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Colin Reffner is 2009 CWSSA Points Champion

      

Winning a championship in racing requires hard work, dedication, ambition, luck, and desire.  Following in the footsteps of Central Wisconsin racing legend Tom Reffner and his uncle Bryan Reffner, third generation driver Colin Reffner , age 15, of Wisconsin Rapids and his team displayed all of those qualities during the 2009 racing season.

                At Golden Sands Speedway (GSS) he came out of the gates strong, posting a couple of feature victories in the first month of racing and building a generous points lead.  He battled through some adversity during the middle months of the year, and was in 2nd in the season standings heading into the final night of racing, less than 20 points behind Wausau’s Mike Gwidt.  Colin was determined to fight to the end and started the final night with Fast Qualifying honors, and scored more points than Mike in the heat race as well.  He would enter the final feature race of the year at GSS just 14 points out of the lead.  Colin battled to the very last lap, but it was not enough, as he crossed the finish line 4th and Mike Gwidt won the race sealing the Championship.  Colin would finish 2nd in GSS season points, just 28 points short of 1st.

                Colin would not let that deter him from his goal to become a champion as he headed to Marshfield Motor Speedway (MMS) the very next night to finish out the year there.  The situation at MMS however was an entirely different story.  Of the previous 10 races held at MMS for the CWSSA super stocks in 2009, Colin had won 9 features and finished 2nd in the other race.  He had all but stamped himself the 2009 MMS Champion already, but made sure to prove he had earned the title by winning an AMAZING 10th feature at MMS in 2009 and clinching the 2009 MMS Championship.

                With his 2nd place finish in points at GSS, and 1st place at MMS, Colin also accumulated more points than any other CWSSA competitor and became the youngest driver ever to capture the CWSSA Overall Championship in 2009.  The offseason holds some questions as to whether Colin and his team will be back racing with the CWSSA again, but if 2009 is any indication, he will be a driver to be reckoned with whatever division he is competing in for 2010.  The CWSSA would like to congratulate Colin Reffner and his team on being the 2009 MMS and CWSSA Champion, and wish him luck in 2010.

This article was posted to the website on September 6, 2009.
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