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  • NORCAL ROCK RACING AT WILD WEST MOTORSPORTS PARK

    Nor Cal Rock Racing

    Running a bit late on this one but here’s the event that kicks off the truck and buggy off road season in our area. MUSTANG (May 13) – Nor Cal Rock Racing brought its brand of short course racing to the Wild West Motorsports on Saturday. It was a day of some wild and wooly action around the course as well as over the rocks. This time the course direction was reversed so the racers went from south to north along the front stretch. And after racing two heats the drivers were ready for the mains. Saving the best for

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  • SEASON PREVIEW: 4-WHEEL OFF ROAD RACING

    Nitto Tire Ultra 4 Nationals.

    This final preview covers the 4-wheel off road racers that includes trucks, buggies and UTVs plus some others. This Season Preview is focused on the 4-wheel competitors as the motorcycles have already begun their season. There is an expanded event coming to our area as well as an addition to an existing event. Should be some great racing for the off road fans this year. Things get started this Saturday with a Mild to Wild Fund Raiser to benefit the Blue Ribbon Coalition. The group is an advocate for keeping public lands public. The trail ride starts at 9:30 a.m.

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  • OFF ROAD SEASON REVIEW

    Fallon 250

    This Off Road Season for the four-wheel bunch has been a good one in this area. There were several races in our region and the Wild West Motorsports Park hosted four of them. Valley Off Road Racing Association kicked things off with their first desert race on Memorial Day weekend with an event in Hawthorne. This after they began their season in Prairie City. Earlier in the season Hammer King, which owns the Ultra4 Series and runs the annual King of the Hammers race, bought VORRA and now that series is run by NorCal Rock Racing. Both VORRA and Ultra4

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  • ULTRA 4 ENDS SEASON AT WILD WEST

    For the third year in a row an extreme off road series had its final races of the year here. MUSTANG (Oct. 22) – Ultra 4 ended its season here with the 4-Wheel parts Nitto National Championship Presented by Metal Cloak. While the full name is a mouthful the racing was top rate, wild, fast and intense. It was the third year Wild West Motorsports Park hosted this event. And the large crowd it brings saw championships secured during the day.   For the past few years Gary Ferravati Sr. has been working to win one of these races. Now

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  • DIRT TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS AND SUPER CRAWL

    Rattlesnake Raceway: Chase Nieman IMCA DTC

    This was a weekend of contrasts between two events. FALLON (Sept 24/25) – Dirt Track Championships and Super Crawl were two very different four-wheel events that dominated the racing in this area. One was fast while the other was way more technical and a heck of a lot slower. For the past two decades the annual DTC as it’s known ends the season at Rattlesnake Raceway located just east of downtown Fallon. Not only is money at stake but bragging rights as well. The weekend has two complete shows, one Saturday evening while the second is Sunday afternoon. And a

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  • CARBON OFF ROAD FALLON 250

    Fallon 250: Jason Scherer, Donutroll.

    The last desert race for four wheeled vehicles ran this Saturday. A great car count and TV exposure is sure to boost this race and series. SALT WELLS (Aug. 3) – The Carbon Off Road Fallon 250 is two races in one; it closes out the desert racing series for VORRA and is also an Ultra 4 regional. And this year there was a name change as the race now has a title sponsor; Carbon Off Road. The Ultra 4 Unlimited part of the event began a bit after 2 p.m. and like the morning group, the racers were sent

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  • LUCAS OIL OFF ROAD SERIES: ROUND 12

    Lucas Oil Off Road Series: Anderson (37) and Ampudia (36).

    SUNDAY WAS A LITTLE MILDER AND SLIGHTLY COOLER FOR THE SECOND DAY OF THE RACES. SPARKS, NV (AUG 14) Lucas Oil Off Road Series ended its two-day visit to the Wild West Motorsports Park on a slightly cooler day than Saturday. But on the track the racing was as hot as ever. “Yesterday before the race I was told I had never won Pro 2 here and I was little bit surprised,” Rob MacCachren said after winning Sunday’s race. “We came here with a fast truck, learned some stuff at Glen Helen, brought it over here and the truck was

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  • LUCAS OIL OFF ROAD SERIES: ROUND 11

    Lucas Oil Off Road Series:s Brooks and Mamer, Pro Lites.

