VW racers decide rained out drag champs over coffee
Rain disrupted drag races again on Saturday night, but it didn’t end the fun for the Volkswagen class drivers.
The downpour washed out the Mountain States Volkswagen Racing Association’s fourth and final race of the season at Western Colorado Dragway, but the small club of drivers still had a little fun determining this season’s points champions.
The group of two dozen drivers had breakfast Sunday morning and figured out a way to award the winners without rescheduling a race for the drivers, who come from across the state of Colorado, New Mexico and Utah.
“We didn’t finish it on the track, but we shared a lot of laughs,” organization director Eric Madson said.
The group divided up the purse among the drivers in contention for the win and did a blind draw to determine the winner and the season points champion in its VW Quick and VW Sport classes. The Quick class is for VWs that run the quarter-mile track in 12.99 seconds or faster. The Sport class is VWs 13 seconds or slower. There were 31 competitors in the two classes Saturday night.
“There was a suggestion to roll over the race to the first race next year, but a majority of the drivers voted against that,” Madson said.
The organization went through each race after it was bracketed and did a blind draw to determine the winner. They carried it through the final.
The VW Quick class winner was Steve Stewart of Grand Junction. The runner-up was Dan Whitlock of Colorado Springs.
Madson of Grand Junction and Randy Bowen of Colorado Springs remained tied for the points title. The former VW Pro Racing Association teammates agreed to be co-champions instead of another drawing or contest to determine the winner. Whitlock was third.
The VW Quick points champion gets to carry a trophy cup for a year. Since Bowen had it this past year for winning the inaugural Mountain States Volkwagen Racing Association Quick points title, Madson has the privilege of keeping it for a year.
The cup was made by The Trophy Case in Grand Junction. The Trophy Case owner, Darin Mack, competes in the VW Sport class.
Madson turns his focus to the VW Pro Mod Nationals Bugorama next weekend at Sacramento Raceway Park in Sacramento, Calif.
VW Sport points leader Dan Wing, of Farmington, N.M., took first in the drawing for the Grand Junction race and won the points title. John Redding of Grand Junction finished second in the race, but Jim Cusato of Grand Junction held on to second place for the season points title and Daryl Bergstrom of Broomfield was third.
The Western Colorado Dragway’s Sportsman, Pro ET and Super Pro classes were rained out shortly after eliminations started. Those races, along with another race that was rained out earlier this summer, is being rescheduled.
The Youth Alternative Junior Dragsters class got their races in Saturday.
Ryan Marshall of Grand Junction took first place. Mikayla Vollender of Grand Junction took second and Charlie Ruckman of Grand Junction placed third.