DES MOINES, Iowa — The Knoxville Raceway banquet was held Saturday at the Dowtwon Marriott.
Assorted cash and contingencies totaling more than $250,000 for owners and drivers were the highlight of the night.
Nine chassis giveaways highlighted a contingency package which every driver in the points benefited (see prize list with winners below). In addition, the Knoxville Raceway Charitable Organization (KRCO) again provided insurance covering all Knoxville drivers for 2013 anywhere they may race plus a driving suit from Simpson.
Newly named General Manager, Brian Stickel opened the program up with a few announcements for 2013. Youth up to seniors in high school will be admitted free of charge for four events. “Race for School” Night will return for the Season Openers. Several charity events will also return.
Contingencies were handed out next, and for the third year in a row, were done by draw in front of the banquet crowd of over 500. Chassis winners included Matthew Stelzer (Schnee) in the 305 class, Steve Wares (Maxim), Russ Hall (Schnee) and David Hall (J&J) in the 360 class, and Tasker Phillips (Eagle), Don Droud Jr. (Maxim), Rager Phillips (Eagle), Rob Kubli (J&J) and Josh Schneiderman (Eagle) in the 410 class. Schneiderman’s chassis was presented for selling the most race tickets online at his driver site.
Darnell Fuels and Quality Racing Products presented the Knoxville Raceway Charitable Organization (KRCO) a check for $775.70.
The “Jr. Fan Club Drivers of the Year” were announced next. Terry McCarl (410), Joe Beaver (360) and Mitchell Alexander (360) won in their respective classes. Young fan, Dillon Nicholson, was honored as the “Jr. Fan Club Member of the Year”.
Marion County Fair Board Member, Grant Rankin, presented the “Fan of the Year Award” to long-time Knoxville Raceway supporters Ted and Delores Schaefer.
Davey Heskin was awarded the “Hard Luck Award”. Heskin finished 11 points behind McCarl in the 410 points race.
After Race Director, John McCoy, addressed the audience, he presented his “Owner of the Year” Awards to the Van Haaften Racing No. 33 (305), the Beaver Motorsports No. 53 (360) and the Conrad Maxwell No. 56 (410).
Bob Baker, the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum Executive Director, presented the “Heritage Award” to longtime driver, car builder and owner, Lenard McCarl, who was joined on the stage by grandsons, Austin and Carson.
The “Lyle Boyd Hard Charger Award” awards the drivers who passed the most cars in A main events this season. Matthew Stelzer received the award in the 305 class, while Clint Garner (360) and Dusty Zomer (410). Alan Ambers (305), RJ Johnson (360) and Bronson Maeschen (410), who won for a second time, were named the “Most Improved Driver” in their respective classes.
Dustin Selvage was named the “Sportsman of the Year” in the 410 class, while David Hall picked up the honor in the 360 class for a third time. J Kinder (305), Carson McCarl (360), and Rob Kubli (410) were named “Rookie of the Year” in their respective classes.
Drivers outside of the top five in the 305, 360 and 410 classes received their accolades.
The big hardware went out last to the top five drivers and owners in the point standings. In the 305 class J Kinder (5th), Alan Ambers (4th), Mitchell Alexander (3rd), Mike Van Haaften (2nd) and Matthew Stelzer (champion) were honored in the driver category, while Kinder (5th), Goodno Promtions (4th), Alexander (3rd), Van Haaften Racing (2nd), and Stelzer (champion) received their owner awards.
In the 360 class, Joe Beaver (5th), Jon Agan (4th), Nate Van Haaften (3rd), Matt Moro (2nd) and Clint Garner (champion) were honored in the driver category, while Beaver Motorsports (5th), Agan (4th), Van Haaften Racing (3rd), Moro (2nd), and Boyd and Glenda Fluth (champion) received owner awards. The championships were the fourth in a row for Garner and the Fluths.
In the 410 class, Mark Dobmeier (5th), Dusty Zomer (4th), Bronson Maeschen (3rd), Davey Heskin (2nd) and Terry McCarl (champion) were drivers honored, while owner awards went to Lunstra/Dobmeier (5th), Woodruff Racing (4th), Maeschen (3rd), Conrad Maxwell (2nd) and TMAC Motorsports (champion). The championship was the seventh for McCarl as a driver.