It is hard to believe that we are already closing the book on the 2009 sand drag racing season. The high points and low points of this season have been at extreme ends of the spectrum. We have seen incredible racing action and drama on the track that we could have never imagined all the way to the rash of loss within our community. Let’s take a few moments and reflect on the season that was.
It’s only appropriate to start with the high points of the season. The on-track action from coast to coast was as competitive as I have ever seen. There are two memories of amazing competition that stick out in my mind from the 2009 season. The first took place at West Michigan Sand Dragway’s U.S. Sand Nationals, which was also the finale for the Pro Truck Nationals series. In the final round of the Pro Truck class season, Ben Dozeman in his Bad Company Jeep had to win the round over Kip Martin to clinch an improbable championship as he came into the event with a slim to none chance of winning the title. In a race too close to tell by the naked eye, Ben turned on the win light by the slimmest of margins .001 to win the championship and the final event win of the season. This was a highly dramatic moment and definitely one I won’t soon forget. This was a precursor to the dramatic conclusion that was witnessed at the final NSDA event of the season in
Beyond the racing, in 2009 with all the economic problems plaguing our country it was a great sign to see the sand drag family banding together at the biggest events throughout the season. Some of these events like the Fall NSDA Primm race, WMSD US Sand Nationals, Atoka Heartland Nationals, and Bonne Terre Pro Truck Nationals saw turnouts surpassing previous years. This was certainly a positive sign that we are still able to get away and enjoy our favorite pass time.
The flip side to the economic issues was that the smaller events and point series were affected as racers weren’t able to commit to these events. Hopefully, we will start to see things come back around as the economy recovers and track owners/promoters adjust to the economic climate. Another down note to the 2009 season was that we saw a few more crashes than normal throughout the country. Whatever the reason these crashes happened, the bright side was that all of the drivers were able to walk away with the only damage being done to their pocket books. This is a testament to the influx of safety equipment and technology trickling down to our sport from other areas of motor sports.
The lowest of lows in 2009 was the loss of several of our own in the sand drag community. We will be remembering all of them and comforting their friends/families as they make it through their first holiday season with these loved ones. We will never forget them and know they will be riding with us as we go to the tracks competing in the sport we all love.
Personally, I have a lot of people to be thankful for that help us out on NSDN and allow us to provide the highest quality sand drag racing coverage. Let’s start out with our west coast friends. The NSDA has been great to us since our inception and we truly thank them for all they do for us. Rick Morris/Heavy Metal/2 Dolla’ Bill Racing, CANIDAE Pet Foods/Scott Whipple, and Bob Gill/Gill Bettencourt Racing are great supporters of what we do at NSDN. Thank you guys for being great friends and allowing us to do what we do. Heading towards the east, Rod Trower/Trower Racing gets a huge thank you for his support of our coverage of the Heartland Nationals in
From my point of view, the sand drag racing family is the greatest out there and I’m thankful to be surrounded by such amazing people at the track. I wish for everyone to have a wonderful holiday season and get refreshed for an amazing 2010 sand drag racing season. Stay safe over the holidays, and I’ll see you all at the track soon.
Until next month,