    A really hot day set the stage for the first day of a weekend of hot off road racing.   SPARKS, NV (Aug. 13) – The Lucas Oil Off Road Series visited the Wild West Motorsports Park this weekend. Fans saw two days of hard charging, wild racing on this fast, hilly and technical track. With the series being in the stretch run drivers were eager to score as many points as possible over the weekend. “Yesterday in practice we weren’t going quick so we put our heads down to figure what to do, threw something at it today and

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  • NOR CAL ROCK RACING AT WILD WEST

    Nor Cal Rock Racing/ J.P. Gomez

    BLENDING TWO SERIES TOGETHER LEADS TO A FULL DAY OF WILD RACING. MUSTANG (July 16) – Nor Cal Rock Racing held the second event since Hammer King bought VORRA. This sale combined those that race in Ultra 4 as well as the desert racers from VORRA. Due to the combining of both series, as well as the car count, it was decided to run all the heats and mains on a single day, Saturday. Most of the day’s events combined classes and the final one had the 4400’s and 4800’s running together. These are Ultra 4 classes and they not

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  • EPA RULE THREATENS RACING – EDITORIAL

    EPA Editorial

    This reporter has never done an editorial on racing but this time I’m going to make an exception. Please read this carefully and help save our sport. Over the past year this reporter has heard rumblings about the EPA’s attempt to essentially restrict the conversion of a vehicles originally designed for on-street use to a racing vehicle. After receiving the latest issue of Racing Promotion Monthly, a publication for the short track industry, I decided to write this editorial. And for those that don’t know people involved in short track racing, fans or drivers, it concerns all types of racing

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  • MRANN – BLUE WING FLAT VIDEO

    MRANN - Keith Alosi and Wayne Weidemier

    Here is the MRANN video from Blue Wing Flat. Please excuse the error I made in the video title, my fault entirely. Once again I’m indebted to the efforts of Brittany Hutchings as she took care of the video duties. Many thanks to her and hopefully she can continue to help me. Can’t do both the video and stills at the same time. It was great weather and good fields so the promise of a great season is being realized. Good hard racing with only one rider needing much medical attention. Not to mention getting a helicopter ride to Reno.

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  • RACING PREVIEW: FEB. 4-7

    King of the Hammers

    Even though there’s not much racing going on there is a major desert event this week. RENO (Feb. 3) – The Racing Preview for this week is still sparse but there is some action to be watched. Locally Livfast Exit 28 Motocross Track should have its usual practice sessions from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. And a special shout out for two area drivers heading to Yuma, Arizona. Shawn Natenstedt and Jake Holland will compete in the Winter Nationals at Cocopah Speedway on Friday and Saturday evenings. The event is broadcast live on www.speedshift.com, which is a

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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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  • SEASON REVIEW FOR 2015

    Wild West Motorsports Park - Ultra 4's in action.

    Season Review of the 2015 year in racing for this region. With the year ending it’s time to take a look at this past season and set the stage for what is to come in the New Year. As usual the desert racers in MRANN raised the curtain for racing in this region. It was the Dead Horse event that’s staged north of the Nightingale Exit on I-80. Veteran Reece Honea won the overall with Steve Garnett not that far behind. Further down the standings Kyle Townsend ended up fifth ahead of Dan Capparelli and, rookie to the expert division,

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  • Austin Serpa – MRANN 2015 CHAMPION

    MRANN - Austin Serpa, 2015 Overall Champion.

    Austin Serpa had a championship year this season as he raced his KTM in area desert races. Winning races is the goal of any racer and while most never accomplish this they have fun trying. However some do win titles and earning an overall championship in their rookie year is an even greater accomplishment. And that’s exactly what one 16-year-old high school racer did this past season. Like many motorcycle racers, he got an early start in the two-wheeled world. “I remember when I first started riding I was about 2-years-old with some training wheels on a little PW50,” Austin

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