Near-perfect weekend awaits Rattlesnake racers

Racing resumes Saturday with the second points race of the month at Rattlesnake Raceway.

Racing resumes Saturday with the second points race of the month at Rattlesnake Raceway.

Warmer weather and virtually no chance for any rains should make Saturday’s racers happy.

On the Fourth of July at Rattlesnake Raceway, an afternoon drenching made the track too muddy for racers to compete, so the action on the oval track moved to Sunday.

Now the raceway southeast of Fallon is more than ready to host an evening of racing featuring the Hobby Stocks, IMCA Modifies and KARTS. The pit opens at 1 p.m., followed by the grandstands at 2 p.m. Racing begins at 6 p.m.

A logjam at the top exists in the two divisions with racing past the season’s midway mark.

Points separate the top four racers in Hobby Stock with Cody Morris holding a 313-312 lead over second-place Dave Asuano. And Chris Christiano sits in third place with 311 points. Further back — but not much — is Shane Cazel with 301 points.

Even the main-race results from three weeks ago were tight with Asuano, Morris and Christiano picking up 28, 27 and 26 points respectively.

Dan Diaz, though, finished the main with 30 points to win his first race of the season after sitting out June.

Th leaderboard is tight between the two top races in the IMCA Modifieds. Longtime favorite Malen Gonzales of Fallon rides into tomorrow with 312 points, 11 points better than second-place Zach Cail. Rounding out the top five are Fred White (232), Chris Neal (224) and Wade Lumsden (202).

Although Gonzales and Cail fought for the main-race points, it was Robert Miller who defeated the pack with 30 points.

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