2013 was another incredible season at Colorado National Speedway. Mother nature was a little bit more generous this past season which really made for a fun season of racing. As usual there were plenty of new faces in the pits and some of these young drivers really made an impact on the track. Yet it was the crafty veterans who shined the brightest sending the message to these youngsters “not so fast, there is still a lot of fuel in our tank”.
Mountain View Fire also extended it's thanks to CNS, it's fans, and race teams, for canceling the event as it would have obstructed the rescue efforts that were underway.
The standing CNS policy for races that have been cancelled for weather conditions is that we do not reschedule them. There are simply too many factors to overcome in rescheduling these events including conflicts that drivers and teams might have with the available rescheduled dates. There is no logistical nor fair way of making up these races and therefore we do not reschedule them.
That being said, we realize everyone (including ourselves) was excited to see Mark Neff and Rudy Vanderwal battle it out for the Pro Truck Championship as the two drivers were only separated by a single point. Mark Neff is crowned the 2013 Pro Truck champion. Yet both Mark and Rudy deserve congratulations as they put on a fantastic battle all season long.
We would also like to congratulate Cris Muhler who dominated the Mod Coupe division and took home the 2013 track championship. Richie Caster Jr. beat his own teammate Harold Evans by 2 points to take home the ERA Supermodified championship.
Congratulations to all the drivers, teams, and car owners on a great 2013 season.
Looking forward, the track is ready to go and there will be Test and Tunes Friday September 20th as we gear up for Challenge Cup XXXIX on Saturday the 21st.
Mark Neff and Rudy Vanderwal put on a great battle for the championship in the 2013 season. Neff edged Rudy by just 1 point. (Starr photo)
(Dacono CO 08-03-2013) A massive storm heading straight for Colorado National Speedway forced the cancellation of the Victory Performance "Race Ready" night at CNS.
Next weekend we return with the CVOR Vintage & Art's Septic Service Night featuring the Super Late Models, Super Stocks, Supermodifieds, and Figure 8s.
The entire staff and management of Colorado National Speedway is saddened by the recent passing of Gene Heffley. Gene created Colorado National Speedway back in 1965. Gene is a member of the Colorado National Speedway Hall of Fame as well as a member of the Colorado Motorsports Hall of Fame.
Gene Heffley moved to Denver from Missouri Valley, Iowa in 1957, after serving five years in the military. In 1951, he met and married his wife Gerda. They started a trucking company and had two daughters, Helen and Patti. By 1960 this couple was operating four trucks. A year later he began to operate a salvage business in the Denver metropolitan area and sold parts to two individuals that were building race cars. When one could not pay for the parts, they ended up with the race car. With some help from some friends, Harry McCool and Bart Manley, they ran the #70 car at Lakeside Speedway. That is when he really got hooked.
In 1964, one of their drivers was Hall of Famer, Sam Sauer. Later that year they all went to a big race at Hanford, California. It was the first time they had seen a real late model race and he and Gerda decided to build a speedway designed car for late models. But that was just part of the story. In 1965, using the money from their trucking company they purchased an 80 acre parcel of farmland. On that site they designed and built a speedway, and called it Colorado National Speedway. They worked every day possible mid-year until the track was able to run a very short season. In 1966, they raced a full season with the idea of making racing possible for anybody that wanted to participate. The track had four foot retaining walls for the safety of spectators and they continued to make improvements both on and off the track. During the years they added motorcycles, sprint cars and midgets to their racing program. In 1972, after Gene was diagnosed with cancer, they decided it would be best to sell Colorado National Speedway. They were truly pioneers in short track dirt racing.
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Day and Time: Sunday April 7, 2013 at 2:00pm
Location: Platte Valley Middle School "Field House"
Address: 700 Hill St. Kersey CO 80644
On Tuesday March 12 we lost one of the brightest stars of the Rocky Mountain racing community. A family member so to speak. Chris Leaf was considered indestructible in a race car. His aggressive driving style made him a fan favorite and a highly respected driver among his peers. Chris followed in his fathers footsteps as a driver at Colorado National Speedway starting in the old “Bomber” class in the early 1980’s. He continued racing at CNS until the track was converted to asphalt in 1989 at which time he moved the quarter mile I-76 Speedway in Ft. Morgan Colorado and Rocky Mountain National Speedway in Commerce City Colorado. Chris won at least two championships at I-76 before moving back to Colorado National Speedway in the early 1990’s to compete in the new Grand American Modified division. And compete he did winning 4 modified championships in that division in 1997, 1999, 2000, and 2001. As if that were not enough Chris bought a Pro-Truck and started competing in both the Grand American Modifieds and the Pro Trucks in 2000. In his first year in the Trucks he won the Rookie of the Year and the championship as well as the Grand American Modified championship. Chris then followed than season with a sweep of the two divisions again 2001. In total Chris won four Pro-Truck championships in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003.
- 2012 CNS Awards Banquet
- NAPA Toyota 150 to air on SpeedTV August 9th
- Michael Waltrip to Race in the NAPA Toyota 150 at CNS
- Father's Day MonsterFest Monster Truck Show a smashing success
- USA Today lists CNS as one of the 10 best!
- Poor weather forecast forces CNS to cancel 05-12-2012 event
- Music at CNS Thursday June 21st 2012
- Rick Smith and Bruce Yackey thrill the CNS fans in a photo finish
- Celebration of life for JD
- Rain shortens Sunoco Race Fuel Night at CNS
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