King of the Track
Rodney Snider wins coveted Wally Trophy with victory at Western Colorado Dragway
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.