Fallon’s Gonzales wins Pro Stock at Fernley
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Fernley 95A was back in action last Saturday and races again this evening, starting promptly at 6 p.m. Last Saturday saw another $1000 to win Pro Stock race, and Fallon’s Malen Gonzales dominated the field in the No. 84 car.
Behind him there was spirited racing and quite a bit of carnage. Ed Goss of Carson City survived to come home second, with Reno’s Derrick Rauscher third, California driver Terry Lawrence fourth, and David Rauscher of Reno fifth.
Robert Miller of Gardnerville won the caution-plagued IMCA Modified Main, his 11th Modified victory of the season, spread over three tracks. Patiently working his way to the front, he held off challenge after challenge after each of the many restarts. Reno’s Jake Holland overcame a flat tire and two trips to the rear of the field to finish second, with California hot shoe Alex Stanford behind him in third. Dayton’s Rocky Goetz was fourth and California driver Matt Murphy fifth.
Rick Miller of Sun Valley won the Street Stock division, followed home by Reno’s Jake Baker and Gardnerville’s Dwight Bolton, the only three cars still running at the finish.
It looked like Kenny Martin of Reno had the Super Stock 4 race won until his car coasted to a halt with mechanical problems a few laps short of the finish. Fernley driver Justin Busch took over and held the lead to the checker while Danielle Paine of Carson City came home second, her best finish of the season. Steve Crook Sr. was third, Dennis Crook fourth with engine woes, and Martin was credited with fifth. Rich Innis of Reno won the Pure Stock main handily, with Jim Paulk and Trevor Quell finishing second and third, respectively.
NASCAR’s experiment with modified aero rules at the Kentucky Sprint Cup race proved to be highly successful, with more passing, happier drivers, and excited fans. Toyota driver Carl Edwards, who finished fourth, said it was the most fun he’d had on a mile and a half track in a long time. He and his three Joe Gibbs Racing teammates all finished in the top five, with Kyle Busch taking the second win of his abbreviated season. Brad Keselowski’s Penske Ford was arguably the best car in the field, but poor pit stops relegated him to sixth at the checker. While the experiment was a success, NASCAR was not looking to apply the same rules to all mile and a half tracks, rather tweaking the package for each track. Fortunately, the changes being made are relatively inexpensive and easy to accomplish.
The Sprint Cup series will race tomorrow at New Hampshire’s tricky one-mile flat oval. Time is getting short for drivers who have not yet locked into the Chase with a win. Those who are in the top 16 will be torn between having a good points race and hanging it all out to go for the victory. There have been 11 different winners in the last 11 races at the Magic Mile, and four of them have yet to see victory lane in 2015. They are Clint Bowyer, Ryan Newman, Tony Stewart, and Kasey Kahne. Bowyer, Newman, and Kahne are currently in the top 16 in points, while Stewart languishes in 28th.
Sebastian Bourdais put on one of the most dominating performances ever in the IndyCar series race at the Milwaukee Mile last Saturday. At one point he had lapped up to second place. In the final laps he held off a charging Helio Castroneves, who was on newer tires and had advanced from dead last to challenge. It was an excellent show, and I’m hoping for a similar exhibition when the series visits Iowa’s superfast 7/8 mile oval tonight. The race will air on NBCSN at 5 p.m.
Finally, congratulations to Kevin Harvick for winning the ESPY Award for best driver Wednesday evening. Harvick beat out Indycar champions Will Power and Juan Pablo Montoya, Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton, and drag racer Erica Enders-Stevens for the coveted trophy.