Seventeen stock Class 11 Volkswagen bugs got their first opportunity to race on the iconic Crandon International Raceway track. For many of the drivers, this was their first ever trip to Crandon. Several consider racing here a bucket list item.
The Class 11 race was held under the lights. Despite being the last race of the day, hundreds of fans stuck around until the very end, braving the crisp night temperatures. The drivers took advantage of Crandon’s famous land rush start. Through the darkness and ten laps later, three drivers emerged victorious after some friendly door to door racing. Noah Johnson took the win. He was all smiles as he got out of his car shaking hands with the other drivers. Blake Wilkey “king of the shreddy” came in second and Cisco Bio third in his bright pink Palapa Boy backed bug. None of these drivers had ever raced in Crandon before.
The bugs will get one more opportunity to race during Sunday’s World Championships.