A near full-house witnessed Salt Lake City’s Kyle Bergnener run the perfect race during the Galitz Transportation King of the Wing Finale on Saturday night at Colorado National Speedway leading almost all 40 laps to take the huge win. But its was California’s Eric Humphries who would secure the overall series victory by grabbing second place on Saturday and winning Friday Night’s High Country Harley Davidson Special.
NIGHT ONE 07-06-2018 High Country Harley Davidson Special
King of the Wing Sprint Cars
A blazing fast field of 19 Methanol breathing King of the Wing Sprint Cars took the green flag for a 30 lap feature event. One car that couldn’t take the green was last year’s winner Jason Conn from British Colombia Canada who was struggling with a valve issue. Driver’s from all over the western United States and Canada were on hand to battle for the win on the 2-day visit to Colorado National Speedway and unfortunately for Conn he would not get a chance to repeat.
Through the first portion of Friday Night’s race local driver Darren Crocker was running a strong 2nd place until a flat left rear tire caused him to pit.
A fearless Jeff Bergener from Salt Lake City Utah in the #21 car took over the lead from Tristen Spiers from Adrian Oregon and began to devour lapped traffic on route to what looked like a sure win.
However #15 Eric Humphries from California was slowly closing in on the leader and eventually used a restart to takeover the position as Bergener’s car seemed to become ill handling late in the race. Humphries who also won his dash race wasted no time building a lead on the field and cruised to the checkered flag as well as a nice pay day. Ryan Burdett in the #36 sprinter would get by Bergener for 2nd while the 21 car settled for 3rd.
Chris Muhler moves up through the field (Starr photo)
Clearly the most impressive run of the night was Colorado driver Chris Muhler in the #95 car. Muhler didn’t hot-lap, qualify or run a dash race. He showed up just in time to run the feature in a car he had just finished building and started 4 car lengths behind the last place car presumably just to be safe since he had no time to determine if the car was prepared properly. Every time Muhler entered turn one his car emitted a shower of sparks but that wasn’t slowing him down as he began to move up through the field. Incredibly by the time the checkered flag had flown Muhler had an impressive 4th place finish.
Eric Humphries in the #15 passes #21 Jeff Bergener for the lead (Starr photo)
The King of the Wing Sprint Cars would race again at CNS the following night Saturday July 7th.
The top 3 celebrate in winner’s circle at CNS (Starr photo)
FEATURE: #15 Eric Humphries DASH 1: #25 Tristen Spiers DASH 2: #15 Eric Humphries DASH 3: #21 Jeff Bergener QUICK TIME: #36 Ryan Burdett 14.398
Mountain States Fire Protection Mod Coupes
In the Mod Coupe feature it was pretty much the Deines and Hansen show. Jace Hansen in the gorgeous #08 easily won the fast dash and was the only car within striking distance of Adam Deines in the 3D car in the feature event. Deines dominance in the Mod Coupe division continued as he took home another win.
FEATURE: 3d Adam Deines DASH: #08 Jace Hansen
Elite V Twin Legend Cars
Over 40 Legend Cars checked in to the pits on Friday July 6th at CNS which created a rare situation as a “Last Chance” dash was added to the schedule to trim the field a bit for the feature.
With Albequerque’s Jason Irwin on the front row it almost seemed like a foregone conclusion he would end up in winner’s circle. And while he did hold the early lead it was Kyle Clegg, Chris Eggleston and Danny Medina who would come storming to the front and battle for the lead. Each of the top 4 would take turns leading the race using every imaginable groove on the race track.
While the race was marred by a couple red flags the top 6 to 8 cars put on a heck of a show for the fans.
Eventually Clegg and Eggleston would start to distance themselves from the field but another late double file restart would give Medina and Irwin one last shot at the win. However the 66 car of Clegg was just too strong and powered to another feature win. Eggleston took home 2nd while Irwin slipped by Medina for 3rd. Behind Medina Wayne Barlock Jr. finished a strong 5th.
FEATURE: #66 Kyle Clegg FAST DASH: #22 Chris Eggleston DASH: #13 Jason Hulvey LAST CHANCE DASH: #44 Alfred Matthews
Witthar Racing Trains
Jereme Wall jumped in as brakeman for the #86 Last Call Train as he and his brother Jared blazed a trail to glory in the Witthar Racing Trains feature event.
