2011 Coca Cola Points Series Champions
Saturday, November 5, 2011
honors its 2011 Coca Cola Points Series champions this evening,
Saturday, Nov 5, during the speedway's annual awards
banquet. Four classes awarded Oahe
Speedway's highest honors to new champions, and the
remaining four went to repeat champion or former champions.
Signature "Rock " trophies were awarded to the
champions. The trophies, created by Dakota Classique
Rock, of Pierre, have become the symbol of a championship
season at Oahe Speedway.
Oahe Speedway Junior Dragster Minor Class
Jonathan Huse, of Onida, took his second consecutive Oahe
Speedway Coca Cola Junior Minor Championship. The
class, in only its second year of competition, has been
Huse's to lose. A first and third round
loss in the first two points races gave way to wins in the
third and fourth races allowing Huse to pick up points.
Two more runner-ups and a win in the ninth race
assured the Onida racer his second championship.
Noah Miller, of Fort Pierre, won two races and took two
runner ups all the way to the second position in the
final standings. Miller had to battle his siblings,
Jake and Alec, on several occasions enroute to the runner up
position. Jonathan Geuther, of Fort Pierre, fell
just a little over one round behind Miller, with two wins
and a runner up finish during the ten race series, to secure
a third place finish. Jake Miller, took
fourth place with a pair of wins. Jake was unable to
shake first round losses in the early season, saving
his two wins for late in the season, winning races number
eight and ten. Cutter Hammersley, of Pierre, in his
first full year of competition, finished the season in a tie
for fifth place with Alec Miller, of Fort Pierre, with a
runner up spot in the first race of the 2011 series,
and semi final finishes in two additional races.
Miller scored a runner up finish to twin brother,
Jake, in early September and had a semi final run, to close
out the year.
Carly Jo Elingson
Rapid City, SD
BankWest Junior Major Class
Carly Jo Ellingson, of Rapid City, has won many races at Oahe
Speedway, but had never taken the season championship, until
this year. In a season long battle with Austin Mohr,
of Mitchell, the final weekend's racing would determine the
2011 Coca Cola BankWest Junior Major class title.
Ellingson, a past champion at Sturgis Dragway, as well
as Douglas (WY) Motorsports Park, and the 2010 Western
Conference Junior Drag Racing League Finals 15 year old
Champion, won three out of the first four series races,
coupled with an additional win and two runner up slots,
allowed her to maintain the points lead through the late
season. A first round out, in the ninth race, set up an
unlikely outcome for the season finale the following day.
Mohr battled Ellingson all season, suffering five
runner-up finishes, winning just once, in the ninth race of
the year, setting up a do-or die final points race of the
season. Following his win in the ninth points race,
over Tucker Driscoll, of Watertown, Mohr needed to win the
last race, and have Ellingson falter in round one.
In doing so, Mohr would become co-champion in the ten race
series. Ellingson did, in fact, lose first round, but
Mohr was unable to get around Driscoll in the final.
Mohr fell just one round short of sharing the 2011
championship. Kimberlee Geuther, of Fort Pierre, won
twice over Labor Day weekend, to finish in the third
position. Geuther won the 2011 Junior Drag Racing
League Challenge on September 3rd. Driscoll took his
late season win to the fourth place finish, with Cody
Ryckman, of Fort Pierre, completing the top five, with one
runner up finish in mid season.
Snap On High School Class
Stephanie Holm, of Pierre, adjusting to a new car, lost in
the first round of the first two Coca Cola Snap On High
School class races. Following the early season slump,
she steadily worked toward a late July run for the
championship. Taking a runner up trophy in mid July
and then winning three consecutive races in August and early
September, Holm would go on to win her first Oahe Speedway
championship. While Stephanie was struggling in the
early season, sister Ashley took points races one and two,
and backed them up with two runner up finishes, securing
second place in the championship battle. Ashley
finished up three round wins behind her sister.
Toni Vetter, of Gettysburg, won twice in the late season,
and had three runner ups to take the third spot.
Vetter's season was highlighted by her win at Kearney
Raceway Park, in Kearney, NE, in the NHRA Division 5 High
School Race Of Champions, contested in early October.
Past BankWest Junior Dragster champion, James Morris, of
Pierre, moving up to the High School class in 2011, ended
his eligibility with fourth place honors. Taryn
Colson, of Blunt, defending Snap On High School champion,
running a limited schedule, completed the year in fifth
Street Trophy Class
In a ten race series, winning only two of the contests,
normally would not ensure a championship, unless you run
near the top in the remaining races. Duane Soper, of
Gettysburg, did just that, to secure his first Coca Cola
Street Trophy championship. Soper won only races
number two and four, but took runner up finishes in five
other races and added two more semi final runs and with only
one first round out, to win the series title. Charles
Serbousek, of Pierre relegated Soper to a semi final finish
on September 5th. Serbousek took the popular win, in
his '72 Duster, stating that his last trophy was older than
his car. Ron Winterberg, 2009 Coca Cola Street Trophy
champion, of Timber Lake, took the runner up spot in the
2011 series, with one win and a runner up finish.
