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DTC ends Rattlesnake's season
by Dan McGee - Special to the Tribune
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Tribune photo by Dan McGee - On his way to sweeping the weekend, and earning this year's IMCA TDC title, Dr. Wade Taylor (8) slips inside and past early leader Jeff Oschowka, during Sunday's modified feature race at Rattlesnake Raceway.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee - On his way to sweeping the weekend, and earning this year's IMCA TDC title, Dr. Wade Taylor (8) slips inside and past early leader Jeff Oschowka, during Sunday's modified feature race at Rattlesnake Raceway.
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Tribune photo by Dan McGee - Zack Cail takes the checkered flag in Sunday's Sport Mod main event during this year's TDC. Despite being caught up in separate incidents the young driver was able to bounce back and win both of his main events during the weekend. This victory capped off a year that saw him win two track championships, a state title and become nationally ranked in the IMCA Northern Sport Modified division.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee - Zack Cail takes the checkered flag in Sunday's Sport Mod main event during this year's TDC. Despite being caught up in separate incidents the young driver was able to bounce back and win both of his main events during the weekend. This victory capped off a year that saw him win two track championships, a state title and become nationally ranked in the IMCA Northern Sport Modified division.
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Tribune photo by Dan McGee - During Sunday's Hobby Stock main, Royce Goetz (10) used an outside move at the end of the backstretch to take the lead from Tony Taylor (23). This gave him a sweep in both feature races and earned Goetz the division's Dirt Track Championship this year.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee - During Sunday's Hobby Stock main, Royce Goetz (10) used an outside move at the end of the backstretch to take the lead from Tony Taylor (23). This gave him a sweep in both feature races and earned Goetz the division's Dirt Track Championship this year.
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Tribune photo by Dan McGee - Will Evenson won the overall victory in Sunday's Outlaw Kart main at Rattlesnake Raceway. The Lovelock student finished second in the Box Stock overall Dirt Track Championship to Jacob Dias.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee - Will Evenson won the overall victory in Sunday's Outlaw Kart main at Rattlesnake Raceway. The Lovelock student finished second in the Box Stock overall Dirt Track Championship to Jacob Dias.
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FALLON - The annual Dirt Track Championships this weekend brought the regular season to a close at Rattlesnake Raceway. For the past three decades this show has featured hard, action-packed racing and this weekend was no exception.

The TDC uses cumulative points from Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon's racing to determine a driver's championship standing in their division.

When the dust settled Sunday afternoon an Elko driver took the IMCA trophy after winning both of his feature races.

"The first night was a little easier than tonight," Wade Taylor said. "We set our car up and they put the water truck out so our first few laps were pretty slick but it did come to us. We've had some pretty good luck in the last couple of weekends and progressively the card was getting better and better. So we decided we're not going to wash it anymore as we're thinking the dirt is good luck now and the less work I do on it the better it does at the track."

When the green waved on Sunday's main, Jeff Oschowka took off with Taylor and the pack in hot pursuit. The next few laps saw a nose-to-tail and side-by-side duel between the leaders until Oschowka clipped the backstretch wall.

A short time later, Taylor grabbed the lead and did not give it up. Only two cautions slowed the race and at the end, Steve McKellip finished second ahead of Don Childs, Zach Thorp and Oschowka, who faded to fifth place.

Saturday's race took two attempts to get going. Oschowka led the first-race charge into Turn 1 but Taylor took the point soon after that.

The race itself had a start-and-stop look as there were six cautions in the first 10 laps followed by two others. But in the end Taylor reached the checkered flag first followed by Thorp and Oschowka.

For 16-year-old Zach Cail it's been an amazing year with two track championships as well as the Nevada State title in the Sport Mods or, as they are also known, the IMCA Northern Sport Mods.

After surviving an earlier incident on Sunday afternoon, Cail took the point when his feature race began. Close behind him was Robert Mull and later Paul Stephens moved into second and made a race of it.

Cail couldn't afford to make a mistake or Stephens would pounce so lap after lap they tore around the track. In the end he won the race and swept the weekend.

After the dust settled Cail said, "It was rough and I didn't know what happened to the car as it kept hitting the chip really bad so I really couldn't get on the gas. After I got in front I just kind of took off. On entry to a turn it hooked up really good but on exit was really loose, the problems with that being I was on the gas too much. Still I'm pretty happy with it all and it turned out great this year."

When Saturday's main began for the sport mods Robert Mull was on point but the race came to a sudden halt when the transmission in Paul Stephens car exploded dropping fluid that collected the cars of Keith Mikaelson, Duncan Lee and Roger Donahue.

Cail also had to pit and get a leak in his radiator fixed but he returned in time to take his place in the back. Fortunately his crew had time, as the track crew was busy picking pieces of transmission that were scattered along the racing surface.

When racing resumed Mull and Cody O'Brien led the charge while further back Cail began to move toward the front. Five more cautions in the first 10 laps caused the officials to cut the race by five laps.

Right after the caution on the sixth lap, Cail moved up to the lead with Lee Ketten in second. From there it was Cail's race with Roger Donahue and Ketten taking second and third.

As usual at most tracks, the Hobby Stock division had the largest number of cars. It took three heat races to set the field on each day. And that division got the honor of ending the weekend.

Two drivers, Royce Goetz and Tony Taylor dominated the weekend. On Sunday, Taylor was on point when the green waved with Goetz on his back bumper.

Only three cautions slowed the race but up front it was nose-to-tail until Goetz took to the high line. Roaring down he back stretch he inched into the lead and made it stick as the duo exited Turn 4.