FEATURE: #86 LAST CALL Jared “Wally” Wall and Jereme Wall
FAST FEATURE: #55 Greg Rayl FEATURE: #51 Hutson Milligan FAST DASH A: #55 Greg Rayl FAST DASH B: #18 Jim Chello Milligan DASH A: #07 Aubrei Hilton DASH B: #99 Isaiah Scott
NIGHT TWO 07-07-2018 Galitz Transportation Sprint Car Finale
King of the Wing Sprint Cars
It was the second and final night of the two-day King of the Wing Sprint Car race at CNS and #26 Justin Segura from Caldwell Idaho and Colorado’s own Bryan Gossel in the #78 occupied the front row. Neither Gossel nor Segura would be able to take advantage of their front row starting positions as both drivers struggled early with mechanical issues.
From that point on it was the Kyle Bergener show leading the rest of the way and taking home the huge victory. Kyle reigning out of Salt Lake City Utah ran a smooth line that was both fast and steady conserving his tires for the entire 40 lap run.
Behind Bergener it was Chris Muhler in the #95 car which he had just finished building on Friday afternoon the day before. Muhler demonstrated his ability to get the most out of his car as he pulled up just behind the leader late in the race. Catching Bergener was one thing but passing him proved to be much more difficult.
#95 Chris Muhler moves up into 2nd place (Starr photo)
While Muhler was catching the leader California’s Eric Humphries was catching Muhler. Humphries coming off Friday night’s win showed the packed house at CNS that you can still broadside at the 3/8ths mile oval even on the pavement. Humphries was literally giving it everything he had and the crowd could see his right rear tire burning up coming out of turn 4.
Humphries overtakes Muhler late in the race for 2nd place (Starr photo)
A late restart would give Humphries and Muhler a final shot at the leader, but Bergener was just too fast and secured the win. Humphries was able to get under Muhler for 2nd but Muhler powered right back by him on the outside to the cheer of the fans.
Kyle Bergener on his way to victory lane (Starr photo)
Ultimately Humphries would take second place and Muhler would settle for third.
While Bergener was the winner it was Humphries who would take the overall series win with his 1st and 2nd place finishes on Friday and Saturday.
From left to right Eric Humphries, Jyle Bergener and Chris Muhler in winner’s circle (Starr photo)
FEATURE: #43 Kyle Bergener DASH 1: #23 Aiden Spiers DASH 2: #43 Kyle Bergener DASH 3: 25j Tristen Spiers QUICK TIME: #15 Eric Humphries
Galitz Transportation Late Models
Late Model results are not official
21 Galitz Transportation Late Models would take the green flag for their feature event and #3 Wade Grove and 53g Nathan Gasser would pace the field to start the race. It’s tough to say if it was the heat, the large field of cars or possibly the packed CNS stands that had the drivers on edge but the race was filled with incidents and it seemed like just about every car on the track had scars to prove it.
Even eventual race winner #76 Chad Cowen would cross the finish line with a mangled right front quarter panel.
Following Cowen across the line was Brett Yackey in the 7y and #3 Wade Grove who led the early portion of the race. Rookie driver #24 Eric Bowers ran an impressive race taking home 4th position and #31 Derek Smith was the final car in the top 5.
FEATURE: #76 Chad Cowen DASH: #76 Chad Cowen DASH: #16 Steve Mills
Elite V Twin Legend Cars
The Legend Car feature was essentially a race for the runner-up position. Kyle Clegg in the white and florescent orange #66 was in another zone and controlled the entire race to the checkered flag.
But behind Clegg the action was intense. #22 Chris Eggleston, #15 Danny Medina and #9x Jason Irwin were putting on an amazing battle for the fans. All 3 of the drivers took turns making hair-raising passes for 2nd place while also dealing with slower lapped cars in the huge field.
When the checkered flag flew it was Clegg well out front with Jason Irwin just sneaking by Eggleston for 2nd place. Medina would take 4th and a late charge from #98 Brent Sheidemantle placed him the top 5.
