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Karts roar at Desert Park; Fallon beats rain
by Dan McGee
Jun 07, 2009 | 1836 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune/Dan McGee - After winning the F80 Masters race, Gerry Williams had a sudden end to his victory lap when he crashed in Turn 1. He and his slightly mangled kart arrived at the post-race area on the back of the recovery trailer.
Tribune/Dan McGee - After winning the F80 Masters race, Gerry Williams had a sudden end to his victory lap when he crashed in Turn 1. He and his slightly mangled kart arrived at the post-race area on the back of the recovery trailer.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - One of the closest races in Sunday's NNKC event was between TAG Jr. winner Austin DeMent (15) and Chelsi Wagner (12). This is about as far apart as they got during their race-long duel for the victory.
Tribune/Dan McGee - One of the closest races in Sunday's NNKC event was between TAG Jr. winner Austin DeMent (15) and Chelsi Wagner (12). This is about as far apart as they got during their race-long duel for the victory.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - During the IMCA Modified feature at Rattlesnake, winner Robert Miller (59X) had his hands full trying to keep a determined Shawn Natenstedt (1) and Jeff Olschowka (white car) at bay. In the end, Miller prevailed while Natenstedt faded and Olschowka was eliminated in a crash.
Tribune/Dan McGee - During the IMCA Modified feature at Rattlesnake, winner Robert Miller (59X) had his hands full trying to keep a determined Shawn Natenstedt (1) and Jeff Olschowka (white car) at bay. In the end, Miller prevailed while Natenstedt faded and Olschowka was eliminated in a crash.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - Another close finish Saturday night at Rattlesnake Raceway came in the Hobby Stock feature when Dean Clark (6X) just beat Missy Natenstedt (1). Here they roar down the front straight two laps before the finish.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Another close finish Saturday night at Rattlesnake Raceway came in the Hobby Stock feature when Dean Clark (6X) just beat Missy Natenstedt (1). Here they roar down the front straight two laps before the finish.
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STEAD - This past week's rain canceled events all across our region with only two shows able to run. One of them was the Northern Nevada Kart Club's event at Desert Raceway Park on Sunday.

When the dust settled on the F80 Master's race there was a surprise winner that had a very surprising end to his victory celebration.

"How did you like that finish," Gerry Williams said. "I just went in and forgot there was a turn there I needed to brake for. Actually I was on a mission so I was looking for the checkered flag, I was disappointed that Cody (McKinney) went off. I'll take them as I can get them."

Up until the main it appeared the weekend belonged to McKinney as he set fast lap and just took off when the green lights started the 80cc shifter main. But just a few laps later, his engine broke for the third time in the past few weeks.

At the start. Williams was mired in the pack although he passed three karts right away and began to work his way toward the front. Once McKinney fell out it was smooth sailing until the finish where Williams crashed into the Turn 1 barrier after taking the checkered.

He arrived at the post-race weigh in with his slightly mangled kart on the back of the recovery trailer.

"The race was really good, I went through the field like a hot knife through butter and I only had Cody left," Williams said. "Then I forgot there was a turn after I won."

There were many instances of close racing but one of the best came in the TAG Junior main. When the race began Austin DeMent took off with Chelsi Wagner in hot pursuit.

Lap after lap, both of them were no more than just a few feet apart with one trying to hold the best line as the other was looking for just a little opening. DeMent got to the checkered flag first with Wagner right behind him.

"She (Wagner) was really close but my kart never really came in," Dement said. "I really like racing against Chelsi because she always races me clean so I really don't have to worry about that stuff."

After her best run this year, Wagner said, "It was a really good race, I had him in a couple of places but he had more umph than I did and I couldn't get around him. It was a really good fight and we're teammates so we know how to race each other cleanly and not take each other out."

Mike Botelho Jr. ran away with the TAG Senior main in a kart he just got and built for this race. The race was for second as David Brant just held off a determined David Harwin after a race long duel.

Now the track's closed until next week when the locals defend their turf at the annual IKF race.

•The only oval track able to run this weekend was Rattlesnake Raceway in Fallon. And even they had to suffer through a long rain delay halfway through their program.

The wildest race of the night was the IMCA main that had five cautions and one red flag period in the 30-lap race. The first caution came early when the transmission of Bryon Hutchinson broke.

As soon as racing resumed Robert Miller jumped past early leader David Ausano. Soon the duo of Jeff Olschowka and Shawn Natenstedt began to challenge the fleeing Miller.

Part of the battle ended after accidental contact with Miller sent Olschowka into the front stretch wall, where his car spun around and hit the wall again. The officials threw the red flag, stopping the race, as the rushed to his aid.

Fortunately Olschowka was uninjured although the same can't be said for his car. For the next several laps Natenstedt did his best but eventually faded.

Miller held on to claim the victory while Jesse Gonzalez, who worked his way from the back, ended his night in second.

Asked about the Olschowka incident, Miller said. "No I didn't know he was there. I've been doing this 30 years and if they are faster than me I'm not going to stick them. Other than that I was pretty happy as I came to shake down the car for Joe Frock next week where I'll be driving my normal 3M."

