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  • RACING PREVIEW: JAN. 28-31

    Adam Portue, wife Krista and daughter.

    Racing is beginning to heat up and locally we’re almost to our first event of the year. This week’s Racing Preview is a mixed bag that contains the first major race in the country, TV and Internet as well as a serious part. First and foremost a local veteran motocross rider and announcer Adam Portue` has been going through some grave medical challenges as he battles cancer. He and his wife Krista are working to pay for all the treatments that Adam is now going through. Right now Adam is unable to work so it’s been a struggle. To help

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  • AUTOMOTIVE ART IS ARTIST’S PASSION

    Striper Josh and camper shell he's working on.

    Sparks entrepreneur has combined his passion for art and automobiles in his new studio. SPARKS (Jan. 21) – Automotive art is just one part of the wide world of art but that’s where Striper Josh Prater’s passion is. After working in his family’s business, Miller’s Chop Shop, he now has his own studio and is busy building his business. “I was obviously around cars, hot rods, stuff like that and I kind of found early on that I was good in art,” he said. “I started drawing cars naturally all the way through school. I wanted to be a car

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  • RACING PREVIEW: JAN. 21-24

    Dakar Rally - Ricky Brabec.

    It’s the lull before the gathering storm as major series are getting ready to launch their series. Racing Preview for this week again is a bit slim as most things are TV but it’s the lull before the storm. This area’s 2016 season will start four weekends from now. Locally Livfast Exit 28 will again be open for practice sessions from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. This of course depends on the weather.   Some racers will be going over the hill to Hollister as they’ll compete in Round 2 of the AMP MX Winter Series. And

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  • FIRST LOOK: 2016 RACING SEASON

    Rattlesnake Raceway - A modified spins into the mud.

    First Look at the 2016 racing season has something for almost any race fan. The upcoming season is like looking at a puzzle where most of the pieces are already in place. But there are a few more to be added including three events, two of which are new. As is usual the desert racers in the MRANN (Motorcycle Racing Association of Northern Nevada.) will begin the season with two events in February. The first is in the traditional area north of the Nixon off ramp located east of Fernley on I-80. It’s the first of the spring series. Due

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  • RACING PREVIEW: JAN. 14-17

    Supercross - Jason Anderson wins.

      Racing preview this week has two motocross events listed as well as where to find the updates on this year’s Dakar Rally. While there is less than a month from the start of racing in our area there are two motocross races in California that area riders will be traveling to. Down at Bishop, at the Tri-County Fairgrounds, the third round of the winter series will be run and gates open at 7 a.m. Then on Sunday over in Turlock, at the Oatfield Raceway, the AMP MX Winter Series begins. At least some from Team Testa will be at

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  • NEED2SPEED FOR RACING FUN

    Need2Speed - go time for young racers.

    There is a place in Reno where a person can have fun and enjoy racing. RENO (Jan. 7) – For a fun time and a taste of racing Need2Speed is where you want to be. It’s indoor karting that’s out of the weather and runs all year long. While it’s been open for over a year there was a change of ownership this past summer when Chris Utgaard bought the facility. “I got Need2Speed late July 2015,” he said. “I was actually looking to acquire a company in the Western US, this opportunity came along and I thought it was

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  • RACING PREVIEW: JAN. 7-10

    AMA Supercross start.

    Motor sports are beginning to heat up for the New Year and this week’s preview has what you need to get your racing fix. The racing preview this week has a much-anticipated event plus another one that has been running since last Sunday. So the New Year is already starting to heat up. Locally Livfast Exit 28 will have practice session from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. This depends on the weather, which should be good both days. Most of the action on TV are rebroadcasts from events held last year and as usual MAVTV has the

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  • AIR RACE UPDATE WITH CEO

    RARA - New CEO Michael Crowell

    Air Race Update with the CEO shows the event is moving forward. On New Year’s Eve day several people gathered in the office of the Reno Air Race Association for some business. It was to draw a lucky person’s name from a raffle for a car. Prior to that we had a chance to talk with Micheal Crowell, the new CEO of RARA. Over the past 10 months he’s been working to put the event on a firmer footing. Asked about 2015 he said, “It’s been great, you know we had a lot of obstacles to overcome from the last

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