FEATURE: #66 Kyle Clegg FAST DASH: #66 Kyle Clegg DASH: #1 Dana Smith LAST CHANCE RACE: #13 Jason Hulvey
Chick-Fil-A Figure 8s
Justin McKeachie won a somewhat strange Chick-fil-A Figure 8 feature after tracking down race leader #2 Jeremy Jackson with just 6 laps to go. The event felt a bit odd due to the fact that both Jared Wall and Jereme Wall left the track after making contact with each other in turn 3. Without the Wall’s the race was wide open and Jackson was making the most of it until he started to fade late in the race and gave up the lead to McKeachie.
McKeachie’s victory was a popular win with the near sell-out crowd as Justin received a huge roar from the crowd in winner’s circle.
Justin McKeachie soaks in the roar of the crowd in winner’s circle (Starr photo)
An impressive run for Mike Wolfe Jr. in the blue #3 car garnered him a 2nd place finish. Jackson would settle for 3rd and #35 Chris Voorhis and #4 Sean Smith rounded out the top 5.
FEATURE: #50 Justin McKeachie
FAST DASH: #15 Jereme Wall DASH: #40 Mike Mercer
Heavy: #01 Sean Orth Lite: #13 Cole Birch
NIGHT ONE RESULTS
King of the Wing Sprint Cars Pos No. Name Hometown 1. 15 Eric Humphries 2. 36 Ryan Burdett 3. 21 Jeff Bergener 4. 95 Chris Mueller 5. 23 Aiden Spiers 6. 25J Tristen Spiers 7. 43 Kyle Bergener 8. 12 Monty Bergener 9. 71 Aaron McPeak 10. 4 Alan Beck 11. 68 Mike Anderson 12. 5 Ken Hamilton 13. 6G Austyn Gossel 14. 46 Bob Beck 15. 26 Justin Segura 16. 11 Tom Patterson 17. 9 Mike Smith 18. 78 Darren Crocker 19. 36A Austin Luttmer
Legend Cars Pos No. Name Lic Points 1. 66 Kyle Clegg 2. 22 Chris Eggleston 3. 9x Jason Irwin 4. 15 Danny Medina 5. 3 Wayne Barlock Jr 6. 30 Darrell J Stewart 7. 6 Scotty Scott 8. 34 Chris Cooper 9. 32 Blair Cooper 10. 05 Nick Cooper 11. 21 Ryan Jones 12. 96 Ryan Rudolph (R) 13. 44 Alfred Matthews 14. 86 Travis Rudolph 15. 1 Dana Smith 16. 20 Kynzer Riddell 17. 19 Larry Pachello 18. 33 Dean Kallas 19. 00 Christopher Saykally(R) 20. 16 Travis Roe 17-0628 21. 46 Zachary Witherwax 22. 43 Nick Knudsen 23. 08 Krystal Faulkingham 24. 9 Terry McBride 17-0599 25. 5 Gary Wegener 26. 06 Mike Gallegos 27. 98 Brent Scheidemantle 28. 62 Roy Dunlap 29. 13 Jason Hulvey 30. 48 Cody Dempster
Mod Coupes Pos No. Name Hometown 1. 3d Adam Deines Longmont 2. 08 Jace Hansen Greeley 3. 98 Frank Denning Jr Arvada 4. 48 Michael Cox Englewood 5. 43 Matt Pierce* Platteville 6. 90D Frank Denning III Golden
Trains Pos No. Name Hometown 1. 86 Last Call Jared and Terri 2. 8 Anger Management Kelly and Nic 3. 13 Crazy Train Taylor and Stephanie 4. 26 Slam Trak Fri and RyRy 5. 5 Hearse Train Alex and Alegra 6. 1 Robert Davey Dave Schmidt 7. 311 Bipolar Express Cassie and Glenna
Bandolero FAST Pos No. Name Hometown 1. 3 Nandini Breggin 2. 16 Cullen Lewis Aurora 3. 55 Greg Rayl Watkins 4. 03 isaac Almaswari Lochbuie 5. 06 Mahkrysta Hilton Brighton 6. 10 Lilli McAfee Thornton 7. 7X Kate Morse 8. 22 Andy Jones Littleton 9. 78 Brody Moore Dillon 10. 18 Chello Milligan
