Idaho Springs’ Moore wins Wally in Super Quick Series
Cindy Moore once had her sights set on winning the Fast 16 points title at Bandimere Speedway in Denver.
The Idaho Springs woman has turned her focus to the points title in the J&A Services Super Quick Series, similar to the Fast 16.
The Fast 16, or Super Quick, is an elimination race for the fastest 16 registered drivers. The top 16 are based on elapsed time in time trials.
Moore won her second Super Quick drag race of the season early Sunday morning at Western Colorado Dragway in her dragster. She won the prestigious Wally Trophy as part of the National Dragster Challenge.
“We thought we’d give it a whirl,” Moore said. “It’s a great place. The people are amazing.”
Moore’s son, Mark, attends Colorado Mesa University and is getting the itch to race.
“He’s already sat in the (dragster),” Moore said. “We let him drive it around the dragway one night. He said, ‘Oh, mama!’ I said, ‘Oh, no! It ain’t happening.’ ‘’
“I told her she better keep winning races or I’ll take over the family business (of racing),” Mark said.
Cindy Moore has raced for more than 20 years, but never won the Fast 16 points title at Bandimere.
“We started out in the Fast 16 over there four or five years ago, then the big dogs with the big money came in and it got way fast,” Moore said. “We hung with them for a long time, then we kept blowing up the nitros. We realized we had to do something different.”
She made the semifinals one year.
“I wanted one at Bandimere so bad and I missed it by that much,” Moore said. “It happens. You don’t give up; you just keep running.”
Moore won the Fast 16 in Pueblo and Douglas, Wyo.
Moore took last year off so her husband and son could build a rock-crawling Jeep and try it out.
Moore won her first Super Quick points race at Western Colorado Dragway in the second race of the season, defeating Anita Pulliam of Whitewater in the final.
“The track is so consistent,” Moore said. “It makes it worth coming back.”
Moore beat Kurt Averill of Grand Junction and his 1970 Fort Mustang in the finals for the Wally.
It was the second time Averill lost in the finals and a chance to win his first Wally.
Earlier in the elimination rounds, Sean McMillan of Rifle beat his son, Tyler McMillan, but is still looking for his first Wally trophy.
“It’s something you don’t want to do, but you do,” said Sean McMillan, who beat Tyler by .0038 of a second. “We were jabbing at each other a little before, but I usually don’t look at my opponent beforehand.
“You can’t race any better than that and lose,” Tyler said.
Sean beat Tyler in the finals of the first Super Quick race of the season.
Tyler has a Wally trophy after winning the 2009 Super Pro King of the Track title.
Other Wally winners were John Hoppe of Grand Junction in the Box Class, Dale Umberger of Grand Junction in the Napa No Box Class, Ray Vollender of Grand Junction in the Crown Supply Sportsman Class and JC Campbell in the Youth Alternatives junior dragster class.