Oenes Motorsports Dragster Wins Again in Fast 16 Series at Bandimere Speedway

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Oenes qualified number one with a 6.65 elapsed time at 206 MPH.
Oenes qualified number one with a 6.65 elapsed time at 206 MPH.
Who says good guys finish last? USAF Sergeant David Oenes, the Henderson, Colorado veteran drag racer is clear evidence to the contrary. When Oenes isn't racing and winning and dismissing it as luck on weekends, he's spending his week working in the Colorado Air National Guard.
The win last weekend at Bandimere Speedway was Oenes second in two months.
The win last weekend at Bandimere Speedway was Oenes second in two months.

"We had luck on our side this weekend. It is not very often you can cut a .066 light and still get the win light in your lane," said Oenes, referring to his win last weekend at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colorado. Oenes had another win there in the Fast 16 Series back in July. "This is an awesome series," says Oenes. "It is a field of cars made up of the quickest 16 dragsters. We were fortunate to qualify number one with a 6.65 elapsed time at 206 MPH."

In the final Oenes faced off against K&N's own Steve Johnson. "I lost my focus and cut .050," explained Oenes. "If it was not for his transmission trouble we would not have won."
To win on his father's birthday was amazing said Oenes.
To win on his father's birthday was amazing said Oenes.

This win had a particularly sweet taste about it though - "It was dad's birthday," said Oenes.

"Not only was this special because it was dads birthday, but our year started off pretty horrible. We were plagued with starter motor issues. We would qualify but then have to load the car because the starter was broke. We changed over to a 48 volt starter this year and it has taken a while to get the kinks worked out, since those types of starters are rare, no one has a spare to loan you."

Oenes says there have been other opportunities for him to win a trophy on his dad's birthday, but until now, nerves had gotten the better of him and he hadn't been able to deliver. He started the morning of the final by telling his friends that it would be "neat" if he could finally give dad a birthday win.

"That being said, I did my best to keep the thought out of my head so I could try to stay focused. It worked for the most part. In the final, as I was staging, the excitement of possibly giving dad a terrific birthday present got into my head. My reaction time was a dismal .050 to Steve Johnson's near perfect .006."

"When you're racing one of the best racers in the nation you better bring you're "A" game. I got lucky he had transmission troubles, and slowed, otherwise it would have been a different ending to the story," remarked a humble Sergeant Oenes.

"I feel very fortunate to have not only made it to the final, but also to get the victory. To do that on dads birthday was amazing!"

The Oenes Motorsports Dragster Race Team has one more race left in the Fast 16 Series towards the end of September at Bandimere. "If all goes according to plan we will attend the Division Four race in Noble, Oklahoma at the end of October and the Division Seven race in Las Vegas at the beginning of November to wrap up our year. Thank you K&N for everything you do."

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