Mark McCue, of Spearfish, missing most of the middle
season, came on strong in the closing races, taking two
wins, for third place. Joseph McCarty, of Newport, NE,
matched his 2010 finish, placing fourth, in the standings.
Donnie Durenberger, of Dayton MN, closed out the season with
a top five finish.
It was feast or famine, in the first six 2011 Coca Cola
Sportsman races for Travis Falcon. Winning the first race of
the season led to a first round out in the second, a win in
the third, followed by two more first round losses,
and another win in race number six. With two more
runner up finishes, Falcon was able to secure his third Coca
Cola Sportsman Championship. Falcon last won the
series in 2008 and 2009. Karen England, of Pierre,
2010 Coca Cola Street Trophy champion, stayed close to the
top of the standings through the season, finishing in
the runner up position. England's win on July 31,
paired with two runner up finishes secured her second place
finish. Jay Tjeerdsma, of Springfield, took two wins
and a runner up finish to third place honors. Ann
Hirsch, of Pierre, won early in the season, and grabbed a
runner up finish to close out the 2011 season in fourth
place. Jeri Ann Vines, of Eagle Butte, took a win and
a runner up placing to close out the top five.
Dakota Motor Sports LLC Bike
If your name is Boom, Johnson, or Snyder, there is a good
chance that you could be a contender for a season
championship in the Coca Cola Dakota Motor Sports LLC Bike
championship at Oahe Speedway. Wade Johnson, of Rapid
City won the inaugural championship in 2005 and returned as
champion in 2009. Charles "Ninja" Snyder, of
Selfridge, ND, took the "Rock" in 2007 and 2010. Chris Boom,
of Pierre, pushed his 201 Arctic Cat snowmobile to the top
in 2007 and 2008, finally 'three-peating" in 2011.
Boom won four of ten races in the 2011 season, backing that
up with a runner up trophy, to take the season championship.
"Ninja" won once, coupled with two runner ups, to end the
year in second place.
Newcomer, David Tibert, of Grand Forks, ND, snared two
runner up trophies early in the season, suffered major
mechanical problems in mid season, before finishing out the
series with a win in race number ten. Super Comp/Super
Pro standout, Schaun Schnathorst, of Huron, brought his
newly acquired Harley Davidson Destroyer to Oahe in mid
July, worked out the bugs, obtained his NHRA bike
competition license, and promptly took a runner up finish in
his first weekend of competition. One month later,
Schnathorst visited the winner's circle for the first time
on the bike, eventually finishing the year in fourth place.
Don Gurnon, of Huron, upgrading to a 2009 Ninja ZX-14,
closed out the top five, with a win on September 3rd.
Randy Hirsch, of Pierre, could not get out of the
first round until the fourth race of the 2011 Coca
Cola Pro series season. Placing second to Paul Berger,
of Pierre, in the fifth race, finally turned Hirsch's luck
in the right direction. Two semi finals and a win
closed out the year for Hirsch, ensuring his first season
Joe Harry, of Ferney, and Randy Nixon, of Huron, battled all
season long, ending in a virtual tie for second place, each
just a round short of catching Hirsch. Paul Berger, of
Pierre, took a win , a runner up and seminal finish to third
place in the standings. Todd Casper, of Lake Preston,
missed two early season races, but still accumulated enough
points, in a win, runner up, and semi final charge, to
finish out in fourth place. Larry Iversen, of
Pierre, despite running most of the season without his '66
Chevelle, still managed to run his backup Chevelle to fifth
place in the series. Iversen won the July 3rd race
before "ventilating" his motor.
Rapid City, SD
Super Pro Class
Rick Meier, of Rapid City, 2009 Dales A-1 Super Series and
Coca Cola Super Pro champion, quietly went about the
business of taking the 2011 Coca Cola Super Pro title.
Winning three races and taking a runner up finish into the
late season secured the championship for the Rapid City
driver. Mechanical problems with the motor in his '84
Corvette forced Meier to attempt protecting his lead in the
last race of the year, in a borrowed mount. Meier
qualified David Rae's Camaro, but was unable to get past the
first round. Curt Humann, of Pierre, despite a win on
the last day of competition, was unable to catch Meier,
settling for second place in the standings. Humann won
three races along with two quarterfinal finishes to take the
runner up spot, following his 2010 Coca Cola Super Pro
championship. Chad Uhrig, of Pierre, won three times
and took two runner up trophies to third place in the final
standings. Another west river contender, Terry
Henrikson, of Rapid City, placed in the top four, just one
round behind Uhrig and two rounds back of Humann.
Henrikson, Oahe Speedway's 2005 Super Pro champion, won the
opening race of the season, scored two additional runner
ups, and a semifinal to take fourth in the standings. Cal
Belden, of Aberdeen, running a rear engine dragster in 2011,
carded two runner up trophies to complete the season in