OGDEN -- There are upsets; and then there are upsets.
The Rowdy Friends Racing team ran a superlative race on Sunday to claim the first division crown of the 2013 Cutter and Chariot Racing World Championships at the Weber County Fairgrounds track.
Guided by Brent Young, Rowdy Friends Racing, out of the Tooele Valley Association, ran in 22.62 seconds to edge Vane Race (22.73) and Don and Ryan (22.79) on a sun-splashed day at the race track.
"The Rowdy Friends Racing team said they would have to run the best they possibly could, and they went out and did it," said Ron Surrage, president of the WCC&CRA. "You just can't make any mistakes on this stage."
Vane Racing, with Larry Vane aboard, was the odds-on favorite following the first four days of action. Vane Racing went undefeated through three rounds, and earned a bye on Saturday, where Rowdy Friends won a nip-and-tuck spot in the final by .01 of a second.
Sunday, Vane Racing elected to make a switch in its team, and may have had a step-back just as the dash for the title began. Don and Ryan, with Ryan Wayment driving, was the top Idaho team in 2013.
"We had great crowds and great weather this year," Surrage said.
* DIVISION WINNERS: Other division champions included Jess and Grant (Bear River Valley) in the second division; Shaffer Family (Bear River Valley) in the third division; Hard Rock Stables (National) in the fourth division; Gines Family (Utah Valley) in the fifth division; and Bradshaw Construction (National) in the sixth division.
* CHARIOT RACING NOTES: The Wasatch Slopes Association, the championship host, won the bid to host the world finals again for three more years. ... Stokes and Austin Racing (Golden Spike) had the fastest time of the day in 22.43 seconds. ... Allen Hale (All American) was the oldest driver at age 71. .. Linda Nelson was named woman of the year.