WMSD U.S. Sand Nationals Warmup Recap

 The U.S. Sand Nationals Warmup at West Michigan Sand Dragway featured some great racing action. The night's big winners were Josh Stephens and Ryan Poortenga. Stephens took home the win in the Fastest 4WD Shootout over Gary Vereeke in a 3.18-3.31 final round race. Ryan won the $1000 to win Pro Truck Shootout as well as the Pro Comp class victory. John Rammacher was the Top Fuel champion over Jay Poortega while Troy Turnock ran a 3.03 to defeat Rob Lemon in the Top Eliminator final round. Video added 7/24.

Saturday Video

TF/TE Highlights
Fastest 4WD Highlights
Pro Truck Highlights (Qualifying and Early Rounds)

Results

Fastest 4WD Shootout
1st-Josh Stephens
2nd-Gary Vereeke

Pro Truck Shootout (22 cars)
1st-Ryan Poortenga
2nd-Paul Becker
3rd-Kyle Homik

Top Fuel
1st-John Rammacher
2nd-Jay Poortenga

Top Eliminator
1st-Troy Turnock
2nd-Rob Lemon
3rd-Brian Ambs

Pro Index
1st-Jay Poortenga
2nd-Matt Peel
3rd-Roger Jareo
3rd-Keith Ahart

Pro Comp
1st-Ryan Poortenga
2nd-Reny Villemure
3rd-Rich Simon

Pro ATV
1st-Rich Wood
2nd-Joe Herr
3rd-Matt Ewing
3rd-Ryan Jenkins

Comp
1st-Tom Bray
2nd-Mark Groenink
3rd-Jon Sorg

Modified
1st-Chad De Wys
2nd-Tom Bray
3rd-Jeremy DeYoung

ATV
1st-Rich Wood
2nd-Buck Raspotnik
3rd-Corey Hamlin
3rd-Brian McWethy

Jr. Dragster
1st-Lani Young
2nd-Tyler Walla
3rd-Jordan Lirones
3rd-Tara Weaver

Jr. ATV
1st-Caitlynn Page
2nd-Sam Schyett
3rd-Cody Turnock
3rd-Tristan Simon

Mighty Midgets
1st-Damion Morgan
2nd-Kelsey Ambs
3rd-John DeBoer

Friday

Friday Test and Tune is over for the night at West Michigan Sand Dragway. Two of the competitors in the Fastest 4WD in the World Shootout made test passes. Tony McWethy's "Unique" Funny Jeep made a wild pass pulling the front end from half track on to a 3.28. Next up was Josh Stephens from Missouri in the "Blown All My Income" Altered. Stephens shut off early, but still ran a 3.01/96MPH pass. The pass eclipsed all current 4WD sand drag racing records. It'll be interesting to see what the car can do on Saturday.

Nick Vanderputte brought out the "Curtis Tree Service" TE Dragster and ran a 3.07 with some flames shooting out towards the finish line. Keith Ahart brought his "Sudden Urge" dragster out from Arizona and ran a best of 3.46 on the night. Paul Becker brought his Jeep up from Georgia and made some passes in the 4.0 range. Many other WMSD regulars did some testing and it looks like tomorrow will feature some close racing. Stay tuned to WMSD for updates throughout the weekend on this event.

WMSD July 20 T&T Highlight Video


Josh Stephens


Keith Ahart

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