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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Race video from Shasta Speedway 10-28-2012


Wow! What a weekend of racing in Northern California for us! We unloaded decent posting the 7th fastest time in practice #1 Friday. Saturday we posted the 5th fastsest time and qualified 7th fastest placing us on the pole for the fast qualifying heat race Saturday night.

Finished the fast qualifying heat race in 4th place. After the roll of the dice resulted in a 4, we ended up on the pole for the Western 100 main event slated for Sunday afternoon.

As you will see in the video, after just a couple of laps into the race, my car was a handful and very loose. I tried to stay with the pack but went into turn 3 too high and too hard resulting in a 4 wheel slide. I couldnt save it and ended up getting hit in the left front, snapping the lower control arm in half and thus ending our trip to Shasta Speedway.

Look for us to rebound in 2013 and once again bring the #28 Chevy to victory lane.

Special thanks go out to Invictus Technical Solutions and RV Amercia Insurance for their strong support and making sure we were able to attend this race. Also, thanks go out to The Gaia Hotel & Spa for hosting our entire crew at their beautiful property for all 3 nights!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

KRT Fan of the Year contest

Here is a recent submission for the biggest 'KRT fan of the year'!

Miss Caroline from Chicago, Illinois

Fans; keep sending in your photos for a chance to become the 'KRT fan of the year' with KRT!

The winner will have THEIR autograph on the exterior of my #28 super late model car during the entire 2013 season! Location and size of autograph on car is TBD but it will be in an area that will be seen in most pictures and by thousands of fans and sponsors. (must have a scanner available to send your autograph to us for printing)

Contest ends 12-31-2012. Winner chosen by a panel of 4 independant voters.

Email pictures to

*if you submit a photo, you are agreeing to allow KRT to use the photo(s) in any manner for advertising, contests and/or marketing exposure. Last names will be withheld for all applicants. Please make sure we have the current city you reside in.

KRT Welcomes The Gaia Hotel & Spa - Shasta!

We are very pleased to announce the addition of a great new sponsor with KRT, The Gaia Hotel & Spa - Shasta! These fantastic folks will open their doors to our entire race team during our trip to Anderson, Ca next week and we can't possibly start to thank them enough!

Although just a one-race sponsorship, we are hopeful for a continuation on this partnership next season and into the future seasons as well.

If you are ever in Redding/Anderson, California or planning a trip to the area, please consider staying at this wonderful Eco-friendly property with Sacramento river frontage, award winning restaurant, lounge, swimming pool, hot tub and an incredible setting. As usual, please tell them that Koens Racing Team sent you!

If you are a racer, sponsor or a fan planning to attend the Speedfest weekend at Shasta Speedway next week, the Gaia Hotel & Spa has special pricing setup for those attendees. Please call (877) 778-3977 and mention the rate code "SPEEDFEST" for a nice discounted rate!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Next race...Oct 26-27-28 Anderson Ca., SpeedFest 2012!

We are excited to announce that we will be racing in the Western 100 at Shasta Speedway in Anderson, Ca., for their 3 day SpeedFest weekend Oct 26-27-28, 2012!

This 100 lap race is sure to bring some of the best teams and drivers on the west coast to the 3/8 mile track just outside of Redding, Ca.

As ususal, we are very appreciative to all of our sponsors...without them, we truly would not be attending this race. A special thank you to our newest partner, RV America Insurance. This is a great company that specializes in competitive insurance coverage for your RV, Boat, car, truck, motorcycle, collectable cars and even home insurance. Check them out today and submit a form for a no-obligation insurance quote...I bet they save you money!

Please visit our sponsors and let them know that Koens Racing Team sent you and that you support us!

ITS (Invictus Technical Solutions)
Blue Ox Towing Products
RV America Insurance Co.
Kamper Korner RV Center
Pepsi Max
The Oregon State Fair

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Results from Sept 8,2012

Well, we had one faaaast car on this weekend but it didnt start out that way at all! After unloading the car, we found the throw-out bearing for the clutch was bad and leaking out the fluid which meant the entire driveline, transmission and clutch had to come out. Luckily, Riley Watson was generous enough to drive into town to grab one that he had in his shop. We installed that and were ready for our one and only practice session...#3 of the day for everyone else. In that practice we were already fast. We recorded a 15.348 lap time which was 2nd fastest compared to the 15.325 from Tom Elam in the #4 car.

We then prepped the car with our qualifying package and waited for our turn on the track. As the car rolled onto the track and into turn 1, I could feel the excellent grip and knew I would have a fast lap time.  My previous best lap time ever (over the last 8 years) was a 15.33 that I set last year. After coming out of turn 4 I looked up at the scoreboard to see my lap time but saw what looked like a 15.24, so for my 2nd and final lap, I gave it a little extra and put the car at the very edge of stability. As I gassed it coming out of turns 3/4 the rear rotated too much and sent me for a loop. It would have been a great lap. So, I came off the track and into my pit area thrilled with my 15.24! Only to find out that the scoreboard was not working at all and what I saw was the time of day 5:24pm. Bummed, I figured that maybe I got into the 15.3 or 15.4 but really had no idea until I was told that we actually ended up with a 15.06! A great lap and exactly what we have expected from this car and myself as a driver. Could the 2nd lap have been faster and actually gone into the 14.9 second barrier? I think so! So we ended up with the 2nd fastest lap time because Alan Cress in the #91 got a 15.01. Kyle Pope in the #72 got 3rd with a 15.13 and Tom Elam got 4th fastest with a 15.18. The top 4 were seperated by a tenth of a second.

