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Kriders finish auto racing season on top

Kriders finish auto racing season on top

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Napa brothers Randy Krider and Rob Krider both earned championships driving Hondas in 2017 after winning the last events of the racing season.

Randy earned his second Sports Car Club of America championship while piloting his Bay Ex-sponsored 1989 Honda Civic Si faster than any other driver in the STS class in Northern California.

At the same time, Rob earned his second National Auto Sport Association Honda Challenge championship driving the Double Nickel Nine Motorsports 1993 Acura Integra.

To top the season off in true Krider Racing fashion, where the team will race anything and try to win everything, the team won their fourth consecutive Napa Valley Coffin Races overall victory.

“It was a good year for Krider Racing,” said their proud father, Napa City Councilman Jim Krider, who raced cars in the 70s and 80s and enjoys watching what his sons have accomplished with the torch – or in their family’s case, the steering wheel – passed on. “My younger brother, Chris, and I traveled down to Buttonwillow Raceway to watch Rob drive in the final Honda Challenge race of the season. When we were standing in the pits watching the crew feverishly prepare the 38 car for Rob’s race, I realized we come with a certain attitude about racing. We don’t hope we do well at the track – we expect to win.”

Rob did it definitively. He broke the previous track record in morning practice, won cash during qualifying, and then he drove the Double Nickel Nine Motorsports Acura Integra on two wheels and made a very aggressive pass on the outside of the famed Phil Hill corner to take the lead and win the final race of the year.

“That was probably the most intense race of my life,” Rob said as he climbed out of the Integra covered in sweat. “It seems we have a target on our back here at Honda Challenge. Everybody wants a piece of the 38 car, and I have contact marks on every side of the car to prove it. When I came around the last corner and saw the checkered flag waving, that was the greatest sight in the world.”

Rob’s winning ways help compensate the team during the racing season as the Honda factory pays Rob for every time he crosses the line first. The same goes for Toyo Tires, which also support Rob when he wins.

“I consider us very lucky because we really couldn’t afford to race without all of the industry support, and especially without the assistance from Napa businesses our team receives,” Rob said. “They graciously help us, and I see it as my job to ensure that car finishes out front.”

Those multiple first-place finishes have solidified more support from their sponsors over the years – companies like TEM Machine Shop, Hasport motor mounts, Hardrace, Unorthadox Racing, Synchrotech Transmissions, Autopower, Performance In-Frame Tuning, Napa Valley Muffler, B&G Tires, HA Motorsports, Tactical Ops Brewing, Chandler Autosport, Olson Auto Body, Bay Ex, Economy Stock Feed, J&B Farms, I/O Port Racing Supplies, Smart Racing Products, ProSpeed RS 683 brake fluid, Carbotech performance brakes, Insane Shafts, Cadet Blues the novel, Phase2Motortrend, Devsport, Toyo Tires, Mountain Top Racing, Sampson Racing Communications, Napa Vinyl, and C.J. Fix Co.

Randy’s son, James, was the lucky driver of the Krider Racing coffin at the 2017 Napa Valley Coffin Races and he attended most of the races with his dad this season. He and his cousins, Gus and Addy, have raced soap box derby under the Krider Racing banner and each have the trophies to prove it. When asked if he wants to be a race car driver like his great grandpa James, grandfather Jim, uncle Rob, or his dad Randy, James shrugged his shoulders and said, “Maybe. There’s a lot of pressure to win when driving for Krider Racing. I don’t know if I want that in my life.”

Jim laughs at his grandson’s response, saying “He’s very wise for his age. You have to be smart in this business.”

Business will continue for 2018, with Rob already signed for another year of racing for Double Nickel Nine Motorsports out of Del Rey, Calif. The team is constructing a third car at Performance In-Frame Tuning in Napa, and expanding its infrastructure based on winning two Honda Challenge championships back to back with Rob in the driver’s seat. For 2018, the team will be heading to Austin, Texas to compete at The Circuit of Americas for the National Championship in September.

And of course, in 2018 Krider Racing will be back with their coffin to defend their title at the Napa Valley Coffin Races.

“I look forward to next season,” Jim said. “We have a lot of momentum going right now, and I want to see the boys capitalize on it. I’ve told them, ‘Keep bringing home trophies – we can always make the Krider Racing trophy case bigger.’”

At this pace, the team may need a building permit to make that trophy case bigger. Good thing Councilman Krider works for the City of Napa.

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