EAST WENATCHEE — Bud Rumsey took first Saturday when the Northwest Pro4 Alliance Late Models converged on Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval for two main races.
The day included a meeting of what almost feels like family — or at least close friends — who make connections on the road in various northwest towns to compete in racing, a sport heavy in family and tradition.
Craig Forney, who came in second, and Rick Thompson led for the first half of the race. Laps were slow going, though, with one wreck or spin out after another keeping the track crew busy and the 20 racers on caution laps.
There was even an accident when one car rear ended another during a caution flag. The Pro4 Alliance is used to tight races with a lot of ‘connections’ between cars; race team members remember a previous race this summer lasting five hours in which they only finished about 150 laps.
Ron Husk, father and crew boss of driver Thomas Husk, sat reminiscing with other crew bosses about the last time they saw each other.
The Husks missed the five-hour race fiasco because Thomas Husk was spending time with his kids, Ron Husk said, during the downtime of an autograph session on the track.
“Nothing is more important to him than his kids,” he said, then pointed down to the crowd on the track. “And I just know my grandkids are down there at that pink car.”
Ron Husk had raced for more than 40 years himself until retiring and acting as crew chief for his son.
“My little brother races,” Ron Husk said. “Both my daughters raced too.”
Ron Husk had just finished putting some last minute touches on his son’s car after he was brake-checked during the trophy dash.
“I didn’t know if it wrecked the radiator,” Ron Husk said. “But it was just a mashed fender and bumper. It’s all fixable. I’ve got all those parts, but it should hold up with all that duct tape for now.”
Thomas Husk drove most of the B-main race with duct tape holding his front end together.
Scott Graf was able to pass on the inside and win the B-main race.
Corey Fechner, 15, ended the Youth Hornets race the same way he had the previous four — in first place.
Fechner came from near the back at the beginning of the race, not only working his way past everybody, but nearly doing it again by almost lapping second-place finisher Jan Evans.
Fechner’s second season racing on the Super Oval is quickly propelling him toward a title in the class. With only two races left before the championship, he leads by 106 points.
From a mother who used to race cars, Fechner picked up the expensive hobby with the help of friends who are also into racing. He bought his Dodge Neon using money he earned working a newspaper delivery route in Wenatchee.
Fechner said last year’s Youth Hornets champion, Cody Vickrey, was an influence in getting him started.
Josh Ingram won the Thunder Cars race to move closer in points to the class leader Glenn Knutson.
Bob Greiner and Mike Sims finished second and third.
In the Pure Stocks class, Cameron Bruggman placed first again, yet remains 18th in overall points. Making his way around lap seven, Bruggman started putting a lot of distance between himself and second place.
Bruggman has only raced a handful of races this season, but when he does, he usually finishes first.
Alex Ludeman, who set a new track record for Pure Stocks last week, placed second and still leads the class in points.
The West Coast Street Stock Series will compete at the WVSO this Saturday along with the Mini Super Stocks, more Pure Stocks and the Bump-2-Pass races.