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  • PREVIEW — JANUARY 28 – FEBRUARY 1

      Although the Super Bowl will dominate the sports news this weekend there is still some racing to be found on TV. And the first race of this year is only two weeks away. Thursday is a busy day on the tube with NBC Sports airing NASCAR America at 1:30 p.m. followed at 3 p.m. by Race Hub on Fox Sports 1. MAVTV also has a busy schedule on Thursday beginning at 12:30 p.m. with Dirty 30 showing this week the USAC National Sprint Car finale. Then at 1:30 they re-air an America Sprint Boat race. At 2 p.m. there

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  • FIBERCRAFT KEEPS ON ROLLING

    RENO (Jan. 26)- There are many shops that support grass roots racing with general and specific parts. Some of those shops have become institutions and after almost 40-years in business Fibercraft is one of them. Racers in this area and Northern California are familiar with this shop, as it’s been involved in off-road racing, especially with VORRA, for almost four decades. “It started in I think 1967 by Jake LaFlure and his partner,” current owner Julee Lott said. “What he did mainly was fiber glass dune buggies. We have a body in the back he built and I’m going to

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  • PREVIEW – JAN. 22-25

    As we head into spring racing is gearing up for the season ahead and once again there is a variety to events to see on TV as well as an event relatively close to this area fans can go see live. First and foremost there has been a change at the annual Virginia City Grand Prix. Unlike in years past the pits have been moved south to the area south and east of the 4th Ward School on the south side of town. Now trailers will have to enter from the south and they won’t be parking near the hotel.

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  • SHOP KEEPS DRIVELINES RUNNING

        SPARKS (Jan. 15)- Any vehicle that moves has some sort of driveline, the shaft or axel that brings the power from the motor, through a transmission and/or transfer case to the wheels. It doesn’t matter if it’s a 4X4, construction truck, rock crawler, off road racer, pick up truck or a new car, they all have some version of this. And, like anything mechanical, some times those parts need to be either repaired, replaced or modified depending on what the vehicle’s purpose is. Working on drivelines is exactly what Drive Line & Gear Service on Glendale Avenue has

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  • PREVIEW — JAN. 15-18

    Once again MAVTV does the lion’s share of bringing racing to the viewing public and this week they have something very special. Things start Thursday noon with the Dirty 30 show about midget and sprint car racing from Perris Auto Speedway in Southern California. This is followed at 1:30 p.m. with the American Sprint Boat Series. Then at 5:30 p.m. they continue with the IHRA Nitro Jam drag race series followed at 8 p.m. with Speed Sport News. Not much on Friday but there are still many shows to choose from. Saturday begins at 9 a.m. with a rebroadcast of

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  • YOUNG CHAMPION LOOKS AHEAD

    (RENO (1-12) — In every form of racing there are the veterans and younger competitors that are rising up the ranks. MRANN is no different and one rising racer is 16-year-old Spanish Springs High School Sophomore Drew Chattin, this year’s 250 Expert championship. He and his older sister grew up with their racing father so competing on the desert is in their blood. “ I was 2-years-old when I got my first motorcycle and 2 and a half when I started racing,” he said. “I think it gave me the thrill to keep on racing. At that time I was

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  • RACING PREVIEW – JAN. 9-11

    Once again MAVTV is doing the lion’s share of bringing racing to those wanting their fix of speed and color and the show begins Thursday.   At 10 a.m. Dirty 30 highlights the Stockton Dirt Track and followed by Inside Drag Racing. At 1:30 p.m. there is a program about the American Sprint Boat series followed at 5:30 by the IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Race show. At noon Saturday the network will re air the FIA World Rally Championship event from Sweden. This event is usually highlighted by the cars streaking at night, over snow-covered roads through a forest. It’s

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  • CRAWL MAGAZINE FOR OFF ROADERS

      SPARKS (Jan. 5)- Northern Nevada with hundreds of miles of trails and dirt roads is a Mecca for off roading. And it’s also home to Crawl Magazine, a publication dedicated to the hard core off road enthusiast.     Oddly enough wanting to improve the Jeep he was using for commuting led the current owner, John Herrick, into the off road world. “In September 2000 I needed something to drive back and forth to work,” he said. “I was living up in Washington and had a 110-mile commute through downtown Seattle. I wanted something other than a car so

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