OGDEN -- A Tremonton family with four generations steeped in the sport of chariot racing celebrated in the winners' circle on Sunday afternoon.
The Udy family wept with joy after M&M's staged a stunning upset victory over Wasatch Pallet in the final race of the 2011 Cutter and Chariot Racing World Championships at the Weber County Fairgrounds race track.
"This team just gets better and better," said Mike Udy, who drove the pair of Fast Rythum and Royal Mystic Miracle to victory on a muddy track.
Wasatch Pallet, the two-time defending world champion and owner of the world speed record in the sport, was a win away from its third straight unbeaten season.
But M&M's, racing out of the Bear River Valley Association, had other ideas.
"We knew Wasatch Pallet was a tough team. Our goal was to make them earn it. They broke awesome, the best they have all year."
Wasatch Pallet's break from the gate wasn't nearly as great, and the defending champions, with Tye Vane driving, spent the entire 440 yards trying to make up ground.
M&M's crossed the finish line in 22.58 seconds, with Wasatch Pallet, out of the Skyline Association, second at 22.72, and Star A Ranch, out of the All American Association, third at 23.39.
"We knew the other teams were there," Mike Udy said. "We just had a plan to get to the rail and go."
The victory was sweet for veteran horseman Owen Udy, who usually drives M&M's, but elected to send his son to the final.
" I wasn't in the chariot, but I was," said Udy, who thought of his father and grandfather who raced chariots. "I usually have my boys and a couple of grandsons with me every day, working with the horses, and this is a moment to enjoy. It's about the family."
Owen Udy, who began driving in 1960, raced for the world championship in 2004. The team is named for Mike and his wife Mistee, as well as grandsons Mick, Mace and Monte, currently serving an LDS Church mission in South Africa.
Other winners sunday included Jenson, Ropelato and Wright, out of the Skyline Association, in the second division; Hadley Racing, out of the Wasatch Association, in the third division; Dewey and Dana, out of the Wasatch Association, in the fourth division; Gibbs Racing, out of the Skyline Association, in the fifth division; and 2 Strong Family, out of the Golden Spike Association, in the sixth division.
The Skyline Association earned the top association award at this year's championships.
* CHAMIONSHIP NOTES: Jimmy Padgett claimed the horsemanship award, while 71-year-old Ron Robinson earned oldest driver. Allen Hale was tabbed rookie driver of the year. The showmanship award went to Butler Racing, while Hart and Laura earned the sportsmanship award. ...
Crazy Ape (Lazy G Racing) was tabbed iron horse, Nobody's Racing was voted best groomed pair, Ocean Running was tabbed the top 3-year-old gelding, M&M's Fast Rythum and Royal Mystic Miracle were judged top aged gelding, while Muchos Lady Te (Silver Creek) was voted top aged mare.