LEFT: Jason Woods, Pro Winner. RIGHT: Nick Brennan, Sportsman Winner
The first Colorado Dwarf Car race is in the books - and it was a doozy. From El Paso County Raceway, fans saw fast action, limited cautions, and plenty of racing throughout the field, leaving the fans excited for the next event. With a total of 22 cars in the main event, the decision was made to run both the Sportsman and Pro Classes together to allow for better racing, and the dividends paid off.
Starting on the pole, the 81c Truck driven by Nick Brennan lead the field to the green flag, only to slip back deep into the field approaching turn one.
"Not a good excuse, but my foot slipped off the pedal. I think the excitement of the first race got to me there. I am glad to have made it through that without wrecking a bunch of cars, though," Brennan said after the race.
Jason Woods, starting on the outside pole in the 82c, took advantage of the mistake and built a lead that it looked like no one would be able to challenge, until Tony Steffensmeier in the 14c took advantage of an early caution to take the lead. As the 52c of Don Jackson made a run on the outside to try to take the lead, lapped cars caused some chaos in lap 10. Shortly afterward, tragedy hit Steffensmeier as he had to pull off the track with a blown motor.
"I lost oil pressure," Steffensmeier explained. Some time, effort and "money will fix it - I have the spare motor going in already."
As the cars came back to green, Woods resumed his place at the front of the field, and stayed there for the remainder of the race. The 08r of Jace Hansen made a few runs that looked promising, but no one had enough car or time to take the lead away.
"The competition was amazing," Jackson said after the race. "The top 5 were pretty bunched up, and the leader wasn't gapping the field at all."
"The competition was good," Steffensmeier concurred. "A lot of fast cars for the first night with people in new cars. Also there were a lot of cars that finished on the lead lap which is great, expecially with a combined Sportsman and Pro race."
HOW THE RACE WAS SCORED
Because the two classes ran together, points were awarded based on finishing position. This means that after the first race, there are already some tough battles forming in the standings. On the Pro side, Jason Woods and Jace Hansen are tied with 49 points each, and Donald Jackson, Jeff Rivers and Fred Schneider wrap up the top 5. On the Sportsman side, Nick Brennan leads the pack with 39 points, with Adrien Sardinha 9 points behind with 30, and Jenn Lessig right behind at 28. Daniel Selby and Tyler Weeda complete the top 5 for the Sportsman Class.
THE NEXT RACE
Colorado Dwarf Cars returns to El Paso County Raceway in Calhan, Colorado on Saturday, May 14th. As the home track of Colorado Dwarf Cars, most of the season is run there, with a few races run elsewhere in Colorado for the State Points Championship. Racing begins at 5pm Mountain Time.