Our little racing team from Del Rey has pulled off some big things recently. 

Our team, Double Nickel Nine Motorsports, took our 1993 Acura Integra to Buttonwillow Raceway to compete in the National Auto Sport Association’s Honda Challenge series June 24-25. It was Round 7 of the 11-round championship series and DNN Motorsports absolutely dominated.

 We pulled off a racing trifecta by earning the pole position during qualifying, breaking a track record at Buttonwillow and then leading the race from flag to flag earning a first place finish. Not too shabby for a few guys from Del Rey. DNN Motorsports, owned by Keith Kramer and myself, is comprised of a bunch of car nuts from the valley who enjoy racing. We bring talented people together and develop our Honda powered race cars to ensure we have the best chance out of anyone else to be victorious on the racetrack. 

That weekend at Buttonwillow proved that this recipe works very well.

Earning a track record is a very special honor for our team. It means that in the history of the racetrack, nobody has ever navigated the course in a Honda Challenge car faster than we did that weekend. 

For our efforts, the National Auto Sport Association will provide us with a certificate for the record and display our team name in the track record database. We plan on framing our certificate and hanging it in our shop in Del Rey for bragging rights.

 Because we qualified as the fastest in our class, we got to start in the front row. 

This is an important position to be in for a series like the Honda Challenge. The events are short 30-minute sprint races, and they are very aggressive. Being in the front from the moment the green flag dropped provided us a fantastic advantage. 

As I headed into turn one, two competitors slid up on the inside and tried to take away my position. I exited the corner with two of my wheels in the dirt and kept my foot planted on the gas pedal to ensure that as we headed into the next corner, three cars wide, I would be the first one in line to exit first. 

It worked. My competition backed off and gave me the lead back. Thanks guys!

I held the lead for the entire race. But it wasn’t easy, as the second place car was nudging me in the back bumper, indicating I was in his way. Too bad. He was going to have to do more than just nudge me if he wanted to get by. On the last lap, I blocked each corner on the inside to ensure he couldn’t pass me. 

It was a drag race to the finish as we exited the last corner of the track and headed toward the checkered flag. The nose of our DNN Motorsports car crossed the line first, giving us the win. 

In automobile racing, it doesn’t matter how much you win by, just that you win.

 After the race, it was all congratulations and high--fives as we picked up our newest first place trophy. Winning certainly feels good. The adrenaline high is almost a drug. It explains why we are willing to stay up until the late hours of the night preparing the car to perfection for the next race. 

The next event for us will be a test day at Thunderhill Raceway in August in preparation for the Western States Championships during October at the same track. DNN Motorsports is the reigning Honda Challenge champion, after winning the Western States Championships last year. 

We are looking to repeat this year and solidify our stature as the best Honda Challenge road racing team in the country.

 Double Nickel Nine Motorsports is sponsored by Tactical Ops Brewing, Sanger Tire, Olson Auto Body, Economy Stock Feed, J&B Farms, Performance In-Frame Tuning, TEM Machine Shop, I/O Port Racing Supplies, Smart Racing Products, Hasport motor mounts, Chandler Autosport, ProSpeed RS 683 brake fluid, Carbotech performance brakes, Insane Shafts, Autopower, Cadet Blues the novel, Eibach Springs and Sampson Racing Communications. Our little racing team from Del Rey is very lucky to be supported by all of these fine companies. I greatly appreciate their support.

 Rob Krider is the author of the novel, Cadet Blues, and can be reached through www.robkrider.com. To follow the race team go to www.team559.com.

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