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  • RATTLESNAKE RACEWAY: MEMORIAL WEEKEND RACING

    Rattlesnake Raceway: SSR winner Steven Crook Sr. (34).

    Memorial Day weekend is the biggest racing weekend of the year and a local track had two nights of action. FALLON (May 28) – Rattlesnake Raceway hosted a two-day show this Memorial Day weekend. It was two evenings of action for short track fans. After Saturday’s IMCA feature Cory Sample, after winning his first main event win here for the season, said, “The track was pretty one-lane, pretty tricky and the infield part of the track is starting to come out onto the racing surface so it was making it real slick and hard to get a hold of the

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  • OTHG NATIONALS: FUN AT THE SANDBOX

    OTHG Nationals: 38+ Novice battle for the lead.

    When it’s Memorial Day weekend its also time for vet racers to grab their bikes and visit Northwest Nevada. The OTHG (Over The Hill Gang) Nationals second round of the series was held at the Fernley Lions Club’s Motocross track in Fernley. It’s a Memorial Day weekend tradition that draws local riders as well as those in California chapters. Layne Kolbet, president of the hosting Reno chapter said there were 266 veteran riders on hand. And there were also good fields of younger riders that competed in supporting races. All the vets rode in two motos on Saturday then on

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  • RACING PREVIEW: MAY 26 TO 29

    OTHG Nationals at Fernley, Nevada

    The biggest racing weekend of the year is upon us and almost every professional series will be in action. Racing preview for this weekend has a variety of events to see or watch. Our region will see a trio of two-day shows in three very different racing disciplines. Down in Hawthorne the Valley Off Road Association (VORRA) has a 225-mile desert race. Friday will be check-in with an additional check-in Saturday along with pre-running the course and the race itself will be on Sunday. Rattlesnake Raceway in Fallon also has a two-day show, Saturday and Sunday. On both days the

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  • NNKC MAKE UP RACE

    NNKC: Senior LO206 duel for the lead.

    This time the weather gods once again smiles on the Northern Nevada Kart Club. STEAD (May 22) – NNKC’s (Northern Nevada Kart Club) first race of the season was a rain out but today the club made it up. Desert Park Raceway was once again home to the sounds of karts tearing around the track. Saving the best for last the combined Sr/Sumo LO206 race had the closest finish for the day. And the winner wasn’t sure until that final sprint to the checkered flag. At the post race weigh in winner Stephanie Callahan said, “I ended up back behind

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  • LOVELOCK SPEEDWAY OPENS SEASON

    Lovelock Speedway: Michael Bartlett wins in Hobby Stocks.

    Finally the weather smiled and the racing season began. LOVELOCK (May 20) – Lovelock Speedway finally got its year started after having its first race rained out two weeks ago. Although the weather was cool, winds were calm and set the stage for a good night of racing. “Glad we could come down and run a nice race. It’s all about coming down and having some fun. The track is good, it’s got a couple of rough spots in the corners but nothing that we couldn’t get around. When I could see half the field on the other half side

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  • MOTORSPORT PREVIEW: MAY 19 TO 22

    Hawthorne Speedway poster.

    Once again it’s going to be a jam packed weekend of racing action. Motorsport Preview for this weekend is another buffet that’s large enough to satisfy any fan, not matter what their hunger is for racing. The big event in our region is the grand reopening of Hawthorne Speedway, a track that’s been dark for almost 20-years. It’s a festival down there as Saturday is Armed Forces Day. There will be a parade then a concert and finally the track opening itself. Gates open at 4 p.m. with racing beginning at 5 p.m. It will also be the site of

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  • AMERICAN VALLEY SPEEDWAY: SPEED AND RAIN

    American Valley Speedway: Jeff Olschowka wins.

