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Desert Fox rips at Sahwave
by Dan McGee - Special to the Tribune
Feb 17, 2014 | 1880 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by Dan McGee - As the amateur racers charge off the starting line class winner Drew Chattin, a freshman at Spanish Springs High School, is about to take the lead and grab the hole shot. He eventually caught the experts, that started earlier, and finished 13th overall.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee - As the amateur racers charge off the starting line class winner Drew Chattin, a freshman at Spanish Springs High School, is about to take the lead and grab the hole shot. He eventually caught the experts, that started earlier, and finished 13th overall.
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Tribune photo by Dan McGee - Veteran desert racer Dennis "The Desert Fox," Belingheri heads for the checkered flag and the overall victory at Sunday's 16th Annual Sahwave Hare and Hound event. It was his third victory in a row for that event as the race starts MRANN's desert racing season.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee - Veteran desert racer Dennis "The Desert Fox," Belingheri heads for the checkered flag and the overall victory at Sunday's 16th Annual Sahwave Hare and Hound event. It was his third victory in a row for that event as the race starts MRANN's desert racing season.
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Tribune photo by Dan McGee - Try as he might, Levi Hutchings was unable to catch leader Dennis Belingheri during Sunday's race that started MRANN's season. Here's he's heading down a sand wash that leads into the pits at the end of the first 50-mile loop.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee - Try as he might, Levi Hutchings was unable to catch leader Dennis Belingheri during Sunday's race that started MRANN's season. Here's he's heading down a sand wash that leads into the pits at the end of the first 50-mile loop.
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NIGHTINGALE - Area racing started this weekend as the Trail Blazers Motorcycle Club staged the 16th annual Sahwave Hare and Hound event to start the MRANN's (Motorcycle Racing Association of Northern Nevada) season. The event drew 126 riders for Sunday and a veteran scored the first overall victory of the season.

After taking the checkered flag Dennis "The Desert Fox," Belingheri said, "It's not getting any easier I'll tell you that. I got off to a mediocre start and worked my way up, past Irving (Powers), past Levi (Hutchings) then I pulled a lead on them. I rode a smooth race and tried not to make any mistakes so it worked for me and now it's three in a row."

On Sunday morning, after the three classes experts, amateurs and novices got in line they were started one at a time with an interval to allow the dust to clear. The weather was cool but felt cooler due to a strong wind.

Once the riders started they roared up a gentle slop then made a hard left turn that began the course, which was made up of two 50-mile loops. To be classed as a finisher, a rider had to complete the first loop.

At the end of the first loop, Belingheri had a 50-second lead over Powers with Levi 13 seconds further back. Behind them, 2013 points champion Steve Tichenor was in sixth place while the first amateur was 16th.

It took the leader about an hour and twenty minutes to complete each lap.

After a quick pit stop to refuel, get a drink of water, the riders tore off and attacked the second loop. One that was more technical than the first.

This time, Belingheri extended his lead to more than three minutes but Hutchings took second overall ahead of Irving.

Asked if he could have caught the 'Desert Fox,' Hutchings said, "I was trying like crazy, pushing as hard as I could but there was no catching him. He passed us about three quarters of the way then he put some time on us and just wasn't able to reel him back in. The course is whooped out but it was a lot of fun though and I had a blast."

Behind him, Tichenor improved his position and finished fourth overall. Further back Steve Garnett won the 40+ class with a sixth-place finish while the 30+ winner, Shane Bell, wound up 11th.

The amateurs left the starting line second and like the other rider,s they used a "dead engine start," where they all turn off their bikes.

Ahead of them a banner rose, and once it dropped the riders kicked their mounts to life and roared off. Up front in the amateur line was Drew Chattin with Austin Serpa and the pack in pursuit.

"I got the hole shot, had it for a while then Austin passed me," Chattin said later. "I got him back and stayed in front of him for awhile."

Sometime during the first loop Chattin came across a downed rider who was hurt. After checking, he set off to find course workers to tell them about the rider.

During this time, Serpa retook the point.

"We just battled to the pits then I pulled out front and stayed out front," Chattin said after the race. "The course was fun but there were a lot of whoops. And I started getting tired on the last section because I had to pass all those experts."

In the end this Spanish Springs High School freshman wound up 13th overall.

Novice racers started last because they either had the least experience or had recently moved up from the Mini Bikes to the big bike classes. In MRANN the younger racers usually compete Saturday then graduate to the big bikes and Sunday races, which are a lot longer.

It took Loren Hall, from Gardnerville, a little over three hours to complete both loops and claim the Novice class victory.

