OGDEN -- Winning never gets old, and the Wasatch Pallet gang knows that as well as anyone around.
After winning the last two state and world championship competitions in dominating style with Zac Vane aboard, the Vane family turned the reins over to father Larry and son Tye to drive the dominant duo during the 2011 season.
Larry Vane has driven the team for much of the season, but when Tye took the reins for the first time a few weeks ago, Wasatch Pallet lowered its own world record to 21.32 seconds.
Sunday he won it all.
Under a clear afternoon sky and crisp racing conditions at the Weber County Fairgrounds race track, Wasatch Pallet cruised to the Utah State Chariot Racing Championships first division title for the third year in a row, clocking in at 21.74.
"They did what they always do, start fast and straight," Tye said after the race. "This team is unlike any other I have driven. They're a really special pair that continues to really run well."
Dominant Cash and SM Summer Love topped Padgett Racing, with Jimmy Padgett aboard (22.06), and Weldon Racing, with George Weldon driving (22.22), for the title in the final race.
"What makes this team special, though, is the care they receive," said Tye, a construction worker who lives in Payson. "My father and Dave Nielsen work so hard to take care of them. This is a great feeling."
Wasatch Pallet represents the Skyline Association.
Other division winners this year include True Brand KMA and CocoAsorb out of the Beehive Association in the second division; Hadley Racing out of the Wasatch Slopes Association in the third division; Dewey and Dana out of the Wasatch Slopes Association in the fourth division; Double N Ranch out of the Wasatch Slopes Association in the fifth division; D,D.G and R out of the Utah Valley Association in the sixth division; Gibbs Racing out of the Skyline Association in the seventh division; and Lazy G Racing out of the Skyline Association in the eighth division.
The top teams in each division now prepare for the Cutter and Chariot Racing World Championships, set for March 19-20 and 25-27 at the Weber County Fairgrounds. Larry Vane will resume driving duties for the champions, while Tye Vane will drive his third division team in the worlds.
* CHAMPIONSHIP NOTES: Wasatch Slopes won the 2011 traveling trophy as the top of seven state associations. ... BSW Racing out of the Golden Spike Association was named best matched horses, while the Ron Robinson A team out of the Tooele Valey Association was tabbed for the sportsmanship award.