Saturday night's race winners at Thunder Ridge Motorsports Park:
• Race 1: Hobby stock — Andrew George, No. 76
• Race 2: Super stock — Rainer Beran, No. 33
• Race 3: Modified stock — HD Craig, No. 3HD
“It’s an exciting track for drivers. We love being out there. Obviously you hope to get a few more cars out there to make things more exciting for the fans. Sometimes you do it in baby steps.”
—Andrew George, stock car racer, about racing Saturday night at Thunder Ridge Motorsports Park in Moffat County
Gregg Kolbaba said he had some good luck — finally.
The owner of Thunder Ridge Motorsports Park has battled dry conditions all summer in trying to keep his dirt track in good shape for racing.
When rain finally came, it was too much and came at the wrong time for Thunder Ridge, which had to cancel races July 14 due to a waterlogged track.
On Saturday night, Kolbaba was able to make up those missed races.
With excellent weather all night, the track was in good condition for three races — hobby stock, super stock and modified stock.
The weather also made it easy for a crowd of about 100 spectators to stay throughout the night.
Races went off without a hitch, with just two yellow flags thrown during the course of the night.
Kolbaba said he would have liked more cars show up to race.
The hope is successful nights like Saturday will help the track gain momentum among drivers and race teams. In the first race of the night, Andrew George led wire to wire and took the checkered flag for the hobby stock cars.
George said he liked the feel of the track.
“It’s an exciting track for drivers,” George said. “We love being out there. Obviously you hope to get a few more cars out there to make things more exciting for the fans. Sometimes you do it in baby steps.”
Rainer Beran won the second race in his No. 33 car.
In the final race of the night, the field of International Motor Contest Association modified stock cars was cut in half due to car troubles.
While the winner, HD Craig, said the low number of cars can make racing less fun, Saturday night provided him an opportunity to test his car and himself on the track.
“It’s always a lot more fun when there’s more (cars),” Craig said. “There doesn’t have to be a lot, but if you can have about a half dozen racing close, that’s pretty good. It’s nicer this way because there’s a lot of room. "In this case, with a lot less cars we can try things that we wouldn’t normally try to push the envelope a little bit.”
Craig said the track was in excellent condition, making the open area around him during the race that much more fun to use.
“It was a very fast track,” Craig said. “That’s why I figured I would turn it loose and see what it could do.” Up next at Thunder Ridge are mud drags and truck pulls, which will take place on the infield of the oval this weekend.
A state motocross event and another stock car racing night are also scheduled in August.
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