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Drag racing: Grand Lake mother leads her family to the finish

by Will BublitzSky-Hi Daily News
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A Grand Lake wife and mother of two is now the first woman to earn the title of Drag Racing Driver of the Year.Becky Stensvad, 43, was recently given the title by the Rocky Mountain News.Stensvad earned the title after a successful season of racing at her home track the Bandimere Speedway in Morrison. In the overall season results, she won 43 of the 59 rounds.During the 2007 season, her results earned her the speedways championship title in the Quick 16 Division, which was the first time a woman has ever won it. She took the title driving her 2000 Chevy Cavalier, posting the fastest time of 7.50 seconds in the quarter mile at 180 mph.Stensvads victory in the Quick 16 category is even more remarkable because she was the only woman racing in that division this season. She won it on the seasons final night of racing.Stensvad was also the runner-up in the Super Pro division this season. Driving her 2003 Undercover Rear-engine Dragster, she took second place by racing down the track at 189 mph to cover the quarter mile in 7.16 seconds. She took second after losing the points race by only one round during the seasons final weekend of racing.To be competitive, dragsters in the Super Pro class have to run the quarter mile in 7.00 to 12.75 seconds. In the Quick 16, they have to be among the 16 fastest bracket race cars to qualify.During the 2007 season, she lost only three times as the result of red light fouls. Stensvad said one of the highlights of the 2007 season for her was winning the Night of Fire and Thunder at Bandimere. In the stands that night was her nephew, Jamison Lewis, who had just returned from a tour of duty in Iraq with the U.S. Army.Thrilled with the championship honors, Stensvad wanted to thank her husband, Tim Stensvad.This accomplishment would not have been possible without the passion, commitment and hard work Tim invests in our racing and our family, she said.Tim Stensvad is a drag racing champion in his own right. During the 2007 season, he won the Pro Championship title in his 1955 Chevy. His fastest time was 8.90 seconds in the quarter mile, traveling at 150 mph. The Pro category is for cars that can run that distance in 9.50 to 13.80 seconds.Drag racing is a family sport for the Stensvad of Grand Lake. Their racing crew includes Becky, Tim, their daughter, Shannan, a Middle Park High School sophomore, and son, Johnny, a seventh grader at East Grand Middle School, and Beckys mother, LouAnn Fowler. Shannan and Johnny Stensvad also compete in the Bandimere Jr. Dragster Division for racers ages 13-17 who drive junior dragsters with Briggs & Straton motors fueled by alcohol methanol racing fuel. They race an eighth-of-a-mile track in 7.90 seconds.We drag race as our family hobby, Becky said. This past year has been quite a year for our team.The Stensvad Race Team is sponsored by the Stensvad family, SonPointe Homes, Alpine Lumber, Granby Carquest, James Drilling, The Engine Shop of Longmont, The Paper Clip of Granby and Cherry Creek Comfort Dental.

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