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Local racer finishes season on high note
Snoqualmie resident and racer Vic Fort recently completed yet
another great season on the tracks of the Northwest, culminating in a second
place finish in the championship points race at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe.
According to Fort, this year's competition marked the seventh time
his team has finished in the top three in championship points.
The team _ consisting of driver Fort, crew chief Richard Gohlke,
and crew of Dean Holtan, Sheila Holtan and Brandon Fort _ also racked up
an eleventh place finish in the Winston ShorTrack National Region,
garnering a very respectable record of 11 top-five finishes and 15 top-10 finishes
in 17 starts. The region includes racers from Washington, Oregon,
Montana, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, Nebraska, and North
and South Dakota.
"Wow, talk about a rough year," said Fort. "Our Winston Racing
Series Street Stock/Bombers had a lot of new drivers. This translated into a
lot of `action' on the track.
"We spent more time working on the car this year than any two
years before, both because the level of competition has risen to a national
level and because things have gotten pretty physical."
The driver added he appreciated the help of his crew, along with
help from local racers Allen and Dan Clarke. Fort also thanked his
sponsors, Somerset Auto Glass, North Bend NAPA and Twede's Cafe of
North Bend; C&S Maintenance, Krish Fort and Krona & Krona of
Snoqualmie; North Fork Enterprises, Snoqualmie Valley; Hair in Motion, Kent;
and Sandi Toleth.
"I would really like to thank the fans from the Valley for their
weekly support," Fort concluded, "and
especially the Valley Record for printing our weekly results and schedule."