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Bracket racing hits high gear for opening weekend at Bandimere Speedway

From The Tower: Local racers score big wins to kick-off points season

By Ronnie Kohrt

Bandimere Speedway's 2021 bracket racing season kicked off this weekend with the Friday night Kinsco E.T. series, followed by back-to-back U.S. Recognition E.T. series races. 


Friday evening, winners included high school champion Colby Crooks attempting to repeat from his high school championship last year. Crooks took advantage of Grant Shannon's red-light in the final to win in High School. 

Street Bike belonged to Ryan DeYoung, who dropped his two wheeled machine dead-on (10.307 on a 10.30) in the final to beat Bill Mein for the win. Nate Larson took home the trophy in Street E.T. beating Derek Sarlo in the final and rolling right off the trailer and right into first round with no time-trials, John Tripp in the QuickTripp Dart took home the Trophy/Jackpot win.

The Corridor Collision Jr. Street program was also racing down the 1/8th in their category and Mike Middleton collected the first win of the year in the category beating Lilly Strong at the top end. 


Gorgeous weather engulfed Bandimere Speedway for the first points race of the year for the U.S. Recognition Saturday E.T. Series.

Last year's Top Performer Matt Crist picked up right where he left off, nabbing a win in PRO E.T. and scoring three perfect lights in a single day. Crist's Camaro took down Sterling Nelson Dodge Dart in the final of Pro. 

In Super Pro, Victoria Christensen took down Scott Walz in a very close race. Christensen's .025 package in the final beat Walz at the stripe as Walz broke-out by only .004 of a second. Christensen leaves the weekend your points leader in Super Pro. 

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Victoria Christensen leads the Super Pro points after the first weekend

In Run Tuff, Allan Ray took down the competition in his Camaro beating Jason Hobbs in the final and claiming the Run Tuff win. The 5x Sport Compact champion in the past also joins Christensen as the points leader in his/her category teamed with Kyle Cramsey after the initial weekend. 


Sunday was day two of the U.S. Recognition E.T. Series to kick-off the nine-race points series. Back-to-back days of racing means getting out of the gate is incredibly important and that's exactly what Jeff Raetz did in his Ford Mustang. Raetz took the blue oval to the finals and beat Chris Mang in an all-Ford final to claim the victory and the weekend points lead overall in Pro. 

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Jeff Raetz pulls the wheels off the line at Bandimere Speedway

Super Pro was won by the Keith Camblin. The K&J Snow Removal machine had reaction-times in the teens all day long and raced to the first win of the year over Rick Owens in a tremendous final. Camblin went dead-on with a zero (7.690 on a 7.69 dead-in) paired with a .009 light to drop a nine-thousand package on Owens for the win.

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The Mopar of Scott Czarnota took home the Run Tuff win over Katie Swartwood. The Pueblo West machinist drives out of the opening weekend third in points only behind Swartwood and the Run Tuff points leader team of Ray and Cramsey.

Congratulations to Matt Crist (Saturday) and Pepper Baker (Sunday) for winning the Cortese Cattle Company Reaction Time Bonus.

Two Choice-Grade Ribeyes courtesy of Cortese Cattle went to Crist and Baker for being the first drivers of the day to cut .000 perfect lights. 

Perfect lights in competition over the weekend went to Kenny Cramsey, Kyle Cramsey, Matt Crist x2, Sean Marquardt, Victoria Christensen, Dan Bain, Fred Shaner, Steven Horvatin, Jeff Brnak, Raymond Davis and Austin Hockaday.

Dead-on runs for the win this weekend went to Scott Southern, Dan Bain, Keith Camblin, Chris Mang and Jeff Raetz. 

Catch the Kinsco and US Recognition series back in action in a few weeks for the weekend of May 7th and 8th! 



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Kinsco, which includes a 6,500 square-foot showroom, offers top-notch customer service, in-house embroidery and alterations studio, and array of products from uniforms, body armor, tactical gear, business clothing, women’s and men’s apparel, footwear, outerwear, packs and bags, and personal protection. 

Kinsco has the capabilities, structure, product inventory, and experience to service any Department, Business, or Individual at the highest level. The entire staff at Kinsco looks forward to working with your team. 

Look them up at, swing by the store, located at 1456 Skyway Drive, Longmont, CO 80504, or call 303-772-7720.

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