After qualifying it was found that our left front control arm mount was bent on the frame which needed to be pulled out and welded. We missed the heat race while making those repairs.

Starting in the last row in the main event, we worked our way up to 3rd after about 20 laps. On a restart, the inside row didnt move, allowing the outside row to pass sending me to 6th within one lap. We ran out of time and ended up 5th for the 35 lap race. Not the result we wanted but ended up tied for the fastest lap of the main with 2 other cars at 15.2. We can take alot of positives from this weekend for sure.

Thanks again to all of my sponsors:
Blue Ox Towing Products
Pepsi Max
Kamper Korner RV Center
The Oregon State Fair
Clint Newell Motor Group

Friday, June 1, 2012

Testing tonight, racing tomorrow!

We will practice tonight at the Douglas County Speedway from 4pm-8pm. As you may know, this is a great opportunity to see the high speeds up close and for only $3 a person, it is a real bargain!

It does appear that the weather will cooperate and allow us to race tomorrow! We anticipate a great night of racing and look forward to our first full race of the 2012 season. During the lineup introductions of our main event, look for the flagman to throw a custom #28 signed hat into the crowd before the drop of the green!!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Motor update

As many of you know, we were not able to qualify at all for the race on May 19th. We continued to struggle getting the motor above 6500RPM. After changing the fuel pump and distributor we are now confident that we need to have the cam shaft replaced.

We pulled the engine Monday night May 21st and it is getting a new cam installed as we speak. The engine is currently on the dyno and we should have it back later today.

We dont anticipate any more issues and should be able to make the next race on June 2nd! Thanks for all of our fans and sponsors support and patience while we worked through these racing bugs.

Look for the #28 ITS Impala SS to run up front for the rest of the season! See you at the track!!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Racing again this weekend!

Our #28 Pepsi Max Super Late Model will once again be on the race track this Saturday night! The first race of the season on May 5th, didn't turn out well for us. After installing a new motor the night before, the team struggled with an electrical issue all day. Finally conceding that the distributor was faulty. The team has since installed a new distributor and the motor sounds beautiful.

After blowing the engine during lap 12 of the first test session of 2012, KRT was able to have a new engine built and delivered 1 day before the first race of 2012 only 2 weeks later! The crew installed that engine, working hard into the morning hours Saturday morning and was at the track Saturday afternoon only to find the distributor issues wouldn't allow the engine to get over 6000RPM thus ending the day for KRT and the #28 Chevy Impala SS.

KRT is anxious to race this weekend and anticipates a good showing. 'We hope to have a solid top 3 finish', said Wade Koens, driver of the #28 Impala. Koens went on to say, 'Because of our issues on the track since the first test session back on April 21st, we really have not had any laps yet this season, so this race is our first chance to tune the setup. We want to find speed and load up a clean car at the end of the night'.

KRT wishes to thanks all of our sponsors for their amazing support. Please consider our sponsors for your goods and services. Pepsi Max, 'ITS' Invictus Technical Solutions, Blue Ox Towing Products, Kamper Korner RV Center & The Oregon State Fair.

As always, please visit our Facebook page and 'like' us today! Thanks! KRT

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

First test session of 2012

The 'ITS' #28 Chevy Impala SS will be on the track again this Saturday at Douglas County Speedway in Roseburg, Or. This marks the first time back on the track for the #28 car and driver, Wade Koens, since the last race in September of 2011.

The weather is forecast to be beautiful, sunny and near 80 degrees! Fans are allowed and encouraged to come out to the track and be in the garage/pit area for a full day of racecar action! The cost is only $3 per person and the gates open at 11am until 5pm.

KRT is excited for the upcoming 2012 season and we look forward to visiting victory circle again! We are very lucky to have the help from our Crew Chief, Dave Denn and our Lead Mechanic, Mike Harmuth! Without them, we could not race.

Remember to visit our video library at Here you will find in-car racing action from the #28 super late model...and check back often during the season as new videos are posted within 24 hours after a race!

We would like to thank our 2012 list of sponsors...we appreciate each and every sponsor and partner. Blue Ox Towing Products, ITS (Invictus Technical Solutions), Kamper Korner RV Center, The Oregon State Fair and Pepsi Max. Please consider these fine sponsors when choosing your products and services!

Check back here often and at our Facebook page for a chance to win tickets to a concert at the Oregon State Fair this summer. Last year it was Selena Gomez! Who will it be this year????? Check back and find out soon!!!

A special thanks to our class sponsor for 2012, Umpqua Armory! You will be seeing their name on all of our windshields this year.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Sponsor commits to another year with Koens Racing Team!

The Oregon State Fair has given a verbal commitment today to return as an associate sponsor on the #28 Super Late Model car driven by Wade Koens, continuing a great partnership between Koens Racing Team and the OSF.

We are very excited to have OSF back on the car for another run at the DCS Championship in 2012. Hopefully we can put them back in victory lane this season!

Thanks to all of our fans that visit the Oregon State Fair each summer and mention Koens Racing Team! We appreciate the support...look for an exciting concert ticket giveaway contest later this summer. These tickets will be for a major concert at the Oregon State Fair in 2012. Musical groups will be announced in June/July. Last year it was Selena Gomez and ZZ Top the year before that!

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