Bandoleros Pos No. Name Hometown 1. 51 Hutson Milligan 2. 82 Teagan Scott Cheyenne 3. 2 Cale Smith 4. 17 Cooper Lewis Aurora 5. 07 Aubrel Hilton Brighton 6. 92 Riley Smith 7. 8 Danielle Walbaum Brighton 8. 99 Isaiah Scott Cheyenne 9. 29 Ashlee Richard Henderson 10. 05 Salamon DeBauche Denver 11. 52 Nic Wall Commerce City
NIGHT TWO RESULTS
King of the Wing Sprint Cars Pos No. Name Hometown 1. 43 Kyle Bergener 2. 15 Eric Humphries 3. 95 Chris Mueller 4. 21 Jeff Bergener 5. 25J Tristen Spiers 6. 12 Monty Bergener 7. 5 Ken Hamilton 8. 71 Aaron McPeak 9. 4 Alan Beck 10. 9 Mike Smith 11. 23 Aiden Spiers 12. 6G Austyn Gossel 13. 26 Justin Segura 14. 46 Bob Beck 15. 68 Mike Anderson 16. 78 Bryan Gossel 17. 11 Tom Patterson
Late Models Pos No. Name Hometown 1. 76 Chad Cowan Gering 2. 7Y Brett Yackey Greeley 3. 3 Wade Grove Thronton 4. 24 Eric Bowers (R) Colorado Springs 5. 31 Derek Smith Mead 6. 07 Dave Hondel (R) Cheyenne 7. 16 Steve Mills Colorado Springs 8. 17 Paul Deines Frederick 9. 98N Natalie Phelps (R) Cheyenne 10. 11 Monte Paulsen Pueblo West 11. 50 Justin McKeachie (R) 12. 72 Gary Cagle Ft Collins 13. 29 Rayshawn Carter Denver 14. 27 Wendi Lewis Johnstown 15. 9 Brent Cave Brighton 16. 53G Nathan Gasser Westminster 17. 31x Chris Simpson 18. 94 Kyle Morse Peyton 19. 85 Don Cole (R) Dacono 20. 43 Christopher Donnelson 21. 30 Jan Oxley Ft Lupton
Figure 8s Pos No. Name Hometown 1. 50 Justin McKeachie Aurora 2. 3 Mike Wolfe Jr Westminster 3. 2 Jeremy Jackson Lakewood 4. 35 Chris Voorhis Thornton 5. 4 Sean Smith Greeley 6. 7 Daniel Wood (R) Greeley 7. 11 Joe Gastineau Centennial 8. 17 Harry Livermore Jr. Denver 9. 40 Mike Mercer Byers 10. 25 Phil Taylor Henderson 11. 18 Amanda Stepanich (R) Arvada 12. 12 Harvey Webb Jr Thornton 13. 8 Brian McCartney (R) Colorado Springs 14. 52 Jared Wall Commerce City 15. 15 Jereme Wall Commerce City 16. 80 Dean Hohn (R) Denver
Legend Cars Pos No. Name Hometown 1. 66 Kyle Clegg Westminster 2. 9x Jason Irwin Albuquerque 3. 22 Chris Eggleston Thornton 4. 15 Danny Medina Colorado Springs 5. 98 Brent Scheidemantle Broomfield 6. 48 Cody Dempster Parker 7. 05 Nick Cooper Loveland 8. 3 Wayne Barlock Jr Peyton 9. 32 Blair Cooper Arvada 10. 21 Ryan Jones Arvada 11. 6 Scotty Scott Arvada 12. 96 Ryan Rudolph (R) Denver 13. 34 Chris Cooper 14. 03 Darrell L Stewart 15. 46 Zachary Witherwax Arvada 16. 16 Travis Roe Thornton 17. 13 Jason Hulvey Thornton 18. 44 Alfred Matthews Arvada 19. 19 Larry Pachello Arvada 20. 86 Travis Rudolph Denver 21. 25A Michael Anderson 22. 5 Gary Wegener 23. 1 Dana Smith (R) Laramie 24. 28 Adam Powers(R) Silverthorne 25. 08 Krystal Faulkingham Westminster 26. 95 Jessilyn Dike(R) Westminster 27. 53 Ryan Scott(R) Colorado Springs 28. 9 Terry McBride Edgewater 29. 20 Kynzer Riddell Westminster 30. 33 Dean Kallas Golden DNS 8 Eric Hipkins* Woodland