Video: The 2016 Byron Dragway Wheel Standing Championship Highlights

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The World Power Wheel Standing Championship has become a 22-year institution at Byron Dragway in Illinois. Every year, racers come out to this event and become showmen by putting on an entertaining display of wheels-up horsepower. There is something for everyone at the WPWSC with categories for: Most Violent Wheel Stand, Longest Wheel Stand, Highest Wheel Stand, and many others. The crowds love the spectacle of the event because you NEVER know what will happen when these wheel standing gladiators mash the loud pedal!

2015 WPWSC champion Jason Schubert was back in his stunning 1978 Oldsmobile Cutlass gunning for another title. Schubert did everything he could to put on a show and win the top prize, but things just didn’t go his way. As you can see in this video from Shannon Gonzalez, Schubert’s Olds Still has some serious hops and can do a great pogo stick impression!

Muncie, Indiana native Ricky Kirkpatrick earned the coveted Best Overall Wheel Stand in his 1981 Chevy Malibu Wagon. Kirkpatrick also was able to lock up the Longest Wheel Stand honors as well at the event. His efforts earned him a nice $10,000 payday, giant trophy, and bragging rights in the pits that will last a lifetime. This footage from KruzinUSA highlights Kirkpatrick’s wheels-up efforts.

Wes Newman is no stranger to the WPWSC with his wheel standing ’68 Camaro that is rocking a giant blower. During one of his burnouts Newman had an unplanned meeting with the retaining wall that did a bit of cosmetic damage to his car. Not being the type who gives up easy, Newman got his car running again, and proceeded to rip off a moonshot of a wheel stand that earned him the Most Violent Wheel Stand award. Check out the video from Victoryredcolorado that shows off the other carnage Newman laid out at the WPWSC.

The Byron World Power Wheel Standing Championship is something that must be experienced in-person. If you ever get chance to see this historic event, make sure you jump on it for sure!

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Brian Wagner

Spending his childhood at different race tracks around Ohio with his family’s 1967 Nova, Brian developed a true love for drag racing. When Brian is not writing, you can find him at the track as a crew chief, doing freelance photography, or beating on his nitrous-fed 2000 Trans Am.
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