NCRA AND 81 SPEEDWAY HONOR DRIVERS AND TEAMS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Midwest City, Oklahoma – January 27, 2014 - Champions and the top ten drivers in point standings in all divisions competing at 81 Speedway in Park City, Kansas during the 2013 race season were officially crowned this past Saturday night at the Cotillion in Wichita, Kansas.
After a buffet style dinner was served and opening prayer by Johnny Whitmore of Raceday Ministry, “appreciation plaques” were awarded to all who helped make the 2013 race season possible at the speedway. Those people included the following: Rusty Eck of Rusty Eck Ford, D&D Equipment, Johnny Whitmore/Raceday Ministry, Signs Now/Matt Withers, Murphy Tractor & Equipment, Jimmy and Carol Decker, AAA Cleaning Service (Jim and Deb Knight), Tom Lindamood, Larry Sullivan, Claudie Brewer, Mike Kirby, Harry Sayers, Troy Batson and Jeremy Brannan.
Mixed with a lot of fun, a couple of drinks and some memorable quotes only he can get away with, Warren Hardy once again emceed the event with the rest of the evening focused on the drivers.
First up the top five drivers in the youth hornet division were recognized. They included Miya Lane (5th), Will Swecker (4th), Shawn Allen, Jr. (3rd) along with runner up Justin Hoggard. Claiming the 2013 youth hornet championship was Dustin Shockey in a car owned by Dane Shockey.
The tracks hornet division was then brought to the stage with the following top ten drivers, from tenth to first, being awarded. They included RC Esparza, Jr., AJ Miranda, Tanner Thiel, Tommy Carter, Brady Lanphier, Michael Quiring, Nick Quiring, Ryan Quiring and runner up Edward Leecy. The 2013 hornet championship was claimed by Dustin Bolster with Brian Bolster car owner.
Next up was the top four in the tracks hobby stock division. Finishing fourth was Casey Armstrong while Rich Higerd finished third, Jason Dickey was the divisions runner up while Henry Vaughn III claimed the hobby stock championship.
After all five divisions of the National Championship Racing Association were recognized during their trophy presentation and a brief “game time” for the large crowed in attendance, focus was back on 81 Speedway with rookie of the year runner up drivers being recognized. They were Adam Popp (street stock, Briar Oelkers (rookie modifieds) and Brandon Miller (modifieds).
Then rookie of the year in all seven divisions that competed at the speedway were crowned. They were Jake Greider ((305 sprints), Robert Foster (thumpers), Rustin Wilson (street stock), Rodney Chaffin (rookie modified), Lucas Gibbs (AAA modified), Josh Lanterman (modified) and Jeff Stasa (sprint car).
Most improved driver for each of the seven divisions were: Jake Greider (305 sprints), Robert Foster (thumper), Rustin Wilson (street stock), Rodney Chaffin (rookie modified), AAA modified (Lucas Gibbs), Josh Lanterman (modified) and Jeff Stasa (sprint car).
Special T’s Most “A” feature wins for each of the seven divisions were then awarded. They included: James Weve (thumper), Adam Popp (street stock), Rodney Chaffin (rookie modified), Dustin Belcher (AAA modified), Brian Franz (Credit King modified) and Jeremy Campbell (sprint cars).
Next up, four more drivers were added to the 81 Speedway “Wall of Fame” and became inductees 117-120. They are Al Hall, Joe Hobbs, Charles Ormerod and Jerry Soderberg.
The 5 year club was then recognized with plaques. They included; Shelby Stucky, Jon Freeman, Rustin Wilson, Vickie Leatherman, Richard Wilson, Mike Peters, Jason Dickey, Tyler Davis, Kirby Robe, Josh Lanterman, Dan Powers, Dustin Belcher and Richie Wilson.
Next up was the top five in the tracks 305-ci sprint car division. They included Gavin Stout (5th), James Riner (4th), Jeremy Campbell (3rd) and Jake Grieder (2nd). Josh Fairbank claimed the divisions championship.
The top five in the mod-lite division were next. From fifth place to first they include: Travis Govern, Jason Roe, Don Foster, John Miranda and champion Ryan Secrest with Crest Motorsports as car owner.
Positions 10th -3rd in the thumper division was next, starting from tenth were as follows: Scott Miller, Brad Costello, Robert Foster, Darin Evans, Andy McElfresh, Lionel Stillwell, Ron Creech and Harold Woolery, Jr.
Tenth through third in the street stocks were (from tenth to third): John Clark, Marlin Farr, Jeremy Clark, Adam Schrag, Alan Blevins, Shelby Stucky, Rustin Wilson and David Blocher.
The Alternative Pest Management Rookie Modified division was next to be honored. They were Victoria White (10th), TJ Tolan (9th), Chris Eveland (8th), James Regier (7th), Briar Oelkers (6th), JR Sandlian (5th), Cuyler Calkin (4th) and Rodney Chaffin (3rd).
Then it was positions ten through third in the Economy Motors AAA modified division. They included (tenth to third); Tyler Shearhod, Gary Kilbourn, Lucas Gibbs, Kevin Newell, Vickie Leatherman, Rick Mueller, Richie Wilson and Cecil Dymond.
The Credit King modified division positions tenth through third were next. They included: Johnny Whitmore, Brandon Miller, Tyler Davis, Kirby Robe, Brian Franz, Don Hodge, Josh Lanterman and Jason McGehee.
Fifth through third in the tracks 360-ci sprint car division were: Mike Peters, Jon Freeman and Jeff Stasa.
Then it was time for the runner up drivers in all seven divisions to be honored. They included Glen McGeoch (thumper), Les Mertens (street stock), Zack Suhr (rookie modified), Richard Wilson (AAA modified) Dan Powers (modified) and Marc Robe (sprint car).
Then it came time to end the award ceremony portion of the banquet with the 2013 81 Speedway champions officially crowned. They included: James Weve/James Weve car owner (thumper), Adam Popp/Pop Performance car owner (street stock), Cory Johnston/Anthony Johnston car owner (rookie modified), Dustin Belcher/Beeline Auto Salvage car owner (AAA modified), Marc Hurd/Marc Hurd car owner (modified) and Jeremy Campbell/Dwight Schroeder car owner (360ci sprints).
This concluded the 2013 81 Speedway awards banquet with focus already turned to the 2014 race season. It all kicks off on February 22-23, 2014 at the 32nd annual Towne West Square Mall Car Show. If you would like to reserve your space for this annual pre season event to help promote your race team and 81 Speedway, call the speedway office (316) 755-1781.
In closing, officials and staff of 81 Speedway and Speedway’s Inc. would like to thank the following businesses that helped promote and make 81 Speedway’s 2013 race season a huge success: