It took a perfect light for Troy Bogner to defeat Jay Allen in the final race of the day to take home the King of the Track Wally. This was the type of competition that was seen all day. The funny thing of it all, was that earlier in the day, Troy told his wife, Renee, she might as well start packing up because they were going home early. Troy had two bad time trial runs and just couldn't get a handle on what the car needed. He had no confidence at all. I guess perseverance pays off! Before racing Jay Allen for the Wally, he had to first march through the field of Pro cars and win the class. He won the class by defeating Matt O'Connell.
After defeating Matt, he drew Mike D. Krueger and his Pro Bike in the semi-final of KOT
It was then that he pulled the perfect light and defeated Jay Allen.
There was a lot of racing before the KOT race, with each run being hotly contested. Here are some images from the time trials and the bracket racing.
In addition to the "big" car racing, the NHRA Junior Drag Racing League, held its first Route 66 race.
In the Junior Sportsman class, it was Cooper Hamelen taking the win over Madalyn Highland. Madalyn was also #1 Qualifier.
In the highly competive Junior Modified class it Samantha Senko taking the win light over Nate Kelley.
Throughout each elimination round, the competition in all the "big" car classes was incredible. In the end it came down to two cars in each class. In the High School class, it was Nate Kelley defeating points leader Julie Nettles. Nate was also the runner-up in Junior Modified.
In Sportsman, it was Larry McMullin in the AMC Pacer defeating Steve Flounders Jr. when Steve redlighted. Larry had a near perfect light of .003. It was ironic that the night before at the Race Your Ride, a fan approached me and was surprised to see a Pacer racing!
In Pro Bike, it was Mike Krueger defeating Tom Ewig. Both pulled near perfect lights, .004 and .006 respectively.
As earlier talked about it, in Pro, Troy Bogner won the class defeating Matt O'Connell
In Super Pro, it was Jay Allen defeating his long time friend Al Kueffler.
For the King of the Track, the Sportsman, Pro Bike, Pro and Super Pro winners face off against each. Here is a moment of comraderie before the final eliminations started.
I can't say enough about the competition today. It took Troy's perfect light in the last race to win it all!
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