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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012 5C This competitor gets ready to take off at the second annual Sled Wars. Fifty participants competed this year. Photo by James Wilson Erica Harmon flies past in the car number 69 to win her heat race. Photo by Dan McGee AVS hosts drag night Snowmobiles battle on grass James Wilson Sports Reporter sports@plumasnews.com Though attendance was down from last year, this year's second annual Sled Wars was still a huge success. The Sled Wars took place July 21 at the Plumas-Sierra Coun- ty Fairgrounds. Fifty competi- tors vere present to drag race on the grass. Grass drag racing has been popular on the East Coast for many years, but has only re- cently been introduced to the West Coast. Keith Barnett and Kenny Chance are responsible for bringing the sport to Plumas County. This year the Sled Wars moved to the grandstand area from its previous spot near Old Town. This allowed more spectator space and a longer track. LaSt year's track was 300 feet while this year's was 350 feet. Another highlight was the presence of the LivFast motor- cycle stunt riders. The riders entertained the crowd by pulling stunts while sailing through the air. Racers, pit teams and spec- tators combined to equal about 500 in attendance. Last year's Sled Wars drew closer to 800, Next year's Sled Wars are slated to take place during the fair, which will undoubt- edly draw a much bigger crowd to the event. Those involved this year came from many areas. Par- ticipants from Idaho, Oregon, WaShington, Nevada and all over California showed up for the event. Dick Avery, of Atascadero, took first place in the Class I races. Several Plumas County residents placed as well. Quin- cy resident Sebray Gossett placed second in the Class A races, while Jeremy Molison from Westwood placed third. In the class B event, Heather Kel- ley from Quincy placed third. This was the first time Kelley had raced a snowmobile. Elizabeth Turner, 12, from Redding, placed first in the class D races, beating out her adult competition. In the ju- nior races, Seth Molison from Westwood came in second. The money earned from the Sled Wars went to the fair- grounds and to Sierra Access Coalition, a nonprofit that fights to keep public land open to the public. For more information on the coalition and the work they are in- volved with, go to sierra access.com. Hot Rods sh00)w00:ased in Greenville Larry F. Douglas American Valley Speedway The Saturday Drag Night of July 28 was a memorable time of innovative thinking and thrilling racing for all concerned. With 15 IMCA Modifieds, two Pure Minis and two Hobby Stocks the leadership of American Val- ley Speedway collaborated to put together a program uti- lizing the available re- sources. It was a collabora- tive winning effort. The IMCA Modifieds were utilized to the maximum as the main attraction. Bueford Cunningham brought back an old tradition by sponsor- ing the Dash for Cash race. Individual time trials were conducted to determine the four fastest cars for the eight- lap dash. Nineteen-year-old Adam Walters, of Reno, was the fastest qualifier with the lap time of 20.769 seconds. Er- ica Harmon was second with Matt Murphy in third and Craig Nieman in fourth. In the dash Erica Harmon ex- hibited her leadership all the way to the checkered flag. The victory was an exciting green-, white- and checkered- flag finish since a yellow came out on the final lap. Adam Walters and Matt Mur- phy kept the pressure be- tween each other with 0.364 sec difference. Adam Walters, Russ Cazier and Bobby Higgins were the winners in the three qualify- ing heat races. The main had 12 cars running for the checkered. Russ Cazier was the victor with only 0.260 sec between him and Adam Wai- ters. For those interested in purchasing a competitive IM- CA Modified the Cazier car is for sale. Chris Nieman ran a strong third with Erica Har- mon in fourth. "Roddy" Har- mon at 4 years old is starting his racing career in a go- kart. Bobby Higgins was in fifth with Wade DeBurg in sixth. The stock cars were also fully utilized for not only the thrills of the spectators but also for Leslie Widmayer who volunteered for a ride in the Hobby Stock of Dan Diaz. His 427 car lead Joe Wertz all the way. They seemed equals in power but the Wertz car had some handling problems. Leslie discovered the thrill of racing from a new vantage point. The Hobby Stocks and the Pure Mini of Brittany Nieman also put on an exhi- bition race for the audience. Brittany's only handicap was unequal power. She had demonstrated her skill with her victory over rival Lance Bain in the Pure Mini main. She kept her head as Lance tried every maneuver to get past her until he finally spun in the last turn before the checkered. Nice work to bring good clean racing to Quincy. The staff of AVS wishes to thank Napa Auto Parts for its sponsorship and the many hats that were distributed to the spectators. The children received preferential treat- ment. The next race is this Saturday, Aug. 4, with the IMCA Modifieds, Mini Stocks and DART Dwarfs running for points. For more information call 283-2175 or visit americanvalley speedway.com. Rusty Dodson poses with his new trophy for Best in Show at the Hot Rod Custom Car Get Together. This year's show took place July 21 in the Evergreen Market parking lot in Greenville. Photo by Erik Weber { [ :i:: i::i!  ; ...... ....... :: i::::i: : ::!' i i :: i i i:: i i ::iii i i  . ................. Spacious 3420 sq. ft. home, large rooms throughout, location near Susanville Ranch Park. $329,000. See Lassen Land and Homes East Shore: Magnificent lake- front home has 6 bedrooms, 6 full baths, balconies, Mt. Lassen and lake views. MLS 201101095. $5,250,000. 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