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2006 Dragster with Chrysler Hemi in Winner's Circle at Colorado's Bandimere Speedway
Racing can turn on a dime, and for Oenes Motorsports a challenge turned to victory in the Purifoy Chevrolet Fast 16 Series at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colorado.
Oenes Motorsports 2006 526 inch Jerry Fritz Dragster with Chrysler Hemi, photo by Michele Browning
L-R Nathan Holbrook, Oenes crew member; David Oenes, driver; Andrew Greenwald, Oenes crew member and Leon Oenes, Oenes crew chief at Bandimere Speedway, photo by Michele Browning
The Oenes crew unloaded its 2006 526 inch Jerry Fritz Dragster with a Chrysler Hemi on the first day at the track to let it warm up. “While we were checking things over before our first qualifying run, my dad Leon Oenes noticed our shifter solenoid bracket was about to break,” said driver David Oenes. “We got a piece of rubber hose and some zip ties to try to keep it together for the weekend.”
Driver David Oenes is a mechanic for the Colorado Air National Guard, photo by Michele Browning
Oenes Motorsports Dragster is first place in the Purifoy Chevrolet Fast 16 Series race, photo by Michele Browning
After the burn out the Oenes Motorsports dragster left the starting line and experienced tire shake. “That was new for us,” said Oenes. “I back pedaled the car and we negotiated our way down the track at 201 mph. Needless to say the weld did not hold and we had to re-secure the shift solenoid.” That was the easy part for the Oenes crew. The challenging part was how to cure the tire shake. The team adjusted its injector to snap open to get up on the tire faster.
“That worked beautifully,” said Oenes. “We ran a 6.83 at 201 to qualify at No.1. The car ran consistently quicker all day. After we fixed the tire shake, the car was flawless for the rest of the day. This race ranks as one of our best ever because of the caliber of racers we had to beat to end up in the Winner’s Circle.”
During the first round Oenes Motorsports dialed a 6.80 and ran a 6.80. In the second round they ran a 6.79 and the third round was a 6.76. In the final round the car ran 6.78 on the brakes.
Oenes Motorsports uses K&N Engineering products. “We use K&N oil filter
, along with K&N’s crank case vent filters
,” said Oenes. “There is nothing better than K&N on the market. K&N provides us with unsurpassed engine protection.”
David Oenes started racing in 1989 and works for the Colorado Air National Guard as a mechanic. Leon Oenes raced in the 1950s and 1960s. “I grew up seeing all these trophies that belonged to my dad,” he said. “I knew I had to race.”
Oenes Motorsports will race in August at Bandimere Speedway then head to Topeka, Kansas for a division race.
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