Talking twins: Marshall sisters enjoy trash talking, racing each other at dragway
The race was nearly as good as the trash talking.
Fraternal twin sisters Delaina and Kelsey Marshall have talked about a ‘grudge’ drag race for more than one year.
On Saturday, it finally happened.
Delaina beat Kelsey off the start and crossed the finish line first, but Delaina jump-started her dial-in time by five-hundredths of a second, giving Kelsey the victory at Western Colorado Dragway.
There was nothing on the line, other than a little bragging rights.
“I was too fast; I didn’t see her car at all,” Delania said. “I gave it to her.”
“You wish,” Kelsey responded. “I wish we could do another run.”
The Grand Junction 20-year-olds started racing seven years ago after Kelsey watched a Disney movie, Right on Track, about two sisters that race.
“She asked our neighbor if they raced those cars out here,” their mother, Becky Weaver, said. “I’m going (shaking head no) and he’s going, ‘Yeah!’ “
Kelsey started racing that season, but Delaina started one year later.
“It was between racing and cheerleading and she chose cheerleading,” Kelsey said. “Then later, she got into racing. I was so angry. Racing was my thing.”
The two would often reach the junior dragster finals against each other and Kelsey was often the winner.
After they graduated from Fruita Monument High School, Kelsey joined the Army and Delaina started attending cosmetology school.
Delaina had an opportunity to race for the first time since graduation a couple weeks ago, but Saturday was Kelsey’s first opportunity. She recently returned from a tour in Iraq.
The two, though, plan on returning to race again someday.
“I’m going to see if I can do another tour and save up some money and get another (drag) car,” Kelsey said. “The only reason I stopped racing was to enlist.”
“Oh, yeah,” Delaina said. “We’re going to get a team together ... in a few years, when I’m done with school and Kelsey’s out of the Army.”
Their younger brother, Ryan, took first in the Youth Alternatives Junior Dragster. Their sister, Tayler Weaver, made the semifinals.
Doug Styers took a look at his son, smiled and said, “We’re eating good tonight!”
His son, Jeremy Styers, was the one treating after winning $800 in the gambler jackpot race. The Grand Junction 27-year-old beat Ed Miller of Rangely, crossing the finish line in 10.81 seconds at 123.03 mph.
It’s the least Jeremy could do. His dad built and owns the 1972 Chevy Vega Styers raced.
“We are pretty good together,” he said. “I won the (track Pro ET) points in it in 2004. This is more fun. It launches (off the start) better. You’ve got to drive it more (than the dragster).”
Styers raced a dragster the past two years.
Jason Covington won the first J&A Services Super Quick race of the season with a 7.95-second run at 163.6 mph, beating Kurt Averill in the final.
Other winners Saturday night were John Cozzette in the Rail Head Super Pro class, Daryl Dinkel in Batteries Plus Pro ET, Mark Backes in the Car Tunes Sportsman and Ryan Marshall in the Junior Dragster.