CNS SALUTES THE PAST AT HARLEY-DAVIDSON RIDE 9/11 NIGHT Every year, Colorado National Speedway plays host to the High Country Harley-Davidson 9/11 Memorial Ride to pay tribute who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks twenty years ago. Riders and their Harley-Davidson machines hit the pavement to celebrate the USA, many flying the good ole red, white and blue behind them as they paraded around the track. This year, nearly 200 riders participated in the non-profit charity event, setting the pace for a great night of racing under the lights. Even an hour’s rain delay didn’t put a damper on the action.
Colorado Vintage Oval Racers
Throughout the night, the Colorado Vintage Oval Racers opened a window to years gone by for several exhibition races. The drivers brought their vintage machines to wide-open throttle to give fans a taste of what they were capable of without damaging pieces of automotive history. CVOR is an organization that prides itself in being dedicated to the “historical preservation of oval track racing in the Rocky Mountain region.” Several classes of race cars were turned loose on the track in this blast to the past, including midget, springs and modified, many of which have penned their stories in metal and rubber right here at CNS.
MATCO TOOLS PRO TRUCKS After setting the night’s Quick Time, polesitter #50, Tyler Wiggans, led the field to green following extensive track drying efforts. It seemed the #16, Travis Roe, might take the lead away from the #50, but he couldn’t make it stick, and Wiggans led the first lap. His truck was the machine to beat as he stretched out his lead while the pack battled hard for third place behind him. However, about halfway through the 30-lap feature race, a challenger appeared: The #43 of Kody Vanderwal. Vanderwal’s #43 truck showed strength in the corners while Wiggan’s #50 truck continued to lead on the straightaways.
With 6 laps left on the board, Vanderwal #43 got close to Wiggans #50 quarter panel and began his efforts to claim the lead. As the laps wound down, so did the distance between the two trucks. When the checkered flag dropped, Vanderwal #43 mounted a final charge, but the victory was captured by Tyler Wiggans in the #50, earning his first feature win in the Matco Tools Pro Truck series.
FEATURE: #50 Tyler Wiggans DASH: #34 Rudy Vanderwal FAST DASH: #3C Cassidy Hinds QUICK TIME: #50 Tyler Wiggans, 16.791
ROCK N ROLL BREWERY PURE STOCKS Polesitter #OH6 Mahkrysta Hilton took the green flag for the Pure Stocks 25-lap feature race, but the #22 AJ Hill snagged the lead early, putting a good bit of distance between the rear bumper of his race car and the rest of the pack. Conditions were still slick from the night’s earlier deluge of rain, and drivers chased the back ends of their cars around the damp racetrack. The #66 of Matt Sowash went for a spin on lap 5, but managed to gather his car back up and kept rolling under his own power. The #OH6 of Mahkrista Hilton got a little loose and went through the track gutter out of Turn 4, slowing as she splattered rainwater across the track, but she was able to get back to racing without incident.
WITTHAR RACING TRAINS TRAINS True to form, the three-car Trains went for a wild ride to finish out the night’s festivities. Initially, it looked like the #311 Bipolar Express train would be the one to beat, but the #86 Last Call train fought tooth and nail from the back of the field to take the lead away in a matter of laps. The #311 Bipolar Express suffered a blown tire, causing it to slow. The #86 Last Call train won the feature after clawing forward from a last-place start.
FEATURE: #86 Last Call
Pro Trucks Pos No. Name Hometown 1. 50 Tyler Wiggans Peyton CO 2. 43 Kody Vanderwal LaSalle CO 3. 22 Brian Yackey Greeley 4. 9 Curtis Heldenbrand Westminster CO 5. 85 Jeffrey Walbaum Brighton CO 6. 16 Travis Roe Thornton 7. 3C Cassidy Hinds Arvada CO 8. 34 Rudy Vanderwal LaSalle CO 9. 7 Adam Deines Longmont CO 10. 11 Steve Johnson Loveland CO 11. 89 Zach Morris (R) Greenwood Village 12. 28 Brian Weinmaster Brighton CO 13. 29 Dalton Webb (R) Thornton CO DNS 71 Tim DuVall Denver
Pure Stocks Pos No. Name Hometown 1. 22 AJ Hill Brighton 2. 14g Brian Galvin Byers 3. 23G Michael Gallo Loveland 4. 8A Austin Richards Arvada 5. 8 Isaac Almaswari (R) Brighton 6. OH6 Mahkrysta Hilton Brighton 7. 4 Brian Galvin Jr Byers 8. 5C Kyle Carrasco (R) Hudson 9. OH7 Aubrei Hilton Brighton 10. 34 Ronald Johnson Westminster 11. M60 Morris Christner (R) Elizabeth 12. 15 Brendon Knowles Highlands Ranch 13. 02 Chan Raley Bennett 14. 21 Jamie Ward Denver 15. 46 Rich Barwinski Casa Grande AZ 16. 42 Brandon McCormick Henderson 17. 9 Cole Baker (R) Fort Collins 18. 66 Matt Sowash Englewood 19. 12 Ethan Sluder Hudson 20. 27 Michael Enders Denver 21. 13J Jason Hulvey Thornton 22. 76B Dylon Alvarado (R) Fort Lupton 23. 38C Colton Green Arvada 24. 23A Alyssa Salazar Arvada DNS 3 Brian Lengvenas Thornton DNS A17 Alan Seward Englewood
Trains Pos No. Name Hometown 1. 86 Last Call 2. 151 Crazy Train 3. 01 Dukes Of Hazard 4. 45 Trump Train 5. 311 Bipolar Express 6. 77 Willie B Foundation Train 7. 26 Slam Track