RENO (Feb. 7) – This week’s Racing Preview has good news as we’re soon out of the Re-Run Zone. So spring and racing are in the air.
While there is no racing in this area yet that will soon change but this weekend Battle Born MX hosts the awards banquet for those that raced and did well in the fall series
The banquet begins at 3 p.m. and is at the lazy 5 Regional Park off the Pyramid Highway to the east of the library in Spanish Springs.
Starting the week after that those racing in the MRANN series will begin their 2018 season and one week later the local Over The Hill Gang chapter brings back the Sand Box Grand Prix out at the Fernley motocross track.
Over the hill all three motocross tracks has practice schedules for this weekend.
Prairie City has a Thursday session from 1 until 5 p.m. then from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
E Street Motocross track has practice from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday while River Front has practice 4 until 9 p.m. Thursday then from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Just in case it’s always wise to call the hotline before heading out. That number is 775-265-7223 or check the website at www.repracingmx.com .
The biggest even of the week is happening in Johnson Valley, California close to 29 Palms. Over 50,000 people are camping in the desert in what could be called Burning Man for Gear Heads as Ultra 4 begins its season.
The week is full of races leading to the big one Friday when the 4400’s take to the desert and rocks at the Nitto . Tire King of the Hammers. They’ll be going from 150 mph across the desert to about 3 mph or less in the rock sections.
You can check the schedule and watch it live at www.ultra4racing.com. Friday’s race will be a long one so you can still some of it if you get off work in time. And most of the competitors will be at Wild West Motorsports Park in October for the Nitto Tire Nationals.
Over on the Internet www.fanschoice.tv has the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing from New Smyrna Speedway. Racing beings at 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
In TV land Thursday is a bit slim but at 3 p.m. Fox Sports 1 will have NASCAR Race Hub.
Friday is when Speedweeks at Daytona begins but the day is pretty empty back there. However down at Pomona, California the NHRA begins its season at 3:00 p.m. with qualifying and Fox Sports 1 will have the action.
Over in Europe on www.elevensportsnetwork.com will stream the World Rally Championship at Monte Carlo. Broadcast begins at 3:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.
The traditional first race on the big oval at Daytona is from the ARCA series. This year it’s the Lucas Oil 200 but sadly there is no TV coverage however, just in case anyone wants to see if they can see it try fanschoice.tv at 9 a.m Saturday. You might get lucky.
Saturday begins at 7:30 a.m. when Fox Sports 1 has NASCAR Cup practice plus other programs that will fill the day. Then at 7:00 p.m. the network broadcasts this week’s AMA Supercross event from San Diego.
Sunday begins on FOX at 9 a.m. when the network airs qualifying for the Daytona 500. This is very different as only the Pole and Outside Pole positions are secured.
Every one else is seeded into the twin Duels that set the field for the 500 and those races happen on Thursday.
At noon Fox Sports 1 airs the Advanced Auto Parts Clash, a non-points race for NASCAR Cup drivers that earned pole positions last season.
Finally, starting at 2 p.m. the network airs the opening round of the Mello Yellow NHRA season from Pomona as the straight-line racers take to the track with their own brand of thunder and lightening.
That’s it for this weekend folks. Racing has begun and now the series will start their seasons around the country as well as right here in out area.
Have a great week everyone.
OTHER RACING NEWS:
• I will be on Teresa’s Garage Radio Show on Tuesday. The show runs from 2 until 3 p.m. and I’m always on arund 2:15. Hope you can listen it.
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