Temecula rookie crushes foes in his debut race at Temecula Fall Wiener Fest

Leo, a black longhair dachshund, captures top dog honors at the Temecula Fall Wiener Fest. Valley News/Tim O’Leary photo
Tim O’LearySpecial to the Valley NewsA historic Temecula setting was the backdrop for a stunning victory when a homegrown rookie made his racing debut by crushing a pair of big city ringers at the Temecula Fall Wiener Fest.The competitors – 125 of them – came from as far away as Georgia to vie for the top honors in various categories. An estimated 2,000 spectators, owners, trainers and vendors crammed the historic Vail Headquarters in Temecula for the Sunday, Nov. 5 spectacle.Dust filled the air from the 53-foot dirt track as racers competed in qualifying heats in hopes of reaching the semi-finals and onto the finals. There were also side events to pump up the crowd as the organizers moved from one point of the event to another.[gallery td_select_gallery_slide="sl
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