OGDEN -- Teamwork translates to success, whether it's basketball or chariot racing.
The JRW team of Shake De Bank and Kinly Walk left the gate in unison Sunday afternoon, and slogged through the mud to victory in the Utah State Chariot Racing Championship marquee race at the Weber County Fairgrounds track.
With driver Bruce Jenson aboard, the JRW cruised the track in 23.02 seconds, posting the fastest time of the day in 18 races in six divisions of action under crisp blue skies.
"I didn't know how today's race would unfold," Jenson said moments later in the barns. "But they blew away from the game. They left as a team, and won as a team."
JRW, out of the Skyline Association, beat a pair of veteran teams to the finish line. Beehive Association's Vane Racing, with Larry Vane up, finished in 23.25, with Dewey and Dana from the Wasatch Slopes Association, with Ron Surrage aboard, ran in 23.44.
"It was our best start all year," said Jenson of Logan. The JRW ownership group includes Steve Wright of Logan and Roy Ropelato of Millville. "The team, which has been together for two years, has done well all year. The other two teams are class teams. We got off to a fast start, and Larry's team had a bit of trouble. Then it was just a race to the finish line."
Other division winners on Sunday included KBG No. 1 out of the Nebo Association in the second division; BSW Racing out of the Golden Spike Association in the third division; Rowdy Friends Racing No. 2 out of the Tooele Valley Association in the fourth division; M&M's out of the Bear River Association in the fifth division, and Rowdy Friends Racing No. 3 out of the Tooele Valley Association in the sxith division.
The Golden Spike Association edged Nebo for the traveling trophy, symbolic of most wins at the two-day state meet.
Now the top teams will prepare for the World Cutter and Chariot Racing Championships, set for March 23-24 and 29-31 at this same Weber County track.
"That's a whole new animal," Jenson said. "It's five days of racing. Track conditions will be a factor, so with stamina."
So will teamwork. And JRW has a team that is definitely working.