King of the Track

Rodney Snider wins coveted Wally Trophy with victory at Western Colorado Dragway

Scotty’s Muffler owner Rodney Snider poses with his Wally Trophy after winning the King of the Track title on Saturday at Western Colorado Dragway. Snider defeated seven class champions to claim the title in his 1963 Corvette Roadster. In addition to the Wally Trophy, Snider also won a tool box filled with $1,000 worth of tools donated by Snap-On tools.


Dragway Points Champions

Prior to the King of the Track race, Western Colorado Dragway class champions were crowned Saturday night. Here are the class champions:

J&A Services Super Quick: Cindy Moore, Idaho Springs

Super Pro: Bud Preuss, Grand Junction

Batteries Plus Pro ET: Brandon Umberger, Grand Junction

Crown Supply Sportsman: Tim Griffith, Grand Junction

Box: Rodney Snider, Grand Junction

Napa No Box: Joy Cozzette, Whitewater

Columbine Ford High School: Davey Sluiter, Grand Junction

Youth Alternatives Jr. Dragster: Jake Campbell, Grand Junction

The Wally Trophy

Each year, the Western Colorado Dragway gives the Wally Award to the King of the Track winner.

The Wally Award is an 18-inch replica statue named after NHRA founder Wally Parks and is awarded at drag-racing tracks around the nation. The first Wally trophy was awarded in 1969 and has become the most sought-after trophy in drag racing.

Seven class champions vied for the Western Colorado Dragway King of the Track title, but only one emerged.

Scotty’s Muffler owner Rodney Snider, the Box Class Champion, knocked out three class champions to win the King of the Track title Saturday night to win his first Wally Trophy.

“He deserved it,” Super Pro champion Bud Preuss said. “He worked hard. He was devoted. He spent the time, money and effort.”

Snider received a Snap-On tool box full of tools valued at more than $1,000 and donated by Snap-On dealer Paul Schritter.

It was a thrill for Snider, who returned to racing three years ago after serving as crew chief for his son, Jake, and wife, Karen, while they raced. Jake recently returned to Grand Junction and is working for his dad at Scotty’s.

“I got empty-nest syndrome,” Rodney Snider said. “Not too many guys get to race with their wife, who’s really addicted to racing.”

Rodney Snider, who raced his 1963 Corvette Roadster, defeated the Columbine Ford High School champion, Davey Sluiter, in his Ford F150 pickup in the final despite Sluiter’s near nine-second dial-in head start.

Snider, 49, has several years of racing experience, but this was his third year of drag racing.

“It was a big learning curve for me,” he said.

Snider defeated Pro ET winner Brandon Umberger in the first round, then had a perfect reaction time in the semifinal to defeat Preuss.

“Every racer has a nemesis, and Bud’s my nemesis,” Snider said. “He’s a good teacher and a good mentor.”

“We always get paired up it seems like,” Preuss said. “We swap wins back and forth. It’s the cool thing about it. Everybody out there is your friend.”

Sluiter defeated Super Quick Class champion Cindy Moore in her dragster in the semifinals.

Youth Alternatives junior dragster champion Jake Campbell won the Dragway’s Junior Dragster king of the track Wally and the series championship Saturday.


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