Then runner-up Gonzalez said, "That was a lot of work, that's what that was. On the start of the race the throttle stuck and I about hit the way so I pulled off, had to go to the back and then it was trying to get through the traffic without getting tore up. The cautions worked in my favor than thank goodness."

The Hobby Stock main had the largest field and ended with one of the closest races of the night. After just a few laps Missy Natenstedt took the lead, while behind her Dean Clark was making his way to the front.

With only a couple of laps to go Natenstedt had to miss a slower car and Clark dived inside and took the lead. After that it was a nose-to-tail chase with Clark, who drove with his girl friend Cherrish Guillermo riding in the right seat, with Natenstedt right behind him. They finished in that order.

•This weekend's racing card offers a mix for almost everyone. Closest to home NNKC hosts the IKF series at Desert Park Raceway on Saturday and Sunday, with the action beginning around 9 a.m. each day.

After spending the past 27 years in Las Vegas, the Pantera Owners Club of American is bringing their Fun Rally to Reno from Wednesday through Saturday.

On tap are two days at the Reno-Fernley Raceway's road course, Thursday and Friday, then on Saturday there will be a street display of these exotic cars by the Reno Arch including a mass start up of engines at noon.

Further east, Fallon hosts Octane Fest 09, a series of motorsport events and concerts. The Churchill County Fairground is the site of tractor and truck pulls on Friday followed by Saturday and Sunday's, Iron Man Rock Crawl, Mud Bogs, Tuff Trucks (Think motocross with small trucks.) and Enduro Cross events.

On Saturday Rattlesnake Raceway, starting at 3 p.m., will host a three-division show headlined by the IMCA Modifieds. Further south the Top Gun Raceway hosts the NHRA's Lucas Oil Drag Race series.

That starts with a test and tune session Friday, followed by qualifying Saturday. Top Dragster, Comp Eliminator and Top Sportsman qualify at 11 a.m. as well as 2 and 5 p.m. while the Alcohol Dragsters and Funny Cars qualify at noon and 4 p.m.

The final elimination runs begin Sunday at 8 a.m. with the alcohol cars starting at noon.

For further information go to: www.octanefest.com.

OTHER RACING NEWS

•NASCAR's Nevada Quartet spread out this weekend as they raced at several tracks. On Friday T.J. Bell competed in the Camping World Truck Series at the Texas Motor Speedway where he finished 14th.

Kyle Busch did some traveling winning Saturday's Nationwide race at the Nashville Super Speedway but his luck ran out at Pocono Sunday when he finished 22nd while his brother Kurt had even worst luck and ended up 37th.

RESULTS

•Desert Park Raceway - June 7

Northern Nevada Kart Club - Round 4

Main Results:

HPV-2 - 1. Cody Kay, 2. Logan Wyman, 3. Austin Elliott

Jr. 1-2 - 1. Nitro Sommers, 2. J.R. Razco, 3. Danny Rubino, 4. Alexander Perales, 5. Tyler Burk

TAG Jr. - 1. Austin DeMent, 2. Chelsi Wagner, 3. Christian Scholz, 4. Austin Elliott, 5. Cody Kay

TAG Senior - 1. Mike Botelho Jr., 2. David Brant, 3. David Harwin, 4. Ray Andrews, 5. Curt Baker

TAG Masters - 1. Dan Harris, 2. Eric Dean, 3. Troy Berry, 4. Derrick Delong, 5. Bob Hoekman

F80 Masters - 1. Gerry Williams, 2. Mike Roes, 3. Ben Fisher, 4. John Thornton, 5. David Schilt

•Rattlesnake Raceway - June 6

IMCA Modifieds:

Heat Winners - #1 Jesse Gonzalez, #2 Robert Miller

Main - 1. Robert Miller, 2. Jesse Gonzalez*

Pro Stocks:

Heat Winner - Michael Prien

Main - 1. B.J. Pearson, 2. Robby Grace, 3. Michael Prien, 4. Dan Ariaz, 5. Gary Nevers

Hobby Stocks:

Heat Winners - #1 Carl Barlow, #2 69 Katie Spriggs, #3 Jeff Foster

Main - 1. Dean Clark, 2. Missy Natenstedt, 3. Steve McGee, 4. Bob Vanden, 5. Shane Ramthun

Outlaw Sprints:

Heat Winner - Tony Taylor

Main - 1. Tony Taylor, 2. Mike White, 3. Wayne Walsh

Rat Mods:

Heat Winner - Luis Miranda

Main - 1. Louis Miranda, 2. Glenn Lee, 3. Duncan Lee, 4. Sean Renfro

Gen-X:

Heat Winners - #1 Cody Thunder, #2 Matt Sherman

Main - 1. Skeeter Donaldson, 2. Matt Sherman, 3. Lynda Crook, 4. Cody Thunder, 5. Steve Foster

Bombers:

Heat Winners - #1 , 2. Chris Jimenez

Main - 1. Chris Jimenez, 2. Nick Pruit, 3. Alex Pettit, 4. Hazel Halbert, 5. Annette Rinehart

* - Full IMCA results under protest and will be posted in the future at: www.rattlesnakeraceway.net.
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