29th Annual UNOH High School Nationals presented by Patriot 500 Racing

After raining for 40 days and 40 nights the 29th Annual UNOH High School Nationals presented by Patriot 500 Racing saw some cold weather, but it also saw some beautiful blue skies for the first time in a long time.Nick Burson, Mt Vernon High School

Perennial powerhouse Ehove Career Center took home the overall team championship with 18 points, followed closely by Mount Vernon High School with 16 points and a team made up of only 6 racers. Third place was Clay High School with 8 points and Edison High School with 8 points, Firelands High School with 5 and Fostoria High School with 5 points.

The Team spirit award was taken home by team “Track Pack” Vanguard High School, who you could not miss in their turquoise blue team shirts worn by every team Vanguard member.

Our grand champion as well as our runner up both represented Mount Vernon High School; Nick Burson, our Grand Champion, and Courtney Wilson, our runner-up, both hailed from Mount Vernon High School, and both played an integral part in helping their team to their second-place finish.John Pace, Stow HS

Our alumni race was won by Zac Gedert who graduated from Clay High School when he ran 10.47 at 138 mph on his 2015 Hyabusa. Also, making it down to the finals of our alumni race was Ron Nealey representing Edison High School in his Ford F-150.

The instructors race was won by Vanguard High Schools Tony Darr, and falling just short in the runner up spot was Joan Yarsa and her late model corvette.

Now on to some of the more fun stuff, our Jostens Off Track Games. Despite only getting one participant in our Ugliest Working Wreck competition, Clay High School’s Michael Cook would have wrapped up the title had there been ten cars entered. His bed was just plywood, and the holding the bed to the actual car? Zip ties. Zip ties and bungie cord. His license plate light was being held on with a Clay High School lanyard and old worn out carabiner. Duct tape littered the entire car and I was under the impression that at any given point the old worn out Ford would just fall apart on our starting line; fortunately for all parties it did not.

Next everyone’s favorite, the car cram, where you and fourteen of your closest friends can all crawl into your little civic and become acquainted in a way you’d never thought possible; or would ever do again. This year’s winner was another Clay High School student, Marty Gillingham Jr. and his 1993 Buick Reagal. Marty grabbed fourteen of his friends and piled into the Buick foot to face to take home the 2017 title.

Now everybody’s real favorite, the Smokey burnout contest. This year saw a familiar face from last year when John Pace returned to the finals of the Smokey burnout contest in the Stow High School backed 1989 S-10. He had some more stiff competition this year when he lined up alongside Jarret Williams and his 92 Camaro in the final round. Unfortunately for Jarret something was not right on his Camaro and dad told him to shut it off, leaving John to showboat all on his own and eventually blow the tires.

We had an awesome line up of best appearing cars this year and to be honest, I could not believe the quality of some of the rides that showed up. Our three best appearing winners were Brandon Reynolds representing Lake High School in his family owned 69 Chevelle, Sam Anderson representing Ehove in her nearly 100% custom 91 Camaro, and finally Brice Cook representing Edison High School in his family owned, only track driven 8,000 original mile 66 Chevy II. These are only three of the awesome field of participants we had for this years best appearing.

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