BANDIMERE SPEEDWAY SETS FUN FORD WEEKEND SERIES OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT

June 27, 2011 by  
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BANDIMERE SPEEDWAY SETS FUN FORD WEEKEND SERIES OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT
The Phil Long Ford “Fun Ford Weekend,” presented by JE Pistons and Roush Yates, of 2011 claims success

MORRISON, Colo. (June 27, 2011) – Thousands of very excited fans attended the first Fun Ford Weekend yesterday under the new ownership of FFW1. Hundreds of show and race cars highlighted the occasion, providing the large crowd of fans with a great day at the race track.

This event was the first of 5 events that will be held throughout the remainder of 2011. The series is already planning their expansion of at least 10 events in 2012.

Drag racing action narrowed to three bracket classes, but featured only two unique names posing for photos at the end of the day, as Thornton, Colorado’s Michael St. Clair went 14-0 on the day to win both Quick Ford and the 5.0 Shootout classes. He did so driving a 1968 Mustang in the Quick Ford category, and a 1990 Mustang in the 5.0 Shootout. He was joined in the Winner’s Circle by Dustin Travis. Travis used a .012 reaction time in the final round to hold off Steve Allen of Northglenn in his 1964 Ford Fairlane.

“Thank you for bring this series back!” shared St. Clair, as he received his hardware at the end of the event.

Jeff Andreen, Charles Sam Rice, and Brad Simonds Sr won individual honors in the Flathead – Inline Nationals held in conjunction with the event.

A 10.5 Outlaw and Max Street heads-up exhibitions showcased the blue oval power with a tease for the future classes to be held at “Fun Ford Weekend” events.

A show field of near 150 participants featuring the diversity only found at a “Fun Ford Weekend” included a Shelby Corral, street rods, freshly restored Mustangs, modern muscle, and tricked-out trucks. Best of Show went to the incredible 2007 grabber orange Mustang of Chris Merkel. Sponsor’s choice went to the 1964 Ford Galaxie 500XL of Nick Swanson.

New Ford products were showcased by Phil Long Ford, along with vendors offering productions from Roush Yates, Ford Racing, off road performance, chassis builders, car clubs, event action photos, and more.

Sporty Bandimere, general manager of Bandimere Speedway was at the event all day Sunday.

“The event was awesome! We had fabulous weather and had a great turnout. Ford fans are very excited for the whole Fun Ford Weekend series to be back and very excited for next year as well. From a facilities standpoint we were just thrilled to be able to be the track to kick off the series,” Bandimere said.

The famous blue ovals were viewed all over the speedway as attendees toured the track. Along with the Fun Ford Weekend car show, the event included drag racing, midway displays and featured the Flathead Inline Nationals.

“Everyone enjoyed themselves whether they were racers, car show participants or just Ford supporters. We truly couldn’t have asked for the event to go much better. There seems to be a lot of excitement and enthusiasm in seeing the Fun Ford Weekend series back and obviously they’re looking forward to the expansion of it in 2012, not only at our facility, but across the country next year,” Bandimere added.

The “Fun Ford Weekend” heads to Virginia Motorsports Park for an event on September 10th, followed by events at Palm Beach International Raceway in Jupiter, FL (9/16-18/22), Texas Motorplex in Ennis, TX (10/8), and Memphis International Raceway in Millington, TN (10/15) to complete the five event rebirth of the series in 2011. For complete event information visit FunFordWeekend.com.

Driver Hometown

Fast Ford / Quick Ford
WIN Mike St. Clair Thornton CO
R/U Kevin Schade Arvada CO

Finishline Auto 5.0 Shootout
WIN MIKE ST CLAIR Denver CO
R/U Derrick Else Brighton CO

Flathead/Inline Hot Rod
WIN BRAD SIMONDS SR. WHEATRIDGE CO
R/U ROBERT BALL WINDSOR CO

Flathead/Inline Top Rod
WIN Jeff Andreen Westminster CO
R/U Wes Johnson Wheat Ridge CO

Ford DOT Street
WIN Dustin Travis Denver CO
R/U Steve Allen Northglenn CO

Front Engine Dragsters
WIN Charles Sam Rice Aurora CO
R/U CHRIS LUDWIG LITTLETON CO

Car Show results:

Truck/ wagon/ SUV
Winner Stanley Anderson Arvada, Co 1952 Ford Truck
Runner Up Shannon Nicoletti lakewood, Co 1973 F-250
Runner Up Duane Bonsall longmont, Co 1957 Ranchwagon

Classic Ford 1959-Earlier Winner Chuck Smith Littleton, Co 1934 Ford
Runner Up Shirley Magee Lakewood, Co 1955 Crown Victoria
Runner Up James Valdez Denver, Co 1929 Model A

Muscle Car Winner Darin Santi Colorado springs, Co 1970 Torino Cobra
Runner Up Terry Sandmann Fort Collins, Co 1969 Mustang Mach 1
Runner Up Bill & Sharon Allen Lakewood, Co 1970 Torino

Late Model 1974-Present Winner Duane Takats Colorado Springs, Co 2002 Focus SVT
Runner Up Odean Vardaman Broomfield, Co 2005 Focus
Runner Up Kenny Bowlus Westminster, Co 1992 Taurus SHO

Best of Show Paint Winner Pete Peterson Arvada, Co 1957 Ford Custom
Best of Show Interior Winner Craig Swanson Highlands Ranch, Co 1956 Craig Swanson
Best of Show Engine Winner Chris Merkel Brighton, Co 2007 Mustang
Best of Show Winner Chris Merkel Brighton, Co 2007 Mustang
Sponsor’s Choice Winner Nick Swanson highlands ranch, Co 1964 Galaxie 500 XL

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4 Responses to “BANDIMERE SPEEDWAY SETS FUN FORD WEEKEND SERIES OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT”
  1. chops says:

    will TRUE STREET be ran at any FFW events?

    • gabrielle says:

      Yes, True Street will be run at Fun Ford Weekend events. Just keep checking on the event information and class information for each event. Thanks for writing. See you at the track!

  2. scott rose says:

    is bristol going to have a ffw event added next year>

    • gabrielle says:

      Hi Scott-

      Fun Ford Weekend officials are working on the 2012 schedule now. Call up Bristol and make sure they know there is a demand for FFW events at their amazing track! Thanks for writing.