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All Smiles for David Oenes and his Oenes Motorsports Dragster Race Team

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David Oenes is no stranger to pressure. During the week he works for the Colorado Air National Guard.
David Oenes is no stranger to pressure. During the week he works for the Colorado Air National Guard.
A day that started with sorrow ended with smiles for David Oenes and his Oenes Motorsports dragster. The veteran of 21 years behind the wheel was able to capture the win in the Fast 16 series at Bandimere Speedway in Colorado last weekend, just hours after returning from a memorial service for his wife's aunt.
Oenes Motorsports drove their alcohol burning dragster straight into victory lane.
Oenes Motorsports drove their alcohol burning dragster straight into victory lane.
The team unloaded the car in the morning, made one qualifying run, left for the service, returned to the track and then honored her in the best way they knew how to, by driving their alcohol burning dragster straight into the finals, and all the way to victory lane. But the day didn't go quite as Oenes had planned.

"The plan was to make one qualifying pass to get into the show, then attend the memorial, then return to the track in time for eliminations. We unloaded the car and went to warm the car up like we always do, the car would not turn over!" said Oenes.

The team had to borrow a battery off of a motorcycle that their sponsor's from Greeley Truck Parts had ridden to the track. That battery connected to a faulty starter, and the car finally fired up.
Oenes Motorsports Team
Oenes Motorsports Team
The team made just one qualifying pass, but they went right to the pole with a 6.66 at more than 200 MPH. After that it was off to the memorial service, before returning to the track for more racing.

"The weather was pretty steady all day so that was a blessing. The car was running very consistently. In the semi-final I dialed 6.68 and ran 6.682. In the final I ran a 6.689 on a 6.66 dial," Oenes continued.
David Oenes and his Oenes Motorsports dragster.
David Oenes and his Oenes Motorsports dragster.


David Oenes is no stranger to pressure. During the week he works for the Colorado Air National Guard. But even Oenes admitted this race was emotionally taxing. "What an amazing end to a stressful and emotional day. This win ranks as one of the best I have had so far. We want to dedicate this win to the memory of Aunt Bonny. We love you."

The Oenes Motorsports team still has several races left on the docket. The team plans to continue their march towards a top three finish in the Fast 16 series, and they are also looking to secure a top ten in the Division 5 Top Dragster ranks.
Oenes credits his sponsors, including Greg's Corvette's, Greeley Truck Parts, and K&N Engineering for all of the success the team continues to have.
Oenes credits his sponsors, including Greg's Corvette's, Greeley Truck Parts, and K&N Engineering for all of the success the team continues to have.
Oenes credits his sponsors, including Greg's Corvette's, Greeley Truck Parts, and K&N Engineering for all of the success the team continues to have. Oenes says K&N products are especially helpful in keeping his 526 C.I. Blown Chrysler Hemi running smooth at more than 200 MPH, especially in the high altitudes of Colorado.

"We use HP-5001 oil filters, and 62-1516, 62-1440, 62-1330 breathers on our dragster. The oil filter is second to none in keeping the oil as clean as it can be. The breathers are unsurpassed in keeping the dirt and debris out of the engine and transmission. All these products help our engine produce massive amounts of power that enables the Oenes Motorsports dragster to haul the mail. What a rush!"

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