillyer, 2. Julian Domingo, 3. Max Case, 4. Trever Tellez, 5. T.J. Taylor
— (Intr.) 1. Gage Knecht
— (Supermini) 1. Gage Knecht, 2. Julian Domingo, 3. T.J. Taylor, 4. Mikey Hillyer, 5. Trever Tellez
— (Jr.) 1. Jim Halsey
— (Int/Exp) 1. Gilbert Chick, 2. Jerry Fox, 3. Mike Torres, 4. Larry Brown, 5. Mike Newman
— (Jr.) 1. Travis Hilbish, 2. Chris Gaarenstroom, 3. Brian Anderson, 4. Larry Mulock, 5. Mike Fillmore
— (Intr.) 1. Layne Kolbet, 2. Chris Dyer, 3. Mike Newman, 4. Mike Torres, 5. Tracy Speker
— (Exp.) 1. Tony Fagundes, 2. Marcus Gentry, 3. Paul Beyer, 4. Dave Shelton
— (Beg.) 1. Allen Baudizzon, 2. Doug Himshaw, 3. Jason Ines, 4. Jim Ferris, 5. Kevin McCord
— (Jr.) 1. Sam Glaster, 2. Ron Remien, 3. Scott Simmons, 4. George Forbes, 5. Chris Cross
— (Intr.) 1. Brody Massman, 2. Jeromie Sorhouet
— (Exp.) 1. Jason Shakespeare
— (Pro.) 1. Dean Wilcox, 2. Scott Stillmock, 3. Ryan Manha, 4. Matt Manha, 5. Tommy Jean
— (Beg.) 1. Tom Allen
— (Jr.) 1. Trevor Scrottish, 2. Jeffrey Butler, 3. Jared Bussard, 4. Ted Johanson, 5. Chris McCuan
— (Intr.) 1. Tyler Artrup, 2. Kody Jackson
Women - 1. Ashlyn Shepard, 2. Jordan Beck, 3. Kyley Beyer, 4. Jasmyne Herrera
Schoolboy - 1. Tallon Newman, 2. Collin McHaney, 3. Garrett Hueftle, 4. Auggie Roefer, 5. Robert Cord
— (Beg.) 1. Chris Bardshaw, 2. Nason McCombs, 3. Jacob Hofer, 4. Jarrin Conn, 5. Andrew Cheechov
— (Jr.) 1. Collin McHaney, 2. Auggie Roefer, 3. Garrett Hueftle, 4. Chris Miller, 5. Cody Force
— (Intr.) 1. Kyle Mason
— (Beg.) 1. James Swain, 2. Robert Gibson, 3. Adam Pavlu, 4. Nick Maher, 5. Tim Jost
— (Jr.) 1. Quinn Santana, 2. Robert Cord, 3. Jeffrey Butler, 4. Chris McCuan, 5. Timothy Trainer
— (Intr.) 1. Tallon Newman, 2. Corey Riddle
— (Pro.) 1. Aaron Siminoe, 2. Tyler Pfeifer, 3. Jesse Gore, 4. Ryan Manha, 5. Dean Wilcox
• Fernley 95A Speedway - Sept. 28
— Heat Winners - #1 John Raber, #2 Kali Kartzell
— Main - Kali Kartzell, 2. Shawn Hartzell, 3. Brian Kaster, 4. Mark Serchio Jr., 5. Danielle Paine
-Heat winners - #1 Galen Hainline, #2 Jesse James
-Main - 1. Galen Hainline, 2. Dennis Crook, 3. David Paine, 4. Will Ritchey, 5. Jesse James
— Heat Winner - Tom Haxall
— Main - 1. Carl Barlow, 2 Rocky Goetz, 3. Rick Miller
— Heat Winner - Jack Randall
— Main - 1. David Rauscher, 2. Russ Cazier, 3. Jack Randall
— Heat Winners - #1 Don Childs, #2 Shawn Natenstedt
— Main - 1. Don Childs, 2. Joss Ogg, 3. Shawn Natenstedt, 4. Wade Deburg, 5. Will Zinn
Outlaw Karts winners and 2013 Champions
Beginner - Jensen Tenora, Champion Evan Rauscher
Box Stock - Grasen Tenora, Champion Sarah Anderson
250cc - Winner and champion, Katelyn Robertson
50cc - Shaun Tenora, Champion Jozay Hartman