    Despite Mother Nature playing tricks all the races were able to be completed. QUINCY (May 14) – American Valley Speedway staged the first of its $1,000 to win races for the IMCA Modifieds this weekend. The night was a little odd as it started out dry but ended with a light rain. “The rain had me a little scared there but it really didn’t hurt the track at all, just kind of blurred your vision but it was good, took a little moisture and was nice,” Jeff Olschowka said after a green to checkered victory in the IMCA main. “We

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  • NNKC: GREAT WEATHER AND RACING

    NNKC: Zach Rivera leads his uncle Brian.

    After dodging rain during their last race, area go kart racers were blessed with an almost perfect weekend.   STEAD (May 15) – NNKC (Northern Nevada Kart Club assembled this weekend for the third race in its 2016 season. This time Mother Nature cooperated and gave the racers great weather. In racing the idea is to never give up, that is until the checkered flag flies. And that was proven in the day’s final race. “The race was pretty good, he (Mike Faker) just had a little mistake and looped it around, so I just got by him, pretty lucky

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  • RACING PREVIEW: MAY 12 TO 15, 2016

    NASCAR Sprint Cup. Kyle Busch celebrates winning in Kansas.

    After last week’s rains washed out all but one event this week promises good racing weather. Racing preview for this week has a banquet of different events for almost any racing fan. Locally Rattlesnake Raceway will be dark this Saturday due to a national shooting match at the gun club. The track and club share a hill and usually alternate weekends. American Valley Speedway in Quincy will finally get its season going Saturday. Mud packing begins at 6 p.m. with a 7 p.m. start to the action. Last year the track got a lot of new clay so it should

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  • 95A SPEEDWAY: RICHARDSON-KAY DWARF CLASSIC

    On a weekend where weather canceled races both here and in California, one track was able to get at least part of its show in. FERNLEY (May 6) – 95A Speedway honored two drivers lost four years ago with the 3rd Annual Richardson-Kay Dwarf Classic this weekend. Not only does the event honor both David Richardson and Leroy Kay but the event is a Western States Dwarf Car Association Regional. The race looked to be even bigger than last year. That is until Mother Nature threw a monkey wrench into the works with rain moving through the area. Despite losing

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  • MOTORSPORTS PREVIEW: MAY 5 TO 8

    Fernley 95A Speedway: Dwarf Car Regional poster.

    Weather could affect local racing this weekend but we’ll have to wait and see. This week is a bit slim as we head into May and local events could be affected by the weather, in fact some are. Fernley 95A Speedway hosts the third annual David Richardson and Leroy Kay WSDCA Memorial Regional race. Racers as far away as Utah and other states plan to compete in this event. Right now the event is on two evenings, both starting at 6 p.m. for the Friday and Saturday show. These little Dwarf Cars are as fast, and sometimes faster than the

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  • VIRGINIA GRAND PRIX 2016: SUNDAY

    Virginia City Grand Prix: Sunday's First Overall

    Sunday at the VCGP is very different than Saturday. VIRGINIA CITY (May 1): The Virginia City Grand Prix has a split personality even though it’s still a test for any rider and their machine. On Saturday the pros, experts and amateurs race; it’s a day for the fast movers. Sunday is quite different. Although the race is still a race the groups include novice racers, women and some of them are veterans, as well as the older bikes, bombers and vintage. Taking first overall was Myles Friesen from Gardnerville, Nevada. He charged to the front from the 40th row to

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  • VIRGINIA CITY GRAND PRIX 2016: SATURDAY

    Virginia City Grand Prix: Tucker Larrieu.

    Once again an annual rite of spring has happened as racers converged on the Comstock. VIRGINIA CITY (April 30) – The 45th annual Virginia City Grand Prix is a sure sign of spring in Northwest Nevada. The Comstock Classic is a two-day affair and attracts riders from across the west. Saturday is for the pros, experts and amateurs as they race a four-hour timed event. And for one rider it was a return to competition after suffering a crash last year that almost put him out of racing. “It was actually the best VC course I’ve ever rode,” Tucker Larrieu

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