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Italiano wins feature
by Dan McGee
May 09, 2010 | 1136 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune/Dan McGee - On his way to winning the Hobby Stock feature, Richard Italiano (5) had to do some creative driving including missing this scramble after one car spun and both Pete Baglin (88) and Robert Gilder (23) used the available room to miss the having a wreck.
Tribune/Dan McGee - On his way to winning the Hobby Stock feature, Richard Italiano (5) had to do some creative driving including missing this scramble after one car spun and both Pete Baglin (88) and Robert Gilder (23) used the available room to miss the having a wreck.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - After rolling his car five times two weeks ago, and working to repair the damage, Josh Ogg (68j) was able to hold off a determined Jesse Gonzalez (2) and win the pro stock feature at Rattlesnake Raceway.
Tribune/Dan McGee - After rolling his car five times two weeks ago, and working to repair the damage, Josh Ogg (68j) was able to hold off a determined Jesse Gonzalez (2) and win the pro stock feature at Rattlesnake Raceway.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - For last third of the IMCA Modified Jay Sears (68) mounted a determined challenge to leader, and eventual winner, Shawn Natenstedt (1).
Tribune/Dan McGee - For last third of the IMCA Modified Jay Sears (68) mounted a determined challenge to leader, and eventual winner, Shawn Natenstedt (1).
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Tribune/Dan McGee - Bryan Kaster isn't going the wrong way as he wins the Bomber main on Saturday evening. Prior to the start the class was turned around and ran their event in the opposite direction.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Bryan Kaster isn't going the wrong way as he wins the Bomber main on Saturday evening. Prior to the start the class was turned around and ran their event in the opposite direction.
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FALLON - A cool evening set the stage for a night of intense racing highlighted by several winners coming from deep in the field and another coming back from a wild crash two weeks ago. And for added spice one race even had an unusual twist to it.

One come-from-behind run that looked really doubtful was the way Richard Italiano won the Hobby Stock feature.

"There was about a half a track and I didn't think I was going to catch him," Italiano said. "My car usually comes in at the end and in the last five laps I'm usually coming in while everyone else is going away. This is only Lance Roberts second race, he ran a great one and I'd like to congratulate him.

It took two tries to get the race started but the result was the same with rookie Lance Roberts leading the charge. Steve McGee mounted an early challenge but would fall back.

The race then slowed after a multi-car melee and spin took some time to get cleared up. Once the green waved again it went green for the remaining laps.

While there were other incidents they never brought a caution although Italiano had to take to the infield to avoid one mess in Turn 4.

Around the midpoint of the race, Shane Ramthum tried to make a race of it but Roberts held on to the point. In the last few he had a huge lead when Italiano cleared the traffic.

Then in the final laps Roberts' car started to get loose exiting Turn 4 while Italiano, using a wider line, was able to keep his momentum and close the gap

That gap was closed with four to go then Italiano used an inside move to take the lead with two to go. Roberts had to settle for second while McGee held on for third.

Fellow local driver Josh Ogg had the comeback story of the night. Two weeks ago he was involved in an incident that sent his car rolling over five times.

When the green waved on the pro stock feature Chris Coclich grabbed the point and led the field. Just before the first caution Ogg caught him and they started a duel for the lead.

After a quick caution Ogg used an inside move to claim the point and took off while Coclich spun out of contention. When racing resumed Ogg extended his lead and it appeared the race was his.

A caution with nine to go changed all that as Ogg now had Jesse Gonzalez on his back bumper. Lap after lap they battled with Ogg managing to just hold the point.

At the checkered, Ogg scored the victory followed by Gonzalez and Rob Grace.

"We had a rough weekend two weeks ago and it took us two solid weeks to fix it," Ogg said. "It's the same car with just a lot of fixing. The track was really great tonight and the car worked really well."

When the IMCA Modified main began Walter Ball was on point while both Jeffrey Macedo and Shawn Natenstedt used inside moves as they headed toward the front. Two laps later Macedo had the point followed by Natenstedt and Jay Sears.

Three back-to-back cautions slowed the pace but when racing resumed Natenstedt was on point with both Macedo and Sears giving chase. The final caution came out when the car of Adam Walters slowed but got going again.

In the final laps Sears mounted a challenge that brought him almost beside the Natenstedt, who eventually turned up the wick and pulled away for the victory.

"I started back in fifth I think," Natenstedt said. "Then I just bided my time, got passed for position by Macedo. When I saw Jay there I started driving harder.

"The car wasn't good at all as it was way too tight so I had to adjust my driving and the track started coming to me at the end."

Then he explained by moving to the high line his car wouldn't lose momentum exiting the turns as when it was tight he couldn't use the bottom. Then expressed his appreciation for TSM Shocks and long time sponsor the Silverado Casino.

Brandon Hall was first on point when the Gen X feature began but it took only a few laps, after an early caution, for John Schilling to take the lead. After that the chase was on.

Several times the leaders had to pick their way through groups of slower traffic and each time Schilling was able to make his way through.

"That was a little tough but I worked my way through although someone hit the rear end and I thought I had a flat," he said.

However, that wasn't the case and Schilling reached the checkered flag first. Then in post race inspection three of the top four were disqualified as their cars still had an emergency brake installed, which is against the class rules.

While Schilling wasn't affected, that moved Brandon Games to second followed by Cody Thunder.

Asked about the race, Schilling said, "They started me in last place and there were quite a few cars I was worried about as there are a lot of rookies. I managed to work my way through, as it was a pretty clean race. And I need to thank my dad, John Sr. and our company Schilling Tile as well as Paul's Auto Painting and Atomic Stone."

The Rat Mod winner was Sean Renfro, who had the field covered. Another race long battle came in the Mini Mod feature where Dennis Crook was able to claim the victory after holding off a determined Will Ritchey.

The unusual twist came in the Bomber main when the director of competition had them run in the opposite direction.

Bomber Thunder was on point first until Bryan Kaster made the winning pass early in the contest. At the end Annette Rinehart came home second followed by Alex Pettit and Thunder.

•This week two oval track will be in action. Starting at 6 p.m. the Lovelock Speedway hosts another of its evening races while, at 7 p.m., American Valley Speedway in Quincy hosts another of its points races.

On Sunday, starting around 10 a.m., the Sierra MX series visiting the Lions Fernley Motocross track for a day of racing on this fast, sandy track.

RACING NEWS

•NASCAR's Las Vegas trio were at Darlington, S.C. at the original super speedway. In Friday's Nationwide event Kyle Busch started where he finished, in second while Brendan Gaughan didn't fare so well starting 11th but ending up 33rd after bouncing off the wall.

Saturday night's Spring Cup event saw Kurt Busch come from 14th to 3rd while his younger brother Kyle charged from 43rd to finish seventh in the now moved Southern 500 event.

•Last week several MRANN riders and friends, along with Annette Castillo, placed a plaque on a peak by her husband's favorite trail. Shannon Castillo passed away last year and this is just one honor his friends and the MRANN family have had in his honor.

•Young Frank Funes, who lost his car during a race at Quincy last week, has been given a new lease on his racing dreams. Veteran racer B.J. Pearson had a mini stock he wasn't driving so he gave that car to Funes.
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