Last Updated on Friday, 28 October 2011 11:18 Friday, 28 October 2011 11:13
Mother nature was kind to us this year. We added 6 extra races to the schedule and only 2 of them were cancelled due to weather.
Hundreds of local and long distance drivers made the trip to CNS during the season and many of them earned a spot in winner's circle. Dan Savage took the 2011 Late Model Championship but Rick Smith, Cris Muhler, Cris Eggleston, Darren Bucklen, Bruce Yackey, Roger Avants and others made it a fight that Savage isn't likely to forget.
Joe Martinez brought home a Figure 8 championship despite fierce opposition by "Big" Al Duran, Jared Wall and Vic Johnson. The lighning quick ERA Supermodified division dazzled the spectators with death defying feats of velocity, rocketing around the 3/8ths mile track at 100+ mph. Harold Evans took the season victory with a 42 point lead over Rich Castor.
Many tried and true CNS Sportsman drivers returned in 2011. Lee Kemmit surprised the fans coming out of the word work to win race after race.. after race! All season long Lee defied his competition winning a staggering total of 13 Main Events. Tommy Roe, Jeff Walbaum, Bruce Borchardt, Bear Lynch, Jeff Walbaum and Eric "Blackie" Blackard were among some of Kemmit's stiffest competition.
Kyle Clegg took his 2nd consecutive CNS season championship in the Legend division, surpassing Danny Medina, Kyle Ray and Chris Eggleston for the point lead.
Jack Nugent took the spotlight in the Super Stock division week after week. Richard Lothert dropped in a few times to shake things up a bit, Jason Morris rocked the field with a consistent show of speed and skill and rookie John Humphrey took 3rd in points.
Fan favorite Roger Avants held off Mark neff, Matt Burton and Rudy Vanderwal for the Pro Truck division championship.
This year CNS changed the motor sports world again, unveiling 2 completely new forms of racing. The creative minds behind the antics here at CNS combined the Modified Coupe and Grand American Modified divisions creating a new division dubbed the CNS Modifieds. More than once during the season, CNS fans had the opportunity to watch two completely different yet similarly matched types of open wheel vehicles go toe to toe. It goes without saying that this new division didn't disappoint. Jay Fields, Dave Finley, Jamie and Rich Bubak, and Jeff Hansen were among some of the speedy talent this year who consistently out performed the competition, but Gary Land in the Mod Coupe division and Mark Sopr in the Grand American Modified division won their respective 2011 season titles.
CNS also pulled back the curtain on the brand new Demo X division (pronounced Demo Cross). Demo X combines MotoCross with Demolition derby for a new, intense hybrid that brings all spectators to their feet. 18 cars salvaged from the junk yard smash, crash and flip each other from green to checkered without the interference of any yellow or red flags. This new experimental division received much praise but also some criticism due to the high levels of dust it creates. But have no fear race fans, CNS is working out the kinks to bring Demo X back in 2012 even better than ever!
All in all CNS had another amazing season thanks to everyone who makes our racing program possible. We'll be back again next year, ready to provide the most amazing racing action in the west. And same as every year, we'll have some new tricks up our sleeve so stay tuned to ColoradoSpeedway.com, our Facebook and Twitter pages and bigwestracing.com for all the info.
See you in 2012...
Colorado National Speedway
Saturday speed, guaranteed!