Dunn wins first race in Renegades
Dennis Dunn won his first main event of his racing career in the Renegades class race Saturday at Thunder Mountain Raceway in Olathe.
The Montrose driver finished ahead of Robert Esquibel and Richelle Harris for the win. It was the first race for all three drivers in that class on the quarter-mile dirt-oval track.
The Renegade class is rear-wheel drive vehicles with stock four-cylinder engine and a weight of 2,600 pounds or more.
Dunn is fourth in the Renegade points standings this season with 33. Shannon Albright of Fruita is first with 40, Danny Raichart of Grand Junction second with 39 and Dan Hudson of Grand Junction third with 38.
John Young of Montrose won a close race against Robert Gallegos of Cory to win the Sports Mod class. Young moved up to third in the season points standings, but he is 72 points behind Gallegos in the season points race. Gallegos’ daughter, Christina, is second with 195. She is nine points behind her father.
Veteran driver and Hobby Stock points leader Cliff Cooper held off rookie David Allison of Montrose to win Saturday. Cooper is first in the points standings with 297. Ray Penland of Hotchkiss is second with 279.
Chris Tiffany of Montrose won the Dwarf race, but Alisha Steinberg of Clifton moved up to first in the points race with a third-place finish Saturday. She leads by one point over Jim Ross of Delta. Ross took second place in Saturday’s race.
Ron Watson of Montrose won the I-Stock race, but he remains second in the points standings behind Ed Brown of Montrose.
The next scheduled races are June 28-29.
The third annual Kart Racing for Heroes event takes place Saturday and Sunday at Grand Junction Motor Speedway, 30021 N. Interstate 70 Frontage Road.
Racing begins at noon Saturday with a 10-person media race followed by the Heroes race. The Heroes race has five teams with five members from the Grand Junction police and fire departments, Mesa County Sheriff’s Department, U.S. Army and National Guard.
Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.
The 45-minute race includes mandatory driver changes. The winning team will receive a $200 donation to its favorite charity.
Racing continues Sunday after a Father’s Day pancake breakfast at 7 a.m. It is open to the public and is $4 per person. Race drivers from the Colorado Junior Kart Club and the Grand Junction Kart Club will race.
Race organizer Craig Mansfield started the event to honor the military and emergency medical technicians, who are the first to respond to emergency situations.
Mansfield’s son, senior Airman Kristopher Mansfield, was killed by a drunk driver eight years ago, according to a news release.
A booth at the track will provide goggles for people to see the effects of impaired driving.