The day had an auspicious start with a very heavy morning rain storm. The track crew worked very hard to recover the racing surface and by Noon we were ready to start the day. Because of the delay it was decided to have only one "hit" of Qualifying prior to the start of Eliminations. Right after we started an unusual thing happened when one of the LED lights on the tree burned out. A quick replacement of the bulb and we were back to racing. There was one other slight delay when the JFD ambulance was called upon for other than track duties. The track will not run races unless an ambulance is on scene and available. At the start of the racing, it was announced the Troy Bogner had won the Pro ET Track Championship. This did not deter Troy as went to the finals, however he lost in the Finals. Congratulations to Troy on a fabulous season.
The next Championship to be decided was High School. Austin Headrick was leading Fernando Lopez Jr. by one point. In a head-to-head final, Austin Headrick won the race and the Track Championship. Congratulations to Austin
The last three Track Championships were not announced until the completion of the Finals. In Super Pro, Todd Trench had a lead going into the day but tried to make it interesting by being eliminated in the first round, however his lead was large enough that in the end he earned the Championship.
In Pro Bike, with his race win today, Bob Foster Jr., wins the Pro Bike Track Championship'
And finally, in Sportsman, it was Bill Northup winning the Track Championship.
In the actual race, it was a hard fought battle. Here are today's race winners:
Super Pro - Jeff Nelson
Pro ET - Gary Biela
Prop Bike - Bob Foster Jr.
Sportsman - Craig Schober
High School - Austin Headrick
A little funny story, as the event wore on, Gary Biela approached me about taking a group picture of his family in pits when he was done racing and I had a spare moment. Fortunately, Gary surprised everyone and won out. Our group picture was in Victory Lane.
Here are a few from the rest of the day's racing.
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