Goetz extended his lead right to the finish while, behind him, Taylor came in second just ahead of Aaron Benham, Jason Batis and Sun Valley driver Rick Miller.

As his car was being inspected after the race Goetz said, "It was a fun race but I knew if I got the high line Tony would back off. We had a fun time and I want to thank my brother Rocky Goetz for letting me use the car as well as Auto Marine Machine."

In Saturday's Hobby Stock main it was another version of the Goetz and Taylor show but this time they exchanged the point a couple of times. Finally Goetz made the winning pass at the end of the front straight.

Al Bishop was the class of the Gen-X field as he swept all his heats and the mains on both days.

After the final checkered flag flew he said, "It was good racing, the track has been good all year and that the best part of the whole racing. I want to thank my old lady, Angela Sullivan as this was her street car last year and I made it into a race car."

The smallest field of the weekend were the Pro Stocks. Only three showed up to contest the championships.

In the end Ken Gotchal dominated both days and ran away to take the title. He felt there was some luck involved but added that it would have been better to have more cars on hand.

Supporting the show were a small group of Outlaw Kart racers that competed for the own version of the TDC. With so few on hand, their races combined both the Beginner and Box Stock classes.

When the dust settled Sunday afternoon Jacob Dias, who is graduating into cars next season, won the Box Stock title while Xavier Frock took the Beginner title. Only one 250cc kart was on hand Sunday and Eric Taylor won that title.

Now the track goes dark until Oct. 26 when the annual Kris Kringle charity race is staged. That's usually a fun time for all involved as the drivers are racing for only trophies and in the evening he track will hold its awards banquet.

All in all the weather cooperated and it was a good weekend for most of the competitors.

OTHER RACING NEWS

• SMRA's next round of the fall motocross series will be Sunday at the Honey Lake MX Park located north of Reno in Milford, Calif. Saturday is for practice from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. then racing begins around 9 a.m. Sunday morning for all classes.

Round 6, slated for the weekend of Oct. 26-27 is questionable due to the fact the course at Stead is governed by the BLM and if the shutdown continues there will be no race. The decision will be made Oct. 22.

• This weekend's MRANN event fell victim to the government shutdown as the race is held under a BLM permit.

• Three of NASCAR's Nevada quartet were in action at Charlotte this weekend. On Friday evening Kyle Busch scored his 11th victory this season at the Nationwide race while T.J. Bell started 35th and finished 28th

In Saturday night's Sprint Cup event Kyle started ninth and finished fifth while older brother Kurt Busch didn't do so well, starting 10th and finishing 14th.

RESULTS

Rattlesnake Raceway - Dirt Track Championships

• Sunday, Oct. 12

IMCA Modifieds:

Heat Winners- #1 Jeff Oschowka, #2 Dr. Wade Taylor

Main (25-Laps) - 1. Dr. Wade Taylor+, 2. Steve McKellip, 3. Don Child, 4. Zach Thorp, 5. Jeff Oschowka

Sport Mods:

Heat Winners - #1 Zach Cail, #2 Lee Ketten

Main (20-Laps) - 1. Zach Cail+, 2. Tony Taylor, 3. Robert Mull, 4. Lee Ketten, 5. Keith Mikaelson

Pro Stocks:

Heat Winner - #1 Ken Gotchal

Main (15-Laps) - 1. Ken Gotchal+, 2. David Carrera, 3. Richard Zeiter

Hobby Stocks:

Heat Winners - #1 Aaron Benham, #2 Tony Taylor, #3 Royce Goetz

Main (25-Laps) - 1. Royce Goetz+, 2. Tony Taylor, 3. Aaron Benham, 4. Jason Batis, 5. Rick Miller

Gen-X:

Heat Winner - Al Bishop

Main (15-Laps) - 1. Al Bishop+, 2. Dave Raber, 3. Dan Dias, 4. Shorty Showe, 5. Lee Ketten Jr.

Outlaw Kart Overall Winners:

Beginner - 1. Xavier Frock, 2. Ryan Danielsen

Box Stock - 1. Jacob Dias, 2. Will Evenson

250cc - Eric Taylor

• Saturday, Oct. 12

IMCA Modifieds:

Heat Winners - #1 Jeff Oschowka, #2 Dr. Wade Taylor, #3 Zach Thorp

Main (25-Laps) - 1. Dr. Wade Taylor+, 2. Zach Thorp, 3. Jeff Oschowka, 4. Mike White, 5. Don Child

Sport Mods:

Heat Winners - #1 Robert Mull, #2 Cody O'Brien

Main (25-Laps*) - 1. Zach Cail+, 2. Roger Donahue, 3. Lee Ketten, 4. Tim Wearin, 5. Jeff Tuttle

* - Due to cautions, race cut to 20-laps.

Pro Stocks:

Heat Winner - David Carrera

Main (15-Laps) - 1. Ken Gotchal+, 2. David Carrera, 3. Richard Zeiter

Hobby Stocks:

Heat Winners - #1 Royce Goetz, #2 Tony Taylor, #3 Mikki Beuchat

Main (25-laps) - 1. Royce Goetz+, 2. Tony Taylor, 3. Jason Batis, 4. Aaron Benham, 5. Jimmy Berhorst

Gen-X:

Heat Winner - Al Bishop

Main (20) Laps - 1. Al Bishop+, 2. Dave Raber, 3. Dan Dias, 4. Shorty Showe, 5. Lee Ketten Jr.

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