"It was a good race but the first loop was a little tough. It took a while to get into the race pace then I just kind of got after it," he said. "It was a fun one for sure."

There were the usual spills but the medics, with two exceptions, had a calm weekend. On Saturday one of the younger riders needed to be transported to the hospital.

The worst incident occurred on Sunday when Taylor Dahlberg was injured in a crash. Care Flight was summoned and airlifted him to Renown Medical Center.

• Saturday was the day for the short course racers in the Pee Wee class as well as the V Women, Mini Bike and Bomber riders. With only 46 riders on hand, the events were combined so basically it was a short day with only two races.

One problem was the high winds during the day. On the 40-mile course this caused some problems for the Mini Bikes as both the bikes and their riders don't weigh that much.

One rider told her father that when she and the others went over a ridge the wind would actually blow them off the course. Fortunately they were all able to continue despite the winds.

Zachary Geddry won the Pee Wee event as the youngest riders compete on the two-mile long track.

Next the V Women and Bombers were given a huge head start before the Mini Bikes started.

When the dust settled Elysia Ulrich won the overall as well as the women's victory followed by Kari Cashen, who ended up second overall in her return to racing. Gary Moore topped the Bomber class while the Mini winner was Dallas Serpa.

Now everyone gets two weeks off before the next MRANN event the Cheat Bender 100 on March 1-2 at Blue Wing Flat, west of Toulon. Both the Cheaters and Rim Benders will stage the event.

OTHER RACING NEWS

• This weekend the Amsoil AMA Arenacross series returns to the Livestock Events Center after a year-long absence.

The Pros will race Friday and Saturday evenings with the doors opening at 6 p.m. and a 7 p.m. start to the first race. There will be a track party from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday so fans have a chance to not only be on the track but to meet the riders as well.

Then at noon on Sunday, after the course has been adjusted for safety, amateurs get their chance.

• NASCAR began its season at Daytona International Speedway this weekend and the Busch Brothers, Kyle and Kurt, from Las Vegas were back on the track.

In Saturday's Sprint Unlimited, which was a wreck fest, Kyle ended up third despite having a damaged car while Kurt was taken out in a wreck and finished 14th.

When Sunday's qualifying ended, Kyle was 21st and Kurt 28th. So in the Thursday Duel 150s Kyle will start 11th in race one while Kurt starts 14th in the second one.

Once again, Exit 28 will host practice sessions from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

RESULTS

Sahwave Hare and Hound, MRANN Round 1

• Sunday, Feb. 16

Overall finish - 1. Dennis Belingheri,40+ Exp., 2. Levi Hutchings, Open Exp., 3. Irving Powers, 4.Steve Tichenor, 5. Ty Tremaine, 4-Stk Exp., 6. Steve Garnett, 7. C.J. Crandal, 8. Kyle Townsend, 9. Jason Alosi, 10. Tanner Tremaine, 11. Shane Bell, 30+ Exp., 12. Michael Berenbak, 13. Drew Chattin, 250 Ama., 14. Tim Fitzpatrick, 15.Chris Maas, 200 Exp., 16. Sean Jones, 17. Steve Arcoutte, 18. Austin Serpa, 200 Ama., 19. Justin Miller, 20. Paul Ziegler, 22. Mark Dowers, 50+ Exp., 47. Loren Hall, Open Novice

• Saturday, Feb. 15

Pee Wee Overall - 1. Zachary Geddry, 4-Stroke, 2. Tristan Morrice, 65 Nov., 3. Andrew Anderson, 4-Stroke, 4. Anthony Braun, 65 Nov., 5. Austin Key, 7+, 6. Dalton Legenbauer, 7+, 7. Cameron Reeves, 7+, 8. LandenWilliams, 6-, 9. Carson Key, 6-, 10. Brynn Belingheri, 4-Stroke, 11. Camron Ross, 6-, 12. Jonah Rhodes

V Women, Mini Bikes, Bombers and Vintage

Overall - 1. Elysia Ulrich, Women Exp., 2. Kair Cashen, 3. Gary Moore, Bomber, 4. Devynn Muhlenberg, 5. Doreen Rigsby, Woman Ama., 6. Dallas Serpa, 100 Exp., 7. Brittany Hutchings, 8. Alek Simone, 100 Nov., 9. Rick Gruber, 10. Bryce Tremaine, 11. Tina Bodden, 12. Ezra Belingheri, 13. Sean Dingley, 100 Ama, 14. Seth Ramsey, 15. Jesse White
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