|Tanner "the jack man" Cox
Source: Billy Cox / Outback Racing / Salt Lake City, Utah
September 24th, 2005
ago when I started racing legends cars if someone ran a
17.9 something, racers were walking around saying "man he is fast"
a sense of amazement. Those were the days when Nextel cup star
Kurt Busch had the track record of 17.87 something. This
was a time
that we as racers thought it was very unattainable. Four years later
it has happened again. Jon Krizman runs
a 17.257 beating the #6 Mike
Holders track record time by almost a tenth of a second. On Saturday
the 24th, Jon Krizman along with Terry Plummer, Chris Eggleston, and
Darrell Stewart invaded the little track of
Rocky Mountain Raceway.
Watching these 4 guys run was like going to the zoo and watching a rare animal on display. Everyone
at the track had their faces pressed against
the fence watching these animals run around the track. "Running"
like a very slow word after watching these guys, it is more
like "rocketing, flying or zooming" around the track.
when I mention these times. Realize that in the main
event where usually the fastest times are run. There are some
17.4's and rare 17.3's and usually only by the past record
holder. Now I have run a 17.3 something last year but I had
Plummer chasing me like I had taken his last beer.
Terry Plummer opens the floodgate with a 17.39 with Chris
close behind with a 17.59 in the first practice. Of the top
five fastest 3 were from Colorado.
The second practice Colorado upped the ante again "saying if you
think that was fast watch us now. T.P runs a 17.257. Jon Krizman
that up with a 17.37 and the #22 of Chris Eggleston pushes a
17.4. As if to say "anything you can do I can do better"
practice of the day was a barn burner. J.K. prepares to smash the
track record with the fast practice time
of a smok'n 17.262. Terry P
followed with a 17.38 and Chris E. with his fastest practice time
17.47. The preshow
practice was just the beginning as the locals
waited in anticipation as to which one would break the track record.
championships were on the line for the locals. A possible
National point’s championship for Terry Plummer and the
bragging rights for the nights win. The qualifying lived up to everyones expectations as the locals pushed
their "a"game to the front. Jon Krizman blasted 17.254 on the first lap of the two-lap format for qualifying breaking the
old track record by almost a 10th, everyone including the announcer cheered and clapped. If this had been golf, Jon would
have had to ask for a loan to pay for all of the drinks he would have had to buy.
Terry Plummer runs a 17.507 for
4th fastest. C.E for the 7th fastest
time of 17.54 and Darrell Stewart first day to the track makes a
great run of 17.82.
During the main event Darrell would later
suffer an unavoidable wreck that would end his night early.
dash would be set as there were two Utah and two
Colorado boys in the 4 car, 4 lap event with a full inversion. #11
Brandon Burton made a charge off of
the green flag and tried
desperately to hold on to the lead but the wiley veteran like Terry
Plummer made a great outside
to inside slide move that had every one
catching their breath when he took over the lead. Burton made two
hard attempts to retake the lead to no avail as Terry Plummer wins
The speed continued to get faster as the first heat proved to
be all Colorado with Jon Krizman winning the event, with third going
to Chris Eggleston with the
fast heat time of 17.325 and forth going
to a hard charging Darrell Stewart. I told D.S that the fastest way
the track was to use a lot of the middle petal but they
The 2nd heat Terry "whats this middle
petal for” Plummer shot to the
lead by the second lap and never looked back as he wins the 2nd heat
the locals scratching there heads and wondering if
this was going to be a race for 5th place for the locals.
was set and the lights turned on for the crowd that
was on the edge of their seats for the big show. The full inversion,
no mirrors, hide the women and children" no offense to the women
racers" format was in full swing. At the drop of the
green flag Chris
Eggleston led the charge to the front as the sometimes three wide
group blew by the leaders on the
start like they were standing still.
On lap one Darrell Stewart got caught up with a little game of ping-
pong and had
to leave the track early along with the #33 of Billy
Osoro. At the restart the top Six cars of Chris Eggleston, local
Brandon Burton, Jon Krizman, Terry Plummer and up and coming rookie Ryan Bird and new track champion Mike holder separated
themselves from the rest of the pack and started to lap cars by the 10th lap, only a yellow flag on lap 19 would bring the
pack back together.
The last 6 laps looked like ants on a hill as the Brandon Burton and
Jon Krizman tried all
the tricks to get by the 22 of Chris Eggleston
but was denied at each corner. As the checker flag was waved C.E
hold on to win followed by Brandon Burton, Jon Krizman, and Terry Plummer. Jon Krizman would show everyone that he could go
even faster as he set fast time of the night with a 17.235. So with that,
of the top 4, three were from Colorado showing us po'country racers
what racing really was.
the great show and good times you and your
families are class acts and it makes this racer envious. It was good
old friends again and to make new ones. Thanks for the shirts
and hero cards, Chris. It was the first thing that Tanner
morning and I am sure I will have to take it off him at night to wash
it. My shirt I am saving it for when
I can say I have a shirt from
the early days of the Nextel champion. "Retirement policy for me”.
“I brought a mule to a horse race" C.
The Legends Car Series season finale turned into
a wild contest, with Jon Krizman taking his first victory here, and Terry Plummer earning the 2004 title. The top two in the
standings going into the event – Jay Sant and Danny Medina – battled at the front of the pack during the early
stages. In a near-replay of last week, the pair tangled, dropping both from championship contention. The incident placed Barry
Dykes in the lead, but his time heading the field was short-lived, as he lost control and spun while being challenged by Krizman.
Plummer, up to second from ninth on the starting grid, followed Krizman to the checkered flag, two lengths behind. Anthony
Medina, Chip Newman, and Greg Yongue completed the top five. John Mark Chiesa was named the Legends Car Series Rookie of the
Source: ALF RUSTAD