Historic Races Zoom Into Fernley

By: Daniel Chanin Email
By: Daniel Chanin Email

Over one hundred engines were roaring at the Reno-Fernley Raceway Saturday, as drivers from all over the country kicked off day one of the Fifth Annual Reno Historic Races.

Speed was the name of the game where some cars topped out at 200 miles an hour.

"It was a great time," says Jim Reed who came from Newport, California to participate. "I never raced on a track that had 24 turns before. It's really a lot of fun."

The 4.1 mile course is the third longest in the country, giving the historic vehicles plenty of room to show off for hundreds of fans.

"I think it's great for the community," says Doug Rowe, a racing fan who was snapping pictures of the event. "It's a wonderful opportunity for fans to do something together; for fathers and sons, or fathers and daughters that enjoy old cars and want to relive a slice of history."

Cars are grouped into a race based on their year and general makeup. But just like every other professional competition, equipment problems can force drivers out of the pack and onto the sidelines.

One driver who experienced technical difficulties was Wes Abendroth who was racing for the fifth straight year out of Carson City. Even without a checkered flag, he says having the event so close by makes it well worth it.

"It's great," says Abendroth. "It's really nice having it here. The people are great and we're getting bigger and bigger and bigger."

The races will wrap up on Saturday, with the final event scheduled to get started at 3:30p.m.


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