Dacono, Colorado (Nov. 16, 2019) – The much-anticipated Fenders 300 was a gathering of racers from all aspects of the sport. Drivers, crew members and fans traveled from Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and parts unknown to Colorado National Speedway for the now annual event.
The third annual event got underway under on a Chamber of Commerce perfect sunny November day. Bright blue skies with mild temperatures as the field lined up on the track three wide. Super Stocks, Pure Stocks, Hornets, IMCA Dirt Stock Cars, IMCA Dirt Hobby Stocks, Farm Trucks, and a couple of who knows what cars, 51 in total, all took the green for 300 laps. Three wide racing was the rule most of the day rather than an exception. A couple of crashes stopped the action, but fortunately no one was injured. A few bent cars (Repairable) and a couple of bruised egos.
Lee Kemmit’s Number 90 moved to the lead, with Tommy Roe subbing for an ailing Kemmit. Sam Messerli was running in second, 3 laps down, when the Gremlins struck forcing the 90 car to retire from the event. Messerli completed the 300-lap event including a mid-race break in 2 hours 22 minutes. After the 300 laps five seconds behind in second place was the pure stock of Michael Gallo, one second later Bobby Durand came across the line in third place driving an IMCA Dirt Stock Car.
The now, annual event, was a success with everyone happy and having fun, it took quite a while to clear the pits as the partying was on going for most of the participants. A few had a damaged race car to load but over all nothing that could not be fixed.
A Hugh thanks to all the sponsors that contributed to the purse and products that helped make this a fun event for all. Not to be forgotten would be the CNS staff and Team Hilton for putting the event together. Plans are underway for making the event bigger and better for next November. Save the Date.
Story and images by Joe Starr