Members from D-M and their families gathered at the Southwestern International Raceway to find out who would be bringing home the trophy at a drag racing tournament May 30.
â€œTwo years ago, when Col. Cherrey, 355th Fighter Wing commander, first arrived at D-M, we did an event like this with the commanders, against the chiefs, against the first sergeants,â€ said Master Sgt. Scott Frederick, 355th Logistics Readiness Squadron quality assurance and event organizer. â€œHe had such a good time that we wanted to do another.â€
After the initial drag race tournament, the track changed ownership and the event stopped. Since then, the original owners took back the track and were able to have another go at the tournament.
One of the reasons Sergeant Frederick organized the race was to get people out of the military environment and maybe help spark an interest in drag racing.
â€œThis is a team-building event,â€ Frederick said. â€œWe wanted to get people out of the office and have the opportunity to interact with their coworkers and their leadership. The biggest thing is to get people out and have a good time.â€
Before heading out on their asphalt adventure, the racers were instructed by experienced drivers on the doâ€™s and donâ€™ts of drag racing. Before the tournament, they were allowed two practice runs to hone their skills.
After receiving some top-notch training, the racers were ready to roll. The tournament rules were simple: two racers enter, one racer moves on to the next round. There are no do-overs and no second chances.
One by one the racers were eliminated until only one remained and was king of the strip. The winner was Lt. Col. Trace Steyaert, 355th Logistics Readiness Squadron commander.
â€œRacing was awesome,â€ Steyaert said. â€œI think I got some lucky streaks which helped me. This was a great event and everyone had a blast. Thatâ€™s really what itâ€™s all about, everyone coming together for some competitive fun. If they put this on next year, Iâ€™ll be here to defend my title.â€